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These Scary Stats Will (Hopefully) Get You To Your Doctor’s Office For A Mammogram

For some of us it’s getting that triennial pam smear, for others it’s mammograms. As women, most of dread a particular procedure no matter how important it is to our health. Of course, while having our boobs mashed into cold medical machines sounds like the exact opposite of a fun time, it’s one of those things we just have to do.

Sofia Vergara knows the story and it’s exactly why she’s posting about it on Instagram with a cry face emoji.

The “Modern Family” star posted her recent visit for her checkup to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month because “You have to do it!”

You have to do it!!!???? #mammogram ?#medicalimaging women's imaging.

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In a Friday video on Instagram, Vergara shared a footage of herself gearing up for a breast exam. Honestly she makes it look like so much fun, we’re actually feeling pumped to go to our own. “You have to do it!” she captioned. It’s a message we hope is particularly encouraging for Latinas especially considering new studies about our health. Recent research has found that Latinas and women of color are more at risk when it comes to breast cancer fatalities. Mostly this is due to a lack of outreach to Latinas for medical breast cancer research. That divide is hurting a wide array of Latina groups including Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican women. And it doesn’t end there.

When it comes to our general health, it turns out Latinas aren’t so great about checking in with the doctor either. According to the most recent Census report, Latinos are the group least likely to take a trip to the doctor’s office. In fact, at the time of the census, 42% of Latinos had never made their annual visit to the doctor. The reasons might seem obvious but it’s important to note how deeply rooted they are in cultural barriers and fears.

In the U.S., nearly a quarter of Latinos are undocumented and thus unable to qualify for Medicare.

It’s a huge problem plaguing the United State’s Latino community. Even during the Obama administration when Latinos were assured their legal status on Obamacare applications would not be provided to immigration services, exposure remained a major fear factor. We can only imagine the number of undocumented adults gritting their teeth through medical pains and concerns now. There’s also the issue of American-born children whose undocumented parents fear seeking proper medical care from them as well. Among these fears, there are more. Many Latinos avoid the doctor because of language barriers, stigma, fear of missing work and a distrust for Western medication. For Latinas, trust in their physician is also a concern.

Latinas “did not feel safe sharing information if these qualities were absent.”

A 2008 study is reflective of that fact that Latinas refuse to reveal personal information when they feel they can’t trust their doctor. “Such qualities as compassion, caring, human interest, and kindness were important to many Latinas, who did not feel safe sharing information if these qualities were absent. Language barriers caused problems with physician-patient interaction, which were complicated by the presence of a translator. Physicians being male or younger could make disclosure difficult, especially around issues of sexuality and genital examination.”

The American Cancer Society says women should start to receive regular screenings by the age of 40.

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While our 40s are an ideal time to start receiving breast cancer screenings, it’s important for women to remember that breast cancer in young women isn’t impossible. Mammogram screenings are an essential for detecting breast cancer in all women, whether they experience symptoms or not. We’re so happy Sofia Vergara is bringing this issue to the Latina community’s attention — especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!


Read: This Doctor Saw Latinas Were Being Passed Over In Breast Cancer Research, Now She’s Starting An Army

Don’t forget to remind your tías and primas to get checked! Share this post about the importance of mammograms and get your friends to share pics of their mammogram visits!

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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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20 Latina Celebrities Who Faced Hardships and Failure Before Becoming Successful

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20 Latina Celebrities Who Faced Hardships and Failure Before Becoming Successful

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be successful. Society tells us that failure is something we should be ashamed of; that it means there’s something wrong with us. However, some of the most successful people have had to overcome failure and hardship before getting their big break.

Whether they were rejected from jobs, limited in their opportunities or hindered by personal trauma, these Latinas were all able to rebound. They picked themselves up and showed the world that failure doesn’t stop these mujeres poderosas.

Here are some of the famous Latinas who didn’t let failure stand in the way of their success:

1. Naya Rivera

Instagram / @nayarivera

Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular female artists of the 70’s and 80’s but this came after a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, the singer found little success with her band Stone Poneys. She was later inspired to pursue a solo career and released several albums in the process of finding her sound. Despite her work, she didn’t hit it big until the 1974 single Heart Like a Wheel. 

Naya Rivera is best known for her role as fierce cheerleader Santana Lopez on Glee. However, the actress almost didn’t get the part. In fact, she didn’t pass her first audition. Still, producers must have seen something they liked because they brought her in for another audition. After crushing that one, she got the part. Rivera also was an American Idol reject. Pre-Glee fame, she was eliminated in the first round of auditions.

