The flashback: The résumé of Bernie sanders Vs Hillary Clinton

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Abortions are illegal in El Salvador, and birth control is hard to come by. The irony, which seems lost on El Salvador, is that the same government that denies women control over their reproductive health is now asking those same women to control their reproductive health until 2018.

From When A Country Without Abortion Tells Women To Not Get Pregnant, a piece responding to the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Traditional folklorico dancers

  1. A woman performing the La Raspa dance
  2. Two couples dancing
  3. Three women dancing
  4. A girl performing the Mexican Hat Dance
  5. A group of girls dance in white
  6. Two girls in vibrant colors dance
  7. A beautiful red and gold dress
  8. A group of young men and women
  9. “A riot of hues and patterns…Ballet Folklórico de México”
  10. Dancer in colorful floral dress

Discovering What Being Wealthy Is Really About with @paulinhohop

To see more of Paulo’s photos, follow @paulinhohop on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in Portuguese.)

“#hellomynameis Paulo Henrique Teodoro (@paulinhohop). I am 18 years old and live in Campinas, Brazil. I currently work at a music store and hope to study photography at university next year. In my free time, I am a hip-hop dancer and a photographer. As a kid, I really wanted to be a doctor, but it turns out that dream came from those around me more than from myself. When I realized that photography was one of my passions, I was visiting Rio de Janeiro. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, I discovered that I do not need money to be rich. Being wealthy is about doing what I love: traveling, taking photographs and discovering new places.”

“14-year-old Renata Flores is helping make an ancient indigenous language cool among young people in Peru – with a little help from pop music icons like Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys! Renata recorded a music video of her singing Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” in Quechua, a language descended from the Inca over 800 years ago – it went viral with over 1.2 million views in less than two months. And, her video has made a big impact as Renata told the BBC, “None of my friends speak Quechua, not one. Now my friends are telling me because of what I did, they want to learn.”

Quechua is one of 47 surviving indigenous languages in Peru – and it’s also the country’s second most spoken language with 4.5 million speakers. But for over 100 years, it’s been stigmatized and most of the fluent speakers today are elders in rural areas whose children grew up rejecting the language. Renata says that young people think “Quechua equals poverty, and they don’t put value into it. But that’s not right.”

Renata is still learning Quechua but her mother, Patricia, is a fluent speaker and supported her idea. In her hometown of Ayacucho in Andes, she’s become a local celebrity; at a celebration, school children supported her with signs reading “Renata, you make us proud.” She even encouraged her own teacher, Ruddier Rojas, to reconsider his own identity. He told PRI, “I’m going to be honest. When I went to the capital city I was ashamed there about my parents speaking Quechua. I would say no, I denied it. And now I’m embarrassed because I don’t speak Quechua, the origin of my family and the door to my past.”

You can read more about this Mighty Girl on PRI at – or check out her video, “The Way You Make Me Feel,“ on YouTube at” 

As seen on the A Mighty Girl Facebook page

Jan Rodrigues: The 1st Black Man to Set Foot on the Island of Manhattan
Hidden History: The story of the first African descendant who was also the first Hispanic American and first Dominican settler in New York’s Manhattan.
By Steven J. Niven

In 1613, seven years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, and six years before a Dutch vessel sold 20 Africans to the Virginia colonists at Jamestown, a black man named Jan Rodrigues was the first non-Native American to settle and trade on what is now Manhattan Island.

Rodrigues, described in Dutch records as “Spanish” and a “black rascal,” was born in Santo Domingo (present-day Dominican Republic) to a European (possibly Portuguese) father and a mother of African descent, and where he was presumably known as Juan Rodriguez.

María Teresa Vera

Guitarist, singer and composer María Teresa Vera was born in Guanajay, Cuba on February 6, 1895. She made her career performing trova, a type of rural folk music, and secured a place for herself as not only one of Cuba’s most talented female singers, but as one of the best trova singers in general. Her song “Veinte años” was especially popular and was performed by several other Cuban musicians.

María Teresa Vera died in 1965 at the age of 70.

Explore upcoming events related to Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe & Latin America, 1960–1980.

[Installation view of Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe & Latin America, 1960–1980 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016). Photo by Thomas Griesel. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]
Mexico Supreme Court strikes down Jalisco state's ban on same-sex marriage
Court declared all state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional in June

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Mexico struck down a law that banned same-sex marriage in the state of Jalisco. 

