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#WeAreAmerica: Being Latino Means Being Proud of Two Cultures, Two Languages, and All These Things

Being Proud of Both Cultures

“Some people think being a Latino is a burden because of all the issues. But it’s a privilege,” says Ashley Soto, 17. Being a Latino in the US means countless different things. Every story, every experience is different and personal accounts range from coming here at a young age, to coming from a Latin American country a few years ago, to being born in the US to immigrant parents. For many others like Spencer Brenson from Lima, Peru and Santos Herrera from Portland, OR it means being proud of having two nationalities. mitú challenges you to tell us what being a Latino in the US means to you in your own story, with a social media post, a meme, or any way you feel most comfortable using #WeAreAmerica. Together, we will create a beautiful portrait of what it means to be Latino in the US.

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After His Wife's Tragic Death, a Father Recreated Pre-Wedding Pictures with His Daughter

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After His Wife’s Tragic Death, a Father Recreated Pre-Wedding Pictures with His Daughter

Meet Rafael Del Col and his wife, Tatiane.

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Credit: O Diário da Raisinha / BlogSpot

A week before their 2009 wedding, they did what many couples do. They hired a photographer and took lots and lots of photos together. The couple wanted to commemorate the beginning of a lifelong journey as husband and wife.

Three years later, they had their first child, Raisinha.

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Credit: Rafael Del Col / YouTube

But before Raisinha’s first birthday, Tatiane died in a car accident.

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Credit: O Diário da Raisinha / BlogSpot

Tatiane was pregnant with the couple’s second child, who also died in the accident.

After a year of grieving, Rafael decided to recreate the photo shoot with Raisinha.

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Credit: Rafael Del Col / YouTube

The widowed father had spent more than a year trying to find a way to honor his late wife’s memory.

Rafael was inspired by Ben Nunery of Cincinnati.

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Credit: Rafael Del Col / YouTube

Nunery recreated photos of his wedding album with his daughter after his wife died of cancer.

Raisinha got dressed up just like her mother. Here she is wearing her mom’s shoes.

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Credit: O Diário da Raisinha / BlogSpot

She even wore the same necklace her mother wore 6 years ago.

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Credit: Rafael Del Col / YouTube

Qué preciosa.


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Raul, the family dog, was also in the photos.

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Credit: O Diário da Raisinha / BlogSpot

“Our dog, Raul, is the same as well,” Rafael wrote in his blog. “I bought this dog for Tati in the beginning of our relationship.”

The resulting photos are a sweet and touching tribute to Tatiane.

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Credit: O Diário da Raisinha / BlogSpot

And will no doubt be a touching memory for Raisinha and Rafael.

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Credit: O Diário da Raisinha / BlogSpot

Wow. Amazing.

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Where’s the Dad of the Year award? This dude totally deserves it.

Watch the video of the photo shoot below:


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