BELatina’s Best of the Week: Simone Biles, Mental Health, and More

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Here’s a recap of the news you may have missed this week in BELatina’s daily content.


Another week flies by, and we’ve made it to August without even realizing it.

We at BELatina are proud of our work this week, having accomplished our goal of elevating voices and telling thought-provoking stories that change the world.

From female empowerment archetypes to thinking about mental health and pandemic, these are our top stories of the week.

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The power of female archetypes

The first article from our new contributor, Amy Javier, takes us on an almost metaphysical exploration of the energies, symbology, and power behind archetypes. Read more about making feminine power conscious here.

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The Complexities of Critical Race Theory

Our featured writer Erica Nahmad dives into the intricacies of Critical Race Theory, a thorny issue that seems to divide the country between apologists for oblivion and those who recognize the importance of knowing their own history. Read more about it here.

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Meet Nicole Lopez, the young and fearless congressional candidate from California

Our editor Guisell Gomez had the opportunity to speak with one of the youngest faces on the national political scene. Nicole Lopez, 27, is reminding people, especially California’s 40th congressional district, that they deserve to be cared for and that no one should be left behind. Read all about it here.

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Simone Biles’ powerful message

The gymnastics superstar announced this week that she was withdrawing from the team finals and competition to focus on her mental health. Biles’ decision was not only a gesture of courage and self-respect but a statement that has echoed around the world. Read more about it here.

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Learn about the amazing work of Marianne Ramirez Aponte at the MAC of Puerto Rico

Did you know that one of the most important cultural institutions in Puerto Rico is directed by a bad-ass woman? Read here the story of Marianne Ramirez Aponte and her project to transform a museum into a tool for social change.

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Nancy Paloma Collins talks about mental health and the pandemic

We close our week on a high note with a powerful conversation with mental health specialist Nancy Paloma Collins, a licensed marriage and family therapist and Founder and Clinical Director at Paloma Therapy in California. Read what she has to say about health, anxiety, stress, trauma, and post-pandemic personal renewal here.