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NASA Is Sending Their First Cuban-American To The International Space Station

Meet Serena Auñón-Chancellor. She will be the first Cuban-American to make it to space.


Serena Auñón-Chancellor has been tapped to join fellow astronauts at the International Space Station in November of next year. While Auñón-Chancellor won’t be the first Latina to make it to space (Ellen Ochoa has that honor), Auñón-Chancellor will have the designation of being the first Cuban-American to go to space.

According to Martí Noticias, Auñón-Chancellor has been training for this moment for a long time. Academically, she prepared by getting a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, a master’s in public health science, and a doctorate in medicine. Auñón-Chancellor is also the second Latina to be selected as an astronaut for NASA.

Even though she has been an astronaut since 2009, Auñón-Chancellor is still training to make sure she is ready.


And she looks super excited to finally be taking this major step in her career.

Auñón-Chancellor is one of five astronauts that were chosen to take part in different missions scheduled through 2018.


“It’s great to get to announce so many assignments at once,” Chris Cassidy, the chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a statement. “There’s plenty of work to be done at the space station, and the research opportunities are almost limitless. These folks are all going to do great work and bring a lot of value to their crewmates.”

And people are celebrating Auñón-Chancellor’s exciting announcement.


Auñón-Chancellor currently lives in Houston, Texas and is a licensed physician who started her career at NASA as a flight surgeon in 2006. When she was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009, she assisted with medical operation in Russia for nine months.

Looks like more and more Latinxs are going to be representing up in space.


Congrats, Auñón-Chancellor.


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Cuban-Americans Are Reaffirming Their Commitment To The GOP In 2020

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Cuban-Americans Are Reaffirming Their Commitment To The GOP In 2020

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Few things are for certain when it comes to Latino voters. One of those certainties is that Cuban-Americans, unlike other Latino groups, are loyal to the Republican Party. So loyal that they are still giving their unwavering support in the Trump era.

A new study shows that Cuban-Americans are largely falling in line with Trump’s Republican Party.

Out of all of the Latino voters, Cubans have always been a reliable voting bloc for the Republican Party. Their vote has been important in winning Florida, a key swing state that has decided elections in the past. Over the past four years, Cuban support for the GOP has remained steady despite the younger generation of Cubans leaning Democratic.

“Historically, Cuban Americans have backed the Republican Party in large numbers, but that support has at times softened as a new generation of U.S.-born, Democratic-leaning Cubans has come of age,” reads the Pew Research Center article. “In 2013, similar shares of Cuban registered voters identified with the Republican Party (47 percent) and the Democratic Party (44 percent). That same year, 60 percent of non-Cuban Hispanic voters identified as Democratic and 28 percent as Republican.”

Cubans are the most politically active community in the Latino demographic.

According to the study, Cubans are more likely to vote than other Latino groups. Fifty-eight percent of eligible Cuban voters voted in 2016 compared to 55 percent of Dominicans, 49 percent of Salvadorans, 46 percent of Puerto Ricans, and 44 percent of Mexicans.

According to the Census Bureau, most Cuban voters (55 percent) in the U.S. are naturalized citizens. This means that most Cuban voters in the U.S. were born in Cuba and are voting with that mentality.

Cubans, however, are voting against their own interest when it comes to healthcare.

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According to the study, Cubans, like other Latinos, do believe that healthcare is an important issue. However, their vote for the Republican Party further places healthcare out of reach for millions of Americans. While Cubans claim that healthcare is an important issue, the Trump administration is suing to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans access to healthcare.

The 2020 elections are heating up and Florida is a key state in the road to the White House.

People are watching this election closely. Record numbers of people have already gone to vote early. Millions of people are voting in mail-in and early voting to secure a future they want to see for the country.

READ: Latino Voters Could Decide The 2020 Election, So Why Did Only 5 Presidential Candidates Show Up To A Latino Issues Forum?

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This Latina On Instagram Is Using Art And Social Media To Share Her Journey of Embracing Her Vitiligo

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This Latina On Instagram Is Using Art And Social Media To Share Her Journey of Embracing Her Vitiligo

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Ash Soto is a young Latina living in Florida using social media to bring acceptance and self-love to the vitiligo community. The Instagrammer has more than 166,000 followers and uses her platform to deliver art and activism one post at a time. Vitiligo is a skin condition and this Latina is reclaiming her skin one photo at a time.

Ash Soto is giving the vitiligo community some love and representation on social media.

Soto is a 24-year-old Instagrammer who is using her platform to show off her vitiligo and give the community some love and representation. The sudden social media star is catching a lot of attention after showing off her body in a way followers hadn’t seen before.

According to an interview with Self, Soto first started her Instagram page to do makeup and only showed her face. The reason was that she was uncomfortable showing people that part of herself.

Soto uses art to highlight and celebrate her vitiligo.

You might recognize Soto because of her incredible body art that is giving her vitiligo all of the self-love and acceptance. It is all part of her mission to reclaim her skin and make other people comfortable in theirs.

“I remember back when I was really young—you know when you’re in middle school, you try to fit in with the crowd,” Soto told Self. “I wasn’t fitting in. People made fun of me to the point where I would cry myself to sleep every night.”

Soto was young when she was diagnosed with vitiligo.

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Vitiligo is a skin condition where a person loses the pigmentation of their skin. The cells in the skin that produce the pigmentation die or stop functioning leading to the loss of skin color over time. The disease shows up as splotches on the skin without pigmentation.

“I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin. I was always trying to find a way to look at my skin in a positive light, [and] I couldn’t do that before starting this,” Soto told Daily Mail. Now what others would perceive as an imperfection, I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before.”

Soto has been living with her vitiligo since she was 12 years old.

A moment in her teens made her embarrassed of her body and her skin. When she was a teenager, a little girl on the beach asked her if she took a shower in bleach. According to Daily Mail, that was when Soto wanted to lock herself away from the world.

Years later, Soto is flipping the script and embracing her vitiligo in all of its glory. You can follow Soto and her vitiligo journey on Instagram at @radiantbambi.

“If you feel beautiful, that’s what matters,” Soto told Self. “No one can say anything if you feel happy with yourself.”

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