Pamela Avila

Writer and Social Media Producer for HelloGiggles. Contributing writer for L.A. Review of Books. Freelancer. Reader. Aspiring caffeinated journalist. Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles Review of Books

John Legend and Bryan Stevenson Discuss Mass Incarceration, the Criminal Justice System, and Holding On to Your Hope at Into Action in L.A.

“If we’re going to end mass incarceration, we have to be willing to do uncomfortable things.” Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson said these words, sitting alongside singer and songwriter John Legend, during their panel “The Criminal Justice Moment in Los Angeles” at Into Action — a free nine-day festival of art, music, and activism — on Friday, January 19 in downtown L.A.

45 gifts for the feminist mom who’s reclaiming her time

Are you, too, reclaiming your time this holiday season? Of course, there’s no reason you shouldn’t. With every disappointing headline — and bonkers tweets from the 45th president — it becomes nearly impossible some days to spend less time obsessing over the news and more time focusing on yourself and your loved ones. AND, do you know who needs just a little bit (or a lot) more time to focus on themselves?

Hillary Clinton opened up about the most uncomfortable moment of the 2016 presidential election at the "Teen Vogue" Summit

Hundreds of young, eager, and fashion-forward activists from all over the country flocked to Playa Vista on December 3rd for the second day of Teen Vogue Summit, and HelloGiggles was lucky enough to attend. A keynote session — which featured 17-year-old blackish actress Yara Shahidi interviewing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton — kicked off a day filled with empowering words from change-makers across all industries.

21 “Jane the Virgin” gifts for the Lina to your Jane

It’s no secret that Jane the Virgin is one of the best shows on television right now. From its empowering representation of Latina women (and Latinx culture in general), celebration of the importance of family, and nuanced exploration of sexuality, identity, and abortion — creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman has given us the whole package. And let’s not forget that Gina Rodriguez has flawlessly brought Jane Villanueva to life, so you really can’t blame us for being obsessed.

11 Latinx-owned businesses you can support on #ShopSmall Saturday

It’s that time of year again when we’re all caught up in the bustle of the holiday shopping season. Right now, you might still be recovering from too much pumpkin pie, politically charged conversations during Thanksgiving dinner, or your annual Black Friday shopping adventures. Let’s not forget, however, that the day after Black Friday marks #ShopSmall Saturday, which is easily one of the most important days to shop during the holiday season.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses “We Were Eight Years In Power"

“You should be scared. You laugh not to cry, but don’t laugh too much, you should be scared,” said author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates to 1,270 people on November 6 during a sold-out event for his latest collection We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Coates was in conversation with Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America.

Amber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay took down the patriarchy with "Feminist AF" at Vulture Festival L.A.

Since the news cycle often presents disappointment after disappointment, it’s important to find space for a much-needed breath of fresh air. This can come in many forms: a literal breath of fresh air, or simply being in the presence of writers, artists, and creative women who help us make sense of all the madness. On Saturday, November 18th, New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay and writer, director, and actor Amber Tamblyn did just that.

Eve Ewing Bends Time and Space in "Electric Arches"

Her book release party on September 12th at Marwen Gallery in Chicago sold out in 12 hours. Later that month, at bell hooks’s home in Kentucky, a woman read a poem off of Electric Arches at hooks’s intimate birthday gathering, to which she said, “About how old is this Eve? You can tell her I have her book and enjoyed her poem.” Eve Ewing took to social media to share the indescribable excitement she felt when she heard the news. She also screamed into a pillow.

Cristela Alonzo talks to us about never dreaming small and how to deal with imposter syndrome

Never one to dream small, actress and comedian Cristela Alonzo was the first Latina to create, produce, write AND star in her own network show, Cristela. Now, she’s the voice of Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3, a breakthrough character that we’ve come to root for, adore, and relate to so much. Whether you’ve ever felt like you weren’t good enough, have been scared of failure or have had trouble fitting in — Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3 will make you go #same.

Christine Granados, Mexican-American Writers, Pachanga at Tia Chucha’s

On the 4th of July, Christine Granados landed in the San Fernando Valley with her latest collection, Fight Like A Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children. The Southern California leg of her book tour included a reading at Skylight Books on July 5 and another at Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in Sylmar on July 8. At Tía Chucha’s, she was joined by Jesus Treviño, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Andrea Gutierrez, and Alyssa Granados.

On the immigrant experience in film, finding yourself, and the making of Namour: An interview with filmmaker Heidi Saman

From a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, to its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016, to hitting the big screen and Netflix in 2017, Heidi Saman’s debut feature film Namour has gone through one hell of a journey. Filmmaker and associate producer at NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Heidi Saman set Namour in Los Angeles during the 2008 economic recession. Namour is a coming-of-age story that explores the cultural melting pot of L.A. through the immigrant lens and experiences.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Designer, educator, and curator Jia Gu talks about collaboration and community at Silver Lake’s Materials & Applications

Designer, educator, student and curator, Jia Gu does a little bit of everything. Aside from teaching architecture at the University of California and at Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-arc), she also works as the Executive Director for Materials & Applications in Silver Lake. The non-profit organization is known for staging attention-getting installations and events that support its mission of fostering experimental architecture.
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