I can’t believe it’s been four years since this little boy melted hearts on his first day of school.
The first day of school is tough. Just ask Andrew Macias. This adorable 4-year-old was on his way to his first day of pre-K when a Los Angeles news reporter decided to chat with Macias. It wasn’t long into the interview when the little tyke discovered his mother wouldn’t be in school with him. Giggles quickly turned into tears and Macias walked off camera… devastated. It’s officially back-to-school season.
Reporter: “Are you going to miss your mom?”
Let it out, dude. It’s OK.
We’ve all been there. You’ll be home with your mom before you know it. Hang in there.
No matter if it’s your first day of third grade or the first day of senior year, we can all agree that going back to school is rough.
After a long, restful summer with fun in the sun, all of a sudden you have mami waking you up and shaking you to get dressed and ready at an ungodly hour. You’re worried about what you’re going to wear, the classes you’re going to take and everything that comes with the dark, unknown territory of a new year.
But don’t sweat, we’ve put in the legwork to help make sure you’re prepared for the year ahead. Check out some of our top finds for back to school:
First things first, you need the perfect mochila.
And we got you! This mitú backpack is perfect for going back to school, is water resistant and all the pockets give plenty of room for all your supplies, including a hidden pocket with zipper for your laptop (or stash of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.) Get it here.
Or, if you’re a little more sweet – no prob – this is the backpack for you.
Since sweet is how you like to live your life, represent with this medium-sized backpack. Perfect for school or for just stowing your stuff, this backpack even has a pocket specially designed for your laptop. The material is water-resistant and it’s designed to be ergonomic so don’t be afraid to load it up and get on with your day. Buy here.
And with all that learning you’ll be doing, you’re gonna need a spot to write things down and take notes.
As a student you’ve got loads to do. So keep it all organized while flying your Latinx Pride. Take notes, create to-do lists, organize your schedule in these fierce af notebooks from Very That. Buy here.
Wanna show how real your thirst for Bad Bunny is? Walmart’s got you!
The Bad Bunny line of libretas comes in three different designs based on BB album art and featuring the Puerto Rican rapper. Available at Walmart.
Or you wanna embrace your Latinidad?
Then you need these notebooks! You always hustling, on the go, and these let everyone know just how real the Latino Hustle really is. Shop here.
You’re also gonna need a pencil pouch/makeup kit and this is legit the perfect one.
Sometimes you need a delicious sweet treat. Sometimes you need a pencil. This concha pencil case can at least help you with one of those things. Designed to keep all your pencils and pens together, this pouch is perfect to use as a catch-all for anything you’re looking to store. Available here.
Then there’s our limited edition Dora and the Lost City of Gold Barrio Box survival kit.
In our limited edition Dora and the Lost City of Gold Barrio Box there are many treasures to discover but some are especially suited for your back to school prep. The Drawstring Survival Pack, Adventure Fuel Reusable Water Bottle and Educated Latina Pencil Pack are perfect for your return to the jungle that is higher education. Be warned — only 100 of these boxes exist so get yours soon before they sell out.
And I don’t think you’ll find any notepads out there that make more of a statement than these do.
And we know you want/need the perfect reusable water bottle.
If you’re thirsty AF and need to be quenched, then look no further than our splashing new Mermaid Guacardo Water Bottle. No other reusable water bottle features this majestic underwater avocado! Get yours today and savor that wetness!
In cities across the US, people continue to die due to senseless gun violence. Los Angeles is no stranger to shootouts and, unfortunately, three more people fell victim to gun fire on Wednesday – leaving two of them dead and their friends and family in mourning.
The shooting spree took place in South Los Angeles and one of the victims has been identified as a talented scholar full of big dreams.
Gun violence has struck again in Los Angeles, killing two and injuring a third.
Two men were killed and another injured in a drive-by shooting into a vehicle in South LA.
When police arrived at the scene, they found two men with multiple gunshot wounds. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A third man, suffering from a single gunshot wound, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Investigators said the two deceased victims were standing outside of a parked car when the suspect’s vehicle drove up and a passenger opened fire, striking both men. The suspect shot the third victim a short distance away as the suspects fled the scene.
Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting.
One of the victims was Jose Flores Velazquez who was working towards his doctorate at UC Irvine.
Distraught family members who arrived at the scene told KTLA the man who died there was Jose Flores. He and the second man killed, Alfredo Carrera, grew up together six houses apart on the street where they were shot.
Carrera, meanwhile, was about to become a first-time father with his girlfriend, his aunt Michelle Garcia said.
The baby shower was set for Saturday, Garcia added.
Family said Carrera had been shot at least once in his back.
Investigators have yet to release information on the suspects and declined to release a description of the vehicle involved. The relatives say they have no idea who would want to target the men.
Police say the men were victims of a drive by shooting.
A 911 caller told officials a vehicle drove up and the passenger pulled out a handgun. An argument ensued, then shots rang out, said Lt. Derrick Alfred.
It appears that they had driven up and were saying goodbye outside the car to each other when the car drove up (and) some words were exchanged,” Rubenstein said. “Somebody from inside the suspect vehicle fired multiple rounds, striking both the men.”
Velazquez was a nationally recognized scholar who eventually wanted to work for NASA.
Flores was a physics doctoral student at UC Irvine and had his sights set on a job at NASA, a family member told KTLA.
“He was one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met,” said a former sister-in-law at the scene who asked not to be named.
Many took to social media to share their shock and died about the loss of such an accomplished young man who was full of dreams.
While fellow grad students shared in their disbelief.
People who knew Velazquez have been sharing memories and talking about what a kind and caring person he was. They also talk about his many talents, skills, and dreams – of which, he had many.
If you’d like to support Velazquez’ family during this time, they have a GoFundMe page setup here.
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