Art for Girls


Two Great Women in Art: Frida Khalo and SWOON

Growing up, I always loved to draw. I loved portraits, and realistic still art, but above all I loved street art. No one ever supported me when I mentioned that I wanted to create it, mainly because they did not view it as a form of art. I however, was enamored by it and began notice that… Read more


Artistas Talentosas

These talented women have made significant contributions within the art world. Alexis Herrera Alexis Herrera is known for her diverse gothic paintings. Cuento de mis monsters is one of her outstanding galleries that emphasize anxiety, ordinary illusions of herself and her own version of mythological stories. She possesses an excellent technique at drawing and an outgoing… Read more


Iconic Female Artists

Learn more about some iconic female artists: Frida Kahlo One of the most iconic Mexican female artists is Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo is known for her self-portraits and of her realism, symbolism, and surrealistic art style. Kahlo was born on July 6th 1907, in Mexico City, Mexico. Her art began after she was severely injured in a… Read more


Discover Your Talents

Growing into being your own individual is a precious time. As you get older, your interests and capabilities will shift. It’s most important to take some time and get to know who you are and what brings you joy. Explore Your Interests Finding out what brings you joy may not be as hard as you… Read more

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Latina Voice Through Art

The Latina voice is not only evident in literature or music, but also through paintings. Here are five Latina artist that show the world what our experiences and culture is about! Carmen Lomas Garza: Carmen is a Mexican- American artist from Texas, through her work she seeks to depict her experiences and memories of living… Read more


Museum Review: Mexic-Arte

Over the past decade, an artist named Lance Aaron has collected artwork that dates three decades before the Mexican Revolution. Some artwork dates back as late as 1892. In 1920, Mexico made its artwork a national priority, causing a lot of artists to begin to collect and print their artwork, knowing that it could hold… Read more

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Trenzas Chicana Arts Collective

All the young Latinas in the room were mesmerized by the message these women represented. “Good Mexican daughters don’t ignite revolutions…This princess Chicana can scale walls with ease…I am a woman with no apologies,” were part of the spoken word performance presented by Griselda Munoz at the Latinitas Teen Media Academy. The poem was full… Read more


Murals: Speaking Walls

Murals have been called one of the oldest art forms.  They have been around since the era of cavemen, but the term became famous with the Mexican “muralista” art movement in the 1920’s.  Diego Rivera (husband of the infamous Frida Kahlo), José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, a few of the most popular Mexican… Read more

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Migrant Art

Can you imagine being removed from your home, your family and the country that you call your own? That is exactly what is happening to thousands of Latino kids and teens who have lived in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants. Michelle Paez, a visual artist, has used art to give these youth a voice and… Read more

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Latinitas Virtual Art Gallery

Check out the awesome artwork of talented Latinitas! Drawing By: Yolanda, age 13 Drawing By: Valerie, age 14 Send us your best drawings, photos, and other art pieces

Books for Girls


Review: Princess Academy

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale tells the story of a 14 year old girl named Miri Larendaughter. Miri lives in the village of Mount Eskel with her father Laren and her sister Marda. There, she struggles to fit in and feels isolated, because she has never been allowed to work in the quarry like the… Read more


Review: Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muños Ryan is a touching book about a young girl, Esperanza, born in Aguascalientes, Mexico — the pride and joy of her family ranch, El Rancho de Las Rosas. Nearing the grape picking season, and Esperanza’s thirteenth birthday, a sudden turn of events leads to Esperanza’s father’s death, which sends her… Read more


Latina Authors You Should Know About

Julia de Burgos was a Puerto Rican poet who lived from February 17, 1914 to July 6, 1953. In addition to being a poet she was an advocate of Puerto Rico Independence and a civil rights activist for women and Afro-Caribbean writers. A celebrated poet, her most famous poem was “El Río Grande de Loíza”… Read more

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Author Spotlight: Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri

Rubber Shoes… A Lesson in Gratitude by Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri is a children’s book which tells the tale of young Gladys Elizabeth. Gladys learns her first lesson of humility and gratitude at a ripe age, after her mother is unable to afford the shoes that Gladys has set her young, little heart on and buys… Read more


Book Review: Getting Beyond “Whatever”

Our main form of communication is verbal. The way we express ourselves with our word choice expresses who we are. Dr. Shale Preston’s book, Getting Beyond Whatever, explains how teenagers use the specific word, “whatever,” to show an apathetic attitude towards life. Getting Beyond Whatever creates different outlets for a new way of thinking. It… Read more

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Book Review: A Kid’s Guide To Latino History

I call myself a Latina because I am of Mexican descent, but Mexican history and traditions are the extent of my Hispanic knowledge. Of course there are the commonly known events in Latino culture which may make into textbooks or common knowledge among Americans such as Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, the fact that the Portuguese… Read more

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Book Review: Marcelo in the Real World

Book Review by Alexis Garcia What is the title of the book you are reviewing? Marcelo in the Real World. Who is the author of the book? Francisco X. Stork. What would you rate the book? 5 stars: Excellent book! What is this book about? (Tell us about the theme of the book and major… Read more

