Women of Color stand up and be heard

 

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A big thank you to @ReignofApril who started the Twitter conversation #WOCAffirmation on Friday.

She empowered us. As Women of Color (WOC) we have the power to create change.

Here are a few pieces of advice that we believe will inspire you to stand your ground, speak up, fight for your fair share, and push back when you must.

  1. Find your voice. Use it.
  2. Don’t let fear make you a prisoner. Dig deep and find that courage. You have it.
  3. Push forward when someone tries to push you back.
  4. WOC should stand up for each other. When one is targeted at work, don’t run and hide. Defend your sister. Remember you could be next.
  5. Open doors for other women of color. Don’t be the one who is guarding “her turf.”
  6. Speak up when women of color are not invited to the conversation. This is the only way we break up the “white boy’s club.”
  7. Mentor another woman of color. We need to raise each other up.
  8. When someone is putting down a WOC who is not present, be the one to silence the hater.
  9. Reach out to a WOC who may need a word of encouragement, pat on the back or the simple words “it will be OK.”
  10. Be a friend 24/7.

Together we can lead a movement and make sure we are treated as equals.

 

Rebecca Aguilar is an award-winning  journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a Latina networking group of 9,000 Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

 

 

 

Dear future, please prove me wrong

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Gaby Natale, SuperLatina Host/Producer

Dear  future,

Please prove me wrong.

I write these lines on the morning after Donald Trump was elected president with the secret hope of being proved wrong in four years.

I can’t help but see a very dark time ahead for America and the planet.
I see the rise of both Islamophobia and terrorism, haunting the lives of innocent citizens across the globe.

I see police brutality against the most vulnerable people on the march, with nobody to bring the abusers to justice.

I see peaceful demonstrators being intimidated on the streets.

I see members of the media being pressured to stay silent or get kicked out of the White House briefings if they ask the wrong questions.

I see an economy that shrinks and closes its borders.

I see a middle class with shallow pockets struggling to make ends meet as the costs of health and education grow higher than ever before.

I see much more for the ones who already have more and close to nothing for the ones who have little.

I see sleepless immigrant families wondering if they will still be living together, under the same roof, by the break of dawn.

I see girls walking their campus in fear, as fraternity boys are now certain that nobody will hold them accountable if they judge their female counterparts by their looks or get “grabby”.

I see women in their workplaces feeling that the glass ceiling above their heads is slowly turning to steel.

I see gay, lesbians and transgendered people asking themselves if those vows they hopefully exchanged will mean anything to the new law of the land.

Trump did not hide who he was. He showed it for all of us -and his voters- to see.

You can’t say you were not warned.

Dear Future, please prove me wrong.
Gaby Natale

Gaby Natale is an national Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, host and executive producer of the TV program SuperLatina and president of AGANARmedia.  

Antonia Pantoja, honoring the champion of the Puerto Rican community

During this Hispanic Heritage Month we honor Dr. Antonia Pantoja. One of her favorite saying was “We make the future, I make the future.” The Puerto Rican New Yorker committed her life to helping Latino high school students get an education and move forward in life.

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More about Dr. Pantoja:

1922 – Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1942 – Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico

1944 – Arrived in New York City

1952 – Graduated with Masters of Social Work

1958 – joined a group of young professionals creating the Puerto Rican Forum, Inc.

1961 – Founded ASPIRA

1970 – established the Universidad Boricua and the Puerto Rican Research and Resource Center

1972 – Fought for bilingual education in New York City

1997 – President Clinton awarded Dr. Pantoja the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She became the first Latina to receive the highest honor the nation bestows on a civilian.

 


Other sources: 

ASPIRA: Our founder 

National Association of Social Workers

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Hispanic women who have changed the world

This Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15) we will be honoring Hispanic women who have worked to make life better for others, especially the Hispanic community.

These are women who have made an impact in education, politics, art, journalism, science, civil rights, tech and other fields. Some of these Hispanic leaders are still with us today and some are not, but their legacy lives on.

MARIA L. DE HERNANDEZ FOUGHT AGAINST SEGREGATION IN TEXAS SCHOOLS

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Read more about Maria Rebecca Latigo de Hernandez and her hard work.

Texas State Historical Association

 

 

The Journey to Loving Me!

Maggie Hernandez shared her inspirational story on our Wise Latinas Linked Facebook page, and we thought the world needed to see it.  

The Journey to Loving Me by Maggie Hernandez 

MaggieHernandez1The subject of body image is so relevant not just for teens but for grown ups too. I wanted to take a moment to share my personal experience in hopes of helping others overcome they’re own body image issues.

I was trained in ballet in an RAD school in NYC and completed the children’s senior division with honors back in 1980. As you might imagine, I had the “ideal” ballerina body with the “perfect” turnout. I could kick my face, if I wanted to. Throughout my high school years I assisted at the ballet school and later taught adult ballet classes (in the 1990s).

