Just because you don’t recognize Patty Rodriguez and Jen Rosales’ names doesn’t mean they’re not making sh*t happen in Hollywood.
As a matter a fact, Rihanna’s world — you know, the trips, tours, clothing lines, etc. — wouldn’t run the way it does if it weren’t for her personal assistant, Jen. As for Patty, would we even know who Ryan Seacrest was if it weren’t for the radio show she produces every morning on KIIS FM? She’s also joined forces with MAC Cosmetics to create a Selena makeup line and sold her children’s books to Barnes & Noble. These Latinas have been running Hollywood for some time, and they’re letting their hard work speak for itself… just like they were taught by their parents.
“Being successful in this industry came hand-in-hand with being Latina. Watching my parents just GRIND on a daily basis, from morning to night, everyday,” Rosales said. “The one thing I always knew was to work hard, and you’ll succeed.”
“To me, it just feels like a dream. It’s hard to imagine that this little Mexican-American girl, whose parents came here to this country with nothing, was able to go for it,” Rodriguez said. “It still feels like a dream.”
Both Rodriguez and Rosales come from humble backgrounds. Their parents — Mexican and Costa Rican, respectively — all crossed the border with no money or language skills.
“My dad did it (crossed the border) the old school way, with a coyote and through gutters and desert. My mom crossed like a white woman. She did her hair all big, fabulous coat, high heels and crossed the border,” Rosales said.
The hard work that these Latinas have been putting in for more than a decade has been for one incentive. “With all the glitz and glamour comes a lot of sacrifice and hard work. You miss a lot of personal life, a lot of weddings and a lot of birthdays… but it’s all worth it,” Jen said. “I’ve been able to provide for my family. And that’s all I ever wanted.”
If you’re dealing with an influx of requests for booty pics, Monica Escalante has got a solution for you. This savvy Latina uses the app Wit Puzzles to give her prospective beaus what they want, all the while making them work for it.
Modern romance, what even is it? What did old people do in the past? Talk in person about their interests? Well, I haven’t got time for that, I am a well-educated, sophisticated woman; I’ve got “Drake is Dominican” memes to collect for my Master’s thesis. My parents met when they were 13 in the 1600s or whenever, I don’t know. All I know is hip hop wasn’t even invented yet. They’re still together. Love isn’t dead it’s just old. As I like to say, out with the old, in with the new.
Meet this innovative queen.
Monica Escalante is a mere 18 years old and already shifting the paradigm of the modern sext. She and her friends have been using the Wit Puzzles app. The app turns any photo into a sliding puzzle game. You send the game to a friend for them to solve. It sounds fun and innocent, and yet… When a gentlemen caller requested a butt pic, as gentlemen callers do, Escalante decided to turn her derriere into a puzzle. Her mind!
“My friends and I would just send random pics and see who would solve them the fastest and then an idea hit me and I was like wait, he wants a booty pic I’m gonna make him work for it,” she told BuzzFeed News. “So I just decided to send my booty pic as a puzzle.”
Would you want to date a guy who can’t solve a simple puzzle?
Escalante’s tweet went viral with over 56,000 likes. Most importantly, her man friend was able to solve it. Imagine if he couldn’t? How embarrassing that would be for everyone involved. I shudder to think!
“I am pretty sure he liked it, he solved it super fast, in less than 5 minutes with 34 moves,” she said.
This isn’t a lifestyle it’s a movement.
Whenever anyone has a good idea, it is bound to be imitated by others. The slide puzzle booty shot isn’t a lifestyle, it’s a movement. This is the next frontier of sexting. Don’t just give these dweebs your precious nudes, test them. How can we incorporate the Pythagorean Theorem? Yo, my guy, you have to know how to solve for X if you want to access my catalog of nudes.
Unfortunately, others tried this technique and, naturally, some men were too “limited” to understand the proposition.
Men were disarmed by this new collective bargaining chip. Great, that’s the whole point. Some felt this was a technique reserved for the elderly. That just seems like further proof this is a wise choice.
“Damn I got to solve puzzles to get nudes nowadays. How old are we, 77?” One person responded.
Another person praised the genius of the booty pic sender, as one should.
I mean this is a legit creative way to answer those damn requests Requests for nudes that guys always be slipping in them DMs and texts.
Thank this humble queen.
Escalante isn’t asking for monuments to be erected in her image as she should. Instead, she is a mere humble goddess who is satisfied with people liking her idea.
