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These Latina Muses Will Reinspire You And Remind You How Incredible We Really Are

In media, Latinas have been stereotypically cast as housekeepers or spicy vixens — which is extremely frustrating because we know we are much more than that. We know from our own experience that Latinas have a history of breaking barriers on a wide range scale. If you or your little nieces need a reminder or how powerful Latinas really are, here are nine Latinas who have made history and continue to inspire us:

Ellen Ochoa

When my mom would catch me daydreaming, she used to snap at me and say “¡estás en la luna!” which makes me wonder if Ellen Ochoa’s mom used to say that to her because Ellen ended up making it into outer space. In 1993, the Los Angeles-born Mexican-American became the first Latina to go to space. But her legacy doesn’t end there. In 2013 she became the first Latina and second female director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, furthermore paving the way not only for women of color but also for women of color in STEM. 

Sonia Sotomayor

Nuyorican Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Justice in history and the definition of perseverance. She was raised in a single-parent household in which only limited English was spoken. She then went on to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton before going on to Yale Law School. She worked her way from District Court Judge to becoming the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. At the time of her swearing-in, people criticized her for wearing red nails and red lips but little did they know that she was inspiring another politically savvy Latina to showcase her Latina pride…

Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera is one of those silent sheroes that we didn’t learn about in school. The Venezuelan-Boricua trans woman made a huge impact in LGBTQ rights. In fact, she is often credited as the person responsible for making sure the T is present in LGBTQ. As if that weren’t already a lot to accomplish, it is believed she started the infamous Stonewall Riot with Marsha P. Johnson that launched LGBTQ rights movement in the 1960s. Her story is truly remarkable and you can learn all about her here.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just… engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.

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Lovingly nicknamed AOC, the youngest Congresswoman ever constantly reminds us never to take shit from anyone and to display our Latinidad with pride. The former bartender started her political career as an organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign. The then 28-year-old left the Bronx, New York to help marginalized communities like Flint, Michigan. Then, in May of 2017, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out Rep. Joe Crowley, who hadn’t faced a challenger in 14 years, to become the U.S Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district and youngest member of congress. When she was sworn in, she honored Sonia Sotomayor by proudly rocking a bold red lip and gold hoop earrings reminding a new wave of Latinas and women that we do not need to apologize for who we are. 

Selena Quintanilla-Perez

For many of us, hearing Selena speak English during interviews and sing en Español was the first time we really connected with  a celebrity who was Mexican-American — like us. Millions of music fans were lured in by her incredible vocals and seamless dance moves. In 1993 she went on to win a Grammy Award which just validated her talents to the rest of the music industry. However, we Latinos connected with her on a closer, more emotional level. She represented the same family values and her inviting smile and loud laugh she made us feel like we knew her on a personal and familial level. The life of the Tex-Mex queen was taken in 1995, prompting the world to mourn her death for decades to come. Her memory lives on in her music, museum, clothing line and products that have been released in her memory. Perhaps the most significant project to carry her memory was the “Selena” movie which also helped propel another star…

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez became a household name after starring in the role of a lifetime playing the life of Selena in the biopic of the same name. “Selena” was J.Lo’s first lead role (????) and this not only gave her worldwide recognition, but also made her the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a film. The Nuyorican used this new fame to set off a handful of other businesses and projects like a fashion line and dozens of albums making her the ultimate triple-threat pop star. And if you’ve ever used Google Images, you have J.Lo and that infamous Versace dress to thank. People couldn’t get enough of that plunging neckline at the 2000 Grammy Awards that everyone took to Google to try to snag another look at the dress. Google’s Executive Chairman went on to explain that this surge in interest would later lead to the invention of the Google image search. In 2012, Forbes magazine regarded her as the world’s most powerful celebrity in the world. Most powerful celebrity in the world, not even the most powerful Latina. Let that sink in. In 2020 she paved the way yet again as she and Shakira headlined the Super Bowl halftime performance. 

Celia Cruz

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We all know Celia Cruz as the Queen of Salsa, but to work her way up to the thrown, the Afro-Cubana had to leave everyone and everything behind in Cuba after Fidel Castro came into power. Some of us, or some of our parents know, that leaving your homeland is not easy by any means but Celia Cruz gave Cuban exiles and their experience a voice and a rallying cry. Her career started when even against her father’s wishes, she would sing at cabarets. Her father’s strong opposition to her career as a singer took over for a minute and she started attending school to become a literature teacher. Eventually her passion for music would drive her to become one of the most important singers in the world. Celia Cruz was exhaled from her beloved Cuba by Fidel Castro and was not allowed to enter her home country. She brought her talents to the United States where she established herself as an icon winning countless Grammy Awards and accolades. During a trip to Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. territory in Cuba, she gathered Cuban soil and brought it back with her to the U.S. That same soil was buried with her in 2003 after dying from brain cancer at the age of 77. 

Cardi B

Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar is the true rags to riches story. Now known to us as Cardi, the Afro-Latina and her family grew up in the South Bronx and spent a lot of time with her paternal grandfather in Washington Heights. And when we say her story is a rags to riches story, we mean it. She didn’t grow up wealthy by any means and she joined the Bloods when she was 16 years old. She got her first job in a supermarket in Lower Manhattan. Her manager then fired her several years later and told her she should become a stripper. Her next thought must’ve been “damn right” because when she was 19, she started stripping and says doing so saved her life. She was in an abusive relationship and this new occupation gave her financial independence. Cardi used some of her stripping money to go back to community college and officially retired early and jumped into her next career venture, “Love & Hip Hop”. Here, she became known as the hot-tempered loud mouth of the group but she did use her voice and platform to educate people on what it means to be Afro-Latina. On the show she also launched her rapping career and officially took herself to riches. 

