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  • Mi Familia Calaca/ My Skeleton Family

    La Bloga
    Rene Colato Lainez
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review by Ariadna SánchezDía de los Muertos or Day of the Death is approaching. In preparation for this amazing festivity, reading Mi Familia Calaca/ My Skeleton Family by Cynthia Weill in collaboration with Oaxacan paper mache artisan Jesús Canseco Zárate is a great way to start the celebration.Weill’s latest bilingual book gives a glance of the vast Mexican art. Anita is a young calacagirl, who introduces each member of her skeleton family.  With short and catching sentences in English and Spanish, each character reveals its beauty to the young readers. Each page shows a colorful…
  • Rick Perry's BIG OOPS throughout the Ebola Crisis in Texas

    Immigration Talk with a Mexican American
    Dee
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Texas Governor Rick Perry had the chance to be a Hero. He was not. Like most Republicans, he preaches about State's Rights. Perry bloviates about Big Government staying OUT OF TEXAS. He had the chance to prove himself right with his actions during the Ebola Crisis here in Texas. He FAILED.On Sept. 28th, when Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted as America's 1st patient to be diagnosed with Ebola, Perry had the chance to work with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. In fact, on Oct. 1,  he held a news conference, assuring the public that “there are few places in…
  • English? Spanish? Spanglish?

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Via Stace Medellin (Dos Centavos), comes this political advertisement from Texas.  Where I grew up in western New York, it wasn’t unsusual for politicians to throw in a little Italian  into their advertising, but about the only Italian anyone uses regularly up there are a couple of Sicilian swear-words.  Meaning, I guess, that the Italians were assimilated into the mainstream, though a few traces of what was once a minority left its marks on the mainstream. I wonder if the candidate is inching into “Spanglish” (which I believe is a true “creole”…
  • Do you use Wikipedia? I love Wikipedia

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Yesterday I received an email from Wikipedia's founder that, in part, said this:We are the small non-profit that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 175 staff but serve 500 million users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, programs, and people.Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind, a place we can all go to think and learn. To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. We take no government funds. We survive on donations from our readers. Now is the time we ask.If Wikipedia is useful to…
  • All Eyes On Grand Avenue

    CHANFLES!
    EL CHAVO!
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The shrine to a rich man called “The Broad” (I thought we called them dames these days?) is nearing its completion and it thinks it has “All Eyes” on it. Teary eyes. Bulging eyes. Skeptical eyes. Maybe. I just keep looking at it cuz it looks like a grand homage to a big bowl of Menudo. I mean, kinda no? The PR folks keep talking about the “Veil” that is gonna wrap around this giant concrete and metal block. They should get with the times and just call it locally sourced “Tripe.” It seems kinda odd to make that expensive monument to yourself look…
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    La Bloga

  • Mi Familia Calaca/ My Skeleton Family

    Rene Colato Lainez
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review by Ariadna SánchezDía de los Muertos or Day of the Death is approaching. In preparation for this amazing festivity, reading Mi Familia Calaca/ My Skeleton Family by Cynthia Weill in collaboration with Oaxacan paper mache artisan Jesús Canseco Zárate is a great way to start the celebration.Weill’s latest bilingual book gives a glance of the vast Mexican art. Anita is a young calacagirl, who introduces each member of her skeleton family.  With short and catching sentences in English and Spanish, each character reveals its beauty to the young readers. Each page shows a colorful…
  • Magulandia lands in Santa Paula • 10,000 Strong Veterans

    msedano
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Michael SedanoMagu. When Magu died his many friends grieved his absence because he was so vital and so young and so alive. You can't miss him, though, because sabes que? Magu lives. There's Magu photo-bombing Eloy Torrez, resisting the urge to make rabbit ears. Always liked a good laugh, Magu did.The legendary artist, Gilbert Magu Lujan, is all over the walls in Santa Paula's Art Museum where In Search of Magulandia, this year's 21st De Colores Art Show, opened last Saturday, October 18 and will run through February 22, 2015.The Santa Paula Art Museum occupies a solidly built 1920's two-story…
  • NACCS Midwest Focus: Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future in Kansas City

