Latinas are many things. We're diverse, driven, strong, and just all around amazing. But it seems one San Jose State University philanthropy board member hasn't gotten the Latinas Are Awesome memo. During a February meeting of the board, member Wanda Ginner had the nerve to say Latinas "do not have the DNA to be successful." Out loud. In front of the vice president of university advancement. And no one did a thing about it. Until now.
Imagine being a teenage Latina living with your family in the US. Imagine coming home from school on a day just like any other. The house is empty. Nobody is home to greet you. Silence, solitude, uncertainty and fear grip your young heart. The neighbors rush in to tell you that your parents have been detained. Soon after they will be deported to their home country. In short, your life as you knew it is over. You will need to grow up alone in the United States, unable to share your everyday life with your parents and siblings.
This is the harrowing reality of many young Latinos in the U.S. And also the story of Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza Ramos in Orange is the New Black. The stunning Latina actress shared her growing pains with the LA Times in a gripping first-person tale of deportation that will make you cry.
Our future generation is brighter and more driven than ever! Remember hearing the saying, "You can be anything you want to be" as a kid and being elated at the thought of so many possibilities? A new campaign called, "Because of them, we can" or "Por ellos, si podemos," is honoring Latino trailblazers and inspiring kids to embrace positive role models that could shape their futuro. The campaign's creator Eunique Jones Gibson highlights powerful Latinos like Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Carlos Santana and Angel Ramos. These adorable children play their parts really well!
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez has just been crowned Miss USA 2014! The 24-year-old Latina stunner beat out 50 other contestants from all states and Washington D.C. on Sunday night during the pageant in Louisiana, including first runner-up Miss North Dakota Audra Mari. Sanchez will now go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year. Before she does, here are 5 things to know about the beauty queen:
While some companies seem to be putting more effort into making their commercials clever and funny these days, many of them are still just as cheesy and annoying as ever--especially those targeted to women. Seriously, if I have to see one more tampon commercial involving a girl twirling in the grass or something, I might scream.
That's why I couldn't help but love the latest CoverGirl ad campaign, entitled "Girls Can." The feel-good commercial, which features a ton of the brand's famous spokeswomen, encourages girls to break barriers and pursue new challenges. Check it out below (you might even spot a couple of your favorite Latinas)!Continue Reading >
Holy smokes, did you all see how fantastic Christina Aguilera looked at the American Music Awards last night? She has been looking fantastic lately, but even before her new look, she's always been a great role model. Sure she went through her somewhat risque phase, but The Voice judge and singer made a comeback as a composed woman and excellent mother.
Most recently she's made headlines for her dramatic weight loss. While we think she looks phenomenal, what we love most about her is the positive message that she sends out to women everywhere.Continue Reading >
Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to an end today. A lot of folks here in the U.S. don't really know much about how much we have contributed to society, some of us don't even know!
ISo we've come up with a whole list of great things Latinos have done for our nation!Continue Reading >
Picture this: You walk into a pole dancing class and the best dancer there is an abuela! Viviana Morales is an Argentinian 50-year-old award winning pole dancer and is considered the best in all of South America. You would think Morales has been doing this form of dance since her youth, but the reality of it is that she's only been doing it for about six years.
She's certainly breaking barriers for all the abuelos out there, proving that age ain't nothing but a number when it comes to being in shape!Continue Reading >
YouTube beauty vlogger Talia Joy Castellano could use lots of prayers today. The 13-year-old who has been battling cancer for the last seven years has been hospitalized. The YouTube sensation suffers from neuroblastoma and leukemia which although inhibiting has never stopped her from living life to the fullest.
Castellano is known for shooting makeup tutorials from her personal YouTube account making her one of the biggest beauty vloggers on the site. The little star's contagious personality has earned her many viewers as she embraces beauty through her makeup skills even though she lost all her hair due to chemotherapy. We ask that you have Talia Castellano in your thoughts as the little girl goes through her latest health battle.Continue Reading >
The Latina, the geek, and the mother in me was excited as I spoke to Adriana Ocampo, a Space Geologist at NASA. What Ocampo does and how she got to where is provides an inspirational story for Latinas--and our children.
Ocampo, born in Baranquilla, Colombia and raised in Argentina, before moving to the U.S. at 14, leads programs for space exploration missions to Jupiter, Pluto, and other faraway places in our universe. Mind-boggling, I know! When she lived in Argentina, she was denied entrance to a school because it was only for boys. Shortly after, her family arrived in Pasadena, CA, not too far from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Like any newcomer, she struggled to learn English. Still, Ocampo was determined to succeed and work for NASA.Continue Reading >