LAtina Civil Rights


Rarely acknowledged, never talked about, few know their herstory (including young Latinas). How then, do we pass on folklore and more importantly, how do we pass on history, law, and policy? Higher Education. How do we make higher education accessible to the lower class? the immigrants? the first generation citizens? Womyn? Illiterate generations?

Unfortunately, we don't. We have chosen to move on and ignore the past. However, past inadequacies quickly catch up and put a mirror to our poor results. We cannot deny our poor performance but the result is much more than pass/fail. We must acknowledge the racism in our education.

When brown and black students do not have access to Advanced Placement courses (in order to compete in higher educational institutions), or are tracked into high school vocational or athletic programs instead of college preparatory courses, there is a race-based pre-textual education occurring-where colored children are being tracked into lower class educational careers via lack of access to competitive course curriculum.

In other words, a student from Compton High School (or Jefferson or HP High or Bell High) could never compete with a student from Harvard Westlake or Buckley or a public high school like Marshall. Why? because, the course curriculum at the private schools and west side schools are designed to mimic the community college and first-year courses at universities (which then grant points for passing these classes). The end result excludes low-income students of color by not providing the same educational resources (AP classes, extra-curricular activities, and coding courses) in order to compete at universities and receive scholarships instead of accumulating debt under the guise of financial aid. 🎓

Edible Art in DTLA!

The sold out pop-up Museum of Ice Cream is a must for the entire familia, friends, and date night!   The museum is a traveling pop-up so sign-up on their website for dates near your city.   Don’t expect your typical museum experience.  This museum is purposefully set-up to be super interactive and sweet!   Making it a fun and stress free experience for parents and kids!  


Be warned that each exhibit serves an artisanal ice cream or sweet treat so get ready for the sugar rush and don’t count calories…just eat your ART 🍭🎉


Meanwhile, art by Abel Bentin is accompanied with an Oreo cookie dough cone infused with carbon – it was delicious! 

This exhibit asked you to take a moment and smell the mint, spray the mint, and eat the best mint chip mochi ice cream by MiMo 😍 

The only stressful section of the museum with kids are of course the giant popsicles that you can’t touch!!! 

The best part is the sprinkle pool…just don’t jump off the diving the board (like my kids)!

This place is truly a wonderful experience that put a smile on all our faces and sparked some creative discourse and delicious summer cravings!

Bananas 🍌 hang from a ceiling, high down to the ground 😎

Thinking about wearing these to court or my next parent teacher conference. 🍭


Remember, we will not respect museums that don’t tell the truth.  This one does.   After eating ice cream and expanding your mind, head on over to the Fishermen’s Outlet on 7th and Alameda for the best seafood joint in L.A.  Get the chowder, fried shrimp and fries for the kids, the grilled shrimp and scallops, and pretty much anything on the menu!  Enjoy 💋

LATINX Feminism 

Introduce yourself, if you haven’t already to LatCrit Theory and discover what Latina Feminism means.  Cherríe Moraga is a great place to start (a great gift for the senior graduating in your life, mom, grandma, your bff).  If you are a parent (regardless of your race, ethnicity, sex, or religion) learn how to unschool your children of a rhetoric that has hurt the Latina/o community, learn and pass on the history of the Lemon Grove Incident, talk about access to quality education, ask why Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands was banned from Arizona high schools in 2013, and why “the revolution starts at home.” 💋 Happy Friday 👯

M.O.M. Salsa Night at La Descarga 💃🏽

Every M.O.M. needs a Salsa night out and La Descarga is the best spot for newbies to the scene.  The club offers a burlesque show at 10 p.m., a full Rum Bar and a cigar bar in the back room.  ​

What to wear? Well, not what the dancer is wearing unless, you have amazing salsa 💃🏽 shines!  Just wear something you feel confident, comfortable, and that breathes well because it gets hot!

​​While waiting to get in the club you’ll notice the delicious smell of the best midnight taco stand in L.A., right next door!  Order all!  Happy dancing and eating! 

Zip Code Education 

A zip code determines an education.  A zip code determines the likelihood of going to prison.  A zip code determines the probability of being racially profiled.  A zip code determines the likelihood of going to college.  A zip code determines your choices for a quality public school education.  A zip code determines the quality of your education and tracks you into the prison pipeline. 🎓

Style is in the details…

Style is in the details, from your lips to your ankles, so choose carefully!  Every mujer needs a lip color that accentuates her natural pigment in a rose tone (not nude).  I’m obsessed with Bite Beauty in Pastille (shown above) this color is great for every skin tone!  Since beauty ain’t cheap, start out with some samples before committing (frugal tip: Sephora is giving away a Bite sample for 100 points!).   

Every outfit always needs earrings and some arm candy.  Why you ask?  Because we often speak with our hands and a great bracelet will complement whatever you’re saying 🤔  and earrings bring attention to your neck and gorgeous hair style 😎. Lastly, accessories make your outfit, so invest wisely and pick pieces that are timeless.  

