The more tequila you have at a family party, the more likely you are to slur the words of “Tragos De Amargo Licor.” But how well do you really know the lyrics? Take a tequila shot and take this quiz. Let’s see if you know every word to the song.
Besides our moms, abuelas, tias and comadres, there are so many strong Latina icons like Selena Quintanilla, Frida Kahlo, Celia Cruz, Jenni Rivera and Rita Moreno that we can look up to.
However, we need to give proper credit to another important feminist figure in the Latinx culture.
“La Chona” is one of the original feminist icons of our generation and she needs to get the proper credit she deserves.
Twitter / @bonitaapplewend
“La Chona” is a song from 1995 by Los Tucanes de Tijuana — a norteño band from Tijuana. The fast beat and up-tempo song tells the story of a woman named La Chona. As the song goes, La Chona is a “city girl” who spends her nights out at the clubs dancing and basically living her best life. Think of “Hotline Bling” without Drake.
The lyrics below will help you understand (if you already don’t) why La Chona is an important feminist figure.
“I’ll tell you the story of a famous city girl. Everybody knows her and La Chona is her name. Everybody knows her and La Chona is her name. Her husband is crying, he doesn’t know what to do. Daily, she is dancing and spending on her booze. Daily, she is dancing and spending on her booze. The band has started, they’re playing the first song. La Chona is ready, ready looking for a boy. La Chona is ready, ready looking for a boy. People are watching and they’re all singing aloud. Bravo, bravo. Chona, about dancing, you’re the one.”
Twitter user @bonitaapplewend wasn’t the only one to declare La Chona one of the original hot girls.
Twitter / @dig_apony
As this tweet says, we stan a strong, confident woman. La Chona is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it — no matter what other people think about her choices. She isn’t afraid to leave her toxic husband behind and enjoy herself. We have to appreciate that level of self-confidence.
A thread by @UnTalFredo goes even further into the La Chona lore and is a good read if you want to learn more about the legend.
Twitter / @UnTalFredo
As the thread details, La Chona isn’t the kind of girl to let things happen to her. She’s going to experience life to it’s fullest because she knows that we are all on borrowed time. If she wants to dance, she finds a partner. If she wants to drink, La Chona buys her own bottles — she doesn’t wait for someone else to treat her. She’s an independent woman who doesn’t need a man to make her nights worthwhile.
Not only that but, La Chona is adored and respected by her community and she loves them in return.
Twitter / @UnTalFredo
La Chona isn’t just dancing for her own enjoyment, she’s also doing it for her community. She shows her appreciation for them by doing something that she is generally great at. She doesn’t dance for the ovations but she appreciates the love that she gets from her audience. Considering how important community is to the Latinidad, this exudes big Latina energy. La Chona is like a local celebrity and we’re certain girls in the clubs she dances at dream of becoming as carefree and acclaimed as she is.
La Chona is so important in Latin music lore that she deserves a place in our hearts alongside other legendary music figures.
Twitter / @monitolegoazul
As this tweet suggests, La Chona would be the perfect partner for “Sergio el Bailador.” The song by a Nuevo León group, Bronco, it tells the story of Sergio el Bailador — a handsome dancer that all the girls come to see groove. His noteworthy style and reputation is a perfect match for La Chona. We’re sure she would save him a dance or two but remember, La Chona doesn’t need a man to get her party on.
La Chona would find a home with another legendary dance group, too.
Twitter / @datfoosaul
Named after an indigenous woman who translated for Cortés, La Malinche was a dance trio created in the 1950s by famous dancer José Limón. Their dances were based on the Mexican fiestas that Limón remembered from his childhood. La Malinch was very popular during the ’50s and it could be said they were the ones that paved the way for other expressive dance groups. La Chona would be just the dancer to make this trio troop into a quartet.
We have to give props to La Chona. She lived her life on her own terms, was immortalized in a song and is still being talked about 25 years later. She’s a true feminist icon and we can all benefit from living a little more like La Chona.
It’s National Picnic Week and since you’re reading this, we’re assuming you’re the altruistic, enjoy-every-moment type. So trust that as we help you set the tone of your fictional (or real) picnic, we’ll give you a vetted, Latino driven and focused organization that deserves your money. Who knows, maybe you’ll even plan the picnic IRL to raise awareness for the cause?
Vamos a ver.
Where's the picnic at?
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Pick a basket, any basket.
Will there be salad?
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Play a song to set the mood.
What food can a picnic not exist without?
Whose *not* invited?
Pick a field of flowers you'd want to be in.
Ok, really, talk about the humans invited.
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What's one word you want your guests to describe your picnic?
Pick a butterfly.
Pick a beverage.
What's the dream ending to your picnic?
Dessert: will it make an entrance?
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Will there be ghost stories?
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Plan A Picnic And We’ll Tell You What Organization You Should Donate To
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
NLIRH is doing the research nobody else is--understanding how Latinas suffer under gender inequality, especially in regards to access to healthcare. Then, NLIRH is using policy change and Latina leadership development to advance a reproductive justice agenda to include immigrant healthcare, abortion access, and affordable healthcare.
You're ready to let patriarchy rest in pieces, now more than ever. We're not rewinding history and we're not letting women of color and immigrants get left behind in anyone's version of feminism. This is it, you're here for it.
Trans Latina Coalition
TLC is formed by Trans Latinx leaders *for* trans Latinx immigrants living in the U.S. They work with policy makers to find solutions to trans peoples' unique needs, especially those living in detention centers without access to appropriate healthcare.
You are abounding in inclusive energy because you know justice reform must be intersectional, and you are intentional about creating space for this advocacy work from picnic conversations to your pocketbook.
Freedom for Immigrants
Freedom for Immigrants is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. They are the only nonprofit in the country monitoring the human rights abuses faced by immigrants detained by ICE through a national hotline and network of volunteer detention visitors, while also modeling a community-based alternative to detention that welcomes immigrants into the social fabric of the United States.
You and Freedom for Immigrants have a lot in common--you're both changing the world one person, one step at a time, and feel everyone has a right to a safe space of belonging.
Spay Mexico is aiming to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Mexico one animal at a time. It's vision is to create affordable and free spay and neuter surgeries for responsible guardians and homeless animals alike.
You can't imagine your animal companion left to fend for him or herself in the streets anymore than any other dog or cat. Your heart is big enough to extend to a range of issues, and you won't leave anyone behind.