2. Joseline Hernandez

Instagram / Joseline_hernandez_bish

Singer and television personality Joseline Hernandez is a familiar face thanks to her time on Love & Hip Hop. Despite this fame, she has tasted failure. In 2007, Hernandez filmed a TV pilot for Showtime that revolved around Miami’s Diamond Cabaret and its dancers. Unfortunately, the show was nixed and it would take five years before she would have her big break.

3. Rita Moreno

Instagram / @ourlatinas

Before she starred as Anita in West Side Story, Rita Moreno was stuck with stereotypical roles. The actress hoped that this would change after her Oscar-winning performance but that wasn’t the case. Refusing to take these roles, Moreno was forced into a 7 year exile from Hollywood as she waited for parts that were worth her talent. That small period of hardship had nothing on the success that life had planned for Moreno. She made a series of acclaimed movies in the 60’s and 70’s as well as starred in decades of highly-praised television and theater. The talented actress’ work went on to earn her a Tony, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and 2 Emmy Awards.

4. Jennifer Lopez

Instagram / @jlo

When Jennifer Lopez first decided to pursue her dream of stardom, it caused a huge rift with her parents. They thought it was a waste of time for their high school aged daughter. Disagreeing, J.Lo moved out on her own and began acting in regional musicals. She was soon hired with the chorus of a musical touring Europe. However, the star was terribly unhappy because she was the only member to not have a solo. Leaving this job led to work in Japan as a singer, dancer and actress but nothing brought J.Lo any success until she landed her role as a Fly Girl. This led to over 25 years of fame and success beyond her parents’ wildest dreams.

5. Lupe Vélez

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Nicknamed the Mexican Spitfire, Lupe Vélez had the talent and personality to transition from Silent Film to the Talkies during Hollywood’s Silver Era. Still, her road to success was full with failure. When she first started performing, her father violently opposed it. Having to change her name to continue entertaining, Vélez found some success in Mexican vaudeville but faced issues being paid fairly. When she switched to a new revue, she was quickly fired for her feisty attitude. In 1926, an American stage director had Vélez fly out to LA for her first movie role. However, once she arrived, the actress found the part had been given to another. Still, her time in the states led to a screen test that landed her a role in a Laurel and Hardy film. The rest is Hollywood history.

6. Shakira

Instagram / @shakira

It’s hard to think of international star Shakira as a failure but she had a hard time in the beginning. In second grade, she was rejected from her school’s choir because of her strong voice. In fact, the choir director said she sounded like a goat. Still, Shakira continued her singing and dancing. As a teenager, she auditioned for a record executive who was impressed by her sound. However, when he passed her audition on to the artist director, they labeled her a lost cause. Still, the music executive knew she was special and organized another audition. If not for her talent and the help of that executive, Shakira’s future success could have been lost to rejection.

7. Salma Hayek

Instagram / @salmahayek

Salma Hayek is a big name star now but she wasn’t exactly popular in the beginning. In Mexico, she was rejected by the entertainment industry and was told she’d never have a career in acting. After finally finding work in telenovelas, she tried to make in in Hollywood. However, Hayek was told that the parts she wanted didn’t exist for Latinas. Even after she made it big as a movie star, the Mexicana was rejected 3 times by networks when looking for a home for Ugly Betty.

8. Becky G

Instagram / @iambeckyg

Before her role as the Yellow Ranger in the Power Rangers reboot, Becky G faced difficulties reaching stardom. Her single Shower proved to be a popular hit, but followup singles went nowhere. Also, after 3 years of working on it, her debut album never materialized and was scrapped. Despite this setback, the singer found success as a Cover Girl representative, actress, and was able to successfully crossover to Spanish music.

9. Dascha Polanco

Instagram / @sheisdash

Dascha Polanco knew from an early age that she only ever wanted to act. Unfortunately, the realities of societal norms and fat phobia held her back. Polanco feared the rejection she could receive because of her weight and stopped herself from pursuing her acting career. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she decided to face her fears and audition. Ironically enough, she landed the very first role she ever auditioned for; becaming Orange Is The New Black‘s Dayanara Diaz.

10. Cardi B

Instagram / iamcardib

Today, Cardi B is a musical superstar but her beginnings didn’t make it easy on her. As a teenager, she worked at a grocery store as a way to keep herself feed and housed. When she was 19, she was fired but not before the manager told her she should become a stripper. Whether this was a mean spirited comment or a friendly suggestion, it proved to be a great idea. Cardi credits her stripping career for helping her return to school and giving her the financial freedom to pursue music.

