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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.

14-Year-Old Latina Student Developed Technology Allowing People To Ask Alexa Immigration Questions In English And Spanish

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14-Year-Old Latina Student Developed Technology Allowing People To Ask Alexa Immigration Questions In English And Spanish

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Alexa, am I allowed to get a driver’s license? Alexa, how long does it take to get a visa? These are the kinds of questions immigrants are now able to ask the virtual Amazon assistant in Spanish and English, thanks to “Immigration Bonds,” an Alexa Skill created by a 14-year-old Latina.

Suguey Carmona, a high school student at KIPP Brave High School in Austin, Texas, developed an Alexa Skill that allows English- and Spanish-speaking immigrants to get answers to questions related to their rights.

Carmona first developed an interest in coding after taking a computer class in the sixth grade. She then joined Hello World, a K-12 computer science program based in Austin and San Francisco. She became exposed to different programming languages and discovered a way to meld her love of coding with an idea to help out immigrant families in her community.

The 14-year-old set out to help her own friends and family with this app.

I chose to work on this technology because I see my own friends and family who have questions and who are struggling to make a living, and I thought maybe I should do something about it,” Carmona, whose family is from Mexico, told NBC News.

Carmona’s technology helps create a judgement-free safe zone for people to ask questions freely.

Language barriers and lack of access to information can be a major source of confusion for immigrants and can prevent them from accessing the services they need, according to numerous studies. Carmona’s technology addresses those challenges by providing a judgment-free zone to ask questions at people’s pace and in their own language.

The teen worked on everything, from research to coding, to develop “Immigration Bonds.”

After interviewing people about their most pressing immigration questions and conducting research on the logistics of obtaining paperwork, finding employment and navigating other areas of life as an immigrant, Carmona began working on the technology, which she named “Immigration Bonds.” And so began a monthslong process paved with coding challenges. “I’d work on it for hours each day,” Carmona said. “I’d start a new paper and it would crash and break and I’d be like, ‘Oh, shoot. Now I have to start over again.”

Sabina Bharwani, the founder of Hello World, said that her team assisted Carmona on her app but they also let her struggle, which “made all the difference” when the teen was successful.

“Suguey struggled to use the Alexa interface, which is usually used by developers with 10-15 years of experience,” Bharwani said. “It was a steep learning curve, but when she mastered it, it meant more.” Throughout this time, Carmona experimented with different ways to present the technology. She said she wasn’t sure if she wanted it to be a video game for children or a phone app, but she ultimately decided on issuing it as an Alexa Skill because she liked “how you didn’t need certain keywords for it to work.”

Alexa would reply no matter what you respond,” Carmona said. “The problem with text boxes is that if you don’t put in certain words or phrase things a certain way, it won’t read it and that can make it really complicated for people who are trying to use it to get answers.”

After developing a prototype, Carmona tested the technology with her friends and family and made adjustments as she saw fit.

Once Alexa users download ”Immigration Bonds,” they can ask Alexa questions directly, as they would for Apple’s Siri or other voice-automated technology. For example, if a person wants to know whether they can apply for a driver’s license depending on their immigration status, the app will respond by asking them where they live, for example, so that it can provide the user details based on their geographical location, as laws differs by state.

Latinos are vastly underrepresented in computer science.

Latinos in computer science (aka. coders) only make up 7 percent of the STEM workforce, according to a 2018 study from the Pew Research Center. And at Google — one of the largest tech companies — only 1.4 percent of its new tech hires in 2019 were Latina and less than 4 percent were Latino. This is why stories like Carmona’s  draw attention to the importance of endeavors like Hello World and Computer Science Education Week — which recently took place globally from Dec. 9-15 — which foster students’ interest in computer science.

Those who are interested can download the “Immigration Bonds” app on the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website.Though the technology was published in the Amazon app store earlier this year, Carmona plans to keep adapting it and eventually publish it as an Apple app too.

