Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

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Bomba & Plena Music Are Giving A New Voice to Afro-Latinx Communities

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
The uniquely Puerto Rican musical styles of bomba and plena are deeply rooted in the island’s African roots. When most Boricuas hear the deep drum beats of bomba and plena, we can’t help but move our bodies. When we hear...
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Puerto Rican Director Ángel Manuel Soto Will Direct Blue Beetle, the First Latino Superhero Movie

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
When new broke that Disney was releasing Encanto, a film about a family in Colombia, it felt like a major step toward better representation. Now we can add Latinx superheroes to the mix with the recent announcement that actress Sasha...
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My Multi-Racial Kids Helped Me Connect With My Afro-Latinx Identity

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
From as early as I can remember, I recall my Puerto Rican parents and grandparents drilling into me that we were a mixture of African, European and Taíno. That knowledge and the rich culture associated with that particular Afro-Caribbean genetic...
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Why Latinx Moms Need to Know the Truth About Black History in America

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
As a Latina mom who was born and raised in the United States and is now raising children in the same racism-plagued country, my eyes are open. They haven’t always been, at least not completely, though something was always there...
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Dominican Singer Natti Natasha Announces She’s Pregnant After Battling Infertility

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Dominican singer Natti Natasha has officially announced that she is pregnant with her first child with her fiancé Raphy Pina. At the 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro, Natti cradled her belly while performing her hit with Prince Royce “Antes Que Salga...
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10 Resources to Help You Teach Your Kids About Black History Month

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Most parents recognize the importance of Black History Month and understand why we should be putting in the extra effort to teach our kids more about historic Black figures as well as about the struggles, perspectives, accomplishments,  advancements and contributions...
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10 Latinx-Inspired Valentine’s Day Crafts to Do With Kids

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s actually on a weekend this year, which means many of us will be spending the holiday with our kiddos. Of course, kids are used to tons of in-school festivities for Valentine’s...
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These 12 Afro-Latinx Small Businesses Can Have All Our Money

We are living in an age of entrepreneurship. Everybody has a side hustle, and lots of people are finding ways to quit the 9-to-5 and turn their self-employment dreams into a reality. These days, small businesses can reach a much...
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A Latinx ‘Bridgerton’ Would Be Crazy & These Social Media Posts Prove It

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
I enjoyed Bridgerton. I really did. It was indulgent, frivolous and totally addictive, just as any truly binge-worthy TV show should be. As the first of eight total series currently in development by Netflix and TV veteran Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s...
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12 Latinx Shows to Watch Your Favorite Latinx Actors in This Year

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
We can all agree that TV was a mess most of last year, but lots of shows are slowly making their way back onto our screens, and we literally can’t wait to catch up on our favorites. Sadly, some TV...
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Selena Gomez’s First Full-Length Spanish Album Will Drop in March

International pop star Selena Gomez officially announced on Instagram that her first ever full-length Spanish album will drop on March 12. The announcement comes just days after Selena who is of Mexican descent released a Spanish language single titled, “De...