After stopping dance for some time due to emotional issues (and I had so many, I was a total emotional wreck!!!), I got married, had a child and my body changed dramatically. I literally cried in front of the mirror, “I am no longer the dancer and the athlete I once was. Look at me. I’m out of shape. I have breasts and hips. I look like a regular person, a woman –eek 😩.” I was depressed.

My life took me to a place I never thought I’d be. I had learned a thing or two about personal development and written a book about it. So I knew this time around I had to work on myself and assess what I needed to do to bring myself back to happy again.

Top on the list… I had to embrace my new body; learn to love it or I’d sink deeper. Even if I wanted to transform it later, I had to learn to love it first because obsessing over its flaws would only keep those flaws closer to me.

So one day I looked at myself in the mirror and literally stopped myself from crying, smiled and said, “d*mn you look good girl!” Did I mean it? No. I was faking it to make it. I knew over time it would change how I felt about my body, and in turn change my behaviors and transform my life.

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I practiced the “d*mn you look good girl” affirmation every day. In a short while I started moving again, I changed how I dressed — no more baggy clothes! I ate better, dealt with personal issues and started having more fun again.

After a few months of this and continuing to tell myself I was beautiful, I found myself transforming. I actually believed I was beautiful and I came to love my new body. My husband loved it too… hee hee! I became a glowing beam of self love and I believe the love I emitted felt good to be around and made me look “beautiful”!MaggieHernandez3

Years later, I opened a movement studio (yoga and zumba) and our students suggested I start teaching ballet barre. I did it, now three years in. The women who come to my class couldn’t care less how shapely my body is.

What they see (I believe) is my strength and the passion I have for movement… spilling out of me. I push them, I challenge them, I remind them how awesome they are in every way! Ahhh, ballet can be soul awakening and healing.

Does it mean I don’t continue to improve myself and my body? Of course not. I continue to challenge myself. And I continue to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself how “gorgeous” I am every day!

All that I have to offer will not be hindered by any superficial means. That above all is what I bring with me to class every day… that and my womanly curves!

 

A Wise Latina reminds us how the 9/11 tragedy brought us together, but today hate is tearing us apart

9/11 Fountain Memorial Photo by Rebecca Aguilar
9/11 Fountain Memorial
Photo by Rebecca Aguilar

Jessica Yanez-Perez is like many Americans today, remembering the tragedy of 9/11. But she also reminds us that 9/11 brought us together as a country, and brought us together as proud Americans. We were standing against those who would try to hurt our country, and hurt our people.

But what has happened since then? Why is there so much hate within the American people? Why are groups turning on each other in the country of “the land of the free and the home of the brave”?

Listen to Jessica’s heartfelt message.

Thank you Jessica for reminding us that hate gets us no where, and what is important today is to understand and respect each other.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, largest virtual group of Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Latinas shut out of ‘The View’ again, not part of permanent co-hosts in new season

ABC’s ‘The View’ is excited about announcing its new co-hosts for its 19th season starting September 8. But as Latinas we’re not happy that once again we are missing in action.

We have not been invited to sit around the table in a permanent position in the show’s upcoming new season. ‘The View’ continues to ignore our Latina voices and our significance in this country.

Screenshot: Facebook
Screenshot: Facebook

Once again Latinas have been shut out, our voice and our point of view will not be heard on ‘The View.’

Look at ‘The View’s’ Facebook page and the photo of the new co-hosts joining the show.  The only women of color are Whoopi and Raven-Symoné. But they can’t speak for us, they don’t see our world as Latinas because they’re not one of us.

Last season Rosie Perez stood her ground for us on everything from immigration to racist remarks made by guest hosts like Kelly Osbourne. How can we forget Osbourne’s comment “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”

I’m still not sure if Perez left on her own or if she was asked to leave. I’m not sure if we’ll ever get the straight story on that departure.

But did ABC or ‘The View’ producers even attempt to find a Latina to sit around that table? Did they even interview a few Latinas just to humor us? ‘The View’ claims political commentator, Ana Navarro will be part of a group of contributors. In TV talk that means she’ll be on every once in a while. But you know what? That is not good enough.

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Screenshot: Twitter

The show is going on its 19th season and in all that time only ONE Latina has been asked to take a permanent chair. There are 50 million Latinos in the U.S. and ‘The View’ was only able to find ONE Latina in 19 seasons.  Talk about unfair!

It’s amazing how every politician wants the Latina vote, every company knows our purchasing power, but still ‘The View’ continues to ignore us and not take us seriously. It’s time to stop supporting this show. Yes, I mean not watch it. Change the channel.

I’m glad comedian Joy Behar is returning to the show. She makes people laugh. But I won’t be watching. ‘The View’s’ producers have sent their message loud and clear to Latinas “Mi casa is not tu casa.” Translation “Our home is not your home.”

Time to use that remote and find another TV show in that time slot that will appreciate us. I’m sure their advertisers will welcome us too.

Latinas we have a voice. Let ‘The View’ know what you’re thinking on their social media pages. United we are a powerhouse!

