Lauren Velez Broke The Mold On ‘New York Undercover’ — And Shaped Me As An Afro-Latina Feminist

In the early fall of 1994, I was a rebellious 14-year-old, starting my freshman year of high school at a mostly all-white, Christian boarding academy in Pennsylvania. I was a first-generation, Dominican-American, self-proclaimed loud-mouthed chick…
By Jasmin Hernandez

My Aunt Is One Of The Almost 3,000 Who Died Because Of Hurricane Maria. I Never Got To Say Goodbye

Funerals in Puerto Rico are always extravagant. From monumental flower wreaths wrapped in silk ribbons, to giant speakers blasting melancholic music, Puerto Ricans don’t waste the opportunity to show love to the departed with impassioned rituals. My…
By Frances Solá Santiago

Midwives & Doulas Were Critical Healthcare Providers After Hurricane Maria — And Are Still Filling A Gap Today

One week after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, only 33 hospitals were functioning on the entire island. Cases of pink eye and other infections spiked due to a lack of hygiene, according to the Washington Post. Sweltering hospitals were beyond…
By Isabel Sophia Dieppa

How 6 Millennial Puerto Rican Women Used Faith To Cope After Hurricane Maria

Hours before Hurricane Maria was predicted to strike the island, Alondra Dávila's parents tried to do whatever they could to prepare. Her mother ran to the store to stock up on what little food was left on the shelves, while her father put panels in…
By Gwen Aviles

Yes, You Should Be Traveling To Puerto Rico Now — Here's How To Do It Responsibly

When most people think of Puerto Rico, their minds wander to gorgeous beaches, year-round sunny weather, and incomparable nightlife. But to me, a Puerto Rico native from Toa Alta, that’s not the only image I hold dear to my heart. Mofongo, Sunday…
By Victoria Leandra

I Was Going To Move To New York City For Work. Then, Hurricane Maria Happened

On Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma missed San Juan by 45 miles after being declared an “extremely dangerous” atmospheric event. Still, Puerto Rico's electrical grid was destroyed beyond repair. And just as some people were starting to rebuild what they had…
By Sophia Caraballo

8 Puerto Rican Women On How Hurricane Maria Impacted Them

It's been one year since Hurricane Maria made landfall and devastated the island territory of Puerto Rico. The effects of the storm, and political negligence thereafter, have sparked conversations about infrastructure, independence, and political…
By Caitlin Cruz

How 'Real Women Have Curves' Changed How I Viewed My Relationship With My Mom

I still remember the first time I watched Real Women Have Curves. I was 24, and had been living on the other side of the country, for four years at that point. I had friends and a boyfriend, and was going to school while working at a Blockbuster…
By Yolanda Machado

Selena Quintanilla's Music Helped Me Bond With My Abuela — And My Culture

"Mami, she doesn't drink Bustelo! She's only 3!" One of my earliest (and most hilarious) memories involve my dad pulling a coffee mug out of my toddler hands, as the rich, biting aroma of Bustelo (the brew of Latinx champions) scorched my nostrils.…
By Jada Gomez

I Read Latinx Books To Learn About Culture — But I Learned A Lot More In The Process

Books have been described as portals, escapes, and vacations from the mundane of everyday life. But to me, books are a window — a window to a world that I do not know and yet is very much a part of me. And this September, during Latinx Heritage…
By Macey Lavoie

6 Asian-Latinx Women Share What They Wish You Knew About Their Identity

While television shows, magazines and online media often provide a singular view of Latinx identity as an ethnicity, the term actually represents people of all different racial backgrounds. In addition to race, there are numerous factors that…
By Janel Martinez

11 Latinx Romances You'll Fall Head Over Heels For This Autumn

If there's a way to celebrate a holiday by reading a few romance novels, you know I'm going to be on board. I'm a total sucker for a good ol' rom-com but I'm also partial to sweeping epics of love found and lost, forbidden love, young love, and…
By Kerri Jarema

Hear Your Fave Pop Songs Along With The Latin Songs That Inspired Them- PLAYLIST

Latinx culture is a driving force for the American mainstream — and that certainly holds true for music. For decades, dance crazes, popular phrases, and infectious rhythms have moved us, making us sway our hips to the beloved sounds of cumbia,…
By Jada Gomez

15 Quotes From Latinx Authors That Will Make You Want To Pick Up Their Books ASAP

September 15 marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month in the United States, an annual month-long celebration that celebrates the cultural contributions of the Latinx community and brings them to the forefront. And this year, it feels more…
By Kerri Jarema