#TheLatinaPress: Issue 12

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The Oscars 2022

Last week was the 2022 Oscars, and between the celebrations and the controversy, you know Latinas had some thoughts. Cristina Escobar wrote openly saying the last thing she wanted to write about was “the slap.” Nicole Acevedo celebrated Ariana DeBose’s Oscar win as the first openly queer woman of color to be nominated for — and to win— an Academy Award. And while history was made last night, we and Camila Barbeito can’t help but remember the icon that is Rita Moreno, who won her Oscar in 1962. While the Oscars still have a long way to go in terms of diversity and representation, we are happy to celebrate all the Latinas who won last night making that dream of true representation a little closer.

So to anybody who’s ever questioned your identity ever, ever, ever, or you find yourself living in the gray spaces, I promise you this: there is indeed a place for us.

Ariana DeBose

The Best of Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is more than girl boss totes and pink-themed leadership webinars. Thankfully we have amazing Latinx writers, artists, and even lawmakers to remind us how powerful we are when we center ourselves and our stories. Cat Sposato, an intern of Alt Latino, celebrated Women’s History Month with interviews with three powerful Latina musicians: Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux, electro cumbia maven Li Saumet from the band Bomba Estéreo, and Mexican folk music diva Lila Downs. As we’re all cheering on future Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, this month, Judge Patricia Guerrero was confirmed as the first Latina to be on the California Supreme Court. It’s also important to remember that powerful Latinas do not only exist in our present but are very much a part of our history. Angelique Hechavarria highlighted five Inspiring Latinas throughout history that you may not have read about in your history books.

The value of our bodies doesn’t shift just because they change.

Tamara Mena

Cuerpo: What our Bodies Mean to Us

Our relationship with our bodies is equally important to our relationship with our culture. Refinery29 Somos understood the assignment as they announced a much-needed series called “Dear Cuerpo.” This series is a collection of pieces by Latinx folks exploring and navigating the relationship with our bodies. First, Gloria Malone talks about the experience that many Black girls face as they navigate a world that teaches them their bodies are not theirs. Rommy Torrico wrote a powerful reflection of their journey as a nonbinary trans person in a Latinx Immigrant home. Tamara Mena wrote about her relationship with her disabled body and how clearly beautiful it is now. We are so excited about this series and to see a true collection of complex relationships that we all know too well.

This is my birthday wish, for me and for my fellow trans migrants returning to their birthplace in search of the homes they had to leave: to know we are already home because our bodies never left us.

Rommy Torrico

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