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The top Latinos and Latinas to watch in 2023
Latin America continues to produce some of the world’s most exciting talents. These are the ones to keep an eye on over the next year.
For Latinos the American Dream is not about the individual – it's about family
The concept of "going it alone" is at odds with our identities and cultural heritages. "For Hispanics, our dreams, and our very identity, involve our family. Achieving the 'American Dream' is meaningless if we lose our Latin soul in the process," television host Daniel Ortiz says.
The sound of a nation: Where did mariachi originate?

Characterized by a distinctive grito, mariachi is the ultimate melodic expression of heartache and happiness.

The terms Hispanic and Latino should not be mixed
While each person is free to identify themself in their own way, understanding the roots of the terms is fundamental.
The iconic Latino actors changing the face of Hollywood
Their phenomenal success is making the movie industry rethink its entire approach to immigrant and minority ethnic actors.
¡Feliz año nuevo! Central American traditions to see in the new year
A new year brings with it 365 new possibilities – some years even bring 366! In Central America, we have some small ways to mark the start of a new cycle around the sun even more special, with celebrations based either on superstitions and traditions that have been passed down to us from previous generations.
High-end fashion labels are co-opting Latino designs
Admiring and drawing inspiration from Latino culture is to be expected: it is rich, colorful, and bursting with creativity. However, in recent years, many clothing brands, from high-end designers to fast-fashion labels, have overstepped the mark and engaged in what many have labeled as "cultural appropriation".
Seven popular holiday traditions in Central America
Living anywhere in Central America is a joy. We have the perfect climate, with balmy weather, delicious food, landscapes full of evergreen jungle, and, above all, the most wonderful people. In fact, the best thing about Central America is without a doubt its people: always smiling and always willing to help, we welcome visitors to our countries with open arms and make them part of our family in the blink of an eye.
Why Latino home cooking is so nostalgic
Have you ever taken a bite of something and felt as if you were suddenly transported to another time and place? Our food, specifically our home-cooked meals, has the exceptional power to do just this.
What is the Leyenda de El Cadejo?
What I'm about to tell you, may seem like fantasy, but it truly did happen to me a few years ago. And it made me realize that the most important lessons in life often come disguised as events that defy explanation or logic.
¡Qué chévere! Celebrating ten great Latino slang phrases
Today, slang – or jerga – is no longer seen as something "less than". Instead, it has become a colorful addition to our existing language that allows us to succinctly and emotively capture and communicate a feeling.
For Latinos, Christmas is better on the beach
We've all heard of a white Christmas: the crisp mornings, the snow flakes falling, the almost unbearable cold, being curled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. In short, everything that the movies have led us to believe Christmas is all about. But little has been said about celebrating the festive season on a beach in the Tropics – a place that is not only naturally warmer but exudes another type of warmth – one that comes, in large part, from the people who live there.
Cool inventions: How the Incas gave us freeze-drying
We know that the Inca Empire was one of the greatest in history. They were the largest-ever empire on the American continent. And as such, their agricultural innovations were remarkable. So vast was their empire, in fact, that they fed it using a network of irrigated terrace plantations planted with a variety of staples, including potatoes.
Cosechas: Costa Rica in a cup
Ordering at Cosechas is all about choice. You can, of course, order off the menu, which has mouthwatering combinations of pineapple, celery, cucumber and parsley; orange, mango and peach; and banana, pineapple, mango and avocado. But the real fun is in customizing your own smoothie from the watermelon-coloured counter, where you will find a whole range of fresh, seasonal, and delicious fruits and vegetables to choose from.
Lucha libre: A metaphor for life
Some say if you have never seen a lucha libre fight in the Arena México in Ciudad de México, you haven’t lived. While I wouldn't go quite so far, the sentiment holds true. From the colorful masks to the unique personalities of the luchadores, lucha libre is much more than a sport.
Ancient innovators: We’ve all learnt from the Incas
"The Incas created the greatest empire that existed in the southern hemisphere, incorporating the cultural and technological advances of the ancestral cultures that they conquered," José María Fernández Díaz-Formentí, a researcher, notes. José is right, of course. In addition to creating the first roads and suspension bridges, accounting systems and pioneering brain surgery, the Inca also saved the world from (potential) starvation.
How telenovelas influenced soap operas
When Ugly Betty was first released in the US, it was an instant hit. Consisting of 42-minute episodes across five seasons, it followed the character of US-Mexican Betty Suárez as she experienced the ups and downs of a job at a fashion magazine. However the same story had already played out a decade before in the Colombian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea.
We gave salsa to the world
"We all have an innate pride in knowing how to dance and move our hips," says Teo Gómez, the owner and main dance instructor at The Salsa Sabrosa School in New York. "It also gives an important sense of identity where one can feel represented by something as global as a musical genre."
Doña Angela: The abuelita outperforming Gordon Ramsay on YouTube
"She reminds me so much of my grandmother that has passed on," says a commenter on one Latinometrics article. "It gives me a small connection to my grandmother trying to teach me how to cook food from our heritage. Unfortunately, I was (too) stubborn to learn when I was a kid. Her videos take me back."
The Maya discovered the world’s favorite treat
Despite decades of inaccurate portrayals of the Maya in US and European media, they developed one of the world's largest and most advanced civilizations in Mesoamerica over 2,000 years ago. Mysteriously, these advances are overlooked as textbooks educate children about the advances of "less melanated" civilizations.
Five podcasts that empower Latinos
Podcasts – those nifty audio episodes on everything from true-crime deep dives to advice on how to make the perfect guacamole – have taken the world by storm. According to recent data, there are over 383 million podcast listeners across the globe, of which 100 million are located in the US, 2.4 million podcasts and more than 66 million episodes.