Art for Girls

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Author: The Pregnancy Project

Why would a teen pretend to be pregnant?  Gaby Rodriguez got a movie and book deal to share her story of how she pretended to be pregnant. If you haven’t already read The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez, I suggest you get your happy self down to the nearest library or bookstore and do so!  It’s one of… Read more

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Books: Amigas Fifteen Candles

A hip, coming of age book, Amigas: Fifteen Candles by Veronica Chambers, tells the tale of four friends who spend the summer sharing quite a few interesting adventures, struggles, as well as finding success in their party planning business. This is a lively book, culturally influenced with Latin roots. It is a fun read that… Read more

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Soul Surfer

Vea este artículo en español aquí It may sound incredibly cliché, but there is only one word to describe the novel “Soul Surfer” – inspirational. Bethany Hamilton’s tragic but incredibly rousing story will without a doubt lift your spirits. Since the novel is written by Bethany, reading it feels as if you are simply having… Read more

Music for Girls

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Monterrock

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

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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

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David Garza

David Garza, pronounced dah-VEED, is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, TX. Though he sings in English, there is a Latin touch to his indie rock music. He describes his music as “loud and funky.” After playing in various high school bands, Garza headed to the University of Texas at Austin and formed his own trio… Read more

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Ha*Ash Rocks Out

When Ha*Ash, one of Mexico’s top pop/rock groups, rocked out last summer in an outdoor concert known as “Mi Círculo, Mi Música” (Mi Circle, My Music), we had the opportunity to interview them.  The duo of sisters Hanna Nicole and Ashley Grace Pérez Mosa make up Ha-Ash. The band talked about the meaning of their… Read more

Quizzes for Girls

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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

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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

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Quiz: Are You a Gossip Girl?

Are you gossip obsessed? Can you be trusted with important or embarrassing information? What do you do when others turn their backs? Take this quiz to find out! Jot down your answers and quiz yourself. 1. Your crush finally asks you out, you… A. Send out a bulletin on MySpace. B. Call your BFF immediately…. Read more

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Are You a Gossip Queen?

Are you gossip obsessed? Quizzes by Quibblo.com Can you be trusted with important or embarrassing information? What do you do when others turn their backs? Take this quiz to find out! Jot down your answers and quiz yourself. 1. Your crush finally asks you out, you… A. Send out a bulletin on MySpace. B. Call… Read more

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Sporty Superstars Quiz

Match these winning Latinas with their accomplishments! 1. In her second year of racing, she won the Venezuelan Auto Racing Driver of the Year. She has also become the first woman ever to win a major international auto race in North America. A. Lorena Ochoa B. Jenifer Rodriguez C. Milka Duno 2. From Guadalajara, she… Read more

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Quiz: Latina Firsts

1. Jennifer Rodriguez was the first Latina to win a medal during the Winter Olympics. What sport does she play? A. Ice Skating incorrect B. Softball incorrect C. Speed Skating correct 2. This Mexican-American from El Paso, Texas was the first Latina to win the title of Miss America. A. Laura Herring-Martinez correct B. Justine… 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Do You Wanna Buy a Snowman?

Do you wanna buy a snowman? Now you can with the new DVD release of Frozen. Disney’s new animated feature has captured audiences internationally. Overall, Frozen earned more than 368.6 million dollars in the box office and re-released a sing-along version in theaters. Now the time has come to bring Frozen into your home. For those who have… Read more

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Top 5 Christmas Movies

Christmas is approaching and what better way to set the move than to snuggle up with a Christmas classic. Here are five Christmas classics that are guaranteed to make this holiday season just a bit warmer.  So huddle up with the relatives and pass the time with five of the best Christmas movies ever made!… Read more

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“Under The Same Moon”–A Political Film in Disguise

“When are you coming?” A black-haired boy asks over a pay phone. You have 10 seconds left. “Carlitos, I love you so much! A woman replies, crying. “I love you more than all the stars, all the earth and—” BEEP–Insert more coins. Rosario (Kate Del Castillo) stands in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She holds the… Read more

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How to Become a Successful Filmmaker

When I was sixteen, I jumped into the film festival circuit. I had no idea of what to expect as a young filmmaker in a group of other talented film directors that have pushed their films for several years. Not only was I the youngest filmmaker in some festivals, but I would be the only Latina… Read more

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Movie: Bless Me, Ultima

Blessed by Ultima By Cemelli De Aztlan It’s rare to call a movie a blessing, but in this case, it truly is. The recently banned book– “Bless Me, Ultima”- by Rodolfo Anaya has defied censorship and has propelled itself onto the cinematic scene. Re-birthed through film, “Bless Me, Ultima” accomplishes what it did many years… Read more

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Cierra Ramirez: Girl In Progress

Breaking new ground in American film, again, director Patricia Riggen, known for critically-acclaimed La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon, 2007), starring Kate Del Castillo and America Ferrara, brings another a heart-warming story to screen.  This time, Riggen spotlights the timeless and complex mother-daughter dynamic. An original and thoughtful rite of passage story Girl in Progress… Read more

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TV Show Review: Smallville

Review By Alexis Garcia, age 16 New York, NY What is the name of the TV show? Smallville How would your rate the TV show? 5 stars: Excellent What is this show about? This show is about the adolescent life of the man we came to know as Superman. It starts off with Clark Kent… Read more

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From Prada to Nada

By Helen Rodriguez If you want a good laugh and love “telenovela” (soap opera) happy endings, From Prada to Nada is the movie for you. From Prada to Nada, a Televisa and Lionsgate Films co-production, is “a modern twist” of one of Jane Austin’s most famous novels, Sense and Sensibility. Nora, played by Camila Belle,… Read more

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TV Review: Duelo de Princesas

Have you ever dreamed of having the ultimate quinceañera (sweet fifteen) where you’re treated like a princess and surrounded by all your family and friends? Duelo de Princesas is a reality TV show based in Chicago that is giving teen girls, ages 14 and 15, the opportunity to compete for the title of ultimate Princess… Read more

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