Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban

Arizona Book Ban This story was originally published in January 2012 As I was on Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine had posted a link to a site called Censored News talking about Tucson, AZ and book banning. I figured it was still over the Mexican American cultural studies debacle since the state found […]

WATCH: ‘Negro’ – Colorism and “Mejorando La Raza”

Internalized racism, color preference, class whitening and “bettering the race” are discussed. Interviewees talk about their experiences with family, friends and strangers preferring light skin and striving for it.  How do these mentalities translate into social norms and treatment? WATCH Like the doc-series http://facebook.com/negrodocu Support at http://indiegogo.com/negrodocu Source Negro Documentary  

Revealing the Taína Within

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This story first appeared on Bella Vida by Letty.  Image: ElusiveDreams07 | Deviant Art Revealing the Taína Within Yesterday, I was browsing through photos from last weekend’s outing when I was struck by the image of a woman I didn’t recognize. The photo captured the profile of a Taína with long black hair, high red cheekbones and […]

8 Useful Tips for Keeping Your Heritage Alive

Keeping Your Heritage Alive As an immigrant living in the United States it is very difficult to maintain one’s culture and identity intact, since it’s only natural to be influenced by our new lifestyle and the predominant culture. However, for all of us who immigrated as adults, this influence cannot erase what we have deep-rooted […]

Familia Eats: Homemade Flour Tortillas

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  Homemade Flour Tortillas (Mexican style) A classic staple in many Latino households, tortillas are a more than a tasty side, they’re also a great utensil for scooping mouthfuls of your favorite foods!  Whether you’re snacking on chorizo, waking up to a steaming plate of papa con huevo or making a taco with some left […]

Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban

Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban As I was on Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine had posted a link to a site called Censored News talking about Tucson, AZ and book banning. I figured it was still over the Mexican American cultural studies debacle since the state found that the schools […]

The Beats of Social Justice: Our Story of Resistance Chronicled Through Music

Image credit: Flickr / alterna2   The soundtrack of my life is tinged with music that means something spiritually, lyrically or rhythmically. The Latino melodies and stanzas of these beats often resound with the pain, awareness, and resistance to injustice and oppression. From Merengue to Salsa, Banda to Cumbia, Vallenato to Reggaeton, and Conjunto to […]

‘Negro’: Diaspora Docu-series to Shed Light on Latino Identity

Image Credit: In.A.Dash.Media “Latinos are not a monolith. There is no one look or concept of race for us. We are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow and our experiences and identities reflect that.” Journalist, Dash Harris, is on a mission to explore the dynamics of Latino identity in the U.S. and abroad.  Her […]

NPR NEWS SERIES EXPLORES BICULTURAL LIVES OF LATINOS

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  WEEKLONG “TWO LANGUAGES, MANY VOICES: LATINOS IN THE U.S.” BEGINS MONDAY ON MORNING EDITION October 10, 2011, Washington, D.C. – As millions celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR’s Morning Edition looks to the future of the evolving cultural identity of Latinos in the U.S., and the many ways the fastest-growing segment of the population is shaping society. The weeklong series “Two Languages, […]

A Puerto Rican in Paris: Expat Nightmares

A Puerto Rican in Paris: Expat Nightmares Here in the United States, we are constantly criticizing our immigration system, the inhumane politics of a wall to keep people out and the lack of a coherent policy. These criticisms are all valid, but we sometimes forget to ask ourselves how our immigration problems in the United […]