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On a routine grocery shopping trip, 12-year-old Ludmilla decided to become a singer. While accompanying her mom, a DVD of a Beyoncé performance that played in the store enchanted a young Ludmilla. She bought a copy of the DVD, watched it at home, and thought: “How can someone do all that at the same time? I want to do that!”  Born and raised in the municipality of Duque de Caxias in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Ludmilla started her career by singing rhymes and sporadic lyrics over Braz...
With Ludmilla’s Historic Coachella Performance, “The Black Girl From Rio Won”
On a routine grocery shopping trip, 12-year-old Ludmilla decided to become a singer. While accompanying her mom, a DVD of a Beyoncé performance that played in the store enchanted a young Ludmilla. She bought a copy of the DVD, watched it at home, and thought: “How can someone do all that at the same time? I want to do that!” Born and raised in the municipality of Duque de Caxias in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Ludmilla started her career by singing rhymes and sporadic lyrics over Braz...
Abigail is “a perfect gateway movie into the horror genre,” according to its star Melissa Barrera. And she should know — she’s become the reigning queen of the genre, headlining a range of titles from the corporate blockbusters Scream V and Scream IV to her independently produced Bed Rest to this year’s Sundance charmer Your Monster. In Abigail, she’s part of a group of criminals who kidnap a 12-year-old ballerina, taking her to an isolated mansion-slash-safe house to wait for ransom. ...
Melissa Barrera Is Stepping Into Her Scream Queen Power With Abigail
Abigail is “a perfect gateway movie into the horror genre,” according to its star Melissa Barrera. And she should know — she’s become the reigning queen of the genre, headlining a range of titles from the corporate blockbusters Scream V and Scream IV to her independently produced Bed Rest to this year’s Sundance charmer Your Monster. In Abigail, she’s part of a group of criminals who kidnap a 12-year-old ballerina, taking her to an isolated mansion-slash-safe house to wait for ransom. ...
In her most popular TikTok video, Desiree Diaz carefully places ingredients in a tiny pan perched on a just as teeny hot plate. She starts with oil, then sofrito, which satisfyingly sizzles in the pan, before she adds peppers, onions, and garlic. She cooks them until it’s time to add the beans, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. The water, added at the end, makes everything come together. This is the second part of Desirée’s Tiny Kitchen’s recipe for white rice, beans, and chicken — in part ...
Latinas Are Tired. These ASMR Creators Are Helping Us Relax
In her most popular TikTok video, Desiree Diaz carefully places ingredients in a tiny pan perched on a just as teeny hot plate. She starts with oil, then sofrito, which satisfyingly sizzles in the pan, before she adds peppers, onions, and garlic. She cooks them until it’s time to add the beans, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. The water, added at the end, makes everything come together. This is the second part of Desirée’s Tiny Kitchen’s recipe for white rice, beans, and chicken — in part ...
She’s back. Or, perhaps more accurately, she never left. The she in question? None other than Dora Márquez, the seriously curious, adventure-seeking 7-year-old, who you might know simply as Dora from Dora the Explorer. The show, which spanned 172 episodes and originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2000 to 2014, follows Dora as she embarks on journeys and quests with her interactive map, talking purple backpack, and Boots, her monkey BFF (whose name comes from his favorite pair of red boots)...
Dora The Explorer Is Back. Here’s What The Character Has Meant To Latinas
She’s back. Or, perhaps more accurately, she never left. The she in question? None other than Dora Márquez, the seriously curious, adventure-seeking 7-year-old, who you might know simply as Dora from Dora the Explorer. The show, which spanned 172 episodes and originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2000 to 2014, follows Dora as she embarks on journeys and quests with her interactive map, talking purple backpack, and Boots, her monkey BFF (whose name comes from his favorite pair of red boots)...
I’m 10 years old sitting alone at my desk. I finished my language arts homework, now wrinkled from excessive erasing and wet from my tears. I’m terrified I completed the assignment incorrectly and that the teacher won’t accept it in its current state. What would have taken another child 20 minutes took me hours to complete because my parents couldn’t help me. My only source of support is the old, monstrous dictionary I used to look up every word.  But there’s no time to ruminate. I wip... Parents, People, Parenting, Parent Pay, Self Compassion, How Are You Feeling, Recover, 10 Year Old, Save Me
Recovering From Parentification Hasn’t Been Easy. But It Saved Me
I’m 10 years old sitting alone at my desk. I finished my language arts homework, now wrinkled from excessive erasing and wet from my tears. I’m terrified I completed the assignment incorrectly and that the teacher won’t accept it in its current state. What would have taken another child 20 minutes took me hours to complete because my parents couldn’t help me. My only source of support is the old, monstrous dictionary I used to look up every word. But there’s no time to ruminate. I wip...
