Super Women On Screen

Super women are coming to a screen near you. Superheroes are really big right now. From Captain America and Spiderman on the big screen to Arrow and The Flash getting their own TV shows, these crime fighting men are everywhere. There’s clearly something missing though. Where are all of the women? Saving the world isn’t just for the guys.

Luckily, Hollywood is slowing getting the memo. There has been a recent upsurge of movies and shows featuring female superheroes coming to the big and small screen. Here is the rundown on these super women’s new films and where you can find them in the comic books. Because the book are always better than the movies anyway, right?

Captain Marvel

With no relation to Captain America, Captain Marvel is the alias of Carol Danvers—a NASA employee turned superhuman. Growing up, Carol dreamed of attending college to become an astronaut. Her father refused to pay for her education because she was a woman although she was the smartest of her siblings. She decided to prove him wrong. Carol joined the Air Force and quickly moved up the ranks until she was approached by NASA to become their head of security.

She lived her dream until an encounter with an alien race gave her superhuman strength, the ability to fly and shoot light beams out of her hands. She is a fan favorite and even goes on to lead The Avengers for some time. Her movie isn’t set to come out until 2018, so in the meantime, you can find her in her comic books. Start with issue #1 of the Captain Marvel 2012 series.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a longtime symbol for female strength and empowerment in the pop culture universe. She is the daughter of an Amazon queen and the Greek god Zeus. Her story begins when she travels to America with a man that crash lands on her island. She decides to stay to protect all of love and humanity.

Wonder Woman is the definition of confidence and strength. You can see her heroics in the upcoming Wonder Woman film as well as the Justice League movie. Actress Gal Gadot will be donning her famous gold gauntlets and Lasso of Truth. Read about Wonder Woman’s exciting adventures in the New 52 version of the Wonder Woman series.

Sue Storm

Sue Storm is one-fourth of the Fantastic Four. She’s the only woman on the team, but she does a good job of showing just how powerful she is. She wasn’t born The Invisible Woman. Sue had to raise her brother at a young age. One day she befriends a scientist who takes them both into outer space. There they are dosed with cosmic rays and gain powers. That’s how the Fantastic Four was formed.

Sue is definitely a team player. She uses her power of invisibility to save the world. But she has even needed to save her own team. In one story line, Reed Richards, the scientist, turns bad and she has to lead the Fantastic Four to save him from himself. She always looks out for the ones she cares about. The Fantastic Four Ultimate series is a great place to learn more about her.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones isn’t coming to the big screen, but to the computer screen. Set to be a new Netflix series, Jessica Jones is a different kind of superhero. Jessica got her powers after her family was in a car accident with a truck carrying radioactive materials. After struggling to accept her superhuman strength as a teenager, she took comfort and gained confidence in knowing she could her power to do good in the world.

AKA Jessica Jones will pick up after she has hung up her superhero cape and opened a detective agency instead. She helps superheroes and normal humans solve crimes. You can check out Kristen Ritter’s performance of Jessica Jones later this spring. Until then, you can follow some of her cases in the Jessica Jones comic series.

Supergirl

Yes, she is related to Superman. Kara Zor-El is Superman’s cousin that crash lands on Earth after her home planet is destroyed. She hides her powers for some time but decides to embrace them as a young adult to protect the world.

Kara is set to face some pretty big villains from the comic book universe. While you’re waiting for Glee’s Melissa Benoist to bring the character to life on CBS, check out her in Showcase Presents Supergirl: Volume 1.

It’s about time these super women get some screen time. Comic books aren’t just for boys, and neither is saving the world. Hopefully Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel are only the first of many female superheroes we can get excited about. Until then, we have a few more powerful women paving the way for equality in Hollywood.

Latinas to Know in the World Cup

Women’s soccer is a growing sport. soccer photo 2The first FIFA World Cup was held in 1930. But it wasn’t until 1991 that women got the chance to participate. This year, Canada will host the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup. Women from all over the world will show off their skills including some very talented Latina players. Here are some of the women creating buzz and names you are sure to hear a lot.

 

Marta Vieira da Silva – Brazil

This 5 time FIFA World Player of the Year has played for the Brazil national team since 2002.  Marta plays as forward and is at the top of the Women’s World Cup goal scorer list. She was drafted to play for a professional league at the age of 14 and has managed to make herself internationally renowned since then.