    Xánath Caraza
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Xánath CarazaFrom October 23 – 25, 2014 in Kansas City, the Latina/Latino Studies Program (LLS), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will host and organize the NACCS Midwest Focus: Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future. The conference theme-Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future–recognizes the rich historical and growing presence of Latin@s in this region. Our goal is to promote awareness and further develop knowledge and analysis of historic, current, and future developments that impact the Latin@ population.Keynote Presenters:Dr. Alberto Pulido:…
  • Six-Word Memoirs Rock This Blog

    Olga Garcia Echeverria
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Olga García EcheverríaWonderful things can happen while procrastinating... I was putting off writing the day I bumped into Six-Word Memoirs on the Web. http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/index.php  I love writing, but unlike the truly disciplined who sit down at a set time everyday and go there, I struggle. I am all over the place. I have no set time to write. Nor do I have a specific format. My words end up on scraps of paper, on the computer, in journals, on the "Notes" section of my phone. Sometimes my writing time is in the middle of the week at noon. Sometimes in the…
  • Latino anthology needs your support. Now.

    Contributing Bloguistas:
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    --> On Thursday, bloguista Ernesto Hogan's posted Chicanonautica: Latino/a Rising about the prospective publication, Latino/a Rising, called "the first collection of U.S. Latino/a science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative genres."  Editor Matthew David Goodwin already accepted stories by Kathleen Alcalá, Ana Castillo, Junot Díaz, Ernesto Hogan, Daniel José Older and Sabrina Vourvoulias, among others. If I can cut a story of mine down, and it makes the cut, the anthology will include my cross-genre Chicano/Mexica/alien/Diné SF/F/folklore tale, whose title doesn't matter yet.
 
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    Immigration Talk with a Mexican American

  • Rick Perry's BIG OOPS throughout the Ebola Crisis in Texas

    Dee
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Texas Governor Rick Perry had the chance to be a Hero. He was not. Like most Republicans, he preaches about State's Rights. Perry bloviates about Big Government staying OUT OF TEXAS. He had the chance to prove himself right with his actions during the Ebola Crisis here in Texas. He FAILED.On Sept. 28th, when Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted as America's 1st patient to be diagnosed with Ebola, Perry had the chance to work with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. In fact, on Oct. 1,  he held a news conference, assuring the public that “there are few places in…
  • TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson's Chief Thomas Jackson -- Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what's Happening in Ferguson Missouri

    Dee
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Latinos Be Aware. We MUST pay attention to what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. What is happening in Ferguson has happened in ALL Minority Communities across America. The police chief of Ferguson, Chief Thomas Jackson, is the MIRROR IMAGE of Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio. That's right "Arpayaso!"Think about Arpayaso's RACIAL PROFILING crimes! He continuously attacks small Latino neighborhoods like Guadalupe, having his masked volunteers patrol the streets, attacking the children during their Confirmation Mass. Arpayaso, attacking mothers, driving their children, stealing them away, and…
  • Visualizing ANGEL FLIGHT! As I think of the Angel Children Seeking Asylum, I'm reminded of the Angel Face of Beautiful Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia! Angel Faces Seeking Refuge!

    Dee
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As I think of Angel Flight, the beautiful Latino Children Seeking Asylum from the Vicious Drug Lords in Central American who are seeking refuge to find the American Dream -- as the Pilgrims did when America was founded, I'm reminded of the Angel Dance of Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia
  • ANGELS vs DEMONS: Meet Barbie Rogers and the MILITIA's HUMAN CHAIN/FENCE along the Southern Border

    Dee
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:44 pm
    We should all be in Fear for the Children. We are experiencing a Humanitarian Crisis along the Southern Border. Thousands of innocent children have been entering into the U.S. seeking Asylum, trying to escape from the dangers of Drug Wars/Cartels and Poverty that is running rampant in Central America and Mexico. This ANGEL FLIGHT of Children is not new. ANGEL FLIGHT has been happening for years, with an influx last year. (see "Catholic Bishops" .pdf here) However now, with the sudden media attention to their plight, the Hate Mongering Militias are up in arms. (Note: The Militias are the armed…
  • Mexican Trucker Reports: US Border Patrol Smuggling Weapons to Drug Cartels South of the Border!

