Best Latinx Books, Emmys and more! – Issue 73

September 20-26, 2019
Edition 73

Minnesota Latinx Insights

This Weekly Newsletter shares local and national trends and events of interest to the Latinx community and those who feel Latinx.

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CLUES: Gala Latina

Celebrating Latino Leadership & Culture

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Silent Auction at 5 pm • Dinner and program to follow
Black tie optional

Join CLUES in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Gala Latina! Enjoy an evening to celebrate and socialize with more than 500 Latino business and community leaders and commemorate the impact of Latino leadership and culture in Minnesota. For more information click here.


Spotlight On…

Students affiliated with the Latino Medical Student Association at the University of Minnesota are “intersecting” their subject knowledge and “humanitarian advocacy” to demand better conditions at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention centers. The group wants to get the “Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act,” already passed by the House, through the US Senate. Passage (along with the president’s signature) would mandate that immigrants held in custody of ICE and Customs and Border Patrol get “adequate drinking water, food, hygiene products and other essentials,” The Minnesota Daily reports.
Speaking of things to keep an eye on…the United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world’s most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before it would go into effect, according to a draft copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press. The deal is the latest ambitious step taken by the Trump administration to lean on other nations —many of them notoriously violent— to take in immigrants to stop the flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Art & Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Jharrel Jerome accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for ‘When They See Us’ onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sunday night at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards belonged to Dominican-American actor Jharrel Jerome. The 21-year-old Bronx native made history by becoming the first Afro-Latino to win an Emmy for acting. Jerome got a standing ovation as soon as Angela Bassett announced his name as the winner for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in When They See Us. Jerome was nominated alongside Benicio Del Toro, Hugh Grant, Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, and his Moonlight costar Mahershala Ali. When Bassett called his name, the audience roared in celebration and stood up as the young actor hugged his mom, Radoyka Jerome. The Exonerated Five — the men who were wrongfully convicted of a 1989 rape and were depicted in the true story When They See Us — also stood up and applauded Jerome. ¡Fantástico!
Speaking of Latinx actors…here are 10 Netflix shows to watch in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). From Charmed to Grey’s Anatomy Season 1-2 with reoccurring roles by Latinx actors, take the time this month to celebrate Latinx actors, writers and producers for all that they do.

Ready to Read

The founders of The Latinx Read-A-Thon share their favorite books for Hispanic Heritage Month. Plus, they share their 10 day challenge for readers. Are you up for it? From romance novels to grief-inspired reads, authors around the world are celebrating Latinidad­ and all identities every day, but especially during Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15, as OprahMag highlights stories from Latinx perspectives. iDisfruten!

Plus, if you enjoy reading as much as we do, don’t miss these 15 great new books by Latinx authors for Hispanic Heritage Month. The list includes searing memoirs about bicultural identity, gripping novels and beautiful poetry collections.

A Look at Puerto Rico

Trump dissed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Advocates ask what Democratic candidates will do. Julián Castro chose Puerto Rico for his first campaign stop. Tulsi Gabbard visited the island to support protesters as they called for the island governor’s removal. Amy Klobuchar stopped by a San Juan school damaged by Hurricane Maria. Many Democratic presidential candidates have visited the U.S. territory or offered support on social media as the island struggles to recover from political turmoil and the aftermath of a hurricane that killed thousands and displaced many more. Puerto Rican advocates say they appreciate the attention, but they want more. They’re pushing candidates to release comprehensive policy plans to lift the island out of poverty and support its people as President Trump continues to divert federal aid away from it.


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