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Carolina Moreno is an Editor on The Huffington Post Latino
Voices vertical. She's an NYU alumnus with a degree in Journalism, Latin American Studies, and French language. Her interests include Inter-American relations, Latin American politics, and human rights issues on both sides of the canal. In a loving but contradictory relationship with the world, humanity & what connects the two.

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Why Twitter Lost Its Mind Over These ‘Hispanic Para Trump' Signs

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:51 PM

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the country, even among non-Hispanics, but it seems someone at the 2016 Republican National Convention missed a class. 

The Republican National Convention came to a close Thursday night with a speech by GOP nominee Donald Trump, but some...

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Latinos Call Out Donald Trump For His Fear-Mongering Speech

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 8:33 AM

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign came full circle on Thursday night, as the businessman and reality star officially accepted the Republican nomination at the 2016 Republican Convention in Cleveland with a speech filled with anti-immigrant rhetoric.

The comments were highly reminiscent of statements he made when launching his campaign last June, which painted Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals.” In his speech, Trump assured followers that he would “build a great border wall” as the crowd chanted back “build a wall.”

“Nearly 180,000 people with criminal records ordered deported from our country are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” Trump said during his speech Thursday night. “The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year only exceed the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our community with no regard for the impact of public safety and resources.”

But facts seem to be against the Donald, as reports have actually shown a steep decline in Mexican migration since 2009. A 2015 Pew Research Center report even found that more Mexicans were leaving than coming to the United States since then. Plus, studies have also shown that undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native born citizens. 

So, Trump’s fear-mongering claims de-humanizing illegal immigrants and portraying them as dangerous received plenty of fact checking and reactions on Twitter by immigration advocacy groups and Latinos. 

Check out some of the best Latino reactions to Trump’s entire RNC speech below: 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the...

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Latinos Try To Decipher Dominican Slang With Hilarious Results

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 2:43 PM

Just because you speak Spanish doesn’t mean you’ll be able to understand what every Spanish speaker says. As this video by Flama proves, we all need a translator every now and then.

In their...

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Latino Student Shuts Down Dentist Who Questioned His Stanford Admission

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 9:01 AM

Guillermo Pomarillo knows the reason he was admitted to Stanford University was because of hard work and not luck. But a recent dental visit forced him to write about his personal struggles in an...

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19 Reasons Colombians Are So In Love With Their Country

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 11:52 AM

Colombia is a country full of beauty and wonder, but that’s not news to anyone who is from there.

In the last decade, Colombia has left behind its dark history and began living up to its potential. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, take a look at 19...

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Hilarious Video Shows What It'd Be Like If Abuelas Ran Airbnb

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 8:23 AM

There’s no need to be homesick while traveling... just stay at an Abuelabnb

Comedian Juan Bago and Dominican comedy troupe, Room 28, recently gave viewers a glimpse of what it’d be like if abuelas ran Airbnb in a new Flama video. Bago stars in the video as the founder of “Abuelabnb” and explains all of the questionable perks of staying within the network of abuelas across the country.

The hilarious spoof shows how abuelas will make sure you never go hungry (even when you’re stuffed) and use all of their special healing techniques to save you a very expensive trip to the emergency room. 

“No, no mi’jo,” the abuela in the video says. “You don’t need 911. You need this one.”  

But if you’re thinking of having a romantic getaway with girlfriend or boyfriend, go ahead and say “AbuelabnBye!” to your love...

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John Leguizamo Points Out Hypocrisy Of Minorities Having To Assimilate

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 3:25 PM

John Leguizamo knows that achieving cultural and racial harmony in the U.S. is a two-way street. 

The 51-year-old actor spoke about how unfair it is to expect the Latino and black communities to assimilate into white culture despite not often receiving the same courtesy in return in a recent video interview with Big Think.

“As a Latin person ― minorities, black people have to do it as well ― we have to immerse ourselves in white culture and learn about white culture,” Leguizamo said in the video, posted Saturday. “It’s all we were taught in school and in movies. And so we learn, but it’s not reciprocal, you know? It’s not a reciprocal thing that happens that white culture wants to learn about Latin culture or black culture.”

Leguizamo also described how often minorities feel the need to “appear predominantly white” by speaking a certain way when in predominantly white spaces.  

“I’m talking to you with my whiter side of myself more,” he said to the interviewer who is off-camera. “And then when I’m with my friends from high school and we’re all like Latin... we’ll go back to the lingo that we used, like a little more street, a lot more [ebonic], a lot more Latin words because we know we understand each other.”

The actor said when he first started in Hollywood he felt a greater need to “pass” as white to get certain roles. But after realizing he would still be typecast, he decided to write and perform his own one-man shows based on his life and community. 