    Dee
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mexican Trucker.com is reporting: Arms Pipeline to Sinaloa Cartel – US Border Patrol smuggled weapons for “El Chapo” Guzman Today on the front page of El Universal, the declaration of a protected witness in the federal (PGR) case against El Chapo Guzman says that the US Border Patrol escorted trucks of weapons to the border, abandoned the vehicles and assisted members of the Sinaloa Cartel who then took the guns into Mexico. The declarations come from documents in the case as the witness, Javier Sandoval Interial, was assassinated in Mexico City in 2012. (read the rest of the story…
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    The Mex Files

  • English? Spanish? Spanglish?

    richmx2
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Via Stace Medellin (Dos Centavos), comes this political advertisement from Texas.  Where I grew up in western New York, it wasn’t unsusual for politicians to throw in a little Italian  into their advertising, but about the only Italian anyone uses regularly up there are a couple of Sicilian swear-words.  Meaning, I guess, that the Italians were assimilated into the mainstream, though a few traces of what was once a minority left its marks on the mainstream. I wonder if the candidate is inching into “Spanglish” (which I believe is a true “creole”…
  • Partners

    richmx2
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’m not sure if this is more an illustration of the generally more relaxed attitude towards physical contact among Latin Americans, or of the general nonchalence with which Mexicans let the law catch up with the reality of human relationships.Filed under: Real Mexico
  • One that got away…

    richmx2
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    The kind of book I’d want to have published. Mercedes Olivara in the Dallas Morning News on Mexican novelist Carmen Boullosa‘s “Texas, The Great Theft” from Deep Vellum Press, which specializes in foreign works in translation: It may be historical fiction, but many of the events in Carmen Boullosa’s latest book seem as if they just happened yesterday. Texas, The Great Theft takes us back to 1859, in the years following the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848, which ended the U.S.-Mexican War. Tensions were high as one culture displaced another. Bandits were…
  • Hasta la muerte

    richmx2
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Federal Police officer Esteban Morales Santizo disappeared 3 December 2009, in Lazaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.  His mother, Margarita, like family members of other disappeared people have never received any answers, or assistance, from the government, and have been protesting for years. Margarita never did get an answer, but she wasn’t going to stop demanding one either. (Reforma.  Photo by Óscar Mireles)Filed under: Human Rights, Manifestaciones, Real Mexico Tagged: Disappeances
  • Oh, how hard it is to speak Spanish (Your Friday Night Video lament)

    richmx2
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • Do you use Wikipedia? I love Wikipedia

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Yesterday I received an email from Wikipedia's founder that, in part, said this:We are the small non-profit that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 175 staff but serve 500 million users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, programs, and people.Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind, a place we can all go to think and learn. To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. We take no government funds. We survive on donations from our readers. Now is the time we ask.If Wikipedia is useful to…
  • Dip

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Two weeks into drastically reducing the sugary and starchy foods I eat, my pants fit better and my energy is good, but this past weekend my resolve took a dip and a big one. I have face blindness and no head at all for visuals, but my memory for dates is way too good. All last week I couldn't get it out of my head that the last time September 27th fell on a Saturday was in 2008, the day Bob and I celebrated our wedding.On Friday night I had pound cake and cookies for dinner. On Saturday I indulged in potatoes, breaded chicken and more cookies. On Sunday I ate frosted layer cake and potato…
  • What is it like to have bipolar disorder?

