Disney’s First Latina Princess Will Debut This Summer

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Yes you read that right. Disney has a new princess they are debuting this summer, her name is Elena and she will be the franchise’s first official Latina princess. The Latina Disney princess first made headlines in 2015 when Disney announced that they were adding a new princess.

The news of a new Latina princess came years after the release of princess Sofia of ‘Sofia The First’ who was initially thought to be Disney’s first Latina princess. Disney took a lot of heat for it because many Latinas felt they did not identify with Sofia appearance wise who was fair-skinned with a red-auburn hair color.

This is a ground breaking move for Disney as once again they are expanding their brand as culturally diverse. The story will focus on princess Elena’s journey as a young heiress to throne and learning all she needs to know pertaining to her culture and kingdom.

Actress Aimee Carrero a Latina of Dominican heritage, voices the first Latina princess for Disney and could not be more proud. “By introducing a heroine whose background resembles their own — whose brown locks and brown eyes look like theirs — young girls can now properly identify with a princess.” Carrero said following a statement she made that it was a little harder for young Latinas to identify with the blonde hair blue-eyed Elsa in the mega-hit Frozen because they look nothing like her. Continuing her clear expression of pride she went on to say “They can quite literally see themselves in this new character of Elena, and that is monumental.”

Disney has been promoting and preparing for the launch of princess Elena Of Avalor this summer. She has her own series coming out soon in the earlier part of the summer, princess Elena dolls were released in February, and Princess Elena will debut in Disney parks in the later part of the summer to early fall.

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Sesame Street Has a New Latina In Town

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Sesame Street welcomes a new Latina character to the iconic children’s show and her name is Nina. The character is the latest in a number of new faces added to the long running children’s program. Nina is a college student working several jobs to fund her education. She is able to pay for school working at the shop, laundromat, and babysitting Elmo.

The young Latina character is bilingual and “uses her wit, compassion and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas, providing a positive role model for preschoolers,” according to the Sesame Workshop.

“Sesame Street is constantly evolving and has a long-standing history of modeling a diverse community,” as stated on the character description for the official site. “As producers took note of changing demographics in the United States, it was important to represent this diversity in the new addition to the cast.”

Nina is portrayed by 26-year-old Miami born Cuban-American actress Miamian Suki Lopez who is no stranger to diversity in her life and filled with pride to represent Latinas in her role as Nina. “Its funny-you’re so proud to be Latina. I’ve never met somebody who’s so proud” Lopez recalled in a phone conversation with New Times. Lopez responded politely with confusion “Why wouldn’t I be?”

The Cuban-American hopes her Latin pride is clearly seen on the show. “I want to make sure that [my acting] comes cross that I’m proud to be Latina and [that if you’re Hispanic] you should be too,” Lopez said, according to the News Times. Lopez joined the cast for the 46th season. The new addition follows the departure of the beloved first Latina character Maria who exit in 2015 during the 45th season after being on Sesame Street for 44 years.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin who created the petition for Sesame Street to have a college attending Latina on the show said this when speaking of the positive affect it could have “a great opportunity to highlight a millenial Latina who is pursuing a college or graduate degree, or who’s running her own business.” Dr Perez-Litwin believes sending Nina to college will inspire an entire generation of children to do the same.

You can watch Suki Lopez as Nina on Sesame Street daily on PBS’s KLRN at 1pm and on HBO/HBO Latino Sundays at 9am.

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Microsoft will stop women from overeating with new stress-detecting bra

UnknownThe latest high-tech bra is bring support system to a new meaning. Microsoft has  developed the prototype of a bra that will monitor stress levels of women in an attempt to help them from emotionally overeating.

Sensors in the bra will monitor hear rate, respiration, and movement, which will then detect the woman’s mood with the help of a smartphone app.  The women who sport this bra will be able to look at how their emotional state corresponds with their eating patterns in hopes that they will not hit the fridge unnecessarily.