Former Amazon Mexico Executive Goes Into Hiding After Wife Was Killed

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Former Amazon Mexico Executive Goes Into Hiding After Wife Was Killed

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A former Amazon executive is suspected to be on the run in the United States after he crossed the border two days after his estranged wife’s murder. Juan Carlos Garcia is the primary suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Abril Pérez Sagaón, who is believed to have been assassinated via a hitman on November 25 in Mexico City. Pérez Sagaón was in Mexico City to appeal a verdict that found Garcia guilty of domestic violence after he savagely beat her with a baseball bat in January. Pérez Sagaón believes that he is guilty of attempted murder, and was in Mexico City to prove that when Garcia allegedly hired for her assassination, completing what he allegedly set out to do in January. Mexico courts ruled the beating as a domestic violence case, prompting outrage from the public on how women are treated in Mexico. International police were notified with a warrant for Garcia’s arrest after he didn’t appear for a scheduled hearing.

Interpol now believes that Garcia crossed the Tijuana-California border on foot just days after her assassination.

Abril Pérez Sagaón was murdered in front of two of her three children.

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Pérez Sagaón had moved to Monterrey from Mexico City after she was beaten by Garcia and promptly filed for divorce. She was traveling back to Mexico City to appeal the verdict that downgraded his charge from attempted murder to domestic violence. While in Mexico City, she underwent a psychological evaluation on Nov. 25 that was meant to help her case.

Ultimately, her goal in appealing the domestic violence charge was to be able to get full custody of her children. She was in the car with two of her three children and her lawyer when a man on a motorcycle opened fire on Pérez Sagaón through the passenger seat window. He shot her in the head and neck. Pérez Sagaón died six hours later after doctors were unable to save her from her injuries.

Pérez Sagaón’s family is calling for #JusticeforAbril.

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Pérez Sagaón’s brother, Javier Pérez Sagaón, tweeted the above photo of her after her death, “Despite being hit and after several days in the hospital, she was already positive and in a good mood. We miss you, little sister. #JusticeForAbril #AbrilPerez”

The family is absolutely certain that Garcia killed Pérez Sagaón. A relative that asked El País to remain anonymous told the outlet that “the only enemy she had in her life was him.” Pérez Sagaón has placed a restraining order against him, and his lawyers were informed that she would be traveling in Mexico City. “He had enough money to hire a hitman. We have no doubt it was him. The way things unfolded, because he already had shown intent, and because we know the way he is,” the relative told the outlet.

The family has tweeted out images of Pérez Sagaón’s brutal injuries to prove that Garcia had already attempted to murder her.

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“Only a coward does this to a woman,” her brother, Javier, tweeted in Spanish, along with the images. “Terrible the emotional and physical suffering April suffered at the hands of her ex-husband JUAN CARLOS GARCÍA, for years! Let this atrocity not be forgotten. The authorities must apply the force of the law and make this damn being pay for the murder of April. #JusticiaParaAbril,” tweeted another friend in Spanish.

#JusticiaParaAbril has trended in Mexico since her death, prompting calls for Judge Héctor Jiménez López’s firing.

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Many are calling on Judge Héctor Jiménez to step down from office for the way he handled Pérez Sagaón’s case. “Outrageous that Judge Héctor Jiménez remains in office,” tweeted one woman in Spanish. Another added that “No woman is safe in México while judges like Héctor Jiménez López keep freeing femicide offenders.” The judge freed García on counts of domestic violence, rather than attempted murder, even though he grabbed Pérez Sagaón in her sleep and beat her with a baseball bat until her head split open.

Others are marching in the streets, demanding #JusticiaParaAbril.

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Garcia was the CEO of Amazon Mexico from 2014 to 2017 and went on to become a Director at a Mexican tech company. Many believe that his wealth and status led to a more lenient charge against Garcia, allowing him to continue to operate among citizens and coordinate the assassination of Pérez Sagaón.

Abril Pérez Sagaón is survived by her three children. Authorities are asking for help in capturing Garcia, who entered the United States through Southern California last week.

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