Latina Artist Spotlights

“Latino Art is often not integrated into the narrative of American Art” –Minimalistic artist, Jessie Amado The world of art is known for its very different, and sometimes weird and beautiful, perspectives of artists. We present different contemporary voices from prestigious galleries, such as: “Y Qué?”, “Young Latinos Artists” and so much more. Nanibah Chacon… Read more


Latino Spotlight: Lalo Alcaraz

Art, satire, politics. Lalo Alcaraz, Chicano cartoonist and political satirist, discusses these issues via his popular political comic strip. Earlier this year, Latinitas was able to attend one of his talks at the University of Texas at Austin. To his online readers and motivating conferences, he always delivers clever jokes and often describes the importance… Read more


Artsy Latinas Doing It Big

When your role model tells you that anything can happen, follow your dreams, work hard and they will come true, you begin to get the motivation to actually do something about your life. These women have found ways to follow their passions and make a business, living, and doing what they love. Three women, Dina… Read more


Beyond the Canvas: Latino Museums

Museums are keys to analyzing our past and understanding our present. Museums document and provide an enriching and educational look into culture. Few museums in the United States are dedicated to Latino culture and studies, yet those that do exist are rich with Latino cultural artifacts, art and are dedicated to educating their communities about their raízes…. Read more


Passion for Art

When looking around, people may not notice the wonderful talents and histories of other Latinitas with a simple glance. People may only notice the outside appearance of these girls, but not know their true talents. Latinitas sat down with talented Latinas to share their story with our readers. These talented Latinas represent some of the different… Read more

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Trenzas Chicanas Art Collective

Vea este artículo en español aquí 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… Read more


New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch

New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch is an exhibition presented by the Austin Museum of Art, that introduces 22 rising local artists and their artwork, made from an array of media, including sculpture, photography, video, painting, drawing, full installation pieces and yes….Post-Its!!! This exhibition was an adventure in sight, not only because it gave… Read more


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Book Review: In the Country We Love

In her recently released book called “In the Country We Love,” actress Diane Guerrero shares her story, full of despair, injustices, and frustration over her family’s efforts to become citizens. It is the story of struggle among a family of undocumented immigrants. This name will pop into your mind as one of the actresses on the… Read more


Spotlight: Latina Artist, Author, and Poets

Art is a lifestyle of hard work, dedication, and creativity. These outstanding mujeres make it look so easy. Rosa Guerrero, founder and artistic director of the International Folklorico Dance Group, is an inspiring folklorico dancer. As an artist, educator, dance historian, and humanitarian, teaching, she has an extensive background and involvement with the El Paso, Texas community…. Read more


La Malinche Book Review

La Malinche, or actually Malinalli, was not the Aztec princess legend says. She was royalty in the Aztec empire, but was discarded by her mother as a baby out of preference to her siblings and dodged being sacrificed upon the intervention of her loving and mystical grandmother who raised her. Well, so relays acclaimed author Laura Esquivel… Read more

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Book Review: Finding Miracles

“Finding Miracles” started off as what seemed to be just a novel about a girl in Vermont, and it grew into a beautiful coming of age story. The book is about a young girl, Milly (her full name is Milagros), who was adopted as a child and grew up to become an American teen – and… Read more

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Book Review: Rogelia’s House of Magic

Rogelia’s House of Magic follows the journey of three girls into the world of curanderismo magic and the world of friendship, love, and family it opens up along the way. What begins as three girls trying to learn magic becomes a story of friends finding the family and love they didn’t know they were looking for. Rogelia’s House… Read more

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Book Review: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Written by Andrea Barreto The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is an amazing start to a series based on four very different young girls as they navigate young adulthood. The all too familiar feeling of being caught in a moment where everything is on the brink of changing sets the tone for what… Read more


Review: “I am Malala”

In “I am Malala” by Mala Yousafzai, we journey through the story of Malala.  Malala, a young girl born in Pakistan where educated women are rare, grows up with an understanding of how the power of raising our voices, words and education can change the world. The book is inspirational right from the beginning with… Read more


Book Review: “Fostered Adult Children Together”

Written by Alexis Bobadilla Fostered Adult Children Together, On The Bridge to Healing … Will we ever get over it? tells the stories of over 60 former foster children whom faced several obstacles within the American Foster Home system and came out scarred, broken, yet positive, hopeful and faithful. Aside from the devastating experiences, there were many positive… Read more


5 Books Worth Reading this Summer

Summer break can mean a couple things and it all depends on who you ask. For some, summer break means going out of town, and if you fall under that category then you are lucky. However, for everyone else there is another way to travel and the best part is you don’t have to unpack… Read more


Las Comadres and Count on Me

There are many times in a person’s life when being alone isn’t enough and a comforting ear is needed. Las Comadres is an organization that grew with women in need of a good listener. It is a national network of women who meet within their own community once a month to talk about friendship, tell… Read more



