There Was Actually A “Beverly Hills 90210” Episode Where A Latina Schooled Brandon About East L.A.

In the ’90s, “Beverly Hills 90210” was a cultural phenomenon. Back in those days, there was no “Gossip Girl” or “Pretty Little Liars” on TV, so “Beverly Hills 90210” was your shit if you wanted to watch the exploits of attractive, wealthy teens. As you’ve probably guessed, Latino students were few and far between at West Beverly High — until Karla Montez, a Latina from East L.A., appeared in a season-one episode titled “East Side Story.” Here’s how it all went down.

On her first day, Karla Montez was already turning heads. Just look at ‘ol Dylan breaking his neck.

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So, what’s Karla doing at West Beverly? Here’s what you missed in the opening credits:

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Brandon and Brenda Walsh have a quick meeting with their parents, who inform Brandon and Brenda that they’re going to let their housekeeper’s niece (Karla Montez) use their address so she can attend West Beverly High. The dude on the right, Richard Rodrigues, meets the family and explains that they want to give Montez, a bright student, the best possible chance at getting a good education.

The next day at school, Brandon and Karla meet and the chemistry is UNDENIABLE.

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Brandon makes a lame joke about Sacramento, Karla overhears it and mentions that’s where she was born. *Sparks* fly.

After finding out that Karla has lots of classes in common with him, Brandon gives her some advice:

One class they didn’t have in common: Mansplaining 101.

Once they’re in class, Brandon realizes he done fucked up.

Brandon is probably thinking, “Damn, this Mexican girl is killing the French game right now.” If you’re wondering what Karla said in French, it translates to: “Ande, pinche Brandon. ¿No que muy chingón?”

But Karla isn’t just good at Français, she’s good at EVERYTHING…

Differentiate between the filters? Did Karla invent Instagram in the ’90s?

Later, Brandon tells Karla she’ll be a shoe-in for lots of scholarships. But Karla gets a bit defensive:

Brandon then explains to Karla that he didn’t mean to imply she was broke. He said he was merely pointing out that despite living in Beverly Hills, he’s also looking to get financial aid for college.

They squash the beef over some pie at the Peach Pit, and Karla meets the rest of the crew.

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CREDIT: Credit: CBS Television Distribution

But she wasn’t counting on meeting these two dudes, who check her out for a little too long.


Are they related? Are they from rival gangs? Are these guys just pervs? Stay tuned to find out.

After a little pie, Brandon gives Karla a ride home to East L.A. But Karla isn’t completely down with playing tour guide:

Side note: Bonus points to whoever spotted that marquee featuring Los Caminantes and Pedrito Fernandez!

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During the ride, Brandon zeroes in on these dudes:

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CREDIT: Credit: CBS Television Distribution

Brandon’s got questions…

And Karla has answers.


After Brandon recovers from Karla’s verbal madrazos, she mentions the two Latino busboys at the Peach Pit. She reveals she’s worried they think she’s sellout. Why? Because she’s hanging out in Beverly Hills with dudes named Brandon.

Brandon makes it clear that they were *only* checking her out. Well, that’s reassuring.

When Karla gets home, Richard Rodrigues is waiting for her. And he doesn’t look happy.

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He DOES look like Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello (if he had hair).

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CREDIT: Credit: CBS Television Distribution / Epic Records

After the harsh regaño from Richard, Karla avoids Brandon. But dude is persistent.

After seeing that señora next to her crack a smile, Karla gives Brandon another chance. That señora is probably thinking, “Ayy, que tremendo es ese Brandon.”

Karla then takes Brandon to some dance party in her hood, where they’re listening to some weird-ass ’80s rock music.

NO ONE would listen to that in the ’90s. Or ever.

If they really wanted to go for accuracy, here’s what they should’ve been dancing to:

Psst: This is why you need Latinos in writer’s rooms.

Side note: Bonus points to whoever caught this dancer accidentally popping another dancer in the face.

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CREDIT: Credit: CBS Television Distribution

At the end of the night, Karla and Brandon do more than just dance:

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But, you guessed it, the next time they try to hang out…

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Look at that señora nodding her head. She’s definitely thinking, “Ayy, ese muchacho no respeta nada. Ni saludó.”

Richard Rodrigues is having none of it.

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It was fun while it lasted.

