Articles Posted by Jacquelinne Mejia

A Tale of Two Worlds: Hope, Resilience and Proud Cultural Roots Abound for Latinx Teens and Young Adults in the U.S.

by on October 9, 2020 0

Latinx teens and young adults—whether they were born in the U.S. to immigrant parents or immigrated with their families as children—have the same hopes and dreams as their non-Latinx peers. Like most young people, they wish to make friends in high school and college, complete their goals of higher education, and find work in a […]

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Decolonizing History Through Music with Dominican Artist Jarina De Marco

by on September 30, 2020 0

As industries across politics, entertainment, tech, and education are finally recognizing the need for more representation of BIPOC communities, indigenous teens and adults are showcasing their roots and celebrating their heritage via their various social and artistic platforms.  These culture crusaders are artists, musicians, creative visionaries, and social justice and environmental activists. Through their work, […]

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Diego Luna Serves Up Tough Conversations and Introspection in “Pan y Circo”

by on August 16, 2020 0

Five different windows pop up on the screen as leaders and thinkers from Mexico gather for good food and intellectual conversation. This virtual meeting isn’t just another Zoom happy hour—it’s the premiere episode of Mexican actor and filmmaker Diego Luna’s latest passion project—an Amazon series appropriately titled, “Pan y Circo” (or “Bread and Circus” in […]

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‘The Baby-Sitters Club’s’ Xochitl Gomez Talks the Importance of Her Activist Latinx Character, Dawn Schafer

by on August 10, 2020 0

This summer, Netflix released a wave of ‘90s nostalgia with its modern reboot of author Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club.” The 2020 reboot of the cult classic continues to champion the original novels’ themes of female empowerment, friendship, and entrepreneurship by following the lives of four intrepid friends—Kristy Thomas, Mary-Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey […]

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‘Vida’ Star Chelsea Rendon Talks ICE, Latinx Health—and How She Pulled Off That Emotional Scene

by on May 25, 2020 0

This season marks the final chapter for the Starz show “Vida”, a drama series centered around the lives of two estranged Mexican-American sisters who return to their Los Angeles-based childhood neighborhood of Boyle Heights.  Chelsea Rendon plays activist Mari Sanchez who is trying to save her neighborhood from gentrification and is the younger sister of […]

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Temporary Farmworkers Become More Vulnerable During COVID-19 Pandemic

by on April 21, 2020 0

Crowded housing conditions. Eight or more workers in a trailer home. A country—or more—away from family and friends.  These are some of the conditions H-2A farmworkers—guest workers from other countries—face as they continue to do their jobs as “essential” workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These conditions are also why H-2A hires are seen by some […]

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How ‘One Day At A Time’ Helped Latinx Fans Open Up About Mental Health and Coming Out

by on April 7, 2020 0

One Day at a Time (ODAAT), which is now airing its fourth season on Pop TV, is helping provide a visible television outlet for Latinx fans seeking acceptance for stigmas often seen in the Latinx community, including conversations surrounding mental health, LGBTQ+ issues and more.   Through its open dialogue, the show is helping change the […]

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