Latina Musicians

We are currently jamming out to these Latina musicians. Who is your favorite?  Buffalo Moon/Monella Buffalo Moon is also known as Monella. She has an eccentric music style, which is a combination of pop, old rock and Latino influence. Buffalo Moon sings in both English and Spanish so you have a wide variety of songs and rhythm combined with 2 amazing… Read more


5 Latina Musicians to Check Out

These Latina musicians are worth listening to and their sound is getting them noticed. They are great artists and are a part of the Latina community. Check out these amazing Latinas below! Carla Morrison: This girl has a tremendously special voice. It is unique and peaceful. Her melancholic and acoustic sound will make your time… Read more


K-Pop and Latin America

Have you even heard of K-Pop? If you have, it is more than the songs of PSY, the solo artist whose song “Gangnam Style” went viral with over 2 billion views on YouTube. K-Pop is more about Korean culture and the artists, and, the most surprising thing, is that K-Pop has a high popularity in… Read more

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Latinas in Music

Latinas are making their voice heard in the music industry. From Tejano music to salsa and pop to folk music, Latina musicians are gaining acclaim and taking the reigns as Latina musical superstars.  Meet some mujeres who broke ground in the music charts. Selena Quintanilla– (1971-1995) – Tejano Music The “Queen of Tejano Music” born… Read more


The Music You (Latinitas) and I (Child of the 80s) Love

Every October tens of thousands gather in America’s new city sweetheart, Austin, TX for a music festival that lasts two-straight weekends: Austin City Limits Festival.  Emerging and established bands convene for an eclectic expression of new and old music and Latinitas was there to cover as much as possible – exploring new and old loves:… Read more

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Latin Beats: Raul y Mexia

Have you ever noticed just how much Latinos are surrounded by music? Think about it, whether you’re listening to your parents’ favorite rancheras on a Sunday afternoon or dancing the night away at your quinceañera, Spanish music is almost always playing wherever Latinos are gathered. For most music-loving kids, a desire to be a famous… Read more


Concert Review: Delta Spirit

The festival concert circuit can produce some of the most fun, inspiring experiences. Or, others – weather not-permitting – shows in hot, humid and soaking rainfall conditions.  For some bands, Hurricane Sandy could be tearing the world down around you – and you still stay, watch, listen and love them.  So was my experience at Latinitas… Read more


Music Spotlight: Belanova

Spanish pop sensation, Belanova, is a group of  three friends (Denisse, Richie, and Edgar) that met in school in Guadalajara, Mexico and decided to fuse their musical talents and creativity together.  Five albums later they are one of the biggest names in Spanish pop with several awards including a Latin Grammy for “Best Pop album by… Read more



Vea este artículo en español aquí 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…. Read more

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Music:Pee Wee Salinas

If you don’t know who Pee Wee is, or even Irvin Salinas, don’t worry. Despite the fact that he was a singer since 2003, he is barely starting to come into his own. He first gained musical fame when he joined the Kumbia Kings, a Cumbia musical group headed by A.B. Quintanilla, and later the… Read more



Quiz: What Song Are You?

Music is one of the many creative outlets. It’s used to tell a story, spark emotion, and, most importantly, is used to express yourself! From carefully crafted lyrics, rhythmic beats, and sweet melodies, songs embody an essence that carries personality. Take this quiz to find out which Latina’s iconic song represents you! 1. What adjective… Read more

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Quiz: Are you a Leader or a Follower

Do you fall into peer pressure when you see everyone wearing the same type of clothes? Do you do your own thing and expect everyone else to do the same as you? Take this quiz and find out if you are a leader or a follower. 1. When you see everyone wearing clothes you don’t… Read more


Quiz: Classic Latin American Novels

Do you want to have access to the finest minds of previous generations? Read the classics. And why not start at home, with some iconic Latin American and Spanish novelists. Reading classic novels is like having a glimpse into the past, and as proven by history, when we know about the past we work towards… Read more


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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Self Defense

“Learning to use the mind as a weapon is empowering. It is also, paradoxically, humbling. And power that is cooled by a sense of humility is a good thing,” said Myrna Y Boyer, the founder of the Women’s Personal Defense Center in El Paso. Boyer was able to share with us her amazing story about… Read more


Discovering the Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a great form of exercise, both in the physical and mental realm. According to the American Yoga Association, yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years; there are ancient stone carvings found in the Indus Valley of figures doing traditional yoga positions. It grew in popularity in the United States around the 1960s,… Read more


Latinas in the Olympics

If you were one of the millions of people who tuned into the 2012 Summer Olympics, you may have noticed that female athletes ruled the games. Women from all over the world were stealing both hearts and gold medals. A total of 58 medals were won just by the women of Team USA! If you… Read more


