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If You Love Chilaquiles, This Is Right Up Your Alley

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Chilaquiles are genius.

Whoever invented chilaquiles is a genius. GENIUS. In all caps. It’s a dish made out of tortillas. TORTILLAS.

Tortillas are something you usually use as a vessel for your main dish. A tortilla is something you wrap around other food. Sometimes you roll ’em up and eat them along with something else. Like menudo. Barbacoa. Sopa de fideo.

Or you tear off a piece and use it to scoop up beans, some kind of sauce, or eggs.

Tortillas are there to make an assist. Tortillas are unselfish. They have no ego. Tortillas aren’t worried about being the star of the show. They just want everyone to win.

Now, whoever invented chilaquiles is a genius. Einstein level genius. Nikola Tesla level genius. One day, someone probably woke up with a mean ass cruda and decided, “I’m gonna make a dish out of these disks that I usually use to scrape my plate at the end of a meal.” So they grabbed a knife and cut up a bunch of old tortillas. Old *stale* tortillas. Thats what make this even more genius.


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CREDIT: Credit: RubyDW / flickr

Whoever invented this said, “Hmm… which item in my kitchen is on the verge of being unusable? Ah! these graying tortillas!”


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CREDIT: Credit: masaassassin / flickr

Stay with me.

So this person throws the tortillas in a pan and adds salsita. Sprinkles a little cheese on top. That’s it. Tortillas, YOU are the star of the show.


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CREDIT: Credit: masaassassin / flickr

Finally.

And guess what, tortillas? You’re delicious. You can carry a meal all by your own damn self. And chilaquiles, you’re the best company when nursing a hangover.

Who knew? The genius who invented chilaquiles.

Who the hell decides to make a dish out of tortillas!? The genius who invented chilaquiles, that’s who.

And tortillas came through in the clutch. After all those days of scooping up frijoles and huevitos morning after morning. With no complaints. Just there to make the assist.

Then someone added eggs. They were like, “Yo, eggs, how bout you give this assist shit a try? Tortillas have had your back since day one.” And guess what? Eggs were like, “Fuck it, tortillas, it’s your time to shine.”


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CREDIT: Credit: Omar Villegas

Now, if you still haven’t realized how next level this shit is, think of it this way.

Hot dog buns.

Like tortillas, hot dog buns are there to make the assist. They’re there to protect delicious warm meat. They’re the supporting actor.

Imagine one day looking at a bag of moldy ass hot dog buns (that you’ve had in your kitchen since 4th of July because throwing ’em away the next day would make you feel like a dick) and saying, “You know what would hit the spot right now? A dish made out of hot dog buns!”


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CREDIT: Credit: bankbryan / flickr

How would you even make that work?

Would you sauté them in ketchup and mustard? No thanks. That shit sounds gross.

Would you cut up a bunch of stiff hot dog buns and add a little chili and cheese? (OK, that actually sounds kinda appetizing, but for the sake of my argument let’s pretend it’s super gross).

Would wieners even be willing to play second fiddle to hot dog buns? Probably not (because hot dogs only come around a few times a year and tortillas are there every. damn. day). Shit, tortillas are always down to fill in for hot dog buns when they’re not around. That’s how unselfish tortillas are.

I’m pretty sure no one has ever considered making a dish out of hot dog buns. Why would they? It’s a weird-ass idea.

But the genius who invented chilaquiles took a look at tortillas and said, “Yo, I think you can do this.”

And tortillas killed it.

And by proving tortillas could be the star of the show, someone else ended up creating nachos.

Can you imagine a world without chilaquiles and nachos?

Genius.


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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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