Author Archives: Viviana

Eulogy to a Maid

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado reflects on Lupe Ontiveros' death in Eulogy to a Maid

What a bad week for Americana–we lost Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space as I write about in Gay Sally Ride: ¿Y Qué? to cancer.  Then Sherman Hemsley passed of “natural causes” in his El Paso, Texas home. ¿Quién?  Read More...

Espanglish No Existe Says a National Humanities Medalist

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: Spanglish Doesn't Exist

News out of Spain rocked the world, with huge implications in the U.S.  Nah, not the horrible news of that European country’s financial mess or the projected 25% unemployment rate. Rather, in the archane world of philology or the study  Read More...

Gay Sally Ride–¿Y Qué?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on NPR's Tell Me More Beauty Shop on Sally Ride Being Gay and the Theater Shootings

When the first woman in space died, the spotlight quickly turned from her significant professional accomplishments to her sexual orientation.  The website for her foundation Sally Ride Science “outed” her with the note that  Dr. Ride is survived by her  Read More...

Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve movie goers there for a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically tighter gun laws.  Except President Obama and likely  Read More...

A White House 20 de julio

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado for Fox News Latino: Colombian-American Leaders at the White House

Throughout the world, 20 de julio or Colombian Independence from Spain is celebrated by dancing to cumbia and vallenato, toasting with our moonshine–aguardiente, as well as savoring delicacies like beef empanadas or patties, patacón pisao or fried plaintains, and arepas–corn  Read More...

Election 2012: George Lopez v. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Missed Opportunity

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on George Lopez v. Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Latina Magazine

When George Lopez in his HBO special went on an “f” word rapid-fire tirade after “getting political”, many of us didn’t get upset because our culture has desensitized us to this kind of language.  Whether it’s a live comedy performance  Read More...

My First Wordless Wednesday or Miércoles Mudo: How did a Latino News Show Become a Slur?

The Wise Latina Club's First Wordless Wednesday/Miércoles Mudo-Missing Letter

This is a first for The Wise Latina Club–participating in a staple of the blogosphere–a meme where millions post a picture with no words on Wednesday–hence Wordless Wednesday or Miércoles mudo en español–because the photo speaks for itself, plus readers’ interpretations. Here  Read More...

‘hood Tips from a Wise Latina to THE Wise Latina

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Viviana Hurtado

I guarantee you that when I moved to the U Street area of Washington, DC, articles were not written, Tweets and Facebook messages did not zip back and forth in el ciberespacio, and friends and strangers didn’t email  psst, we  Read More...