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11 “Jane The Virgin” Questions That are Eating Away At Us This Season

We’re about two weeks into the new season of the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” we’re still emotional AF about it. Season two left us in chaos. Here’s a quick recap: Jane and Michael finally married after truly a rollercoaster of a relationship. Hooray for love! A happy ending! JUST KIDDING, because…

Michael was shot on his wedding night (!!) right before he and Jane were about to finally have sex.

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BY HIS PARTNER, NO LESS, WHO WAS ACTUALLY SIN ROSTRO ALL ALONG. It was a damn mess, so many things happened, and left us with a ton of questions. Here are 11 questions we’re praying the television gods answer this season.

1. Is Michael Alive After Being Shot?

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Okay, to be fair, this question was actually answered in the season premiere! MICHAEL IS FINE, GOD BLESS. He managed to survive the nearly fatal gunshot, and we can all rest easy. So, rejoice! ??

2. Is XO really not going to keep the baby she’s currently carrying thanks to Rogelio’s mortal enemy, Esteban Santiago?

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If you watched the first episode, you know that XO has decided against keeping the baby. But is she really going to stick to that decision? If you remember, the only reason her and Rogelio aren’t together is because she doesn’t want kids and he does…and now she’s preggers by a man Rogelio absolutely detests. Ay dios mio!

3. When will everyone find out Petra’s twin sister is impersonating her and Petra is the one stuck in the hospital?

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At the end of season two when it was revealed that Petra’s twin sister, Anezka, poisoned Petra and switched places with her, injecting her to keep her muted and pretty much a vegetable and… we all lost our minds. It was just as big of a twist as Michael getting shot. Poor Petra! But when will everyone realize Anezka is a complete psycho and is basically holding Petra prisoner? Hopefully ASAP.

4. Will Luisa ever get her sh*t together and stop running off with Sin Rostro?

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Ugh, Luisa. This is how some of us feel about Luisa:

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Luisa is clearly an addict, as the series explores through her alcoholism, but her main drug is Sin Rostro, bae/evil human/conniving witch extraordinaire. She just can’t quit her, no matter how hard she tries. Throughout seasons one and two, we’ve seen Luisa struggle to be sober… and then f*ck it all up by going straight back to Sin Rostro’s clutches. Again, what a damn mess. In season three, it’d be amazing to see Luisa get her life together, move on, and make healthy decisions that better her life.

Tell ’em girl, bye!

5. Will XO and Rogelio ever be together or will XO’s pregnancy push Rogelio over the edge?

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It’s the question that burns in everyone’s minds – will they ever get together?! They clearly love each other and are perfect together, etc. But it seems like they just can never get the timing right, or the issue of kids come up. And will Rogelio ever get over XO being pregnant with Esteban’s? It seems they might have hit the point of no return…

6. Will Petra’s mother ever go away?

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Ugh, will Petra’s evil (and annoying) mother ever go away? She and Anezka are the worst, and poor Petra is suddenly everyone’s favorite character. No wonder she is cold! Look at her family, the most manipulative and just horrible people to ever exist. Ugh, get out of here.

7. Will Rafael’s brother continue to ruin Rafael’s life?

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Derek is the worst. Does anyone in this show have a decent family besides Jane?? Remember, this is the dude that tricked Rafael into doing some illegal insider trading, just so he could have a stake in The Fairwick Hotel. He then flees, escaping with $200 million dollars and leaving Mutter tied in the basement. A DAMN MESS. That should be part of the show’s title – Jane the Virgin: A Damn Mess. 

Hopefully Derek doesn’t stay around too long because he sucks.

8. Will Rafael ever get over Jane and meet someone new?

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Listen, I’m in no way #TeamRafael at all, but I want the dude to be happy. During the season two finale showed us that he has her best interests at heart because he almost confessed that he still loves her right before she walked down the aisle to Michael… But then he didn’t because he saw how happy she was, because UGH, OKAY, I GUESS HE’S A GOOD MAN. He still gets on everyone’s nerves though, but it’s fine.

