Our Top 5 Stories of 2020

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As we’re nearing the end of 2020 we’re highlighting Luz Collective’s most read stories of the year made popular by you, the reader! We’ve been able to keep these stories going because not only did you read, but you also gave to the Luz Collective Writers’ Room which keeps this important work going.

You’ve told us what you like and what you want to see more of and 2021 will be a year of uplifting more Latina stories and bringing them to the forefront. Cheers to you!

Selena: The Series Fails To Tell A Nuanced Story by Rosa Parra

The most hyped-up show to come out this year, Selena: The Story, fell flat to many viewers who grew up listening to the Tejano pop star. Take a look at this article examining the show’s faults by Rosa Parra, who takes a closer look at everything from the corny lines that fail to inspire, to the critics of interference by Selena’s family in the production of the story.

The Cult of Pink by Myriam Gurba

Female genital shaming is something you might not be familiar with – something our columnist Myriam explains in this introspective piece about the shame women face in not having ideal looking genitals. Not having a pink pussy is something most women are surprised and shamed by, but we’re here to call out the BS surrounding this narrative while dispelling the insecurity around your (maybe) brown ass pussy.

Black Lives Matter Protest Shines Light On Racism In A Small West Texas Town by Sarah Vasquez

Alpine is a small Texas town that you might not know of, but it serves to provide a very important context on the existence of a divided racial identity in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. Author, Sarah Vasquez dives deep into her experience as a biracial woman growing up in the small West Texas town, the microaggressions she experienced in her upbringing, and how speaking at the locally-organized BLM rally helped her understand the racism that exists in Alpine – and how people can combat this in their own communities through sharing their own lived experiences.

Confronting Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community by Marielys Cepeda

After this year of advocacy in regards to BLM, many members of the Latinx community are taking time to confront anti-Blackness in themselves and their families. Author Marielys Cepeda describes anti-Blackness as the elephant in the room for many Latinx people where colorism has long-dictated harmful behaviors against members of our communities in addition to Black Americans.

Graphic Design highlighting: Lucy Flores, America Ferrara, Gabby Rivera, Isabel Allende and Elizabeth Camarillo

We totally get the feeling of watching a random TED talk at 3am then walking around the next day with a whole new outlook on life - they’re just inspiring like that. The magic of TED talks is unmatchable. Some hit harder than others though, so we’ve gathered a few that as Latinas you’ll find yourself shedding a few happy inspired tears.

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Created in partnership with MakeMyMove

The beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic marked a pivotal moment for the entire world. It’s crucial to acknowledge the severe hardship and grief that the pandemic caused. It’s also important to recognize how it forced the world to adapt and reimagine how work could be done.

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photo from a screengrab from the documentary film Paris is Burning showing Angie Xtravaganza

Angie Xtravaganza, an iconic figure in the LGBTQ+ community, was a strong voice for transgender rights, a significant promoter of the queer ballroom culture, and a prominent representation of Latinx individuals within the queer community. Her life story, though marked by personal challenges, continues to inspire countless individuals worldwide, transcending generations and communities alike.

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