Join us for a look back at the newsmakers of 2010—from the election of the first Latina governor to the controversial Arizona immigration law.
1. You Become Family
La familia knows no boundaries, so you’ll be invited to all the big family parties, and your Saturday nights will be filled with dancing and eating the best lechon you’ve ever had.
2. She's Beyond Loyal
Loyalty is valued by most people, but especially Latinas. We want you all to ourselves, and though it can be overwhelming at times, it’s comforting knowing we want you and only you. We will be loyal till the end.
3. 2010 Year in News: Chilean Miners
The Chilean Miners thrill, resurrect
They were rescued on October 12 and 13. By Halloween, Chilean miner costumes were all the rage. That’s how quickly the 33 men trapped miles underground entered the world’s consciousness. After watching the men take up a routine to keep sane—doing everything from chores to jogging to writing poetry—everyone held their breaths as one by one the men were brought to the surface as if resurrected. For their families and just about everyone watching, it was an early Christmas present.
4. 2010 Year in News: Susana Martinez
Susana Martinez is the first Latina gobernadora
Latinas head families, newsrooms, science labs, congressional committees, multi-million dollar businesses, and they have for decades in some instances. So why did it take so long for one of us to govern a state? No telling, but we’re here now, in the form of Martinez, a descendant of a leader of the Mexican Revolution. She was born in Texas and transplanted to New Mexico and has become the first Latina governor ever.
5. 2010 Year in News: Dream Act
DREAM Activism takes flight
The Senate’s failure to pass the DREAM Act this month was heartbreaking. It means that thousands of kids who want to attend college and serve in the military—in short, contribute to the country’s economy and future—won’t get the chance. But if there’s something that the effected undocumented students who tirelessly campaigned all year in sit-ins, hunger strikes and marches can be proud of is that they almost singlehandedly made historic legislation. And hey, there’s always next year.
6. She Can Be a Bit Crazy
You’ve heard the rep Latinas have for being crazy, and though it may be true, we’re not like psycho-killers. Yes, we may be a bit clingy and fussy, but it’s only because we care.
7. She'll Love You With All Her Heart
We’re crazy because we love you. We’re taught since birth to love wholeheartedly the way our parents love us and their parents loved them. We don’t know how to love with half our hearts, so if we have our little loca moments, we’re sorry, but we do it without any malice. It’s not that we don’t trust you, we do, but we just need to know you’re as dedicated to us as we are to you. Tell her once. Tell her twice. Tell her again and again. She needs to hear it.
8. 2010 Year in News: Marisol Valles Garcia
Youngest female Mexican police chief takes over
Marisol Valles Garcia is still alive, thank God, and in deadly Northern Mexico, that’s not something to take lightly. The 20-year-old mother of one and criminal justice student became top cop of her town, Pradexis G. Guerrero, in October, after the position had sat vacant for almost two years. Her bravery in the face of the thousands and thousands of murders and rampant drug trade of her region made international news and she has become a symbol of Mexico’s desperate situation. That became even more apparent in November, when her counterpart, Hermila Garcia of Meoqui, was gunned down on her way to work.
9. Dating Has No Merci
Dating Has No Merci
Attempting to maintain a genuine connection in the digital age is as humbling as a text message to bae being answered with only a read receipt. In her comedic web series, Dating Has No Merci, Washington Heights native, Sasha Merci, perfectly exemplifies how petty millennial dating becomes. She may be easy on the eyes, but watching her stumble through obstacles like unfit relationships, angering a bruja, and stretching half-full pockets in NYC, is utterly cringe-worthy. You don’t want to miss the hilarious Dominicana in action.
10. Pineapple Diaries
The Pineapple Diaries
The cast of Boston bellezas colorfully enlightens how challenging it can be finding yourself in your late 20s. The Pineapple Diaries is the closest thing Caribbean refined women may ever get to a Sex In The City illustration. These Latinas represent the multiple complexities of recent graduate struggles, compounded lovers, LBGTQ community difficulties, and more. This must-see girl-next-door approach to young adulthood is refreshing and relatable.
Gentrification is great for everyone but those who want to preserve the culture. Under the executive production of America Ferrera, seven Latinx Mexicans hustle to protect what is theirs. These L.A. locals hilariously battle stereotypes, make their mark in their neighborhood, and adjust to the imposing alteration of their street culture. Be sure to tune in!
12. Brown Girls
Many women of color feel further setback by this current hypersensitive political climate. Brown Girls hones in on the awareness of our unyielding hurdles with an upbeat approach. The two lead characters explore their fresh feminism through an array of experiences that are sure to enrich their womanhood. Watch as these queens climb and conquer Chicago.
The art isn’t always polite. As spiritualism is trendier than ever before, Brujos demystifies the mainstream misconceptions of our ancestors’ magic. As if higher education is not stressful enough, the doctoral-bound LGBTQ Latinx leads are battling witch-hunters fashioned in white privilege. The raw script is not for the lighthearted but is masterfully plotted.