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‘Wonder Curl’ founder Scarlett Rocourt shares hair-care secrets to perfect curls 

Scarlett Rocourt is a Haitian-born “Jersey Girl,” an entrepreneur, plant-based vegan, plant mom and gardener. She is passionate about living a healthy life and helping others to do the same. 

She is the founder of Wonder Curl, the leading indie Black-owned, vegan and eco-friendly hair-care line for all natural and curly hair textures. All products are free of silicones, parabens, phthalates, and are cruelty-free.

Wonder Curl specializes in hair-care and has developed a three-step system that simplifies customers’ wash day routine, helping customers embrace their natural curls with cruelty-free and vegan ingredients. Their signature hair-care bundle includes the Detoxifying Clay Cleanser, Moisturizing Hair Pudding, and the Get Set Hair Jelly.

From battling humidity to homemade remedies, Scarlett discovered the secret to perfect curls  

Scarlett’s entrepreneurial journey began unexpectedly in her home kitchen in 2010. At the time, she was living in Florida and her hair was losing a battle against the humidity. After struggling to find the perfect hair gel that would hold up against the weather, Scarlett decided to try her hand at creating her own homemade product. 

‘Wonder Curl’ founder, Scarlett Rocourt began her business in her home kitchen, searching for a hair-care remedy that would battle Florida humidity. (Photo courtesy Scarlett Rocourt)

Originally, she had plans of becoming a blogger and purchased the domain name ‘Wonder Curl.’ After a few weeks she realized this was not the path for her and instead, she found that she had a knack for creating products that helped keep her curls hydrated and defined. 

“I knew that if I had this problem, then other people with curly hair would too,” she said.

Working out of her home kitchen and determined to find a solution to her hair gel problem, she created her first product, the Get Set Hair Jelly. This first product would become one of three in Wonder Curl’s signature hair-care bundle, with  the Detoxifying Clay Cleanser and Moisturizing Hair Pudding later joining the line. 

Her blog domain soon became repurposed as her company name, and Wonder Curl was born. 

Scarlett set out on her mission to create products that would simplify the hair-care process for those with curly hair of all types. “I wanted to take the work out of our hair and I formulated the products, so you only need two products for styling your hair,” said Scarlett. 

Her greatest strength starting out as a minority business owner is that she is also a customer. When formulating her products, she created products that she would want to use herself. 

“My customers have the same issues with their hair as I had. I can relate to them because I am them. I always say that people will buy from who they like and who better than someone who is just like them and understands them?”

With her mission clear in her mind, Scarlett continued developing her line over the following years. She moved from Florida back to New Jersey, got a job in marketing, and kept working on her business as a side hustle. She managed this for over 3 years until her job discovered she was running a whole business while working for them. 

“They let me go and I decided not to look for another job but to pursue Wonder Curl full-time. That was about 2015 and I never looked back!” said Scarlett. 

The magic three-step process to getting those wonder curls

Over the years, Scarlett has perfected her products and now holds the secret to getting those perfectly styled curls with her three-step signature process. 

Made with all natural ingredients known to nourish hair, the unique formulas moisturize and keep hair hydrated for days, improve texture, and enhance natural curl pattern. 

“Those with curly hair know that wash days can be complex and include multiple cleansers, creams, masks, and gels. Even after spending hours on hair, it still may need to be restyled or refreshed within a couple of days. Don’t let all of that hard work go to waste. Wonder Curl has developed a new system that has everything needed in just three products,” said Scarlett describing the process. “The three-step system leaves hair hydrated and defined for days, without refreshing. Not only does this streamline hair-care routines, but it also makes it easier to achieve naturally beautiful hair.”

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Scarlett shares the secret to perfect curls with signature three-step process. (Photo courtesy Scarlett Rocourt)

To get the perfect curls for yourself, start with the Detoxifying Clay Cleanser. This product does it all. It washes, detangles, and conditions. The Detoxifying Clay Cleanser was developed to combine all these steps, simplifying the process while leaving hair moisturized and fresh. Many cleansers leave curly hair dry and tangled, but the Wonder Curl formula guarantees hydration.

The second step is the Wonder Curl Moisturizing Hair Pudding, made with shea butter, castor oil, and aloe vera. This leave-in cream hydrates without becoming greasy, enhancing natural curl patterns while increasing the hair’s elasticity.

The Get Set Hair Jelly is the last step that sets hair in its natural curl pattern, without becoming dry, flaky, or crunchy.  

