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Weekly Roundup: Empowering the Community

¡Feliz viernes, mi gente

It’s September, which means December can be felt. Or at least that’s what Colombians have been saying all over their blogs since yesterday morning. As a Colombian, I am tickled by this. Is your culture as extreme with the holiday celebrations? 

But let’s get into what we came here for: the weekly roundup!

Worldwide, it’s been quite the week – and we need to talk about it. Have you seen the flooding in Pakistan? It’s heartbreaking. Talking heartbreaking, Jackson, Mississippi is undergoing a water crisis. This is a city with over 150,000 people without drinking water, water to shower, or even water to flush the toilets. Kids haven’t been able to attend school due to this. We will be posting more about it shortly. 

As for the BELatina Newsroom, we tried to keep empowerment top of mind. Things have felt so tense lately that we understood some feel-good stories were needed this week. Our team wrote about so many things including a piece about two Mexican collectors preserving vintage Mexican cinema all the way to a coffee brand created by empowered women to empower others. 

So, before the long weekend kicks in, let’s take a look at some of the stories we published this week!

Two Latinas, Ariana DeBose and Barbie Ferreira, Star In ‘House of Spoils’

Two Latinas, Ariana DeBose and Barbie Ferreira, Star In ‘House of Spoils’ belatina latine
Credit: Instagram @arianadebose / @barbieferreira

Two Latinas are starring in one of  Amazon Prime’s productions. 

Academy Award winner Ariana Debose is set to star in “House of Spoils,” a psychological drama about a chef alongside “Euphoria’s” Barbie Ferreira. 

“House of Spoils” is about a determined chef who opens a restaurant in a remote state but soon faces complications that make her feel pressured in all areas of her life. While trying to run her business, she is faced with the powerful spirit of the estate’s former owner who threatens to sabotage her. 

With all of the recent discussions about Latinas in superhero movies and other big-budget franchises, it’s refreshing to see proper representation in cinema.

The Power of the Latinx Community Was Present at the Raizado Festival 

Raizado: The Latinx House Festival’s last day. It took place in Aspen. However, its importance will be immortalized as it further uplifts our community. 

At Raizado, a word that means “deeply rooted,” its guests are reminded of the amazing contributions of the Latinx community and how their roots help uplift. 

Raizado held various events. They had book readings, panel discussions, and even performances. 

NALCAB’s Conference Returns for Those Interested in Learning About Latino Financial Equity and More 

Great news! The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) will host its National Conference this year on September 7-9 at Conrad Washington, DC. So for those interested in Latino financial versatility and racial equity — this is the place to pay attention. 

By bringing together policymakers, national Latino leaders, and community economic development innovators, The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders National Conference is helping promote Latino economic mobility and racial equity in the United States. 

Muchacha, A Latina-owned Business That Showcases Women’s Empowerment Through Coffee

Credit: wearemuchacha.com

“Muchacha buys coffee from companies exclusively owned by women,” said the Colombian native and founder, Diana Hoyos. 

After working for different Colombian companies, mostly led by men, experiencing harassment in the workplace, and feeling that her talent was being underestimated, Diana decided to use her natural leadership skills to create a community that could let her support and empower women. The coffee industry became the perfect field to fulfill this dream.

This Is How Mexican Cinema Is Being Celebrated in California Right Now

Credit: Instagram @see_it_on_16mm

Vintage Mexican movie memorabilia and film will be showcased at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, California from now to September 2. 

The free “La Venganza y Mas Recuerdos Del Cine Mexicano” exhibit was curated by the “trashy, cult, and forgotten Mexican movies” collector Hernandez and Aguirre to bring the nostalgic film experience to life. The collection features old Mexican movie posters, lobby cards, and smaller editions of posters, per the OC Register

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