Two gay couples challenged an article in Jalisco’s civil code after their marriage applications were denied by the western state’s civil registry.

However, the nation’s top court has now ruled that the article discriminates against LGBTI people and is therefore unconstitutional.

It added that state authorities could not ‘deny benefits to the claimants or set charges related to the regulation of marriage.’

As of now, only three of Mexico’s 31 states (plus the Federal District) recognize same-sex marriage, but this is still fantastic progress! Woohoo! 

Venezuela’s Housing Mission Builds 80,000 More Homes in 60 Days

“This is popular power,” said President Nicolas Maduro during a visit to a newly built housing complex in the state of Miranda.

One of the Venezuelan government’s most popular social initiatives, the housing mission was first launched to provide shelter for people who lost their homes in devastating floods that hit the country in 2010. However, since then the mission has expanded to provide low-cost housing to the wider population, with poor families receiving priority. Units are generally provided fully furnished. The houses are offered either for free or at a low cost, depending on the means of the prospective owners.

In 2011, then-President Hugo Chavez explained that the mission would address the “social debt” left behind by former governments that failed to provide quality housing to all Venezuelans. The current Maduro administration has vowed to expand the mission, aiming to provide low-cost housing to 40 percent of Venezuelans by the end of the decade. “

Just to put this in perspective, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s "progressive” 10 year “affordable” housing plan aims to build AND PRESERVE (implying that not all will be new) 200,000 “affordable” housing units. As far as new homes built in Venezuela goes, that number is about to hit the 1 MILLION mark……after FIVE years. Venezuela created about 184,000, this year ALONE. And while Venezuela created 80,000 new homes in the MONTH of November 2015, NYC created 6,200 new units….in the entire fucking YEAR of 2014.

* Wipes de Blasio’s plan on ass * #SocialismWins

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race in latin america

latinx is an ethnicity not a race, most of us do have spanish decent somewhere down the line because spain colonized latin america, but if you don’t have (only white) ancestry then you’re not white.

white latinx are people with (only) spain / european descent. they dont experience racism, but they can experience xenophobia, which is similar but not the same thing. they can experience discrimination because of this but not on the level of racism. they aren’t considered people of color, but it doesn’t make them any less latinx and theyre still allowed to participate in their own culture! *please don’t speak over latines of color on racism and colorism.*

if you have afrolatinx, amerindian, mestizo, castizo, mulatto, asianlatinx, ect. back ground from your blood line family then you may consider yourself a person of color. white passing latines can call themselves people of color if they choose to do so. 

“white-passing means someone who is not white (but may have white ancestry) looks white (whether all the time or just sometimes), and reaps the benefits of white privilege by not facing racism until it is revealed that they are not white.” - thisisnotlatinx.

keep in mind, being white passing is subjective, not everyone may see you as white when it comes to who receives privilege. it depends on what white people think you are because they are the ones with the power to distribute the privilege. 

light-skinned people are also considered people of color, but they are treated better than our darker counterparts. both white passing & light skinned latinxs benefit from colorism. white passing people may also benefit from white supremacy.

*its important for white passing & light skinned latines not to speak over our darker brothers, sisters, & siblings!*

10 Brazilian Young Artists To Listen To (Part 1/2)

This is mostly a personal list for some international friends of mine on Tumblr, so don’t expect much professional music criticism here. These are all on the newest generation of young musicians in Brazil, so there aren’t any classics or many big names. This list is focused on people of color, LGBT, and women, but there are some others too.

If you can, please support these artists by buying their songs legally, but if you can’t, please stream their official videos on youtube, and there are some free download links of legally-acquired albums that I could find (some of them could only be found in .m4a format, though). Notify me if any of the links are dead for me to change it!

I hope you find artists you enjoy, and PLEASE share this post as I really want people around the world to get in touch with the beauty that is Brazilian music.

{ PART 2 COMING SOON } (you can drop me an ask to be notified when it’s out)

1. Karol Conka

Karol Conka is the ultimate carefree Black girl symbol. Her songs about partying, freedom and happiness perfectly show her fun and bright personality. Karol’s music travels through all kinds of styles, mixing hiphop and dubstep with traditionally Brazilian genres such as samba, funk carioca, capoeira rhythm and reggae, sometimes even influenced by soul and electronica, creating an always unique and strong background for her rap and vocals.

