March 6-12, 2020
Edition 97

International Women’s Day 2020

MEXICO CITY — Women filled the streets of the world’s largest cities Sunday to protest gender violence, inequality and exploitation on International Women’s Day, with the mothers of murdered girls leading a march in Mexico City and participants in Paris inveighing against the “virus of the patriarchy.” While many protests were peaceful celebrations others were marred by tension, here’s more on the protests in Mexico and around the world on International Women’s Day.

Speaking of International Women’s Day, here are 18 Latina jefas who are speaking out on the key to overcoming obstacles in their careers. These Latinas work in various industries including publishing, beauty and more, but they can all agree that part of their story of success is the women who inspired them along the way. iFabuloso!

Another way that Latina women are being celebrated this year? TIME Magazine annouced the 7 Latina women they are honoring in their ‘100 Women of the Year” issue. The issue is designed to honor March being Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and spotlight women who have changed the world. The Latinx recipients include artist Rita Moreno from the 1960s, activist Dolores Huerta, and more. And in case you can’t stop celebrating Women’s History Month – here are 31 more Latinas who have made their mark over the last 100 years.


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 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 Coronavirus

Health advocates around the country worry that President Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration policies could deter people from seeking health services as communities work to contain the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed at least 20 people in the United States. Many people who lack legal immigration status tend to largely avoid hospitals “out of fear that their information might be released to ICE even though emergency rooms here are known for being welcoming,” Ismael Castro, a project manager at Building Healthy Communities in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, said referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Although coronavirus has only begun to show up in America, it has already exposed the nation’s serious over-reliance on China for pharmaceutical production. As Washington looks to address that, it should consider killing two birds with one stone by using the issue as a chance to give Puerto Rico a leg up. After all, the island was for decades a central hub of US drug manufacturing. About 90 percent of the active ingredients used by US drugmakers now come from China. With that country’s factories largely shut down by the outbreak, America’s pharmaceutical supplies are at risk even as the virus hits here.

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 one of the latest episodes here. For all the latest episodes, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Art & Entertainment

The three leading female stars of the new Netflix series “Gentefied” say there’s a reason why the bilingual, bicultural show has been so fun to make. “It’s fun because it’s us,” says Karrie Martin, who grew up in a Honduran-American household and plays a young artist, Ana, on the show. “The world is now seeing what we see at home.” The series, executive produced by America Ferrera, features three Mexican-American cousins living in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights in L.A. They’re trying to figure out their own lives, which are intricately intertwined with their grandfather’s taco restaurant — and the struggle to keep the business viable amid rising rents and the slow gentrification of the neighborhood.

Another topic that famous Latinas are speaking out on? Relapses. Popular Latina singer Demi Lovato sat down with Ellen DeGeneres last week to discuss new music, and, more importantly, all the progress she has made since her relapse in 2018. Lovato, who performed the National Anthem at February’s Super Bowl LIV, took a deep breath before getting deep about her issues and said, “I have to preface it with, I got sober at 19. I got sober at an age where I wasn’t even legally allowed to drink. And I got the help that I needed at the time. And I took on the approach of a one-size-fits-all solution, which is sobriety, just sobriety.”

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