Computer scientists at the University of Rochester in New York and the University of Southampton in the U.K.  described that the bra and app will be able to intervene when readings show the woman is bored, based on readings that show she tends to eat when she is bored. They do not say how the app plans to intervene.

Silverman’s Topless Lemon Gains Attention

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It is not surprising the the media is riveted by a woman going topless for a show. However, it is slightly less flattering that a failed pilot is attracting attention due to a pair of breasts being the only focal point of the showcase. this is just a sad reminder that the media cannot resist making a spectacle of a topless woman.

Teen Pregnancy on the Decline in NYC

The Health Department developed the Teens in NYC – Protection mobile app as a way to provide access to free health reproductive services.

Go ahead, and pat yourself on the back, Bloomberg; teen pregnancy is on the decline.

According to new data released by the Health Department, teen pregnancy has decreased in the last decade by 30 percent, and dropped five percent between 2010 and 2011.

“For teens who are having sex, it is important to use birth control and condoms to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “The Teens in NYC mobile app provides information in ways that are familiar to teens so they can access to these services.”

The mobile app, Teens in NYC – Protection,  provides educational outlets and services for both young women and men., including the Young Men’s Initiative, which gives access to reproductive health services.

“The City’s efforts over the last decade have already led to fewer teens becoming pregnant each year in New York City,” said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs. “Health care guidelines created through the Young Men’s Initiative will help even more teens avoid unintended pregnancy so they can finish their education.”

There are nearly 87 percent of pregnancies that are unintended. While abstinence will prevent unintended pregnancies, for those who are engaging in intercourse can educate themselves with the mobile app.

Of the five boroughs, the Bronx sits atop the list of teen pregnancies with 95.9 of 1000 pregnancies. Health agencies have started a Bronx based initiative called Bronx Teen Connection in Hunts Point and Morrisania.

The city has seen its fair share of controversial ads as a way to address the hard facts of teen pregnancies as well as Plan B is now accessible to 15-year-olds and older.

The app is available for all phones, including the iPhone and Android.

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GMA’s Robin Roberts Hospitalized

Robin Roberts (right) stands alongside Carrie Underwood on set of Good Morning America. Roberts is home resting after treatment of infection.

New York viewers might have noticed Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts hasn’t been on set this week. Roberts revealed Thursday she was recently hospitalized after vacationing in Key West, Florida.

“Last week, in the middle of my Key West vacation, I began not to feel well. Nothing serious, just under the weather. I contacted my doctors and flew back to NYC. They felt it best to admit me into the hospital for a few days,” said the 52-year-old journalist on her Facebook page. “Seems my young immune system needed a little boost to fight off ‘opportunistic infections.'”

Roberts who publicly battled breast cancer in 2007 and underwent a bone marrow transplant in September is in good spirits.

“I’m feeling MUCH better, and will relax at home for the rest of the week. I’ll be back on GMA next week . . . as my sweet momma would say: ‘Good Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise!’ Miss you and bless you.”

Tune into Good Morning America every morning beginning at 7 a.m.

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Women Participate in Sports Bra Challenge

Women took their shirts off, twisted it round their heads and spun it like a helicopter (reference: Petey Pablo’s Raise Up) and participated in the Sports Bra Challenge on Sunday as a way to promote positive body image and self confidence.

“The Sports Bra Challenge is a movement, a day for women to empower one another to feel comfortable with their bodies- exactly as they are, and to overcome insecurities by working out within a supportive community in their sports bras,” said SEAK founder Jenny Gaither.

The SEAK foundation hosted its annual one day outdoor event in Union Square Park that drew a crowd of hundreds of participants and spectators alike. Women dressed in sports bras and bottoms pedaled vigorously on SoulCycle stationary bicycles and felt the burn as spin instructors Stacey Griffith and Melanie Griffith led the way.

The charity event raised more than $200,000 for charities City of Hope’s Positive Image Center and the SEAK foundation, both promoting self-esteem among women and children.

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