11. Selena Gomez

Instagram / @selenagomez

Before Selena Gomez was the star of Wizards of Waverly Place, she started her career as a child actor. Unfortunately, her big break didn’t last long. After being cast as a regular on Barney and Friends, Gomez was released from her contract after only 13 episodes. The reason? Show runners said she was getting too old. The actress had the last laugh, though, when she traded up to Disney stardom and a music career.

12. Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera is well known for her overwhelming vocals but they weren’t enough to keep her from rejection. The singer competed in Star Search at the age of 9, singing an Etta James classic. However, Aguilera lost to her 12 year old competitor. Despite the loss, she soon went on to be a regular on the 90’s reboot of the Mickey Mouse Club and the star hasn’t slowed down since.

13. Camilla Cabello

Instagram / camilla_cabello

Camilla Cabello now has a successful solo career but she started out as a member of girl group 5th Harmony. Before they found success together, they were individual contestants on The Xfactor. While competing, the five were first named Lylas and then 1432 before rebranding as 5th Harmony. However, the group lost their competition; coming in 3rd place. Though they lost, they were later signed by Simon Cowell and found success with their debut album. When Cabello struck out as a solo artist, she faced her share of uncertainty but has had hit after hit.

14. Christina Milian

Instagram / @christinamilian

Christina Milian has made a name for herself as an artist but it didn’t come without years of hardship. She moved to LA at the age of 16 to pursue music. After 6 months, she met a producer who claimed to want to help. However, she spent a year and a half fighting to break into music business with little success. The producer Milian worked with would’t give her a copy of the demo she recorded and also wrote lyrics she didn’t agree with. She ended up having to cut ties with the producer and writing, recording and promoting her demo on her own. It proved to be a success though and, in 2000, she got her big break.

15. Dolores del Río

Instagram / @mariafelixdiva

One of the most important actresses of the Mexican Golden Age of Film, Dolores del Río was the quintessential movie star. However, her early life was full of hardships. Her family was a part of Mexico’s aristocracy but troubled in Mexico caused her family to lose all their money. Later, after she married, her husband also faced financial ruin. Things changed, however, when a Hollywood film maker met and fell in love with her. In an attempt to be closer to del Río, the film maker convinced the couple to seek fame with him in Hollywood. Even with his backing, it took several years of bit roles before the Mexican actress got her big break.

16. Melanie Martinez

Instagram / @littlebodybigheart

As a child, musician Melanie Martinez was a prodigy; writing poetry in kindergarten and teaching herself guaitar at age 15. However, all that musical talent wasn’t enough to win her first tastes of success. In 2012, Martinez competed in a televised talent competition but was eliminated in the second round. Later that year, she found a bigger audience as she competed in season 2 of The Voice. Unfortunately, the musician was eliminated in the fifth round. After the rejection, Martinez released her debut single and quickly developed a loyal fanbase.

17. Sonia Sotomayor

Instagram / @hardworkinglatino

The first Latina to ever serve on America’s highest court, Sonia Sotomayor is an example to girls and women everywhere. However, it wasn’t an easy path to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor had difficulties adjusting to college life at Princeton University. It was after she failed her first midterm that she decided to buckle down and turn things around. That failure inspired her to seek help in her studies and become the kind of student she needed to be to later make history.

18. Linda Ronstadt

Instagram / @mountainwinery

Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular female artists of the 70’s and 80’s but this came after a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, the singer found little success with her band Stone Poneys. She was later inspired to pursue a solo career and released several albums in the process of finding her sound. Despite her work, she didn’t hit it big until the 1974 single Heart Like a Wheel. 

19. Yaya Decosta

Instagram / @glamourdays_champagnenites

Yaya Decosta has found fame as an actress and model but not before she faced failure in the latter. She was a contestant in season 3 of America’s Next Top Model. Decosta even made it to the finale but was eliminated at the end. Still, the model decided to pursue acting and found recurring roles on Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. She even played Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic of the late diva.

20. Aimee Garcia

Instagram / @aimeegarcia4realz

Actress Aimee Garcia now makes a living doing what she loves but it took her a while to get there. While in college, the Latina acted in local productions. However, she stopped in order to pursue her career in finance once school was over. For a year, Garcia worked as a mutual fund analyst but quit her job after a year because she was unhappy. She returned back to acting and made her big break in the entertainment industry.

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