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Tired of the fetishization, racism and cultural appropriation of latinx cultures. Also featured on this blog are latinx issues, and notable/famous latinxs.

thisisnotlatino:

Does anyone have any sources where I can read up on mental health and/or learning disabilities in the latinx community? Or does anyone wanna talk about it? I wanna start a conversation about it because I feel like they’re two issues that get pushed under the rug by the latinx community a lot and as someone with PTSD, ADHD and dyslexia, I’m tired of it not being talked about.

-m

  1. @sittinggoose said: yeah all my siblings and i have had at least one suicide attempt and my parents only know about mine and refuse to talk about it. they think by talking about it we make it worse or they’re ashamed to talk about it in a twisted way :/
    Thats terrible, Im so sorry you all have to deal with that. We’re here for support if you ever need it.

  2. @bonita-n-chingona said: minorityhealth.hhs.gov/… Stats on it. nami.org/Content… Facts.
    Thank you!

  3. @bichodicho reblogged this fromthisisnotlatino and added:
    This is a dialogue that needs to happen. /unmedicatedbipolartype2
    AGREED!!!

  4. @theseare-afewofmyfavoritekinks said: I wrote a research paper on mental health and I discuss poverty being a risk factor for mental illness and how it ties to race blah blah blah. If anyone wants to read it do you have an email?
    IF ANYONE WANTS TO READ IT PLEASE CONTACT THEM! I’ll send you my email too!

  5. @lizardcreep said: Latinas Attempting Suicide by Luis Zayas
    Thank you!

  6. @philosophicalfemme said: Well, i havent found too much on my end but i have a few websites that might have what you need. Been compiling resources all summer and a few have things on learning disabilities and PTSD. I also would be down to talk about this. :)
    Please send in those websites!!

-m

3 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 9:35pm + 50 notes
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Are Haitians latinos?
manassee65-12

They can identify as such if they want.
-m

7 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 5:05pm + 8 notes

So turn up the stage lights,
We’re taking a flight
To a couple of days
In the life of what it’s like

En Washington Heights!

13 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 11:41am + 2,392 notes
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Hello! I was recently in a conversation with a Brazilian boy and he was saying that Italians and French people count as Latino because tier language stems from Latin. Do you agree with this? Thanks!
surroundedby-fandoms

Nope they’re European. 

-Johnny

13 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 11:12am + 19 notes
I want to speak about us because time has always left us behind the curtains, camouflaging us, generally as domestics.
— Afrobrazilian author, Esmeralda Ribeiro, on the role Black women characters are often reduced to.  (via reclaimingthelatinatag)
15 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 9:31am + 272 notes
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quisqueyameetsborinken:

Happy birthday, Denny Mendez!

Denny Andreina Méndez de la Rosa (born on July 20, 1978 in Santo DomingoDominican Republic) is a former beauty queen turned model and actress who represented Italy in the 1997 Miss Universe pageant.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Méndez relocated to Montecatini Terme, Italy as a very young child with her mother in search of a better life. Many of Méndez’s aunts had relocated to Italy and had married Italian citizens, and after divorcing Denny’s biological father, her mother relocated to Italy and married an Italian man whom she met while he was on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Méndez, who had no formal training as a model, was studying to become a tourist guide prior to enrolling in the pageant.

Her first venture in the beauty pageant circuit occurred when she was a candidate for in the title of Miss Dominican Republic 1996 on December 16, 1995 where she represented the Distrito Nacional and placed second runner-up. After another attempt to win the title the following year, she decided to return to Italy where she entered the Miss Italia pageant.

Her election as Miss Italia on September 7, 1996 in the Italian town of Salsomaggiore caused a minor scandal throughout that nation. It was the first time that a woman of non-Italian ancestry was elected to represent the country in an international beauty pageant and some Italian citizens saw it as a wake-up call for Italy to close its borders to further immigration. Two members of the judging panel were suspended for saying that a black woman could not represent Italian beauty. The news of the first black Miss Italy was carried to millions overseas via the popular African-American periodical, Jet Magazine. The author of the article wrote:

“Denny Méndez … born in the Dominican Republic to a naturalized Italian mother and an Italian [step]father, was named Miss Italy after receiving nine million telephone votes from the television audience.” Nine million Italians voted to shatter the prism of race, just by watching a TV beauty pageant and phoning in their votes! Beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder, and the eyes of the world today are quite capable of seeing past skin color. The Italian people’s choice was Denny Méndez, notwithstanding the objections of a pageant official who said, “A black girl can’t be Miss Italy. It’s not in the rules.”

