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We Scavenged Amazon Deals For Prime Day So You Wouldn’t Have To And Found Some Of The Best Buys For Your Summer Trips

In case you haven’t heard, Prime Day 2019 is officially underway, and we are certifiably overwhelmed. Fortunately, the name is a little misleading: Prime Day has become such a major consumer-focused event — right up there with Black Friday and Cyber Monday — that it now actually takes place over the course of two days. That gives you more than enough time to figure out what you want to add to your cart.

Maybe your bathroom could use a little upgrade with a colorful shower curtain and playful artwork for those bare walls. Perhaps your kitchen is desperately in need of a little sprucing up, via some shiny new cutlery and plates. Or it could be that you just want to buy that fancy wireless Bluetooth speaker you’ve had your eye on forever. And really, is it ever too early to begin shopping for the holidays? (Christmas in July has a whole new meaning now!) Whatever the mission, Amazon’s two-day shopping extravaganza offers up literally everything you could ever need, want, or convince yourself that you need. What a time to be alive, right?

Without a doubt, there are sales and deals galore. But with pages upon pages of products to scroll and sort through, how do you even know where to look? It can be a lot to process, even for the most level-headed shoppers out there. It’s so easy to get distracted that you just might overlook some hidden gems and treasures.

So before your eyes begin to glaze over, take a deep breath — inhala y exhala as abuelita would say. We’ve scoured Amazon for some of our most favorite finds, all of which feature some element of Latinx pride. Because what good is a massive sale and if you can’t walk away with a little flavor of your culture and heritage? Ahead, we’ve got the scoop on all the Latinx products available that you don’t want to miss out on.

AmazonBasics Geometric Luggage Expandable Suitcase Spinner

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Pack your bags! Jump on your next flight home or another country that will help you polish up your Spanish with this awesome, easy to manage travel case!

Amazon Basics Expandable Suitcase Spinner with TSA Lock [20-inch], $69.99 $48.99, available at Amazon.

Becoming – Prime Day Audible Deal

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Listen to the former First Lady Michelle Obama read her book on Audible! Audible usually costs $14.95 per month but for Prime Day, new subscribers can get a three-month subscription deal for only $15. That’s a whole lot of savings!

Audible  $$14.95 per month available at Amazon Amazon Prime day: $15 for three months

Goya Adobo Seasoning, Pack Of 3

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No spice cabinet is complete without this magical trifecta of seasonings from Goya, a go-to brand for Latinx everywhere. This three-pack includes one bottle of pepper, one of lemon and pepper, and one of cumin. A couple of dashes and sprinkles of these spices will instantly elevate your dinner. As an added bonus: Your mom won’t be as likely to give you the side eye the next time she’s in town visiting and rummaging through your pantry. Talk about a win-win!

$9.00 Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Goya Black Beans, Pack Of 8

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Talk about essential: It doesn’t get more necessary than frijoles, and by buying these in bulk, you’ll be set for Taco Tuesday for at least a few weeks. In the mood for a giant plate of nachos? Or some hearty chili? These beans will save the day and make your life so much easier.

$26.21 ($3.28 / Count) Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Aztec Imports Macaw Piñata

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Who says piñatas are just for kids? Adults can have fun, too. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a swing at a stuffed bird (or donkey or star or…you get the idea), why not buy one for your next game night? It’s a fun excuse to take out a little aggression and you’ll get to indulge in some sweet treats when it’s all said and done.

List Price:$12.99 Price: $11.71 Free Shipping for Prime Members & FREE Returns

Serape Blanket

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These touchstones of Mexican culture have become increasingly ubiquitous in recent years — you’ve probably spotted these at yoga class or at music festivals. It makes sense that they’ve become so popular because they’re literally perfect for just about any activity, whether that’s camping, picnicking, or simply keeping warm while you binge watch Netflix.

AmazonBasics Velvet Clothes Hangers, 50-Pack

These not your mother’s wire hangers are exactly what you need for an upgrade to your wardrobe. This deal includes a pack of 50 in ivory.

Amazon Basics Velvet Clothes Hangers, 50-Pack, $19.99 $13.96, available at Amazon.

The Fire TV Stick

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Anything for Seleeeeenaaaassss — including buying an actual Fire Stick!  Watch all of your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video (where you can stream Selena!), STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and others.

Amazon Fire TV Stick, 50-Pack, $19.99 $13.96, available at Amazon.

Vicks VapoRub Ointment

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Or vivaporú as we prefer to call it is undoubtedly the one product you’ll likely find in every single medicine cabinet in a Latinx household. Sure, it’s technically a cough suppressant, but we know that this mystical ointment can cure just about any ailment — at least according to all of our tías.

Price: $4.75 ($2.70 / Ounce) Free Shipping for Prime Members & FREE Returns

Mexican Flag Shower Curtain

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Cultural pride just went to a whole new level. Guests will know exactly where you came from with this hanging boldly in the middle of your bathroom. There are also options showing off the flags of El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and more.

Women’s Latina AF T-Shirt

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You can never have too many T-shirts, and we’re particularly big fans of this number, which unapologetically tells it like it is. Dress it down with jeans and sneakers, and you’ve got the perfect outfit for running errands.

The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

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This coming-of-age novel is an instant classic, and if you don’t already have it on your bookshelf, it’s time to change that. Plus, there’s no such thing as re-reading this story too many times.

