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In 2019, Give Your Business To These 20 Latino-Owned Companies To Keep The Community Strong

Latino businesses are more prevalent than ever before. The community as a whole continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace. In the United States, you have entrepreneurship taking center stage. Latinas are driving the growth in this space and continue to do so every single day. Not all is positive for Latinos, though. There is still an uphill battle that each individual fights. Traditional routes to success are harder for Latino businesses, supporting them is pivotal for the continued success of Latino economic growth in the U.S.

La Corona Butron

Source: https://shoplatinx.com

La Corona Butron is a fantastic Latino-owned business that was started by Valerie and Isaac. This is a business owned by their family and aims to help your hair in a big way. They create a product by the name of La Corona Organic Hair Cream. It is a moisturizing hair cream that is second to none in the market.

The cream works on your hair, as well as on your skin.  All of the ingredients in the cream are completely natural, free of any additives or unnecessary chemicals.

The Pin Mix

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The Pin Mix is a company that is based in Brooklyn, New York. They create pins that are just out of this world. The pins are unique in that they hit on everything. You could have a pin that touches on the latest in the pop culture space but also has a pin that hits on a favorite hobby you have. The company is extremely unique in what they do. Give their website a quick browse and you will see all of the amazing pins they create every day.

Sally Torres Vega

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Sally Torres Vega is making waves in the fashion scene. The company made its debut with its slow fashion line back in the year 2008. Now, a full decade later, the company continues to go strong. Natural fibers and awe-inspiring silhouettes make the Sally Torres Vega fashion line extremely unique and attractive. It is a brand with a home base in Puerto Rico and helps you fill up your closet with awesomeness.

Cha Cha Covers

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Cha Cha Covers is a Latino business that specializes in helping you make your nails look just splendid. What this company does is work to give you nail wraps. It is run by Ana Guajardo. Lots of pop culture gets a work into the nail wraps and there really is art for your nails that meets the needs of everyone.

Candy’s Kloset

Source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CandysKloset

Jeanette Castro has made her mark as a Latino business that sells primarily on Etsy. She has over 6,500 sales since the shop made its appearance on the site. If you are of Latino heritage or just love the culture of Mexico, Central, and South America, her products are for you. She has a little bit of everything in her shop, including jewelry, pins, keychains and much more. The store typically has in excess of 250 items so check out the offerings.

Loquita Bath and Body

Source: https://www.loquitabath.com/

There is nothing like hopping into the bath and dropping in a lovely bath bomb. The brand creator is none other than Mira Perez. The company is a bath bomb group, specializing in bath bombs that are vegan. There are all sorts of inspiration in her products, including many of the current happenings in the pop culture scene.

Li’l Libros

Source: https://www.localfixture.com/products/lil-libros-the-life-of-la-vida-de-celia

Li’l Libros is for the soon-to-be parents out there. The goal of this site is to connect your new baby with any and all of the books you want. As soon to be parents, you go on the site to create a listing of books you desire for your baby. The list is then sent to friends and family for purchase. The bilingual books educate the babies about their heroes.

Sweet Llamita

Source: https://www.sweetllamita.com/

So many creations from this colorful Latino company. You may want to send something from them to someone as a get well wish or just to show they are top of mind. The greeting cards and other things the company creates will put a smile on the face of anyone.

Coyote Negro

Source: https://www.garmentory.com/sale/coyote-negro

Coyote Negro is a Latino business with designs by Melissa Hernandez. The jewelry line features shapes that are classic, to say the least. Many are made from recycled materials and feature geometry in the design.

Viva La Bonita

Source: https://vivalabonita.com/

Viva La Bonita is a company that screams Latino culture and creativity. They create some amazing tops as well as phone cases. It is all about letting the world know how you feel, what is on your mind. Their designs let you speak without saying a word. Wear their gear with pride.

Very That

Source: https://verythat.com/

You do not often see a company that specializes in stickers, but that is exactly what you have with this Latino business. Very That features totes, t-shirts, and more. They also have stickers for basically any idea or thought in your mind.

Artlexia

Source: https://artelexia.com/

Artlexia is a shop that has all sorts of fun stuff. They feature air fresheners, mugs, totes, pins, books, and everything in-between. They have different types of mole and much more.

Reina Rebelde

Source: https://reinarebelde.com/

Reina Rebelde has a passion for makeup and her shop speaks volumes for that. She creates makeup that has the goal of honoring, celebrating, and delivering boldness, passion. Her beauty brand aims to speak to its customers and Latino culture.

Annie Elainey

Source: https://affectconf.com/speakers/

Annie Elainey sells tees that are all about” The Future is Accessible.” She is a content creator diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or EDS, impacting her connective tissues. She wants to include the disabled community and does so through her business, through her passion in what she creates. She sells shirts to bring a more inclusive future forward.

