Entries by Carolina

Where Are All The Brown Faces?

I recently attended one of the most popular film festivals in the country. I had never attended and was looking forward to experiencing firsthand the energy, creativity and inspiration it was known for in the industry. The festival did not disappoint, but after the second day, I couldn’t help but wonder “Where are all the […]

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Am I Latina Enough?

Last week, a friend forwarded me an article about seven Latinas in Hollywood that didn’t feel “Latina enough.” The celebrities talked about feeling “rejected,” “not accepted” or having “image issues.” Some felt they fell short of being “Latina enough” because they didn’t speak Spanish, or they didn’t cook certain foods or they grew up in […]

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Why I Stopped Americanizing My Name

When I was four, the pronunciation of my last name suddenly changed. We went from the “Sol-EHR” family in Harlem, the place where I grew up and went to church, to the “SO-ler” family in Westchester County, the place where my parents moved us to in search of a better life. Both were me, but […]

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I Married a Gringo

If you’re like me, love is [and should be] color blind, but I admit, there are fringe benefits when Latinos marry Latinos. Cultural nuance is understood, it feels comfortable, and it feels like family. Who wouldn’t want that? Before I married the gringo love of my life, I was engaged to a Puerto Rican/Spaniard ​Enye […]

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‘You’re Good… For a Latina Filmmaker’

I spent the last few days attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. If you’ve never been, it is surreal. The town was bustling with filmmakers, actors, industry folks and film buffs all vying to see the selected films, make an appearance at parties and hobnob their way into new opportunities. The enthusiasm […]

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Do Latinos Have to Be Twice as Perfect as Everybody Else?

“Being Mexican-American is tough. Anglos jump all over you if you don’t speak English perfectly, and Mexicans jump all over you if you don’t speak Spanish perfectly. We got to be twice as perfect as anybody else. We got to prove to the Mexicans how Mexican we are and we have to prove to the […]

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Latina Filmmaker Dishes on Whether or Not Labels Help Latinos

What is a label? In our work, we use the term Enye (ñ) to describe the experience of first generation American born Latinos with at least one parent from a Spanish speaking country. When we share this term, people’s reactions span various degrees from “I’m an ñ, that’s fantastic!” to “Why are you using yet […]

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Observations On Latino Discrimination (You Might Not Like #2)

At Project Enye (ñ), our mission is to use cultural and familial stories to build community among first generation American born Latinos with at least one parent from a Spanish speaking country. Over the past 18 months, we have conducted more than 70 interviews with truly remarkable Latinos from all walks of life. It has […]

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