What it is like being Latina and not speaking Spanish fluently

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 through October 15. It celebrates the history and culture of people with ancestry in Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. September 15 is an important day for many Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — celebrate their independence on the 15th. It is a month of celebration, culture and love. It is also a time I realize one of my biggest flaws.

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Around The Way Girl: Michelle Janayea

I just feel like a pixie goddess floating through life sometimes. No one believed Michelle when she told her friends and family back home in Providence, Rhode Island that she was going to pack her bags and move to a city she knew nothing of. She didn’t have any friends, she didn’t have any family, but she had the intuition that Chicago was going to be where dream as a fashion designer would begin. Five years later and a double bachelors degree in fashion design and fashion business from Colombia College, Michelle Janayea has made Chicago her home as well as her mark as the “Queer Black Pixie Goddess Fashion Activist.” Continue reading

Positive Images: Chicago BLM Protest + #carefreeblackkids2k16

This past week was a physically and mentally draining week for us Black folks. Aside from all the fuckery that’s been happening with the trigger happy police department across the nation, Black people still manage to keep their spirits up. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has brought a lot of people together but most importantly, it’s creating a sense of community in the wake of tragedy. Many say that these protests won’t work, and no one will listen; although this may be true, I love what I’m seeing among Black people. We are beginning to unify.  Continue reading