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Falling into September

     Books are quite literally my kryptonite. There is nothing I love more than walking down the aisle in a library or bookstore and seeing the hundreds of stories at my fingertips. But as I started growing older and viewing my world in a more critical way, I was able to apply that same perspective to the books I would read. In a society where women are still treated as second-class citizens, no matter how subtly, I was suddenly searching for contradictions…

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Added by Andrea Barreto on September 30, 2014 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Classroom reflections: What being Latina means to me...

I’ve never been so immersed in my culture until this semester. On top of being an intern here at Latinitas, I am currently taking a ‘Chicano Educational Struggles’ course and a ‘Minorities in the Media’ course. I’ve learned so much about my roots in this semester than any other semester of school in my life.

 

How crazy is that? I’m twenty years old and have lived my entire life in South San Antonio, where my community is entirely Hispanic. Approximately over 90% of my friends…

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Added by Selina Bonilla on September 30, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Mexican-American Me

Throughout my life I have been at a constant limbo between my roots (Mexican) and my birthplace (American).  Struggling to identify myself was never fun and even more so now that I am attending a university.  I grew up speaking Spanglish and when I do so at school I am looked at funny because of it.  People either enjoy it or get annoyed by it.  Now that I am a 20 year old I now understand what it is to be a latina.  I have the best of both worlds: the modern American world mixed with the…

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Added by Claudia B. Mendoza on September 29, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

My bilingual little world.

 
Because I assume this is the 1st time you're reading me, I'm going to talk a bit about myself:



Kenia Guerrero

20 years
Aspiring Journalist
UTEP
Good Person
Mexican
Living in Mexico
Now you know I'm Mexican and I…
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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 28, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Latinas in Entertainment - Sara Ramirez my favorite doctor

I'm not precisely a person interested in medicine, but about 6 years ago I found a great show Grey's Anatomy and I'm really excited because yesterday the 11th season started and although Cristina Yang is no longer there I loved the first episode, I love everything about it.
Especially Dr. Callie Torres portrayed by beautiful Sara Ramirez.…
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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 28, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Latina Identity

Being a Latina means being resilient. It means working hard and not letting bumps in the road, no matter how big or small, stop us from reaching our goals. It means putting our utmost effort to everything we do because people are expecting us to fail and we're going to prove them wrong. It means working twice as hard to make ourselves, our parents, and our families proud. It means ignoring stereotypes that claim we are lazy and being the hard workers that generations of Latinos have proven…

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Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 27, 2014 at 8:48pm — No Comments

¿Hablas Español?

My first language was Spanish. Neither of my parents spoke English and basically no one in my life spoke English, so I grew up around Spanish and Spanish only. I didn't start learning English until I was in headstart, a school aimed at children of lower incomes so we won't be behind when 'actual' school starts, and then continued learning when I was enrolled in pre-kinder. By the time I was in kindergarten, I was fluent in both English and Spanish, but I stayed in bilingual classes until…

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Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 26, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Hablas Español? It's Never Too Late

Do me a favor. Take a second and think about the complexity of language. There are so many languages in this world that I think we sometimes forget that not everyone speaks English. Growing up, I thought English was the one and only language. My grandparents spoke this very strange sounding language to me, which I later learned was called Spanish. English is my first language. I grew up with Spanish speaking parents and grandparents, yet I don’t consider myself a fluent Spanish speaker. I…

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Added by Rebecca Salazar on September 26, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Latinas in Entertainment

I feel like this is a cliche answer, but when I was younger, I was influenced by Selena.

I remember being a little girl and begging and pleading for the Selena cassette so I could play it on my Walkman. It was black and it was my favorite thing in the world. I think before my Selena cassette, the only other cassette I had was one on which I had recorded songs from the radio. Once I got the Selena cassette, I played it over and over and over. Unlike the me of today who needs hundreds…

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Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 25, 2014 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Leading Latinas - #WCW: Who runs this? Girls! c

I started this blog by looking on Google "Important Latina Women" and I was surprised that the first websites that pop in my screen were this websites talking about the curves of Jennifer Lopez, Shakira's pregnancy and Sofia Vergara's new boyfriend, and as much as I like the work of these 3 women I have to say this wasn't what I was looking for AT ALL.

