February 21-27, 2020
Edition 95

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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CONTEST TIME!

This week, we’re giving away 4 TICKETS (2 pairs) to Sueño at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis. All you have to do to enter is SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter, and we will announce the winners in next week’s edition! The show runs from March 6 – 22, and is a witty and enchanting contemporary adaptation of Calderón de la Barca’s classic Life Is a Dream by playwright Jose Rivera. Sueño follows the life of young Prince Segismundo, heir to the Spanish throne who is imprisoned at birth. What will Segismundo do when he is released- if all he’s ever known are his prison walls? For more information visit the show’s website. iBuena Suerte!

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The Power of the Latinx Vote

A record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote this November, putting them on track to become the largest minority voting bloc. Democrats are still figuring out how to get Latinos in the party to turn out. They voted at the lowest rate of any minority group in the last four presidential elections, though turnout apparently increased in the 2018 midterms, making them a complicated voting bloc to understand. That’s why Latino leaders on this year’s Democratic presidential campaigns are focusing on what Latinidad — or Latino identity — means for themselves and for their work, and to use that understanding to engage their communities. Meet these Latinos who are trying to get Latinos to the polls including Latinx outreach directors, vice presidents, and more.

Although there are various efforts to get more Latinx’s to the polls, some fear the 2020 candidates are still failing to connect with Latinx voters. This opinion piece argues that too many politicians opt for pandering rather than concrete policies that speak to the Latinx community. One example is from earlier this week, when Minnesota senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar tried to connect with Latinx voters by recalling a childhood memory of her being called “Elena” in Spanish class. But some claim she used an awkward accent, which could be an example of those in higher office trying (and failing?) to connect with Latinx audiences in a meaningful way.

Though the true test of the power of the Latinx vote will be Nevada. Nevada has a larger, far more active Latino electorate and has shown it can make a difference in elections. Early voting began Saturday, Feb. 17, in Nevada ahead of the state’s caucus on Feb. 22nd, which will give Democrats their first substantial feedback from Latino voters on their presidential candidates. As of now, Sanders has led the Democratic field among Latinxs in poll after poll, with a recent survey showing 48% favor the Vermont senator nationwide. In Nevada, that number climbs to 64%. Only time will tell, but the Latinx vote could help carry Sanders to victory.

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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Culture Matters

The world was stunned on January 26, 2020, when news broke that Kobe Bryant, his 13 year-old daughter Gianna, and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. An NBA legend, a world icon and childhood hero to so many: gone at 41. He left behind a legacy – one that 33 year-old Efren Andaluz wanted to carry on. He had never met Kobe, but he was an inspiration for him his entire life. “I told myself I was going to create a tribute, I just needed a wall,” said Andaluz. And he did – on the streets of Brooklyn, he created a giant mural of Kobe and Gianna, for all to visit and remember their legacy too. ¡Fantástico!

Another cultural achievement to note? The fact that Latinos are opening more small businesses than anyone else in the US. Despite the opportunity gap between Latinos and other Americans, Latinos have become the fastest-growing small business owners across the U.S. Among this list is your very own NewPublica. Fabuloso!

Another way to get your culture fix this month? By checking out these 9 new books by Latinx authors that are dropping this month. The books span various genres, from fiction to non-fiction, for teens and adults, ranging from suspenseful crime novels to romantic relationships between people of different cultures. These reads will be key to surviving the rest of Minnesota winters before spring hits on March 19.

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! Check out the latest episode here. For all our other episodes and to keep up on the latest, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Tune into TV

In the early days of “Gentefied,” co-creators Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez sometimes worked with as few as four crew members. Now, they work alongside hundreds. How did this scrappy digital series become the basis of a highly anticipated bilingual Netflix series produced by America Ferrera? “Gentefied,” which premiered Friday on Netflix, features three Mexican-American cousins living in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights in L.A., grappling with gentrification as upwardly mobile Latinos move to the neighborhood. “Marvin had this vision for creating something very high quality about our community, and that for me was everything I had been wanting to do for years and was fighting to do,” said Chávez, who is first-generation. “And when he told me it was also a paid opportunity, I was like ‘OK, let’s do this.’”

Would you rather create one of these popular Latinx TV shows instead of binging them on Netflix? The Latinx List for TV is currently accepting submissions of one-hour and half-hour pilot episodes that feature a prominent Latinx character and have at least one Latinx writer on board. There’s no wrong or right story or perspective that the open call is seeking; simply, the initiative is looking to address the stark lack of Latino representation within the industry by encouraging and engaging with work made by Latinos in the U.S. You have until March 18th to submit the script to your pilot episode to blcklst.com in order to be in the running for the first ever Latinx List for TV. This ensures that 2020 will be HUGE for Latinx in Hollywood! ¡Increíble!

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We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, and already preparing for spring 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.

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