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These Latinas’ Graduation Caps Prove That The Future Is Definitely Female And So Empowering

There’s no question: from the moment we’re born, our parents dream of the day we walk across the stage with a diploma of any variety. Education is everything, and this graduation season, we’re loving all the creative grad cap decorations that Latinas are designing to express themselves.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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“First generation graduate making her parents extremely proud.” We can all agree that she is definitely making her parents proud. Just look at the smiles on their faces. Those are the biggest smiles you’ll see on a Latino parent’s face.

We’re excited to see you walk, too, mija.

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The whole community is feeling #proudmom vibes as we see Latinos beat the odds and earn their bachelor degrees. Even more challenging and gratifying is seeing Latinas become educated AF.

Daughters of immigrants are penning emotional thank you letters to their parents.

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“Mami y papi ???? thank you for your patience and encouragement. As the first in my family to attain a bachelors degree it’s been the most frustrating and rewarding process. I spent so many nights crying over the piles of bills and exam grades I made. My experience is different than most and I am proud to say I have grown through it all. Gracias por mis alas ???????? “

Because it’s no secret that Latino parents have to sacrifice triple to get their kids an equal education to white America.

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“And I’m officially done ✊???? thank you to everyone for all the nice comments and most importantly thank you to my parents for making the biggest sacrifice of leaving everything they know for me. Without even knowing the language they managed to create a whole life here. I hope I made I made you proud ????”

Their kids are taking their moment on the stage to broadcast an important message about immigration.

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It’s all for this one moment that many other parents and grads might take for granted. The grad cap has become a signature move for grads to raise awareness for the immigrant struggle.

This graduate shared how her family had to separate to give her the opportunity for a better life.

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“Who are these people: ❤️
Due to life circumstances and the love my parents had for my brother and I, they had to make difficult decisions. My brother and I were left under the care of these loving people when mom left. My grandparents (center photo) and my uncle. They raised us to practice the most important things about humanity: kindness, love, giving to others in need, service, an attitude of gratitude, spirituality, and much more.”

First generation graduates are walking in style.

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“For my parents and grandparents! If it wasn’t for them- none of this would have been possible! Gracias… Si Se Pudo!!!! Los Amo!!!! ❤️ ???? ???????? ???????? ????????‍???? ???? So much sacrifice for this very moment! I am proud to say that I am a first generation college graduate!!! Gracias!!!”

Undocugrads are making an even bigger statement by going public with their momentous accomplishment.

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“I’m annoying I know but got more pics because ITS TODAY!! thankful for Meredith and the family I have created because of it. It’s been a long and crazy journey but I leave college a better person. I have been so blessed with a community filled with love and support who believed in me even when I couldn’t. This is because of them, and for them.”

The hard work for students is worth it to make their parents proud.

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It’s no secret that education is everything to Latino parents. It’s been statistically proven that among demographics, Latinos value education more than almost any other ethnicity.

We know it wouldn’t be possible without our parents and their sacrifices.

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Including that little Pomeranian dog who seems to be at the top of that collage pyramid. ????

Even las madres have been sharing their emotional journey to get their kids to the stage.

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“I hand painted these caps personally for my children. I had my two babies at a very young age. But I fought against the statistics of being a young Latino mom and not only graduated from high school but graduated from college as well. My son graduated in 2017 & on Thursday my baby girl graduates. This was a long tough road for the 3 of us but it’s not over. I can’t wait to attend Lizzy’s college tour in June and send her off in to the world as I did her brother.”

This Latina gave tribute to her parents alongside Selena, AOC and other feminists.

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“Glad I got to spend Mother’s Day with my heroes!! Better yet, I was blessed enough to have them with me while I walked on stage at graduation… a day I often thought was impossible. Me puse las pilas y con tu ayuda, este sueño se hizo posible ????????????????”

While others are owning up to all facets of their chingonidad.

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“???????????????????????????????? pero ℭ????????????????????????????! Por mi mami y papi!” Way to go, mija! We are all so proud of you!

We love this lotería inspired cap!

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You’re winning. You’re really winning, @jjacquelinecampos. Look at our babies grow!

