Arts & Culture


1.) Mexi Sprinkles

Looking for a gorgeous addition to otherwise boring cupcakes or cookies? Want to uphold a Latinx-inspired theme? From tacos and guac to pan dulce and Mazapán, Mexi Sprinkles has got you covered. They also just dropped a Selena mix, purple sprinkles with wonderful odes to the singer's makeup line and signature bedazzled microphone.


The mixes come in a variety of available sizes, and last up to 18 months. Gluten free mixes are available.


2.) AliciasDelicias


I honed my skills in the cake world by creating birthday and wedding cakes for friends and family. Competitions soon followed and I became an award winning cake designer. Cakes was where I was most comfortable and what I originally set out to do.

However; after establishing myself in San Diego, getting married and having my first child, cake art soon evolved into cookie art and AliciasDelicias was born. I have been thoroughly enjoying building my cookie business these last 5 years. Cookie art has given me the canvas I have always wanted - the ability to showcase my painting skills, my culture, and most importantly, my passion for art.



Cookies vary in size and cost. Email for inquiries.


3.) Gourmeletas


Gourmeletas offers a gourmet twist to hand dipped ice cream, served on unique ice cream carts. The unique experience is available for pop-ups, parties, and private events.


Email gourmeletas@gmail.com for booking information.


4.) Tacos el Precioso



All about that taco life. Taco catering and pop ups around the Bay. For catering quotes or info, please email tacoselprecioso@gmail.com Oakland, CA


5.) Twisted For Sugar


Celebrations are our jam! Gourmet cotton candy catering services! A classic confection reimagined with a latin twist by a mompreneur.


6.) Viva Los Cupcakes


Viva Los Cupcakes is an award winning specialty cupcake company which draws inspiration from Mexican regional foods and desserts to create unique cupcake flavors. We bake and frost from scratch, mixing, grinding and roasting our way through traditional ingredients and popular street foods.

To purchase individual cupcakes or up to 2 mixed dozens, visit us at our weekend events.

To order more then 2 dozens, please email us: hola@vivaloscupcakes.com

Saturdays:

"The Wall", DTLA Flower Market Farmer's Market. 754 Wall St, Between 7th and 8th, Los Angeles. Year round: 9am-2pm.

Sundays:

"Smorgasburg LA", 785 Bay St, cross with Alameda; behind the American Apparel building. Winter/Spring: 10am-4pm. Summer-Fall: 10am-5pm.

Additional weekend events are constantly updated on Instagram and Facebook.


7.) Donas


We are a small mom and pops shop that specialize in adding a new and exciting twist on traditional donuts. Some flavors include (but not limited too) Mexican flavors such as mazapán , cajeta, and lechera glaze. Come try us! 



8636

Imperial Highway

Downey, CA 90242

United States


Mon Closed

Tue 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wed 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thu 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fri 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sun 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM


8.) Vegancita


Xicana, Mama, Feminista, Guerillera, Vegancita, Culturanista, Creadora, Bailadora, Luna, Semilla, Hermana, Vegan, Baker, Conchas, Bread, Pies, Cookies, Love.

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9.) Elado Ice Cream


Fresh made ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream sandwiches.


Locations:


6033 Rosemead Boulevard Pico Rivera, CA, 90660 United States


732 N Anaheim Boulevard Anaheim, CA, 92805 United States


10.) Horchateria Rio Luna


We are Horchateria Rio Luna. A coffee shop fusing traditional Mexican flavors with our love of American treats and desserts. Our amazing creations will make your tastebuds say "ay guey!" Everything is made fresh daily using only the best ingredients. 

Horchateria Rio Luna, HRL, opened their doors to the city of Paramount in March 2016.

HRL is a place to enjoy delectable, unique treats ranging from our signature Churro Sundae to our Concha Ice Cream Sandwich, (yes, we said concha ice cream sandwich!) to our Mazapan Frappe, and Horchata Ice Coffee un poquito de todo--a little bit of everything for every palate.



15729 Downey Avenue Paramount, CA 90723


HOURS: MONDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM TUESDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM WEDNESDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM THURSDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM FRIDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM SATURDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM SUNDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM


Updated: May 15, 2018



We tend to associate the lack of access to resources with nations that are impoverished fiscally and un-advanced technologically. Thus, when we are prompted to answer questions like "What kinds of places don’t have access to clean water?” we respond with Africa, Asia, and Latin America, referring to the news about the lethal cholera epidemic in the Republic of Congo, the arsenic contamination of the Indus River Basin in Pakistan, and the plastic pollution of Taiwan’s rivers and streams. Undrinkable, unusable, unreliable.

But solely associating water contamination and pollution with Africa, Asia, and Latin America is precarious. In doing so, we allow American individuals and communities to slip into an unfaltering state of blissful ignorance. After all, these are problems and issues we don’t experience in the United States. We’ve got an over abundance of resources--land, capital, labor, every good and service conceivable. However, is this assumption correct?

