Culture for Girls


Expressing Culture Through The Arts

Creative expression is a great way to celebrate your culture. These inspiring Latina leaders used their creativity in different forms of art to illustrate children’s books, paint political artwork, design new fashion trends, create musicals and sing about their heritage. FILM/MUSIC/DANCE – Rita Moreno –(1931-) Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno was born in Humacao, Puerto… Read more

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How to Plan a Quince

Spring is in the air; the flowers are about to bloom, and somewhere out there many young girls are on their way to turning fifteen! Quinceañeras are often very elegant and full of intricate decorations, in other words, beautiful celebrations! Not to mention the beautiful gowns the celebrated Quinceaneras wears to the party! However, these… Read more


Embracing the Salsa

Salsa is played throughout the Hispanic world and has influences from Latin American and Afro-Caribbean countries. This popular dance style inspires confidence and freedom to improvise with the traditional steps. Whether it’s with a partner or dancing it out solo, salsa is a way to embrace the Latin culture one step at a time. Claudia… Read more


Aguas Frescas

Whether you go to a local stand or enjoy the ones your abuelita makes, aguas frescas are simple, refreshing beverages that are also rich in nutritional value. The aguas are either made from sweet fruits, sour fruits, seeds or flowers, mixed with water and sugar. These drinks can be prepared for any occasion in which… Read more

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Celebrating 16 de Septiembre

16 de Septiembre is the day when people in Mexico get together to celebrate their independence. This holiday  isn’t only celebrated in Mexico, but in the U.S. as well! Because the United States is a country where diversity is welcomed, there are many Hispanic people in the U.S. with Mexican family and blood. Even though… Read more

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The 411 on Quince Traditions

So you’re having a Quinceañera. First off, congratulations! You’ve reached a very important part of your life and it is fitting that you go all out for your 15th birthday, chica! You’ve probably already heard from friends and family just how important a Latina’s 15th birthday is. But what exactly does a Quinceañera mean for… Read more


DIY: Latino-Inspired Ice Cream

Being proud of your latina heritage is something that we should all express throughout our lives. How about through food? This latino-inspired ice cream is sure to satisfy your cravings during the warm-weather months. So, grab some friends and enjoy these delicious ice cream recipes. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream: What you will need: 1… Read more


Los Tamales

Ah, the tamal, that wonderful scrumptious delicacy that is commonly prepared during Christmas, fiestas and holidays were once called Utah by the Mayans. Tamales date all the way back to the early 8000 B.C. pre-colombian history and are credited to the Mayan and Aztec civilization. As the story goes, tamales were invented from the need… Read more

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Family Time Instead of a Party

A quinceañera is a celebrated tradition that transitions a young girl into a woman. It is marked with a festive celebration to commemorate a girl’s 15th birthday. It is generally celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries where Catholicism is rampant. It is a Latina’s very own sweet sixteen. Celebrating a quinceañera A quinceañera includes a mass… Read more


Danza Folklorica

Danza Folklorica, also known as Ballet Folklorico, is a beautiful Mexican dance that reflects heritage and tradition. There are many types of dances from different states throughout Mexico that highlight the culture of that region through unique costumes and music. The folklore, costumes, colors, steps and many other elements represent  Mexican culture. Fabiola Méndez Chaparro, dances Ballet Folklorico,… Read more

Mi Barrio for Girls


Mi Barrio: Local Vintage Shoppes in El Paso

When we say vintage we’re not talking about the process of calling something ancient, we are talking about clothes, accessories, furniture, cars, or anything that has a maturity or an everlasting appeal. To be vintage is to be characterized by excellence, to be classic. Latinitas went around to a couple of El Paso’s very own… Read more

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Mi Barrio: Rio Grande Valley

When you hear someone say “I’m from the Valley,” do you ever wonder what they mean? Do they mean Nappa Valley? Do they mean Silicon Valley? What exactly is the Valley? “The Valley” is actually located at the Southern tip of Texas where it is most often referred to as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV)… Read more


