Reggaetón has been popular among the Latino community for decades. But lately, its audience has diversified, attracting the attention of English-speaking artists. But is it a form of cultural cherry-picking?
Bad Bunny is more than just a top reggaetonero from Puerto Rico. Along with his rising success reaching an all-time high last year, Bad Bunny also uses his talents to shine a light on the social issues encountered by Puerto Ricans.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.