Upon being elected Miss Italia, Méndez responded to the controversy with a brief reply:

""I know I don’t represent Italian beauty, but they elected me," she said, "so what am I supposed to do—refuse?"

Because of all the scandal surrounding her election, Denny was selected as one of the 10 semifinalists in Miss Universe 1997 in Miami BeachFloridaU.S. on May 16, 1997. Despite winning the semifinals with the highest overall score and entering the Top 6 in first place, her Top 6 answer was not enough to advance her to the final 3. The crown was eventually won by Miss USA Brook Mahealani Lee. However, the publicity from the pageant helped her land modeling jobs among many of Europe's leading fashion houses and magazines intent on displaying their love of diversity.

Today, Méndez is a popular television personality in Italy. She remains very active in the modeling world and has become a budding actress. Besides several theatrical productions, she has guest starred on many Italian sitcoms, dramas, and feature films, she also had a small role in the film Ocean’s Twelve starring George ClooneyBrad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Méndez is fluent in Italian and has working knowledge of both English and Spanish.

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15 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 9:29am + 136 notes
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reclaimingthelatinatag:

Meet Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, the first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force military pilot training. She is also recognized as the first Latina commercial airline captain.
Picture courtesy of Curves for Change.

reclaimingthelatinatag:

Meet Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, the first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force military pilot training. She is also recognized as the first Latina commercial airline captain.

Picture courtesy of Curves for Change.

15 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 9:28am + 447 notes
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Activism is an engagement with the hauntings of history, a dialogue between the memories of the past and the imaginings of the future manifested through the acts of our own present yearnings. It is an encounter with the ghosts that reside within and inhabit the symbolic and geographic spaces that shape our worlds.
— Juana Maria Rodriguez, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces. (via reclaimingthelatinatag)
15 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 9:26am + 392 notes
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aflcio:

A hard day’s work shouldn’t be a death sentence.

http://aflcio.org/death-on-the-job

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15 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 9:19am + 1,278 notes
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# death tw
Whats a good response when people say "Oh, ive been to cuba! The beaches and resorts are great!" because the country is more than a vacation spot.
iphone5sam

Then tell them they really haven’t been to Cuba

- Johnny

16 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 8:38am + 17 notes
One time I asked a white male friend to describe me in three words: he said independent, despondent, and fiery. I agreed with the first two but the last one made me curious. He said I'm fiery bc I'm latina. If that is not some BS, then idk what is!
agapeysette

Hahaha white male friend but yeah that is some bs

-Johnny

16 hours ago on 31 July 2014 @ 8:37am + 13 notes

Does anyone have any sources where I can read up on mental health and/or learning disabilities in the latinx community? Or does anyone wanna talk about it? I wanna start a conversation about it because I feel like they’re two issues that get pushed under the rug by the latinx community a lot and as someone with PTSD, ADHD and dyslexia, I’m tired of it not being talked about.

-m

reclaimingthelatinatag:

Still from the music video  for the song, Somos Sur. The song is a collaboration between Chilean MC, Ana Tijoux (pictured in the back), and Palestinian MC, Shadia Mansour (pictured in front of Tijoux). Somos Sur is a powerful track establishing solidarity between Latin America and Palestine for their independence from imperialist and colonizing forces. Ana Tijoux is known for bringing a message of social consciousness through her music, speaking in the past about immigration, LGBT, political corruption, and Latin American issues. Her support for a free Palestine in her music is just one more reason Tijoux is amazing.

Watch the visually stunning video for Somos Sur here.

Picture courtesy of Absenta Musical

1 day ago on 30 July 2014 @ 11:48pm + 645 notes
via superxmiedosa (originally reclaimingthelatinatag)
I just wanted to say thank you for bringing up issues that apply to white Latinas. I am aware that I have an incredible amount of privilege because of my skin color, but it also makes it difficult to explain to people that I am indeed Latina. People seem to need me to justify my latinaness to them by speaking castellano and telling them about my culture, like it's some sort of quiz. Anyways, I just really appreciate your representation of all latinxs of all colors.
ghostinthewrongcoat
1 day ago on 30 July 2014 @ 9:06pm + 36 notes
do you guys know any latinx/latin american folktales or fables that happen to contain wolves? im doing some research and google hasnt been helpful
patronsaintofwhiteboys

~posting so Latinos everywhere can answer and cus I can’t think of anything!!~

-m

1 day ago on 30 July 2014 @ 7:53pm + 14 notes
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