Activity within recent years has indicated otherwise. As evident through the water crises in Flint, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and dozens of other cities across the nation, clean drinking water is becoming increasingly unavailable and inaccessible. Why, then, is this happening in the United States? In order to answer this question, we are going to analyze the water crisis in, specifically, California.

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In April of 2012, Jerry Brown signed AB 658 on behalf of the state of California, and declared that water is a human right. Despite this, more than 200 thousand Californians do not have access to it. Perhaps we can attribute this to the drought? Not quite. According to Peter Gleick, Ph.D., President of the Pacific Institute, “It’s not a new problem with the drought, but the drought has worsened the problem” (California Climate and Health).

Worsened, indeed. Californians are desperately sapping gallons of dirty water from the soil beneath their feet. But multiple concerns arise from the utilization of this specific source of water. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Geological Society, approximately one-fifth of California’s groundwater contains dangerous pollutants and contaminants in undiluted concentrations. They include, but are not limited to, uranium, nitrate, arsenic, and manganese. These chemicals are linked to various diseases and illnesses, including cancer, reproductive problems, birth defects, and neurological disorders. This is beyond concerning, considering the fact that most of these chemicals are categorized as lethal substances by numerous state and federal regulatory policies. All of the aforementioned seem to be hitting communities hard, which is unacceptable. So why is nothing being done?

The lack of advocacy and outreach for these communities indicates the involvement of underlying socio-economic and political factors. In the United States, a foundation of inequality has been maintained throughout history. What we are witnessing is not the work of a single individual, organization, foundation, or bureau. It is the accumulation of decades upon decades of discrimination. In this specific circumstance, water has been redefined as a commodity, it’s purpose to be bought and sold. In turn, an entire institutionalized system has evolved around its production, manufacturing, and distribution. From the control, or lack thereof, of this commodity, specific power and wealth is derived. With a basic comprehension of these facts, we can begin to explain why exactly white communities seem to be rewarded and communities of color seem to suffer. This is a system that punishes poverty and rewards wealth, and is characteristically apathetic, cruel, and immoral.

So, is the drought really over?

Perhaps not for communities of color. With incomes that land them far below the federal poverty line, they split their weekly paychecks between purchasing gallons of water and paying the rent for their homes. Granted, temporary relief comes in the form of water trucks sent by graciously charitable organizations. But these solutions provided for them are hardly sustainable, leaving them vulnerable and defenseless, lacking adequate resources to protect themselves and their families. That is the reality they live, day in and day out. The purpose of this article is not to inspire guilt and remorse. I’m not attempting to privilege anyone. But I do think we should, collectively, realize how dangerous the commodification of human rights is, even if it does not affect us personally. Because for some Americans, lack of clean water is a reality.

Updated: May 4, 2018

Latinxs make up an increasingly high number of consumers and entrepreneurs, so we're assembling a list of just some of our favorite Latinx/Chicanx- owned businesses. With a variety of shops and styles, we're sure you'll find something for a "treat yo'self" kind of day.

1.) Valfre

About:

Valfré is a LA based women’s apparel and accessories brand that was founded by Mexican-born artist, Ilse Valfré. The brand launched in late 2013 and has quickly become a global source for the creative and wild-at-heart. Valfré’s mission is to bring her art to life by creating unique products that are a direct reflection of the psychedelic world that she has created. Her work explores the poignant tension between vulnerability and confidence as she transports her audience into the hearts and minds of the characters that she creates. Valfré believes that the true fashion girl doesn’t place herself in a box by limiting herself to one style. The Valfre look can be described as edgy, unique, experimental yet very wearable. As the style of her characters evolve with the ever-changing world, so does her brand. Some favorites:


Sorry Not Sorry Jacket, $40



Phone Case, $10


2.) Selva Negra

About:

Selva Negra represents drive, holistic energy, united empowerment, careful craftsmanship, and engineered comfort. Designers Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero unite their Annie Hall tomboy feeling and bold feminine identity to embody a collection that aims to set zero limits to what women can achieve. Influenced by their Latina heritage, they bring beauty and soul to every piece to combine a collective of honest and sustainable products made in Los Angeles, California. Favorite:



margot jumpsuit in denim, $119

3.) Twisted4Sugar

Twisted4Sugar is a wonderful treat for young and old. Their take on traditional cotton candy is absolutely amazing, but their gourmet flavors like Mazapán, Horchata, and Tamarindo or their Mango and Watermelon flavors paired with Tajin toppings make our hearts sing without even tasting! Check them out for catering or wholesale





4.) RaggedyTiff

About:

Discovered in 2010, Raggedy Tiff is known for its eclectic Folk-Cultural style, with an eccentric personality, & unique feel. Specializing in Accessories, Apparel, & Home Decor Raggedy Tiff is known for its Unique/Vibrant Textile prints, Craftsmanship & Exquisite one of a kind pieces.

