Bella Vida Letty

Dear Michelle Rodríguez: Stop Being ‘Lazy’ and Promote Diversity on Your Platform

The negative and derogatory comments made by actress Michelle Rodríguez in a viral TMZ video and a viral non-apology on Facebook are the perfect opportunity to address the lack of understanding about the current state of the entertainment industry in a world shaped by colonialism. Today’s society is infused with racism throughout all of its […]

  • Mar 2, 2015
  • 11:20 am

Anjelah Johnson Performs Brownface for Latest Benefit Cosmetics Campaign

Benefit Cosmetics has hired Mexican American comedic actress Anjelah Johnson as part of the brand’s “Wing Women” campaign. The 90’s themed music video touted as being funny is far from it—it’s offensive. In the video Johnson is dressed as her made up character, Bon Qui Qui, in tight fitting gaudy mismatched clothes, painted in exaggerated layers […]

  • Aug 30, 2014
  • 12:28 pm

The Television Academy Should Feel Ashamed & Apologize

While everyone is focusing on how Sofía Vergara is complicit during Monday’s Emmy sexist and racist fiasco, it’s about time we shift to address the real problem, a manipulative non-inclusive wealthy industry doling out abuse at the expense of a minority who cannot afford to compete on an equal platform. When so called “other” voices are […]

  • Aug 27, 2014
  • 4:48 pm

Everyone Has High Expectations of ABC/Univision’s Fusion Network

In response to a Latino Rebels open letter to the new Fusion network, CEO Isaac Lee invited us for a visit to the Newsport. True to their word, the Fusion team graciously welcomed me (an original member of the LR collective since 2011) to its Miami-based headquarters last week. The brand-new Fusion network is a […]

  • Jan 29, 2014
  • 2:17 pm

The Lily Allen Video Fail Is All About Color

Singer Lily Allen recently came out of semi-retirement and in her first video back attempted to address the objectification of women in the mainstream media but neglected to check her privilege first. What the failed video actually ends up doing is illuminating the role of color privilege in mainstream media. Her intention in the video […]

  • Nov 14, 2013
  • 11:06 am

Hispanic Actress Receives Biggest Salary Ever Paid for Portrayal of President

A Latina President is really not as far-fetched an idea as sellout mainstream media would have you believe. Media conglomerates have never made even the tiniest effort to portray Latinas honestly, equally nor anywhere near accurately. They’ve also failed to give Latinas equal employment in positions of influence and power. They complain there’s no audience […]

  • Aug 30, 2013
  • 4:07 pm

Heroes and Colorism in America: Charles Ramsey Goes Viral

By now I’m sure you’ve seen the video interview of Charles Ramsey, a man being declared hero for rescuing three kidnapped Cleveland women missing for over a decade who were presumed dead.  It’s not surprising such incredible news would go viral.  It’s also not surprising one of the first few things to happen was the […]

  • May 9, 2013
  • 8:59 am

Why Prejudiced Jokes Are Not Funny, They’re Hostile

Today’s society is incessantly bombarded with negative stereotypical and sexist media. Exposure to such widespread and profuse toxic messages have far-reaching repercussions: some are blatantly obvious, while others are not so easy to spot. Such is the case when dealing with disparaging humor which intends to belittle while reducing in esteem and rank. Latinos are […]

  • Mar 11, 2013
  • 3:04 pm

The Media-Produced Version “One Size Fits All” Does Not Fit the Majority of Latinos

While Latinos do share culture, language and history, Latinos as a whole don’t fit any traditional category you try to place them in—from the variety of physical appearance, level of education or income and cultural traditions to the distant and diverse countries called home. This is the root cause of all failed attempts at reaching […]

  • Feb 1, 2013
  • 10:55 am

MTV’s “Washington Heights” Is Just Another Watered-Down (and Boring) Version of Latino Stories