The Mexicana pride is everything we need right now.

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“Vuela alto sin olvidar de donde vienes// Fly high without forgetting where you came from ✊???????? Gracias a mis padres ????. Graduation is 1 week away!”

This grad’s mom hates her grad cap. ????

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“Graduation day is almost here! It’s starting to hit me that I’m not going to be seeing the same people again like I’m used to. I’m starting to hit “the last of” things like meetings and study sessions. Idk my emotions are every where right now. Also my mom hates my grad cap. Oh well. ????????‍???? “

Some Latinas are making a full-fledged business out of designing grad caps for the Latinx community.

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We’re here for any Latina starting their own business, especially when it’s directly lifting up other Latinas. Check out @sushiq80 for some of her designs.

@facepaintbymangandii is creating beautiful caps for this year’s grads.

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So if you’re not the creative type but there’s no way you’re walking across that stage without sending a message to the haters, your familia or the pedestrian xenophobe, you have options.

Al fin, graduation day is for all the Latino parents out there who made el sueño la realidad

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“Para mis padres, llegaron sin nada y me dieron todo.”???????????? “For my parents, they arrived with nothing and gave me everything.”

Felicidades to all the grads.

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Future Biology Teacher ???????????? I’ll be teaching your children ????????‍???? 

The time has come for y’all to take over the world.

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Whether you’re trying to become the first Latina CEO at a company and give access to other Latinas, or become a teacher and show young Latinas an exemplary example for their future, we support you. Go get that happiness your whole family has worked so hard for.

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Chris Pérez and Joe Ojeda Have Mini Los Dinos Reunion With Empowering Corrido “Nuestra Tierra”

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Chris Pérez and Joe Ojeda Have Mini Los Dinos Reunion With Empowering Corrido “Nuestra Tierra”

Chris Pérez, the widower of Selena, is back with his first taste of new music in over a decade. The Mexican-American musician regroups with his old Los Dinos bandmate Joe Ojeda for the new single “Nuestra Tierra.” The song also features Victoria La Mala and Yorch.

“Nuestra Tierra” is a song that reflects on the Mexican immigrant experience.

Chris Pérez’s last musical project was with Kumbia All-Starz. They teamed up for the song “La Vida De Un Genio” in 2010. He returns to the music scene in “Nuestra Tierra.” The corrido reflects on the life of a Mexican immigrant moving to the US in search of the American Dream.

“I love this song because it truly reflects the times that we’re living in as immigrants in this country,” Victoria La Mala said in a statement. “We come here looking for a better life, but we sacrifice and leave so much behind. It was so incredible to have the opportunity to work with people that I’ve admired and looked up to for years like Chris and Joe. Yorch is also super talented and like me and so many people, moved to this country looking to follow our dreams and search for more opportunities.”

“Nuestra Tierra” is filled with Mexican talent like Victoria La Mala and Yorch.

Pérez played the guitar on the empowering “Nuestra Tierra” while Ojeda and Roberto “Bobbo” Gómez handled the production duties. Victoria La Mala and Yorch trade verses about the struggle Mexican immigrants face while trying to find a better life in the U.S.

“Bobbo, Joe, and myself came up with the chord structure, the arrangement basically,” Pérez said. “Jorge Eduardo [Yorch] and Victoria were doing their thing, scribbling away like crazy on their notepads. I wasn’t quite sure what they were coming up with but the second I heard them singing their part, well, it was like magic. And to be a part of something like that is a rarity these days, so I am truly proud of the song.”

The song also marks a reunion between two old Los Dinos bandmates.

“Nuestra Tierra” also marks a mini-reunion between two of Selena’s Los Dino band members, Chris Pérez and Ojeda. The two say this song was created “on the fly” during downtime in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The song’s power and message moved us all,” Ojeda said. “This song really focuses on us, los Mexicanos, los Paisanos, especially La Raza that is still living ‘on the other side’ and simply wanting a better life for their families. And isn’t that what we all want? My hope for this song is that it resonates with a lot of people and that everyone understands its message.”

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

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Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

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Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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