A Day Without Immigrants

This past Thursday immigrants all over the United States took a stand.

The stand they took was meant to demonstrate how important they are to America’s economy and its way of life, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called A Day Without Immigrants.

These Actions took place in places with large immigrant populations such as Philadelphia, Washington D.C and Los Angeles.

The boycott was aimed squarely at President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration, legal and illegal. Organizers said they expected thousands to participate or otherwise show their support.

Since the end of 2007, the number of foreign-born workers employed in the U.S. has climbed by nearly 3.1 million to 25.9 million; they account for 56 percent of the increase in U.S. employment over that period, according to the Labor Department.

“The really important dynamic to note is this is not antagonistic, employee-against-employer,” said Janet Murguia, president of the Hispanic rights group National Council of La Raza. “This is employers and workers standing together, not in conflict.”

She added: “Businesses cannot function without immigrant workers today.” (CBS News)

I am a second generation Hispanic, both of my parents were born here. But they are both the youngest in their families and are the only ones in their families that were born in the U.S so my parents are first generations.

My grandparents, aunts and uncles are all immigrants. Granted they are Costa Rican and Puerto Rican immigrants and Mexican Immigrants are the ones getting the most attention, but in the end, they are still immigrants.

They came here legally looking for the American dream and if it wasn’t for their motivation and courage to come to America I don’t know where I would be today.

The immigration laws are controversial and not something I really want to get into, but immigrants themselves deserve to be here and are a very important part of the American day to day life.

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The reason most immigrants come to the U.S and leave their homeland, is for a better opportunity for themselves and their family and to chase the American dream. Is there anything so wrong with that?!

In Washington, D.C., more than a hundred-people gathered to march in acknowledgement of A Day Without Immigrants, CBS News’ Nicole Sganga reported. There were boisterous crowds, musicians, handmade drums, young kids, and large banners reading “they will not build borders in our community,” “immigrants work for America’s prosperity” and “We have a right to an education! To a future!” (CVS News)

Quotes and statistics gathered from: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/day-without-immigrants-protest-closes-many-us-restaurants-nationwide/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=34589722

Disney’s First Hispanic Princess

Elena of Avalor is the first Hispanic princess Disney has made a television series about “a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen.”

“She’s still underage so she’s not yet ready to rule and so, she just has the challenge of taking care of her family and this huge kingdom and have this awesome responsibility,” said actress Aimee Carrero, who is the voice of Elena.

Carrero’s mother is of Dominican decent and her father is Puerto Rican. Carrero said it means “absolutely everything” for her to play the first Latina princess.

The series will tell stories that draw on the traditions, foods and customs of Latin and Hispanic cultures. Magic, mythology and folklore will also play an important role, and each episode will include original songs in several Latin musical styles including Latin pop, salsa and banda.

For me as a Puerto Rican and Costa Rican girl growing up seeing all these beautiful princess’ I could never really relate to any of them. The one I related to the most was Jasmine because she had tan skin and long black hair, but she is obviously of Arabic decent.

“What I love most about Elena is she’s her own hero,” Carrero added. “There’s no ‘Prince Charming,’ so I hope people at home watching will just be inspired her sense of self, her confidence and her leadership.”

This is the best part for me, because being a Hispanic female there’s expectations and stereotypes that come with the title. So, the fact she is an independent princess with no prince makes it all the more riveting and exciting to watch. I’m sure eventually there will be a prince but her independence for the time being is fun to experience.

Through the recent years, they have done an amazing job bringing more ethnic princesses to the big screen. The most recent one I have seen is Moana and she is a Polynesian princess, that was a great movie might I add.

But I can definitely say the progress being made with princess is great and I love finally having a princess I can relate to and my little cousins can finally have a princess Barbie doll they will look like.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/disney-introduces-latina-princess-elena-avalor/story?id=40481827

Empowering Doll Line Makes Girls Feel Beautiful in Their Own Skin

$20,000 is a lot of money, and that’s how much this empowering doll line scored on Shark Tank. Angelica and Jason Sweeting appeared on an episode of “Shark Tank” in hopes to get a $200,000 investment and they did. They call their doll line Naturally Perfect Dolls, and they founded them in 2015.

During the episode, the couple told the judges that the doll line came to be after one of their daughters was profusely crying on a car ride home from a book fair. “Finally when she calms down, we say,

‘Hey babe, what’s wrong with you?’” And she says, ‘Dad, I’ll never be beautiful. I need yellow hair and white skin so that way I can be beautiful.’ And we were totally devastated.”

Angelica explained that they saw the typical images of beauty that their child is seeing on television and in toys and began searching for dolls that looked like their daughter and found nothing. So, they created a doll and over time found a change in their daughter’s attitude (Huffington post).Image result for shark tank color girl dolls

This doll line includes four dolls with different hair types, skin shades and facial features that are true to women of color. The company also offers a T-shirt depicting the characters and an affirmation book.

“Naturally Perfect Dolls aims to change the standard of beauty one doll at a time while encouraging self-acceptance, diversity and letting girls know that they can be whatever they want to be.”

On Shark Tank, the judges liked the concept overall, but they were hesitant to invest due to the doll’s high price ($84.99) and the failure of previous multicultural doll lines.

But the couple’s story resonated with judge and FUBU creator Daymond John. He proposed to invest $200,000 at 30% ownership, 60% for the founders and 10% for charity. The Sweetings accepted, ensuring that they’ll be able to mass produce the dolls.

After watching this Shark Tank episode I knew I had to blog about it because two empowering doll stories about making girls feel beautiful is a rare occurrence.

It’s relevant that doll companies have quite a bit to work on when it comes to their dolls and the image they portray to all the different types of girls, but I am glad that people are out there trying to make a difference.

