Eva Longoria, Latino Stars Celebrate the Inauguration and the Arts in the Nation’s Capitol

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I had to get “celebrity-ready” to work my first red carpet at the Latino Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center. Make up. Check. Dress. Check. Miss Texas hair. Check. Photographer extraordinaire Tricia O. Ortiz. Check. I had stiff competition–behind the red velvet rope were light-eyed beauties–Telemundo’s Carmen Dominicci and CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux. Walking the red […]

Profesoras in the Promised Land: Reflections on MLK Day

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Depending on your experiences with higher education, you may be surprised to know that this May I will graduate from Penn State with my Bachelors of Arts in English without ever having a single Latino professor. A part of this is due to my field and location. Latinos haven’t traditionally been drawn to English degrees. […]

Two Reasons Young Latinas Should Watch the Inauguration

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Four years ago I was in a high school auditorium when President-elect became President Barack Obama. Along with some other students, I stood while he took his first oath of office. We had to stand. We were living in the past, present, and future simultaneously, and we needed to pay our respects. It took a […]

Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox

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Although I observe time and time again that being active lifts my mood, on some days it still feels hard to get moving. Earlier today I was feeling generally overwhelmed and unmotivated–a very blah mood. I tried to reason myself out of doing exercise with excuses: there were no gym classes in my area right now, etc. […]

Sonia Sotomayor: The Exception

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A memoir does just that: it is a first-hand account of your history, told through the filter of memory. We all know how memory works–events, people, relationships are edited by the person telling the story. The forthcoming book by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will likely be no different, if the recents high profile […]

The Dress: What an Indigenous Woman’s Gown Tells Us About Sofía Vergara’s Golden Globe Pick

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Magdalena Quinilla Batz is not Sofía Vergara. Odds are she will never strut down the Golden Globes red carpet wearing a Gucci gown. When you look at Magdalena you can almost convince yourself that the red carpet is part of some fictional universe. There’s no way her portrait and Sofía’s many commercials and memorable Modern […]

¡Quick! What’s in the Constitución: Advise and Consent OR Stick It To Him?

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Let’s look at President Obama’s nominations: Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry to the Department of State to replace Hillary Clinton. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, ¡Virgen Santísima!–a REPUBLICAN (!) as Secretary of Defense. John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency after the former head resigned because of a lío de faldas. (Umpteenth note to men: chasing […]

President Obama’s Missing Latino Senior Administration

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Update: U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solís resigned soon after this was published. She tweeted: ### Soon after President Obama’s re-election, rumors of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s replacement started flying. Mr. Obama settled on Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry. Other top nominations include former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, as Secretary of Defense and John […]