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This Children’s Cooking Show Wants To Know Why Their Grant Was Rejected

Meet Sara and Sammy, the little stars of “Sup! Kids Cooking.”

Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube

“On ‘Sup!’ dinner is the catalyst for exploring a whole universe,” the show’s co-producer Beth Baunoch told mitú. “The show’s primary aims are to foster cross-cultural understanding and empower young people. ‘Sup!’ uses cooking to educate, empower and inspire global citizens.”

Not only are they trying to show kids the fun and healthy side of cooking…

Sup Kids Cooking and Culture Show / Facebook

…the show is also encouraging children to learn about different cultures.

Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube

Sara and Sammy have even traveled to cook food from places they visit.

Enter the National Endowment for the Humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities / Facebook

Bausch told mitú that they applied for a NEH Development Grant to further fund the project and make eight additional episodes. They consulted with humanities advisers and filled out the application with the backing of different local organizations and made sure they followed the NEH’s guidelines.

“The NEH grant requirements focus on the humanities, and our show uses food as a way to explore the humanities. So yes, kids are learning to cook, but the idea is that they learn about the world through cooking [like] music, theatre, art, dance, philosophy, religion, film and language,” Baunoch told mitú. “Each of these themes are explored organically as the hosts contextualize what they are cooking.  We also feel strongly that middle school kids, our target demographic, are not getting this type of information on television.”

After sending an application for funding, this is the response that Sup! received from NEH.

According to Baunoch, everyone involved with the show was surprised and saddened by the response from NEH.

“We were frustrated that the powers that be see brown skin and the first thing they do is pigeon hole them and assume they won’t have a large audience appeal,” Baunoch told mitú. “We don’t believe most people think like this. However, the people in power do which affects everyone because they decide what we see on TV. We understood that we don’t have a lot of experience as producers, and that our show is produced right now with no budget. But we have a great show that is backed by organizations that can help raise the production value of if we have money.”

“Fulfilling NEH’s mission, our show will be aided by humanities scholars in anthropology, art, music, language, history and communication,” Baunoch told mitú.

Sup! Kids Cooking and Culture Show / YouTube

Keep your heads up, Sara and Sammy.

Sup Kids Cooking and Culture Show / Facebook

There are more people that support you than don’t.


Editor’s Note: The National Endowment of the Humanities has not responded to a request for comment, though they did tell Latino Rebels that they would never turn down a project based on someone’s ethnicity, but that they couldn’t disclose more information because their selection process was confidential.


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‘Club Mundo Kids’ Is a New Children’s Show Aimed At First and Second Generation Latino Children

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‘Club Mundo Kids’ Is a New Children’s Show Aimed At First and Second Generation Latino Children

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It’s no secret that there’s a shortage of programming out there for Latino children. Latino children are expected to consume children’s programming that features mostly white protagonists and simply put up with it. And when it comes to bilingual programming? Forget it. But a new show called “Club Mundo Kids” is trying to change all that.

“Club Mundo Kids” is a bilingual, educational program aimed at children of first and second generation Latino children.

The new show, hosted by former ABC News correspondent, Romi Puga, is aimed at the underserved audience of American Latino children who speak Spanish as their first language. However, “Club Mundo” also smatters in some English words here and there as part of their programming.

“There is very little content being created that is speaking to U.S. Hispanic, Latinx children and telling their stories,” Romi Puga recently told The New York Times. “The younger generation doesn’t really have anyone breaking things down and talking directly to them in a way that is digestible.”

Unlike “Dora the Explorer” or “Elena of Avalor“, “Club Mundo Kids” aims to talk to children about Latino life in a real world context.

While “Dora the Explorer” and “Elena of Avalor” are invaluable for showing Latino kids versions of themselves on screen, they function more as escapist entertainment. “Club Mundo Kids”, however,” features real-world Latinos in front of the camera–as well as a few Latino puppets.

Romi Puga hosts “Club Mundo Kids” from her backyard along with her “neighbors”, a friendly pink puppet named Maya and Coco, an adventurous puppet shaped like a coconut.

Together, Romi and her friends educate their young audience on important, real-world topics, like space exploration, recycling, and the Endangered Species Act.

They also discuss topics directly related to Latindad, like why different Latin American countries use different words and have different accents.

“We do a lot of that,” Romi told NBC News. “Just opening their minds to, ‘Hey, my classmate speaks Spanish but his Spanish doesn’t sound like mine. Why is that?’ And so we’re explaining that but in a fun way, and our hope is to encourage empathy, curiosity and that feeling of identifying with this show, which embraces multicultural identities.”

Above all, the creators of “Club Mundo Kids” hope that the show will create a space for American Latino children who feel like they don’t completely belong in either culture.

Since 2018, more than 1 in 4 newborns in the U.S. are Latino. These children have a complicated, multicultural identity that is being overlooked by the mainstream media. Romi, who was born in Miami but has parent from Chile and Argentina, understands this conflict firsthand.

“To me, that’s what I want ‘Club Mundos Kids’ to be — that group for kids, a place to identify, where they don’t need to pick one or the other,” she told NBC News. “They don’t need to pick English or Spanish but they can celebrate and be proud of their multicultural identities.”

“Club Mundo Kids” is currently airing on both Televisa and Universo.

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Mariah Carey Got Her First Dose Of The Vaccine And Made It Into An Iconic Moment

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Mariah Carey Got Her First Dose Of The Vaccine And Made It Into An Iconic Moment

Vaccines are rolling out across the country. People are getting their shots so life can finally start getting back to normal after a year of quarantining and social distancing. Mariah Carey let her fans join on her first shot and it became iconic.

Mariah Carey got her first shot of the vaccine and hit that whistle note.

More and more Americans are finally getting vaccinated to get the world back to normal. More than 160 million vaccines have been given in the U.S. and people are starting to see the results. Life is slowly getting back to normal for families who haven’t seen each other in years.

The singer was “excited and nervous a little bit” about getting the vaccine. Her demeanor showed just how impactful it is for people to do their part to get us back to normal.

True to form, Carey was in her camera-ready pose when she was getting ready.

People receiving the vaccine are told to keep their arm relaxed but Carey clearly isn’t made for that. How do you just turn off your star charisma?

It’s important to keep your arm relaxed while you are getting your vaccination to save you from the pain. If your arm is tense or in an awkward position, it is more likely to move during the jab, which can be painful. Listen to your nurses.

Some people are very curious how someone so young got the vaccine.

President Joe Biden announced that all states must make vaccine eligibility open to all adults by April 19. Some states are allowing people as young as 16 to get vaccinated. This is an accelerated deadline from the previously called for May 1. President Biden has worked hard to push the vaccination rate up and he has delivered on his promises for various vaccination deadlines.

People want to know if the vocal skills are a side effect of the vaccine.

There are a lot of conspiracy theories circulating about the vaccine. Some people believe that Bill Gates is microchipping them using the vaccine. It is a conspiracy that persists despite people definitively debunking the theory.

Congratulations, Mariah!

The world is eager to get back to normal and the vaccination rollout across the world is going to get us there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is slowly releasing new guidelines about what fully vaccinated people are able to do.

For example, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to gather in small groups indoors without masks and social distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also fly on airplanes without much risk because of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

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