Election 2012: The Mami Wars

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My friends call me Sah-rah Palín–the Latina Sarah Palin–because I am so critical of the “mainstream media” as it concerns the lack of diversity, especially at the decision-making level. The Mommy Wars debate reignited by Hilary Rosen‘s comment on CNN that Ann Romney didn’t “work a day in her life” is Exhibit A.  True Dat although […]

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Forever Young, or Not

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Desencanto–the profound disillusionment we feel when someone lets us down, when innocence is lost, when the rose-colored glasses or beer googles are yanked off.  Latinos have felt this way about President Barack Obama for a while, as I have extensively written, beginning with The Gran Desencanto. Now the youth vote isn’t feeling the love.  It’s no […]

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Can the Republican Party Become a “Latino” Party?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado asks in Latina Magazine if the Republican Party can become "Latino"

I was chatting with #TwitterBrotherFromAnotherMother since we may be teaming up on a voter registration drive/civic engagement effort and we got to talking about the big elefante político in the Election 2012 room. Is the GOP writing off Hispanics in November?  Are Latinos lock, estock, and barrel Demócratas? I hope the answer is no. Now I’ll […]

Time Magazine Listened to Me! The 2012 Time 100

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Last year I wrote a scathing Op-Ed criticizing Time Magazine for only including 3 Latinos (2 Latin Americans and 1 U.S. Hispanic) in the list of the world’s top 100 influencers.  Click here to read  Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel. I passionately argued that this Manhattan-céntrico and clubby view of the world doesn’t “get” the […]

Why I Would NEVER Live with a Boyfriend Explained on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

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That I feared the ¿qué dirán?–what will people say?–more for Mami than me is what barred me from ever committing a barbaridad of ill-repute that would prove all my tías in Colombia right about the perils of raising daughters a la americana. Then I got older and guess what?  I won’t move in with a boyfriend.  It has […]

Secret Service Sex Scandal Defense: Sofía Vergara Made Me Do It

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When Colombia’s extreme geo-political makeover as it hosted the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena was eclipsed by another national treasure–its Latina women, I knew to blame Sofía Vergara–you know who’s everywhere including Saturday Night Live, flatly delivering her line, “America welcomed me with open arms and pulled down pants.” Let’s back up:  At least 11 […]

TMM Guest Host Day 1: Serious About Syria, Saving for Freelancers, Romney’s Woman & Latino Problema

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Until recently, I was always a generalist and in Washington, DC, this is a problem given that as a reporter, you need to own a beat–sources and stories to break news. So I focused on my passion and made it my niche: the dramatic growth of the Latino community and its impact on politics, the […]

TMM Guest Host Day 2: Travyon Martin’s Killer Charged, Summit of the Americas, Inspiring “Scandal” TV Show & The Voice

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Whenever you see a newscast, hear a radio show, see a movie, you see the finished product–no “work,” just the perfect dress–no seams, no stitches sticking out.  That “perfection” is possible only because of all the hard work, at times Herculean efforts, of a team.  If you are lucky, everything works out perfectly–your “A” guests […]