SLIDESHOW: The Sequester

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The sequester headlines focus on the trillion dollars in cuts after Congress and President Barack Obama failed to reach an agreement on how to control the federal deficit. But behind this staggering number spread over ten years are people. This Slideshow focuses on the Americans whose lives will change with less money for federal programs on which […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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Great women come from every corner of the world. Fortunately for us, many brilliant ones have brought their talents to the United States. In honor of the beginning of Women’s History Month we collected photographs of female immigrants who became important figures in American society.   Click here to view other posts in the ongoing Monday Great Immigration Debate slideshow series. […]

2 Ways to Keep PE on Your Schedule

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Even though you no longer have to report to gym class, PE should still be on your schedule.  Practical Exercise, that is! Regular physical activity keeps you looking and feeling great. So why isn’t fitness part our daily routine? The excuse I hear (and use!) most often is I don’t exercise more because I’m too busy. Chica, […]

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 […]

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 […]