Charlyn Corral – Mexico

Charlyn will be playing for the Mexican national team in her second World Cup. She is relatively new to the cup scene, but she no stranger to soccer. She began playing for the Mexico Under-21 team at the age of 14. The striker was recently signed to a Finnish senior team in 2014.

Cecilia Santiago – Mexico

Celcilia is only 20, but is already working on her second World Cup. She made her debut during the 2011 World Cup as the youngest goalkeeper ever. Speaking of new faces, Cecilia just began her senior club career in 2010 and has played for two club teams since. Her success at record-breaking young ages has caused sports fans to take notice, and she still has room for several more World Cups.

Cristiane Rozeira – Brazil

Cristiane began playing as a forward for the Brazil national team in 2006. This will be the 29-year-olds fourth World Cup. At the club level, she has played for six different countries. She has scored over 70 goals during her career and holds the record as the woman to score the fastest hat trick in Olympic history.

Yoreli Rincon – Colombia

Yoreli joined the Colombian national team in 2010 and is working on her second World Cup. No stranger to competition the midfielder has played for six club teams since age 12.  She impressed soccer fans recently with her performance at the 2014 Copa America by coming out as their top goal scorer.

Gloriana Villalobos – Costa Rica

This Costa Rican midfielder is only 15, but has been playing for a club team since 2012. Last year, was a big one for Gloriana. She joined the senior national team and scored a goal that helped Costa Rica’s national team move up the qualification ranks to the World Cup.

Vanessa Arauz – Ecuador

Vanessa isn’t actually a player, but she is the coach of Ecuador’s women’s national team. At only 26 years old, she spent the last few years quickly working her way up the coaching ladder. She is the first woman to graduate with a coaching degree in Ecuador.  She is outspoken about the lack of respect for women in soccer in Ecuador and how that only feeds her desire to succeed.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup starts in June, so you still have time to find your favorite team. No matter who you root for, you’ll be supporting some very talented women.

Take the Field with New Sports

SportStaying active is important to your health, no matter what time of year it is.  The Federal Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people participate in a physical activity for at least sixty minutes a day. Sometimes that can feel hard to do. Whether it’s too cold to go outside, your favorite sport is out of season, or you’re getting tired of the same old routine, try a sport that is a little off the beaten path. The best things in life are always a little wacky.

Kickball

This is a game for fans of baseball and softball. The rules are very similar. There are four bases and a pitcher’s mound. A pitcher rolls a kickball to the person at home and they try to kick far enough to have time to make it to the next base. If the defense catches the ball or tags them with it, that’s an out. The familiar rules make it easy for anyone to join in.

“Another organization challenged my national honor society group to a game of kickball once and it got very competitive,” said Mariah Cruz, age 19. “It felt like I was just hanging out with friends and I had a lot of fun.”

Some areas have community leagues. You can stay active and meet some people who live in your neighborhood.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is basically football and Frisbee combined. A regulation field is 70 yards long, but can be adjusted to any space constraints. The important thing is that there are two goal lines on either side of the field.

To start, the offense throws the Frisbee to the offense while each team stands at their end zones. The offensive player must throw the Frisbee to someone else on their team. When someone is holding the Frisbee they cannot move and they only have ten seconds to make the pass. No extra steps or running with the Frisbee. The defense tries to intercept the Frisbee, but physical contact with other players is not allowed. No tackling! When the Frisbee is caught by someone in their end zone then that team scores. Rules are enforced by the players and honesty and fairness is a big part of the sport.

Rock Climbing

A fear of heights isn’t the only challenge to this sport. Lifting yourself up a rock wall is a lot of work! Arm, leg, and ab muscles help you climb and keep your hold. You don’t have to go out and find a cliff to scale either. Some gyms have rock walls as well as entertainment centers. Safety harnesses and shoes are provided some places and help keep you safe. If you do have a fear of heights, this might be a good place to start. You can rock climb alone or take a friend along and see who can ring the bell at the top first.

“For me, rock climbing isn’t a sport–it’s a way to conquer my fear of heights,” shared Chin Lin Pan, age 21. “It’s scary, especially once you’re halfway up the wall, but it’s rewarding once you get all the way up to the top.”

Quidditch

Yes, that magical sport from the “Harry Potter” series is real. No one is actually flying around, but there are brooms involved.

“My college has a quidditch team and it is really intense,” shared Amanda Rubio, 20. “I am a huge ‘Harry Potter’ fan, and I love that this sport became a real thing.”