“We know that many hair gels promise hold but fail miserably in humidity. Not the Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly. Hair will have a flexible hold that is perfect for every curl type and is humidity-proof. It is also great for eliminating frizz and elongating your curls,” said Scarlett. 

Healthy hair happiness and giving back

Over the years Scarlett has helped countless people through her products. Starting out, she began attending hair events in NYC to promote her business and putting on workshops. Her hair demonstrations often gather crowds wherever she goes. 

“It’s so important to always give back,” says Scarlett.(Photo courtesy Scarlett Rocourt)

I was giving at a natural hair show in Philadelphia once. It was at a hotel, and they gave me an auditorium. I showed up a few minutes late and it was standing room only which I was not expecting,” said Scarlett, sharing a favorite memory. “I was demonstrating my products on my hair model, who in all fairness already had great hair, so one of the women in the front row who had tightly coiled hair asked ‘But will it work in MY hair?’ I responded, ‘I will do your hair next!’ So, after I was done with my hair model, she came on stage. I wet her hair and applied my products and as soon as the products touched her hair you could see her curls form beautifully. She was so happy.” 

Later, after the demonstration, Scarlett would find her booth mobbed with people from the auditorium who had seen the demonstration and were eager to try Wonder Curl for themselves. 

“We sold out of the products and even had people asking to buy our demo products!”  

These live demonstrations are one of Scarlett’s favorite parts of her job. “This is where I shine the most. I love the look on people’s faces when they see what their hair looks like using my products. They can’t believe how soft and defined their curls are.” 

A decade after starting her journey in the world of hair-care, Scarlett started the Healthy Hair Summit in 2020 to help others to grow their healthiest hair through proven expert tips. She never imagined her personal hair-care journey and homemade remedies would lead her here today. 

To other aspiring entrepreneurs, Scarlett shares one more secret

If you are looking to gain success or grow in your career then you should seek out 3 different types of people. 

The first is someone who is where you want to be. This is the person who has achieved most of their goals and will give you valuable business advice. They don’t have to become your friend, but someone you can text/call every so often when you come across an obstacle. 

Second, is someone who is where you are now and trying to achieve their goals. These are the people who will be struggling or have had a similar struggle as you. This is also the person who talks you off the ledge. 

Finally, the third is someone who wants to get to where you are. It’s so important that we always give back and help the next generation come up.” 

For more information, visit wondercurl.com or follow Wonder Curl on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What you should be reading and watching this Hispanic Heritage Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments and talents of Hispanic Americans. First established 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, it was later expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan. 

The month honors Hispanic achievements and also celebrates the independence of various Latin American countries, such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. 

Another area of focus is celebrating Hispanic art and culture. Hispanic culture is diverse and vibrant, with each country bringing their own unique traditions and style. From literature to film and arts, Hispanic Americans have contributed greatly to American culture producing stunning and thought-provoking works. 

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, here are a few books and films by Hispanic creators to celebrate and educate. 

Books to read this Hispanic Heritage Month 

For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez  

The founder of Latina Rebels and a “Latinx Activist You Should Know”(Teen Vogue) arms women of color with the tools and knowledge they need to find success on their own terms. — Google Books 

In For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts, Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez  offers wisdom and a liberating path forward for all women of color. She crafts powerful ways to address the challenges Brown girls face, from imposter syndrome to colorism. She empowers women to decolonize their worldview, and defy “universal” white narratives, by telling their own stories. Her book guides women of color toward a sense of pride and sisterhood and offers essential tools to energize a movement. 

Living Beyond Borders by Margarita Longoria

 In this mixed-media collection of short stories, personal essays, poetry, and comics, this celebrated group of authors share the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican Americans. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers. 

A powerful exploration of what it means to be Mexican American. — Google Books 

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz 

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Natalie Diaz weaves together her Latina and Indigenous identity in a collection of tender, heart-wrenching and defiant poems that are an anthem against erasure of people like herself.

Postcolonial Love Poem is a timely piece that explores various aspects of identity and life as a Latina and Indigenous woman in America today and what it means to love and be loved in an America troubled by conflict and racial injustice.

Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics by Arlene Dávila  

 In Latinx Art Arlene Dávila draws on numerous interviews with artists, dealers, and curators to explore the problem of visualizing Latinx art and artists. Providing an inside and critical look of the global contemporary art market, Dávila’s book is at once an introduction to contemporary Latinx art and a call to decolonize the art worlds and practices that erase and whitewash Latinx artists. Dávila shows the importance of race, class, and nationalism in shaping contemporary art markets while providing a path for scrutinizing art and culture institutions and for diversifying the art world. — Google Books 

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Hispanic Cultural films to watch 

In the Heights – In the Heights is a celebration of Hispanic culture and community set against the backdrop of Washington Heights. The film weaves together the stories of various members of the community, telling a tale of love, family, friendship, and culture. 

Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.” —Rotten Tomatoes 

Coco – A movie for the whole family, Disney’s Coco tells the story of a young boy in a fictional Mexican village who dreams of becoming a famous musician like his idol. The moving coming-of-age story celebrates culture and family in a fun-loving, heartfelt tale about learning from our elders. 

Frida – Celebrating a cultural icon, Frida tells the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo. The biopic chronicles the artist’s life, starting in Mexico City, and explores her relationships, politics, and art in a poignant and moving film. 

 

The Graduates – This documentary mini-series explores the many issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States, shining a necessary light on the hardships Latinx students face. 

“These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.” — IMDB

The series can be viewed on PBS.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating and honoring the contributions of Hispanic Americans

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15th to October 15th in the United States. The month is a celebration of Hispanic Heritage and  a time to recognize and honor the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the nation’s history, culture, and achievements. 

The history and why we celebrate 

National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson.  Twenty years later in 1988 it was expanded to cover a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan. 

Many who are unfamiliar with Hispanic Heritage Month often wonder why the celebration begins in the middle of September rather than at the beginning. September 15th was chosen as the start date to recognize and commemorate the anniversary of  the independence day for various Latin American countries. 

September 15th marks the independence of five Hispanic countries who declared their independence in 1821: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. 

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In addition to recognizing the independence of various Latin American countries, the month is a celebration of Hispanic accomplishment. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as a reminder of all that Hispanic Americans have achieved and helped shape the nation. 

“Our communities are represented by Hispanic elected officials, and our children are taught by Hispanic teachers.  Our future will be shaped by Hispanic engineers who are working to develop new technology that will help us grasp our clean energy future and by the skilled union workers who are going to build it,” said President Biden in White House proclamation

The U.S. Hispanic population is a powerhouse that continues to grow to new heights. According to the 2020 census data, the Hispanic population reached 62.1 million, or 18.7% of the total population in 2020. Additionally, the 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship Report conducted by Stanford Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Latino Business Action Network revealed that the number of Latino-owned businesses has grown 34% over the last 10 years compared to just 1% for all other small businesses. Were it not for the growth in the number of Latino-owned firms, the total number of small businesses in the U.S. would actually have declined between 2007 and 2012.

“National Hispanic Heritage Month is an important reminder of how much strength we draw as a Nation from our immigrant roots and our values as a Nation of immigrants,” President Biden continued. 

Ways to observe Hispanic Heritage Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month can be observed in many ways. As a celebration of culture and history, individuals can honor the month by engaging with Hispanic created content such as books, films, music, and more. The National Hispanic Heritage Month website, hosted by The Library of Congress, offers many activities, events, and resources to help celebrate and educate. 

Another way to honor the month is to support Hispanic-owned small businesses. Minority small businesses have suffered the most in the past year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Many Hispanic-owned businesses struggled to stay afloat or are still struggling. Supporting these businesses helps put money back into the community and honor the work of Hispanic Americans, ensuring that these businesses will continue. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month asks us to look around and take in all that Hispanic Americans have achieved, both in history and today. It asks us to remember we are a diverse and extraordinary community. It asks us to be visible and speak our history. We celebrate by remembering. We celebrate by learning. We celebrate by supporting.

The New York Latino Film Festival returns to the Bronx with virtual and in-person screenings 

Returning to The Bronx, the Festival will kick-off this year’s Latino Heritage Month festivities with drive-in, in-person and virtual experiences. 

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the nation’s premier Latino film festival returns to The Bronx (100 East 151st Street, The Bronx, NY) from September 14 to 19, 2021 with an impressive roster of 102 films from more than 12 countries, the largest number of films to date. NYLFF’s opening night, presented by the Motion Picture Association, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film Raising Victor Vargas (2002, 88 min., USA), featuring screening and cast reunion. 

