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. […]

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 […]

Inaugural Poeta

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Richard Blanco-Inaugural Poet

…or I should say Inaugural Poet. What blew me away when I read about Richard Blanco‘s selection  to recite the Inaugural Poem is not that he is he son of Cuban exiles, making him an example that in America, it doesn’t matter from where you come, you can be anything. Not even that President Obama pointed […]

The Latino List: Holiday Gifts for the Hispano/a in Your Life

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Shares Her Latino Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re like me, I stay away from generic giftcards, trying to capture in the present the uniqueness of the receiver and infuse a little bit of my personality. Here are some ideas inspired by those on my list who have been “nice”: Social Good gifts were popular when I asked for suggestions on Facebook. […]

Latina Bloggers Respond: Not Enough Hispanic Authors, Books Due to Publishing Industry

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado & Latina Bloggers Demand More Latino Authors, Books

In response to the New York Times article about the lack of Latino authors and books for children, Latina bloggers are launching a coordinated response that correctly identifies the problem and gives solutions. As aspiring authors, many of us have experienced first-hand being shut out by the mainstream publishing industry, not being given the time of day […]