BELatina’s Best of the Week: Daisy Gonzales, Jessica Cisneros, Samantha Vo, And More

Stories of the Week BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of BELatina.

I could have sworn I just saw Monday come and go! What kind of witchcraft is this? This week went by too fast, and we still have stories to tell!

But hey, no one’s going to complain about a Friday that came too fast, right?

This week we really had a little bit of everything on the BELatina editorial calendar. From the top Instagram accounts to educate us on Afrolatine culture to the latest on Latinas in politics, these are the top stories of the week.

Eight Afro-Latine Instagram Accounts To Follow and Learn From

Afro-Latine Instagram BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of BELatina.

The first step in the Latine community is acknowledging the inherited biases against darker skin. Beyond that, it is essential to understand the evident colorism, discrimination, racial inequalities, and extreme prejudice in Latin America. These eight Instagram accounts run by Afro-Latinas are a powerful educational tool. 

‘Letters to Self,’ Shop Latinx’s Black History Month Campaign To Keep On Practicing Self-Love

Shop Latinx BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of Shop Latinx

We spoke to Brittany Chavez, founder of Shop Latinx, the first-ever marketplace to provide an intentional shopping experience centered around Latinx and BIPOC creatives and makers. Shop Latinx has been a cheerleader for entrepreneurs who often aren’t afforded the same opportunities. So, for the community, their existence has been life-changing for many.

Meet Daisy Gonzales, the Latina Deputy Chancellor Who’s Changing the Face of Leaders in Education

Daisy Gonzales BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of UnidosUS.

Daisy Gonzales’ path to success was far from smooth sailing. In fact, it was fairly rocky, but she’s hoping that her story will strike a chord with the students in the largest system of higher education, many of whom are also part of a minority population.

Jessica Cisneros Will Go to a Runoff Election for Texas’ 28th District

Jessica Cisneros BELatina Latinx
Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images.

Progressive candidate Jessica Cisneros will go to a runoff against Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar after neither passed the 50% mark in the hotly contested primary race.

Imagining an Art World Without Remedios Varo

Remedios Varo BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of vein.es

As a mystical explorer of the female psyche, Varo’s paintings dig deep into the domestic realm to reveal its inner magic and eeriness. What’s surprising is that Varo —who died of a heart attack in Mexico in 1963 at the age of 55 — was not widely known outside of Latin American art communities. 

Meet Samantha Vo, the Upcycle Designer Who Fuses Mexican Visual Culture With Environmental Awareness

Samantha Vo BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of Samantha Vo.

Samantha Vo is a designer, recycler, and community leader. Her plastic work draws on her Mexican heritage and commitment to the environment to create a line of military bags from repurposed material.