NYLFF opening night will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film Raising Victor Vargas with screening and cast reunion. (Photo via NYLFF)

The New York Latino Film Festival is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Founded by Calixto Chinchilla in 1999, it aims to produce culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, competition programs and community programs.

“Diversity and inclusion remain at the forefront of NYLFF’s mission. For more than 20 years, we have demonstrated the importance of these values through the renowned festival, the Futuro Digital Conference, our marketing agency, and other partnerships that have offered a critical platform for Latino talent and filmmakers. Gracias to WarnerMedia and our many partners who, year after year, have demonstrated their support for stories by us and for us,” said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of NYLFF.

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The Festival will kick-off this year’s Latino Heritage Month festivities with drive-in, in-person and virtual experiences. (Photo via nylatinofilmfestival)

Festival Highlights 

The week-long festival will feature a mix of virtual screenings and in-person viewings, showcasing some of the best Latino talent in film. 

“We are proud to support this year’s return of the NY Latino Film Festival to the Bronx, home to NYC’s largest population of Latinos,” said the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo. “This celebration of cinema showcases the broad diversity of stories and talent from the Latino filmmaking community.”

Closing night will feature La Soga 2, directed by Manny Perez. (Photo via NYLFF)

The closing night film, straight from its World Premiere at The Toronto Film Festival, La Soga 2, (2021, 92 min., USA) the highly anticipated sequel written and directed by Manny Perez makes its U.S. premiere at the festival. Former hitman La Soga (Manny Perez), fights to rescue the love of his life while confronting his inner demons and violent past that keep calling him. 

Making its world premiere, All the World is Sleeping (2021, 111 min., USA), directed by Ryan Lacen, and starring Melissa Barrera (In the Heights) & Jackie Cruz (Orange Is the New Black). A Chicana in New Mexico sinks deeper into her addiction in this unique, cerebral, and chaotic view of the growing drug epidemic. 

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Samland (2021, 87 min., USA) written and directed by Juan Pablo Reyes. (Photo via NYLFF)

Samland (2021, 87 min., USA) written and directed by Juan Pablo Reyes, finds a man and woman and love in the oddest of places on their journey to find the ever-elusive “American Dream.” John Leguizamo returns to NYLFF with the US premiere of the white-knuckle drama set in Colombia, Dark Blood (2021, 83 min., USA). The Spanish-language film, directed by Harold Trampetero, follows a father imprisoned after committing a brutal revenge crime. 

HBO Max will close out the festival with Moving Pa’lante! a free outdoor event that will feature a live performance by reggaeton star Justin Quiles and “concert salas,” where guests can check out HBO Max’s collection of exclusive Latin music specials. The evening will also include DJ’s, poets, food trucks, games, and local business vendors.

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“I am thrilled to once again commemorate Latino Heritage Month by welcoming the New York Latino Film Festival to The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Film is something that unites us globally, and throughout the pandemic, many relied on film and the arts as a form of both expression and entertainment. As our borough and our city recover, I want to thank the organizers of the New York Latino Film Festival for debuting these wonderful works of art celebrating our customs, our culture, and our history, this Latino Heritage Month in our great borough.”

Info & Tickets:

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Designer Samantha Telfair, thrives with her collection at NYFW

Samantha Telfair to present collection set to defy expectations during New York Fashion Week hosted by Fashion Designers of Latin America

Puerto Rican, Bronx born and raised, Samantha Telfair has earned the reputation as an energetic, exciting and strong leader in the fashion industry with over 10 years of experience.

theMERGER is Sam’s luxury contemporary brand. With it, she merges Uptown and Downtown NYC energy into chic ready-to-wear pieces. Her collection will come to life during the Fashion Designers of Latin America showcase during New York Fashion Week LIVE on September 8, 2021at 8 pm at Lavan 541 NYC.

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Samantha Telfair, founder of theMERGER. (Image via LatinxNewswire)

Her collection, theMERGER. State of Mind, is “inspired by the good times, the bad times, and the times we feel ourselves falling face first into this thing called life.” Through it, Sam details the not-so smooth voyage she’s faced. Her designs weave together to tell the story of where she is and where she comes from, creating a collection of empowerment which can only be described as a New York State of Mind.

“theMERGER. State of Mind collection embodies the energy of my hometown. It personifies the dual nature of the city; romantic but gritty, high-fashion with a city-slicker edge,” says Sam.

