Amanda M. Castro

Amanda M. Castro

Bio: Amanda M. Castro is a fourth-year journalism major with minors in English and political science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. Originally from Puerto Rico and currently living in New York, Amanda is a well-rounded and focused writer with a desire to write and inform. After graduating in December, she hopes to continue working passionately in the field of journalism to inspire and help people around the world feel represented and informed. In her free time, Amanda writes, reads, and listens to music.

Sebastian Yatra

Latin Artist of the Month for August 2021 Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Bio Pareja del Año Bio Sebastián Yatra initially rose to prominence as a 19-year-old when his track “El Psicólogo,” a pleasant combination of love balladry, Latin pop, and reggaeton, became a smash in his home Colombia and throughout …

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield will represent U.S at Olympics closing ceremony

U.S Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Linda Thomas-Greenfield will represent the U.S. at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 8

She will see U.S. athletes participate in finals and meet with members of Team USA, as well as Japanese and Olympic officials, during her visit, which runs from Aug. 6-8, according to NBC News.

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Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty line is just what I needed this summer

During the first few weeks of the summer, I became interested in the reviews that people made on singer and actress Selena Gomez’s makeup line Rare Beauty. Positive review after positive review I increasingly became engrossed in her line. A few eyeshadows and lip glosses later, I now own the whole collection and I hold no shame toward the fact.

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Simone Biles’ withdrawal from Olympic event was the epitome of bravery

Recently, the most decorated gymnast in the world, Simone Biles, withdrew from the women’s gymnastics final and individual all-around final in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Biles cited mental health concerns as the reason for her withdrawals, saying that “mental was not there, so I just need to let the girls [on Team USA] do it and focus on myself.”

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Quick outfit idea from Amazon items

Because summer has here, it’s no surprise that the season’s newest trends have already taken hold. There are a variety of alternatives to pick from, ranging from print apparel to hair accessories that are reminiscent of the 1990s. For inexpensive clothing options, many people, including myself, turn to Amazon for aid in this department. Follow along to find out my simple and heat-proof outfit recommendation for under $58.

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NYC evaluating CDC mask recommendations for indoor spaces

Amid the COVID-19 delta variant’s rapid spread across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on Tuesday that all Americans living in counties with “substantial to high” transmission rates, currently including New York, return to universal masking guidelines, which includes wearing masks in public indoor settings except when eating or drinking, regardless of being vaccinated.

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Surges of obesity discrimination in healthcare

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, weight discrimination and bias is widespread in medicine. Weight prejudice in medicine may be due, at least in part, to a lack of obesity teaching in undergraduate and graduate medical school. There is considerably less education regarding weight bias and stigma, as well as its influence on the health of those who are overweight.

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Review: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

In 2013, Rainbow Rowell released the book Fangirl, a book about a college student who writes fanfiction about her favorite characters – Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Grimm-Pitch – in her favorite book series. From there, Rowell must have seen the desire her fans had of reading the character’s fanfictions to be able to come up with the idea of writing them herself and releasing them as a three-part series. The title of the first book, Carry On, was picked straight out of its book of origination, Fangirl, and with its success after its release in 2015, she subsequently released Wayward Son in 2019. Now, in 2021, Rowell released the final installment to the series, which is titled Any Way the Wind Blows.

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NJ dance instructor on striving for greatness: “Salsa is my superpower”

From his humble beginnings, Mario “B” González has done well for himself as a Latinx dancer turned instructor, founder, and director of Salsa Fever On2 in New Jersey. In an exclusive interview with NYC Tastemakers, González highlighted his struggles, his accomplishments, and goals for his future and the future of dancing as a Latino.

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White House strengthens efforts to push social media to become stricter on misinformation

According to White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, the White House is considering whether social media platforms should be held legally liable for spreading false material under Section 230, a statute that protects corporations’ freedom to control content.

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YouTube plans to pilot shopping via livestreams

Video platform YouTube will soon begin piloting a new feature that will allow viewers to shop products directly from livestreams with select creators. According to the platform, the functionality will be limited to a few creators and companies at first, and is an augmentation of the integrated purchasing experience YouTube began trial testing earlier this year.

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Radio personality Jewelz López on how things can change in a moment’s notice

In an interview that took place on her birthday, radio personality and voiceover artist Jewelz López sat down with NYC Tastemakers to speak on her career, her life, and confronting a health barrier.

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