In quidditch, there are three chasers who score with a volleyball, two beaters who defend the chasers with the three kickballs, and a keeper who guards the goals at each end. Everyone runs around on broomsticks and the game ends when the person dressed as a golden snitch is caught by a seeker. Grab some friends or see if your town is one of the many communities with a quidditch league.

Social Dancing

You may not think that dancing is a sport, but look at “Dancing with the Stars.” It can get competitive and is a good exercise. There are competitions for everything from salsa and tango to the waltz and the polka. If you want to get started or are looking for something with less pressure, social dance nights are fun.

Different dance-oriented organizations host special dance nights where you can go out and learn a new skill. If you don’t know anything about these dances, that’s okay! Many places have free lessons, so you can pick up the basic steps.

Next time you’re in a rut, go out and give one of these sports a try. No matter what your interests are, there is a sport out there for you to try. As long as you are moving and having fun, you are on your way to staying healthy.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire’s Audrey Ramirez

Warning: Spoilers ahead

We have Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and now Elsa and Anna. These gals are the most prominent faces for young girls and their Disney princess movie infatuations. These animated women transform into their role models and embody what they foresee as beauty and the ideal woman.

With this in mind, Disney has taken steps to add diversity to their collection – like The Princess and the Frog - and even opened up “true love” to include family – yes, we are looking at you Brave and Frozen! But this new and necessary transformation has many waiting for the Latina princess, especially after the controversy with Sofia the Firsta TV series on Disney Channel that was revealed that the young princess is not actually “Latina.”

Audrey-atlantis-photo-450x370-pr-amrks9sm1However, between the anticipating and controversies for the Latina princess that young girls can idolize and relate to, why has no one acknowledged Audrey Rocio Ramirez from Disney’s Atlantis?

Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released in 2001 and follows a young man and his crew on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis. The crew, composed of unique and interesting individuals, includes a Latina, Audrey Ramirez. Audrey Ramirez is a sixteen years old engineer with a big personality. She’s tough, sarcastic, sassy, and intelligent. Breaking all stereotypes for women, she’s a tomboy that loves to get her hands dirty and very skilled in auto mechanics.

Throughout the movie you learn more about the young engineer, such as how she honed her skills while helping her dad at his Auto Repair Shop at age five. Also, she reveals that her sister is a boxer with a shot at the title. In a touching conversation with Milo, the protagonist, she even shares that with the money they’ll receive from the expedition, she plans to open up her own high end repair show with her father. Through this interaction and other mentions throughout the film, her love and pride of her family is unmistakable.

Another notable aspect of this character is her compassion for friends despite her tough exterior. Both young in age, she connects well with Milo and jokes around a lot with the crew. In a series of unfortunate events that causes her and the crew’s loyalties to be skewed, she is the first to feel guilt on turning on her friend and returns to her loyalties.

“I think people always forget about Atlantis [the movie]because it’s not a big princess movie, but it is a great movie for any gender or any age!” 18-year-old Reana Chavez said. “I liked Audrey’s character a lot – she was my favorite! She’s so spunky and tough and it doesn’t matter if she’s not a princess. She’s different and more relateable to me.”

Audrey Ramirez’s tanned skin, big brown eyes, and black hair does not mislead her culture. Her subtle accent and Bronx attitude does not deceive the audience. She is a Latina and she is strong. Always donning a white shirt and blue overalls – however, cleans up nicely at an award ceremony – she’s young, beautiful, and innovative.

The teenage female mechanic is a grease monkey within a Disney world of pink dresses, endless ruffles, fairy godmothers, handsome princes, and fancy balls. Her attitude and perspective is modern and competes with the rebellious princesses, such as Mulan and Merida. She demonstrates that girls can succeed in STEM and compete with the boys – forget the crown.

Audrey Rocio Ramirez may not be a princess, but her character is undeniably role model worthy for young girls.

Quiz: What’s Your Learning Style?

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Have you ever studied intensely for a test but were extremely disappointed when you received your grade back? Don’t fret, chica! We have all been there. Instead of going out and buying a pint of ice cream to cure your study blues, take a moment to fill out this quiz and learn some techniques that will help you take your next exam by storm.