“This featured collection is more than designs down a runway,” she continues, “It’s my homecoming parade! It’s my tribute to the city that raised and shaped me. I’ve come a long way from my days on the 6, Just like the song DeJa Vu: If it wasn’t for the Bronx…”

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Right from the beginning, Sam was high-profile. Early in her career she began as a wardrobe stylist dressing celebrities for red carpet appearances, editorial photo shoots, media appearances and music videos before making the shift from stylist to designer. However, it was her former husband, an NBA player who was convicted of gun possession, that had dragged her name through the media. Still, Sam did not let this define her and she continued to push through with her career, establishing herself as a major designer with pieces being worn by Ciara (Self Magazine), Josephine Skriver (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), Julia Michaels and Angela Simmons. This soon led Sam and theMERGER to global recognition, and a front row seat at the FDLA show at NYFW.

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The Fall schedule for SS/2022 FDLA shows will take place during NYFW at its new location, Lavan541, an iconic, exceptional and luxury event venue, located in the heart of Chelsea at 541 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001. 

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FDLA New York Fashion Week agenda. (Photo courtesy of FDLA)

The fashion festivities will kick off with a virtual press conference taking place on Tuesday September 7th at 6:00 pm followed by an up-close in-person showcase featuring the best of Latin-American Fashion Designers, including Sam representing Puerto Rico and FDLA honorary president Agatha Ruiz de La Prada and special guest Custo Barcelona.

For ticket/show information: fdla.co/access 

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Diary of a Future President

‘Diary of a Future President’ empowers young Latinas to dream big 

Disney+ “Diary of a Future President” is inspiring and empowering young Latinas to use their voices, dream big, and become leaders. 

We know the key to raising leaders is to start young. Instilling leadership skills in children is the first step in the road to raising the next generation of future leaders and role models. But to raise a leader, parents need to not only be role models themselves, they also need to surround their child with positive representations of leadership. 

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“Diary of a Future President” is showing young Latinas that they can dream big. (Image Source)

For young Latina girls, the Disney+ family comedy “Diary of a Future President is stepping up to empower and inspire a new generation of future leaders. 

Showing young Latinas that leaders can look like them

The show follows the life of the young Cuban-American Elena Cañero-Reed (Tess Romero) as she navigates the trials and tribulations of middle school. We see glimpses of a future-Elena (Gina Rodriguez) who has become the President of the United States. Told through voice-over narration as adult-Elena reads through her childhood diary, the coming-of-age series follows the future leader as she grows and learns important life lessons that will eventually lead to her future as President.

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“Diary of a Future President” star and executive producer, Gina Rodriguez. (MiamiFilmFestival, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Showrunner, Ilana Peña says she drew inspiration from her own life and upbringing for the creation of the show. Her goal with “Diary of a Future President” was to portray a coming-of-age tale of a future leader with the focus on girlhood, culture, and family. 

“I had seen a lot of stories about boyhood and I have seen a lot of these origin stories where you have this messy, complicated adolescence. But, I had not seen a lot with girlhood and giving girls permission to be messy and flawed,” Peña said in an article with KGET.com. “I wanted to show that they can achieve great things and the messiness is part of their superpower. Their failures are things they can learn from. I wanted to create a show that was inspirational in a lot of ways but also was realistic.”

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“Diary of a Future President” is tackling girlhood and showing young Latinas that leaders can look like them. (Image Source)

In addition to tackling girlhood and inspiring young girls to see themselves as leaders, another important aspect in the creation of the show was culture. Depicting the life of a young Latina and her family in an honest and realistic way was crucial to Peña. In an era where diversity and representation matter, Peña wished to give young Latinas the role models to look up to that looked like them physically and culturally. The message she hopes young Latinas will receive is that they are capable of dreaming big and becoming future leaders too. 

Guiding young leaders to success 

Now entering its second season, “Diary of a Future President” is putting more focus on the importance of adults and how supportive families help empower children to become confident leaders. It’s the people, places, and things that surround children in their youth that will influence who they become. 

Peña and her team hope to give young viewers the adult role models they wished they had growing up. Additionally, Peña has embraced her own role as mentor and role model to the show’s young cast. On set, the young actors are given the opportunity to use their voices, offer suggestions, and participate in the process. The show’s team is a diverse group, with many women in key leadership roles such as Peña herself as showrunner, and Gina Rodriguez as an executive producer, along with many female directors and writers. 

