Financial Literacy Month: 3 Tips for Sticking To a Budget

A key way to be responsible with your finances is creating a budget and keeping it. Knowing where every penny of your hard-earned money is goes allows you to trim excess spending and save More »

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped More »

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more More »

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy More »

Education Wednesday: Why You Secretly Love Math

For centuries, I am sure, students have groaned and questioned the real use of mathematics outside of school. However, long before modern technological advances, math concepts have shaped our world and been pivotal in our daily lives. Math is secretly our favorite More »

Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica More »

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de More »

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core More »



Sonia Sotomayor: The Exception

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Sonia Sotomayor, the Exception

A memoir does just that: it is a first-hand account of your history, told through the filter of memory. We all know how memory works–events, people, relationships are edited by the person telling the story. The forthcoming book by Supreme  Read More...

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  Read More...

¡Quick! What’s in the Constitución: Advise and Consent OR Stick It To Him?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Obama Cabinet Picks

Let’s look at President Obama’s nominations: Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry to the Department of State to replace Hillary Clinton. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, ¡Virgen Santísima!–a REPUBLICAN (!) as Secretary of Defense. John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence  Read More...

President Obama’s Missing Latino Senior Administration

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Obama's Missing Latino Senior Administration

Update: U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solís resigned soon after this was published. She tweeted: ### Soon after President Obama’s re-election, rumors of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s replacement started flying. Mr. Obama settled on Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry. Other  Read More...

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  Read More...

¿Come Together, Schmome Together?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Starbucks & Come Together

“We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We’re skeptics!,” exclaims the Facebook page of One Voice Radio, an Hispanic-focused media outlet. Latinos, after delivering re-election to this President, should be taking note as we consolidate and grow our power  Read More...

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  Read More...

Viviana on the O’Reilly Factor: Viewers Have Your Say

Viviana Hurtado on the O'Reilly Factor: Viewers Have Your Say

After I appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, my inbox flooded with mix of comments: some good points from all sides; false accusations of being a Republican AND others of being a Democrat; name-calling, i.e. “sell-out” sent by someone who created an  Read More...