BELatina’s Recap of the Week: An Improbable Story, Juliet Menéndez, And More

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

¡Finalmente es viernes!

This week at BELatina we have focused on bringing the best positive stories to the forefront. From female authors and film festivals to changes in the economic structure of the country, these are the news you might have missed this week.

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Photo courtesy of Isa Marina.

The empowering story of Isa Marina

Afro-Cuban and Dominican singer Isa Marina talked to our contributor Jeannette Hernandez about her career in the music industry. Isa Marina is the founder of her own record label and manages her artistic career independently. Read her story here.

LALIFF 2021 BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of and LALIFF

The resilience of LALIFF

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, LALIFF, is a testament to the fact that cuando se quiere, se puede. Not only did the festival successfully adapt its 2020 edition virtually, but it is back this 2021 with a new hybrid program. Read more about one of the most important Latino film festivals in the country here.

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Photo courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

How Juliet Menendez has decided to tell the stories of Latinas, one brushstroke at a time

The 34-year-old Guatemalan-American author and illustrator spoke with BELatina about her trajectory from art teacher to published author and illustrator. Read her conversation with our editor Adriana V. Lopez here.

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Women and Latinos outnumber white men in business ownership

What many economic observers anticipated for years has finally become a palpable reality: women and Latinos are the majority of business owners in the United States. Read more about venture capitalists Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride’s recent analysis here.

Flamin Hot Cheetos Story BELatina Latinx
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The improbable story arc of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Our mentor Susanne Ramirez de Arellano recaps the controversial “hot Cheetos girl” phenomenon, the myth surrounding the invention of the spicy treat, and how Hollywood stepped in and made things worse. Read more of this unlikely story here.