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20 Ways Dancing Salsa Has Improved All Of Our Lives

There are two things that come to mind when you hear the word “salsa”. The first is that delicious appetizer restaurants give you as soon as you sit down that you’re ready to dip your fried tortillas in and chowing down! The second is the music with its roots with Afro-Cubans and became popular in New York City in the ’60s, that nourishes your soul with every step you take. This iconic Caribbean dance has been a staple in every Latina’s life and is one of the reasons we are able to accomplish everything we do. Here are twenty times Salsa music has kept Latinas productive!

1. Scheduling Doctors Appointments

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Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to schedule doctor appointments online instead of calling on the phone. But what hasn’t changed is how tedious and boring the task is. That’s why listening to salsa music is a way to keep you motivated and happy while you book all those appointments. Your future self will thank you!

2. Daily House Chores

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Cleaning is the one productive task every Latina hates doing and we often will get distracted to avoid doing the work. Listening to salsa while cleaning keeps us on task and gets the job done…and lets us practice some dance moves to try later at the club.

3. Writing Thank You Notes

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It seems like something silly that your Mami or Abuela did after parties or birthdays, but it’s a pretty productive way to maintain relationships with friends and family by saying thank you. The task may seem daunting but listening to salsa music will brighten your day and remind you of the fun you had with your friends and encourage you to get these little thank you notes done!

4. Last Minute Dates Mean Doing The Biggest Job Of Your Life, Getting Ready

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May not seem like the most productive task that should a priority but the dating world is tough and you want to make a lasting impression. Studies show (no actual study was conducted) that listening to fast-paced music like salsa not only helps you get the job done faster but sets your mood for the rest of the night!

5. Productive Way To Better Yourself

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Salsa music has a rich history in Latin America and one of the produtive things Latinas do on their downtime is learn about Latinidad. Exploring and listening to salsa music is a way for Latinas to stay connected to their culture, learn about how Afro-Latinx created the genre that keeps them motivated and keeps Latinas motivated to share the work in our community all while listening to the music.

6. Getting You Through That Cram Session

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No matter what grade level you’re in, staying productive and on task when studying is hard. But they say if you do an activity while studying it can help with memory and there’s no better activity than listening to salsa music and dancing the night away with your textbook! It’s helped so many Latinas in the past get the passing grade and that degree.

7. Meeting Your Fitness Goals

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Being productive doesn’t always mean academics or jobs, it can even but about your own personal health. But also the key to staying on track and meeting your goals is salsa! Playing salsa music is the perfect thing to keep blood flowing.

8. Reorganize Your Life

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From scheduling work dates, to even making sure you make time for your familia and girls…we have got to be on it. While reorganizing our calendars to keep track of our obligations, we can have some fun listening to some Héctor Lavoe and stay motivated! WEPA!

9. Keeping Up With Your Spanish Studies

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Not all Latinas speak Spanish, and that’s totally fine. But there are some Latinas who’ve decided to learn the language and at times it can be challenging. But a great that Latinas stay productive and keep up with their Spanish studies, is listening and singing along to salsa music…and finally understanding what’s being said is a plus!

10.  Doing Taxes

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Every year we all dread one thing…doing our taxes. But making sure they get done means we’ll be able to kick a** the following year with jobs. Making a required and daunting task a better experience and allows a fun without being distracted is are the sweet sounds of salsa. Salsa music keeping you productive and praying you get that tax return!

11. A Productive Evening With Your Girls

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All of us muxers are busying being the BOSS of our lives, because of that, it’s hard to see our amigxs. Setting up a girls night where we all get together to get work done while listening to salsa music to make the hard work fun is just the thing we’d do! Productivity with your amigxs while a little salsa to keep you from feeling tense is the key to success.

12. The perfect subject to help you get in A in class

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There are those rare moments in class where your professor lets you pick a topic of your choice to present to the class. Presenting on what salsa music is and showing the moves that come with it is the perfect way for any Latina to get an A. We are experts in the subject and it’s time to finally showcase our expertise! Salsa music not only gave us a productive outlet, helping us earn that degree.

13. Memorizing Your Abuela’s Family Recipies

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Our Abuelas can teach up many things about life and have taught us many ways to pass on traditions through food. It’s a lot of hard work memorizing all those recipes, especially when cooking big meals for the family.  But studies have shown that listening to music while memorizing is the best way to learn something. Salsa music reminding you how to make your favorite dishes and stay on task to make sure the meal is done in time is the best way for any Latinx to learn to keep the traditions alive!

14. Waiting for the public transit

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Remember point 8 about the hustle? Sometimes we gotta multitask during our commute. Keeping the eye on the prize and staying focus while riding public transit can be difficult. But many Latinas master the balance or work and pleasure with salsa! Bumping to the music while going over work notes never made the commute more enjoyable and ready to dominate your next location! 

15. Curating Posts On Social Media

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It’s 2019, and most of us are making money online via social media. Freelance is the preferred job for young Latinx and sometimes the workplace (aka your bed) gets boring and lonely and suddenly you’re scrolling on Facebook. Salsa music playing in the background makes working more fun and keeps you on task. The bonus is investing in a standing desk so you can dance and work at the same time!

16. Self Care Is A Full-Time Job

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Taking care of your physical and mental health has recently become a full-time job for young Latinas. Being productive in ways to self-care isn’t always easy but salsa music can make your work of taking care of yourself enjoyable and get you through the process. 

17. Organizing your life

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Every few months, to stay productive and on track with your life goals, you need to reorganize everything. A Marie Kondo makeover if you will. Sitting in your house getting everything together and letting go what does not serve you anymore is better with salsa driving you to keep going. Salsa sparks joy and helps get the job done.

18. Fostering A Hobby

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Every Latina needs a hobby, and not all of have one but it shows having a hobby can keep you productive during your downtime from your actual work. We tend to feel uncomfortable trying a new hobby but listening to salsa music keeps something familiar around us and motivated to keep trying and fostering something new in our life that benefits us in the long run.

19. Making Lists Of Goals

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It’s good to check in with yourself on what goals you want to take away or add into your life. Sitting down at the table while listening to salsa music to keep you motivated, on track and possibly spark something has been great for Latinas to keep track of their goals without it getting boring.

20. Improving Dance Skills

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The most productive thing a Latina does is to practice her dance moves. The most productive way to improve is by practising salsa. Salsa is challenging and a great motivator for Latinas to improve in their craft. It keeps them focused and ready for anything. Practising salsa is one of the most productive activities a Latina can do.


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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.

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