Archive | November, 2011

Puss In Boots

18 Nov

Last week, I went to watch Puss in Boots with my mother. I take every opportunity I can to support the Latino community, and this movie was no exception. It featured the voices of Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, who in my opinion have been truly instrumental in making Latinos more prominent in Hollywood.

In addition, the movie centered around a cat, and as a future crazy cat lady, I had to endorse it. I only expected something light and fun, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very funny, but it didn’t fall back on stereotypes about Latinos in order to make it humorous. Many films fall back on outdated tropes, but this one did not.

In my opinion, it is this that has made the movie so successful. It features Latino characters, but it does not stereotype them. Hollywood should take notice, and create true Latino characters without relying on the “hot Latina” or the “cholo Latino”. In order to make a film about true Latinos, Hollywood needs to learn to create intricate, many-layered characters.

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An Example to Follow

11 Nov

When I first heard of Shakira, she was a wild-haired singer with unique music. Years later, she is more commercialized. She has significantly conformed to mainstream society by dyeing her hair blonde, dressing more provocatively, and performing music that is accepted by more people. Additionally, she has made the crossover from singing Spanish songs to performing in English.

It would be easy to dismiss her as just another good musician turned pop. It would also be easy to say that in order to gain sales, she let herself become objectified as just another sexy Latina.

However, Shakira is much more than that. Through her popularity and her album sales, she has brought to the forefront the plight of the poor. She created the Pies Descalzos Foundation, and has raised millions to aid those in poverty and help educate them.

Shakira has gone mainstream, yes, but in my opinion, doing so has let her help more people in need. If she wasn’t as popular, she would not have the resources to do all the amazing humanitarian work she does.

This week, she was recognized as the Latin Grammy Person of the Year. Indeed, with her significant album sales and her humanitarian work, she is an example for all Latinas to follow.