“The reaction from Twitter has been amazing, people love it and I’ve been getting DMs from girls and guys doing it,” said Escalante. “I’m glad they’re having fun with it.”
When I think of making men solve puzzles to earn intimacy, I think of the eternal words from one of history’s greatest masters of the English language. “We found love in a hopeless place” — Rihanna. Yes, but we still found it.
When pictures emerged last week of the devastating conditions immigrant children were being subjected to at detention centers, Patty Rodriguez felt she couldn’t idly stand by. The images made such an impact on Rodriguez that she knew she had to do something to help the children any way she could.
In one weekend, the co-founder and author of bilingual children’s books Lil’ Libros mobilized her social media followers to raise over $9,000..
Rodriguez mobilized her 90,000 Instagram followers to raise enough money to send hundreds of pairs of shoes to a shelter in Texas. On June 28, Rodriguez saw a photo of a little boy about her son’s age, with a diaper completely soiled and wrapped in a foil blanket. The phot was enough to spur the entrepreneur into action.
“How are people debating this?” Rodriguez said while choking up during a phone interview with mitú.
“There’s no time to focus on that. I went on Zappos to buy shoes myself, and I thought I could purchase a handful myself, or ask my community on Instagram if they wanted to help,” Rodriguez said. “People want to help, they just don’t know how. There’s all this information that you can’t donate to detention centers, but there’s a loophole that you can donate to shelters, but people just don’t know that.”
The shoes are not the only way Rodriguez is using her platform to help the migrants. She recently teamed up with Super Mamá’s Bricia Lopez to raise money for RAICES.
“I called my girlfriend Bricia Lopez to do a dinner and use our platform to get people inspired. Within hours we had set up a website, it was $150 a ticket, and in less than 12 hours we had sold out. 100 percent of the proceeds go to RAICES,” she said.
RAICES is a non-profit legal services organization in Texas. They made national news when the migrant crisis started directly targeting children at the southern border. They offer legal aid to the migrants as they cross into the U.S. to guarantee the best outcome for their cases.
Rodriguez used the momentum from selling out her charity dinner in less than a day to push to do more.
“I saw a photo of a little girl, Afro-Latina, with foil blanket [strings] to tie her hair—things we take for granted. I got fired up and decided to put it [buying shoes] on Instagram Stories and show the receipts through the process,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez started posting on her Instagram Stories about buying shoes and asking her followers to help at 9 p.m. Friday night. By Saturday morning, her Venmo account had reached $7,000 with donations.
Sunday saw another outpouring of donations and her account hit $8,000. By Monday morning, $9,000 had been raised to help the children at the detention centers.
In total, Rodriguez estimates she was able to buy 50 pairs of high-quality shoes for every $1,000 raised. With $9,000, Rodriguez said she estimates Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande will be receiving close to 400 pairs of shoes.
Sizes ranging from toddler sizes to sizes for 15 to 16-year-olds will be shipped out and arriving as soon as this week.
“As a mother of two kids, I can’t sit down and do nothing. I spent Saturday on Zappos figuring out what’s the fastest way to get it done,” Rodriguez said.
No matter how small the action—or donation—Rodriguez sees it contributing to the good of the cause. Although some donors were writing to her that they didn’t think their $1 or $5 donation would do much but they wanted to help, she encouraged them by continuing to post on her stories that every dollar was helping a child get a new pair of much-needed shoes.
Rodriguez calls it being the “granito de arena in a situation.”
Tiny but mighty changes can make a big difference. When asked if a call for donations will happen again, Rodriguez said she is open to the opportunity.
“It’s spur-of-the-moment—that’s how I operate. I would like to think it’s something I can continue doing. Perhaps more streamlined—helping more shelters,” she said.
Rodriguez said she is aware that as much as shelters are in need of basic necessities, they also don’t have enough hands. She continues to wonder what shelters may be in most need of besides shoes, and if it’s better to send money to the shelter or if sending over boxes of items is better.
“I haven’t thought that far,” Rodriguez said. “I want to continue helping because this situation won’t have a solution anytime soon. We have to continue advocating and continue collaborating as a community.”
While she said there’s not much we can do right now besides calling Congress, she still wants to encourage others to galvanize awareness.
“What we can do as a community is mobilizing to donate and help shelters where kids are being held,” she said.
Rodriguez said she hopes this inspires others to start their own donation drives within their own community, work, and a group of friends. When one granitode arena joins with another, it can be a sandstorm of change.