Today, in Mexico, it's Mother's Day! This will probably not come as a surprise to many of you but I am very, very proud of my mother and all of her accomplishments. Sometimes I feel like people get annoyed or even uncomfortable with how much I brag about her. But, it not my fault. My mom and both my parents, for that matter, are the epitome of the American Dream.
CHINGONA: Spanish for Bad Bitch aka Badass Girl aka Nasty Woman. Confidence is something I struggled with most of my life. I have never been the prettiest, the skinniest, the one with the best hair, or the one with the hottest bod. But, in the past year, I have learned to be comfortable in my own skin and to really embrace the amazingness that is me. Confidence comes from within. And I came here to slay biiiiich.
I had the greatest pleasure of interviewing Latino USA senior producer, Nadia Reiman to talk about the greatest past episodes of Latino USA so far and what the future holds for the podcast. NPR Latino USA is NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program hosted by Maria Hinojosa and produced by Futuro Media. Latino USA is the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio. Latino USA brings depth of experience, on-the-ground connections and knowledge of current and emerging issues impacting Latinos and other people of color to every broadcast.
Stefani isn't just one "thing". She is an entrepreneur, dreamer, and everything in between. Dubbed an "Entrepreneurial Songstress," Vara sings, models AND acts. She also executive produces the reality-based cooking web series, "Comida Caliente" and a web series spinoff, "Casa de Vara". Stefani started "Follow My Feet" and "Friday's Fighting Hero" on YouTube where she talks to people who inspire her.
Whether we want to believe it or not, our personal style says everything about us without having to say a single word. Often times we drench ourselves with what is on trend at the moment, which is okay, but I would really like to encourage you to step out of that comfort zone and truly embrace your own personal style. Why? Because owning your own style will raise your confidence making it that much easier to go out and conquer the world…or your tasks for the day.
I wrote this post two years ago when my sister was 16 going on 17. Some things have changed since then. She decided to come to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin. (YAAAAAAAS!) She has now been dating David (ugh David haha) for almost two years. And she is now almost 19 years old. She moves into her dorm tomorrow and I could not be MORE excited! Here is the [updated] ode to my baby one, my little sister, and my heart in honor of her moving to Austin and beginning her college adventure.
On today's episode of Latina Tribe we'll be talking culture. As Nueva Latinas our Latino and American culture is something that has become a part of us and ultimately make us the people we are today. Also, I will be speaking with Elena Flores fellow Chingona and Founder of Sew Bonita about her shop and her sewing journey to where she is today!
Jelisa sat down with The Nueva Latina to discuss her love for writing and share more about her play "The Stories of Us.
I am Mexican American. I am tired of being criticized for loving the United States, but for also embracing my Mexican heritage and traditions. I am in-between two worlds. It's something only a few can understand. Being 1st generation American you constantly feel like you don't know who you are because you love two very different cultures at the same time. And if you ever love one more than the other, at any instance, you feel like you are cheating on the other.
One day when I was about 7 or 8, I decided to ask my dad, “Papi, porque yo soy de chocolate y Abner es de vanilla? Yo quiero ser de vanilla tambien.” Why was my brother vanilla colored? Why was I chocolate? I was so jealous of him and I wanted to know why I was “cursed” with being brown.