So, the Karla and Brandon romance culminates at a party at Brandon’s house, where Karla and her aunt are working as servers. And as usual…

Karla’s clapback game is STRONG.

Later, Brandon creepily fools Karla into going into his bedroom.

But Karla doesn’t have time for his shit, so she takes off.

During the rest of the party, Brandon pouts and creepily watches Karla work.

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CREDIT: Credit: CBS Television Distribution

And when Brandon overhears this business bro boasting about his business in Mexico…

He decides to show everyone at the party how *woke* he is:

Nice job Brandon, but that’s not enough to win Karla back.

After the party, Brandon returns to East L.A. to apologize to Karla AND straighten out that Richard Rodrigues guy. Instead, he finds Karla’s aunt, who reveals that Karla isn’t really from East L.A.

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Dang, Karla claiming a ‘hood she isn’t from. Snapper shit. Actually, here’s the deal: Karla was just attending West Beverly because she was the star witness in a murder case against a gang member. Once the gang member confessed to the crime, Karla was safe, so she returned to her home 40 miles away in Pomona. She then reveals that she’s the daughter of a college professor and her family is doing quite well. Richard Rodrigues? He was just a watchful prosecuting attorney who was looking out for Karla’s safety.

And although Brandon wanted to pursue a relationship, Karla killed his hopes real fast:

And it appears that distance wasn’t the issue:

And with that, this is how Brandon and Karla’s fairytale ended.

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You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps


You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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For many of us, our ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese is a huge part of our Latinidad. But with millions of people speaking Indigenous languages in Latin America, we know this is far from the truth. Spanish is, of course, one thing that unites most of Latin America together, but it’s a language that was imposed on us. It’s one reason some Mexican writers have rejected Spanish to write in Indigenous languages. For those of us who are interested in learning Indigenous languages, technology has become a serious lifeline.

We already use apps for dating and social media to checking the weather or shopping, so why not use it to help us get in touch with our deeper identity?

Several apps have sprung over the last few years to help us learn the Indigenous languages of Latin America. If you’re looking to take on a new language, here are a few apps you should check out:


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With an estimated 1.5 million speakers, Náhuatl is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language in Mexico. Yet despite its prevalence in rural Mexico, there are still few courses or resources available for learning it.

The digital app “Vamos a Aprender Náhuatl” (Let’s Learn Náhuatl) offers learners the chance to approach the language as spoken in the town of Acatlán, in the southern state of Guerrero. In a self-taught manner, you can learn the numbers, greetings, animals, body parts, fruits, plants, and some verbs. The app – which is in Spanish and Náhuatl – also features quizzes to help users retain their lessons.


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Kernaia has also developed an app for learning Mixtec, a branch of Indigenous languages spoken by more than half a million people. The app allows learners to navigate through 20 language lessons which teach greetings, numbers, and colors. The lessons are all set in the Santa Inés de Zaragoza community in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the app teaches people about the culture and traditions of the community.


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The Kernaia project says that its mission is to create “an ecosystem of digital content for Indigenous languages.” To move toward this goal, the organization has created a similar app for Purépecha, a language spoken by nearly 200,000 people in the western state of Michoacán.

After the passing of Mexico’s Indigenous language law in 2000, languages including Purépecha were given official status equal with Spanish in the areas where it is spoken. Digital learning aids such as those offered by Kernaia are vital to heightening awareness of both the Purépecha language and the culture of the Purépecha people, who often experience poverty and marginalization.

As well as teaching words related to daily activities, Kernaia’s website says that the app offers a journey into “the space where they take place: the family, the community, the kitchen, the field, the celebrations, and other elements that represent the town’s identity and enrich our cultural diversity.”

Habla Quechua

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Quechua’s one of the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. PromPerú developed the Habla Quechua app “with the aim of inspiring Peruvian citizens and foreigners to use and take an interest in the Quechua language.” The app – which is available to English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish speakers – features quizzes and a live translator feature.


DuoLingo offers courses in more than 20 languages, including the Jopará dialect of Guaraní, which is spoken in Paraguay. There is also a course for Navajo that is currently in Beta. The app offers quizzes and immediate grading.

So what do you think? Are there any Indigenous languages you’d like to learn that don’t have an app yet?

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible


Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible


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.


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.


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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