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She Started Her Own Mexican-Inspired Makeup Line But Regrets She Didn’t Quit Her Day Job Sooner

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Regina Merson put herself through law school and had a stable job as a bankruptcy attorney in Dallas, Texas. Yet, during her time as an attorney, Merson felt unfulfilled and decided to look elsewhere for her career satisfaction. Merson then decided that she wanted something more creative and cultural so she started her own makeup line called Reina Rebelde. Merson talked to mitú and told us about her decision to abruptly change course and start a very different career.

Regina Merson is an immigrant, Latina entrepreneur who risked a lot to chase a dream.


Merson was a bankruptcy attorney for 6 years in Dallas, Texas but she was never really fulfilled in her career. After a lot of thought, and a round of lay-offs at her law firm, Merson decided to chase her dream of creating a culturally relevant and distinguishable makeup line.

While her law career was something she wanted, she was never fulfilled creatively and she realized it was something that mattered to her.


“After years of soul searching, I realized that what I really wanted was something that was intellectually challenging and creative, and it was that creative piece that was not being fulfilled by my legal career,” Merson told mitú. “Makeup had always been a constant theme in my life. It was something I always felt a personal passion for, and I realized that my love of makeup would be the catalyst to help feed my creative side. Yet, making sure I connected with my roots and did something to participate and contribute positively to my community of fellow Latinas and my native country of Mexico was very important to me.”

Merson was also determined to showcase her Mexican heritage in all aspects of her product.

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“Every aspect of Reina Rebelde is designed and inspired by my Mexican heritage as well as the essence of this unique Latina woman and the many dualities we have in our lives,” Merson explained to mitú. “From the packaging, which features butterflies and skulls —Mexican symbols for the spiritual transformation that we undergo in our lifecycle, to the interior of the box with the vibrant red and pink Mexican roses that speak to our inherent love of life, color, and our own cultural and personal vibrancy. To our “chica,” who was designed by a talented tattoo artist in East Los Angeles, and she is meant to be a pictorial representation of our customer.”

“We want our Reinas Rebeldes to see a reflection of themselves physically as well as spiritually in our Chica,” Merson told mitú.


Merson says that she worked diligently to make sure that her culture permeates all aspects of her brand from the packaging to the colors to the images and even the names. You can find colors named “Oaxaca,” “La Doña,” and “Brava.”

Now that Merson has made the change in career, she does wish she would have jumped sooner.

Valentine's Day a la Reina Rebelde ?????? Remember mujeres ➙ mejor sola que mal acompañada❗️

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Merson told mitú that she got conflicted advice for different people who thought it was either too out there or that she should just jump right into it. As an immigrant, she was hesitant to push her luck and leave a comfortable job for an overly-saturated market she knew very little about.

“At some point in the process, I realized that Reina Rebelde was not just a business idea (I had many of those), it was something that went much deeper for me,” Merson explained to mitú. “The concept made me feel so alive and passionate, and the more I worked on it, the more it took over my life in the form of constant ah-ha moments. It literally haunted me for a couple of years in the form of daydreams and night dreams. It was always at the forefront of my mind and present in everything I did.  And yet I didn’t take the plunge sooner. What I learned that was most valuable was to listen to my intuition — that is exactly what was operating in full force telling me to make this big life move.”

Her advice to other Latina entrepreneurs looking to break out: find your own path.


Merson admits that she tried things her own way and ignored some advice that led to some painful lessons but she also said that some of the advice that she did follow didn’t work out. The best advice she has for other Latinas blazing their own career paths is to do what makes sense to you and don’t fell like you need to follow someone else’s examples to achieve the success you want.

But, above all else, Merson understands that the more important thing to do is to feel passionate and excited about whatever you are choosing to do.


“I feel so privileged and proud to be Mexican, and to be rooted in this amazing heritage and culture. My love affair with my culture and my homeland continues to get richer and more profound with time and experience,” Merson told mitú. “I credit this pride with giving me the passion to get this business going — which is just to say, whether it is your relationship with your culture or something else, make sure you feel tremendous passion for whatever you do — it’s an energy that mobilizes and sustains you in ways that nothing else can!”