And I'm a bit disappointed that the Latina image is immediately associated with this hyper sexual or poor background…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

My brother's kidnapping, leaving home and living as a refugee.

I think everyone by the age of 20 have had to overcome certain obstacle, for my best friend was the death of her older brother, for other friend was having to move because of financial difficulties and for me was the kidnapping of my brother.



I am from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

I'm pretty sure that if you've seen the news you've heard the name of my city and if you have, it had the word murder or…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 25, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Buying your Sweetheart a Hugging Teddy Bear

A perfect gift is the one that wins the heart of your sweetheart. There can be many options for buying a gift for your honey however flowers and teddy bears are the most fancied gifts of all and are loved by women of all age. Every girl would love to have a teddy bear as a gift from her sweetheart. The reason is that teddy bears symbolize warmth, comfort and care and is a loving creature that can be perfect companion on her happy days. This is the reason that it is always advised to buy her…

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Added by Anna Rachel on September 24, 2014 at 2:29am — No Comments

Overcoming Obstacles: The fear of failure

There’s a common saying I have heard that says, “We are our own harshest critic.” I find that this was unfortunately true many times growing up for me, as I struggled for a long time with being very harsh on myself for almost any little thing.  I was plagued with a little voice in my head that questioned my capabilities, and made me fearful of asking questions when I didn’t understand something in class, of applying for programs or positions, and of speaking up.

Looking back, I…

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Added by Victoria Navarro on September 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Spotlight on a Latina feminist: Sandra Cisneros



If you checked any kind of social media today, I’m sure you saw or at least read the title of the most popular topic today: Emma’s Watson UN speech about gender equality.

And if you didn’t well I’m going to write for you my favorite part(s):



“Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend you a formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too… I've seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help, for fear it would make them less of a…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 22, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

#HispanicHeritageMonth is underway and Latinitas is excited to announce our own mini-events taking place via MyLatinitas.com and social media. Our awesome interns, Rebecca and Selina, will be creating a #HHM campaign for October. Current and former Latinitas interns, writers, bloggers, and volunteers are encouraged to participate! Content may be featured in Latinitas Magazine, and, to sweeten the deal, the top three bloggers will receive either an Amazon or Starbucks gift…

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Added by Jasmine Villa on September 18, 2014 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Call for Writers!

Added by Jasmine Villa on September 15, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

The struggle of second chances

First of I want to say how excited I am to be a part of the Latinitas community. I'm looking forward to blogging and reading all these amazing latina's blogs.I joined this community because I have struggled with so many things in my short life that Im hoping someone out there who is going through the same thing I had gone through is able to read my blogs and is able to know that it does get better.But Anyways,  Growing up in a place where violence and drugs take over the city and then coming…

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Added by Alejandra Tapia on September 9, 2014 at 9:43pm — No Comments

My 5 top hispanic romantic comedy recomendations

I started out this blog writing my 5 top romantic comedies, but after seeing that most of them were American movies I though, that since I'm writing on Latinitas I should write about my top 5 Hispanic movies, I don't know why but we tend to forget about those, so here it goes.

El cielo en tu mirada: This is the story of second chances, Pepe (Mane De La Parra) a young musician who is about to participate…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 9, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

You Give a Little, You Get a Little

Each of us are guilty of forgetting to be thankful and forgetting to devote time to those around us, other than ourselves. We do not remember how much others do for us, such as our parents, teachers, friends, and others. It is time for us to do the same for them! Even a simple “thank you” helps.

 

However, we are much more capable of doing more than that. A great way to help those around us is by helping our society through volunteering. Many people hardly like to…

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Added by Megan Garcia on September 8, 2014 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

Voces Austin Hosting Writing Contest - Deadline approaching - cool prizes!

Writing contest open to girls and boys ages 7-14 years old.

It is free and it can be written in

English/Spanish or Bilingual. We are not grading grammar, only

literary creativity and technique.

 

The objective of El Niño y el Cuento 2014 is to enhance cultural

development, literary creativity, and the interest for writing in

prose in children.



any questions email Larissa Davila …

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Added by Laura Donnelly on September 8, 2014 at 11:56am — No Comments

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