Top stories written by Latinas delivered to you each month in partnership with #WeAllGrow Latina
IT’S HERITAGE MONTH, AND WE’RE EVERYWHERE
If we want our youth of the marginalized barrios to sing about violins and angels, and how nice everything is, then we have to construct an equitable society, which we don’t have.Dr. Carla Santamaria
GIVE US THE HEADLINES. ALL THE HEADLINES
Yes, it’s a little annoying that so much Latinx content gets relegated to the thirty-odd days of our heritage month. And yes, sometimes it seems like these stories are more about explaining who we are to outsiders rather than celebrating the community among ourselves.
But that’s not always the case. Like in POPSUGAR’s “Ritmo” collection, exploring the impact, feminism, and history of reggeaton thanks to journalists like Natalie E. Ruiz-Pérez, Yvette Montoya, and Johanna Ferreira.
Over in the mainstream press, we love this piece by Danielle Campoamor on how Latinx parents are making sure machismo ends with them. She interviews Diana Limongi of Parenting and Politics who shares how she corrects the gendered language of parents among other tips.
And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you at least one action item for Heritage Month – mainly supporting Latine businesses. Thankfully, Mercedes Viera rounded up 22 Latine brands to make it easy for us.
IT’S ALSO HURRICANE SEASON, AND WE’RE WORRIED
HURRICANE FIONA IS A TERRIBLE SEQUEL TO MARIA
It’s been five years since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the island is still recovering. For the Washington Post, Arelis R. Hernández went back and interviewed the people profiled just after the storm and found “much of the post-Maria recovery work had just begun.”
And that was before Hurricane Fiona knocked out power across the archipelago, and battered the Dominican Republic. Thankfully as Dánica Coto reports, no deaths have been reported in either place during the storm, but that didn’t keep PR Governor Pedro Pierluisi from calling the event “catastrophic.”
If you want to help, Kiara Alfonseca has a list of organizations that could use your support, outlining what each one does, who they’re led by, and their approach.
BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE FALL TV TO DISTRACT US
A new study from Nielsen finds that Latino viewers not only love to watch shows on streaming platforms, but they also influence which are the most popular.Mandalit del Barco
WHO ELSE IS THANKFUL FOR DIEGO LUNA?
The numbers are in, and Latinx viewers over-index as subscribers to streaming services – aka our market power should be respected! Or so says a new report by Neilsen’s Senior VP Stacie de Armas.
So it makes sense that companies like Disney would invest in content that speaks to us, which is exactly what we see in Andor, the latest show in the Star Wars franchise. It follows Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor from Rogue One and is getting great reviews across the board. But what makes it top of our list is how much it makes us feel seen. As Lissete Lanuza Sáenz says, “Perhaps… ‘space Latinos’ can be more than just a cute nickname. Maybe we can be the heroes without assimilating or changing parts of ourselves. Perhaps Cassian Andor is who he is not in spite of his heritage, but because of it.”