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Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado made us proud by working a Black Lives Matter Tribute into her routine. We have to acknowledge the greatness of Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka as one of our favs, Carmen Phillips, did in her wonderful note to Black girls everywhere for Autostraddle. And for a final dose of inspiration, runner Luis Grijalva, a DACA recipient, is headed to compete in the Olympics after receiving a special permit to leave and return to the US. We’re hoping that soon immigration status won’t prevent athletes from following their dreams.
PATRIA Y VIDA CUBANA
This month, calls for “patria y vida” have covered the streets of Cuba in response to the government, the pandemic, and not enough food, medicine, and electricity.
Many artists have been at the heart of the Cuban protests so to understand more, we suggest getting to know Cuban artist Tania Bruguera and the island’s music scene with this piece from Elisa Baena at Refinery29.
CELEBRATING LATINX HISTORIC NOMINATIONS AT THE EMMYS
Rosy Cordero covered Afrolatina Mj Rodriguez’s response to her historic moment as the first openly trans person nominated for an acting award for her role in Pose. Michaela Vargas Caro interviewed Jeriana San Juan, a Cuban-American tv and film costume designer who was nominated for Outstanding Period Costumes for Halston. We’re thrilled to celebrate all the Latinx artists nominated this year including the iconic Rosie Perez and Steven Canals.
Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Helped Me Prioritize My Mental Health
by Monica Rodriguez
How “Cultural Appropriation” Fears Blur The Line Between Helping & Hurting Indigenous Creators
by Andreina Rodriguez, Refinery29