BELatina’s Best of the Week: Eugenia Renteria, Santiago Maza, And More

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TGIF!

This week went by in the blink of an eye, but the exhaustion is real. However, we’ll sip our respective margaritas tonight with the peace of mind knowing we’ve told the stories we’re so passionate about.

From the inspiring creativity of Santiago Maza and Eugenia Renteria to the full moon in Libra, these are the best stories of the week.

Santiago Maza on Evidencing Empathy in the Midst of Tragedy in ‘After the Earthquake’

Photo courtesy of Santiago Maza
Photo courtesy of Santiago Maza

When Mexico-born filmmaker, Santiago Maza, traveled to Juchitan months after the catastrophic earthquake that shook his home country in 2017, it felt like a groundhog day. Maza witnessed a town that continued to live with the worst parts of 2017 brushing up from under their noses every.single.day. He knew this was a story that needed to be told, so he started drafting what would later become “After the Earthquake.”

Meet Eugenia Renteria, The Mexican Director Behind ‘Amor en Cuarentena’

Photo courtesy of Eugenia Renteria
Photo courtesy of Eugenia Renteria

Eugenia Renteria’s knack for storytelling led her to materialize “Amor en Cuarentena” after a simple conversation with her friends. “I was hanging out with some friends [and] we were joking about how hard it was to date during quarantine because you needed to have FaceTime dates instead of face-to-face interactions,” Renteria told us.

Talisa García Becomes the First Trans Actress in a Lucasfilm Series

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Talisa García has become the first trans actress to be cast by Disney’s film and television production company, Lucasfilm, and will play a queen and the mother of Tony Revolori’s lead character in the upcoming Disney+ series, “Willow.”

How The Scotch Girl is Changing the Face of the Whiskey Drinker, One Dram at a Time

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In the world of whiskey, there are very few Latinas paving the way for connoisseurs and professional sippers. When you picture a whiskey aficionado, you probably envision an old white man, sitting on an armchair, wearing a smoking jacket, and surrounded by leather-bound books, right? Well, the Scotch Girl is changing the face of whiskey-sipping, scotch-sniffing expertise. She’s a Latina who is on a mission, “breaking boundaries one dram at a time,” and helping others learn to appreciate the many complexities of whiskey with each sip. After all, whiskey and scotch are complex and multi-layered, just like Latinas. And this expert is ready to teach you everything she knows. 

How the Next of Us Intern Opportunity Fund Aims To Break Vicious Cycles of Disadvantage and Empower BIPOC Students

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Summer internships are often unpaid, thus creating an opportunity gap for BIPOC students. This is why the “Next of Us Intern Opportunity Fund” is such a historical, impactful, and meaningful step in the fight for equitable career access across the U.S.

Full Moon in Libra: Balancing Relationships

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The moon — representing our emotional process, intuition, and relationship to nurturing — brings forth unmet needs and reminds us that we need balance to shine fully. While many of us have been taught to sacrifice our needs when in a relationship, this full moon asks us, “what is compromise and what is one-sided sacrifice?”