Mi Barrio: Houston, TX

Written by: April Age: 24 City: Houston, TX US What do you like to do for fun there? I love Houston, TX. It is not only a big city, but there is always that opportunity to grow. There are many opportunities to grow academically. Even if you begin small you’ll soon realize many Latina girls… Read more

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La Union, New Mexico

Vea este artículo en español aquí A quick twenty-minute drive from El Paso, Texas lies a town so small that, like the saying goes, if you blink, you’ll miss it. Home to under 300 residents, La Union, New Mexico boasts a history and culture as lavish as that of a major city. It has a… Read more


Mi Barrio: San Antonio, Texas

I was thrilled to plan my first ever road trip to San Antonio, home of the Alamo and Girl in a Coma, an all-Latina punk rock band. All I needed was a full tank of gas, my trusty map, and a video camera to get started exploring the city. As I entered the city limits… Read more


My Town Pasadena, TX

I grew up in Pasadena, a city on the outskirts of Houston. My childhood memories make my hometown so special to me. Pasadena is where I had friends and family within walking distance, and I first learned how to drive on its streets. There is a majority of Hispanics who live in Pasadena, so people… Read more


Summer of Sunshine in San Diego

The roar of car engines in the school parking lot faded as the fleet of cars belonging to my fellow classmates drove off into the westbound sun. It was the final class day for the school year, and summer lay before us like an unexplored frontier. It was vast, inviting and pleasantly unknown. I was… Read more


Mi Barrio Brownsville, TX

Name: Mylan Torres Hometown: Brownsville, Texas Current city: Austin, Texas Were you nervous at all before you moved? Why? Yes, of course! I was really nervous since I’d be living on my own and so far away from home. I’m extremely close to my family; I really had no idea (and didn’t think) I’d be… Read more


Center Point, TX

As the Guadalupe River weaves its way through Center Point, nature calls to the citizens of the small rural town with the approximate population of 1,000 residents. Center Point grows famous with saying, “everyone knows everything about everyone.” Center Point proceeds with one post office and a bed ‘n’breakfast, two gas stations, and three resident-owned… Read more


Southeast Austin

Many people stereotype Southeast Austin and consider it to be the “ghetto” part of town, but many people don’t realize that by stereotyping a community, they are missing out on the really good opportunities to meet new people and have fun. As a resident, I know Southeast Austin provides many resources and opportunities to its… Read more

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Diary: Discovering My Faith

What religion are you? Non-denominational Christian How often do you go to church? I go every other Friday for the young adult ministry and then every Sunday. I try to go to the youth ministries also. What type of events do you go to at your church? We are having a young adult conference and taking a… Read more

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¿Hablas Español?

During the Latinitas Blog-a-thon for Hispanic Heritage Month, Cynthia Amaya and Rebecca Salazar shared their thoughts on how language has influenced their upbringing. “Do me a favor. Take a second and think about the complexity of language. There are so many languages in this world that I think we sometimes forget that not everyone speaks… Read more

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Stepparent: Friend or Foe?

When some people are born they are conceived into a world with two wonderful people as parents. You grow up thinking they love each other, are role models, and believe they will stay together and live happily every after while helping you through  every big moment in life. What do you do when you find out… Read more


Speaking Spanish at Home

Senator Ralph Yarborough filed the Bilingual Education Act in 1968, which was aimed to remove the language barrier to an equal education. This was later approved by Congress.  Prior to that, Mexican Americans in Texas, like my mother, were 10 years old at the time.  My mother  had grown up speaking Spanish as her primary language.  When… Read more


My Mamá is My Hero

Mothers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Some go through a rough childhood, only to overcome terrible obstacles and raise their daughters in a harmonious household. Their daughter’s childhood is not affected by what these mothers went through. These mothers are the women that young girls call mamí. In this sense, young girls consider… Read more

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Latinitas Dia de Las Madres Contest Winners

