Jillian Mercado: Latina Model Seeks To Bring Inclusivity to Fashion

By Rosario B. Diaz

The modeling and fashion industry has been notorious for showing consumers a distorted image of what it means to be “beautiful.” With unrealistic beauty standards that display stick-thin (and often photoshopped) images of women, the business has convinced an entire generation of young minds that the fashion industry is exclusive only to those who fit these standards. Fortunately, recent years have shown a backlash against these images, and there’s now a movement to dispel the myth that only one type of body can be displayed. Jillian Mercado is a part of that movement, and it all started when the young Latina, who also happened to have been born with muscular dystrophy, decided she wanted to not only work in the fashion industry, but to be up front and center. Continue reading Jillian Mercado: Latina Model Seeks To Bring Inclusivity to Fashion

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Los Lobos, J Balvin Honored at 24th Annual BMI Latin Music Awards

It’s a night to honor some of the best talent in music, radio and television in the U.S., and several Latino artists and songwriters were recognized at the 24th annual BMI Latin Music Awards in Beverly Hills. Among the winners announced Tuesday night were Reggaeton star J Balvin, Mexican singer and songwriter Horacio Palencia, and the Grammy-award winning group Los Lobos.

Los Lobos stole the show with their performance of “La Vengaza de los Pelados,” “Teresa,” and “La Bamba.” The BMI Latin Music Awards recognized them with the biggest award of the night, the BMI Icon Award, for being one of the “most acclaimed American bands of the past four decade.”

J Balvin’s 2016 hit reggaeton song “Ginza” was also honored at the award show with the BMI Contemporary Latin Song of the Year.

Horacio Palencia walked away with two awards including the BMI Regional Mexican Song of the Year for “Solo Con Verte,” and the BMI Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year award.

Continue onto NBC News to read the complete list of winners and more!

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‘Growing Up Gonzales’: Playwright’s Bittersweet Slice of Latino Identity

In the play “Growing Up Gonzales,” a young boy eyes his abuela (grandmother) searching through the pockets of his abuelo’s (grandfather’s) pants for spare change. “I’m not stealing,” the abuela declares, “I’m budgeting.” In another scene, the mistress of a deceased family member shows up at his funeral, with explosive consequences. Later, a character blithely declares that, “Death is God’s way of making the line short at Sears.” Continue reading ‘Growing Up Gonzales’: Playwright’s Bittersweet Slice of Latino Identity

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Bud Light and the NBA Launch New Lifestyle Partnership With Latino Designers

Last Thursday night, Remezcla and Bud Light teamed up to bring the “Bud Light Distrito” to life, celebrating the Latino NBA fans and players in conjunction with the beginning of the league’s Noches Ene-Be-A campaign. Bud Light also helped link the NBA up with Dominican-American artist Tony Peralta, who created exclusive merchandise and art inspired by the New York Knicks’ “Nueva York” logo.

After Los Knicks took on Los Nets at Madison Square Garden, the celebrations headed to the Meatpacking District, as Bud Light hosted a private after-party at Subrosa. The after-party turn-up was soundtracked by DJ Camilo, and featured a live performance from rapper Lito Kirino.

Among the guests at the “Bud Light Distrito” were actor Adrian Martinez; Hot 97’s Laura Stylez; Dominican stylist and FILA designer Ariel G; Natalie Albino of New York R&B duo Nina Sky; Puerto Rican poet Lemon Anderson; and Gotham actor J.W. Cortes. Even Knicks center Willy Hernangómez dropped by the club to join in on the celebrations, as did NYC FC and Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita.

The NBA’s Noches Ene Be A provided the perfect opportunity to partner up with Bud Light in order to highlight the Latinos creating our basketball culture, whether it be on the court or in the stands. While Latinos aren’t represented in huge numbers in the NBA, the fanbase is growing at a fast rate, and the league has done a top-notch job putting the spotlight on them every year.

Continue onto Remezcla to see more highlights from the event!

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