Civics Clase: What’s a Caucus? Vlog

Viviana Hurtado's Civics Clase--"What's a Caucus?"--for The Wise Latina Club

13 Republican presidential candidate debates until the first major event leading up to the 2012 GOP nomination at the summer convention. But who’s counting? The much-anticipated Iowa caucus is important because it’s the first political biggie on the way to being named the Republican challenger to President Obama.  The winner will have the political wind on his back, […]

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Happy New Year Mojito Recipe

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On the edge of a New Year–2012–and I’m looking back at 2011: What a year! Think about everything that happened. Osama bin Laden was killed. Andy Rooney died. So did thousands in Mexico as the drug war continues ripping this neighboring country apart. Charlie Sheen held the social media world captive with his ranting tweets. The […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on CNN en Español’s Notimujer Chats about Women Leading the Economy

TWLC's Viviana Hurtado on CNNE's Notimujer on Women & the Economy

Women are uniquely positioned to lead our economic recovery–if you are interpreting the recent data optimistically and believe our economy is on the up. ¿Por qué? Well, the “man-cession” as our recession was called by some experts, hit men disproportionately hard as more were laid off, downsized, and stayed out of work longer than women. […]

Latina Magazine: The 11 Biggest Political Stories Of The Year

Viviana Hurtado for Latina Magazine on 2011 Biggest Political Stories

What a hard exercise.  Decide the best political stories of 2011, particularly as they impacted the Latino community. Hmmm.  Where to start? Immigration, but not because Hispanics are “one issue” voters.  Au contraire mon frère. Latinos care as much, if not more according to some polls, about the economy and education.  Legal, illegal immigrant, Wall […]

The High Heeled Kitchen: Christmas Made Feliz with Tostones Video Recipe

The High Heeled Kitchen's Viviana Hurtado Tostones Recipe for The Wise Latina Club

Whether you’re serving a Honey-Baked Ham, frying a turkey Deep South-style like Big Bro, or roasting a pernil, how about adding some feliz to your Christmas with a side of tostones? ¿Que quéééé?  Tostones or fried plantains is a staple of the Caribbean kitchen.  In Colombia, where my parents were born and La costa–Papi‘s region–they’re called patacones, […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin Talking Kobe Bryant and Political Wives

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Calista on TV Define anchor baby Kobe di-vorc-ING! It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaarrr! Be glad–very glad–you’re not hearing me sing this twisted rendition of the Christmas classic only a political nerd like me could love. But listen in to the discussion on NPR’s […]

Fox News Latino: U.S. Youths Made to Pay for Actions of Their Parents

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Children must pay the price for actions committed by their parents. That’s the message to students from the Florida Department of Education and the Board of Governors after the requirements to apply for a merit scholarship were revised to include completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with a social security number. No […]

Latina Magazine: “Anchor Baby”: When a Dictionary Definition Makes a Political Statement

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We don’t think about the political and social weight of language because we use it everyday to accomplish utilitarian and in the larger scheme, mundane tasks. Think: A plea of “please, please, please don’t tow me” in front of the all powerful Department of Transportation god about to drive away, followed moments later by a thrown […]