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Americans have a great fear of what we think bipolar disorder is. We imagine bipolar disorder means unpredictably violent, unreliable or irrational. We also misuse the term. I can't STAND it when someone calls going back and forth between strong opinions bipolar, as in "He was completely for the resolution last month, but now he's totally against it. What is he? Bipolar?" That reference to bipolar disorder is completely ignorant of the reality of the disease.Bipolar disorder doesn't mean someone is dangerous or unable to make up their mind. It's a mood disorder that -- wait, don't read my…
  • Cutting carbs like my life depends on it

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    I recently had some blood work done. On September 11th, my doctor told me my blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides were high. I do NOT want diabetes, heart disease or any of the other health problems associated with high blood sugar, so this is my call to action. I've done a lot of reading on the causes of high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, so I'm putting a certain theory to the test. The theory is that the cause of these problems is excess consumption of carbohydrates, not fat.On September 12th, I drastically cut down on starchy and sugary foods and sweetened…
  • Gina Rodriguez

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Gina RodriguezThis is what I've been waiting and planning for. A woman named Gina Rodriguez is poised to become a household name. She's an actress from Chicago, born to Puerto Rican parents, who plays the character Jane Villanueva in the new series Jane the Virgin. I don't know how likely success is for a series in which a young Miami Latina becomes accidentally artificially inseminated during a pelvic exam (plus this series will air on the CW network), but I have faith that even if Jane the Virgin isn't a hit, this Gina Rodriguez will make her way into the mainstream."Gina Rodriguez"…
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  • All Eyes On Grand Avenue

    EL CHAVO!
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The shrine to a rich man called “The Broad” (I thought we called them dames these days?) is nearing its completion and it thinks it has “All Eyes” on it. Teary eyes. Bulging eyes. Skeptical eyes. Maybe. I just keep looking at it cuz it looks like a grand homage to a big bowl of Menudo. I mean, kinda no? The PR folks keep talking about the “Veil” that is gonna wrap around this giant concrete and metal block. They should get with the times and just call it locally sourced “Tripe.” It seems kinda odd to make that expensive monument to yourself look…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Huckleberry

    EL CHAVO!
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    For reasons of exploration and adventure and discovery, I ended up in this up and coming neighborhood far from my usual terrain, a place they call Santa Monica (pronounced Sandthah Moneyyeeka or something like that, I couldn’t understand the local accent) that is super close to Los Angeles but totally a world away. It is a strange but friendly world of Regular people, an ethnic group mostly located outside of LA County, but they are welcoming and will usually take the time to figure out our shared language issues. “Cool-man!” (I hope I got that right!) And this enclave in…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Casa La Doña

    EL CHAVO!
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I saw this place mentioned online with some favorable reviews. Plus I was hungry and getting bored of my usual lunch places so why not give it a go? Maybe it’ll be a more affordable downtown option. Not sure what urban mex means but I am here to find out. I was going in for something more lunchy but then I saw the ad for HR’s which specifically mentioned “tortillas doradas” (that’s my idea of proper huevos rancheros) and they serve breakfast all day. Damn it! I guess I have to try them now. $9 a plate is a bit much for this basic working person breakfast dish,…
  • 99 cent District Gets New Window Display

    EL CHAVO!
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Things are looking up on N. Broadway! With the arrival of the new 99 store at the Ugliest Building in LH the landscape is changing back into a utilitarian wonderland with useful things to buy at affordable prices. Plus they’ve even hired designers to take charge of the display windows and have transformed them into lavish and sexy displays of commodities we all want. Look at all these colorful panties at working people prices! Victoria’s Secret for discriminating proles. Why, I might even be able to afford one for every day of the week. I was recently in Uptown Whittier and I saw…
  • Goo Puddles bring Art Experience to LH Residents

    EL CHAVO!
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    A friend recently told me about some new toy loan over by Chapalita, a project based on those wacky book nook ideas that seem better suited to a rural environment rather than an urban area with a nice library nearby. I forgot to check out the toy loan but I did see some of that handiwork down N. Broadway today, looks like they decorated phone booths with some of that cool looking goo. I like the pattern on this one. This goo puddle has some Chinese characters in it, not sure what it means but it looks like cool art, that’s for sure. A sign discourages people from stealing the community…
 
