Your Guide to Valentine’s Day – Issue 93

February 7-13, 2020
Edition 93

Minnesota Latinx Insights

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Your Guide to Valentine’s Day

As cheesy and cliché as it might be, most of us probably agree that there’s just something about getting those lovey cards, pink and red roses, and chocolates on Valentine’s Day — they’re part of the fun, even if they come from your BFF or mom. But why not add an extra special touch and unexpected twist this year by including one of many unique Latin Valentine’s Day traditions? Hey, it can only make your day better, right? Keep reading for a few faraway customs you can easily incorporate this Feb. 14, whether you’re single or hitched, giving orchids instead of roses, throwing a big party and more.

Are you in need of a Valentine? As many of you know, there are the popular dating sites like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge, which includes people of all sorts. But for those who want to be connected with the Latino single community, these Latino dating sites serve as a helpful and convenient platform to connect the single population of the Latino community.

Is Galentine’s Day more your thing? Here’s the Galentine’s Gift Guide: Latinx-owned brands to shop for your BFF. February 14th is a day to celebrate love – not just for your partner, but for your family, and closest girlfriends, too. Here’s the hottest gifts to give this year, and an added bonus? Every item is from a Latinx brand. iFabuloso!

11th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival

Thursdays, February 27 through April 2, 2020
MSP Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Since 2010, the Minnesota Cuba Film Festival has brought to the Land of the 10.000 Lakes the best of Cuban films. The Minnesota Cuban Film Festival (MCFF) strives to feature films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging film of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. Among this year’s entries, is an exceptional film entitled dance cuba DREAMS OF FLIGHT elegantly documenting the emotional and artistic ties between Cuban and American dancers and dance companies, and more.

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A Look at Minneapolis

Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota has named its first female president and first Latinx president, Dr. Suzanne Rivera. Rivera will be Macalester’s 17th president. She replaces Brian Rosenberg, who announced last spring he was leaving the college after 17 years. In a statement, Rivera said, “It is an incredible honor and privilege to join the Macalester family. This is a community where curious people thrive, where individuality is celebrated, and where the purpose of education is to equip students with tools to make an impact in the wider world.” ¡Fantástica!

In not so great Minneapolis news, a violent home-invasion robber targeted Latinos in Minneapolis, believing they might be undocumented immigrants who keep large sums of cash in their households rather than use banks, authorities said Thursday. Robert Buckingham, 33, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree burglary earlier this week, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement on Thursday. The Minneapolis man is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, and faces up to 15 years and four months behind bars, according to prosecutors.

Café Libre

Welcome to Café Libre, a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own owners: Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this brand new talk show you can keep up with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota including politics, health, immigration and more. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota, also in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation!

And the Oscar Goes To…

Did you catch the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday? There wasn’t much Latino representation or winners at this year’s Oscars, but here are a few names to note. After winning the Oscar for animated feature, Mexican-American “Toy Story 4″ producer Jonas Rivera (above, left) was stunned and pleased to be reminded that he is now the first U.S.-born Latino to win multiple Oscars. Rivera previously won for the 2015 film “Inside Out.” “As if my mind couldn’t be more blown about the last five minutes, thank you for that,” Rivera said. “I’m a little bit out of my body right now. It means the world to me. I can’t even really put it into words. ¡Increíble!

Another Latino highlight to note was Salma Hayek making a quip about finally being able to say she’s held an Oscar on the stage: in reality, she was holding a bearded Oscar Isaac’s hand who, without missing a beat quipped back, “Congratulations, Oscars not so white now.” Speaking of Salma Hayek, she hit hot water when she told E! on the Oscars red carpet that Antonio Banderas was “the first Latino to make Latinos sexy in Hollywood.” Many Latinxs groaned and angrily Tweeted as they heard her comment. Not only is he not among the first, but he’s also not even Latino according to online sources.

Although the Oscars are over, with film Korean film Parasite taking home the big award for Best Picture (complete list of winners here), here’s more people to watch in 2020. Variety has announced this year’s 10 Latinxs to Watch, and has again selected the Miami Film Festival as a partner for the second annual celebration of promising talent in the Latinx community that will include a panel discussion and film screenings. This year’s honorees include Melissa Barrera (actor, “Vida,” “In the Heights”); Angel Bismark Curiel (actor “Pose,” “Critical Thinking”), and more.


We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, and Queen B presenting Aya the Oscar for Friend of the Year by night. Have articles you would like to share or general suggestions? Feel free to shoot us an email at Or subscribe below to keep up with all the latest news.


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