Frida Kahlo 

The now-famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, was not appreciated during her time and simply known as Diego Rivera’s wife. She was a visionary artist born on July 6th, 1907 and passed on July 13, 1954. She lived a short, but eventful, 47 years of life. While Kahlo lived in Paris, New York and San Francisco, Kahlo is known for being fiercely proud of her Mexican heritage. Frida was in a terrible accident when she was 18 years old that caused her tremendous pain and often became the focal point of her artwork. She was boarding a bus with her boyfriend when the bus collided with a train and burst into a thousand pieces and sent a handrail through her torso. While bedridden, Frida Kahlo began painting documenting her painful recovery process. After a trip to Paris where she fell in love with an openly bisexual female singer, Frida also became a queer and feminist icon who loved to wear suits. Today, her art which explored ahead-of-her-time questions of gender, identity has resonated with the masses around the world. 

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The World Series is still happening despite Covid because baseball just can’t be held down. The Dodgers are playing their first World Series game today and fans are so excited to finally get some more baseball in their lives.

The World Series is here and Los Dodgers are playing their first game.

Baseball is America’s pastime and few teams have a fanbase as energized as The Dodgers. Ask any Dodgers fans about how difficult it is to get to the stadium and their commitment to the team is clear. It is not anywhere accessible by public transportation so you really have to want it.

People are super energized to celebrate and support their team.

The Dodgers made it to the championship game against the Houston Astros in 2017. The Dodgers lost to the Astros that year but three years later the Astros had the title stripped because of a cheating scandal. Now, The Dodgers have a chance to make win a title and Dodgers fans are excited to see it happen.

Even the furry fans are getting excited about the games.

It’s a fact that if a team has furry fans then they have the best fanbase. Who doesn’t want to end up at a stadium or party with these cute fluffers walking around in their Dodgers’ gear? These four-legged fans are better than child fans because they are going to get everyone’s spirits up.

The team has a lot of big names behind them cheering them on.

Los Angeles is home to some of the top celebrities and athletes. It must be nice to know that some of the most influential people are out there pushing for you to make it all the way. Bonus points if they are other athletes who know just how exciting and hard it is to compete at the elite level.

Let’s go, Dodgers!

The Dodgers play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 5:11 PST. Be sure to tune in and cheer for your favorite baseball team as they try for the championship again.

READ: From Serving Tacos To Being Signed With The LA Dodgers, Here’s What We Know Of The LA Dodger’s Pitcher

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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One of the most popular and cathartic things to do in the time of Covid is to binge watch shows on streaming platforms. Why drag something out when you can watch an entire season in a day? Well, Selena fans now have one more thing to binge after Netflix announced the release date for “Selena: The Series.”

The world will forever change after Dec. 4.

Netflix is finally releasing the highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series” and we are so stoked to finally see it. The show has been on the radar of Selena fans everywhere since it was announced in 2018. We have all patiently waited for two years to finally see this show.

This is not a drill. This is not a prank. This is a gift from the entertainment deities who want to make sure that we all have something to make these hard times better. All you need is access to a Netflix account, doesn’t matter whose, and the enduring love for Selena that most of us have.

People are marking their calendars for a big day in entertainment.

That’s right. Netflix is releasing “Selena: The Series” and Disney+ is releasing “Mulan” for Disney+ subscribers at no extra charge after trying to rent it for $30 through the app. Dec. 4 is gearing up to be one of the most exciting days for people who just don’t want to leave the house during the current Covid pandemic. What a time to be a live, huh?

Netflix knows exactly what they are doing by releasing this show.

This show is approved by the Quintanilla family so there is that. This show was announced at the same time that Telemundo announced that the Spanish-language network was releasing their own series “El Secreto De Selena.”

The Telemundo show was based on the book written by journalist María Celeste Arrarás. The family has vehemently denied the accusations made in the book multiple times and Telemundo’s decision to make the series, which aired in 2018, angered viewers.

We have been promised a story about Selena that we have not seen in the past.

The Netflix series will not be rehashing what we have already seen. We know the story of Selena’s musical rise and tragic death thanks to “Selena” with J.Lo.

“Selena: The Series” is going to be showing us the life of a young Selena before the fame and musical career. It is truly amazing that after all of these years, there are still new stories to be told about Selena and her important place in American Latino history.

“Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice,” reads the description of the show. “The two-part coming-of-age drama ‘Selena: The Series’ explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.”

So, mark your calendars and gather your loved ones.

This day should be a holiday as we all know that Selena is one of the greatest unifiers in the Latino community. We still sing her songs to this day and her legacy is being passed down to younger Latinos. Selena gave us representations before we knew we wanted and needed it.

It’s like we can already hear those old-school Selena y Los Dinos songs playing in our heads. Dec. 4 can’t get here fast enough and that’s a fact.

READ: Chris Perez Says He’s In the Dark When It Comes To Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

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