Shakira Fights for the Youth

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In case you missed it, yesterday’s New York Times Magazine included a great article all about Shakira and Alas, the foundation the Colombian singer and other stars launched in 2006 to combat childhood poverty. In the story, editor Scott Malcomson writes about a flight from Miami to San Salvador in which he joined Shakira and Spanish vocalist Alejandro Sanz, who were flying over to attend an Ibero-American summit meeting and speak about early child development to Latin American leaders.

The story focuses on Shakira’s efforts to defend the young: “When a child is born poor, he will die poor, unless he receives an opportunity. That opportunity is education. It’s that helping hand that they’re looking for. Latin America is a young continent, it’s malleable, it’s flexible. We still can change,” she told Malcolmson, who notes that “she is not someone whom it would be reasonable to underestimate.” Check out the piece here and let me know what you think.

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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 TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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