Hot Sundae

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BreYJexBonY/

Hot Sundae is all about pins and creates some pieces that will simply make you smile. Hoe Sundae has the goal of serving looks and has been doing it since 2013. As a Latina-owned business, it continues to make waves in Los Angeles.

Galaxy Vibrations

Source: https://galaxyvibrations.com/

Galaxy Vibrations is a company with lots of crystals. They make bracelets, pendants, and so much more. The crystal healing powers are always present on every one of their creations.

Born x Raised

Source: https://bornxraised.com/

Born x Raised is another Latino business that runs out of Los Angeles. The company features clothing that is socially conscious. They bring the indigenous heritage to the forefront, pushing the boundaries of the clothing industry.

Baetanical

Source: http://remezcla.com

Baetanical is from an artist by the name of James Barela. The creations in modern ceramics, combining the Latino culture with some amazing colors pop in each piece. Pots, vases, drinkware, and more, all available from this great artist.

Golden Ponies

Source: https://goldenponies.net/

Golden Ponies has an Etsy shop that is based in Guadalajara. Opening in the year 2019, the handmade shoes that come from Golden Ponies always raise eyebrows in a positive fashion. They also feature clothing, bags, and more. Everything they make is from materials of a vegan source.

Pinkness

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Pinkness.co is a company that makes amazing oils. The market for essential oils continues to explode and this Latino business is making its mark in that space.


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In A Time When POC Need Voices In Literature– Coronavirus Has Wrecked The Debut Of Promising Authors

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In A Time When POC Need Voices In Literature– Coronavirus Has Wrecked The Debut Of Promising Authors

As if marginalized authors didn’t already have their burdens within the publishing industry, the Coronavirus spread is threatening their debuts.

Those familiar with the world of publishing know that houses and agencies continue to struggle to improve diversity within its ranks. Unfortunately, the effects of the new coronavirus pandemic have already begun to take its toll on writers. For veteran authors who’ve been published before, the coronavirus pandemic has delivered real blows. But for emerging ones of color, the spread of the disease has been particularly devastating. Authors can spend years, even decades, pouring their all into writing a book. When it comes to convincing publishers that their stories are important enough to be in print and e-published it can just as long if not more.

With the spread of the virus keeping authors from going out to promote their books in stores and on tours, we wanted to wrangle up a list of POC authors to read while self-isolating. They’re particularly good stories we think you’ll love and they need your support!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Namina Forna is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter who paints a vivid story inspired by ancient West African-inspired fantasy. It currently has a 4.47 rating on Goodreads.

“Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat. Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.” Goodreads

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall weaves a stunning swashbuckling adventure full of Asian folklore in this fantasy tale with a 4.05 rating. It debuts May 5, 2020.

“Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself. ” – Goodreads

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

From queer, trans, and Latinx debut author Aiden Thomas comes a beautiful story about gender acceptance and family culture. It currently has a 4.58-star rating on Goodreads and is expected to be published on June 9, 2020

“When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.” – Goodreads

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Bethany C. Morrow’s YA debut isn’t her first book but for fans of POC YA, this one is a first to read. Her book Song of Water has a 4.04 rating on Goodreads and is set for release on June , 2020.

“Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either. (less)” Goodreads.

This Is My Americaby Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson’s upcoming YA debut examines racial injustice against innocent black men who are criminally sentenced and its effects on their families. Its xpected publication is July 1st 2020.

Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system. Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?” – Goodreads.

Kylie Jenner Says That She Will Start Making Hand Sanitizer For Hospitals

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Love or her feel iffy about her, there’s no denying that Kardashian fam member Kylie Jenner is doing great good in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Last week the makeup maven announced that she would be putting aside her focus on her Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics line to help hospitals in southern California keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer.

Jenner and her mother Kris announced their plans to make a mass hand sanitizer donation to hospitals in southern California.

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According to ABC News the two “have partnered with Coty to manufacture hand sanitizers for hospitals in southern California amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. In conjunction with the mother-daughter duo, Coty, which is a key stakeholder to Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin, announced that hand sanitizers they produce will be donated to the emergency and healthcare workers caring for patients on the front lines of the current COVID-19 public health crisis.”

Each hand sanitizer will include a message for recipients that reads “Dedicated to first responders working to support our communities.”

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According to Page Six, Coty will produce Kylie’s hand sanitizer in its factories. Meanwhile, Kylie Skin products will not be affected. Fans of the Kylie Cosmetics brand might be slightly disappointed to find out that it has paused distribution after California’s statewide stay-at-home order was issued.

ABC reports that doctors, first responders, and other medical professionals are currently enduring some of the most severe shortages of personal protective equipment. In response, some of the biggest names in fashion including Chanel, Prada, and Christian Siriano have halted production to make masks for medical professionals.

Kylie, a billionaire, has also reportedly donated $1 million to first responders to buy protective gear.

In mid-March, after being called upon by the surgeon general of the United States to do so, she issued an Instagram plea to her approximately 168 million followers to follow social distancing instructions and just stay home.