 $9.56 List Price: $11.95 Save: $2.39 (20%)

Hispano Soap

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A quintessential item in virtually all Dominican households, this product serves several purposes. Use it to wash clothes, dishes, and anything else that might have a little grime build-up.

$5.19 Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Waterproof Paperwhite Kindle

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This Amazon’s Choice Kindle has two times the storage capabilities and waterproof protection. For Amazon Prime Day it is n sale for 31% off its usual price.

Kindle Paperwhite 32GB Storage – Waterproof, $159.99 $109.99, available at Amazon.

Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers

Get 47% off when you buy these Adidas favorite! The Cloudfoam is on full-price on adidas.com but is available on Amazon for a little less than half the price!

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, $52.99 $37.09, available at Amazon.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Blames Indigenous Tribes For Amazon Fires

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Blames Indigenous Tribes For Amazon Fires

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President Jair Bolsonaro is blaming the indigenous community for the fires that raged in the Amazon. The fires set off international outrage as the rainforest faced unprecedented destruction by out of control fires. President Bolsonaro went against the rest of the international community during a speech to the U.N.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wants the United Nations to know that indigenous people were responsible for the Amazon fires.

In a remote session opening the U.N. General Assembly, President Bolsonaro spoke at length about the indigenous communities starting the fires. He also used the speech to speak out against the criticism his administration is receiving over his environmental policies and his response to Covid. Brazil is currently the second most infected country in the world with the second highest death rate.

The Amazon has experienced increased fires since President Bolsonaro took office.

For the first seven months of 2020, 13,000 sq. km. (5,019 sq. miles) of the Brazilian rainforest have burned. This year saw the second-highest level of fires on a global scale with fires raging across the Amazon, Australia, and the West Coast of the U.S.

President Bolsonaro openly contradicted expert findings to fit his narrative.

President Bolsonaro claims that the humidity of the forest contains the fires. According to President Bolsonaro’s speech, fires in the Amazon only happen in certain areas because of how well the humidity can keep the fires in check.

“The fires practically occur in the same places, on the east side of the forest, where peasants and Indians burn their fields in already deforested areas,” Bolsonaro said.

President Bolsonaro’s speech touches on the environmental record his administration is known for.

The Bolsonaro administration has made dismantling environmental and indigenous rights since taking power. The administration has worked to limit the amount of land available to indigenous people and to open up Amazonian rainforest to miners, loggers, farmers, developers, and other uses that are damaging and contributing to the fires. Deforestation by these industries are largely to blame for the out-of-control wildfires that burned for a very long time in the Brazilian Amazon.

Activists are getting ready to fight for the indigenous community and the rainforest.

“We must denounce this political catastrophe that destroys the environment and our future,” Sonia Guajajara, head of Brazil’s main Indigenous umbrella organization, to NBC News.

READ: Under Bolsonaro, The Brazilian Amazon Has Reached Record-Breaking Levels Of Deforestation

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Here’s Everything You Should Know About The New J Balvin Doc, ‘The Boy From Medellín’ That Will Soon Be On Amazon

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Here’s Everything You Should Know About The New J Balvin Doc, ‘The Boy From Medellín’ That Will Soon Be On Amazon

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Few artists have been as busy as J Balvin. The four-time Latin Grammy winner has been pumping out track after track, making him one of the most streamed artists in the world. He’s collaborated with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Camila Cabello, Maluma, and Bad Bunny.

His latest album, Colores, garnered critical and commercial success. With his songs “Blanco,” “Morado” and “Rojo” hitting number one on the charts, he became the artist with the most #1-songs on the Latin Airplay charts in history, with 24 of his songs earning that spot over the course of his career.

And now, it turns out that he has a major movie deal that will soon be debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, and later will be available for all to watch from the comfort of our Amazon Prime accounts.

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to J Balvin documentary, The Boy From Medellín and it looks so good.

Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary The Boy From Medellín, meaning the world is about to be immersed in the life of one of the world’s biggest stars. Amazon picked up the rights to the film ahead of its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.

With some big name support behind it, the film puts the spotlight on the reggaetonero who has become one of the most influential Latin artists of our time.

The Boy from Medellín gives audiences unprecedented access to J Balvin as he prepares for the biggest concert of his life — a sold-out performance in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. The doc dives deep into the musician’s life as he takes us behind the scenes to show us a pivotal and emotionally charged moment of his life.

“Representing my country, my city and Latin culture globally is a lifelong pursuit and I’m so proud to be a son of Medellín,” said Balvin. “I’m honored to be able to tell my story in this beautiful way and working with Matthew on this project was an incredible experience. Thank you to Amazon for making sure this story can be seen around the world.”

The film was directed by Matthew Heineman, who has several major film projects under his belt.

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Oscar-nominated Matthew Heineman directed the documentary about the Columbian reggaeton star to debut at Toronto. Heineman previously worked with Amazon Studios for his film City of Ghosts, for which he won a DGA Award. He also directed A Private War.

“I am excited to partner with Amazon in bringing Jose’s powerful personal story to a global audience,” said Heineman. “While J Balvin is the undeniably talented musical icon behind some of the world’s most popular songs, Jose’s strength and openness in talking about his struggles with mental health drew me to make the film.”

Amazon Studios says that “Heineman is a master of his craft, and beautifully depicts the perspective of an international music icon. We are thrilled to welcome Matthew back to the Amazon family and to share J Balvin’s story with our global customers.”

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