BELatina’s Best of the Week: Latino-owned Brands for the Summer, Puerto Rico Status Bill, and More

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Ladies, TGIF!

Here we are, ready for our respective margaritas to celebrate a week full of fantastic stories.

Despite the heat that is driving us crazy — Wtf, May?! — we’re back with our Best of the Week, proud of the work we’ve done these past few days.

From our favorite Latino brands for the summer to the new Puerto Rico status bill, these are our favorite stories of the week.

Four Latino-owned Brands To Enjoy Those Sunny Days to the Max

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Nothing compares to the joy of the arrival of sunny days. The desire to stay fresh and renewed, especially after two difficult years, is as alive as ever — and our favorite Latino-owned brands know it! These fantastic entrepreneurs have transformed their passions into businesses that also support our communities. It’s beautiful to see how they inspire their products in our Latino culture.

Meet Meg Medina, Author of ‘Merci Suarez Can’t Dance’

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Representation matters, especially representation in literature and in books that speak to a new generation of Latinas searching for purpose and longing to be understood. This is why Latina wordsmiths with diverse backgrounds, diverse voices, and unique stories to tell are needed more than ever. Enter Meg Medina. Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban-American author who writes picture books and middle-grade and young adult fiction.

These Are the 15 Artists Named Latinx Artists Fellows by the Ford and Mellon Foundations

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Fifteen U.S. artists of Latin American and Caribbean origin have been named this year’s Latinx Artists Fellows. The fellowship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, and the program is a collaboration between the New York Foundation for the Arts and the US Latinx Art Forum.

NFT Galleries Featuring Latine Artists That Need To Be on Your Radar

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NFT galleries are a collection of NFT artworks that can include a huge variety of art pieces. From illustrations to videos and audio clips, NFT galleries are a great way for Latine digital artists to showcase their work in the community.

‘Si Se Puede,’ Why It’s Important To Know That It’s Never Too Late in Life To Pivot

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For those who are just rejoining the workforce or starting from complete scratch, diving into a new career can be extremely intimidating and overwhelming. The fear and pressure are doubled when there’s a language barrier, you’re over 65 years old, and you don’t have the financial resources to invest in additional support. That’s why Ashley K. Stoyanov Ojeda’s essay on her experience working with her mom is more crucial than ever.

‘We Do Deserve This,’ an Immigrant’s Reflection From Her Commencement Ceremony

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“I think the saddest thing about being an immigrant is thinking you are not allowed to have nice things, that good things don’t happen to you unless they are a miracle, so you have to be oh-so-very thankful to God or whoever is up there.” Read Edurne Sosa El Fakih’s amazing essay on how the graduation experience speaks about our identity and life as immigrants.

Bianca Graulau and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz Talk in Detail About the Puerto Rico Status Bill

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Following the introduction of the Puerto Rico status bill by lawmakers, freelance journalist Bianca Graulau discussed with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz what passage of the bill would entail.