Mexican isn’t a language, but it might as well be. Between our pocho pronunciations and the way our parents say chiquen mainagues (chicken nuggets), it feels like a defined dialect. There should be an app. Listen in to Eddie G!: the ultimate translator of “Mexican.”
There’s a couple of ways you can pigeonhole someone of Mexican descent. You can say we like tequila, you can wear a sombrero to poke fun, and you can buy a serape on your Mexico vacation to show off your so-called love for our culture, especially from luxury brands.
Mexican pride is much more than that, and we’re here to reclaim our history, our heritage, and our absolute right to Mexican aesthetics! That’s why when we see independent Latinx artists beautifully crafting Mexican history into a modern way, we’re here to celebrate it.
Meet Monica Marie, an artisan with a shop in San Juan Bautista, CA.
According to Latin Live, Monica has been creating art in some way or another her entire life. She began posting her creations on social media and got so many inquiries that she decided to open her own shop, selling all original artwork.
She’s brilliant at meshing Mexican art with American pop culture.
We love her Star Wars mugs, her Day of the Dead art, and her Virgen de Guadalupe stained glass. But there’s one piece of art that is getting everyone’s attention.
One of her most popular items is a sarape American flag.
From the looks of her Instagram page, it looks as if she first launched this big seller around 2017. And we can only assume it’s her most popular because she’s always selling out!
“Due to the overwhelming demand and that each flag is made to order there is a 2-3 week wait time (usually not more than 10 days),” her website states.
According to Latin Live, “Each blanket was uniquely decorated with a design that identified the person’s family, hometown, and social status, kind of like Scottish plaid. (In Scotland, each region or clan has its own specific plaid pattern or ‘tartan.’)” So fascinating!
She makes other incredible items that embody the serape textile. Here are some of our favorites.
You cannot go wrong with these.
While we’re window shopping, we’ll take these too.
Such gorgeous wall decorations.
And pretty much everything else in her shop.
We could spend hours here. Anyone down for a road trip? Click here to support her artwork.
What do you guys think about the serape flag? Let us know in the comment section below.
For those that believe Latinos automatically do well in Spanish class think again. The Spanish language among Latinos continues to decline. According to Pew Research, 73 percent of Latinos spoke Spanish at home in 2015, which has dropped from 78 percent in 2006. That’s to say, the younger generation of Latinos do not go hand-in-hand with Spanish as it is believed to be, and that’s what makes this story so extraordinary.
A 17-year-old Chicago student got a perfect score on his Spanish AP exam.
Before you think, well, of course, he got a perfect score, he’s Latino. That assumption that young Latinos understand Spanish and write it perfectly is entirely ridiculous. Speaking Español with mom and dad is not the same as writing comprehension in Spanish.
Out of 189,658 students, Arturo Ballesteros from Chicago was one of 100 to get a perfect score.
“I saw I had gotten a perfect score and was like, ‘Oh my God,’” the high school junior told NBC News. “I was blown out of the water.”
Ballesteros was in shock because he didn’t believe he did that well on the test.
“On some of the sections, I felt like I could’ve done better,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.
His teacher, Benita Arguellez at Back of the Yards College Prep and Principal Patricia Brekke, knew Ballesteros had it in him.
“He has an incredible level of humility,” Brekke told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Yes, he’s incredibly smart, we all know that. But he’s a really good person, and that’s what makes him great.”
“Everything comes natural to him. He’s able to elaborate with the richest vocabulary,” Arguellez added.
So what exactly does this Spanish AP test cover? Lots.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the exam includes 65 multiple choice questions, a written persuasive essay that must outline “the value of digital library resources over physical texts,” a business email response, “an impromptu two-minute presentation comparing the cultural norms around keeping pets in Mexico and the United States, and discuss the merits of a career in law with a hypothetical acquaintance. All in conversational, college-level Spanish.” Holy cow.
Ballesteros credits embracing his Latino culture and the Spanish language for his perfect score, and of course, his parents.
“Spanish is a really great language. It’s the second most spoken language in the world,” Ballesteros told NBC News. “So I would say to students and young people who come from Spanish-speaking families to embrace that and learn from a young age, because it will be useful in your professional and academic life.”
He added that it is because of his parents that he will hopefully attend the University of Chicago when he graduates.
“I told my parents because I owe my accomplishments to them, but I don’t like to randomly talk about myself like that or come off as arrogant.”