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A Texas Family Is Suing Their Son’s School After They Forced Him To Color In His Fade With A Sharpie

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A Texas Family Is Suing Their Son’s School After They Forced Him To Color In His Fade With A Sharpie

Youtube / Screenshot School Staff Colored in Black Teen’s Haircut With A Sharpie

One of the worst things about public school is the arbitrary way that dress codes are enforced. However, this isn’t just a conversation about skirt length or bra straps infractions. Uniform coding has a history of enforcing rules that violate individual civil rights especially for female students, Black students, and students of color.

Now, a case out of Texas is arguing that this sort of civil liberties violation is what happened to a student in April 2019 at a Houston-area school.

The family of middle school student, Juelz Trice, is suing the Pearland ISD School District for an incident last Spring where administration used permanent marker on the 14-year-old’s scalp.

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On April 16th, Trice received a new fade but it was cited as a dress code violation the very next day. The middle school student   who is Black was in the cafeteria for breakfast when he was told by the assistant principal, Tony Barcelona, to go to the office because of his haircut. According to the lawsuit, he and Barcelona were met by discipline clerk, Helen Day, and, later, teacher, Jeanette Peterson. There in the office, Trice was given two options: go to in-school suspension for his violation or use a black Sharpie to color his scalp in. Reportedly, Trice worried that in-school suspension would impact his eligibility for the track team so he chose the marker option.

According to the lawsuit, Day then took the black permanent marker and used it to fill in the design of Trice’s fade. Peterson was then asked to pick up another marker and help fill in the middle school student’s scalp. The lawsuit alleges that “They laughed as they took many minutes to color 13-year-old J.T’s scalp which took many days of scrubbing to come off.” Images taken of the boy’s scalp after the fact reveal that the marker made the design far more noticeable.

According to the family’s attorney, there was no attempt to notify Trice’s parents before his scalp was colored in.

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The civil rights lawsuit cites the school district as well Barcelona, Peterson and Day as defendants in the claim. According to Randall Kallinen, attorney for the student’s parents, Dante Trice and Angela Washington, the school district has yet to meet with the family. The only thing that has been done to rectify this problem was to change the existing dress code. In May of 2019, after the incident with Trice, the updated code removed restrictions on hairstyles and carvings.

It should be noted that the administrators and teacher involved in the incident did not receive corrective action. In fact, Barcelona, who was a vice-principal at the time, has now been promoted to principal. All three still work at Berry Miller Junior High where the situation occurred.

“I was mad. I was really mad,” Dante Trice said of his son’s ordeal. “I just imagine three people holding him down with a marker against his will.”

In a new conference about the incident, attorney Kallien cited a 2015 Department of Justice study that found that Black students were 143% more likely to be suspended than white students.

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“We are here today to right this wrong through the court system because apparently, PISD doesn’t care about African American people,” Kallinen claimed in the televised statements.

While Houston has received the title of the most diverse city in America, Pearland where the middle school is located is much less diverse. Of its population, nearly 63% is white and only 17% is Black.

While the lawsuit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, that isn’t all it is attempting to fix. Filed in the Southern District of Texas, the suit also requests that the court order school district employees receive racial sensitivity training. Considering this incident, it seems the school could definitely benefit from this.

Local activists have come out in support of Trice and his family, but they have received a lot of encouragement from Twitter as well.

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As this Twitter user expressed, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen alleged racism in school dress codes or from school administrators. In the past, school districts have faced lawsuits over dress codes that declare braids, long hair, and other so-called “ethnic” hairstyles “against the rules.” In these instances, it is usually found that the school district has violated the civil liberties of students.

Some pointed out that instances like these are more like policing than educating.

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A lot is asked of teachers and school administrators. We definitely won’t argue that. However, the number one thing required of them is to teach our young people. When we see stories like these, we have to wonder how much time is being spent educating and how much is being spent policing these kids. When it comes to their hairstyle, it’s best to let the parents and kids take this one.