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  • 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Friends of the American Latino Museum is a proud partner of this year's NCLR ALMA Awards! Catch the ALMA Awards LIVE hosted by our honorary board co-chair, Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez this Friday, October 10 at 10 PM Eastern, 7 PM Pacific on MSNBC!Click to enlargeThis year’s awardees include:Guillermo del Toro, Award for Industry Excellence presented by Zoe Saldana“Orange is the New Black” Cast Members Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco, Special Achievement in Television“Cesar Chavez,” Special Achievement in FilmPitbull, Special Achievement in MusicSpecial Tribute…
  • On the Macho Motorcyclist

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    By Jesús Manuel Mena GarzaMoto Foto AdventurerI love motorcycles and photography. I get a visceral response to each endeavor. Both "loves" are filled with fanatics. They profess that their camera or bike is the absolute best – no question. Such is life in the First World. American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson (Aka: Hog) is known for their cruiser bikes. They have a following around the world. Their riders and their bikes seem to be getting fatter and larger. All the while, Asian and European companies are still focused on middleweight or smaller bikes. If you were in…
  • The Chicano Dream Ends?

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You still have several weeks left to view several of Jesús Manuel Mena Garza's black and white documentary photographs on exhibit in Bordeaux, France. They are all part of the Chicano Dream show.June 27 to October 26, 2014Musée d'Aquitaine20 Cours Pasteur33000 in Bordeaux, FranceIf you happen to go ... tell me what you think. Thanks.
  • Jerry Brown Hands United Farm Workers a Setback

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    By Dan Waltersdwalters@sacbee.comPhoto courtesy of the OC RegisterWhat goes around comes around.Jerry Brown devoted much of his first governorship to seeking other offices, so his record of accomplishment was scant.He’s often touted a 1975 deal to give farmworkers, excluded from the National Labor Relations Act, union rights in California, supposedly settling years of strife between the United Farm Workers Union and growers.However, it merely ignited decades of new strife, which continues with Brown’s recent veto of a new farm labor bill.Brown erred 39 years ago…
  • Daniel del Solar Interview: April 4, 2007

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
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  • Texas about to lose most Federal money for public health threats

    CouldBeTrue
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    The republican sequester has its consequences. Government can provide excellent services. republicans want regular people to be dependent on the kindness of oligarchs who got rich off of regular peoples' work and public resources.Texas could see the biggest drop of any state next year when it comes to federal funding for emergency public health threats, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News. The Lone Star State was where Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola and the first to die from the disease. Health officials acknowledge the Dallas…
  • Rick Perry could have quarantined Texas health care workers

    CouldBeTrue
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Rick Perry blames President Obama for actions he could have taken, himself.Missing from the official talking points is the reality that the state of Texas had full legal power from day one to order travel restrictions or impose quarantines on nurses or other health sector workers — indeed, almost anyone suspected of posing a public health threat — but did not use that power. Seven people were isolated, but not health care workers.Had the state used its public health powers more robustly, health care workers who treated Duncan might not have been circulating in public, and much of the…
  • Great headline

    CouldBeTrue
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    'Militia member arrested on gun charge'
  • Texas republicans want more ozone in the atmosphere, not less

    CouldBeTrue
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Because, a) Texas republicans are love oligarchs and crony capitalism b) Texas republicans hate science aka facts c) all of the above.At the state agency responsible for protecting Texans from pollution, a cadre of scientists is now marshaling its arguments to fight tougher federal standards on ozone levels — even as the overwhelming majority of the scientific community heads in the other direction.Led by the state's chief toxicologist, the group has spent months fleshing out its position that ozone levels in cities across Texas, and the United States, aren't harmful to human health now.
  • VOTE! Hidalgo early voting locations

    CouldBeTrue
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Courtesy of The Monitor and Hidalgo County.
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • New US Census report shines a light on the reality of today’s multigenerational Latino households

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New US Census report shines a light on the reality of today’s multigenerational Latino households by Latina Lista LatinaLista — For the last couple of years, it’s been widely reported how many millennials still live with their parents. Yet, a story that has flown under the radar is how many grandparents are now living with their children and grandchildren. According to the latest US Census report, Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012,…
  • Crowdfunder: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell At the end of each semester, many students are found with items that no longer have any use to them. Normally, as anyone who has driven on a college campus at the end of the semester notices, these items are placed on the curb in hopes someone will give them a home. “Curbbed” is…
  • Animation studio ventures into bilingual education

