Kataluna Enriquez: A Tough Road to Miss Universe

During a darker period of her life, Kataluna Enriquez, 28, recalled receiving so much hate for being transgender that she prayed she would not wake up. “I silenced myself and belittled myself just so I could survive,” she told The Washington Post. Miss Nevada USA But now, Enriquez is center stage and making history. Crowned MissContinue reading “Kataluna Enriquez: A Tough Road to Miss Universe”

Latinx Viejitos: A Growing Demographic

Latinos were 8% of the older population in 2016. They’re expected to be 1 in 5 by 2060.  Los Viejitos Older Latinos already face housing, health, and caregiving challenges, and concern is growing that as the “browning of the graying” of America continues, as longtime UCLA public health researcher David Hayes-Bautista has written, the economic andContinue reading “Latinx Viejitos: A Growing Demographic”

6 Latinx Activists, You Should Know

Within our Latinx community, there are a handful of names of individuals who have been vocal and stood up for equality and justice. While the list is expansive, we’re highlighting Latinx LGBTQ activists who have opened doors and represent the community. Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca: Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca is the director of LGBTQ Health and Rights atContinue reading “6 Latinx Activists, You Should Know”

Gloria Calderón: Representation in Hollywood

A disturbing pattern led Gloria Calderón Kellett to reimagine her role in Hollywood and become one of the leading voices calling for improved Latino representation. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Calderón Kellett would come home from school and watch “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” while her grandmother would sewContinue reading “Gloria Calderón: Representation in Hollywood”

Understanding the Latinx community through music posters

Beginning around 1990, the demographic landscape of the Los Angeles area changed dramatically through the arrival of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. But historian Jorge Leal says its impact on the neighborhoods of the Los Angeles area has never been charted in earnest. A Study: A New Way of Looking at it…With his recentlyContinue reading “Understanding the Latinx community through music posters”

Children at the Border

The Biden administration is slowly inching toward its goal of connecting and reuniting families split apart by the former administration’s immigration policies, identifying almost 4,000 children separated during the previous administration. The Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families on Tuesday released its first report after President Biden in February ordered officials to identifyContinue reading “Children at the Border”

Washington Heights: A Barrio

In the Heights premieres on HBO Max on June 10 and in movie theaters on June 11. “In The Heights” screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes said films that explore the Latinx community are long overdue. “The more of us telling these stories, the better,” Alegría Hudes told ABC News. “I hope people walk away with aContinue reading “Washington Heights: A Barrio”

Podcasts showcasing the Latinx Experience

2021 has seen a rise in Latinx podcasts, below are some podcasts that speak to the present Latinx experience that is not the experience of our parents.  1. Yeah, No I’m Not OK: A new podcast that was made to open up the conversation about mental health.  Each week actress Diane Guerrero (Orange is theContinue reading “Podcasts showcasing the Latinx Experience”

Daniel Peña: From Barrio Boy to Trillion Dollar Man

Daniel S. Peña Sr. was born on August 10, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida, to parents Manuel and Amy Peña. His family moved to East Los Angeles, California, where he spent his developmental years in the East LA Barrio.  5-year-old Dan in East Los Angeles, California (1950) The Barrio Boy Violence and Crime were commonplace in EastContinue reading “Daniel Peña: From Barrio Boy to Trillion Dollar Man”