I love interesting earrings and bracelets that don’t scratch easily.  Every mujer needs diamond and pearl studs (or at least some that look real), after that, you need pieces that complement your style.  I’m obsessed with everything by Giles & Brothers (shown above)!  Frugal tip: I grabbed these pieces at a sample sale in L.A. for $20!  

Happy Frugal Shopping! 💋

GATE: Gifted and Talented Education?

As parents we all believe our child is special and gifted and a prodigy!  And then you meet someone else’s child and their kid has an expanded vocabulary, reads, does advanced math, speaks another language, works well independently, and reality sets in…my kid is not a GATE child, but yours might be 📚

If your child exhibits the above characteristics and is also a keen observer, compassionate and highly sensitive, has a great memory and learns new concepts quickly and with ease,  you may have a GATE child that needs specialized education.

Public schools begin testing in third grade and will group the GATE students with a particular teacher that is certified to teach GATE students.  It is important to identify your child  early so that you don’t confuse their perfectionist and sensitive personality with crazy tantrums.  And more importantly, a GATE child like an autistic child, needs to be in the right environment for his/her learning style.

Ask your school teacher about the GATE program and don’t be shy about being the mom with a genius child! 👑💃🏽

LATINX WOMEN’S MARCH

MARCH FOR EQUALITY, CONTROL, & FREEDOM

                                       Even the most thoughtless, even the most deluded                                                   black person [latina/o, asian, jew, muslim or woman]                                            knows more about his [or her] life than the image he                                             [or she] is offered as the justification of it.                                                                                                                                                    — James Baldwin

The most important border crossers in the Southwest, are U.S. firms that use special tax breaks and the provisions of international trade agreements to set up maquiladora plants on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Mexico offers low-wage labor, mostly women, in  maquiladora zones that provide opportunities for large profits for California businesses and investors.  Planned Parenthood provides birth control to women at maquiladora plants.  Controlling a women’s body has always been essential to corporate profit and patriarchal societies.

“For many decades and in many forms, Latina womyn have been exploited, controlled, over sexualized, marginalized, uneducated, demonized, oppressed, silenced, ignored, stereotyped, neglected, and overlooked by our government, politicians, and policy.   Representation in spaces of power are necessary…and higher education is the only secure path.  There are many issues surrounding the Latina condition, however, education and reproductive justice are essential rhetoric in Latina discourse.”  [Read more in McCall’s forthcoming book].

The Latina feminist voice is ready to speak truth.  So, let’s warm up, stand up, and women up for tomorrow’s march towards equality, control and freedom! #LAwtinaMOM

Sweat Pilates studio, Toe Socks, LAwtina M.O.M. FBR baseball cap

On a side note, we just tried sweat pilates and highly recommend it!  Little muscles that we have not felt since our dance and ultra-fit days (pre-babies) hurt again!  Fit mind, strong body, balanced soul! March on!  #yeswecan #sisepuede

xoxo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

The Last Minute Gift Guide 😎

You waited, and waited, and now you are scrambling for last minute 🎁 gifts 🎁 Whether it’s for the Holidays, a birthday for that special family member or friend, these gifts will get you brownie points 🦄

1.  The Cafe Fuerte mug is an essential for the fierce mujer, activist, and coffee lover in your VIDA 💋💄💼🎓👑 (available on our online boutique), along with Essie nail polish, and chic pencils to match;

2.  A Gorjana necklace is perfect for the fashionista in your life.  💖😍 this piece because it’s a 3-in-1 accessory!  Perfect for a jet-setter of any age! ($58-$75 @ gorjana.com);

3.  Simple Luxury…Kendall Conrad.   Anything by Conrad is always welcomed!  Your girlfriend, wife, and mom will love a handbag or bracelet, or earrings, or rings! 😍;


4. For the fashion conscious father, brother, or husband, Kit Ace and Miansai are your answer for simple modern essentials.  We also love a great baseball cap and Happy socks as stocking stuffers and small Hanukkah gifts👊🏾;  

 5.  For the hipster and hostess on your list, vintage kitchen items!  Salt servers and platters are perfect💗  And if you include a vintage little clutch 👛 you are on the 😎 list!  Visit your neighborhood thrift store. 

6.   For the kids, Burro in Venice, Ragg Tattoo in Beverly Hills, and Reginal’s in Century City will offer creative and chic options for toys and outfits!  We always include a book and a STEM toy.  Legos , a telescope, or science kits make great gifts 🔬 

7.  Splurging on your BAE!  Buy her an Hermes scarf and buy him a belt. 

8.  Essentials!  For a mind over matter gift, we highly suggest including 😎 King (a documentary), a vintage map and history book of your grandparents country, art (tickets to the theater, museum, symphony)🎁

Happy Gifting! 🦄⛷💋

A lifestyle blog with special emphasis on education, women's issues, and raising bicultural children, from the perspective of one LAwtina M.O.M. raising a bunch of kids in the city and balancing a career, while trying to stay chic, fit, sane and informed! Why the name? the law affects ALL mujeres – if it affects one it affects all of us – we are all LAWTINAS!