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These Are The Latinas Who Held It Down For The Cultura In 2017

What a challenging, yet exciting, year it has been for women. In 2017, mujeres fueled the resistance, starting with the history-making Women’s March on Washington and closing with the TIME “Person of the Year”-winning the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. We also broke hella barriers, from Danica Roem becoming the first openly transgender member of the Virginia House of Delegates to female-centered films and TV shows thriving massively. Latinas in particular held it down this year, whether in the boardroom, the political table, the movement or the charts.

Ahead, some of the Latinas who put in work that pushed the cultura forward.

1. Carmen Yulín Cruz

When Hurricane Maria’s powerful winds plowed into Puerto Rico this summer, it left one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history in its wake. Many parts of the island still remain without power or water, and people are still dying because of it. As President Donald Trump, who blamed islanders for the crises and callously threw paper towels at those in need, failed miserably in his recovery efforts, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz called him out, challenging him and the U.S. government and becoming a key figure in the fight for relief for Puerto Rico.

2. Cardi B

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No one had a better year than Cardi B. The Dominican-Trinidadian rapper, reality TV star and social media personality had the greatest glow up, got engaged and broke records. Her single “Bodak Yellow” dominated the charts for three weeks, making her breakout single the longest-running No. 1 by a solo woman rapper ever.

3. Carmen Perez

At the top of the year, Carmen Perez, along with organizers Tamika D Mallory and Linda Sarsour, put together the Women’s March, the largest single-day protest in U.S. history, which blossomed into an independent organization. The Chicana, a long-time organizer, became a leader in the resistance against Trump and inspired hundreds of thousands of women to become politically engaged.

4. Miss Peru Beauty Pageant Contestants

“Minhas medidas são: 2.202 casos de feminicídio nos últimos nove anos no meu país”, disse uma das concorrentes no microfone antes de se retirar para o outro lado da passarela. “Minhas medidas são: 81% dos agressores de meninas menores de cinco anos são pessoas próximas da família”, disse a candidata seguinte. A iniciativa não foi apenas das concorrentes, mas fazia parte da organização oficial do evento. Pouco depois, quando desfilaram em trajes de banho e enquanto a cantora peruana Leslie Shaw interpretou a canção Siempre más Fuerte, as telas do fundo mostravam manchetes de jornais locais com notícias sobre violência contra mulheres. @elpaisbrasil @el_pais #missperu #miss2017 #MisMedidasSon #violenciacontramulher

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Contestants of this year’s Miss Peru pageant got all of our support. That’s because the women, who would have normally been tasked with revealing their body measurements, took their opportunity in the spotlight to instead share devastating statistics of sexual abuse and harassment in their country. The moment, as can be expected, dominated the Internet, with #MisMedidasSon (“my measurements are”) quickly trending on social media.

5, 6. Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala

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In the conservative state of Virginia, two progressive Latina politicos broke barriers. In November, Elizabeth Guzman, an immigrant from Peru, and Hala Ayala, the daughter of a Salvadoran immigrant, became the first-ever Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, with both women beating incumbent Republican representatives.

7. Francia Raísa

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Francia Raísa had garnered our attention as an actress in “Bring It On: All or Nothing” and “The Secret Life of The American Teenager,” but the Honduran-mexicana captured all of our hearts this year when she gave her best pal Selena Gomez her kidney. Gomez called the donation “the ultimate gift” and has stated that Raísa saved her life. Raísa, who will star in the upcoming Freeform show “Grown-ish,” has earned the title of Greatest Friend Ever.

8. Geisha Williams

In March, cubana Geisha Williams took over electric utility company PG&E, becoming the first-ever Latina to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The 56-year-old, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1962, was one of just two women of color to make the list this year.

9. America Chavez

In 2017, Marvel’s America Chavez received her own solo comic series, becoming the first Latina superhero to have one. But that’s not the only reason why she’s so important. America is also a queer, college student who is fighting evil villains while still making time for her friends. Name us a cooler superhero! While there are rumors of the comic’s cancellation, the series, and the queer Puerto Rican writer behind it, Gabby Rivera, gifted us with a multidimensional heroine we could see ourselves in and be proud and excited of.

READ: 9 Latina Organizations To Donate To This Holiday Season

Let us know which other Latina superstars of 2017 you think should be added to this list in the comments!

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men


Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”

Read:After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Running For Governor Of Puerto Rico In 2020


San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Running For Governor Of Puerto Rico In 2020

Last week, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, announced that she is running for governor in the 2020 elections.

Cruz, who gained national attention after criticizing President Donald Trump’s slow and shoddy response to Hurricane Maria, announced her run at the Caguas Botanical Garden on Friday.

“I’ve been thinking for a long time, what’s the best way I can serve Puerto Rico … I’m going to do so by becoming the next governor,” she said.

Cruz, who was sporting a t-shirt that read “¡Sin Miedo!” — which is Spanish for “without fear” — began her address by discussing her great-grandfather, who worked as an agricultural laborer, and how the legacy of slavery still impacts Puerto Rico today.

“We have to break away from the chains that tie us down in order to have a promising future and break our cycle of poverty,” Cruz, speaking on Emancipation Day, a Puerto Rican holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery on the island on March 22, 1873, said.

In Puerto Rico, the political party system is linked to the island’s political status. Those who support statehood, like sitting Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, are part of the New Progressive Party, more commonly known by the Spanish acronym PNP. People who want Puerto Rico to remain a US territory side with the Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, the party that Cruz is running in. Finally, those who want the island’s independence from the US often support the Puerto Rican Independence Party, or PIP.

After the Category 4 hurricane ravaged the island on September 20, 2017, Cruz, not Gov. Rosselló, became the face of the island, wading through flood water to help those devastated by the storm and publicly feuding with the president. When announcing her candidacy, she reminded the crowd that Gov. Rosselló’s administration “was unable to count deaths after Hurricane Maria” and “stood by Trump when he threw paper towels at people [in Puerto Rico].”

Cruz also took the opportunity to voice her position on other pressing matters on the island, like repealing the Jones Act, which prevents foreign ships from embarking on the island and thus raises the cost of imported goods, eliminating the federal Financial Oversight and Management Board and calling for an audit of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion public debt.

“The reality is that we still live in an island that fights for food, liberty and land,” she said, referring to the PPD’s Spanish slogan “Pan, libertad y tierra.” “We’re building a new movement within the Popular Democratic Party.”

Last month, Cruz also announced that she would co-chair Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the 2020 presidential race, saying the candidate could create “a new path toward the resolution of many of the issues facing Puerto Rico,” including establishing a “new relationship” with the United States.

Read: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Believes Bernie Sanders Could Create A “New Relationship” Between Puerto Rico And The US

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