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Animation studio ventures into bilingual education by Latina Lista By Gregory van Zuyen Language Magazine One of the many challenges facing educators at this time of year is getting students back into the right behavioral mode for learning. It’s natural for students to slip out of “school habits” during the summer, but reinstating good learning practices can be time-consuming and frustrating. Unfortunately, there’s now so much pressure on teachers to stick…
  • Latina Sisters’ Soccer Talent Energizes College Team

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latina Sisters’ Soccer Talent Energizes College Team by Latina Lista By Bill Sarno CTLatinoNews In the team photo for the 2014 Connecticut College women’s soccer team, sisters Nicole Medina and Michelle Medina stand like bookends at the opposite edges of the group. However, on and off the field, the two first-year students from Hartford are usually a lot closer. They are twins, but not identical. The daughters of Orlando and Maria Medina, who emigrated from…
  • New federal data reveals there’s a reason why more Latinos and Blacks aren’t realizing the dream of home ownership

    Latina Lista
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New federal data reveals there’s a reason why more Latinos and Blacks aren’t realizing the dream of home ownership by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Diversity is a concept everyone understands but it’s a practice that (surprisingly) is getting more pushback these days than ever before. From Silicon Valley to mainstream media newsrooms, diversity is increasingly having a polarizing effect on people rather than being seen as a stepping stone to a more…
 
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    Hasta Los Gatos Quieren Zapatos

  • Remember boys and girls, the pinhead proved you never need smarts to hold public office

    reenee
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Apparently, city mayors just cannot seem to keep their noses clean these days. I'm rather surprised that this chowderhead didn't make the top ten list of "mayors gone bad." I guess some are worse than others, yes?Then there's this dude, Murrieta Mayor Alan Long. This knucklehead was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving in an accident that injured four teenagers. Long showed signs of alcohol impairment, police said, though preliminary results from a breathalyzer test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.07 percent, just below the legal limit of 0.08. Police said Long…
  • In an election year, it's all about lies...

    LeeSee
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    ..in some state races Republicans have made immigration a central issue of their campaigns, these areas sometimes the states that have low Latino populations.This may work in the fevered brains of the frightened but it cannot work forever; sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost.While there may not be a large percentage of Latino voters say in New England, that strategy has a way of back firing in the long run.While some Republican "thinkers" have cautioned their fellow party members against alienating the Latino voter others simply do not care.It's all about winning in the short…
  • This is news? Why?

    reenee
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Because we evidently cannot survive without this type of news, Renee Zellweger's "before and after facial surgery" face has been splashed all over the Internet. Yes, it does look as though she's had enough facial surgery to change her face completely, but why is it our business? How will it help us in our daily lives? Why do we have to be told about this? Why do people who do not know her, as well as those who will never meet her, feel that they have a right to comment on her appearance?  The one thing I'll say about her face is that at least she doesn't look like a melted cartoon image…
  • I find this intensely depressing...

    LeeSee
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    ..of course we already know old women fade away in Hollywood, yesterdays's golden girl fades and a new one comes along.That's just the way it is, it's not good and it's rather sad not to mention cruel.Here are two essays that manage to convey the sadness and impossibility of remaining relevant in today's media glare only to be ridiculed for seeking to stay relevant.Case in point, Renee Zellwegger.Famous golden girl of the 90's. The nineties was barely twenty years ago, demonstrating an incredibly short shelf life for women in Hollywood.Which segues to a short shelf life for the rest of us.So…
  • The GOP dirty tricks. Again and again and again.

    reenee
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    It seems that every day I'm happier than the next that I don't live in Texas. The latest ignorance coming from that redneck desert is voter suppression. Clearly, the browning of America is causing the Republican party to crap their drawers, bite their fingernails and dissolve into fits of apoplexy.This past weekend, the Supreme Court backed them up and shit all over the poor, the brown and the black people. How? Well, they allowed Texas to apply new stringent voting restrictions to the upcoming midterm elections, which will more than likely  disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Review: Ms. Marvel, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Thor