Across the United States and the world, an Indigenous language revitalization movement is taking shape. In 2022, Indigenous representatives across the globe convened on the Cherokee Nation reservation to kick off the United Nations’ International Decade of Indigenous Languages initiative. But it’s not just this worldwide push that is fueling some to connect to the language of their ancestors. To attune themselves to parts that feel undiscovered or untouched, U.S.-born Latines are reclaiming t... Languages, Culture, Language, United States, United Nations, Cherokee, Worldwide, Parts, Cherokee Nation
These Latines Are Learning The Indigenous Languages Colonialism Stole From Them
Across the United States and the world, an Indigenous language revitalization movement is taking shape. In 2022, Indigenous representatives across the globe convened on the Cherokee Nation reservation to kick off the United Nations’ International Decade of Indigenous Languages initiative. But it’s not just this worldwide push that is fueling some to connect to the language of their ancestors. To attune themselves to parts that feel undiscovered or untouched, U.S.-born Latines are reclaiming t...
In 2018, a Washington Post article pondered, “Is the Latin music industry finally ready to embrace women?” Five years later, a Billboard article stated, “Women Are Breaking Barriers in Latin Music. But Why Is it Taking So Long?” Latinas have historically been underrepresented in Latin music as well as the music industry at large. But we have seen a shift in recent years, with Latinas winning prestigious awards. In 2023, Shakira won the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. And earlier... Music, Michael Jackson, Celebrities, Tattoos, Billboard Women In Music, Women In Music, Latin Music, Music Industry, Latina
Latina Artists Rarely Get Their Flowers. Billboard Women in Music Is Changing This
In 2018, a Washington Post article pondered, “Is the Latin music industry finally ready to embrace women?” Five years later, a Billboard article stated, “Women Are Breaking Barriers in Latin Music. But Why Is it Taking So Long?” Latinas have historically been underrepresented in Latin music as well as the music industry at large. But we have seen a shift in recent years, with Latinas winning prestigious awards. In 2023, Shakira won the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. And earlier...
As a Brazilian-Colombian culture critic, the lack of specificity and the generalization of Latine people as one group has always been irritating at best and harmful at worst. Stories about Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. barely exist, and when they do, they do not reflect the realities and experiences of actual Brazilian immigrants. From the fetishization of Brazilians — both men and women — as sexually exotic characters to the casting of Hispanic Latine or just full-on Spanish actors to pla... Perspective, Films, New Jersey, Musica, Movies, It Cast, Reality, Prime Video, Rhythmic
Música Is A Quirky Movie Exploring The Brazilian Immigrant Experience In New Jersey
As a Brazilian-Colombian culture critic, the lack of specificity and the generalization of Latine people as one group has always been irritating at best and harmful at worst. Stories about Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. barely exist, and when they do, they do not reflect the realities and experiences of actual Brazilian immigrants. From the fetishization of Brazilians — both men and women — as sexually exotic characters to the casting of Hispanic Latine or just full-on Spanish actors to pla...
If there’s one thing Jessica Torres has learned through multiple apartment moves, it’s that you should never rush to make your home a home. In the past, the New York City-based content creator found that she would hurry the process of putting new apartments together just for the sake of them feeling “done.” “I was just filling in holes and corners with objects that weren’t really me and didn’t tell my story,” she recalls. “I wasted so much money — I learned my lesson the hard way.” So w... Flats, Home Organisation, Home, York, Organizing Your Home, Home Organization, Organization, Apartment, Apartments
How To Organize Your Home Without Making This One Mistake
If there’s one thing Jessica Torres has learned through multiple apartment moves, it’s that you should never rush to make your home a home. In the past, the New York City-based content creator found that she would hurry the process of putting new apartments together just for the sake of them feeling “done.” “I was just filling in holes and corners with objects that weren’t really me and didn’t tell my story,” she recalls. “I wasted so much money — I learned my lesson the hard way.” So w...
As a little Dominican girl, I envied long, flowing hair — my mother’s and aunt’s beautiful soft wavy hair as well as  my sister’s thick curls. I had kinkier, tighter coils that I wished were more manageable to untangle and style. At 9, I got my first relaxer for school pictures. As the white creamy mixture sat atop my virgin hair, the tingling sensation of my scalp signified the end of my childhood with kinky hair and the beginning of my life’s insecurities with my hair’s appearance. T... Girl, Afro, Kinky, Long, Cool Haircuts, Wavy, Hair A, Kinky Hair, Style
How My Locs Journey Taught Me To Treat My Hair (And Myself) Better
As a little Dominican girl, I envied long, flowing hair — my mother’s and aunt’s beautiful soft wavy hair as well as my sister’s thick curls. I had kinkier, tighter coils that I wished were more manageable to untangle and style. At 9, I got my first relaxer for school pictures. As the white creamy mixture sat atop my virgin hair, the tingling sensation of my scalp signified the end of my childhood with kinky hair and the beginning of my life’s insecurities with my hair’s appearance. T...