1. Where do you prefer to sit in class?

A. In the front row so I can see the board clearly.

B. It doesn’t matter as long as I can hear the teacher.

C. Towards the back so I have a good view of everything.

 

2. What past time do you prefer?

A. Watching my favorite tv shows and movies.

B. Listening to my favorite music.

C. Sports or any type of physical activity.

 

3. When I study I like to  ____________.

A. Be alone in a quiet area/

B. Be in a group.

C. Play games that reinforce the material.

 

4. If I’m trying to remember something I like to ____________.

A. Write it down over and over.

B. Record it and listen to it over and over.

C. Write it down and read it aloud over and over.

 

5. What subject is your favorite?

A. Spelling

B. Foreign Language

C. Science

 

6. When you first meet someone, what do you remember about them the most?

A. Appearance

B.  Name

C. Personality

 

7. How do you get your news?

A. I scroll through online content.

B. I like to listen to it on the radio.

C. I like to flip through a news paper or magazine.

 

8. What word best describes you?

A. Artistic

B. Listener

C. Active

 

9. How would you describe your style?

A. Very colorful, my style is always changing.

B. I like to keep up with trends.

C. I like comfort.

 

If you answered mostly A, you are a visual learner.

Visual learners grasp concepts best by seeing the material. You excel at spelling and like colors and fashion.

Study tips for visual learners:

  •          Study in a quiet area
  •          Create outlines and diagrams when taking notes
  •          Use highlighters, circle words and underline when reading
  •          Watch videos that reinforce the concepts
  •          Make color coded flashcards

 

If you answered mostly B, you are an auditory learner.

Auditory learners grasp concepts best through hearing things. You are good at remembering names. You are not afraid to speak up in class, and you also really enjoy music.

Study tips for auditory learners:

  •          Form study groups
  •          Record lectures
  •          Play word association games
  •          Read assignments and directions out loud
  •          Create rhymes

 

If you answered mostly C, you are a physical learner.

Physical learners grasp concepts by experiencing or doing things. You can’t sit still for long periods of time, and you enjoy adventure books and movies.

Study tips for physical learners:

  •          Take breaks when reading and studying
  •          Role play
  •          Go on field trips
  •          Use flash cards
  •          Draw pictures in your notes to reinforce material

 

Sometimes you can by a hybrid between two different learning techniques, so don’t be afraid to try out study habits from different learning styles. Test these tips and adjust them to your study habits and prepare to be amazed. Happy studying, chicas!

Quiz: Which Latina Actress Are You Like?

film-reel-2Ten years ago, Hollywood was a place of limited opportunities for Hispanic actors, where most roles fell under stereotypical Latino portrayals. Since then, times have changed to where Latina actresses are making their presence known to mass audiences through not only snagging lead roles but through empowering their fan bases to be bold, ambitious individuals who stay connected to their culture.

1. How would you describe yourself?
A) Artistic

B) Energetic

C) Smart

D) Caring

 

2. How would your friends describe you?

A) Creative

B) Hilarious

C) Loyal

D) Adventurous

 

3. If you were a Disney princess, who would you be?

A) Mulan from Mulan 

B) Ariel from The Little Mermaid 

C) Belle from Beauty and the Beast 

D) Jasmine from Aladdin

 

4. One life goal you have is to:

A) Learn a foreign language

B) Be a star

C) Write a book

D) Make a difference

 

5. Pick your favorite subject:

A) Art

B) P.E.

C) English

D) History

 

6. If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?

A) Start a business

B) Go traveling

C) Give to family

D) Donate to charity

 

7. How do you make yourself feel better after a tough day?

A) Express it by writing, drawing, singing, dancing, etc.

B) Talk about it with friends or family.

C) Have quiet, alone time to relax.

D) Go out for a walk/run or for fresh air.

 

8. What is your spirit animal?

A) Owl

B) Peacock

C) Elephant

D) Dolphin

 

9. Which singer inspires you?

A) Taylor Swift

B) Selena Gomez

C) Ariana Grande

D) Demi Lovato

 

10. What activity are you most likely to join?

A) School newspaper

B) School play

C) Sports team

D) Volunteer club

 

No matter their differences in background, acting choices or lifestyle, they are Latinas who have worked towards building their reputation as respectable, accomplished women. While we have seen them in movies, TV shows and commercials, they are more than pretty faces. They are inspirational figures, in their own respects, for younger generations in the Latino community.

 

Mostly A: Rosario Dawson
You are warm, compassionate and an independent spirit. You have a unique intelligence, creative talents and a love of knowledge. Your friends and family think of you as dependable, patient, and down to earth. When things are tough, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.

