6 Things to Watch, Read, & More to Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

Oct 8, 2021
Written by CJ

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, CJ associates shared their recommendations for  Latinx stories, creators, and organizations. Make note of this awesome list of stuff you'll want to listen to, read, watch, and donate to.

Jane the Virgin


Jane the Virgin is an award-winning comedy that brilliantly tells its storylines with a telenovela spin. It incorporates elements of magical realism which is a popular genre in Latin literature from classic authors like Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love the show because it has all the characteristics of a drama-comedy but with People of Color representation which makes it extra special for me to see part of my culture and traits of my own family displayed in such a creative and entertaining way. I also appreciate that it doesn’t shy away from heavy issues such as immigration, religion, parenthood, and reproductive rights which are seamlessly tied into the stories. The 'abuela' and 'Roggggggelio De La Vega' are hysterical characters that kept me laughing for days as I remembered some of their most memorable lines.”

- Helene Saxena, Senior Client Development Manager, Santa Barbara, CA




“I know, I know. A Pixar/Disney movie—so basic. But seeing part of my family represented in a meaningful way on screen was amazing. I took my mom to see it in theaters and we instantly drew comparisons between the characters and our family; Mama Coco is the spitting image of my Abuelita and my mom sounds exactly like Miguel's Abuelita when she forces food on unhungry kids and threatens them with una chancla. The cinematography is bold, bright, and the music will have you singing, laughing, and then ultimately crying.”

- Brandi Chilton, Content Marketing Strategist, Plano, Texas


Level Up Latina Podcast


“I love listening to the "Level Up Latina" Podcast—a real-talk podcast with ‘Latinas that grew up torn between two worlds to upkeep their parents' beloved cultures while achieving their own ambitious independence in a modern world.’”

- Sommer Urias, SVP, Client Development, Santa Barbara, CA


“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez


"I read this book in high school (so it’s been a minute) but I remember it being a gamechanger. It’s a story about multiple generations of a Colombian family with a lot of magic and fantastical symbolism. A future English-major’s dream! And although the central family is fictional, there are many references to Latin American history that are fascinating to research to further understand the context."

- Brandi Chilton, Content Marketing Strategist, Plano, Texas


Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia


“Considered one of the biggest rural nonprofit organizations in the world, the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia works for the betterment of Colombian coffee farmers. Representing more than 563,000 families, the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia works to improve the life quality of Colombian coffee producers by optimizing production costs and maximizing the coffee quality.”

- Monique Zapata-Kaufman, VP, Client Development, Chicago, IL


Hermanas Unidas (HaU)


“I would be remiss if I didn't highlight my favorite Latinx organization, Hermanas Unidas (HaU). HaU provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional leadership opportunities and resources to predominately Latina/Chicana students by participating in and organizing academic, community service, and social events/workshops. I have been a member for over 20 years, and it’s through HaU that I have developed the leadership skills and confidence that contribute to my success to this day.”

- Sommer Urias, SVP, Client Development, Santa Barbara, CA
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