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Meet The Latina Teen Whose Powerful Shirt Designs Are Being Worn By Celebs Like Frank Ocean

Latino teens are giving us major goals these days. They speak up for marginalized people in front of masses, shut down homophobia, and have a thirst for higher education. Oh yeah, and is it just me, or do they also dress way better than we did when we were in high school? If today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders, then sign me up for a future that’s bright and woke af.

Kayla Robinson is another example of how teens are making us optimistic about the future. Her organic T-shirt line is driving social change as well as pressing for the rights of marginalized women. And oh yeah, catching the attention of some major celeb shoppers.

Kayla Robinson is just 18 years old, but the Afro-Latina has a clientele designers would die for.

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The Afro Dominicana is the founder of Green Box Shop a politically driven clothing line with an agenda to fight climate change, racism, homophobia, sexism and transphobia. Robinson got the idea to start her business and sell shirts to pay for her yoga instructor certification. “I didn’t have the money for proper training so I sold my shirts in exchange for donations for quite some time and then decided to open a more organized online store for my shirts. Now, my ultimate goal is to get involved in urban farming to make healthy and home-grown food more accessible in the many food deserts in our country,” Robinson told Teen Vogue.

Her shirts which have a strong political slant, have gained a ton of attention since being worn on stage by R&B artist, Frank Ocean.

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On a stage before thousands of people at Panorama Festival, Ocean wore Kayla’s politically bent T-shirt. The words “Why Be Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, or Transphobic When You Can Just Be Quiet” were emblazoned across his chest. Within hours, GreenBox’s site was getting lit up for orders.

So far, her Ts have caught the attention of big names like Kehlani, Laura Jauregui and Zendaya.

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Robinson says that her celebrity buyers make her optimistic about the future of black and brown businesses. “I feel like celebrities using their platform to support businesses like mine is something that is really helpful for the success of small, black-owned businesses and our community overall.” If Robinson’s sales are a reflection of that potential, that the future for of-color businesses holds promise. Her business has skyrocketed from 20 to 200 sales daily.

“I understand certain stigmas firsthand so I create those designs from that perspective.”

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When it comes to intersectional feminism, Robinson says it absolutely has stake in her brand.“‘[Being] a bisexual, feminine Afro-Latina, I understand certain stigmas firsthand so I create those designs from that perspective. For subjects that are outside of my identity — including issues related to being disabled, other cultures, or transgender communities — I check in with my followers,” Robinson told People about finding inspiration.

Her celebrity clients might be buying up her shirts with messages of social justice written across them, but her work doesn’t stop there. Robinson is still pushing for her original mission, her desire to educate others about sustainability.

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“Unfortunately, in America,” she says, “there are 23.5 million people who live in low-income areas that are more than one mile from a supermarket.” For Robinson, this remains an issue that is just as equally as important as fighting for equality and women’s rights. “I would like to teach and empower these communities to be able to sustain themselves through personal gardens.”

It’s so exciting to see another Latina teen, showing the world how to make the world a better place.

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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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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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