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 […]

A White House 20 de julio

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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 cakes.  That’s what I remember, having marked that day, which falls 16 days after American […]

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

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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 it is: a screen grab from the Twitter of Univision‘s Sunday public affair show Al Punto […]

‘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 have a new neighbor. In fact, I got welcomed with my first and only mugging […]