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12 Reasons Why Latino Cousins Are Awesome AF

Even though I had two younger sisters growing up, I hung out with my cousins all the time as well, and we were all just as close.

Here are 10 reasons why Latino cousins are awesome AF:

1. They’ll make ridiculous music videos with you.

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One huge perk to growing up with a ton of Latino cousins is making ridiculous music videos with them. You know what it’s like: Dancing to Madonna or Selena (the little cousins had to be back-up dancers) and trying out “cool” editing tricks that never, ever worked.

2. You always have someone to share the latest and greatest family chisme with.

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“Tía Tati did WHAT with WHOM?????”

3. When your actual siblings are annoying you, your cousins are there to hear you vent.

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Ahhh yes, the best thing about cousins. When your little sister is annoying the hell out of you, you can run to your older cousin and vent for hours. They are always the best ones to hang with when you are totally over your actual siblings.

4. You can get away with basically anything together. (Mwahaha!)

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Your parents can never yell at your cousins as much as they may have wanted to, so you can totally get away with stuff you normally wouldn’t be able to. Like staying out way later than your curfew, which when you were young, felt like the most badass thing ever.

5. You always roll squad deep at all times.

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Whether it’s a quick trip to Target or a night at the club, you and your cousins go everywhere together. Move over Taylor Swift’s “squad” – they are no match for you and your familia.

6. You had zillions of sleepovers growing up.

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Even if your parents were strict about never letting you stay at friends’ houses, you were still totally a pro at having the perfect sleepover, because every weekend (and even some weeknights), you’d have sleepovers with your cousins. It always felt like a party, which is probably why it annoyed your parents so much.

7. Their opinions are always the most important to you.

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You still care the most about the opinions of your cousins. These people are your tribe! And when it comes down to it, what they think matters the most.

8. You don’t have to stress about who will be in your wedding party.

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While your friends have so much drama in their lives over who’ll be their bridesmaids or groomsmen, you can just sit back, have a beer, and relax. You’ve known who would be in your wedding party since you were 10. Ain’t no thang.

9. …Not to mention your quinceañera court!

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The 1,001 choreography practices just equal more time to hang out.

10. Growing up, you had partners in crime to help you get through life’s awkward or boring moments.

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Like church services that were so long and so exhausting or parties that lasted until 2 a.m., long after all the kids had nodded off on abuela’s couch. It’s always good to have someone to rest your head on and make it through.

11. You’ll weather all kinds of storms together.

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No matter what, you and your cousins have each other’s back. Always. (Because if not, you’ll never stop hearing about it from the rest of your family.)

12. Cousins are for LIFE. (Like, literally. Being family and all.)

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Latina cousins are the best and anyone tells you that they aren’t can GTFO.


Read: 15 Things You Find At Every Quince

What’s your favorite part about having cousins? Let us know in the comments below!

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Latinos Shared The Most Messed Up Thing They’ve Ever Done To A Sibling And Y’all Are Cruel

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Latinos Shared The Most Messed Up Thing They’ve Ever Done To A Sibling And Y’all Are Cruel

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We all know that no one knows how to get under our skin quite like our siblings. From the nasty verbal jabs to literal physical jabs, our siblings have gone all out in torturing, humiliating and traumatizing us. Of course, we love them forever, but the marks of their tricks have no doubt left physical and emotional scars.

We asked our audience on Instagram what the most messed up thing they’ve ever done to a sibling was and boy were the responses wild.

Check them out below!

Forging their adoption papers.

“Told my brother he was adopted and made some fake adoption paper work… got him good.”” br1ana21

Giving them the big chop

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“When I was about 12 my sister was 9, she had a bad habit of pulling my hair so one day when she was sleeping I decided to cut her hair.” veronicaortiz360

Dang if my sibling ever does this one to me

“When I was 12 and my brother was 13, I was SO mad that I thought about putting Nair in his hair soap, but I decided that that was too bad so instead I put clear hand soap on his toothbrush 😂” –thefaz3962

Better than the alternative…

Giving them their first scars

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“Had a little ride-on car when we were little, which was my favorite. My brother liked to use it too much and ride around in it. So I offered to push him around in it (I was 5 and he was 1) but it ended up getting stuck on a crack on the sidewalk and it flipped over. He ended up getting a gash under his chin 😂 has the scar today.”- maria__clarisa

Everyone with this adoption joke…

“So many things… hit them with the vacuum cord, Made one think she was adopted and she believed it for years, you know older sibling stuff.” lillyesc

The ultimate blackmail

“When my brother was 17 and I 12, I found condoms and a thong in his room I blackmailed him for weeks until he snapped and told on himself 😂😂😂 I’m pretty sure I got in trouble for going through his stuff #dublestandard.” duhkarina

Using the Valentina on them

“My brother sleeps with his mouth open so I put some dog kibble in his mouth and then poured Valentina in with it brothers fell asleep so me and my Tia @nessasterk painted his toes, put make-up on him and sprayed perfume on his butt.”- morelia_real

Literally putting them on blast.