Last August, Leguizamo also broke down how Latino stories and contributions are missing from U.S. history courses, which can often times make some Latinos feel invisible. 

“We’re not taught anything that we contributed to this country and we’ve been around for 500 years,” he told HuffPost Live. “Just imagine, you’re a white kid and all of a sudden everybody’s Latin and everything they’re teaching you is Latin and you don’t hear anything about yourself or about your contributions... How would you feel? How would you think of your future? How would you think of your participation in American culture?”

Watch the actor’s full interview with Big Think in the video...

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How This Aerial Acrobatics Teacher Is Helping Students With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 8:05 AM

Pitu Blazquez isn’t just lifting bodies in his aerial acrobatics class, he’s giving his students a new perspective.

The Argentine acrobatics instructor, who offers free classes for people with disabilities in Buenos...

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Madame Tussauds Is Finally Honoring Selena Quintanilla

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Selena Quintanilla is getting the full Hollywood treatment. 

Just weeks after the Hollywood Walk of Fame announced the Queen of Tejano Music would be honored with her own star, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is set to immortalize the icon in wax.

In a press release on Monday, the wax...

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What Happens When Your Abuelita Gets Her Hands On Your Pokemon Go

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 8:58 AM

By now everyone and their mother has spent weeks trying to catch ‘em all, which means it’s time for abuelita to get in on a little bit of that Pokémon Go action, too.  

The funny people at MiTu posted a video July 14 giving Latinos a taste...

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9 (More) Offensive Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 2:37 PM

A year ago it seemed unlikely Donald Trump would become the Republican presidential candidate. Yet, over 365 days since the businessman and reality star announced his candidacy for president, here we are.

Trump may have flip-flopped on several issues over that time, but his ability to...

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Leslie Jones Belts Selena's 'Como La Flor' Like Nobody Is Watching

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 12:08 PM

Leslie Jones always knows how to make us smile, but the “Saturday Night Live” star has taken it to another with this hidden talent.

On Monday, the entire cast of “Ghostbusters” and director Paul Feig sat down with Telemundo entertainment for a conversation on Facebook Live. At one point, Jones...

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John Leguizamo Urges Unity: 'We're Not Strangers To Black Lives Matter'

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 1:36 PM

John Leguizamo wants to remind Latinos why they should stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

The actor spoke with Remezcla on Tuesday in a conversation pegged to his newest film “The Infiltrator.” During the interview, Leguizamo weighed in on the Black Lives Matter...

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Miss Rizos Stands Up For Teen Shamed By School For Rocking Natural Hair

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 4:56 PM

Carolina Contreras, better known as Miss Rizos, has made headlines over the years for bringing together a community of women who embrace their natural hair in the Dominican Republic. Through advocacy and a salon she opened in 2011, she’s given women confidence in their locks and the courage...

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What To Expect From Javier Muñoz, AKA The New 'Hamilton'

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 11:57 AM

There’s a new Alexander Hamilton on the Great White Way.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ended his run as the title character on July 9, handing over the role to his long-time alternate and fellow Puerto Rican actor Javier Muñoz. 

“I think we...

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Meet The Badass 16-Year-Old Boricua Repping The U.S. At The Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 10:32 AM

Laurie Hernandez is already making history on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team and she hasn’t even arrived to Rio de Janeiro, yet. 

The Puerto Rican gymnast became the first U.S.-born Latina to make the team since 1984 on Sunday night. Cuban-born gymnast Annia Hatch did...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Mom Shares Anecdotes Of Little Lin At 'Hamilton' Farewell

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 11:58 AM

When curtain call came on Saturday at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City, it was the final bow for three original cast members of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” And it was a particularly bittersweet night for the show’s writer and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who bid...

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Voto Latino CEO On Why Police Violence Against Latinos Isn't In The News

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 8:42 AM

The country was once again forced to grapple with issues of race and police brutality this week. But as conversations on the future of race relations continue, Voto Latino president...

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31 Frida Kahlo-Inspired Tattoos That'll Make You Want To Get Inked

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 3:01 PM

If imitation is the best form of flattery, then Frida Kahlo would probably feel very flattered by these tattoos. 

The Mexican icon, whose birthday is July 6, was many things: a feminist, an artist, a lover and a resilient survivor of tragedy. And her legacy lives on six decades after...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Has Hilariously Honest Questions For Jesus

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 10:06 AM

There's a couple of things Lin-Manuel Miranda would like to clear up with Jesus. 

The Puerto Rican star and creator of the smash hit musical "Hamilton" sat down with...

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