 

Mostly B: Sofia Vergara
You are a lively person who enjoys being active and having fun with friends and family. You speak your mind and aren’t afraid to try something new or do the right thing, no matter what people think. People like to be around you because of your motivating, fun attitude. You like to look at things a different way and aren’t afraid of exploring out-of-the-ordinary things.

 

Mostly C: America Ferrera
You’re a strong, kind and dependable person who believes in working hard and finding success. People trust you and respect the attitude that you have towards your goals. You have natural leadership skills, which prompt you to take the initiative in everything you do and believe in always having the freedom to express yourself. You see challenges as exciting and have a fearless attitude about diving into something new.

 

Mostly D: Eva Longoria
You’re generous, supportive and honest to others. You are realistic about situations and have a strong will of thinking about your own life decisions. You are aware of other people’s feelings and take them into consideration, along with your natural instincts. Because of your imaginative nature, you excel in creative situations and never lose sight of doing the right thing.

Review: Book of Life

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Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo Del Toro center the story plot, animation and characters on Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, which is celebrated on November 1 throughout Latin America. This festivity celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away with parties and activities that serve to recognize death as a natural part of life, and also as a way to invite spirits to return from their eternal sleep and join their families in the celebrations.

The film follows the story of three childhood amigos who are caught in a love triangle. Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) is a tender-hearted hero who comes from a long line of champion bullfighters but finds his true passion in playing his guitar. Then we have Joaquin (voiced by Channing Tatum), a macho-man bandit rustler with medals around his neck and pride in his stride. These childhood friends vie for the love of Maria (Zoe Saldana), the smart and multi-talented daughter of the general who runs their village of San Angel.

All the while, two spirit forces watch over the trio and over their magical lands, a part of the story that taps into Mexican mythology surrounding the Day of the Dead. La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), ruler of the Land of the Remembered, roots for Manolo to win the heart of Maria while Xibalba (Ron Perlman), who rules over the Land of the Forgotten, believes Joaquin will win her heart.

As a result, Manolo is sent on an adventure through the whimsical lands and encounters a series of challenges along the way to seek Maria, who has fallen into a “Sleeping Beauty”-style slumber. Meanwhile, their village of San Angel is being threatened by Chakal, a metallic monster bandit with a gang of thieves.

Throughout the film, the Día de los Muertos theme is embraced through the vibrant characters and settings that have the most familiar symbol of the holiday with calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). Mexican folk art inspires much of the animation, filling the screen with eye-popping colors and details. While the plot itself has been seen before, the visuals and the worlds seen in the film resemble a Day of the Dead themed “Candyland” setting, which is sure to keep the audience pleased.

The characters of Manolo and Joaquin represent positive human qualities such as nobility and self-sacrificial love. While Maria holds an empowering image for the main female role as a headstrong martial arts expert and bookworm, she falls under the “damsel in distress” role at one point and has to be saved by her hero. However, most of her character is positively depicted as an independent woman who is free to make her own choices.

Throughout the film, the significance of Día de los Muertos is constantly being portrayed through the adventures of the three amigos and the spiritual beings that influence their worlds. This multi-tiered plot takes the audience through the general cultural customs of Day of the Dead through acts that include the tales of life after death, good forces of nature over evil and the pursuit of staying close to loved ones who have influenced your world, long after leaving the human realm.

Review: Juanes Concert

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Written by Lucero Estrella

As a kid growing up in a border city, I was constantly exposed to Spanish music from different Latin American artists on the local and Mexican radio stations.  Among the mix of songs and artists on the radio was one amazing superstar from Medellín, Columbia, Juan Esteban Vásquez, more commonly known as Juanes.  With his mixtures of Latin rock and pop, Juanes has conquered the hearts of many people around the world with his music– and the 16 million of copies CDs sold, two Grammys, and 19 Latin Grammys are there to prove it.

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Being at the first weekend Austin City Limits (ACL) festival on Saturday, October 4, took me back to my childhood.  Juanes shared the stage with his group and constantly changed guitars to perform both old and new music. He played his new hits, “Loco de Amor,” “Mil Pedazos,” and “La Luz,” as well as older songs like “La Paga” and “Me Enamora,” and the popular hit “A Dios le Pido.” The moment that Juanes stepped on stage and began signing “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor,” I felt goose bumps all over my body.   Standing in the front rows next to people singing and dancing along to Juanes’ songs was an unforgettable experience.