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I can't tell if my new habit of buying and reading comic books is a symptom of a midlife crisis (reminder, I turn 40 in December, send cupcakes & Southwest points!) or a reaction to all the awesome woman-led comics on the market. Let's go with the latter. I say that because 2014 has to be the year of the woman superhero in comics. While I am not a regular comic book reader, I do try to keep my ear open for news like this. So let's do this:Ms. Marvel: Launched in February 2014, this is the story of a teenage Muslim girl who obtains the powers and title of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan lives in…
  • Review: "They Came Together"

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In a world of "Scary Movie" sequels skewering horror flicks, it was great to read earlier this year that Amy Poehler would take on the genre of romcoms. I was really looking forward to seeing this film that I let out a squeal when I was offered a review DVD copy of "They Came Together." While I laughed a lot, I was also a bit disappointed. The high points: The characters practically talked to the camera to point out which rom-com trope they would enacting. Especially the way Amy and Paul Rudd described each other in the opening scene. It was a brilliant piece of writing and acting. Then…
  • Space Camp: Post-landing thoughts about Day One

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is the proof! I made it to Space Camp and it was awesome folks. I could write for the rest of my life and not fully describe how awesome it was to be there. As I have said before, I was inspired to be an astronaut after the Challenger explosion so the shuttle means a lot to me. Thus being this close to Pathfinder, even if it was never built for space, was freaking awesome. Advance apologies for over using "awesome" in this post. Pathfinder does include two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. So there's that.I seriously was so…
  • Further Thoughts on Sparkle Science

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I'll be talking Sparkle Science on The Morning AMp on Vocalo and then The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ on Wednesday.  From deviantart.comOn Monday I threw in my two cents on the "Sparkle Science" debate via an op-ed published by USA TODAY. Overall I've received positive feedback and more "thank yous!" than I expected. But in the midst of writing on deadline, I missed a few things, but I want to address the only push back I've read...so far.The first is that I framed the conversation in too much of a bifurcation of girlhood/femininity. I should know better as my daughter is certainly a…
  • Quick Hit: Selfie the TV Show

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Because I launched the #365FeministSelfie project, I have been asked a few times what I thought of "Selfie," the new TV show on ABC. And I finally had a chance to watch it tonight, after a fairly boring episode of "Once Upon A Time," we'll discuss that show's fall from awesomeness another time. Back to "Selfie."As most of the comments at "The Mary Sue" said, the first half of the show was sooooo hard to get through. It was seriously painful to watch as I could not feel anything for any of the characters. But the last half...now this is where we were able to see some real action. There were a…
 
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  • Addressing project failure

    Elena del Valle
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rescue the Problem Project Photos: Visibility Strategist For years Todd C. Williams was the informal go to person when a problem project needed attention. He would discuss the project issues with the team in charge and pass his ideas back to the decision makers. They would in turn review them and eventually, if he succeeded in convincing them, approve them. In time, he fine tuned his process and went up the ranks. Now he is president and executive consultant at eCameron, Inc., a project rescue company based in the state of Washington. In his book, Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide…
  • Introvert explains how he overcame poor public speaking skills

    Elena del Valle
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Emote Photos: Career Press As manager of a team of engineers at Shell Oil Company Vikas Gopal Jhingran, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained engineer and researcher with a Ph.D., had demonstrated his engineering competence frequently, he says; but when it came to client presentation he was out of his comfort zone. A combination of his introverted personality and his immigrant status made public speaking a challenge hard to overcome until he determined to apply himself to improve his verbal communication skills. By 2007 he became Toastmasters International World Champion of Public…
  • Online hub maps poverty in America

    Elena del Valle
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Talkpoverty Map - click to enlargeMap: TalkPoverty.org Rising stocks lifted household wealth 1.7 percent, according to the Federal Reserve, to $81.5 trillion between April and June of this year (see Household Net Worth Has Rebounded, The New York Times September 19, 2014 and Americans' net worth climbs to record high, Associated Press, September 18, 2014). The numbers don't account for inflation. They were adjusted for the change in the Consumer Price Index. Household wealth reached a record high, 4 percent above the 2007 figures. The improvement in household wealth is especially evident…
  • Advanced, emerging economies expanding, says OECD