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Start It Up Book Review

Good news for all you Latinitas out there who aspire to be ambitious businesswomen, entrepreneurs, marketing experts, CEOS, or who just want to make more money. You don’t have to wait until after college to turn your talents and ideas into hard-earned cash. You can start today! The Start It Up! business handbook for teens… Read more


Book Review: Dear Bully

Dear Bully is a book by Megan Kelley Hall & Carrie Jones. This book was inspired by a tragic event that happened on January 14, 2010 related to bullying.  That year in Massachusetts (hometown of the author of the book) a girl name Phoebe Prince committed suicide after months of being bullied by nine students… Read more

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Meet Author Melinda Palacio

Working in the journalism world with a steady career, Melinda Palacio felt there was more for her to do in life. When moving to Arizona, her aspiration to become a novelist became a reality. “Writing found me. I have worked as a reporter, a writing instructor, an editor, and various other jobs before I decided… Read more

Music for Girls


Musician Spotlight: Jessica Hernandez & Ana Tijoux

Lately, the Latinitas office started to explore different musical genres. These two Latinas are not only talented, but we can’t stop dancing to their songs! Jessica Hernandez Lead singer of The Deltas, an American soul/pop band from Detroit, Michigan, has been described as a “rock’n’soul powerhouse”! As a first-generation American daughter of a Mexican mother and… Read more


Review: Juanes Concert

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… Read more


Review: JLo ft. Flo Rida – Goin’ In

Here’s what one Latinita had to say about JLo’s and Flo Rida’s music video. Name:Angelisse (Lissy) Your Age: 13 Your City & State El Paso, Texas What artist, band or album are you reviewing? Jennifer Lopez and Flo Rida- Goin In Music Video How would you rate it? 3 stars: Average What do you dislike… Read more


Concert Review: Pacha Massive

Pacha Massive is Latin alternative Dominican band based in New York City. The name Pacha Massive comes from the term “Pachamama” which translates to Mother Earth. The multi-talented Ramon Nova was created the band back in 2005 (in Bronx). The members of the band are Monica Lionheart, Vincent Veloso, Joe Abbatantuono, and Maya Martinez. On Friday, October 4th, the… Read more


Crash Landing Into the Spotlight

Spring break for many students means spending time at the beach but other more adventurous students prefer the city adrenaline. One place where spring breakers find themselves is visiting music festivals or going to a concert, like the South by Southwest Music Film festival, or SXSW, in Austin, Texas or Coachella in California. In a music festival, not only… Read more

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Music Review: Jessy J’s ‘Hot Sauce’

Jessica Spinella, also known as Jessy J, is an emerging Latina musician. Her father is from Mexico and her mother is from Texas. She began playing the piano and the saxophone at a very young age and went on to studying jazz at the University of Southern California. After graduating, she toured with artists such… Read more


Juanes – A Global Latino

Declared to be one of the most important figures of Latino music by Los Angeles Times and one of the top 100 most influential personalities by Time magazine, Juanes is known as the #1 rock Latino artist around the world. Even though many people still think that Juanes is a band conformed of 2 or… Read more

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Radio La Chusma

At the front of Radio La Chusma, a band that blends together Afro-Mexica beats, Reggae and Cumbias to create a vibrant border-world beat sound, stands Selina Nevarez at no more than 5′ 1”. Her small statue is misleading to her big role in the border band. Not only does her powerful voice provide the high… Read more



Rhythmic beats, Spanish lyrics, and rock and roll with a Latin touch define the independent music movement in Mexico and Latin America. For decades, bands such as Café Tacuba and Jaguares have been able to crossover in the United States and Europe, bringing attention to Latin America’s indie scene. And now all eyes are on… Read more


Ceci Bastida: Latin Alternative Rockera

Ceci Bastida joined her first band, Tijuana NO at age 15 as lead vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter and became one of the first women to rise in the ranks of Latin rock. One of Mexico’s most important ska-punk bands of the 1990s, Tijuana NO performed together for 12 years and recorded three albums NO, Transgresores… Read more

Quizzes for Girls

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Quiz: Is your mom your BFF?

Instructions: Read the question or statement and answer either “yes” or “no.” When you are finished with the quiz count how many “yes” answers you got and read the results below. Have fun, chica! 1 Do you and your mom have a favorite movie that you like to watch together? Y/N 2 Calling your mom at any… Read more


Who is your Latina BFF?

Your squad is not complete without your best friend. You two are a two-for-one deal, practically joined by the hip.  Whether you’re more of a singer or an actress, your similarities are endless.  Which celebrity has what it takes to call you their closest friend and be the epitome of #SquadGoals?   1. Which award show… Read more

Books for Girls

Quiz: What’s Your Learning Style?

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… Read more


Quiz: Which Latina Actress Are You Like?

Ten 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… Read more

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Quiz: How Do You Handle Conflict?

written by Stephanie Hernandez  Handling conflict can either make you look like a total spazz or as if you are cool, calm and collected. Whether you yell and scream at top of your lungs or excuse yourself to get your thoughts together, what you do says a lot about you. Are you curious to see what… Read more

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Quiz: Do You Know Your Mamá?

