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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Experiencing Racism Within Your Own Race

"You don't look Puerto Rican."

That statement was made to me countless times throughout my childhood and teen years. It has even followed me into adulthood. The revelation of my ethnicity would come as a shock to those who inquired. The statement that genuinely follows, that I don't "look" Puerto Rican baffled me as a child.  What were Puerto Ricans "suppose" to look like? I didn't know it then but I had fallen victim to being stereo typed. What was worse was that other children and adults who were also of Puerto Rican descent, didn't accept that I was one of them. I was often accused by other Puerto Ricans of lying about my ethnicity. I was called a liar. Surely one of my parents was Caucasian? Perhaps I was too ashamed or confused to confess that either my mother or father was White.

 Both of my grandparents from my Mother and Fathers side of the family were from San Juan. They immigrated to the United States. My mother and father are Americans who were born in this country. I was born in this country. But I am of Puerto Rican descent.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Disney's Elena of Avalor Royal Gown Doll Review

She is the very first Latina Disney Princess! Elena of Avalor is a Disney channel animated show that debuted in the United States on July 22, 2016. Several new Elena dolls have hit store shelves. This review is for the Royal Gown Elena doll. She was purchased at Target for $19.99. You can also order her online via Toys R Us  HERE

The dolls are made by Hasbro, who recently acquired the Disney Princess license. For over a decade, Mattel had an exclusive contract with Disney and was making the princess dolls. Over time however, Mattel began to neglect the brand (which was evident to doll collectors like myself who noticed the dolls were suddenly being made in poor quality) and then released their own collection of princess dolls called Ever After High. This greatly displeased Disney. They left Mattel and awarded the $500 million dollar Disney Princess contract to Hasbro. A great video about the contract dispute can be viewed HERE

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DC Super Hero Girls Budget Supergirl Doll Review

The trinity is complete! I have found and purchased the last doll I needed from the DC Super Hero Girls Budget Doll Collection. Supergirl was a happy accident. I discovered her while shopping with my family at a Barnes and Noble bookstore. She was priced at $9.99. Batgirl and Wonder Woman were also available for purchase. The dolls are made by Mattel.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Suicide Squad Advance Movie Review

On Monday August 1, 2016 I had the extreme pleasure of attending the advance IMAX 3D screening of Suicide Squad. This is the third film in the current DC Comic Cinematic Universe. Unlike Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad is not directed by Zack Snyder nor did he have a hand in writing the script (he is however, a producer). This film is written and directed by David Ayer. It is set to be released nationwide on August 5, 2016 with a PG-13 rating and a run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Friday, July 29, 2016

DC Super Hero Girls Budget Line Batgirl Doll Review

It's time for another toy review! Batgirl was the second doll I was able to find in the new DC Super Hero Girls Budget  Line. This collection can currently be found at Wal-Mart and Barnes and Noble thus far. It features three characters; Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl. They are priced at $9.99. If you are having trouble locating the dolls, you can order them on Wal-Mart's website HERE

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The 5 Best Moments From the Wonder Woman Trailer!

The first Wonder Woman trailer was released on July 23, 2016 at the San Diego Comic-Con and it did not disappoint! The film stars Gal Gadot returning to the role she first played in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. DC Comics heavyweight Geoff Johns co-wrote the film. It is directed by Patty Jenkins, who directed the Oscar winning 2003 film, 'Monster'. Wonder Woman will be released June 2, 2017. The Confessions of a Cosplay Girl Blog breaks down the 5 best moments from the trailer!