Gandaia is a funky mix of dance and hiphop, with a Brazilian Northeastern flute through the song for a playful vibe, that narrates a night of partying out with your friends.

Other songs: Corre Corre Erê, Tombei, Lista Vip, Toda Doida, Boa Noite

Itunes: Karol Conka Promo, Batuk Freak, Toda Doida, Lista Vip, É o Poder, Tombei.

Download: Karol Conka Promo, Batuk Freak, Tombei

2. Banda Uó

Formed by gay couple Davi and Matheus, and transgender woman Mel, Banda Uó started as a technobrega trio, genre that mixes electronic music with the tacky and cheesy Brazilian brega, and have reached for some pop influence in their latest 2015 album. Their lyrics are distinctively funny and dirty, with a mundane approach to themes like love and partying, as well as exploring their LGBT identities - joining with their purposefully messy and poorly-produced videos to create the style that made them famous nation-wide.

Gringo is a tropical-feeling electronic-dance track with twerk references, about lusting after a tourist in Rio’s carnaval.

Other songs: Faz Uó, Catraca (feat. Mr Catra), Dá1LIKE (feat. Karol Conka), Búzios do Coração, É da Rádio? (Explicit)

Itunes: Motel, Veneno (Explicit), Cowboy

Download: Motel, VenenoMe Emoldurei de Presente Pra Te Ter (* free download from their official soundcloud)

3. Ellen Oléria

Ellen Oléria was the champion of Brazil’s The Voice ‘12. She comes from the ghetto, abandoned by her father, and has worked since childhood to help her family. Her back story is essential to introduce her music; “I can only speak from my place: black, fat, and lesbian” - and so she does, with songs that can go from heartwarming to heartbreaking about her life and community. Proud in her Afro-Brazilian origin, Ellen uses music to express and explore Brazilian reality and identity, through the most purely national genre in contemporaneity, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music).

Testando is her self-biographic debut song, going through the variety of themes that make her story and identity - music, blackness, womanhood, poverty, her fears, joy and determination.

Other songs: Brasil é O País do Futebol, Zumbi, Anunciação, Córrego Rico, Me Leva

Itunes: Ellen Oléria

Download: Ellen Oléria

4. Jaloo

Jaloo (named Jaime Melo) is one of the most interesting names to come out of the technobrega scene in Pará (state from the north of the country, yes, where the Amazon rainforest is). While his voice and songs lean into introspection, his image explodes in symbolism and artistic expression. His style waves between electronic and new age, often influenced by his Native Brazilian origin.

One of his many groovy and unique-sounding songs, Ah! Dor! is a melancholic, light electronic song about seeking comfort in the pain of a breakup.

Other songs: Downtown, Insight, Odoiá (In Your Eyes), Pa Parará, Fluxo

Itunes: #1, Insight

Download: #1

5. Mallu Magalhães

Brazil’s little jazzy princess, Mallu Magalhães never stops charming the whole country with her sweet songs and girlish ways. A talented prodigy, Mallu learned all the instruments she plays by herself (including guitar, ukulele, banjo, piano, harmonica and melodica), and has been publishing her self-written and composed indie songs since the age of fifteen. She sings in Portuguese and English, mixing influences from classic rock, folk music, and tropical styles. Mallu’s lyrics are themed on love, women, happiness, and her own self-reflection of her personality and experiences.

Shine Yellow is an English language folk song with a relaxing tropical feel, and simple lyrics about wishing to be close to a loved one.

(In 2014, Mallu started a band with two other musicians called Banda do Mar, which you can check out for yourself, but I’ll not be linking here because it includes Marcelo Camelo, her boyfriend fifteen years older than her who has been abusing her since she was sixteen.)

Other songs: Velha e Louca, Sambinha Bom, Nem Fé Nem Santo, J1, Tchubaruba

Itunes: Mallu Magalhães #1, Mallu Magalhães #2, Pitanga

Download: Mallu Magalhães #1, Mallu Magalhães #2, Pitanga

If you want to know the lyrics for any of the songs of these artists, you can ask for it on my inbox, I can translate to English and Spanish. However, keep in mind that Brazilian Portuguese dialect is barely translatable to regular European Portuguese in many cases, so certain songs/parts might just not be understandable to foreigners but I’ll try my best.

This week at MoMA: last chance to see Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, Olivia Wilde appears in person for a MoMA Film Q&A, and more. 

[Installation view of Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016). Photo by Thomas Griesel. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]