BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Women’s March, Residente vs. J Balvin, And More

Women's March Weekend Recap BELatina Latinx
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This weekend went by as the rest of the year has: in the blink of an eye. While we’d like to pause to complain some more about the need for a three-day weekend, we’d better move on to tell you the most important stories of the weekend.

From the Residente vs. J Balvin saga to the march for reproductive rights, here’s the weekend news you should know about this Monday.

‘My Body, My Choice,’ the first women’s march of the Biden administration’s women

The Biden administration’s first Women’s March headed straight for the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday, while simultaneous protests were taking place across the rest of the country, drawing thousands to demand that abortion access rights be upheld.

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Authorities find the body of missing Florida University student Miya Marcano

Authorities say they have found the body of a Florida college student missing for a week.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body near an apartment building. The 19-year-old went missing the same day a handyman improperly used a master key to enter her apartment. Her family reported her missing after she missed a flight home to South Florida on September 24.

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National Inventors Hall of Fame inducts first two Black women

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has been in existence for nearly five decades but has not inducted any Black women into its ranks until now.

Engineer Marian Croak and the late ophthalmologist Patricia Bath will go down in history as part of the next cohort of members, the nonprofit organization announced last week. They are the first Black female inventors to receive the honor, which has been bestowed on some 600 other innovators, both living and dead.

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Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

A New Chapter in the Mexican Border Migration Crisis

The economic devastation wrought by the pandemic in South America has been such that 95,000 migrants, most of them Haitians, have attempted to cross the Dairen Gap, a roadless and lawless land bridge connecting Colombia and Panama. The Dairén Gap is considered so dangerous that only a few thousand people a year attempted to cross it before the pandemic.

This is considered the beginning of a historical movement of people in the Americas to the United States.

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Residente vs. J Balvin saga continues

After Colombian singer J Balvin posted two tweets on Tuesday, September 28, calling for a boycott of the Latin Recording Academy for not getting nominations, Puerto Rican singer Residente sent him a message putting him in his place. In the original video, Residente says Balvin’s music is equivalent to a hot dog cart and exposes the Colombian singer’s alleged mediocrity. After a private conversation, both artists decided to take down the comments and videos. When Balvin broke the agreement, Residente decided to respond and expose him: