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20 Of The Best Hermanos Mayores To Appear On The Big Screen

It isn’t every day older siblings get celebrated. The siblings who took the first steps so we could run, the ones who give us advice and sometimes just annoy us down to our last straw deserve quite a bit of credit for shaping us into the people we’ve become.  While thinking about how much we love our own siblings, we’re looking at the best Latino siblings on TV and the big screen.

1. Carmen Peña

CREDIT: ¿Que Pasa, USA

Most chicas of our madres generation will easily remember Joe Peña, the cute and funny older brother to Carmen on “¿Que Pasa, USA?” STILL, Carmen did a pretty stand out job on the show and was always around to whip her younger bro ijnto shape and keep up the family spirit. 

2. Gamora

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Okay, so Gamora wasn’t a Latina of this earth, but she’s still played by Latina fave: Zoe Saldana. Her relationship with her sister Nebula can be a bit …. troubling. But there’s no doubt Gamora has a whole lot of love for her nebular sister.

3. Suzette Quintanilla

CREDIT: Selena (1997)

Not too many of us would be so chill about seeing a sibling rise to stardom without them. But Suzette was 100% there for her sister’s journey to the big stage. 

4. Elena Alvarez

CREDIT: One Day at a Time / Netflix

Elena Gomez isn’t your average annoying teenager older sister on screen. Which we love! Sure, she knows how to dig at her brother but for the most part, she and Alex share a bond that is supportive, loving and fun. 

5. Princess Elena

CREDIT: Elena of Avalor

Elena can be headstrong sure, but she’s also a pretty great sister. (Oh yeah! And Disney’s first Latina princess) With the ability to see spirit animals and wield a royal scepter she’s an amazing sister to Princess Isabel, the young inventor.

6. Miguel Rivera

CREDIT: “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios

Miguel’s mother was pregnant with her second child during the movie. Still by the end of the movie, when he finally gets to meet his new baby sister Socorro, there’s no doubt Miguel’s journey has made him a great older sibling for his new hermana.

7. Carlos García

CREDIT: The Brothers García / Disney

As the oldest sibling to George, Larry and Lorena, Carlos often took the role in the show’s decision making and for the most part helped to steer his siblings in great directions. 

8. George García

CREDIT: The Brothers García / Disney

The second oldest brother to Larry García didn’t always make life easy for his younger sibling. Still, he did always make sure to stick up for him and support him when needed. 

9. A.B. Quintanilla

CREDIT: Selena (1997)

IRL, A.B., was supportive and loving to his younger sister Selena. In the movie about her life, the A.B. doesn’t take the biggest role on screen but he is just as equally supportive, loving and fun. 

10. Jane Villanueva

CREDIT: Jane the Virgin

Jane’s realtionship to the twins is complex. Technically their connection to Jane is through their former step-father Rogelio. But Victoria and Valeria are two lucky coulda-woulda-shoulda-been-step-sister’s to the cool and successful Jane.

11. Hilda Suarez

CREDIT: Ugly Betty

Hilda wasn’t the star of “Ugly Betty” but she was ana amazing and supportive sister to Betty by the end. Of course, at times eh was aloof to Betty’s life but for the most part she was a great hermana. 

12. Manny Delgado

CREDIT: Modern Family

Manny might get jealous at times of the attention his younger half-brother gets, but for the most part it’s clear Manny loves the bro he shares his birthday with. 

13. Gertrudis de la Garza

CREDIT: Like Water for Chocolate

LBR she was so much better than Tita’s oldest sister who married Pedro and had his son.

14. Alex Russo

CREDIT: Disney

Alex might have been the younger sister to Justin but she was a bomb older sister to Max.  I mean how cool would it be to have an older sister who can do magic create clones and solve your problems with the whisk of a spell?

15. Camila Barrios

CREDIT: East Los High

Even with the pressures of high school constantly nipping at her, Camila always finds them time to care for her younger sister Gina.

16. Justin Russo

CREDIT: Disney

As one of the most gifted wizarding students of his time, Alex set the bar pretty high for Alex. 

17. Leticia Naranjo

CREDIT: Tortilla Soup

Leticia was a bit shy and uncomfortable in her own skin, but the time she finally got up the nerve to kiss Orlando, she was showing her sisters just how cool she could be. 

18. Carmen Naranjo

CREDIT: Tortilla Soup

Carmen wasn’t always the most stable sister, or the most attentive. But she did her best to keep her family’s life together for the sake of her younger sister Tamara and sister Leticia. 

19.  Alba Villanueva

CREDIT: Jane the Virgin

Alba might be estranged from her sister Cecilia now, but there’s no doubting the fact that the dramatic character has a sweet big sis who would love to connect with her.

20. Harley Diaz

CREDIT: Stuck in the Middle

As the middle child in the Diaz family, This “Stuck in the Middle” character has a few siblings her junior. She’s a bit mischievous with her planning and engineering of inventions but as a Latina interested in STEM we love her as a big sis.


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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