Latino Culture

15 of Our Favorite Characters Played by Latina Actresses

I've never lived a day in my life when my mother wasn't working. You may even say she worked two jobs (being my mother was certainly a full-time gig). I loved seeing her own a boardroom the same way she commanded respect in our house. I grew up under the impression that women belonged in the corner …

Entertainment

iLe Uses Puerto Rican History To Focus On 'Odio'

Puerto Rican singer/songwriter iLe's debut album <i>iLevitable</i> took the indie Latinx musical world by storm in 2017, winning a Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative album with its mix of passionate classic boleros and vulnerable, sensual original songs. Now, iLe's first new work since her …

Music

Nuevofest 2018: Experience The Celebration

Last month at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, WXPN and World Cafe hosted the fifth annual Nuevofest, a celebration of the new sounds of Latin alternative music, produced in association with AfroTaino Productions.<p>Seven bands took over the stages at World Cafe Live for a long day of music that mixed …

Music

New Music Highlights Show Nuances Of Identity

Last week's Midsummer 2018 New Music Roundup didn't even put a dent in the mail bag full of new music that has arrived here at <i>Alt.Latino</i> World Headquarters. So here we are with Part Two.<p>Again, the theme this week is music that presents an opportunity for us to think about the term "Latin music" and …

Music

Selena Gomez's Coach Collection Is Finally Here — Hand Us a Tissue, We Could Cry

Dressing up like Selena Gomez just got a whole lot easier thanks to her new collection with Coach. The singer, who also serves as Coach's brand ambassador, has had plenty of success with her Selena Grace handbag and accessories line for the company. Now, Selena and Coach Creative Director Stuart …

Shopping

'Satisfacción' Guaranteed: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

This week, there's something new for every corner of the Latinternet. On the pop music front, Nicky Jam brought on Bad Bunny and Arcangel for "Satisfacción," proving themselves some of the busiest Latinos in music this summer. Internet kids Cuco and Clairo teamed up for a sweet …

Music

10 Nostalgic TV Stars Who Made Me Proud to Be Latinx

At first, I didn't notice that so many of my idols growing up were Latina. I am a certified child of the gloriously cringe-filled 2000s, but one thing that decade got right was the incredible representation of young Latina women. In fact, the three largest Disney franchises were headed up by …

TV shows

We're Here For the Latinx Representation in These Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

What would we do without Netflix? It gives us access to a library of nostalgia, saves the day when we are bored or need lifting up, and has provided a platform for so many stories that haven't been told before.<p>Latinx representation in TV and film has been getting better in recent years, but only …

Entertainment

Fania Records' Legacy Lives On With New Owners: 'It's The Culture'

Fania Records has a singular place in music history, mostly because it practically gave birth to the genre that became known as salsa<i>.</i> The musicians, singers, composers and arrangers who made music for the label will tell you that the song forms already existed — <i>guaracha, son, mambo, cha cha cha,</i> …

Music

As a Latina, I Know Firsthand That Reproductive Justice Can Be Elusive

<i>On the weekend of July 28, activists from across the country convened in Detroit for Power of Pink, the largest volunteer training ever for Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Victoria Ruiz, a Raíz organizing specialist from Nevada Advocates for Planned</i> …

Feminism

Shakira Knows How to Take Steamy, Sexy Selfies Whenever, Wherever

It goes without saying, but here goes: Shakira is downright stunning, and we can't get enough of the Colombian beauty's sexy selfies on Instagram. The singer posts an abundance of gorgeous photos showing off her incredible (and voluminous) curls, glamorous makeup looks, and pared-down selfies …

Beauty

Midsummer 2018 New Music Roundup

We're halfway through the summer. I've spent the first half covering summer music festivals and checking out new bands along the east coast. Now it's time to go through the mailbag and pull out some of the best new music that's accumulated during my travels.<p>So, as usual, our annual Midsummer New …

Music

Getting 'Triste' With Bryant Myers & Bad Bunny: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

This week, we heard a lot of great music from up-and-comers of every genre, from Puerto Rican trap-makers Bryant Myers' and Bad Bunny's sad boy jam "Triste" to the slow-and-sultry, Barry White-inspired stylings of Jesse Baez. Dominican electronic trio Mula meld Caribbean pop genres from varying …

Music

25 Hilarious Memes Every Avocado Lover Will Understand

A true avocado fan knows the struggles of being a true avocado fan — the amount of time spent choosing the perfect avo at the store, the financial expense of needing to eat the fruit every day, the phrase "guacamole costs extra" — and is also not one little bit shy about sharing the pain on social …

Social Media

Thalia's Nighttime Routine Always Involves This 1 Step

Thalia has been in the spotlight for over 20 years and still looks like she's aging in reverse. Are she and Jennifer Lopez keeping the location of the fountain of youth to themselves? We'll never know, but what we do know is the one secret that Thalia's mom taught her and she follows …

