There have been many important and notable achievements and moments that our Latinx community has inspired us with this year. It’s amazing to witness the triumphs and incredible higher level goals that our Raza has accomplished – not only in pop culture, but also in politics.
From pop moments to government reform, these are the eight times the Latinx community has inspired us this year. Hopefully next year we will continue to see these magical moments continue!
# 1. Salma Hayek on her role in “Eternals”
Marvel is one of the most important milestones of all time for actors – from their genius and creative movie plots and twists to how they embrace diversity. This year, Salma Hayek joined the Marvel Universe. We all know she was once a chingona – you all remember her telenovela debut, “Teresa”, her iconic role as Frida, and more recently her performance in “House of Gucci”, right? But his representation in “Eternals” reached a new level, especially in his personal life. “I saw my brown face… I saw my brown face in a superhero costume, and seeing my face, I saw your face.” I saw my face as a little girl who must have had a lot of courage to dream big. I saw the faces of all the little girls… and I realized that a door had opened that I had not entered on my own – but inside that costume were all the Latinos who waited so long this moment, ”she said. “Despierta America” (translated by Buzzfeed).
# 2. Cardi B to get paid fairly
Cardi B is one of the most outspoken mainstream celebrities we’ve seen in a long time. From using his voice and platform to talk to Bernie Sanders about core issues such as minimum wage and police brutality to the fight to get paid fairly. She spoke about it in an interview with XXL Review: “Sometimes I feel like a business might see, you know, a girl like me, a girl of color like me. I’m a girl of color, and I’m from the neighborhood and shit. And they could be like, “Oh, we could give him a $ 2 million advance.” And the company is going to make you pay, probably $ 50 million, $ 100 million. And you settle for $ 2 million because they think you’re so thirsty for that money that they’re just going to give you the $ 2 million, ”the artist said.
# 3. Bad Bunny made history in his hometown
The history “P’FKN’R” concert was more than your average 1.5 hour performance – it was a Benito museum and detailed event that took place at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico and continued in El Choli. Even though attendees had to wait four hours for the pop star to begin, the event continued as safe as they could until Bad Bunny took the stage. According to Rolling stone, there were about 50,000 people present. What a phenomenal and possibly unforgettable experience for the fans – from start to finish.
# 4. Natalie Diaz becomes the first Latina to win a Pulitzer Prize
What an incredible achievement! The American Latina and Mojave teacher and poet made history, becoming the first Latina to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry titled Postcolonial love poem. The book of poems “focuses on the colonial violence faced by Native Americans, but also navigates between desire, pleasure and the Native experience ”, read more about fulfillment here. Representation in the Pulitzer Prize category will hopefully inspire emerging poets to achieve the same goal!
# 5. Argentina finally legalized abortion
The law allowing abortion came into effect on January 24 of this year. Although many anti-abortion activists are trying to overturn the law, this is promising progress for Argentina. According to The New York Times, “The law, which came into force on January 24, allows pregnancy to be terminated during the first 14 weeks. Before that, abortion, which was banned when Argentina adopted its first penal code in 1886, was only legal in cases of rape or if the pregnancy posed a threat to the health of the mother. It shines a light on human rights in our Latinx community.
# 6. Gabriel Boric becomes Chile’s youngest president
Boric achieved a historic victory by becoming Chile’s youngest and most modern president to date. He has a lot to do, but right now his mindset is to sidestep Chile’s dark political past. The Guardian reported that: “He is committed to decentralizing Chile, building a welfare state, increasing public spending and including women, non-binary Chileans and indigenous peoples like never before. But it is Boric’s ultimate goal of pulling the country out of the bonds of Pinochet’s dictatorship that will define his legacy.
#seven. Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Goes Further in Fair Representation of Latino Diversity
We’ve seen Disney embark on adventures in the Amazon, the Caribbean, but we’ve never seen it so site specific as with “Encanto,” its new animation feature. “Encanto” takes place in the mountains of Colombia and follows the story of Maribel Madrigal, a young girl who is the only one of her magical family without powers. Along with the Madrigal family, Disney shed light on an often overlooked cultural diversity – that which lurks beneath the Caribbean – and takes notes of the region’s magical realism in an inspiring story.
# 8. “Selena” was included in the National Film Registry
Yes, Selena’s iconic legacy continues to flourish and make history more than two decades after her traumatic departure. Now “Selena,” the 1997 biopic and a fan favorite, has been included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. According to a library press release, “Selena” is one of 25 films that explore “the stories of diverse communities across the country which often bear universal themes.”
This representation is crucial, allowing the Library of Congress to be more diverse and to include subcultures such as Tex-Mex. Long live Selena!