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Latino USA Asks Whether Quinceañeras Can Be A ‘Radical Expression Of Brown Girl Self-Love’

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While every culture has its own coming-of-age ritual, quinceañeras are quintessentially Latinx, with various Latin American countries holding on to their own distinct (and sometimes very sparkly) take on the festivities. Because it’s such a rich topic, Latino USA has devoted an entire episode to quinceañeras, and poses an interesting question about this coming-of-age party: “Is it a more radical expression of brown girl self-love than we give it credit for?”

Here’s a little teaser of what you can expect:

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In the episode, producer Antonia Cereijido follows Hailey Alexis and her family as they prepare for her party:

We go to the LA fashion district to buy the perfect dress, hear from family friends who are struggling to decide whether to give their own daughter a quinceañera, and hear from the self-proclaimed quince lord whose videos blow up on Instagram. In the process we hear about how the quinceañera is seen as a status symbol, a form of female empowerment, a statement about Latinx identity and also just a really fun party.

With so much discussion and dissenting opinions on whether quinceañeras are outdated relics of another or time or a meaningful cultural practice, wastes of money or an empowering coming-of-age event, it’s definitely worth diving into what they represent not only for Latinx culture as a whole, but for the individual teen girls at the center of the festivities.

Latino USA’s quinceañera episode premieres Friday, September 16 on NPR.

LL Cool J's Face During Zoe Saldana's Lip Sync Is All Of Us

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LL Cool J’s Face During Zoe Saldana’s Lip Sync Is All Of Us

Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

Earlier this year, Zoe Saldana totally owned the stage of “Lip Sync Battle” as TLC’s ‘Left Eye’. But it was her performance of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” — just released on YouTube — that really showed the actor’s range. Like, seriously. Saldana totally rocked out as she sang one of the most popular songs in recent memory. Watching Saldana own the stage to it only makes it more phenomenal.

Zoe Saldana first took her performance literally and reenacted part of the music video.

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CREDIT: Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

Let’s take a moment and appreciate the flawless execution of those streamers.

Then she started having fun with it. Saldana brought out her own “blurryface.”

Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube
CREDIT: Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

According to Genius, the term blurryface, used repeatedly in the song, is a reference to the “bad side” of Tyler Joseph, the lead singer of Twenty One Pilots. “Blurryface is the manifestation of Tyler’s “bad side”: all of his doubts, fears, and self-loathing,” Genius claims.

She even made time for some hand games.

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CREDIT: Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

#TBT

And LL Cool J definitely approves.

Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube
CREDIT: Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

Before you know it, Saldana is totally rocking out and giving everyone so. much. life!

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CREDIT: Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

*starts bouncing around in my chair*

She totally left it all out on the floor (?) for her fans.

Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube
CREDIT: Credit: Lip Sync Battle on Spike / YouTube

Get it, Zoe! *plays “Stressed Out” on replay all day*

Check out Zoe Saldana’s full performance below!


READ: Zoe Saldana Was TLC’s ‘Left Eye’ On “Lip Sync Battle” And It Was Awesome

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