BELatina’s Best of the Week: Carlos Santana, Amara La Negra, And More

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Señoras y señores, it’s finally Friday!

I know we live in an eternal ambivalence between the panic of time passing too quickly and the longing for Friday. However, as long as our mission is clear and we can keep telling the stories that matter, it’s all worth it.

From the five things you didn’t know about Carlos Santana to Amara La Negra’s adventure with motherhood, these are the best stories of the week in BELatina.

This Chicana CEO Redefines Corporate Success With Her Brand, Nopalera

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Sandra Velasquez has grown her cactus-inspired vegan brand, Nopalera, into a $0.5 million company in the first year. She attracted dream retailers in the first year and achieved $600K in sales with key partners such as Nordstrom, Credo Beauty, 300+ influential boutiques, and DTC.

Meet J Young MDK, This Generation’s Jack of All Trades

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The actor, artist, film producer, and entrepreneur J Young MDK, born Jermaine Carter, is making waves in the entertainment industry. New to the name? Well, let’s put it this way: from the get-go, his talent was backed up by the established American actor, comedian, and singer Jamie Foxx, who helped kick off his career. Since then, he has released four albums: Now Or Never (2019), Aqua (2020), Black (2020), and White (2020).

‘Wërapara,’ the Indigenous Trans Women Fighting for Inclusion and Respect in Colombia

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The Wërapara are trans women of the Embera indigenous people in northwestern Colombia. For years, they have been victims of discrimination and violence. Today, a documentary shows their story of struggle for inclusion and respect.

Let’s Talk About Chicana Feminism and How We Might Apply It Today

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Dolores Huerta, “Huelga,” during a grape strike, Delano, California, Sept. 24, 1965, Courtesy Harvey Wilson Richards. Harvey Richards Media Archive via Smithsonian.

As we navigate the turbulent waters of today’s inequality, it is perhaps prudent to cast an eye back in history and look at other movements that faced the same Goliath. For Latinas, Chicana Feminism is a prime example of women mobilizing for equal rights and respect in their communities and beyond.

A Conversation With NILC’s Policy Associate, Diana Pliego, on DACA

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We’ve recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While we celebrate what the program brings, we must also continue the fight for a pathway to permanent citizenship. And that’s precisely what Diana Pliego, Policy Associate at the National Immigration Law Center, is doing.

California To Become The First State To Offer Free Health Care to Low-Income Undocumented Immigrants

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California will become the first state to guarantee free health care to all low-income undocumented immigrants. The measure will cover 764,000 more people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Carlos Santana

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Guitar guru Carlos Santana has been a fundamental piece in the history of music. After scaring us by collapsing on stage, we want to pay tribute to the composer of “Black Magic Woman” with these fun facts about his history that you may not have known.

Amara La Negra Talks About Motherhood, Empowerment, and Her Latest Projects

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In an exclusive interview with BELatina, Amara La Negra tells us about her experience as a single mother and how it has been one of the biggest transitions in her life.