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ROE V. WADE 49th ANNIVERSARY
January 22nd marked the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Roe was revolutionary for its time in protecting a pregnant person’s right to decide to have an abortion. But Roe was never enough. Especially for Black, Indigenous, people of color, and people working to make ends meet.
With this anniversary likely being Roe’s last, Latinas are using storytelling to examine the struggle for reproductive rights. Through her lens, filmmaker Maya Cueva created the must-see documentary On the Divide that follows three people, Mercedes, a pro-life protester; Rey, a security guard at the clinic; and Denisse, a volunteer escort and activist at the only abortion clinic in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.
Maria Verza covered a growing partnership as Mexican abortion advocates look to help women in the U.S. for the Associated Press. In her piece for Popsugar, Marjua Estevez reminds us why for many women of color abortion is a right in name only. And we have to leave the last words for the one and only Justice Sonia Sotomayor who wrote a seething dissent after the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case in December that is expected to end the constitutional right to choose: “This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies. I will not stand by silently as a state continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”
I will not stand by silently as a state continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.Justice Sonia Sotomayor
WE ARE DONE BEING CANCELED
Vida, One Day at a Time, On My Block, and now Gentefied? The lack of Latinx stories coming out of Hollywood isn’t shocking to us anymore. However, seeing the few shows that are written, created, and star Latinx talent keep being canceled is a hard pill to swallow. Luckily, we have plenty of Latinas to help us process these emotions and articulate why shows like this have been so important. Kiara Alfonseca tries to answer this question with the help of several of our favorite Latina critics for ABC News. Sofía Aguilar blames capitalism as a major reason why certain shows get canceled and others do not. In an interview with Deadline’s Rosy Cordero, Gentefied Co-Creator Linda Yvette Chávez pretty much sums it up: “Metrics and algorithms will never measure the true impact of what we did here. Don’t let anyone tell you we didn’t succeed.”
Metrics and algorithms will never measure the true impact of what we did here. Don’t let anyone tell you we didn’t succeed.Linda Yvette Chávez
ESTAMOS EN FASHION
With the deaths of fashion greats Virgil Abloh, André Leon Talley, and Thierry Mugler, we’re reminded of the profound impact fashion can have on our culture and our lives. While it’s hard to imagine the fashion world without these greats, several Latinas are giving us hope. Whether it’s talking about young designers on the cutting edge or throwing it back to a favorite 90’s icon, we’re happy these mujeres are keeping their eyes on the pulse for us.
Frances Solá-Santiago covered the next generation of designers and how they are breaking fashion’s tradition of exclusivity and making their own rules for Refinery29. Naydeline Mejia wrote an ode to one of our favorite 90’s fashion icons Ashley Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air played by Afro-Panamanian actor Tatyana Ali. Speaking of hip teens, in case you missed it, Euphoria is back, and the fashion is better than ever. Andrea Reindl covered the 11 Most Iconic Euphoria Fashion Moments of our favorite Latina queens Maddy Perez and Kat Hernandez.
While the tradition, history, and highly-skilled craftsmanship of haute couture will always have a place, other creatives are proving how the industry can evolve.Frances Solá-Santiago