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These 3 Fierce Latinas That We Met At The #WeAllGrow Summit Make Us Want To Scream “Si Se Puede”

For Latinas, sometimes the world can become a little discouraging. Due to the lack of representation in the media, people within our community rarely get to read or hear about the success stories of women who look like us. That is why an event like the #WeAllGrow Summit is important. The uniqueness of this summit is brought by the fact that it is the first and largest of its kind. #WeAllGrow is a 3-day rendezvous of inspiration meeting opportunity; where the largest community of Latina digital influencers is in attendance. At the summit, Latinas are encouraged to network, mentor and teach each other how to thrive in and outside their digital space. To honor growth within the community, the theme for this year’s summit was “The Beauty of Evolution.”

Amongst the many women in attendance, here are three impressive Latinas that have used their digital space to motivate and encourage Latinas to keep hustling.

Sheila Arias — Activist and Assistant Organizing Director at Mamás Con Poder

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Mamás Con Poder is an organization that helps women, families, and mothers tackle critical issues by amplifying policy issues in a national dialogue. Sheila Arias initially met with Mamás con Poder to share her story as a mother to a child with a disorder called Sensory Processing Integration. Her daughter’s special needs required a lot of visits with therapists and a special education setting, but both were costly especially after the government terminated her funds. Upon hearing her story, Mamás con Poder granted her a meeting with North Carolina’s senator in 2014. Since then, Sheila has joined Mamás con Poder and has become an advocate for mothers who seek help but do not know where to start, “If we give them the right tools and be beside them, not behind them but beside them, and meet them where they are we can make a huge difference.” She lives in North Carolina as an advocate and a student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Follow Sheila via Instagram @sheila_arias

To support Mamás Con Poder, click here.

Rosa Clemente—Organizer, Journalist and Political Commentator

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A native of the South Bronx, Rosa Clemente has a voice that speaks volumes. She visited the summit as a keynote speaker for the Red Bull Amaphiko segment on The Power of Story Telling and shared her story on how she became the first Afro-Latina to run for Vice President of the United States in 2008 on the Green Party ticket. She devotes her life and works to issues that fall under social justice, such as police brutality and the freedom of political prisoners. Rosa shared with us the importance of being present and active in 2018 in order to become revolutionary, “We have to attack these systems any way we can. Our people are going through really oppressive times and we don’t see that if we’re not in those communities.” Rosa recently was invited to the Golden Globes to divert the attention away from the stars and direct it to political issues such as the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Follow Rosa Clemente:
Via Twitter @rosaclemente
Via Instagram @blackpuertoricanphd
Visit her website at http://rosaclemente.net/

Mina Trujillo, Founder of ChraftPR and Dragos Cantina

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This Latina entrepreneur is out here doing it! Mina Trujillo is an immigrant and began her business venture in Los Angeles when she got her Bachelor’s degree in business at Mount Saint Mary’s University. A year after graduating, she opened up a cosmetics company and sold it six years later. After much trial and error, she is now the Founder and Chief Brand Ambassador of her own creative marketing agency called Chraft. She is also the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Dragos Cantina, ready-to-drink craft margarita cocktails made with 100% blue weber tequila that is imported straight from Jalisco. Like many of us, Mina is very proud of being a Latina and uses her platform to give back to her community. She recently launched an initiative called P2P, Paycheck to Paycheck, where she facilitates microloans with very low-interest rates to low-income families. Mina immigrated to this country at a young age and strongly believes that being here is about the American Dream. Trujillo says her four companies are a testament that you can rebuild the American Dream over and over again. “Anything is possible with hard work. When you really focus on your skill set and build something that nobody else has then the possibilities are endless,” says Trujillo.

Follow Mina Trujillo
Via Instagram @minatru

To learn more about Drago Cantina visit
Via Instagram @dragoscantina

Visit the Dragos Cantina website by clicking here.


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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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