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But first, let me take a SELFIE!

June 21st is National Selfie Day, so I thought I’d take this time to reflect on the role that the selfie has played in society in recent years. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the impact that selfie taking has on girls and women… Some sources suggest that being exposed to other people’s selfies on social media can really hurt someone’s self-esteem, while others say that taking and posting one’s own…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 20, 2016 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

Why I Say Latinx

My name is Celeste, and my preferred gender pronouns are she/her.

 

This is a statement that I had never been asked to say before I started college in Pennsylvania in 2013. That is,…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 17, 2016 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Letter to Orlando shooting victims

Dear Orlando shooting victims,

 

I cried when I woke up to the news of your injuries and your deaths. It’s human to sympathize. The nation cried and prayed and still cries and prays even though they don’t know you and I don’t…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 15, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Happy National Best Friends Day!

"True friends are never apart... Maybe in distance, but not in heart."

It might be kind of late, but I just wanted to say Happy National Best Friends Day! I hope you have taken the time to tell your closest friends how much you care about them! A lot of us can admit that we owe the world to our homegirls for being…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 8, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

#GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS

#Girlboss has become a popular hashtag for motivated young women and girls to use in recent years. This is a trend that is inspiring to many, and was kicked off by former Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso’s book #GIRLBOSS (2014). Amoruso’s book tells her true story of professional success, explaining that she had a rough start in life but worked hard…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 7, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Summer Reading Goals

Summer Reading Goals

The reason that I am not calling this a summer book list is that I don’t actually have a list of book lined up for the summer yet, although I’d like to. Right now, I am rereading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 4, 2016 at 12:12am — No Comments

Women in Movies

Women in Movies

 

I love watching movies! Practically anyone can say this. There’s a movie genre for everyone out there, although some are more popular than others. Regardless, I’m sure most of us can say we’ve sat down and enjoyed plenty of movies in our lives...but do we ever stop to think about what message the movie is sending to the audience apart from the overall themes of the movie…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on August 14, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Where are all the Latinos in Hollywood?

A Conversation About the Lack of Latino Representation in Hollywood

 

In a recent interview, John Leguizamo (Colombian-American actor, comedian, and writer) made the following remark while discussing the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood and pop culture: “I [was] watching TV, and...watching…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on August 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

For the College First-year...

For the College First-year...

For those of us that are students, the new semester is fast approaching (although some have already started). I am a junior at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and although my school is far from my home in El Paso, Texas, after three months, I am just so excited go back and see all my friends again, decorate my dorm room, and get back into the swing of things. I wasn’t always this hyped about…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on August 9, 2015 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Kelly Osbourne's Racist Remark

Kelly Osbourne's Racist Remark

What happened:

This week, on an episode of The View, an ABC morning talk show, guest-star co-host Kelly Osbourne (singer, actor, and fashion designer) made a remark that many consider racist. The women on the show were talking about Donald Trump’s racist remarks and political stance on immigration, when Osbourne said the following: “If you kick every Latino…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on August 6, 2015 at 12:07am — No Comments

Here's A Great Poem! Have A Great Week!

Here's A Great Poem! Have A Great Week!

A while ago, a friend of mine recommended I read the works of Ana Castillo, a Mexican American writer and human rights activist who has been influential in the world of Chicano/a studies. I just recently did my research and have become so intrigued by what I've come across so far. I'm excited to read more by her!

Here is one of her poems that is brief but powerful:

"Women Are Not…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on July 5, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

"I Change Myself, I Change the World"

"I Change Myself, I Change the World": LGBTQ Pride Month Is Over But the Work Isn't

June, as National LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Pride Month, was definitely one for the books! People across the country found reasons to celebrate as President Obama officially declared June as Pride Month and the supreme court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Although Pride is over and these events have already…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on July 5, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Father's Day

Of course, this is a girl’s space, but it is also Father’s Day, so let’s take this time to talk about dads...not just dads though, how ‘bout any wise male figures in our lives who have impacted our lives for the better. Maybe he is someone who is always there to make you laugh when you need it most. Maybe he is not the best listener but will always try to hear you out. Maybe he is that person who had faith in you even when you didn’t have faith in yourself. No matter what’s…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 21, 2015 at 1:02am — No Comments

How Playing a Sport Changed My Outlook on Life

I have played women's rugby for the past two years in college and it has changed my life for the better. Although rugby is a really popular sport in countries such as England and New Zealand, many people in the U.S. still aren't quite sure what it is. I'll try to briefly define it: rugby is a sport in which two opposing teams that each have 15 players have to try to get the ball down the field to score points. It is a tackling sport with no padding, and the ball looks like but is slightly…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 8, 2015 at 2:36am — No Comments

Happy National Best Friends Day!

Today is National Best Friends Day, and so I thought what better way to honor friendship than take a moment to remember what I consider to be one of the best films about Latina friendship from the 2000s - Disney Channel's Gotta Kick It Up! This made-for-TV movie is about a group of friends who participate in a dance/cheer team, and look to friendship, support, and teamwork to become successful dancers and overcome other life obstacles. What I also just recently found out is that…

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Added by Celeste Ledesma on June 8, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments


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