I was 23 when I first heard the words “cerebral palsy” in relation to my disability. Up until then, I had no medical diagnosis to explain why I was physically disabled. My family simply never talked about it. It’s not that my parents denied the reality of my disability; they just wanted me to feel as normal as possible. While my friends’ parents drove them to dance classes, gymnastics, and soccer practice, my mom took me to physical therapy three times a week. Though I knew my friends did... Friends, Football, Dance, Family, One, One And Only, Soccer, Mom
I’m Not The Only One In My Family With A Disability. But I’m the First to Release Shame
I was 23 when I first heard the words “cerebral palsy” in relation to my disability. Up until then, I had no medical diagnosis to explain why I was physically disabled. My family simply never talked about it. It’s not that my parents denied the reality of my disability; they just wanted me to feel as normal as possible. While my friends’ parents drove them to dance classes, gymnastics, and soccer practice, my mom took me to physical therapy three times a week. Though I knew my friends did...
Born in Venezuela in 1993, I immigrated to the United States at 3 years old. Growing up in the heart of New York City, my surroundings, culture, and family inspired my journey to find a unique sense of self-expression. In a melting pot of diversity, it was not just about standing out but also embracing the melange of cultures that can only exist in a place like New York. All of this led to my Mets jersey taking center stage in my wardrobe and “blokecore” or “sportcore” — a style characterized... Sport Hat, Sport Fashion, Jersey, Pick One, Gender Norms, Diversity, Fast Fashion
I’m in My Sportscore Era. Here’s How I Achieve the Look & Lifestyle
Born in Venezuela in 1993, I immigrated to the United States at 3 years old. Growing up in the heart of New York City, my surroundings, culture, and family inspired my journey to find a unique sense of self-expression. In a melting pot of diversity, it was not just about standing out but also embracing the melange of cultures that can only exist in a place like New York. All of this led to my Mets jersey taking center stage in my wardrobe and “blokecore” or “sportcore” — a style characterized...
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…,” the crowd recites — the last step of an often complicated and long journey. The citizenship oath ceremony is a meaningful and emotional occasion. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, endless worries, and tons of paperwork. Nevertheless, with limited avenues to citizenship and a load of immigration difficulties, this day feels distant for many immigrants. A recent study by Professor Emily Ryo of the University of... Inspiration, Colour Photography, Memories, Photography, Still Life Photographers, Untitled, Creative, Stop Motion, Visual
The Path to Citizenship Is Nearly Impossible. These Groups Aim to Help
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…,” the crowd recites — the last step of an often complicated and long journey. The citizenship oath ceremony is a meaningful and emotional occasion. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, endless worries, and tons of paperwork. Nevertheless, with limited avenues to citizenship and a load of immigration difficulties, this day feels distant for many immigrants. A recent study by Professor Emily Ryo of the University of...
Kiara Cristina Ventura knows art. As the founder of PROCESSA, a studio space and roving curatorial platform that collaborates with galleries and artists, she’s been working in the art world since 2015. It’s with this same creative eye that she curates her own home, a studio apartment in Brooklyn she’s lived in since 2019. “When my partner [artist Kameron Robinson] and I stepped into it for the first time, I started jumping up and down,” she says. “It had exposed brick. It had a studio spac... Studio, Art, Studio Apartment, Studio Space, Founder, Galleries, Nyc Studio, Bedding Brands
An NYC Studio Without Closets? Here’s How This Art Curator Turned It Into A Functional Home
Kiara Cristina Ventura knows art. As the founder of PROCESSA, a studio space and roving curatorial platform that collaborates with galleries and artists, she’s been working in the art world since 2015. It’s with this same creative eye that she curates her own home, a studio apartment in Brooklyn she’s lived in since 2019. “When my partner [artist Kameron Robinson] and I stepped into it for the first time, I started jumping up and down,” she says. “It had exposed brick. It had a studio spac...
Growing up in the South Bronx, Claudia De la Cruz had a lot of questions. The daughter of working-class immigrants from the Dominican Republic — her father was a construction worker and her mother a teacher — she lived in the poorest congressional district in the United States. De la Cruz would watch TV and wonder why the middle-class lives she saw on the screen were so different from her own. Though conservative, her parents introduced her to a church that would inspire her worldview and... Presidents, Halloween, Democratic Party, Middle Class, South, Working Class
This Latina Socialist Doesn’t Want “The Lesser Evil.” So She’s Running for President
Growing up in the South Bronx, Claudia De la Cruz had a lot of questions. The daughter of working-class immigrants from the Dominican Republic — her father was a construction worker and her mother a teacher — she lived in the poorest congressional district in the United States. De la Cruz would watch TV and wonder why the middle-class lives she saw on the screen were so different from her own. Though conservative, her parents introduced her to a church that would inspire her worldview and...