It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 to October 15 this year. Are you ready to show your Latino pride or learn more about how the Latinx community has impacted US culture at large?
Each year the US recognizes the impact and contributions of Latino and Latinx people with special programs at cultural institutions throughout the country. Here are some unique ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
1. Check out ‘Lay Your Sleeping Head’
The first Henry Rios mystery by Michael Nava will get you hooked on the whole series. The titular defense lawyer ends up with a case that hits far too close to home – and involves one of California’s most powerful families.
2. Attend the Celebrate Orgullo Festival in Miami
This amazing festivalhas LGBTQIA-friendly events celebrating Latinx heritage and culture throughout October. Check out the calendar to see what interests you most! (It’s even easier to attend if you’re already staying in one of Blueground’s furnished apartments in Miami.)
3. Watch ‘I’m Leaving Now’
This searing documentary tells the story of Mexican expat Felipe, who works three low-wage jobs in Brooklyn, NY so that he can send money home to his family. Things don’t exactly go as planned when Felipe informs his loved ones that he’s ready to retire to Mexico.
4. Visit LA’s Museum of Latin American Art
This amazing LA museum currently has a show “that reinterprets the Dance of the Quetzals, one of the few ceremonial dances that survived the evangelization of Mesoamerica and is still performed in the Nahua-Totonaca region.” If you’re staying in one of our turnkey furnished apartments in Los Angeles, this it’s a must-see!
5. Stream ‘The Book of Life’
This family-friendly animated comedy tells the story of Manolo, who must choose between what’s in his heart and what his family expects him to do. The unique pop music soundtrack makes this an easy watch for youngsters and the young at heart.
6. Get a dose of culture at DC’s Art Museum of the Americas
Jennifer Lopez’s role in “Selena” rocketed her career to a whole new level. This amazing biopic explores Tejano performer Selena Quintanilla’s rise to fame and untimely death. Needless to say, there’s an incredible soundtrack.
8. Visit Miami’s Perez Art Museum Miami
This amazing museum has one of the most wide-ranging collections of art from the Americas, including the Caribbean, in the world.
9. Watch ‘Coco’ with your favorite kids
Pop some popcorn and settle in for a magical, musical journey to the Land of the Dead! Even if you have seen it before, this instant Disney-Pixar classic is well worth a rewatch.
10. Check out ‘¡Hola Papi!’
This laugh-out-loud funny book from LGBTQIA advice columnist John Paul Brammer is a great read. In addition to dishing out helpful life lessons, Brammer talks about his experience of growing up gay and mixed-race in rural Oklahoma.
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