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“Put my sister @j0celyn09 in the dryer, turned it on for a few seconds and got a royal spanking but she liked it, lol.”- hi.dspnz26

And finally using the ultimate scary weapon against them.

“My brother @edlose_chaidez was bothering and teasing me so I told him to stop if not I would throw a fork at him. He didn’t stop and while he was running away I threw the fork I had at him and hit his arm. He still has a scar from it. Lol.”- yara_nely

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Curl Up With Your Cuarentena Bae And Watch This Super Nostalgic Latino Films

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Curl Up With Your Cuarentena Bae And Watch This Super Nostalgic Latino Films

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Movies can play such an important part in our lives as we grow up – they affect us more than we think, and we remember them long into adulthood and beyond. Here are 11 amazing Latino coming-of-age films that may speak to your childhood…

1. “Mosquita Y Mari” (2012)

This 2012 Official Sundance Selection and the Official Selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival tells us about two “young Chicanas [who] contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.” Aurora Guerrero, the writer and director, crafted something truly incredible and special, touching on what it’s like to be a queer woman of color.

2. “Por La Libre” (2000)

Ahhh, a film about growing pains. It follows Rodrigo and Rocco as they take a journey from Mexico City to Acapulco to accomplish their grandfather’s last wish. It hits home for anyone dealing with family issues, sexuality, and fighting with someone you’re really close to; like your cousins, brothers or sisters.

3. “The Best Things In The World” (2010)

Oh goodness, the feels in this movie! It tells the story of one family’s experience as the parents divorce, and the father comes out as gay. It’s a beautiful, funny, sad Brazilian film that hits on real issues that Latino families face. Get ready to laugh and cry.

4. “Confissões de Adolescente” (2014)

Give me a movie about growing up with sisters and I’ll give you my soul, tears, emotions… everything. How many of us grew up in a Latina household fighting, nagging, crying, and loving each other?! This 2014 film is based off the diaries of Maria Mariana, who also stars in the film!

5. “The Way He Looks” (2014)

Based on the 2010 short film, “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone, is about a blind teenager, his best friend Giovana, and their changing relationship when Gabriel is introduced. It’s sweet, poignant, and touches on the relationship between two teenagers that constantly blurs the line between friendship and something more.

6. “The Year My Parents Went On Vacation” (2006)

This film is the perfect mix of drama and comedy exploring themes of politics and familial discord, all centered around a young boy’s obsession with the World Cup. It’s part coming of age, part political commentary, part nostalgic tale and will leave your heart aching. For anyone who has had to live the repercussions of their parents’ lives, this is for you.

7. “Lake Tahoe” (2008)

This film isn’t just visually unique and interesting. The story is fascinating and focuses on Juan, who crashes his family car into a pole and attempts to fix it. Of course, you can bet that he meets some interesting characters his way to fix his car that ultimately changes his life.

8. “Alamar” (2009)

This documentary-style film is about a young boy visiting his father on the Banco Chinchorro. It’s got a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so you know it’s pretty damn amazing. It’s about falling in love with nature, which is so gorgeously shot, and the relationship between the father and son will bring you to tears.

9. “I Like It Like That” (1994)

This Bronx-based comedy is about the trials and tribulations a young, poor Puerto Rican couple faces. If you’re Puerto Rican, you’ll find yourself raising hands in praise to the relatable moments in the film, and also just in appreciation of the struggle.

10. “Raising Victor Vargas” (2002)

A tale of a Dominican ladies’ man! This comedy-drama depicts life in the early 2000s in New York City’s Lower East Side. This film has an authentic take on what it’s like to grow up Latino with a big family, one that includes an abuelita who wants to put him in jail for no reason and a new girlfriend. This is another one that’ll make you laugh and probably cry.

11. “Hangin’ With The Homeboys” (1991)

You’ll recognize the faces in this movie (baby John Leguizamo!!! I die.) It’s the quintessential coming-of-age film about two black men and two Puerto Rican men over the course of one night in – you guessed it – the Bronx. It’s a ’90s classic! Friendship, girls, laughter – what more could you really want? It’s a perfect example of life in the city.

12. “Real Women Have Curves” (2002)

The movie is one of the most honest and unflinching looks at the relationship between mother and daughter. It came before “Lady Bird” and shows the struggle between the generations that we are all familiar with. A definite must-watch (or rewatch) while we are all sitting at home together.

READ: Get On It: 13 Books By Latino Authors You Should Have Read By Now

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