the barrio

  • Me, making wild hand gestures and speaking faster and louder with every sentence: In 96,000 (In The Heights- 2008), Sonny de la Vega is one of the only characters who doesn't want to spend the lottery money for self-serving purposes. He's outspoken in the fact that he wants better education and living conditions in the barrio, and find a way to prevent gentrification. In "Blackout", he puts himself in the way of potentially armed criminals in order to protect the bodega, not for himself, but because he knows it's all Usnavi has left. Then, in "Carnaval Del Barrio" he is, once again, one of the only people to question the development in the neighborhood, and what it means for all of them. In between songs, we see him going out of his way to help his friends: trying to comfort Nina, offering advice to Benny, asking Vanessa out for Usnavi, giving free drinks to Pete. And, almost every time, he's written off as a joke by the people he wants to listen the most. He's always the first person forgotten, and the last person remembered. And then there's the fact of him being left alone; as far as we know, Usnavi is the teenage Sonny's only family. The dialogue in the show gives no reason to doubt that. Usnavi basically says outright in at least three songs that he plans to keep Sonny running the bodega after he leaves. Hell, even Abuela doesn't say shit about him. So what is Sonny supposed to do when his only family leaves? Nobody brings it up but Sonny himself. He literally calls his cousin out for leaving him with nothing but a "separation fee", and Usnavi STILL DOESN'T TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY. Nobody talks about taking him in, so we're left to assume that he'll either end up in foster care, maybe crash with Pete, or, worst case scenario, end up on the streets. He only has one friend who's willing to stick with him, but everyone sees Pete as a vandal and a hoodlum, so nobody takes them seriously. Sonny de la Vega was a well-rounded, emotionally realistic teenage character and he deserved so much better.
  • Walmart employee: M'am,

nina and daniela for @smoltinypumpkinchild

BONUS:: 

nina doesn’t give in and now has a nice new bob

—Estoy preocupado.

—¿Preocupado? Qué tontería.

—¿Por qué?

—"Pre" significa «antes de», así que yo no me “pre-ocupo”; yo me “ocupo”.

—No te entiendo, Ami.

—No vivas imaginando problemas que no han ocurrido ni que van a suceder; disfruta del presente, la vida hay que aprovecharla, elige siempre poner en tu mente lo agradable en lugar de lo desagradable. Cuando aparezca un problema real, entonces simplemente “ocúpate” de el, pero no te “pre-ocupes” cuando todo está bien.

—  Ami, el niño de las estrellas.
Enrique Barrios.
vogue.com
How L.A. Chicano History Is Being Told—And Reclaimed—Through Fashion
Generations of Latina style in Los Angeles.
By Abby Aguirre, Stefan Ruiz

Had the honor and great opportunity to be called upon and offer some perspective on #StyleAsResistance in this incredible photo spread on contemporary chicanx fashion and resistance for Vogue Magazines 125