8 Moments Where the Latinx Community Inspired Us This Year

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There have been many significant, notable achievements and moments when our Latinx community has inspired us this year. It’s incredible to witness the triumphs and unbelievable next-level goals that our Raza has accomplished — not only in pop culture but also in politics. 

From pop moments to government reformation, these are the eight moments when the Latinx community inspired us this year. Let’s hope next year we continue to see these magical moments continue!

#1. Salma Hayek about her role in ‘Eternals’

Marvel is one of the all-time most significant milestones for actors — from their genius and creative movie plots and twists to how they include diversity. This year, Salma Hayek joined the Marvel universe. We all know she’s already been a chingona — y’all do remember her telenovela debut, “Teresa,” her iconic role as Frida, and most recently her performance in “House of Gucci,” right? But her representation in “Eternals” reached a new level, especially in her personal life. “I saw my brown face… I saw my brown face in a superhero suit, and in seeing my face, I saw your face. I saw my face as a little girl who had to have a lot of courage to dream big. I saw the faces of all the little girls… and I realized that a door had opened where I didn’t enter alone — but inside that suit were all the Latinos who waited so long for this moment,” she told “Despierta America” (translated by Buzzfeed).

#2. Cardi B on getting paid fairly

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Cardi B is one of the most outspoken mainstream celebrities we’ve seen in a long time. From using her voice and platform to talk to Bernie Sanders about essential issues such as minimum wage and police brutality to fighting to get paid fairly. She opened up about this in an interview with XXL Magazine: “Sometimes I feel like a company might see, you know, a girl like me, a colored girl like me. I’m a colored girl, and I’m from the ’hood and sh*t. And they might be like, ‘Oh, we could offer her a $2 million advance.’ And the company is gonna make out of you, probably f*cking $50 million, $100 million. And you settle for $2 million because they think that you’re so thirsty for that money that they’re just gonna give you the $2 million,” the artist said.

#3. Bad Bunny made history in his hometown

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The “P’FKN’R” historical concert was more than your average hour and a half performance — it was a Benito museum and detailed event that took place at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico and continued at El Choli. Even though the attendees had to wait four hours for the pop star to start, the event continued as safe as possible until Bad Bunny took the stage. According to Rolling Stone, there were about 50,000 people in attendance. What a phenomenal and presumably unforgettable experience for the fans — from start to finish.

#4. Natalie Diaz becomes the first Latina to win a Pulitzer Prize

What an amazing achievement! The Latina and Mojave American professor and poet made history, becoming the first Latina to win a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry book entitled Postcolonial Love Poem. The poem book “focuses on the colonial violence faced by Native Americans but also navigates desire, pleasure, and the Native experience,” read more about the accomplishment here. Representation in the Pulitzer Prize category will hopefully inspire emerging poets to reach the same goal!

#5. Argentina finally legalized abortion

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The law to allow abortion came into action starting on January 24 of this year. Although many anti-abortion activists are trying to reverse the law, it is hopeful progress for Argentina. According to The New York Times, “The law, which went into effect on Jan. 24, allows pregnancies to be terminated in the first 14 weeks. Before then, abortion, which was outlawed when Argentina adopted its first criminal code in 1886, was legal only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy posed a threat to the mother’s health.” It shines a light on human rights in our Latinx community.

#6. Gabriel Boric becomes Chile’s youngest president 

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Boric made a historic win becoming Chile’s youngest and most modern president to date. He has a lot to tackle, but as of right now, his mindset is to override Chile’s dark past politics. The Guardian reported that: “He has pledged to decentralize Chile, implement a welfare state, increase public spending and include women, non-binary Chileans and Indigenous peoples like never before. But it is Boric’s ultimate goal of extricating the country from the binds of Pinochet’s dictatorship that will define his legacy.”

#7. Disney’s ‘Encanto’ takes a step further in fair representation of Latino diversity

We’ve seen Disney embark on adventures in the Amazon, in the Caribbean, but we’ve never seen it be as site-specific as with “Encanto,” its new animated feature. “Encanto” is set in the mountains of Colombia and follows the story of Maribel Madrigal, a young girl who is the only one in her magical family without powers. With the Madrigal family, Disney shed light on an often-overlooked cultural diversity — that which lies beneath the Caribbean — and takes notes from the magical realism of the region in an inspiring story.

#8. ‘Selena’ has been included in the National Film Registry

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Yes, the iconic legacy of Selena continues to thrive and make history over two decades after her traumatic departure. Now, “Selena,” the 1997 biopic and a fan favorite, has been included in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. According to a Library press release, “Selena” is one of 25 films that explore “stories from the nation’s diverse communities that often carry universal themes.”

This representation is crucial, allowing the Library of Congress to be more diverse and include subcultures such as Tex-Mex. Long live Selena!