Macy's

31 Taco Recipes That Prove You Can Eat Tacos For a Month Without Getting Bored

"Don't you ever get bored of eating tacos? You eat them every day." If this is something you have heard and promptly answered with a big resounding no, then this "challenge" is just for you. Straight ahead you'll find a month-worth of taco recipes — chicken, steak, pork, fish, and vegetarian — that …

Cooking

20+ Delicious and Strong Tequila Cocktails That Aren't a Margarita

Don't get us wrong, we love a good margarita, but tequila is a versatile spirit meant to be more than just an addition to lime juice.<p>There are, of course, other classics you might already know that use the smoky taste of tequila, like palomas and micheladas, but beyond that there are plenty of fun …

Tequila

Rosalía's Lethal 'Mirá' And Anitta's 'Medicina': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

This week, the music got <i>intense</i>. With "Pienso En Tu Mirá," 24-year-old flamenco singer Rosalía is proving to be one of the most inventive young players in Latin music ahead of her second album <i>El Mal Querer</i>, a more polished and produced genre experiment than her strictly acoustic debut album, 2017's</i> …

Music

Grab Your Oven Mittens, Because These Photos of Jennifer Lopez Are Too Hot to Handle

The phrase "Jennifer Lopez looks <i>soooo</i> hot" is probably uttered a billion times a day. And that's because the actress and singer, who turns 49 on July 24, only knows how to ooze sensuality — yes, when she steps on a red carpet or stage, but also in her everyday life, as demonstrated by the hotness …

Jennifer Lopez

Summer Latin Music Festivals Offer Music And Opportunity

<i>This year we mark our annual summer Latin music festival show with an accompanying deeper dive into the reason some of these festivals exist: lack of inclusion on the big summer festival stages.</i><p><i>Listen to the podcast and read how the Latinx community is dealing with representation in the music</i> …

Festivals

The Cutest Pictures of Jennifer Lopez and Her Twins Max and Emme

Over the past couple years, Jennifer Lopez has offered fans a glimpse into her life as a mom with supercute snaps of her twins, Max and Emme. She and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony, welcomed the kids in February 2008, and since then, she's shared more than a few adorable pictures of the pair on …

Jennifer Lopez

Kim Viera, Daddy Yankee Show You 'Como': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

As we melt into the thick of the summer's second half, Latin artists of every genre are gearing up to soundtrack the golden hours of late summer. Kim Viera's "Como" with Daddy Yankee is a yearning celebration of fleeting summer love that reaches from "right now to forever." Arcangel released his …

Music

Let Balún's Dreamy 'Prisma Tropical' Soundtrack Your Summer

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Bandcamp playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>The music on <i>Prisma Tropical</i> is the sound of a band maturing and finding its voice with such a strong creative force that it's akin to the birth …

Music

Thanks For Asking, but No, I Will Not Be Traveling to Cuba

The questions started two or three years ago, when news broke that relations would begin to open with Cuba after more than 50 years of extreme sanctions against the communist government. "So, when are you going to go to Cuba? You know, now that you can." People were shocked to hear I had yet to …

Cuba

La Mala (Rodríguez) Returns: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

This week, musicians all over Latin America asked a lot of questions. Mala Rodríguez's first solo song since 2013 leads with the question, "Who protects me?" For La Mala, the question comes from an empowered, long-scorned woman. Gaby Moreno asks the same question, but for Central American …

Music

Say Bye to Ballgowns! 15 Nontraditional Quinceañera Dresses

For a young Latina girl, turning 15 is major. Representing a girl's transition to womanhood, the traditional celebration is defined by the voluminous white ballgown, which makes the quinceañera look like a low-key child bride. But while traditions are beautiful and important, they could also use an …

Shopping

The Only People Who Call Cardi B by Her Real Name Are Her Parents

Cardi B took the music world by storm last Summer with her hit songs "Bodak Yellow" and "Bartier Cardi," and the former reality TV star isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Her debut album, <b>Invasion of Privacy</b>, topped the charts — so shouldn't you learn a little more about her? Let's start with …

Wendy Williams

Cardi B's Maternity Style Was Fire — Okurrr!

Cardi B confirmed she was pregnant during a performance on <b>Saturday Night Live</b> after she appeared in a formfitting, white Christian Siriano dress, and, throughout her pregnancy, the 25-year-old star embraced her baby bump. Since Cardi just announced the birth of her daughter, Kulture, we decided …

Women's Fashion

Alejandro Escovedo Returns To Punk Roots With 'Sonica USA'

Alejandro Escovedo has one of the most fascinating career paths in music and his upcoming album is another example of his singular vision. <i>The Crossing,</i> due out this September<i>,</i> is a suite of songs that chronicle the stories of two young immigrant rock and rollers, Salvo from Italy and Diego from …

Music

Protesting Trump's Immigration Policy Through Song

In the long-running and contentious debate over immigration in this century, nothing has struck a public nerve in the United States like the news that children were being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by order of a policy implemented by the Trump administration …

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