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How An Instagram Account Is Making It Easier For Latinos To Go To Local Protests

President Donald Trump has united and stimulated the Latinx community in ways we have not seen before. National boycotts, like the Day Without Immigrants, brought thousands of our people together in resistance. Local campaigns, like the group of teen girl who dressed up in quinceañera dresses in Austin, Texas as part of a Jolt protest against SB4, are helping to turn everyday people into activists. With so many movements and protests happening throughout the country, it can also sometimes be difficult to keep up with.

PalanteLatinx is an Instagram account making our gente aware of Latinx protests, marches, call-to-actions, screenings, opportunities, resources and more across the country.

“I wanted to create a space where people can directly see how to support and engage with the Latinx community around the United States, something that didn’t exist,” Damaly Gonzalez, the founder of PalanteLatinx, told mitú.

While Gonzalez, who is Puerto Rican, is based in New York, she highlights events occurring in areas with large Latinx populations. Currently, the resource serves those in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico, with plans to expand to the Bay Area, Arizona and even Mexico City and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic in the near future.

“My hope is that this could lead to interstate cultural conversations and … Latinxs visiting other states to attend and participate in these events and meet each other. This is essentially for a national Latinx revolution,” Gonzalez, 29, said.

PalanteLatinx, which launched in May, is making the community aware of problems impacting Latinxs throughout the nation and showing them where to go and what they can do to be a part of the change.

#LA: This week w/ @latinas4rj!

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And for Gonzalez, Instagram is the ideal space for her to reach people.

“We’re very much in a visual and short video learning age, so I wanted to create an online album of curated events where people can easily scroll to see what they are interested in and then save it for later,” she said.

Today is the International Day of the #Afro-Latina/#Afro-Caribeña of the Diaspora. But it's also everyday ? @afrolatinas_

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Each day, Gonzalez posts photos, graphics, videos or slideshows of events or opportunities happening that day or in the very near future. Recently, she highlighted a body positive healing and meditation session in New York, a rally against toxic ashes in Puerto Rico, a reproductive justice training in Los Angeles, a march against displacement in Chicago and a Cuban cooking class in Miami.

As the only person managing the account, it can be difficult for Gonzalez to stay on top of every major Latinx action throughout the country. To ensure she doesn’t miss something, she encourages organizers to tag or direct message PalanteLatinx about their event. For those not on the ‘gram, an old fashion email will do the job, too.

While currently only present on Instagram, Gonzalez does have plans to start a website and provide followers with discount codes for special functions. Her mission, however, will always remain the same: to inform and empower.

#LA: Tonight w/ @nalgonapositivitypride! #woc

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“The Latinx community should be informed about how we can support each other and simultaneously empower ourselves… Knowing about opportunities, resources and Latinx institutions is important for personal and collective economic, cultural, social, mental and intellectual growth,” she said.


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Let us know about your favorite tools for staying informed of Latinx issues in the comments!

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

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The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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A Bruno Mars Catfish Seduced a Texas Woman Over Instagram and Scammed Her Out of $100k

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A Bruno Mars Catfish Seduced a Texas Woman Over Instagram and Scammed Her Out of $100k

When certain fans say that they’d do anything for their favorite celebrity, we usually assume they mean, in a manner of speaking. But in the case of one Bruno Mars fan, that sentiment couldn’t be more serious.

Recently, a 63-year-old Texas woman was swindled out of $100,000 by a catfish pretending to be Bruno Mars.

Yeah, folks. We’re serious. According to Houston authorities, an unnamed Texas woman sent multiple checks to her online lover–whom she believed to be Grammy-award-winning, multi-platinum artist, Bruno Mars.

According to legal documents, the woman created an Instagram page in 2018 in order to find “companionship”. She was soon thereafter contacted by another Instagram user who claimed to be Bruno Mars. The fraudster sent the woman what she believed was ample evidence–multiple texts and photos that “proved” he was on tour.

According to the Texas woman, she believed that her and Mars had “fallen in love” and developed a “meaningful relationship.” According to court documents, the Mars impersonator even promised to quit his 24k tour in order to be with her.

Once Catfish Bruno gained the woman’s trust, he asked her for $100,000 for “tour expenses.” And the woman complied.

First, the Bruno Mars imposter asked her for a $10,000 check via mail. When the woman sent that, the Mars imposter asked for an additional $90,000. The woman wrote that check as well.

The checks were sent to different accounts owned by two men: a man named Chinwendu Azuonwu and his accomplice, Basil Amadi.

It seems that at some point, the woman became aware that she was being scammed and then contacted the authorities. It was then that the police traced the bank accounts back to Azuonwu and Amadi. The men were then arrested and charged with multiple accounts of money laundering.

After the news broke about the Bruno Mars catfish, naturally, the internet had a few questions.

We get that this woman was lonely and in want of companionship, but there’s a line between desperation and delusion.

Many people were caught between pity and disbelief.

We understand that older people aren’t as tech-savvy, but some common sense would’ve told you that a multimillionaire doesn’t need money from a random lady in Texas.

Some people were calling for a deep-dive documentary, MTV “Catfish” style.

Ok, we’d 100% watch this. We want to know how faux-Bruno wooed her, how she convinced herself a rich celebrity needed money, and how she finally became savvy to the scam.

Another question being asked: who has a cool $100k just sitting around?

And how did the scam artists know to target someone so rich?! We hope she the police were able to recover the money, otherwise this woman is going to have a tough retirement.

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