The question is: will he move on and meet someone now? Will he fall in love? Which brings me to the next question…

9. Will Petra and Rafael ever get back together?

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Yes, they’re both a little cray and their past is WILD. They were married, then divorced, then Petra impregnated herself with Rafael’s sperm. Can I get another, #itsadamnmess?

Regardless, the two have some chemistry. Or so, Rafael thinks? Since it was revealed in season two, he actually didn’t end up sleeping with Petra, but with Anezka impersonating Petra! The layers are deep, people!

10. What will Jane and Michael’s marriage and life together look like?

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We’d all be fools if we thought it was going to be easy street for these two after saying, “I do.” I mean, Michael immediately got shot. WOOF. But since we all know he survives, the next question is: what is their life together actually going to look like? It’s a telenovela after all! You know there’s some drama brewing up in there and we’re both terrified and excited to know what it is!

Whiiiiich brings us to the final and most important question:

11. Will Jane ever have sex?!

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IT’S WHAT EVERYONE IS DYING TO KNOW. This question has already been answered, but we’re not going to spoil it for those of you who are still waiting to catch up to your DVR.

And there you have it: 11 burning questions we’re all dying to find out the answers to. Even if none of these get answered, one thing’s for certain: this is going to be one interesting season.

Read: Xiomara’s Best Moments from Jane The Virgin

What do you hope happens in season three? Let us know in the comments below!

You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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For many of us, our ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese is a huge part of our Latinidad. But with millions of people speaking Indigenous languages in Latin America, we know this is far from the truth. Spanish is, of course, one thing that unites most of Latin America together, but it’s a language that was imposed on us. It’s one reason some Mexican writers have rejected Spanish to write in Indigenous languages. For those of us who are interested in learning Indigenous languages, technology has become a serious lifeline.

We already use apps for dating and social media to checking the weather or shopping, so why not use it to help us get in touch with our deeper identity?

Several apps have sprung over the last few years to help us learn the Indigenous languages of Latin America. If you’re looking to take on a new language, here are a few apps you should check out:

Náhuatl

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With an estimated 1.5 million speakers, Náhuatl is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language in Mexico. Yet despite its prevalence in rural Mexico, there are still few courses or resources available for learning it.

The digital app “Vamos a Aprender Náhuatl” (Let’s Learn Náhuatl) offers learners the chance to approach the language as spoken in the town of Acatlán, in the southern state of Guerrero. In a self-taught manner, you can learn the numbers, greetings, animals, body parts, fruits, plants, and some verbs. The app – which is in Spanish and Náhuatl – also features quizzes to help users retain their lessons.

Mixtec

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Kernaia has also developed an app for learning Mixtec, a branch of Indigenous languages spoken by more than half a million people. The app allows learners to navigate through 20 language lessons which teach greetings, numbers, and colors. The lessons are all set in the Santa Inés de Zaragoza community in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the app teaches people about the culture and traditions of the community.

Purépecha

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The Kernaia project says that its mission is to create “an ecosystem of digital content for Indigenous languages.” To move toward this goal, the organization has created a similar app for Purépecha, a language spoken by nearly 200,000 people in the western state of Michoacán.

After the passing of Mexico’s Indigenous language law in 2000, languages including Purépecha were given official status equal with Spanish in the areas where it is spoken. Digital learning aids such as those offered by Kernaia are vital to heightening awareness of both the Purépecha language and the culture of the Purépecha people, who often experience poverty and marginalization.

As well as teaching words related to daily activities, Kernaia’s website says that the app offers a journey into “the space where they take place: the family, the community, the kitchen, the field, the celebrations, and other elements that represent the town’s identity and enrich our cultural diversity.”

Habla Quechua

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Quechua’s one of the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. PromPerú developed the Habla Quechua app “with the aim of inspiring Peruvian citizens and foreigners to use and take an interest in the Quechua language.” The app – which is available to English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish speakers – features quizzes and a live translator feature.

Duolingo

DuoLingo offers courses in more than 20 languages, including the Jopará dialect of Guaraní, which is spoken in Paraguay. There is also a course for Navajo that is currently in Beta. The app offers quizzes and immediate grading.

So what do you think? Are there any Indigenous languages you’d like to learn that don’t have an app yet?

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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