Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Spring Break for Adults: Four Swimsuit-Ready Destinations
Spring Break for Adults: Four Swimsuit-Ready Destinations

Just because it’s been years since you were a college co-ed, doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the age-old ritual of spring break and take advantage of all the sun and fun. We’ve found some more adult versions of beach spots popular with adolescents. Tequila shots and booty shaking are up to you.

Florida

Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach both lure thousands of rowdy students for nonstop partying and wet t-shirt contests galore.


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DJ Afro
EXCLUSIVE: DJ Afro of Los Amigos Invisibles Makes His Solo Debut

Los Amigos Invisibles’ primary songwriter and guitarist, Jose Luis Pardo (aka DJ Afro), is making his solo debut this week with Free (Nacional), an eclectic album that coasts a wide musical landscape. So what can we expect from the man responsible for many of the hits that made the Venezuelan party band a sensation over the last 20 years? The answer is anything, as the record’s title implies. We caught up with Pardo ahead of the release and here’s what he had to say:


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New Hope for Latinas Afflicted with Lupus
New Hope for Latinas Afflicted with Lupus

The bad news: Latinas and other women of color are three times likelier to develop lupus, a debilitating immune system disease that attacks healthy cells and tissues all over the body. The good news: For the first time in 50 years, there is a drug to treat this painful condition.

The medication Benlysta was approved this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), giving hope to the 1.5 million Americans affected by lupus.


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Women's Healthcare
Our Reproductive Health Under Attack: How a New Bill Would Affect Latinas

Politicians have been waging a war against women across the country, pushing an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood and other free or low-cost clinics vital for our reproductive health. The amendment has already made it past the House of Representatives and could go even further if U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who introduced the amendment, has his way. We talked to Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, deputy director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), to find out how this would impact us directly.


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Get Your Dancing Shoes! Carnival is Here!
Get Your Dancing Shoes! Carnival is Here!

Carnival kicked off this weekend, which means it’s time to let loose before Lent rolls around. Not that you have to be Catholic to indulge in a little church-sanctioned debauchery. Hedonists of all stripes can party at celebrations all across Latin America. Just pick your destination.

Barranquilla, Colombia


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Grammy Awards 2011 Celebrate the Best of the Best
Grammy Awards 2011 Celebrate the Best of the Best

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, indeed! The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night opened with an all-woman tribute to the Aretha Franklin, who is rumored to be battling cancer. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine), Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride did the Queen of Soul justice by belting out some of her most iconic hits.


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EXCLUSIVE: Esperanza Spaulding
EXCLUSIVE: Esperanza Spalding says "It’s an Honor" to Be Nominated for Best New Artist Grammy

Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding has opened for Prince, performed for President Obama and now she’s up for a Best New Artist award at this Sunday’s Grammys. If you don’t know who she is, you better catch up—fast. The 27-year-old multi-lingual singer, bassist, composer and arranger is a pretty big deal in the jazz world and beyond. Just listen to her third album, Chamber Music Society, and you’ll realize why. We recently got a chance to chat with her, and here’s what she had to say:


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How Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Became a Superstar

Nominated for a total of seven Grammys, 25-year-old Bruno Mars was undeniably 2010’s biggest breakout star. The Hawaiian-born musician, who is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, is up for megaphones as a singer, songwriter and producer, proving his status as an in-demand triple-threat artist.

If you’re wondering how he rose to the top so quickly, we’ve charted his course from Elvis impersonator to Producer of the Year nominee.


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Los Amigos Invisibles
Q&A: Catching Up with Los Amigos Invisibles

Venezuelan party starters Los Amigos Invisibles are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Yes, that’s right, the sextet’s fusion-fueled grooves have been filling dance floors for the last two decades! They’re marking the occasion with a cross-country tour that kicks off on Monday. We had a chance to chat with primary songwriter and guitarist Jose Luis Pardo, and here’s what he had to say:

Congratulations! Twenty years is a long time.


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