BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Afghanistan, Puerto Rico, Selena Gomez, and More

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Happy Monday morning.

We start this week with the post-holiday blues taking its toll on our mood, but with enough coffee to tell you about everything that happened over the weekend.

From Latin American countries’ decision to offer refuge to displaced Afghan women and children to Elle Magazine’s controversial Latinx Issue with Selena Gomez on the cover, here’s what you need to know to start your week.

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Latin America once again demonstrates international solidarity

As the world watches in anguish as Afghans in Kabul desperate to flee the Taliban takeover, Latin American countries have stepped forward with an impressive show of solidarity.

Countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, and Uruguay have declared their willingness to receive displaced Afghan women and children fleeing the new regime.

“The risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan should be a cause for alert for the entire international community, regardless of our geographical situation,” tweeted Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso on Thursday.

Lasso affirmed that “moments like this” make it necessary to extend collaboration to “sustain universal values such as solidarity, human rights, especially of women, children, and people in vulnerability, as well as fundamental individual freedoms.”

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California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder under fire for allegedly failing to declare sources of income

California regulators have launched an investigation into whether or not recall gubernatorial election candidate Larry Elder properly declared his sources of income.

As explained by the Los Angeles Times, Elder, Elder, like all candidates for public office, was required to file a public statement of economic interests disclosing certain aspects of his personal finances, including stocks, gifts, real estate owned, and sources of income.

Elder’s initial filing was only two pages long and showed only the income of Laurence A. Elder and Associates Inc.

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Puerto Rico to begin requiring COVID-19 vaccination for restaurants

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced Wednesday that employees of restaurants and other closed establishments that serve food or beverages will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Customers will have to show a vaccination card or a negative diagnostic test.

As reported by the Associated Press, the new rules, which go into effect on August 23, come as the island grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases largely attributed to the delta variant. Those who violate the rule could face up to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.

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New York’s Newest Gallery to Focus Exclusively on Works by Latinx Artists

The new Calderon Ruiz gallery will open in September in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport district and will focus exclusively on supporting Latinx artists, Art News reported.

Founded by market veterans Nicole Calderon and Mike Ruiz, the 1,800-square-foot gallery will open Sept. 7 at 106 South Street with an exhibition by two Southern California-based artists, Jaime Munoz and Esteban Ramon Perez.

“As two Latinos working the art world for over a decade, we see the lack of representation and the need for it,” said Calderón. “Now that we have a space to facilitate that, we can help guide conversations that will make acquisitions of Latinx art possible, whether it’s with a patron or an institution.”

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Selena’s return on the cover of ELLE’s Latinx Issue has some people upset

The first cover of Elle magazine’s Latinx Issue, edited by the first Latina editor-in-chief of a major publication, Nina Garcia, seems to have missed all the important points.

The cover features a blonde, Marilyn Monroe-esque Selena Gomez, whose styling involved almost no Latinos. While some might argue that “it’s the thought that counts,” in reality, Elle’s Hispanic Heritage Month preamble cover fell short.

To make matters worse, the decision to use the term “Latinx” was the icing on the cake, knowing that it has been a bone of contention in conversations within the community about identity.