This week has been one full of celebrations, observations, and reflections. After all, at BELatina we want to tell the stories that make our hearts happy, stories that inspire us, but also reflections that, as hard as they may seem, lead us to bring about change.
September is not only Hispanic Heritage Month — a topic that has taken us hours of debate in our newsroom — but also Suicide Awareness Month, as well as Bisexual Visibility Month.
These topics are not easy to cover, as we risk falling into reductionism that does not do our community any good. That’s why we have decided to unpack each one of them with the most pertinent information and with the responsibility to bring you the most thought-provoking reflections from the hand of our incredible writers.
From the new moon in Pisces to the properties of Florida Water, these are the most important stories of the week.
The busy Virgo season tapers off this week as the mystical Full Moon in Pisces on Monday, September 20 at 7:54 pm ET/4:54 pm PT. It guides us into more reflection and psychic insights! We’ve worked hard and dug deep into our hearts to focus on what’s important, and now it’s time to quiet our minds long enough to allow ourselves to trust our inner knowing!
Hispanic Heritage Month sometimes seems to be a one-time celebration in the middle of the year. However, for Latinos, heritage is not about one-time celebrations. It is about traditions that are part of our daily lives.
Since the 1800s, Latinos have trusted Florida Water (traditionally a mix of alcohol, spices, and floral extracts) to alleviate aches and pains in our bodies and our minds. In fact, you might remember at a young age being encouraged by your mother or tías to use Florida water to help your complexion, lessen exhaustion, and even to take a bath. At around $8 per bottle, Florida Water has proven to be a popular cleansing essential in the homes of Latinos.
Even though Hispanics are one of the demographics with the lowest suicide rate in the United States, the suicide rate of Latinas in the country has doubled in the last decade.
Cunhaporanga, 22, has become a TikTok star through an account where she shows the world the traditions and cultural richness of her tribe in the Brazilian Amazon.
In celebration of Bisexual Visibility Day, we want to elevate the stories of badass Latinas who have proudly come out as bisexual.