August 30-September 5, 2019
Edition 70

Minnesota Latinx Insights

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This Week’s Highlights

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian caused limited damage in the northern Caribbean as it left the region Wednesday night, setting its sights on the U.S. mainland and threatening to grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm. Power outages and flooding were reported across the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after Dorian hit St. Thomas as a Category 1 storm. “We’re happy because there are no damages to report,” Culebra Mayor William Solís told The Associated Press, noting that only one community lost power. Now the storm is threatening U.S. land as it heads for the coast of Florida.

The Wisconsin Dells hosted the Los Dells Festival, the first major Latin Music & Arts Festival in the Midwest and the largest Latin Music Festival in the U.S! The festival is a multi-cultural experience for fans of Latin music just outside one of the largest family-friendly entertainment destinations in the Midwest: The Wisconsin Dells. With art installations, a vast culinary program, and a heavy hitting lineup, festival attendees were in for an unforgettable experience including performances from Bad Bunny and Karol G. ¡Fantástico!

A Look at the Term Latinx

Spanish language music is more mainstream in the English speaking world than ever, and this year’s MTV VMAs proved that. J Balvin and Bad Bunny performed “Que Pretendes” live, descending from the ceiling in oversized inflatable outfits. Flamenco pop singer Rosalía was resplendent as she sang “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” and “Aute Cuture” wearing glittering Burberry. Then she and Balvin won the Best Latin VMA for their collaboration “Con Altura,” which was also nominated for Song of the Summer. It was definitely Rosalía’s night. She went on to pick up another moonman, for Best Choreography. She’s the first Catalan artist to win two VMAs, but a white European woman’s inclusion in the (already kinda problematic) Best Latin category has fans a little confused. Read more on Rosalía’s VMAs win sparking a larger debate on the term Latinx, and who it includes.

Speaking of the term, let’s take a look at it’s origin and the surrounding debate. For years, the discussion centered on Latinos vs. Hispanics. Some Hispanics in the U.S. identify using the term Hispanic because they saw themselves as descendants from Spain and spoke Spanish, while Latinos referred to themselves as people who descended from Latin America. Now comes LatinX, a term that has become popular to describe Hispanics or Latinos who prefer a gender-free description of their heritage. In Spanish, both terms (Hispano/a or Latino/a) link the person to their gender. Popularized on internet sites, podcasts, and television shows like Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” a show that highlights a Cuban-American family, the term seems popular with young Latinos who want the world to be more inclusive. Nevertheless, the term has its critics and advocates alike.

Culture Matters

Día de Los Muertos is a centuries-old tradition in Mexican culture but it’s slowly developed a presence in the U.S. throughout the years and after Coco it’s only grown in popularity. Now Mattel is releasing what they’ve dubbed the “Barbie Día de Muertos,” available starting September 12. The doll is made up to look like La Calavera Catrina, the iconic symbol of the holiday developed by Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada in 1912. The company announced the doll earlier this week calling it an homage to “to Mexico, its festivities, its symbols, and its people,” according to the EFE Agency. ¡Increíble!

What’s it like to work at one of the world’s top restaurants? Some young Latino chefs are finding out by working alongside the food world’s top creators, aiming at some point to have restaurants of their own with their own imprint — as well as culinary influences from home. In New York City’s world-renowned Daniel restaurant, Rosa María Molina sharpens her Japanese knife with the muscle memory of seasoned pro from her Latinx upbringing. Her and other young cooks at some of New York’s top places are learning from the world’s best as they strive to infuse today’s cuisine with touches and tastes of home.

Need another way to spice up your commute to work? Try one of these Spanish and Latino podcasts for learning—and laughing. Whether you want to learn the language by listening to engaging banter in Spanish or simply want to hear about news, politics, or cultural musings from Latinos in the know, these are for you.

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