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Cultura

The Latino Center of the Midlands is a place where being Latino, Latina, or Latinx is celebrated. We’re a community center where culture thrives; a place where the door is open to everyone. Our community comes from many different countries and we created this page to celebrate that diversity.

Cultural Spotlight

I was born in Lima, Peru. My father is from the northern coast (Piura), and my mother is from the central highlands of Peru (Huanuco). I am deeply proud of our rich history, exemplified by the Inca Empire, and our diverse landscapes, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes mountains. Our cultural heritage is a unique blend of indigenous traditions, especially evident in our celebrated culinary diversity, combining local and international flavors in dishes like ceviche and lomo saltado. This blend of history, nature, and cuisine forms the heart of our national pride. 

 

Silvia Velez

Chief Operating Officer

Playlist Spotlight

Who needs roses when you’ve got the ultimate soundtrack to sing through the tears? 💔

Sayings and Slang

 

Papagaio come milho, periquito leva fama – “Parrot eats corn, parakeet takes fame.” (Brazil) 

This is a Brazilian proverb, referring to when one person does something extraordinary, but another takes the praise.

Burda – Alot (Venezuela)

Really large quantities of something. Burda + de is used to emphasize the adjective in a similar way to “a lot” or “really”, depending on context.

Paja – Cool/Great (Peru)

Another alternative to “bacán” or “chévere,” this word is often used in the expression “¡qué paja!”

El tiquet – The ticket (Spanglish)

Most of our staff are bilingual, and at our office, you’ll hear a variety of Spanglish words. The Spanglish words “El Tiquet” stands for an entrance fee, concert, or movie ticket, among others.

The Spanish expression for “el tiquet” is el boleto o la entrada, among others.

 

Trailblazer

Bessie Coleman – First Black Female Pilot

For black history month we’re honoring Black American trailblazer, Bessie Coleman. When Bessie Coleman was denied the right to learn to fly in the United States, she decided to go to school, learn French, and travel overseas to France to get her pilot’s license. In seven months, she got her license and returned to the States in 1921, where she created a media stir as the nation’s first Black female pilot. 

 

She gained fame performing stunts at air shows, advocating for racial equality and encouraging women to pursue aviation. Coleman tragically died in a 1926 accident when a mechanical failure caused her plane to crash. In 2023, she was honored on the American Women Quarters Program’s first coin.

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