Latinas’ Vote Under Fire?

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In 1965, 25,000 people marched to Montgomery, Alabama to help pass the Voting Rights Act. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, including Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, heard arguments on a section of this historic legislation with their decision having a big impact on the Latino vote. The case is Shelby Co. v. Holder. This mainly white […]

Columbia Journalism Review: The Wise Latina Club “Awesome Blog”

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¡Virgen Santísima! This time my Chief Reputation Monitor, i.e. Mami (Google alerts have nothing on this lady’s internet scouring abilities), did not discover that the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) selected The Wise Latina Club as one of five “awesome blogs about minority communities.” I stumbled upon this one day while I was working on a […]

Bless Me, Última Brings Chicano Literature and History to Film

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Rudolfo Anaya‘s Bless Me, Última is now a film. Click here to watch the movie trailer. The big screen version of this celebrated coming of age novel received a big endorsement from film critic Roger Ebert who gave Bless Me, Última four out of five stars. For us to appreciate the film we must understand the book’s place in American literature and history. The American Chicano Movement of the 1960s, an extension […]

UPDATED: Published in the Huffington Post! The Feminine Mystique of Beyoncé

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Click here to read The Feminine Mystique of Beyoncé published in the Huffington Post. Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan published the critically-acclaimed, ground-breaking–The Feminine Mystique. The “mother” of the second wave of American feminism sought the answer to the question: Why are women unhappy? Friedan did not cast that wide a net: she referred to privileged […]

¡The Wise Latina Club’s Viviana Hurtado Nominated for SXSW Award!

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There’s Davos, aka the World Economic Forum, a mecca for the so-called Masters of the Universe. There’s Burning Man, where creatives and pagans worship no boundaries, bartering while neh-kid. If these two got together and had a baby, it would be South by Southwest or SXSW. Since 1987, this yearly music, film, and interactive conference and […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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We began this series to insert critical thinking into the immigration debate that is dominating the headlines yet lacks understanding and context of a hotly contested issue in our history. This week, we go to the source(s) of information. If knowledge is power, the women and men heading large media outlets are some of the most powerful people in our […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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Given all the recent news coverage, it is easy to mistake immigration reform as a unique 21st century debate. Few deny that immigrants are the bedrock of our nation. But how to integrate them legally and culturally has been a hotly debated topic since the first large influx came to America at the end of the 19th century. Through photos, we examine […]