We were especially touched this year by the quality of entries to Latinitas’ 2012 Dia de las Madres writing contest.   Our writers were as young as 9 years old and as old as high school.  Girls presented “great mothers” in their lives through writing. My Mom by Celie Contreras My mom is special to me… Read more


Honoring Our Loved Ones

Our Latinitas share their memories about loved ones who have passed away. My Tio Obie passed away a few months ago due to an illness. He was always in a party mood. They always had coca cola at parties because it was his favorite drink. Once when we were playing rock band, he started to… Read more

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Three Generations

One of my favorite memories growing up was when I was a little girl sitting at the kitchen table looking up at my mom and grandmother as they made tamale. I remember the masa leaving globs of off-white goo on the table, while everyone around the table shared their stories, memories and happy tales. Now,… Read more

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Passport: Lost Maples

Interesting Fact:  This tourist attraction is called Lost Maples because  of the trees found in this  location in Texas. These kinds of trees are generally only found in the east coast, but this special location in Texas has a lot of them. This state park has most of its visitors during the Fall time since… Read more


Passport to Puerto Rico

by Ashley, age 16 Hometown: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico What makes my hometown special: My hometown is special because it is small and big at the same time. I could easily get lost in my hometown, but I know I will always find a way back home. Everything is so familiar to me, even the things… Read more


Quiz: Think You Know Latin America?

Hispanic Heritage Month may have ended on October 16th, but it doesn’t mean we cannott celebrate all year long. So why not celebrate your Hispanic heritage by brushing up on your knowledge of Hispanic geography, culture and history. How much do you know? Check it out below. 1. What is the largest Island in the… Read more


Voyage to Brazil

I would’ve never thought that I’d actually get selected to travel to Brazil to study its culture. For months, the applicants for the traveling program with Brotherhood/Sistersol did projects and participated in different activities to see who would be a good fit to go to Brazil. I knew that once I was chosen, my life… Read more


Traveling to Spain

During Spring Break 2012, I was given the opportunity to travel to Sevilla, Spain and spend a whole week there. Here’s a quick summary of Spain in my eyes. The People I arrived at Spain at around 12 o’clock p.m. CEST, meaning it was around 3 in the afternoon back in Illinois. I was so… Read more

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Passport to Acapulco, Mexico

  Acapulco serves not only as a popular tourist attraction, but as a major sea port that runs through the Panama Canal. Acapulco is known by many, but what hidden treasures it holds have yet to be discovered by tourist. In Acapulco, the history is timeless, the culture is captivating, the food is delicious, and… Read more


Passport to Acapulco

Population: Approximately 616,000 Language: Spanish Climate: Varies from tropical to desert Religion: Roman Catholic Economy: Agriculture, Industry, Tourism In the state of Guerrero on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, lies the beautiful and mesmerizing Acapulco, Mexico. Surrounded by clear blue waters and the Sierra Madre to the east, Acapulco serves not only as a popular… Read more


Passport to Dominican Republic

One of the most enchanting places to visit in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic. Located on the island of Hispaniola and east of Haiti, the Dominican Republic is a beautiful country with rich culture. It was first inhabited by Taino natives until the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Santo Domingo, the country’s capital,… Read more


Passport to Puerto Rico

Facts About Puerto Rico: Location – South of Florida National Anthem – “La Borinquena” National Bird – Stripe-Headed Tanager National Flower – Puerto Rican Hibiscus Tourism Motto – ¡Puerto Rico lo hace major! (Puerto Rico does it better!) Currency – Same as U. S. Dollar (Puerto Rico is part of the U. S.) History: Puerto… Read more

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Passport to Mexico City

Interesting fact: The air in Mexico City used to be among the cleanest but changed to the most polluted in the span of a generation. Historical fact: Mexico City was founded in 1521 by Hernán Cortés (a Spanish conquistador) in the middle of a lake on the ruins the Aztec Empire. Famous figure or entertainer… Read more

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