Guest post by Juan Alanis (@juanofwords)
Bendito entre tantas mujeres, that’s literally the way I feel most days in the world of social media! From Twitter to Facebook, and a whole bunch of other online communities, I’ve met some of the most interesting and phenomenal women online through these channels of communication. Fellows, nothing against you, LOL… we’ll do the “Macho” edition soon, I promise! But there wouldn’t be enough space in the whole world wide Internet to list and give an adequate mention to each and every of the wonderful Latinas I’ve met through Latinos In Social Media. So, I’ll focus my efforts on a few of my personal favorites, who I know, if you don’t know them already, you will be very excited to meet!
Although this Spanish-speaking Gringa only recently became firmly planted in la cultura Latina, she describes her passion for it as lifelong. In elementary school, she was stealing her older sister’s Spanish textbook and dreaming of becoming a Flamenco dancer. Today, her appreciation and affection for all things Latin is reflected in the friends she chooses, the food she eats, the music she listens to, and even in her Etsy shop. Residing in NYC’s most diverse borough, Queens, she tweets about her favorite foods, drinks, people, places and events in and around NYC. If It is easy to see why the popular NYC radio personality @Abelsanchez gave her the title of Honorary Latina!
Rosalinda Vargas @RosalindaWrites
And write she does, quite beautifully actually! This fellow Texan – born and raised – is an up and coming bilingual author who writes children’s picture books, as well as poetry for young adults (YA) and adults in both English and Spanish. Her poems are deep and poignant, touching really, written mostly from personal childhood memories. Rosalinda’s published eBooks include ‘The Rooster Ended the Counting,’ ‘Ami Writes a Letter,’ ‘I Wish I Was a Dog,’ and ‘Not Only Dark Poems.’ To know this belleza of a woman is to know one of the most nurturing and supportive women in Twitterlandia. Get to know her.
From sweetness, we switch to one of the most lovable ‘Bad Girls’ on the net: Boise, Idaho’s own Nikkeya, better known on LATISM and the rest of Twitter as @La_Cabronisa. Her name pretty much sums it up. Nikkeya does not mince words, and while she is never rude, this true Bloguera de corazón always tells you what she thinks and feels in one of the most honest voices on the net. Her blog is all about her daily life and adventures, crafts, current affairs, pensamientos, and a whole lot of other really fun postings, and her motto in life is just as straightforward: There comes a point in life when you get tired of chasing everyone and trying to fix everything… but it’s not giving up, it’s realizing that you don’t need certain people and the… drama they bring!
Angela Alvarez @Angela_alvarezv
Then, a little further south, all the way from Bogota, Colombia to be exact, proud Latina blogger, journalist, wife, and mom, Angela Alvarez is all about the “Three B’s: Bilingual, Bicultural, and (slightly) Bipolar.” She’s confesses to being all three in her very entertaining blog, The B3 Blog, which covers everything from mommy adventures, cooking, comedy, “roosterology,” “henism,” and “chick welfare,” among a wealth of other subjects. Angela was born in Colombia, raised in the United States, and is currently living in Colombia, working as a journalist and columnist as well. Things you might not know about her include that she is a self-professed terrible driver who sometimes cries at intersections, she ate dirt as a child, loves cats and dogs, and is a frustrated drummer, as well as a “glorified shower rock star.” All things Angela are worth following!
Tracy López @Latinaish
Who does not know this “Gringa bien Latina,” a.k.a. Latina-ish, Sra. Lopez, or simply just Tracy, Treisy, or Treixi!? Married to her Salvadoran Carlos, mother to two beautiful boys, and more often than not, the “victim” of her live in Suegra’s hilarious antics, Tracy tweets and blogs about everything and anything in one of the most entertaining voices out there. Latinaish.com can best be described as a Telenovela-style blog full of Latino culture and flair. The woman behind the blog was most recently one of a very select group of Latino bloggers from around the country who were handpicked by Telemundo to attend and cover the Billboard Latin Music Awards this year. She is a regular contributor to NewLatina.net, SpanglishBaby.com, and writes the Weekly Round-up for Latina Bloggers Connect. Still, above all else, Tracy is known around the Internet for being one of the most genuine and sincere people online.
Finally, rounding out this edition of Fuerza Femenina, Areli from Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, is truly a “California Dreamer” who supports the DREAM Act and all the benefits it would provide for undocumented college grads in the United States. She tweets not to promote a blog, videos, or any other websites, but to express her mind and engage with other Latinos In Social Media, no pun intended. Areli is a tuitera for the pure pleasure of sharing and engaging with others. When asked to describe herself she said, “I’m a single girl looking for love in a crazy world, trying to get into grad school and with dreams of going into private social work… I love my Dodgers and the beach.”
Are there any other tweeps you believe should be in this list? Is it YOU? Tell us about it in the comments below and we’ll feature them/you in an upcoming Feature Friday!!
About The Author:
Juan Alanis (@juanofwords) is a South Texas based writer living in Houston who owns and operates the blog www.JuanofWords.com. You can read his brand new column at the Houston Chronicle’s La Voz de Houston: Juan of Words – A blog by a Latino for Latinos…y Más. Also, don’t miss Juan’s hilarious misadventures, personal vlogs and random thoughts on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Juanofwords