Juanes finished his performance with a surprising cover of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ “Could You Be Loved,” and then closed the night with one of his most popular hits, “La Camisa Negra. ” This left the crowd begging for an encore — me included.  After the performance, I waited with a crowd of fans to catch a glimpse of Juanes backstage, and I was lucky enough to stand less than a foot away from him and snap a few pictures.

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Being able to see Juanes live was a million times better than listening to him on my CD player — for the younger readers, an old-school device before the iPod.  His voice, appearance, and presence made me feel like a child once again. I can’t wait for Juanes to return to Austin so I can watch him once more.

An Aspiring Star

Photo Credit: Sara-ramirez.org

Photo Credit: Sara-ramirez.org

During our annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, we invite Latinitas volunteers, writers, and interns to share their thoughts on Latina entertainment, role models, and what culture means to them . Here’s what Kenia Guerrero had to say about her favorite actress, Sara Ramirez. 

I’m not interested in medicine, but about 6 years ago I found a great show, Grey’s Anatomy… I love everything about it. Especially Dr. Callie Torres, portrayed by the beautiful Sara Ramirez.

Sara Ramirez is way more than just the attending orthopedic surgeon at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. I’ve always found her character really interesting because of how much her story line changed in just a couple seasons. She was introduced in the second season of Grey’s Anatomy as George O’Malley’s love interest. She later become a regular and had the most adorable relationship with Dr. Arizona Robbins. You have to watch the show to understand everything because I’m not going to tell you!
But, I’m not going to talk only about Grey’s Anatomy because Sara Ramirez success started long before Grey’s. Born in She Sinaloa, Mexico, she later moved to San Diego, California where she found her true love: acting. She went to San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and later to Juilliard. She had the best start! Just in time for graduation, she got her Broadway debut role in Paul Simon’s The Capeman, a year later she appeared in The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm which earned her an Outer Critics Circle Award. She later appeared in several movies and even lent her voice to a video game. It was in 2004 when she was cast as the Lady of the Lake in the musical, Spamalot, and her performance was so good that won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
In fact, she was SOOOOO GOOD that the executives from ABC offered her a role on any series she wanted and she choose….. GREY’S ANATOMY ! She is AMAZING! In 2011, she released on iTunes three original songs performed by her. The real reason I’m talking about her is because she is everything I’ve wanted to be since I was 15. I’ve  always been a huge fan of Chicago, the Broadway musical, so when I found out Sara Ramirez had a role in the musical…. I wanted so bad to be her!
I wanted to be a Mexican actress who performs in musicals, wins a Tony, a role in a TV series , and wins a SAG! It’s interesting how much of an impact an actress can have on your life!  I don’t dance or sing, so it didn’t turn out well. As I grew up, I noticed that, although I love musicals, I want to write. Here I am, Kenia Guerrero, an aspiring journalist.
Want to join in on the fun? Check out the rest of our Hispanic Heritage topics:
http://mylatinitas.com/events/hispanic-heritage-month-2014

La Thrasher Extraordinnaire: Leticia Bufoni

DSC_0916 (2)Still challenged by stereotypes and lack of television coverage about who should be skateboarding, “girls who shred” are an elite and ambitious group of young women changing the culture of skateboarding one win at a time.  There are standouts all over the United States and Latin America thrashing at an Olympic level. We were lucky to catch Leticia Bufonia, Brazil-native-California transplant trend-setter and bronze winner in the women’s category at this year’s national X-Games competition in Austin, TX. 

Latinitas: Where did you start skating?How long have you been skating?

Leticia: Started skating at  11 yrs ago in Brazil. I moved to CA when I was 14.  Now, I live in California and I skate in California all the time.

 

Latinitas: What needs to come to the table for women’s skateboarding in the U.S.?

Leticia: We need support. Sponsors!!  Our girls need sponsors.  Coverage.

 

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Latinitas: What’s the best part of about skating for you?

Leticia:  I meet new friends every time I compete.

 

Latinitas: What would you tell young female skaters

Leticia: Go out. Skate everyday and have fun.

 

Latinitas: Who do you look up to in skating?

Leticia:  I used to look up to Alicia Fillback; she competed for X Games and other competitions.

 

Latinitas: What does it feel  to win?

Leticia:  I am super stoked. I got another medal. I’m stoked.

 

Latinitas: What’s it like behind the scenes? Who helps you be part of these competitions?

Leticia: I have managers – they help me with travel, sponsors, everything.

 

Latinitas: What would you tell “Latinitas” who like skateboarding and want to take it the level you have?

Leticia: Go out and skate!

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