In recent years, the influx of Central American asylum seekers to the United States-Mexico border has garnered international attention and inspired heated debate regarding human rights, particularly in northern Central American countries, Mexico, and the United States. This investigation of the issue will adopt a context focused specifically on the demographic of Honduran women, and sexual and gender minorities (SGM), and it will be divided into two main sections. The first will present evidence of the unique risks and challenges encountered by women and SGM in Honduras, during the migratory journey through Mexico to the border with the United States…

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The song “Heart Crush” by BJ the Chicago Kid (In My Mind, 2016) plays during the final moments of season one of HBO’s Insecure — created by Issa Rae — after the main character discovers that her boyfriend, whom she expects to have returned from his sabbatical from their relationship, has instead moved all of his belongings out of their shared apartment. The decision to play this song at this particular moment reinforces the emotions of surprise and disappointment experienced by the main character, as well as signifies a moment of change and closure, which often occurs at the conclusion…

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One of the first cultural controversies of the new decade has arisen as a result of the passionate responses — both positive and negative — to the publication of American Dirt, a novel by Jeanine Cummins. The ongoing debate surrounding the literary merits of the book, whether or not Cummins has the right to tell its story, and the lack of representation in the US publishing industry has largely taken place online, with input from a wide array of sources, including Latinx authors and activists, the book’s publishers, and even Oprah. Many Latinx critics have used the digital sphere —…

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