Viviana Hurtado Spending a lot of Time at 1 of Her 18 Part-Time/Full-Time Jobs or Guest Hosting Again on NPR!

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Veteran journalist and hermana María Hinojosa once told me she works like a “Mexican,” meaning she works her tush off.  I’ll add, I work like a freelancer. Or a consultant. Or an independent contractor. Or a temp. In other words, those of us who are cobbling it together speck by speck, either because we are […]

When Pros are Cons and Cons are Pros: GOP VP Pick Paul Ryan

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Mitt Romney was so overcome with emotion while introducing Paul Ryan as his running mate to challenge President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in November, that he bellowed, “the next President of the United States!”  Once the snark cleared, this foot-in-your-mouth slip revealed what conservatives are calling a “bold move.”  Why?  This choice […]

3 NJ Teens and I Get Our Wish or A Debate Moderator Should Be a Woman

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UPDATE!  The Commission for Presidential Debate just released the names of the moderators of the 2012 Presidential debates: 1st presidential debate: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour Wednesday, October 3, University of Denver, Denver, CO Vice presidential debate: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News Thursday, October 11, Centre College, Danville, KY […]

Latino to Deliver Keynote at the Democratic National Convention

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Although considered by some a rising political star in the Democratic party, Julián Castro became a super star when the news broke that he will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the beginning of September.  The San Antonio mayor is scheduled to speak, as is First Lady Michelle Obama, on the opening night.  This speech […]

Eulogy to a Maid

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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? Ah si, George Jefferson of The Jeffersons, a ’70s and ’80s sitcom about an upwardly mobile black family […]

Espanglish No Existe Says a National Humanities Medalist

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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 of language and literature in written form, the scholars at the Real academia española (RAE)–considered the […]

Gay Sally Ride–¿Y Qué?

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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 partner of 27 years. All of a sudden, our gossipy culture where everyone claims to […]

Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

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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 Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In a speech to the Urban League, President Obama said he […]