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The View Twitter

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, the largest virtual networking group of Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn with more than 7,000 members. 

Latinas support Rosie Perez, outraged over reports The View co-host was forced to apologize to Kelly Osbourne

The Daily Mail is reporting that ABC execs at The View forced co-host Rosie Perez to apologize to Kelly Osbourne.  After the show Perez had it out with the producers and then left The View for good. Never to return.

You may recall that Osbourne was filling in as a co-host on the show. The women were talking about Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant statements when Osbourne blurted out “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump.”

Osbourne’s racist comment stunned her co-hosts and the audience. Perez jumped in right away saying “oh, that’s not..oh no..” and “Latinos are not the only people doing that.”  Here’s the video.

I saw the show and knew right away Osbourne’s derogatory statement was about to go viral. According to The Daily Mail, after the show Osbourne started crying, and show executives cornered Perez forcing her to apologize on Twitter. Here’s the tweet.

The next day on Twitter, Perez did a bit more explaining.

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LATINAS LASH OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Like most women, Latinas don’t like to told what to do. And hearing that Perez was forced to apologize to Osbourne had Latinas speaking out overwhelmingly in support of Perez on social media. Here are just a few comments from our Wise Latinas Linked members on Facebook.

M. Rascon “Wow. I think all Latinos need to boycott his show. This is just another sign of disrespect Latinos receive and why I get so passionate about this Trump issue.”

B. Wilson “Total crap. I’m glad Rosie walked off. And this is really shameful, considering how Kelly left Fashion Police after unfortunate remarks by Giuliana Rancic about singer/actress Disney star Zendeya.”

M. Galaviz “I wonder why Kelly wasn’t ‘forced’ to publicly apologize to Rosie and the Latino community for her disrespect words.”

S. Ibarra “I’m sick of Kelly Osbourne. Who made her the queen?…”

I. Marsh “No need to apologize Rosie! That pendeja let her true feelings show. She should be apologizing to you!”

A. Marcos “Beyond the ‘drama’ and the racist remark, what this demonstrates to me, is the deep embedded belief that so many people have about us…”

ROSIE PEREZ DESERVES AN APOLOGY

If ABC execs did force Perez to apologize as The Daily Mail is reporting, they should now publicly apologize to her. Perez did nothing wrong. She was standing up for Latinos. It’s called “The View” right? That was Perez’s view; defending us from a ridiculous statement.

How many times is Osbourne going to apologize for putting her foot in her mouth? How many times will she pour on the tears? It’s getting old.

Right now The View cannot afford to lose anymore viewers. Just a reminder, Latinas are not only a big voting block but we are also a big viewing block. The View’s sponsors know that too. If Latinas don’t watch the show, we don’t buy the products advertised.

Can someone tell Kelly Osbourne I would be more than willing to give her FREE classes on Sensitivity 101 and Diversity 101. The more she knows about Latinos the better for her reputation.

Rosie Perez announced she was officially leaving The View in July. Thank you Rosie  for being the strong Latina we have learned to love and respect.  Mucho exito!

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.

Celebrating National Lipstick Day

Just in case you didn’t know, today is National Lipstick Day.

Let us know in comments what else you have in your personal tool box.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.

Paula Deen takes down tweet of son in “brownface” after Twitter backlash

I always say “think before your tweet!” I can’t say that loud enough.

This morning celebrity chef, Paula Deen proudly tweeted a photo of one of her cooking segments with the “I Love Lucy” theme.  But there wasn’t much love from many on Twitter when they saw her son Bobby Deen in “brownface” as Ricky Ricardo.

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Screenshot: Twitter

I’m a fan of “I Love Lucy” and I’ve watched just about everyone one of her shows with Desi Arnaz who played Ricky Ricardo.  I remember the handsome Cuban actor, but he never had a dark tan. Remember Latinos come in different beautiful shades.

The former Food Network star  and her son just don’t get it. What they may find funny and silly can be insensitive to others. Some people asked on Twitter if there such a thing as “brownface.” Yes and it is just as insulting to us Latinos as “blackface” is to African-Americans.

The backlash was swift on social media. Deen took down the Twitter post within 45 minutes. Fortunately I got a screenshot before that happened. Again “think before you tweet.”

Suggestion to Paula Deen and her son, Bobby; hire a diversity team with Latinos on it. They will help you avoid getting involved in another controversy. Why not just stick to cooking?

UPDATE 

Paula Deen didn’t offer an apology or even acknowledge she took down her “brownface”  tweet on Twitter.  No she wasn’t going there. But the southern cook knew she was getting the public’s attention today so she decided to take advantage of the situation and sell her new book. Here’s the tweet:

Screenshot: Twitter
Screenshot: Twitter

Once again another bad move. Paula Deen appears to care more about making money than making sure she learns from her mistakes.

Ms. Deen go take a class on “Sensitivity 101” and fire your social media team.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and Linkedin.