Donald Trump’s Warmongering is Dangerous.

The 2018 midterm elections are coming to a close and polls are showing the Democrats have a good chance of taking the House, but the Senate looks likely to remain in Republican control.

President Trump wants to have complete dominance of the United States Congress and will do just about anything to make sure it happens. He is currently endorsing Republicans in high-profile contests in Florida and Georgia with the intention of smearing Democrats.

His strategy is to use misleading rhetoric about the nature of the migrant caravan heading to the southern United States border.  He calls it an ‘invasion’  and describes a few thousand people who are fleeing violence and poverty as bad people. At the same time he attacks Democrats and opposition media by calling them the enemy of the American people. It doesn’t make sense because the job of the Free Press is to hold people in position of power accountable for their words and actions.

Instead of talking about his achievements he weaves a tale of lies where the Democrats gain power over Congress and the apocalypse happens.  In the end his style of rhetoric is to embolden white nationalists to commit heinous crimes against those who don’t fit their political ideology.

I’m going to stop here because every day is something new with President Trump  and the GOP that it’s difficult to tell who actually has the people’s best interest.

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Vantage Points

I miss celebrating Halloween as a child.

It was one of the few holidays that my mother would take off and spend time with my older sister and I. We would often scrounge for costumes at thrift stores and visit our local gardening center for jack-o’-lanterns.

On Halloween we’d usually end up either at the children’s museum or the mall. I liked the mall better since most stores would be open and give out candy by the handful. It was also a great opportunity for my dad to join since he worked a lot in those days.

I guess Halloween brought my family together and made it one of the few moments in my life worth remembering. It wasn’t so much the decorations or costume but who I spent with it.

 

Fall/Winter 2017: For her first solo collection, Aryes Peña finds the inspiration in her Mexican roots

Aryes Peña went back to her Mexican roots for her solo collection, the first following the completion of her studies from The Art Institute of Houston.

Traditional patterns, bright colors and indigenous textiles serve as inspiration for the charming lineup, which – in keeping with her bubbly personality – was focused on comfort.  

Colors were everywhere, but hues of purple, teal and fuchsia dominated the collection. Precise cuts on dresses flattered the female figure and when embellishments, including sashes and fringe embroideries popped up, they never looked exaggerated.

Peña’s creativity shined with several knit dresses in teal, black and purple that exhibited floral and skeletal designs. What was even more peculiar, but no less exciting was the cross over knit sweater and fuchsia poncho made from wool. 

So whether you’re going for a night on the town with friends; attending a wedding or going to work; there’s something edgy, quirky and comfortable about Aryes Peña’s collection that will leave you wanting to see more.

 

 

For anyone interested in a custom made design by ARYES please visit her site here

Vantage Points

Day 6

Advice Your Parents Gave You That Stuck

“Always give back,” said my mother. I couldn’t understand for the longest time how my mother could give to others without a second thought when we ourselves (as a household) were struggling to scramble for change during those early days when we lived in a one bedroom apartment on West Grey St.

Our apartment itself resembled more like a rustic slave quarter for it was clustered in geometric position with other tenants as well elevated on a clay platform. The area itself was also shaded heavily with Pecan Trees extending 130 ft in height. If that doesn’t scream Colonial-era housing — try looking for streets paved with bricks.

More importantly we lived right on the edge of the federal poverty line. Mom and dads both worked as laborers for companies that seldom left them time to relax. It was difficult for them to leave my sister and I at home. Therefore my older sister was placed in a ‘I Have A Dream’ Program after school while I was in the care of numerous friends, relatives who lived in our little barrio as it came to be known later in years.

I’d like to think I was a well behaved child, but often people will come up to me today and say what a nightmare I was. I was too curious for my own good. I often pretended to be a chemist and would go through various storage spaces looking for toothpaste, shampoo and bath oils to stir together in a sink or toilet bowl. I would also get my little hands on women cosmetics and look for lipstick to paint the walls. I also on a instant chicken ramen diet. Go figure.

I also wonder how many times my mother or father had to make apologies for my misbehaving. However they were glad to do it as well. My father would bring bags of ice from work and give them to anyone who didn’t have fresh water. Mother would often buy baby formula or diapers for my babysitter then who was expecting twins. These exchanges continued for years amongst my parents and babysitters until finally in 2000 we’re able to buy a house in the suburbs.

And still I think about those days when we locked ourselves in the living room for it was the only one that had air condition. I think about the many times we were at the neighborhood clinic because the apartment was making us sick or how my aunt would take us on vacation when our parents were too busy.

Finally, I realize how lucky I am to be living in comfort when many are still having a difficult time supporting their families in the most basic sense. For this reason it’s important for me to practice compassion and help anyone in anyway possible. Thanks mom, dad and friends along the way for keeping me humble.