Latinos are still waiting to have their stories told and be able to see themselves authentically portrayed. The verifiable truth is this: there is NO diversity from ownership to lack of appearances and positive images in mass media. The idea that MTV’s “Washington Heights” does anything to level the playing field is an illusion. The […]

  • Jan 12, 2013
  • 10:55 pm

Media Fails Latinos: Will the FCC Continue to Enable The Tyranny?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and international communications via radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. Their job is to promote competition, innovation and investment by identifying and eliminating market entry barriers for entrepreneurs including minority- and women-owned businesses, but the FCC is about to be even more lax with its media ownership rules. […]

  • Jan 4, 2013
  • 6:14 pm

Rest in Peace, Hector: Let’s Put the Ideology of Individualism to Rest Once and for All

Another Puerto Rican man was murdered over the holiday. You've heard his name before, it was Hector. (In fact, Hector was one of more than 20 who were murdered in Puerto Rico.) When the news broke, the stories coming out were tearful and full of prayers, until Monday rolled around. I guess everyone was done mourning. By then […]

  • Nov 27, 2012
  • 12:32 pm

Ellen and Sofía Laughing All the Way Back to the Caveman Era

Negative Latina Stereotype Becomes Latest Hipster Halloween Costume Mainstream depictions of Latinas as spectacles of spiciness or exoticism is nothing new. These images serve to degrade and create separation. Continually perpetuating a negative stereotype prohibits the public from learning the real facts and never being seen as anything greater than that. Sofía Vergara plays a […]

  • Nov 4, 2012
  • 10:25 am

Women Leaders Exist in the Real World… Not in a Binder

Objectification of Women and the Distortion of Truths I'm sure by now the latest viral meme which refers to a quote taken from Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his mention of 'women in binders' has crossed your dashboard several times today. The phrase came from part of his answer to this audience question at the second Presidential […]

  • Oct 17, 2012
  • 8:24 pm

April 28, 2012: The United March Against the Oppression of Women

Any law restricting the right of a woman to have full control of her own body and make her own choices is a violation of basic human rights. Relegating women to a series of body parts is demeaning, subjugating and creates blatant inequality.  This Saturday, April 28, 2012 beginning at 11:00am nationwide marches and rallies […]

  • Apr 27, 2012
  • 8:37 pm

The Trayvon Martin Case: What America Should Be Talking About

Beyond Race: The Issue IS Skin Color The Lethal Consequences of Colorism in a Pigmentocracy The Trayvon Martin case is one people of all ages and cultural backgrounds are connecting strongly with. An awareness somewhere in the subconscious is moving people to sign petitions and participate in marches as a way of expressing overwhelming feelings […]

  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 7:37 am

Why the Esquire Sofía Vergara Interview Fails: Perpetuating the “Hot Latina Sex Object”

Esquire magazine is not a publication I read but it was brought to my attention because everyone was making a fuss over how beautiful Sofia Vergara looked on its new cover. Yes, she is a gorgeous Colombian actress who would look amazing on the cover of any magazine. Then as I began reading an excerpt […]

  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 5:09 pm

Latinas We Admire: Whom Do YOU Admire?

March is women's history month, a time to celebrate women's accomplishments throughout history and the power of their vital contributions which have helped to shape and create the world we live in today.    Why is Women's History Month Important? Multicultural American women are especially overlooked in mainstream approaches to U.S. history.  We must stop […]

  • Mar 8, 2012
  • 5:02 pm

Lessons for Latinos From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Equality for all people is long overdue.

  • Jan 16, 2012
  • 5:38 pm

Documenting the Occupy Movement: Reporting from #OccupyMiami

This Saturday, October the 15th I felt compelled to go down to Miami to document this time in history. Mainstream news media failed the people relying on them to keep them informed.  Fortunately there are other means of staying informed. With or without the mainstream news media thousands clearly understood the movement, turning out in […]

  • Oct 16, 2011
  • 5:59 pm