Friday Night Lights

I’m looking forward to football season because I cannot wait to cheer. All I can think about is those “Friday Night Lights.” I attend Clint High school, a school in West Texas in the middle of nowhere. The people there are so friendly and supportive. The reason I love football Fridays is because of the… Read more

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C-H-E-E-R! Cheer! My name is Lyseldi Ortiz, and I’m a proud cheerleader. There are lots of stereotypes out there about cheerleaders, but I love this sport. I’m a junior in high school and I’m 16 years old. I’ve been in cheering for about 14 years. I wouldn’t consider myself a pro-cheerleader, but I have experience…. Read more

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Chica Wrestlers

Kumary Giron, 16, and Lucky Rios, 15, are not your average wrestlers. They are fit, focused and female.  Playing for the varsity squad at their Central Texas high school, these two athletic Latinitas are breaking gender boundaries in sports while enjoying positive discipline and competition. <strong>Kumary:</strong> I’m in the 148 weight class. It’s tough to… Read more

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Roller Derby

Ignoring the stereotypes that rough sports are only for boys, more and more girls today are taking up sports that have them in rough situations. One sport in particular, Roller Derby, is quickly rising again to popularity amongst the ladies. The Sun City Roller Girls are a group of your average, everyday women: students, professionals,… Read more


Riding Pretty

Riding horses seems easy enough right? Well if you’re just riding them for fun yes. But riding them for competitions in a sport called Escaramuza is a whole other world. Liliana Galvan started riding competitively when she was 16 years old, now at the age of 20 she’s gained a little more experience and a… Read more

TV & Movies


East Los High and Latinx Visibility in Hollywood

East Los High is a teen drama series that first aired on Hulu in 2013 and has since had three very successful seasons. This show, which is meant to take place at East Los Angeles High School and its surrounding neighborhoods, has been compared to other popular teen dramas such as Degrassi andGlee. However, East… Read more


Revisiting Real Women Have Curves

Revisiting the 2002 hit Real Women have Curves, there are many aspects to this movie that really spoke to me and inspired me greatly. For those not familiar with the movie, it is about a teenage Mexican-American, Ana, conquering Mexican and American social norms. Along the way, she battles family duty and deciding whether she should… Read more


Latinas in Brooklyn Nine Nine

There has not been a large variety of leading Latinas in television shows. If a show has a Latina actress, one assumes she is there for diversity instead of representation. And shows having two leading Latina actresses are even more rarer. Suddenly in the fall of 2013, FOX unveiled its new comedy about the crazy… Read more


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As of January 2016, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the fourth highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office; raking in $1.54 billion and is projected to overtake “Avatar” at $2.89 billion, “Titanic” at $2.19 billion and “Jurassic World” at $1.67 billion. The big-screen often lacks diversity and representation of women, but Star Wars: The Force… Read more

Jane The Virgin

What’s the big deal about ‘Jane the Virgin’?

By now you have probably heard about the hit TV show ‘Jane the Virgin’, starring Gina Rodriguez as the titular star. The show, which is based off a Venezuelan telenovela called ‘Juana la Virgen’, debuted in the fall of 2014 on the CW. It is set in Miami, a city known for its lively Latino culture, and… Read more


The Immigrant Struggle in ‘Boyhood’

‘Boyhood,’ the 2014 film that spans twelve years of a boy’s life, from age 6 to 18, won Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.  The acclaimed movie takes the audience through the growing-up process of Mason, a boy living in Texas with divorced parents. Throughout the film there are a couple scenes that prominently… Read more


Actor Luis Guzmán

At the Hispanicize Conference in Miami, where Latinitas co-founders Alicia Rascón and Laura Donnelly won the 2015 Positive Impact Award, they got the chance to interview the well-known actor Luis Guzmán, recipient of the Latinovator Award at Hispanicize 2015. Read below for his conversation with Laura, in which he delves into his inspirational success story… Read more


Review: Spare Parts

 Spare Parts, directed by Sean McNamara, is a film that was released in theaters in January 2015 and is now available for purchase. The movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Alexa Vega, Carlos Pena, and George Lopez, who is also a producer. Spare Parts is based on a true story about a group of Latino high school… Read more


Review: East Los High

Hulu released its first and only original series in 2013, East Los High. This short series is one of a kind, an English-language show with an all Latino cast. With only two seasons under its belt, it is making an impression. East Los High is produced and directed by Carlos Portugal, who’s worked on other Latino… Read more


TV Review: The Fosters

I remember sitting in the small theater in my neighborhood, large drink in one hand, while shoving handfuls of popcorn in my mouth with the other, the ad for “The Fosters.” ABC Family was presenting a new series, “The Fosters,” and among the many teenage faces on screen, I saw the familiar faces of Cierra Ramirez… Read more