By Samantha Leal | 08/07/2012 - 15:00
Dineen Laurel Lopez, 20, who goes by Dineen Laurel, is a New York City native who produces her own music and is already working on her second album. We got the scoop from the student-songstress on balancing her studies, the inspiration for her music, and her dream collaboration (hint: he brought sexy back).
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
"I'm Puerto Rican and European. I was born and raised in 'Loisaida' where Salsa was created!"
By Desiree Browne | 07/31/2012 - 16:00
Alicia Estrada, founder and CEO of Stop Staring! clothing is inspiring us this week. The Mexican-American Los Angeles native starting sewing her own clothes at age 16 and hasn’t looked back since. After a brief stint as an accounting major, the self-described “punk rock girl” took her vintage-influenced style to Long Beach City College’s fashion design program. Soon enough, big boutiques noticed her designs and she grew with the demand. Fourteen years later, the classic looks of Stop Staring! are the favorites of regular girls and red carpet starlets alike.
By Valerie Tejeda | 07/25/2012 - 15:00
Angela Rosas is the inspiring Latina for the week because of her passion and commitment to helping and serving people in her community. The 28-year-old Mexican American is the founder and creator of the non-profit organization Chicas Latinas in Sacramento, California. Angela created Chicas Latinas de Sacramento back in 2009 with the goal to increase Latina cultural awareness and volunteerism. The group provides on-going volunteer and community support to organizations such as Weave Inc., The Sacramento Homeless Connect, and The Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center.
By Sugey Palomares | 07/17/2012 - 15:00
Nicole Hernandez, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, achieves her career and personal goals with grace and conviction. The 26-year-old Cuban-American is strongly dedicated to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and developed the Art for a Cure annual fundraiser event in Coral Gables, Miami. She also just completed her Master's degree in Business Administration at the University of Miami. We spoke to her about her efforts to make a change towards diabetes research and what she loves most about being Latina.
By Sugey Palomares | 07/10/2012 - 16:00
Our resident intern, Zolanlly Gutierrez is this week's inspiring young Latina for her strong work ethic and dedication to survivors of domestic violence. The Dominican-American writer is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Print Journalism and minoring in Spanish. Get inspired by the Queens native's story below:
What led you to pursue a career in journalism?
By Sugey Palomares | 07/03/2012 - 16:12
The executive director of the Chicago-based theatre company Teatro Luna, Alexandra Meda is our inspiring Latina of the week for her relentless effort to make sure that our stories are told on stage. The Colombian and Argentine 27-year-old graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Theatre Studies and BA in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Gender and Popular Culture. Read more about her story and get inspired below:
What led you to pursue a career in the arts?
By Sugey Palomares | 06/26/2012 - 16:00
Alyssa Vera Ramos is the inspiring Latina of the week for her strong passion for theater and teaching. The Chicago native and Northwestern University graduate is a facilitator for the non-profit organization, For Youth Inquiry, a performing health collective, which helps inspire and educate inner-city teens. We got a chance to chat with Alyssa about her community work and love for the arts. Check it out below!
What inspired you to pursue a career in the drama arts?
By Sugey Palomares | 06/19/2012 - 15:41
Molecular biologist, Lydia Villa-Komaroff is this week’s inspiring Latina for her strong dedication to the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem campaign, which empowers women to be confident and let their inner beauty shine. The Mexican American scientist began her college education at the University of Washington in Seattle and later transferred to Goucher College in Maryland.
By Sugey Palomares | 06/13/2012 - 18:00
Sixteen-year-old Beatriz Rivera is this week’s Inspiring Latina for her strong dedication to completing her education despite the challenges she faces due to her dyslexia. The Spanish Harlem, New York teen strives to graduate high school and continue on her path to higher education. Unfortunately, the public school system doesn’t provide enough academic support for children with special needs. Find out more about her inspiring story and how you can help below:
By Sugey Palomares | 05/30/2012 - 16:00
Felicia Alcaraz is a Latina who honors her roots and makes us proud with her dedication to raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The California native works as a Continuity Director for Clear Channel’s 99.1 KGGI-FM and won the 2012 Inland Empire Woman of the Year for her work with LLS. Felicia is currently working on her Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy, which she hopes to earn by 2013.