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9 Badas$ Latinas You Seriously Need To Follow On Social Media

It’s a question you’ve pondered if you’ve ever found yourself fighting off randos in Times Square or Hollywood Boulevard asking, “Do you like comedy?” I mean, the answer is probably at least a little bit, right? So here are some funny, smart women you should be following on Twitter. They’ll provide you with funny stuff, and you won’t need to even worry about a two-drink minimum or talking to a single other human being trying to get you to go to their improv show:

1. Veronica Orsorio

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Veronica is not only good at writing funny things in 140 characters or fewer, she also happens to be pretty good at performing as different characters. And if you’re one of those people who leaves their houses ever, she also performs at LA’s UCB theater.


2. Stephanie Beatriz

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You know Stephanie already, right? She plays Rosa on NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and she also pretty good at balancing making you laugh and handing out truly solid advice on Twitter.


3. Andrea Gompf

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Not content to simply be a Hot Cheeto bruja queen, Andrea is also busy overseeing Remezcla as the site’s editor-in-chief. Her tweets are a great mix of news, Latino-focused stories, and funny shit.


4. Viviana Rosales Olen

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If we had to distill what makes Viviana worth following to just one thing, it’d be this: She created a museum dedicated to the Olsen twins, featuring various interactive activities and beautiful works of Olsen art. Oh, and she made one for Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, too.


5.  Grace Parra

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Grace is killing it all over the place these days. Not only is she a contributor for “The Nightly Show”, she also has her own video series at Más Mejor, giving her very blunt opinions about all things politics and election. Luckily, she has enough time to also be hilarious on Twitter.


6. J. Escobedo Shepherd

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Her culture-focused writing for Jezebel is reliably funny, smart, and well worth your time. (Read. Her. Stuff.) But if you only have a few seconds to spare, read through Julianne’s twitter. It’s like spending time with that one friend who manages to say exactly what you were thinking (about Drake) so much better than you ever could.


7. Daniella Pineda

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Daniella stars on the TBS sitcom “The Detour” and also is just plain funny in general. And so is her dog, apparently.

(Yes, poop is always funny.)


8. Daniela Cadena

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Daniel is a writer at BuzzFeed who has an impeccable sense of style, both when it comes to clothes and stuff AND sharing observations that will make you, say, leave your desk really quickly so you can run to the bathroom and laugh out loud without frightening your co-workers.


9. Maria Sherman

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Maria is a writer who covers music and pop culture, which is great because following her stuff will make you feel on top of that (especially if you’re the kind of person who just listens to the same three songs on a loop for five years), plus she’s just nice and funny–two good things that are far too rare.

Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

READ: Zuri Moreno Made Sure The Trans Community In Montana Remained Safe

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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