The show’s adult actors have also stepped into the role of parents. Actress Selenis Leyva who portrays Elena’s mother said, “We feel like the second season has opened it up to be a true family show where we see how important it is to have the mother, a father figure, a family unit. Whatever that unit may look like it is still important to have that unit.

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The family show emphasizes the importance of role models and the crucial part parents and family play in shaping future leaders. (Image Source)

“I love that our voices are heard and so important in power this season. The biggest lesson for me once I became a mother is how you always have to be mindful of how you move about your daily life. Your children are always watching,” she added. 

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When asked to give words of guidance to their younger selves, the cast shared words of wisdom in an article with Yahoo!

“I would definitely tell my younger self it’s going to be all right,” Leyva said. “ It really is. It’ll take time, but it’s gonna be all right. It’ll work itself out.”

The cast’s young lead actress, Tess Romero shared her own words of advice. “I would probably say be more outgoing, be more open to trying new things and talking to different people and just experimenting. That’s what being a kid is about.”

Finally, Peña reflected back on her past self, urging young viewers to “Hold on to that spark.” She recalled how as a young girl she was very confident but that over the years that belief in herself waned. 

“I think if you had told teenage me you are going to have a TV show, she would have been like ‘Yes. On Disney? Of course. And we will be on Broadway on the side and we will be in movies and I will have a column in the Miami Herald’,” Peña said to KGET.com. “But, if you had told that to 20-year-old me, or even 25-year-old me, I would have been like ‘Oh no. Not me. I couldn’t.’” 

Tapping back into her past self to create “Diary of a Future President” has reminded her of the strengths she possessed as a young girl. She hopes other young Latinas will tap into that strength as well and never lose it as they grow into future leaders. 

“I think it has been really meaningful to connect with my younger self and get that unapologetic-ness back,” she added, noting that she would instead look to her 13-year-old self for advice, not the other way around. “Diary of a Future President” season 2 is now streaming on Disney+.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Exercise Clothes

Whether you’re a workout fanatic or you are just beginning your fitness journey, it’s important to understand that your exercise clothes can have a massive impact on your workouts. So to ensure you have the best possible workout, here are 5 tips to help you choose the best exercise clothes for your specific needs.

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5 Tips for Choosing the best exercise clothes (Photo by cottonbro from Pexels)

Choose Clothes Specific to Your Activities

Fitness brands usually offer pieces catered specifically to certain activities. Investing in a high-impact sports bra, for example, will provide the ideal support for activities that require a lot of movement such as cardio or running. Skin-tight clothing will be helpful if you’re doing yoga or Pilates because you’ll be able to observe and maintain your positions—something that will prove to be difficult with loose or baggy clothing.

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If you enjoy outdoor exercise, keep weather changes in mind when selecting the best exercise clothes for you and consider adding a light jacket or thermal. (Photo by Blue Bird from Pexels)

Considering your location is also important; if you enjoy outdoor exercises, you’ll also have to deal with weather changes, so having light jackets or thermal wear to throw on will be useful.

Look for Safe and Comfortable Footwear

Shoes with non-skid soles, good heel support, and a cushioned arch is always a safe bet, but you might want to consider special footwear depending on your activity.

For instance, runners need plenty of cushioning for their feet and should consider buying from trusted brands like Nike. One of the best shoes to buy for women is Nike’s React Infinity Run, as it is designed with injury prevention in mind. It uses the brand’s very own React Foam for cushioning, which ensures stability and comfort. The pair is also very versatile, as it can be used for general strength and conditioning training, too. But if you’re into powerlifting or weight training, many pros recommend footwear with flat soles such as Converse sneakers.

Another tip is to make sure you check your shoes’ condition on a regular basis, and to assess if there’s any discomfort in your shins, knees, or ankles, as it might actually be due to the wrong choice of shoes!

Pick the Best Fabrics

Investing in quality fabrics is beneficial to both the comfort and effectiveness of your routines. For example, nylon is one of the most ideal fabrics for physical activity because the material is stretchy, resistant to elements, and quick drying. It’s also highly breathable, unlike cotton.

Selecting the right material will benefit both the comfort and effectiveness of your routines. (Photo by Marta Wave from Pexels)

Also consider compression wear which can increase the circulation and blood flow to the heart. It also helps you reduce fatigue, and eventually improve your power and endurance. Aside from nylon, bamboo, spandex, polypropylene, and polyester are some of the most dependable picks when it comes to activewear.

Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

Quality workout clothes can be a little pricey, so you’ll want to make sure you’re investing in the right pieces specific to your personal needs. Assess whether or not the items you’re purchasing are well-made because when you’re out there pushing your limits to the max, you’ll also be pushing the lifespan of your clothing, too. Ask your workout buddies for brands that they’ve tried out, or do some research online and read up on reviews. It’s also a safe bet to invest in reputable brands as they come with the assurance that you’re paying for longevity. Other than Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are tried and tested when it comes to great quality athletic apparel. However, you might want sport-specific clothing. For instance, Alo Yoga and Lululemon are trusted for their yoga apparel, while Sweaty Betty is great for high impact exercises.

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Choose Between Comfort and Fashion

Why not both? What makes you look and feel good can motivate you to exercise more. Brands are constantly evolving, so you’ll have no problem finding pieces that fit your needs and your style. Science even tells us that the colors you wear directly affect your performance.

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Wearing the right clothes can boost your drive and self-confidence. (Photo by SHVETS production from Pexels)

Red increases your heart rate, which is perfect for high-intensity workouts, while pastels and neutrals give off a sense of calmness, which is suitable for activities like yoga. Wearing clothes that are flattering for your body can also boost your drive and self-confidence. 

Remember that everyone is different; you know your body the best, so choose whatever will make you safe, comfortable, and confident.

Latina athletes inspiring us at the Tokyo Olympic Games

The Olympics are a time to celebrate the accomplishments of athletes from around the world. We gather to watch in awe as they perform fantastic feats and break world records. While many viewers only have eyes for their home country’s athletes, here at Latinas in Business we are rooting for all our Latina athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

We are so inspired by their accomplishments thus far. They are proof that Latinas are strong, determined, and able to achieve anything. 

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn had a big week, winning Gold on Monday in the women’s 100m Hurdles final. The 24-year-old athlete finished in 12.37 seconds, winning by .15 seconds. Keni Harrison from the USA followed in second at 12.52 seconds. Megan Kapper of Jamaica came in third and took home a bronze medal.  

Jasmine’s win marks Puerto Rico’s second ever gold medal and she is the first Puerto Rican of Afro-Latina descent in history to win gold while representing Puerto Rico. 

Latina athletes, Tokyo Olympic Games

jcamachoquinn I AM YOUR 2020 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN THE 100H 🥇(Image via Instagram)

Her win is an inspiration to all young Puerto Rican girls, especially young Latina athletes aspiring to follow in Jasmine’s footsteps. 

After being disqualified from the 2016 Olympics due to crashing into a hurdle, Jasmine’s journey to the Tokyo Olympic Games has been her comeback. 

Speaking to The New York Post she said, “This year I trained really hard. I don’t have a training partner, I train by myself, so I gave it all I had and this is what I wanted for this year. I wanted to be a gold medalist and I got it.”

Neisi Dajomes

In another historic Olympic first, Neisi Dajomes of Ecuador became the first woman representing Ecuador to win a gold medal. The weightlifting champion claimed gold in the women’s 76 kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday. 

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neisi_dajomes Ecuador y Venezuela las medallas se quedan en América Latina 🙌🙌 somos grandes 💪🏽💪🏽 Dios con nosotros. @keydomar @julio_mayora (Image via Instagram)

Neisi achieved her first place win after lifting 263 kg (580 pounds, approximately). She dedicated her win to her mother and brother who both unfortunately passed away. Both were crucial to Neisi’s career as an athlete and it was in fact thanks to her brother, Javier Palacios, that she began her weightlifting career. 

At 11 years old, Neisi would watch her brother train and soon became interested in trying the sport herself. She started with a broomstick to learn the technique, then quickly progressed to lifting real weights. It was clear from the start that she had a spark and the potential to go far. Now she has made history with her gold win for Ecuador at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Yulimar Rojas

Venezuela made history on Sunday as well, when 25-year-old triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas won gold. Yulimar’s win marks Venezuela’s first woman Olympic gold medalist. However, this was not the her only historic feat. 

At 15.67 meters, her stunning jump broke the world record set in 1995 by Ukrainian athlete Inessa Kravets. The record-breaking jump is an inspiration to Latina athletes everywhere. 

Latina athletes, Tokyo Olympic Games

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“I was looking for it, I knew we had that distance in my legs to get it today…the last jump was one to give everything, and it was like that,” she said following her win. “I focused on giving my best… It makes me happy. I have to enjoy it now, and live the experience.” 

