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Meet YA Author Rebecca Villarreal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Rebecca Villarreal is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, a magical young adult mystery novel about globetrotting, magic, courage and friendship. We spoke about sharing magic with young readers, honoring grandmothers, and what it takes to start your own press.

Proof Latinos Don't All Share The Same Experience

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.16.2015 | Latino Voices

As demographics in the United States shift and the Latino population continues to grow, the conversation about Latinos also grows louder. But what doe...

Not Just a 'Black' Girl

Kris M. Bell | Posted 10.16.2016 | Black Voices
Kris M. Bell

Relatives and random strangers have attempted to use those innocuous features to define me. To those relatives I am just a Black girl, not multiethnic. To everyone else, I am everything but. In my eyes, though, I am more than a mere racial label.

U.S. Lawmakers Call On El Salvador To Free Women 'Wrongfully' Jailed For Illegal Abortions

Fusion | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 10.06.2015 | Latino Voices

Members of congress are asking Secretary of State John Kerry to lean on El Salvador’s president to “re-examine” his government’s draconian ant...

English Is (Not) My Second Language

Ivonne Pereira | Posted 09.24.2016 | Latino Voices
Ivonne Pereira

I have never felt that my ethnic background was a hindrance to my education. Speaking languages other than English should be seen as an asset in this country, not a threat, an insult, a hindrance or something to be made shameful. It should be celebrated.

40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 09.21.2016 | Latino Voices
Josue Lopez Calderon

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate our ever-so important growing demographic in the United States for our worldwide achievements and contributions to American culture.

8 Badass Latinas Every American Should Thank

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 03.11.2016 | Latino Voices

Save for International Women’s Day, it's rare to hear or read anything about the ways in which Latinas have impacted women’s lives both in the U.S...

How The Planned Parenthood Funding Debate Impacts Latinas

NBC News | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 09.11.2015 | Latino Voices

While the Republican Congressional push to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood is mired in a political debate, the economics of women's hea...

Justice Sotomayor's Empowering Message to Our Youth

Marisel Moreno | Posted 09.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

Justice Sotomayor's example as a Latina woman who has succeeded in immeasurable ways despite her difficult childhood should be an inspiration to all, especially our youth.

How to Reignite Your Personal Power and Branding

Ellevate | Posted 09.04.2016 | Women

Have you thought about reinventing yourself and about reigniting your personal branding? If so, what are the challenges that keep you from acting upon your dreams? How can you break through and achieve success?

Latina Says Napa Valley Wine Train Threatened Her Group Too, Suggests 'A Pattern'

Fox News Latino | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.27.2015 | Latino Voices

The mostly black women from a book club who were kicked out of the Napa Valley Wine Train over the weekend were not the first ones to run into trouble...

Confessions of a Latina Arrepentida

Lourdes Duarte | Posted 08.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Lourdes Duarte

After suffering through too many inauthentic portrayals of both Latinas and the Magic City on screen, I decided to do something about it. Because I'll be DAMNED if another feisty Cuban girl in the 305 is growing up resenting her heritage, too.


prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez | Posted 08.21.2016 | Latino Voices
prisca dorcas mojica rodriguez

When I hear you call me aggressive, bold, angry, spicy, I think: yes, I might be. But do not reduce this contextual reaction to my lived-realities because of how different it is from yours.

Latina Abuelas Will Go Crazy For This Sale On Mislabeled Food Containers

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Are you tired of coworkers always taking your food out of the office refrigerator? Then perhaps you could use a set of gently used mislabeled containe...

How #LoveWins for All

Maritza Martinez | Posted 08.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Maritza Martinez

If there was one thing you could do that would ensure that your family members would have a reduced chance of suicide, substance abuse, unsafe sex, and homelessness, would you do it? That one thing we can all do is accept and support our LGBTQ family members. That is how #LoveWins.

Can Please We Stop Apologizing for Being Offended by Offensive Things?

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women
Kadia Blagrove

It bothers me that Perez apologized for being offended by such an offensive comment. It bothers me even more that she shifted the issue from Osbourne's problematic comment to her sensitivity. Dear Rosie, you were not being too sensitive. Please stop apologizing.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.07.2016 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

Stop Denying Me My Blackness: A Latina Speaks About Race

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 08.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

Yes, I am black. I am also indígena. It is not up to the world to decide my identity for me. To deny a Latina her blackness just because she doesn't "look black" or has a different experience because she's not African American, is to be ignorant of history.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.

How My Backflip Landed Me at ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 07.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Sonia Smith-Kang

What does this image have to do with ABC's Shark Tank? Well, let me start from the beginning.

What Caitlyn Jenner's VF Cover Sparked For Me As Sister of Trans Woman

Selenis Leyva | Posted 06.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Selenis Leyva

I am a sister to a beautiful and kind young transgender woman. My sister is not famous, in fact she is having a hard time finding employment to this date. She is still struggling to be accepted, and she is still in danger every time she leaves her home.

The Circus Wonder Woman

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.08.2016 | Latino Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Adrielle Alves had a secret. A secret she'd been clinging to since joining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey approximately four years earlier. Initially, she was hired to perform alongside the featured flying trapeze ensemble.

12 Things You Should Never Do While Dating A Latina, As Illustrated By Aubrey Plaza

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti | Posted 08.03.2015 | Latino Voices

It's Valentine's Day! It's a day to celebrate love and that special person you're sharing your life with. Or that special person your friends set ...

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

In Conversation With Pili Montilla

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 02.01.2015 | Entertainment
Adriana Teresa Letorney

"My dad has always been a great inspiration to me. He actually celebrates when I don't book a job. He says: "Pili, every 'no' is getting you closer to a 'yes'." It's a mindset that has really helped me push through those rough times."