Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but my creative well of juices was pretty much dried up.
It’s starting to flow again, and I have to put it down before it’s gone.
First of all, I want to state for the record that I HATE the word “Latina”. HATE IT. I don’t understand why it’s overused. Perhaps it’s a more marketable name for women that speak Spanish? Never the less I can’t stand it. Anyone who knows me knows this tidbit.
We are not Latin people. Latin people are people WHO SPEAK LATIN! Those people are long gone, because we have evolved into English, Spanish, Portuguese, French-speaking people!
In any case, this country is so shallow and dumb that they accept this. I honestly can’t stand it, and hopefully, one day, will start my own HISPANICA magazine rather than LATINA. I hate to compare it to the N-Word or having a magazine called Cracker, but that’s how I feel about it.
Moving on, being a Hispanic woman is probably one of the most beautiful and one of the most hardest things to be. We are women of every color! We are White, Black, Indian, Mulatto, EVERYTHING! And the most exciting part of it all, we speak Spanish fluently! I think I understand why other women (basically, that DON’T speak Spanish), can’t stand us. Other than the fact that we speak an extra language, we are pretty much the same.
Advantage #1 – We cater to the Spanish Market (duh!)
Let’s get this one out of the way. We are different colors but we cater to every Spanish market! No one knows this better than Shakira or any Bachata legend. These people spend their entire years touring the world because although their music is based on a small market, it resonates with ALL WALKS of Hispanic culture.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find an example of Hispanic women in music (feel free to chime in with any!)
But, two perfect examples of Ying and Yang is in Reggaeton, with Don Omar & Daddy Yankee:
Dark Puerto Rican
Light Skinned (or White) Puerto Rican
Both Kings in their leagues (Don Omar is the King in MY book ;)) from the same Island, but totally different looks.
Advantage #2 – We Cater to the White Market!
This market is the hardest one to hit, but if you do it right you can hit it real good. Perfect example, Ms. Jennifer Lopez:
Say what you want about this dumb ho, but she knows what she has to do to get the white girls to buy her tacky clothes. She abandoned her Spanish speaking routes (don’t think those routes were ever grounded in the first place) but she took her Hispanic “essence”, bottled it up, and laughed straight to the bank with it. We can learn a thing or to from this bitch.
But on a serious note, the two Hispanic women that have gotten the RESPECT of the White market the most are Zoe Saldaña and Eva Mendez:
Zoe Saldaña has represented us well. She has hit every market from movies like Crossroads with Britney Spears, friggin Star Trek, and now she’s supposedly playing Nina Simone? I smell our first Hispanic Oscar Winner.
Advantage #3 – We cater to the Urban Market!
This has to be my favorite advantage because the urban market is truly, the most diverse market out there. It caters to everyone. And Hispanic women fit into it really nicely. There aren’t a lot of Hispanic musicians that have hit the Urban market (yet!) besides Pitbull, but I do love that Hispanic women are one of the most sought out Video Vixens ever. I am not saying that other women don’t have the same things. But because we are Hispanic women, and our backgrounds are basically every background known to man we have the entire package – boobs, butt, exotic looks.
I don’t care what you say, I love Erica Mena from L&HH. God bless her energy. It takes a lot to be that loud and opinionated, she does not make it look easy. What I like most about her is that she stands her ground.
Being a Hispanic girl is NOT easy. It never will be. We have to stand on top of a mountain to be heard. But that’s for the next post.
What other ground-breaking Hispanics are there? What are you favorite? Did I miss anyone?