Christine Bolaños is an award-winning Salvadoran American journalist focused on women's rights and Latino issues from the Lone Star State. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print. Bilingual.
Before These DREAMers Spoke Out, Univision Told Them They Couldn’t Participate in Its Beauty Competition
With her light brown hair cascading down, a face glowing with pink and gold hues and donning a dress with white, pink, blue and black stripes, Nahiely “Pinky,” headed to audition for a beauty pageant unlike any other.
At first glance, Benjamin Zepeda and Crista Ramos are like most Latinx teens. Their adrenaline rise when on the pitch playing soccer; they never tire of eating pupusas; they see video games as a fun escape. They’re also suing the Trump Administration.
In Texas, These Latina Girls Produced A Virtual Reality Documentary On Gentrification In East Austin
Latinitas affords girls opportunities to analyze Latinx representation and act to change the narrative to a positive one, training on the latest tools available in the tech and media platforms so they can explore themes like social justice and journalism, and opportunities to explore identity, gender and culture.
On November 16, 2017, Olivia received horrifying news: Her husband and toddler, who had traveled to the United States together, had been split up at the border. Even worse, her husband’s lawyer told her, they didn’t know where her 14-month-old baby boy ended up.
After Approving Statewide Mexican American Studies Course, Texas Board of Education Remains Undecided About Name Change Debacle
AUSTIN — The Mexican American Studies course saga continued Tuesday when about 40 people representing various Latino organizations, school districts and universities testified in support of naming the class “Mexican American Studies” as originally intended.
In April, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) preliminarily approved a standard high school elective course for Mexican American Studies in April just before changing its name to, “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican ...
JoAnn Elizabeth Alvarez and Karla Dominguez are the antithesis of clichés, except for how their worlds were meant to collide.
Lupe Valdez’s Key to Winning is Securing the Latino Vote While Appealing to the Masses, Experts and Locals Say
AUSTIN – Lupe Valdez stands in sharp contrast to what is expected of a traditional Texas governor. She is Latina, gay, short in stature and worked her way up the political ladder starting from humble beginnings. When the former Dallas County sheriff defeated Andrew White, earning about 53 percent of the vote, in the May Democratic primary runoff for Texas governor, she caught the attention of politicians on both aisles and of political pundits across the country.
Years before Will and Grace became a groundbreaking hit TV show and even before comedian Ellen DeGeneres came out, Ralphy Lozano was standing up for the LGBTQ community. In popular hangout spots, such as bars and restaurants, around his traditionalist town, the teen and his high school-aged friends gathered and refused to hide their true selves, essentially disrupting the status quo. Now, the 35-year-old Air Force veteran has made history by becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to ...
At This Women Of Color-Run Texas Clinic, Low-Income Mamis-To-Be Receive Free Pregnancy And Birth Support
Pregnancy can be one of the most intimate and transformative experiences in someone’s life. But for many low-income women of color, outside factors, like the bureaucratic hoops they have to jump through to attain government assistance, could make it one of frustration, stress and trauma. In Austin, Texas, Mama Sana Vibrant Woman helps ease the hurdles and empower Black and Latina women by offering them free pregnancy and birth support.
Families gathered Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Prete Main Street Plaza in Round Rock to watch the traditions, history and culture of Mexico come to life at Dia de las Madres.
Gone are the days when Latinas pursuing careers in Science-Technology-Math-Engineering (STEM) fields were discouraged from reaching their dreams. That’s not to say they still don’t have to overcome obstacles during their professional careers, due in great part, to being a woman and/or Latina. However, they now have resources, tools, confidence and role models to forge their paths and break barriers their predecessors could only dream about in earlier generations.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” While it’s an unfair fact of life, landing a job can come down to your professional connections. But for Latinos – who find themselves underrepresented across many industries – this poses a challenge. But what if you could easily scroll through a list of Latino contacts in your same industry who could give you guidance and serve as mentors? BeVisible – a platform that basically serves as a Rolodex of Latino professionals – does just that.
Meet Jorlaney Oquendo, The 7-Year-Old Puerto Rican Who Started A Lemonade Business To Help Her Community
At A Cup of Joy, a Houston lemonade stand, sweetened refreshments come with a side of community service. That’s how it’s been since 2016, when first-grader Jorlaney Oquendo opened up her award-winning philanthropic business.
“When I started this, I was five years old, and I’ve [been] doing it since,” the 7-year-old Latina who friends call Joy told FIERCE about her lemonade stand, which donates earnings to a new cause each year.
A once-neglected waterway that separated low-income Latinos from affluent Caucasians in downtown San Antonio is becoming a world-class urban park reflecting the city’s multicultural identity and history.