BELatina’s Best of the Week: Mj Rodriguez, ‘Patria y Vida,’ and More

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


Ladies and gentlemen, TGIF!

It seems like Monday was three months ago, and we’ve come to this glorious Friday shuffling along. From the historic protests in Cuba to Mj Rodriguez’s well-deserved EMMY nomination, this week has been a roller coaster of emotions.

However, at BELatina, we have focused on highlighting stories of identity, resilience, and introspection. From the anthem of the protests in Cuba to the importance of embracing our accent, these are the best stories of the week.

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It’s time to be proud of our accent

Our dearest Yvette reflects on introspection, identity, and the idea of the foreigner in her piece on the accent. If you are one of those who are convinced that an accent is a sign of bravery, this article is for you.

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We have never stopped working, so why do companies keep saying we are ‘back to work’?

We’ve read recent headlines about companies announcing the “return” of employees to the office. However, to claim that employees are “returning to work” is not only unfair but inaccurate. The workforce has been actively putting in the hours and work to help companies move forward with business as usual. Read more about this cultural shift resulting from the pandemic here.

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Mj Rodriguez Marks Milestone as First Trans Woman to be Nominated for an Emmy

At a time when the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community are threatened on all fronts, actress Mj Rodriguez has made history by becoming the first trans woman to receive an Emmy nomination. Rodriguez is nominated as lead actress in the drama category for her powerful portrayal of house mother and nurse Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in the ballroom culture period drama “Pose.” Read more about this historic nomination here.

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The Powerful Anthem of the Protests in Cuba

Videos on social networks showed hundreds of Cubans last Sunday marching through the streets to the cry of “Libertad,” “Patria,” and “Vida.” Citizens expressed their indignation over the economic hardships of a country mired in economic and social crisis for more than six decades thanks to the Castro regime. However, among the shouts, one could make out the chorus of the song by Cuban artists Yotuel Romero, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo, Eliécer “el Funky” Márquez, and reggaeton duo Gente de Zona, ‘Patria y Vida,’ released last February. Read more about the powerful song here.

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Celebrate the Difference this Disability Pride Month

July is observed as Disability Pride Month in several places around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and San Antonio. It commemorates the day that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. This landmark law banned discrimination against people with disabilities nationwide. However, this celebration involves much more than the observance of a bill — it involves the celebration and visibility of difference. Read more about it here.