Hispanic & Latin Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic & Latin Heritage Month. The Mozilla Diversity and Inclusion Team along with the #LatinPride Mozilla Resource Group members came together to create a cultural guide that celebrates and honors our Hispanic and LatinX communities.
- An estimated 60 million Americans identify as Hispanic and/or Latinx. It must be noted that no one term can perfectly describe all the people of Latin American and Spanish-speaking descent, so when we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month we honor the contributions and accomplishments of brilliant humans with lineage from a vast geography. Among the millions we recognize are people who take pride in being descendants of over 20 different nations and people who proudly identify as Tejano, Mestizo, Afro-Latino, Hispanic, Taíno, Chicano, Nuyorican, Latinx, Indigenous, Isleños and so many more empowering labels. Beatrice Alvarez, PBS 2020
- Dr. Danielle Bainbridge of Origin of Everything takes viewers on an informative journey: from Hispanic to Latino to Latinx and everything in between.
- Language evolves and some phrases catch on quickly, while others take time. Then again, some words never really take hold and become ghosts in the lexicon. In this video from KCTS in Seattle, Washington, three Seattleites share their views on identifying language and the importance of representation through labels.
- Mariachi music originated in Mexico, but it has thrived in the States not only as an art form, but also a cultural history through the generations. At times it is a uniting sound and, especially these days, a salve in hard times. This episode of Southland Sessions from PBS SoCal in Los Angeles, CA explores how mariachis are giving the community strength through their sound.
- It is well-known that Hispanic and Latinx people are a diverse community, so it is worth noting how Puerto Rico's own rich diversity of heritage contributes to the larger group. In this episode of If Cities Could Dance from KQED, we learn about the dance and sound of Puerto Rican bomba, a sound that originated by West Africans who were forcibly taken to the Caribbean island and enslaved. It has become a defining sound for collectives who seek to be heard and demand progress. The historical roots of Salsa intersect with various regions and places including New York City, learn more and be sure to take a beginner's lesson while you're at it!
- Lucha libre is a unique pop-culture phenomenon whose origins date back to 1863 when a Mexican wrestler, Enrique Ugartechea, first developed the art of ‘free-style’ wrestling based on Greco-Roman traditions. Jump forward a few decades to the early 1900s and wrestling’s popularity started to grow after two Italian businessmen began promoting no-holds barred fights.
- Take a (virtual) trip down to Panama and seek out the remote docks where Anthony Bourdain finds the fishers who unload the live crabs and lobsters that spill out all over the docks and become some of the most enticing Panamanian dishes on offer. The local food of Panama featured highlights how Panama serves as one of the world's crossroads, a place where there's a substantial Chinese population, where food mingles with Latin American influences to create a strange fusion cuisine that isn't really available elsewhere. Just as the country is a place where the world meets up, its food is a blend of influences.
- This episode of Indie Alaska (from Alaska Public Media) shines a light on an immigrant experience in their community: from Guatemala to Anchorage, Alaska. Hispanic Americans are woven into the fabric of America, whether new immigrants or generations that pre-dated United States.
- A quinceañera is a meaningful event for some Latinx families in part because it displays individual creativity woven into familial history. Reel South brings us different perspectives of just what the cultural moment means in a new place: the New South.