The El Paso Man Who Lost His Wife In The Shooting Has A New Car After His Was Stolen After Her Funeral

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The El Paso Man Who Lost His Wife In The Shooting Has A New Car After His Was Stolen After Her Funeral

The El Paso community is still recovering from the violent and senseless shooting at a local Wal-Mart. The shooter confessed that he was only there to kill Mexicans. One victim, Margie Reckard, has left an indelible impression on the community as her husband, a survivor, Antonio Basco mourns the loss of his only family member. The El Paso community has shown their strength and love by the way they have honored Reckard and Basco during the darkest moment in his life.

Recently, Antonio Basco’s car was stolen just hours after his wife’s funeral adding insult to injury.

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Basco had been living in his car after the shooting to be close to the memorial, which included a cross for his wife. Just hours after he buried the last living family member he had, his car was stolen and wrecked. The horrific incident not only affected El Paso community members, but it also angered them.

People immediately flooded the post of his stolen car asking how they could help fix Basco’s situation.

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Basco invited anyone who wanted to attend his wife’s funeral. Thousands of people showed up to mourn the death of Margie Reckard and support a man who lost everything on Aug. 3. The car being stolen after was another blow for a man already mourning.

El Paso had rallied around Basco, even repairing and cleaning his car before it was stolen.

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Casa Ford Lincoln learned about Basco and his situation and gave his car a full-service treatment for free. The car was cleaned and repaired so that it could be the best it could be.

Casa Ford Lincoln decided to do one better after hearing that Basco’s car was stolen and wrecked by giving him a brand new Ford Escape.

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Casa Ford Lincoln hosted a ceremony just for Basco for him to receive his new car following the news that his was stolen and crashed. The crowd that gathered offered Basco love and support during and after the ceremony as some passed him notes and patted the man on the shoulder.

Ronnie Lowenfield, the general manager of Casa Lincoln Ford, spoke to the crowd and Basco offering words of condolences and love.

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“Tony, we just wanted to bring you here and, first off, offer our condolences,” Lowenfield said. “We can’t imagine the hell that you’ve been through in these last couple of weeks. We just want you to know that we love you and this is on behalf of all of us here at Casa and essentially all of us here in El Paso.”

The car is more than a car but a sign of El Paso’s love and support for its community members.

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“This is what we do here in this city, is care for each other and we’re very sorry for your loss,” Lowenfield continued. “We know that you’re a Ford guy and we know that you had a blue Escape. … Fortunately, we had one here so we are going to turn over the keys to you.”

People on Facebook flooded the comment section of the post with love and appreciation for the gesture from Casa Ford Lincoln.

Credit: Casa Ford Lincoln / Facebook

Casa Ford Lincoln customers celebrated the company and gushed about how thankful they are to do business with a company that follows their moral compass.

The El Paso community came out in support of Basco for his wife’s funeral and there are several videos and pictures that the love he received.

He claimed to not have a family but the city of El Paso proved to be the family he didn’t know he had. The outpouring of emotion and love from the El Paso community at large was a special moment in the city’s darkest hours.

El Paso is a strong community and the way they took care of Basco shows just how connected the community is.

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“Amy just sent me this photo from El Paso. This is outside the funeral for Margie Reckard. She was killed at Walmart in El Paso on August 3rd. I met her husband Antonio at the memorial a few nights after that,” Beto O’Rourke wrote in an Instagram post. “The whole crowd at the memorial hugged him and comforted him, everyone giving him love and strength. Earlier this week the funeral home published a notice for Margie’s funeral that said that they didn’t expect anyone to come to the funeral because neither she nor Antonio had family in El Paso and that therefore the community was invited. Amy texted this with the photo from her funeral tonight: ‘Line wraps around the building multiple times. Been waiting 40 minutes and a long way to go. So beautiful.'”

Watch the video of Basco getting his new car below.

Posted by Casa Ford Lincoln on Monday, August 19, 2019

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