 

 

 

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There were funny, smart and thought provoking shows in the late 80s, early 90s that introduced girls to iconic feminist characters, and what it meant to be a teenager/woman in America almost twenty years ago.

Pepper Ann Pearson in Pepper Ann, too cool to be twelve.pepperannlogo

How do I even begin? Pepper Ann was a feminist ahead of her time. She was never afraid to speak her mind, had a badass single mother, and a little sister who wasn’t afraid to defy female gender stereotypes. More importantly, Pepper Ann imagined herself a very tough warrior and was in real life while facing moral dilemmas.

Helga G. Pataki in Hey Arnold!

tumblr_myke36otds1sieiueo1_500 Helga was classified as tough, bossy and cynical. However, she’s also a genius when it comes to academics. More importantly she is very ambitious despite her almost obsessive love for Arnold. There’s even a dream sequence where she imagines herself the president of the United States with Arnold at her side as first gentleman. If this isn’t #GirlBoss then what are we to aspire to?

Miss Grotke in Recess

 3If there was ever a badass teacher in the classroom that was certainly Miss Grotke every time she called out white misogyny in History. Class assignments were close to something you find at a college level rather than a 4th grade classroom. She also never failed to recognize women who contributed to our society.

Buffy Summers in Buffy The Vampire Slayer

buffy-the-vampire-slayerBuffy Summers showed us that even pint sized girls can be strong in the face of adversity. More importantly she wasn’t afraid of being vulnerable, and she was the Chosen One. You could also argue that Buffy’s greatest quality was in sharing power with others. She proved many times that nobody will ever be too powerful to subdue others for their selfish whims. It’s almost political if you think about it. In the end she gives the biggest speech of her life surrounded by other girls soon to be Chosen One(s) as well to fight against evil.  Thank you Buffy for letting us ladies know what it means to be a real leader.

Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless as Xena was epic. She exhibited qualities that inspired women (and men) to fight against the forces of evil, and do what is morally right. She taught us to rely less on our sexual appeal, and focus more intellectually. More importantly she empowered other women along to realize their own strength as well accept their imperfections.

Moesha in Moesha 

Finally, a black girl we could all relate to at some level.  She wore braids and attended high school in a good neighborhood located in Los Angeles. It was also one of the first shows that really showed what teenage minorities go through at home, school and work. It even health with darker elements such as death of a parent and discovering secrets within a close niche family. More importantly, the protagonist, is not afraid to say ‘no’ when she’s being pressured to do something she doesn’t like.

 

 

Do you miss TV programs with strong female leads? 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s in my purse? 

I don’t carry a purse but a little backpack from madden girl. It’s super light, and water resistant. However, it does get dirty easily from the inside and usually requires washing at least every six months.

Most days, this backpack, carries my wallet and keys. I never leave without chapstick or mascara, but recently I got this Cool Eye Stick from Tony Moly’s Pandas Dream So. There’s always loose change at the bottom as well old receipts from a local pizzeria. Last, but not least a spare t-shirt just in case of an accident or me just sweating profusely.

Sometimes my backpack will contain several books either for writing down ideas or drawing. I know for certain snacks are a popular occurrence during workdays so that’s there too. Finally, I think backpacks are better than a purse. The latter is more of a luxury item than anything else, but I don’t want to discourage anyone from owning them. It’s my belief that every woman (and dudes) should own at least own one luxury item: a purse. Below is a representation of those items in my bag.

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  1. Born and raised in Houston, TX. 
  2. Graduated from Loyola Maryland in Baltimore.
  3. Favorite drink is LaCroix water.
  4. Favorite food is Asparagus. 
  5. Feminist is my favorite F word.
  6. Never fails to watch The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson.
  7. Seeking new job opportunities in Advertising/PR and Marketing. 
  8. Listens to music by  Marina + Diamonds, The Killers, Beethoven and Miguel Bose.
  9. Black cats are my spirit animal.
  10. Seriously in love with Tina Fey, and all her TV/Film projects.
  11. Does a lot of volunteer work in promoting health, science and medicine.
  12. Wants to decorate personal space  with everything Kawaii.
  13. Roommates with a 1 year old chihuahua.
  14. Likes everything British except the whole colonization thing.
  15. Has a lot of crushes on guys who’ve been dead for over 200 years.
  16. Ran into actor Kevin Spacey once while filming House of Cards.
  17. Favorite thing to do is go horseback riding. 
  18. Has had artwork displayed at galleries, and on the streets of Houston.
  19. Currently reading dystopian novels by women of color. Check out Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor.
  20. Trying to write a successful blog!