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Sarah Robles

Representing the USA, Sarah Robles became the first woman to win two Olympic weightlifting medals. The Latina athlete secured an Olympic bronze medal for her lifted total of 282kg. She previously earned a bronze medal five years ago at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

“It’s a really big deal,” she said in a post-match conference. “I’ve struggled a lot throughout my career, it almost feels like I’ve been going uphill both ways with the wind against me. Going from the bottom in the sport, to the top in the sport, to making history in this sport means a lot to me.”

When combined with Kate Nye’s silver medal earned Sunday in the women’s 76kg, this is also the first time USA Weightlifting has earned two medals at an Olympic Games in 21 years

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On Instagram, Sarah expressed her thoughts regarding the treatment of women in sports and the struggles many athletes still face based on their gender. 

“Women’s sports are vastly under supported and represented. Often times when they are represented, it’s poorly and typically image, not performance, focused….I like saying it’s like running a mile race and you gave the men a 3/4 mile head start. You can’t really say that women aren’t good or worthy of the time /resources. We’re constantly playing catch up!” 

We are so proud of all the Latina athletes participating at the Tokyo Olympic Games and all they have achieved so far. Latinas are unstoppable!

DACA, Dreamers,

DACA in doubt after court ruling: 3 questions answered

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Author: Kevin Johnson, University of California, Davis

Editor’s note: A federal court in Texas delivered a blow to an Obama-era federal program shielding hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled on July 16, 2021, in Texas v. United States that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was unlawful. Hanen put a hold on new applications. The decision caught many people off guard because, in 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected then-President Donald Trump’s effort to dismantle DACA, leaving the policy mostly intact.

The federal government under President Joe Biden has been accepting new applications for DACA protections. That must now stop, Hanen ruled.

We asked legal scholar Kevin Johnson, who specializes in immigration law, to explain what impact Hanen’s ruling will have on DACA – and what comes next.

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1. If the Supreme Court already ruled DACA could continue, how can it be unlawful?

In Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California, the Supreme Court did not decide whether DACA, established by President Barack Obama in 2012, was lawful. It held only that in its efforts to end DACA, the Trump administration had not followed the proper procedures required by the federal Administrative Procedure Act to terminate the policy.

In a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled that President Trump’s attempt to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” because it had failed to adequately account for, among other things, the severe disruption of the lives of DACA recipients who had relied on the program in making life decisions.

By so doing, Trump had violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and, thus, his administration’s attempt to invalidate DACA was unlawful. As a result, the immigrants already protected by DACA would maintain their legal status, and the ruling seemed to require the administration to allow new DACA applications.

But the Trump administration refused to allow new applications to the program.

In Texas v. United States, Judge Hanen reviewed a different decision by a different president – the Biden administration’s decision to resume accepting new DACA applications. But his ruling relied on the Supreme Court’s analysis of President Trump’s attempted termination of DACA.

Hanen found that the Biden administration had not reopened applications following appropriate procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires allowing public notice and comment on the policy. As such, he ruled, the Biden administration could not accept new DACA applications.

2. What does the Texas court’s decision mean for current DACA recipients?

Judge Hanen’s ruling only bars the approval of new DACA applications. It does not eliminate DACA relief for the approximately 690,000 people already enrolled in the program.

Current DACA recipients may still apply for renewals every two years. The Biden administration is likely to grant those renewals absent a change in the applicant’s circumstances, such as a serious criminal conviction.

Put simply, for the time being, current DACA recipients are protected from deportation, but the Biden administration can no longer offer that same protection to other undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – even if technically it seems they could apply for DACA.

3. What’s next in the DACA debate?

President Biden has said his administration will appeal Judge Hanen’s ruling, and the Supreme Court ultimately could take the case. If the ruling were reversed by a higher court, the Biden administration would be permitted to approve new DACA applications.

The courts aren’t the only place where DACA’s legal problems could be addressed. Biden, immigrant rights advocates and congressional Democrats, including Sen. Dick Durbin, are now calling for lawmakers to pass legislation permanently protecting DACA recipients.

The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 – introduced to Congress during President Trump’s campaign to end DACA – would provide a pathway to citizenship for current DACA recipients. That immigration reform would give them lasting legal status, rather than the temporary – and revocable – relief from deportation offered by DACA.

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Kevin Johnson, Dean and Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Davis