¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
December 20-26, 2019
Edition 86

Minnesota Latinx Insights

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¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

New Years Eve is always an exciting time. No matter where you are in the world, New Years symbolizes a fresh start, an opportunity to make important changes for the next cycle around the sun. In the US, New Years evokes visions of popping champagne, watching the ball drop in Times Square, finding someone to kiss right at midnight and partying until morning comes. But in Latin America, the traditions are quite different—and each country has its own unique take on celebrating Nochevieja. Here are how 11 Latin American countries celebrate New Year’s Eve – and how you can too.

Speaking of New Year’s Eve, are you still in need of recipes for your New Year’s Eve party? Check out these vegan versions of your favorite Latinx bites, that would be perfect for hosting or taking to a party. The list includes classics like tamales and flan, which is sure to impress all your vegan loved ones. iDelicioso!

Twin Cities Startup Week

What do you get when you bring together hundreds of technology and entrepreneurial thought leaders? You get one of the hottest events in the Midwest: Twin Cities Startup Week. For six years, this seven-day conference has drawn some of the most talented investors, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all four corners of the country to connect, learn, and explore Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Twin Cities Startup Week is a dynamic, interactive event that encourages participants to explore both Minneapolis and Saint Paul while expanding their knowledge of tech and innovation.

Learn about Aya’s experience at Twin Cities Startup Week and all of the great innovation happening in Saint Paul. If you’re looking to join this vibrant community, check out Full Stack Saint Paul and read our other blog posts about the tech and innovation scene here, including how Saint Paul is attracting more people-of-color and women entrepreneurs.

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Culture Matters

For years, there have been rumors on the internet that popular Latinx singer Camila Cabello used offensive and racist language. The only proof has been on unverified accounts on Tumblr, Twitter, and screenshots. Now Cabello is addressing that she did use racist language in the past and is apologizing for it. “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” Cabello wrote on an Insta-story. “I was uneducated and ignorant, and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologize then, and I apologize again now.” Read up on her full apology to underrepresented communities here.

As you’re prepping the next holiday, you might as well get a head-start on Three Kings’ Day — on Jan. 6, 2020. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Three Kings’ Day — or el Día de los Reyes Magos — is a religious holiday that commemorates the wise men’s trek. Though the holiday is celebrated in various ways, one popular tradition involves family members and children leaving their shoes by the front door in the hopes that the magi will leave them small gifts and candy. Although from 2018, we still think this list hits all the checkboxes in terms of our favorite gifts. Here are our 50 favorite shoe-sized gifts for Three Kings Day that are both fun and affordable.

Speaking of gifts, it’s time to treat yourself after (almost) surviving the holiday season. If you’re looking for Latinx-centric products this season, there’s much to choose from. Our personal favorite, if you’re in the mood to revamp your car, is Fúchila Fresheners. The company creates a variety of car fresheners designed with the Latinx culture in mind. Think Celia Cruz, conchas and yes, even a fabuloso scent.

Art & Entertainment

With Thanksgiving and Christmas feasting over, it’s time to feast your eyes on these Twin Cities art exhibits. Check out these three art exhibits that run now through March 2020. A popular Latinx exhibit that ends the soonest on Jan. 3, 2020, is titled  “La Carga,” by father-daughter duo Guillermo Cuellar and Alana Cuellar. The exhibit is a quiet meditation on its title, (Spanish for “cargo”), offering definitions like “responsibility in an unfortunate circumstance, excessive effort or suffering. The mixing of languages and various Latinx cultures creates an atmosphere of compassion in the gallery, approaching the migrant crisis in a non-sensational way.  Be sure to check out “La Carga” and more from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. though Jan. 3  at the Concordia Gallery, 1301 Marshall Av., St. Paul. Free.

Looking for more ways to stay entertained this holiday season without leaving the comfort of your home? Check out this list of the best cookware and cooking products for making Latin food so you can start making all your Latinx favorites in the New Year. Latino cookbook authors share the best cookware products for a Latino Kitchen including blenders, slow cookers and air fryers from Vitamix, Ninja and more. ¡Fantástico!

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We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, and wishing you a Happy New Year by night. Have articles you would like to share or general suggestions? Feel free to shoot us an email at info@newpublica.com. Or subscribe below to keep up with all the latest news.