Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15-October 15 and is a great opportunity to celebrate the influence of Hispanic culture in the United States, and honor the history, culture, and achievements of Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central and South American and the Caribbean.
Hispanic Heritage Month - History.com
Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large.
As companies mark Hispanic Heritage Month, recent high-profile mistakes are demonstrating what not to do, just as much as what companies can do, in hopes of appealing to a Latino audience. Some marketing efforts are outright cringeworthy, utilizing tacos, sombreros and the Mexican flag in hopes of reeling in members of the Hispanic community, according to Trinidad Aguirre, a Hispanic marketing consultant. "It's honestly common in my experience. Major brands try to do these things without really attempting to understand our diverse culture, right, and they often miss the mark time and time again," he told NPR.
Olga Dies Dreaming - Xóchitl González
Set against the backdrop of New York City in the months surrounding the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico's history, Olga Dies Dreaming is a story that examines political corruption, familial strife and the very notion of the American dream--all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.
Alma and How She Got Her Name - Juana Martinez-Neal
What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.
If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, captures a period covering seven different independence days across Latin America. In recent years, however, the celebration has prompted Latinos in the United States to look inward, grappling with issues of representation, colorism and sexuality. To better understand these perspectives, here are 11 recent books that provide a glimpse into distinct corners of contemporary Latino life in the United States.
‘New American Girls’ - Lorella - PBS.com
Born in Peru, Lorella lost her leg at age 2 in a car accident. Her parents brought her to the US for ongoing medical treatment. At age 10, Lorella and her mother relocated to Connecticut. She excelled in school, but couldn’t qualify for in-state tuition, and lived in fear of deportation. Inspired by other DREAMers, she formed a student group to try to change Connecticut’s in-state tuition law.
Luciela - PBS Short Film Festival
Luciela is about a fiercely independent Latina who is determined to celebrate the 4th of July with a bang.
Gentefied - Netflix
The Morales cousins scramble to save their grandfather's taco shop — and pursue their own dreams — as gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood. America Ferrera executive produced this comedy based on the digital series “Gente-fied” which screened at Sundance.
Coco - Disney+
In Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael Garcia Bernal) becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.
Lights up on Washington Heights...The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
Latina to Latina - Podcast
Interviewing remarkable Latinas, host Alicia Menendez chats with her guests about making it, faking it and everything in between. Along with humor, Menendez discusses the challenges of being women of color and thriving in the end with her guests. Recent episodes include “Why Pioneering Journalist Maria Hinojosa Put Herself in the Story,” “Why Gianna Nino-Tapias Embodies Labor Rights” and “How Philanthropic CEO Carmen Rojas Learned to Lead as Her Full Self.”
Celia Cruz - Musician
Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, known as Celia Cruz, was a Cuban-American singer and one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th century. Cruz rose to fame in Cuba during the 1950s as a singer of guarachas, earning the nickname "La Guarachera de Cuba"
Selena - Musician
Selena Quintanilla Pérez, known mononymously as Selena, was an American Tejano singer. Called the "Queen of Tejano music", her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century.
This year our Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide will feature many events across the region that celebrate and honor our Latino communities.
How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Cleveland - This is Cleveland
From LatinUs Theater to Latino Restaurant Week, celebrate Cleveland's Hispanic community with these events during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events Guide - NYC The Official Guide
What began as a weeklong event in 1968 has evolved into a 30-day nationwide celebration of Hispanic Americans. Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 to coincide with the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In NYC, the month honors the community and influence of Hispanic citizens through events like the Latino Short Film Festival, Queens Culture Carnival and the flagship 54th annual Hispanic Day Parade on October 14.
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