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20 Times Latinos Got Extra As Hell On Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the holiday for love— and for passion! Sometimes, it seems like passion is passé; nowadays everything seems to be ironically detached, or the stress of the economy makes young people strive for practicality.

But not for latinas! See, when it comes to our hearts, we don’t just have passion. We have duende.

So, it should come as no surprise that there are some latinos who get very into V-Day. Here’s 20 latinos who rocked that passionate spirit way past flowers-and-chocolates land. Or as the kids these days say: they got hella extra. 

1. When Lele Pons took her day-to-night style to a whole new level.

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Lele Pons is a girl who knows what she wants. While this Instagram cutie strives to balance comedy and fabulosity, this V-Day 2018 ensemble is 100% edge. The sparkling red eye-shadow and the boning in the dress say: I can handle myself. Can you? 

2. When Ana Alvarado Tried to Explore Her Kinky Side

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Last year, sketch-comedy actress Ava Alvarado hit the Valentine’s Day nail on the head.  Everybody wants a little extra attention, but some latinas love expensive affection! What’s a broke millenial to do? Maybe an ancient sex book can solve our passion problems for free. Or…maybe not. But hey! Anything’s worth doing once.

3. When Andrea Espada was her own Valentine.

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Sometimes, you just gotta love yourself. 

4. When Chef Lorena Garcia made Pears Al Vino Tinto for the love of it.

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I can barely get it together enough to buy chocolate, and here’s this bae making sweet pears with peppercorn, cinnamon, and pinot noir for her one and only. Way to set the bar Lorena. 

5. When everybody Texas lost their friggin’ minds over V-Day tacos

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To be fair, it was pretty clever of chef Jesus Torres. I mean, be honest: do you want a heart-shaped box of eight measly chocolates, or a heart-shaped platter of TWELVE GIANT TACOS? Love means never having to say, “I’m hungry.”  

6. When Tommy Mottola gave Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda a box of chocolates…bigger than her torso

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There’s romance, and then there’s extra. But Tommy and triple-threat Thalia married nineteen years ago, and their love lives and breathes because the dude knows what he got himself into. 

7. When Ely spoke to the cringey single girl in all of us

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Nobody does cringe-comedy quite like Ely, and last Valentine’s Day she slayed. Don’t take being in a couple for granted! Or else you, too, might find yourself in a sleeping bag on Valentine’s-Day-Eve, handing out headshots and angling for a date. 

8. When we read Dulce and Jesse’s love story and cried for days

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Last year Instagram star Dulce Candy opened up and got personal. She told the story about how she and Jesse Ruiz were in the military together, faced intense odds, and slowly but surely fell in love. Then she decided to cut a bunch of onions right on my face for some reason. So unnecessary. 

9. When LeJuan James got his girlfriend 88 roses and she could barely lift them

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Dude. 88? You’re just showing off at this point. 

10. When Chantal Caroline decided to do Valentine’s Day makeup all month

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Chantal’s passion for color can’t be contained to a single day! This February, every day is V-Day. Get it, girl!

11. When Zoe Saldana made game night sizzle

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Parcheesi doesn’t exactly sound like a V-Day dream date but surrounded by candles and roses, Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego make it a night to envy. 

12. When Vanessa Hudgens committed criminal vandalism—in the name of love!

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Last year, Vanessa Hudgens Valentine’s Day getaway with Austin Butler went awry. The two lovebirds carved a heart into a rock that turned out to be in a protected national park! Can’t just carve your name in a tree in the backyard, can you?

Fortunately, even though they were caught, they were able to pay a fine and get home without much legal trouble.

13. When all Sofia Vegara wanted for Valentine’s Day was candy, and she got ALL of it.

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Every single kind.

14. When Corinna and Brianna Dotson DJ’d at New York Fashion Week and blew everyone’s minds

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V-Day 2017 was a holiday to remember, and that’s in no small part to twin Latina fashion icons Brianna and Corinna Dotson. Two years ago, it turned out that on top of being amazing designers, photographers, and entrepreneurs, they can also…DJ! Is there anything sistas can’t do? 

15. When Emilio Dosal composed a love letter to his wife… in dance

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Sure, anybody can write a love letter in words. But to choreograph one? That’s hella extra.

Although, Emilio Dosal has been dancing for a long time, so maybe it’s old hat for her by now? Like, “yeah, he can dance, but does he ever take out the garbage?” Pro-tip: you gotta do both. 

16. When Bianca Del Rio decided her Valentine would be her chihuahuas

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Star and drag queen Bianca Del Rio stuns wherever she goes, but only the most deserving get her affections. Last year, those special someones were her dogs, Sammy and Dede. Ruff! Fortunately for the rest of us, we can still enjoy her glamorous Valentine’s Day spirit from afar. 

17. When Sabella debuted nails you could claw a heart out with

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Latina nail artist Sabella knows we all have the power to slay. Last Valentine’s Day, she cranked that power to the max to inspire all lonely-heart chicas out there to seize the ever-loving day with your bare hands! Plus, you can look cute while you do it.

18. When Jordan Clark included Amelia Capaz’ Sims family in their 1-year anniversary album

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People who love you, get you. People who get you include your Sims family in a photo album. Right next to your baby pictures.

19. When Shea Serrano came up with the best simile for love we’ve ever heard

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“I love you like a fat kid loves cake.”

Shea Serrano is a middle school teacher and a YA novelist. He loves love! And he loves getting kids to read; hence the cake bookmark. The funny thing is, Serrano found duende between a book and its reader, and now that he has, it’s like fire. It doesn’t stop spreading.

All kinds of Latinos getting extra on these Valentine’s Days. But the best of the best is…

20. When Kathy Cano-Murillo buried herself in a mountain of Valentine’s Day cards!

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So many cards! And, because it’s Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka the Crafty Chica herself, the cards are an explosion of Latina pride. Sequins, glitter, and icons of Frida Kahlo leap from every surface. It’s a phenomenon.

There are so many ways to love on Valentine’s Day. So much passion to go around. So go ahead! Get extra. Valentine’s Day is in less than a week; go find your duende. 


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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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