Growing up I had the same feeling about what I looked like, I could NEVER find a doll that looked like me and that made me feel different and not accepted.

At the age of 20 I can finally buy a doll that looks like me, that’s some exciting stuff!!

Quotes for this blog were found on: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-doll-line-shark-tank_us_5877a406e4b05b7a465e1d77

Just a Hispanic Female Trying to Make it in the PR world

A statistic PRSA had on one of their blog posts was “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2020, 36.5 percent of the U.S. population will be comprised of Blacks, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos and Native Americans. Just as the industry must adapt to changing technologies, it must also respond to changes in its audience and talent pool.”

I found this blog on the PRSA website called Lack of #PR Diversity makes Diversity Month ever more relevant, and it really hit home for me.

The practice of PR is one that is constantly changing not only in the way business is done and communicated but the people and the demographics that are involved. This is a personal topic for me since I am both a Puerto Rican and Costa Rican female trying to succeed in the PR world.

I am not saying that the PR world has no diversity, it’s actually quite diverse when it comes to the skill sets needed, mindsets of the workers, and the cultures all of the organizations deal with. But the ethnic diversity is one that is lacking and needs growth in their field since it is constantly growing around us.

I say this because I’m not only a female trying to make it in the PR world but an ethnic female trying to make it. As I job search and connect with PR professionals on LinkedIn I am seeing the diversity first hand. It’s a bit lacking, but then I see the job opportunities they have around the world in places such as Spain, Switzerland, and China. That’s when I realized that they have no choice but to be diverse in picking possible future candidates for their jobs, especially if you are bilingual.

Since I am from Puerto Rico and Costa Rican I speak Spanish as my first language, and there are a few jobs I’ve found that have speaking Spanish as a requirement. This gives me hope. Yes, the job is in a Spanish speaking place, but they need someone on both ends that can speak the language.

I’m hoping that my skill sets can possibly give me leverage in the job field since they are searching to make their work places more diverse.

 

http://prsay.prsa.org/2016/08/01/lack-of-prdiversity-makes-diversity-month-ever-more-relevant/

Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

As said by Eva Longoria :

Hollywood’s diversity problem extends far beyond the Oscars. Take it from Eva Longoria.

As part The New York Times’ interactive project, “What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight white man), Longoria opened up about what it’s like being a person of color in a predominantly white industry. Spoiler: not easy.

“I remember moving to L.A. and auditioning and not being Latin enough for certain roles,” Longoria recalls in the piece, released Wednesday.

 

“Some white male casting director was dictating what it meant to be Latin. He decided I needed an accent. He decided I should [have] darker-colored skin. The gatekeepers are not usually people of color, so they don’t understand you should be looking for way more colors of the rainbow within that one ethnicity.” 

And therein lies the root of Hollywood’s diversity problem: The people writing the scripts, casting Latino characters and green lighting projects don’t understand the nuances of Latino culture. As a result, they are ill-equipped to accurately and fairly represent Latinos.

Longoria’s anecdote speaks to a pervasive culture rooted in racism and steeped in stereotypes. When broken down, line by line, her story reveals several misguided assumptions that the entertainment industry has erroneously made about Latinos.

Longoria is doing her part to try and flip the script. She is currently the executive producer and star of NBC’s “Telenovela.”

“On ‘Telenovela,’ it was refreshing for casting to go: “Eva, you’re Latino heavy. We need to cast one white male somewhere in there.’

These limited views of Latinos impact the ways in which non-Latino see Latinos in real life, thus contributing to an endless cycle of prejudice and misrepresentation.

“The gatekeepers are not usually people of color, so they don’t understand you should be looking for way more colors of the rainbow within that one ethnicity”.-Eva Longoria

 

 

As a Latino seeing how my ethnicity is portrayed on TV within movies and shows is disturbing and sad. Women are mis-portrayed when they are included and men don’t make a lot of appearences to really have a distinction.

Hispanic racism at the 2016 Golden Globes

Eva Longoria and American Ferrera call out the Hispanic racism at the 2016 Golden Globes

Actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera made fun of what many called Hollywood’s casual racism on stage; 

“Hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes,” the “Desperate Housewives” star began,
“I’m America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez,” Ferrera said, introducing herself. Time Magazine reported

After this incident at the golden many news reporters and media outlets gave the duo cre3dit for making humor out of a not so light situation. Many Hispanics are seen as interchangeable and “all the same” but that is obviously not the case.

The two presented an award together, and poked fun at Latina actresses being mistaken for each other — something the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself did recently when its Twitter mistook Ferrera for “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez during the nomination announcement.

“It has caused such a macro conversation,” Longoria said during her “Telenovela” panel at NBC’s Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday.

“In case you missed it, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are here with your friendly (annual) reminder that not all people of color look alike,” commented USA Today. It said further that the actresses “threw the classiest shade at the Golden Globes…Hollywood at large, and anyone else who can’t be bothered to differentiate between brown people.”

As a Puerto Rican and Costa Rican female who lives in a society of mainly Caucasian males and females, it is normal for me to get mixed up with “the other Mexican girl” because “you guys are both Mexican right?”

Hispanics are not all the same, and more especially Mexicans and Central Americans are definitly not the same things.   Not that its the fault of those that continue to mix us up, because we do have similar traits, but they are not even trying to differentiate.

As someone of minority I understand what its like to be mixed up with “the other Mexican” and respect those of other races and I put in effort to differentiate those of the same race even if they do look alike.  I feel that Caucasians don’t have that understanding and they don’t try to be insensitive or even racist for that matter, but they have never experienced being categorized as something they are not or someone they are not.