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John Paul Brammer’s well-reviewed “¡Hola, Papi!” hasjust gone into a second printing. Photo: Courtesy of John Paul Brammer

The question of what makes us Latino “enough” is lovingly and humorously discussed in a book that explores coming to terms with how we shape our identities and choose to express our Latinidad.

Why it matters: As a broader section of the U.S. acknowledges the cultural nuances and differences among Latinos, projects like ¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons show how the community’s diverse experiences can be universally connected.

  • The essays deal with “feeling homesick for a home [you’ve] never had,” bullying, queerness, mental health and being in love.

Details: Author and advice columnist John Paul Brammer told Axios Latino how turning “painful things” like discrimination “into lyrical or funny things” gave him a sense of agency and power by changing how he looked at them.

  • He says he feared the book would fail and be taken by some to represent the viability of all similar artistic works, since “people don’t give a whole lot of shots to Latino projects.”
  • But the book has now gone on to a second printing, just two weeks after launch.

What they’re saying: “What I hope people, specifically Latinos, get out of this book is to feel a little bit more empowered in who they are without trying to stretch or shift or edit themselves to try and fit into others' idea of what their lives should look like,” says Brammer.

  • Another project that humorously takes on the weighty expectations of Latinidad is the podcast “Hyphenated,” hosted by comediennes of Venezuelan and Cuban ancestries who discuss curse words, abuelas and the freedom of not fitting in.

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Data: YouGov on behalf of LinkedIn; Chart: Axios Visuals

Half of U.S. Latinos feel their workplace does not have a nurturing environment for diverse professionals, even as a majority think their office leaders do consider inclusion to be important, per a poll carried out by YouGov and LinkedIn.

By the numbers: The survey found that 37% of Latino professionals said they are considering leaving their jobs because of lack of recognition, of opportunities and of leaders with shared experiences who can offer mentorship.

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Celebrities are America's new politicians

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Launching gubernatorial bids, making presidential endorsements, founding schools: Celebrities are getting increasingly involved in U.S. public and political life.

Why it matters: As we've reported, politics is no longer just the purview of career politicians, as companies and their CEOs throw their weight around to affect policies. Now, movie stars, famous musicians and professional athletes also are using their influence in politics.

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Baseball's minor leaguers get a major win

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Starting next season, MLB teams will be required to provide housing for minor league players.

Why it matters: "This is a historic victory," Harry Marino, director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers, told ESPN. It's also just the beginning of a fight for improved quality of life.