This video is about never giving up. This is the true story of my mom, Carmen Reyes, facing obstacles that seemed impossible to overcome. When people ask me where I’m from, I think about my mom and say “I’m from a place where nothing is impossible…” This is the life lesson that Lil Carmen Reyes taught me.
Mad props to Curly and Maya for their incredible sense of humor. Buzzfeed launched PeroLike in 2016 and they are kicking @**!!!
This memo from Alex Alvarez and Norberto Briceño totally nails what PeroLike is all about:
We’re launching as a Facebook and YouTube channel, making content that resonates with English-speaking Latinxs (who are, to put it mildly, kind of a big deal). We’re a group that’s historically been under- and misrepresented in media, and we’re here to change that. The purpose of this initiative is to feature the best, funniest, smartest, and most in-depth look at the myriad identities under the “Latinx” umbrella. This is for blaxicans in LA, Tejanos in Corpus Christi, Cubans in Miami (and their abuelitas), and everyone who’s been told they don’t “look Latina.” It’s for the bold, the proud, the creative, and even the hopelessly awkward. We’re here for you too, man.
I had too much fun with the PeroLike team over at Buzzfeed!
A “Whose Line is It” quiz for Mi Vida Loca? Really? Twenty years ago, I would have never believed it. I will never stop being grateful for the fans that continue to make content like this relevant. I have honestly met fans that would blow us both out of the park as far as movie lines are concerned. Seidy and I are still friends and although you will not find her online, she is also amazed by all the love after all these years.
For newcomers to my blog; Mi Vida Loca is an indie film shot in the 90’s. The film project, spearheaded by writer/director Allison Anders, won several awards at the time and has gone on to become a cult classic.
My tiny, little, POWERFUL abuelita.
Isabel Reyes left Venezuela when she was fourteen to work on a plantation in Trinidad. While in the West Indies, she learned to speak English and managed to make enough money to send her little brothers to school and then on to university. She also managed to save enough money to book passage to the U.S.
She birthed one daughter and adopted another during the Depression. She raised both as a single mom.
During her lifetime, she worked in a factory, traveled the world and became a beloved member of her family and church. She was tough as nails and yet, gentle as a feather.
Her legacy allowed me to dream. It allowes me to continue to inspire others to dream.
You are already strong and full of wonder.
Just be yourself.
This post on my Facebook timeline made me cry…
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the idea of having fans. All I know is that I’ve been blessed to be part of a group of misfits, outsiders & artist from all over the world. We’ve met because somewhere in there, our soul called and even though people said we were crazy… we listened. Thank you to Nena and the entire Mi Vida Loca loving family.
Once again… so humbled and honored. Thank you ALL for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for hearing me.
This film was never really just about some girls from the hood. It was a love story and some people never got that. That’s why there are people in Japan, Russia, New Zealand the Midwest and more; there are boys and girls and abuelitas and teens, that know and love these characters.
We didn’t set out to out shine anyone. No one thought a Chola movie was a great idea but somehow we made it and tried to be as true as possible. In the end if we relate it’s likely because we know we never did fit the label given, no matter who gave it or where we come from…