    Elena del Valle
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rintaro Tamaki, deputy secretary general, OECD Photo, graphic: OECD/Michael Dean Most major advanced and emerging economies are experiencing a moderate if uneven expansion across regions; and growth is weak in the euro area, which may suffer prolonged stagnation unless something happens to boost demand, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) most recent Interim Economic Assessment. In the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, the researchers believe growth will be cause unemployment to drop. In Japan, where unemployment is already low, the…
  • Nutrition expert, educator discuss whole food plant based diet advantages

    Elena del Valle
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whole: Rethinking the Science of NutritionPhoto: BenBella Books T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. has spent a lifetime studying nutrition, and Howard Jacobson, Ph.D. is a health educator and ecological gardener. They believe a whole food plant based diet without added fat, salt, or refined carbohydrates (such as sugar and white flour) is the essential foundation for a healthy life. In Whole Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (BenBella Books, $16.95) they explore the evidence to support their conclusions, including their belief that people's eating habits haven't changed despite the availability of…
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  • Jennifer Lopez to Publish First Book, Autobiography Titled “True Love”

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    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Latina singer and actress Jennifer Lopez on Nov. 4 will publish her first book, an autobiographical work entitled “True Love,” in which she reviews one of the key periods of her life, the Penguin Group’s Celebra publishing division announced. The book initially had been scheduled to go on sale on Oct. 28, but its release was postponed until the first week in November. “True Love” - which will hit the market at the same time in both Spanish and English editions - will be in the form of a personal diary and will include never-before-published photos. “Writing…
  • DEA Announce Capture of Gulf Cartel Leader Juan Saenz-Tamez

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    21 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the arrest of current Gulf Cartel leader Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on Oct. 9, 2014 while shopping in Edinburg, Texas. Saenz-Tamez today made an initial appearance in the Eastern District of Texas on drug trafficking charges. “Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez became the head of the Gulf Cartel following the 2013 arrest of former leader Mario Ramirez-Trevino,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “He moved steadily up the cartel ranks, working as a lookout, record keeper, plaza…
  • Chiquis Rivera Returns for Second Season of Her Reality Show

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    21 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    hiquis Rivera, daughter of the late singer Jenni Rivera - and at the request of her fans - launches Tuesday the second season of her online reality show “Chiquis Confidential,” her response to rumors about her in the gossip media. “The Internet series is a very personal production, very intimate, with the people I want to accompany me in my daily life as a singer, and in which I’m now preparing my first disc,” Chiquis Rivera told Efe. “They say so many things about me but with this reality show I can clear up many of those rumors in my own words. I want…
  • Colombian Legislator Kidnapped by Guerrilla Group

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    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Colombian lawmaker Carlos Omar Angarita Navarro, a legislator with the Norte de Santander provincial assembly, was kidnapped by presumed National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas, authorities confirmed Tuesday. Angarita, a member of the Conservative Party, was abducted Monday afternoon on the outskirts of the town of Hacari as he was returning from a meeting with the community at which the town’s health problems were discussed. He was captured on the highway that links Hacari and Ocaña, the provincial police commander, Col. Eliecer Camacho, told reporters on Tuesday. “No…
  • Puerto Rico Seeks to Build Columbus Statue Larger than Statue of Liberty

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    21 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Puerto Rican promoting the assembly of a monumental statue of Columbus, twice as tall as New York’s Statue of Liberty and taller than any other in the Americas, wants Spain’s king and queen to inaugurate the monument in the spring of 2016. Entrepreneur Jose Gonzalez Freire told Efe Tuesday in an interview that his goal is to take advantage of the Spanish royals’ possible visit to the Caribbean island for the 7th International Congress of the Spanish Language, also scheduled for the spring of 2016. “We believe construction will be completed between late 2015 and…
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