Welcome to Monkey Island
December 27 – January 2nd, 2019
Edition 87

Minnesota Latinx Insights

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Local News

Who here is a fan of Los Ocampo? We certainly are. If you’re looking for a high-quality Mexican restaurant to start off 2020, do yourself a favor and check them out. Located in the heart of the Midtown Global Market, this seven-site restaurant business is home to authentic Mexican food, such as their legendary masa cakes. Here’s even better news: Los Ocampo is expanding its operations to Lake Street in Minneapolis. This owner of the restaurant, who started out making pizzas a the Saint Paul Pizza Hut, now owns a restaurant that could hit $10 million in sales within a couple of years

If you think Los Ocampo’s new location marks a great start to 2020, wait until you hear this: a local Twin Cities nonprofit is opening a new learning center in 2020 to teach computer coding to young people of color in the metropolitan area. The New Vision Foundation will open its learning center in the spring and will offer new classes to young adults ages 16 to 28 who are looking to gear themselves for the tech world. 

The owner and operator of one of Mexico’s most respected children’s homes lives right here in Minnesota – specifically, Stillwater. Ana Laura Haire, who grew up in Mexico and spent part of her childhood in an orphanage, operates the Morelia Home for Children out of her house on Lookout Street, just south of Lake McKusick. Hogar para Niños (Home for Children) Morelia. Ninety students are enrolled in its Christian K-6 school. It costs about $200,000 a year to operate the home and school, which employ 30 full-time staff.

People of Color Who Are Out of This World

Los Ocampos isn’t the only place in the metro area that’s helping launch people of color to orbit. Saint Paul-based Lunar Startups is designed to accelerate the growth and success of startups led by people of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ folks. The businesses incubated at Lunar Startups help advance and diversity Saint Paul’s growing tech-scene and help aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dream.Learn more about Lunar Startups and their process of elevating diverse communities through Aya’s exclusive interview with Danielle Steere, Managing Director of the program. If you’re looking to learn more about the local Saint Paul tech scene (including an up-and-coming exclusive interview with the New Vision Foundation founder, Hussein Farah), check out Full Stack Saint Paul and read our other blog posts on the tech and innovation scene, including why Saint Paul Innovators Come to MinneDemo and Love Saint Paul.

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Culture Matters

This past decade has marked several advances in the realm of entertainment. On one hand, this was the decade of #OscarsSoWhite, the hashtag launched by activist April Reign in 2015 when none of the 20 acting nominees were actors of color. Incredibly, the same thing happened in 2016, forcing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to launch a major membership overhaul aimed at diversifying its overwhelmingly white, male, older ranks. While on the other, true racial diversity in entertainment remains an elusive goal, despite slow progress. Many doors have been opened for Asian American actors and stories, but less so for Latinos. Here’s to hoping that the next 10-years lead to a more inclusive entertainment landscape.

Monkeying Around

On this secluded Monkey Island, humans are the ones in cages. The island of Cayo Santiago is completed inhabited and controlled by over 2,000 rhesus macaque monkeys. Humans are not allowed to stay on the island and the researchers’ time is limited. It’s rare to see areas of land largely untouched by human hands, but the phenomenon here begs the question: how did the monkeys get here?

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