Articles Posted by BESE Staff

Netflix’s “Yes Day” Hopes to Create More Representation for Multicultural Families

by on March 30, 2021 0

The Latinx community has long dealt with harmful and stereotypical “representation” in media, film and television. We’ve played the sicario, the maid, the gang member and other harmful roles that have affected how those outside of our multidimensional communities see us.  Netflix’s family-friendly film, “Yes Day,” is fighting against these stereotypes by showcasing a multiethnic […]

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#NextNormal: Don’t Give Up

by on October 28, 2020 0

In this episode of #NextNormal, Lyzeth Garcia shares the story of how she and her family are overcoming financial difficulties to fund Garcia’s studies through their ice cream business—all in the middle of a global pandemic. This story of perseverance is one that you won’t want to miss.

Presented by: Target



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#NextNormal: Take What You Need

by on October 26, 2020 0

In this episode of #NextNormal, Bronx-native Ashley Sabino tells us about the importance of caring for our surrounding communities—especially during the current pandemic. Sabino is caring for those around her through a community fridge, where anyone can leave food or groceries for the rest of the neighborhood to access for free. Take what you need, leave what you don’t.

Presented by: Target



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Zoe and adidas S.E.E.D. Students Virtually Meet

by on October 14, 2020 0

Our Founder, Zoe Saldana, sat down with the inaugural class, Generation 2020, of the adidas S.E.E.D. program in NYC to discuss heritage, design, and the importance of diversity in today’s culture. S.E.E.D. is two-year hands on design program strategically created to welcome new talent into the design pipeline. Their mission is to change the way […]

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This Undocumented Lawyer Is Fighting For Herself & Others Like Her

by on May 29, 2020 0

Lizbeth Mateo is an undocumented lawyer who is fighting against the deportation of people just like her. One of her biggest battles is on behalf of her client, Edith Espinal—a mother of three who came to the U.S. after facing persecution in Mexico, and who has been in sanctuary for months. Mateo’s work and Edith’s story are the subject of “The Undocumented Lawyer,” a film featured at this year’s virtual Tribeca Film Festival.

Image credit: Optimist


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A Different Type of Frontline Responder

by on May 26, 2020 0

According to the Associated Press, more than 30 percent of homeless individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. Yet cities have done little to help them. In Los Angeles, the homeless population was promised temporary housing, resources, and working washing stations. But many of these resources are limited and not available to the entire homeless community.

So Shirley Raines decided to do something about it. Raines is the founder of Beauty2theStreetz—a non-profit that provides Los Angeles’s unhoused population with food, clothing, and beauty services. After Shirley saw the city broke many of its promises, she and her team sprung into action. They provided unhoused individuals with hand sanitizers, masks, food, and education on how to stay safe from the coronavirus. Check out our latest video to learn more about Shirley and her team.

Lead image by: Alondra Buccio


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Food 4 Thought: Beef Empanadas

by on May 22, 2020 0

The first versions of empanadas came to the Americas by way of Spanish conquistadors. But they quickly shrank and became the grab-n-go versions we all know and love today. From savory to sweet, this tasty dish has become a Latin staple. Watch our latest episode of Food 4 Thought to learn how to make Argentina’s most common empanada—beef!

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Food 4 Thought: Flan

by on May 8, 2020 0

Flan is one of the most popular desserts in Latin America, but did you know its roots are European? That’s right! In fact it was a big hit in ancient Rome. Watch our latest Food 4 Thought episode to learn how to make this yummy custard!



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