Do you spend enough time with your mom to know her likes and dislikes? Do you frequently have to ask her what she wants for her birthday or Mother’s day instead of knowing exactly what she wants? Some people say they know their mom like the back of their hand, but do they really? Take… Read more

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Quiz: Which Superhero are You?

Have you ever wondered why you don’t have super powers? Or why you sometimes do so much for others that you should become a superhero? With this quiz, according to your personality you would be the super hero you fall under. But don’t forget, you might not be super, but you can always be someone’s… Read more

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Quiz: Which Career Fits You?

It is never too early to start thinking about your future.  First of all, congratulations on deciding to think about your education and possible career path.  The following quiz should help you reflect on your talents and abilities. Please don’t over think the questions too much. There is no right answer only an honest one,… Read more


Quiz: Find Your Creative Passion

What makes you shine? Girls everywhere believe that being creative is simply about being art smart or a musical genius. However, every single Latinita out there has a special skill, talent that makes her shine or a special creative strength. Latinitas have to find and emphasize these talents in order to make the most out… Read more

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Is Your Friend a Keeper?

“Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres,” a very popular and accurate Spanish saying that means, tell me with whom you hang out and I will tell you who you are. Friends are not just the people who we hang out with, or at least they shouldn’t be, friends have bits and pieces… Read more

Sports for Girls


Spotlight: 5 Latina Athletes

Have you heard of these leading Latina athletes? Check them out: Diana Taurasi Outstanding basketball player, and  two-time winner of the Big East Player of the Year award. Since her childhood, Taurasi has shown immense talent by winning several awards and tournaments. Now, she is a three-times WNBA champion, six times All-Star champion. Amy Rodriguez Rodriguez, a Cuban… Read more

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Latinas to Know in the World Cup

Women’s soccer is a growing sport. The 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…. Read more


Take the Field with New Sports

Staying 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… Read more

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La Thrasher Extraordinnaire: Leticia Bufoni

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… Read more

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Fútbol Superstars

Chicas in soccer are revolutionizing el deporté. Girls as young as four  years old are breaking the boys-club and are creating their own leagues, playing in co-ed teams, and becoming fútbol superstars. History of women in sports  There was a time when sports were “boys only” but that quickly changed in 1972. Before the Title IX… Read more


Karateka Latinas

Sports are a great after-school activity. There can be many sports to choose from at your school, but one great sport to consider is Karate. The art of karate arrived in the United States after World War II. Karate became popular with service men in the 1930s stationed in Japan, and they brought it back… Read more


Football 101

Ever sat next to that cute, sporty boy in class, wanted to strike up a conversation, but had no idea what to talk to him about?  You racked your brain endlessly for ideas, but nothing came to mind except yesterday, when you attempted to watch a football game with your dad. But you cannot remember… Read more


Get Out! Find an Adventure

Chicas, now that the weather is beautiful it’s time to get out of the house! Seriously, go, play outside, take a bike ride or a hike, or jump into a pool (with a natural rock bottom, por supuesto). Summer is almost here and you don’t want to be sitting at home. Explore the great outdoors!… Read more

TV & Movies for Girls


Spotlight: Gina Rodriguez

Born in Chicago Illinois, Gina Rodriguez is the Latina everyone is talking about. Puerto Rican daughter of Genaro and Magali, Rodriquez is the youngest of three sisters. She was always one to be on stage, and, at the young age of seven, her love of salsa led to dancing her way into college until the… Read more

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Powerful Latinas to Look Up To

These talented Latina actresses not only shine on the screen, but also as role models and volunteers.  These Latinas are setting an example for the rest of us by using their fame and power to do good for many! Roselyn Sanchez The beautiful Puerto Rican Roselyn has been working in the industry for a long… Read more


SxAméricas Review

Ever consider going to a film festival and wish it was based around more Latin culture? SxAméricas is the perfect place just for that! SxAméricas is an extension of SxSW that takes place during the weeklong event held in mid-March in Austin, Texas. At SxAméricas, there are festivals and panels that connect leaders from the… Read more


Remembering El Chavo Del Ocho

It’s difficult trying to describe the nostalgic bliss that comes whenever I hear the “El Chavo’s” theme song on TV. The appropriately titled song, “The Elephant Never Forgets” by Jean Jacques Perrey, can take whoever grew up with the series back to their childhood. Forty years after El Chavo Del Ocho’s inception, it continues to… Read more


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… Read more


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… Read more


Review: Book of Life

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… Read more

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An Aspiring Star

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… Read more


Review: Rio 2

As a sequel to the first “Rio” movie, this movie takes place three years later when Blu and his three kids with Jewel, another macaw, returns. Their “humans,” or owners, Tulio and Linda discover the flock from which Jewel comes from. They thought that their macaws were the only ones left in the world. As… Read more


Review: The Lego Movie

Watching the previews to this movie, one may think that this is merely another movie for little kids—preferably boys. However, being that this movie is about Legos, it also caught the attention of those who are older as well—even teenagers. Most teenagers, even girls, play with Legos! Legos are a part of many teens’ childhood,… Read more