Founder, Jessica Resendiz was born in Queretaro, Mexico on January 11, 1987, but was raised in San Diego most of her childhood . She began creating hair accessories for herself at the age of 8yrs old and throughout her early years she created everything she wore from hair accessories to clothing. At the age of 12yrs old her curiosity grew more and more until it became a huge interest to her to learn how to hand stitch and also she began learning the whole process of using a sewing machine. By her Senior Year in High School her enthusiasm for Fashion became serious and she decided to pursue and attend Fashion School after graduating. With many fashion schools to attend around the country, she decided to take her career path to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles, California. This is where all her creativity began to be noticed and admired by professors, school staff, and college friends. After all these years, she'd realized that her creativity was something special and started creating hair accessories & apparel to sell in art shows, events, fashion shows, you name it. During the 3 years she attended FIDM, her knowledge for fashion became more well defined from sketching, pattern-making, fabrication, branding, merchandising, and marketing.

In June 2011, Jessica Graduated FIDM majoring in Fashion " Product Development" . After graduating, she focused on building her own brand and developing her own concepts into designs. And so Raggedy Tiff was born, where all her inspirations and creativity came to life. The name Raggedy Tiff came and was inspired by her 11yr old daughter Tiffany. She wanted to make sure she included her daughter into her brand ,Therefore the name stood out from the rest and its unique name made a statement to her clients and fans.


Favorite:


El Corazon Graphic Tee, $28.99

5.) BornxRaised

BornxRaised is a streetwear brand inclusive of people of color

About:

From Remezcla: "LA based streetwear brand BornxRaised has made a name for itself repping for SoCal culture, making a statement against gentrification, and incorporating Chicano calligraphy, graffiti and tattoo culture into their designs." Favorite:



Jesus T-Shirt, $50

6.) Vive Cosmestics

Vive Cosmetics is one of the most popular Latinx-owned businesses, specifically cosmetics.

About:

Identity is complex and intimate. For many, identifying as Latina, Latinx, Latin@, Xicana (or none of the above) means something different. For us, identifying as Latinx means we connect to our indigenous roots while recognizing the cultural influences from around the world that make the Latinx cultures uniquely amazing. We carry on the traditions of our parents and our ancestors in the hopes of creating a better tomorrow. We believe that the very differences found in the Latinx identity should be celebrated and honored. Vive Cosmetics was created to help empower womxn and all people, because makeup should be about celebrating your full self, including your ethnicity and your culture.

Favorite:


Candela Cremosa Matte Lipstick, $17

7.) UNiiQUE

UNiiQUE offers a wide range of accessories, jewelry, bags, decor, and even dresses and rompers, all created with proud Mexican heritage kept in mind.

About:

Discover the distinct Latino art with UNiiQUE through these artistic creations. All products are uniquely handmade by artisans, including our families. We respectfully look to preserve the Mexican artistic creations of our ancestral traditions by our manufactured products. Mexican textiles have existed for over more than 5,000 years and are one of Mexico's most important crafts representing our Mexican heritage. The most distinct crafted textile is the use of embroidery. Each piece being offered is unlike any other, unique and you will have the opportunity to own a non repetitive style. Our products come from our native communities of Mexico, offering you the highest quality and preserving our artistic culture. By supporting our brand, you will help our families of handcrafted artisans that are less fortunate but hardworking people that keep this beautiful art alive. Favorites:


Their grey off-the-shoulder dress, only $10 on sale right now!



Placemats, $16

8.) Hija De Tu Madre


Hija de tu Madre celebrates the beautiful mess that is being Latinx. Each piece of art and clothing is inspired by my cultural crossroads.

The goal of Hija de tu Madre is to create fashionable statements of identity. I want to create apparel that is the perfect depiction of my cultural intersection. What's more American than denim? And what's more Mexican than la Virgen de Guadalupe? Our fashion serves as reminders of where we come from and who we are. Our clothes provide us with a sense of familiarity, home, and belonging.

Hija de tu Madre is a creative outlet that celebrates the complexities of being a product of more than one culture. Thus, Hija de tu Madre caters to Latinx who bravely question everything, while reconciling our complicated history, culture, and identity. The shop and blog are for muxeres who unapologetically represent their colorful culture as we try to make sense of two seemingly opposing identities.

-Patty Delgado Founder

"We are ni de aqui ni de alla."

Favorite:



Virgencita Phone Case, $10.99

9.) Brewble

About:

Brewbles Is the creation of Catheryn Estefania Rodriguez Rangel, a 25 year old XIlanga/Mexican Immigrant currently residing in Austin Texas. Inspired by cultura, nostalgia y recuerdos de nuestra niñez, Brewbles, with the help of her empowering hermanas is brewing up magical bath concoctions to evoke alivio and relaxation for your everyday self-care rituals. Favorites:



Aguacate Bath Bomb, $12



Amor Prohibido Bath Bomb, $7 (50% of profits from this bomb goes to Kind Clinic, "a non profit clinic that provides sexual health services including PrEP and PEP access, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, and gender affirming care to Central Texans in need")

10.) Nyla Padilla


About: Nyla Padilla is a Chicana maker and seller of gorgeous jewelry. We've been following her work for months. We've partnered with her to promote her, these, and all other Chicanx and Latinx owned businesses this month. Check out her shop here.

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