From Stress to Success in the City Part I: Renting vs Buying

When moving to a new city, finding a place to live can leave you wondering, “should I rent or should I buy?” Weighing the pros and cons of renting before you commit More »

Mass Mothers and Children Deportations Discussed with former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. On MSNBC

‘merica isn’t having a good day when almost three dozen mothers and kids are flown back to a worn-torn country and it doesn’t make as much a blip as, for example, José Antonio Vargas–immigrant More »

Summer Break: Smart Packing for Beach Trips

A recent getaway to Jamaica taught me a great deal about items that should be staples when traveling to the beach. Factors such as safety around water, hair damage, and boredom are all issues that could More »

From Stress to Success in the City: 4 Reasons to Utilize Your Alumni Network

When moving to a new city, it is important to quickly establish a contact base. Joining alumni groups are a great way to network for potential professional contacts and opportunities and easier because of the common ground More »

VIDEO: Unaccompanied Kids, Humanitarian “Crisis” or “Situation”? On MSNBC

Overheard: for President Obama, the unaccompanied children flooding the border has forced immigration from policy to politics. This assertion reflects a Beltway echo chamber, resulting in a disconnect that fails to capture More »

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Humanitarian Crisis? On MSNBC

Parents handing their children to coyotes or human smugglers for passage to the U.S. is not new. I learned that first hand when I started my journalism career in Texas, specifically in the Rio More »

VIDEO: Obama Immigration Executive Action. On MSNBC

President Obama promised at the State of the Union that he would use executive action to push his agenda forward, bypassing Republican obstruction in Congress. In “State of the Union: Immigration Executive More »

Summer Break: Unconventional Grillers for the 4th of July

People all across the country are firing up their grills and cooking out for the Fourth of July. Hamburgers and hotdogs are almost always par for the course for this all-American occasion. This year, however, leave More »



Education Wednesday: Aundrea’s Project Debt Down Student Loan Repayment Update

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At the beginning of the year I resolved to reduce my student loan debt. Three months later, Project Debt Down (as I named my loan repayment effort) is in full effect! With a totally new mindset about money management, I am excited to share the tricks  Read More...

Restaurant Review: ¿Did Someone Say Ham-Infused Tequila?

Delicioso needs no translation. Miramar tequila cocktail at José Andrés' Oyamel Restaurant. Courtesy: @fulfordhe

As I walked through the door into Oyamel restaurant , I left the streets of Washington, D.C. behind and was enveloped in a cultural experience infused with the biodiversity of the Monarch Butterfly and the urban touch of Mexico City street markets. The  Read More...

VIDEO: Federal Minimum Wage Hike–Solution or Problem on MSNBC

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How best to preserve our eroding middle class and grow it in the near future so more Americans can have opportunities to succeed? This question is at the heart of a decades long Washington political battle between Republicans and Democrats. At least since  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Mentoring Towards Academic Achievement

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In education policy, metrics such as academic benchmarks and graduation rates define student success. Raising academic standards and implementing new learning models are indeed important to improving education for students and closing achievement gaps. However, mentoring, being a positive role  Read More...

VIDEO: What does the Ukraine & Venezuela Violence Say About Putin and Obama? On MSNBC

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Polls confirm what media executive’s assertions that Americans don’t have an appetite for foreign news. This justifies closing international bureaus in favor of “parachute reporting” during a crisis as well as and scaled back international coverage in favor of, for  Read More...

Dominican Independence Day Meatless Monday: Mangú Recipe

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death of all Americans with Latinos being particularly at risk. ¿Por qué? Latinos have high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and excess weight. Fortunately, healthy eating can reduce your risk of heart disease. Many  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Black History Month Edition: Continuing Education Reform

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In February we celebrate Black History Month by remembering the work and legacy of great educators. Heroines such as Charlotte Hawkins Brown, a courageous teacher who spoke out against Jim Crow laws in the 1900s, were instrumental in advocating for equality for minority students. Moving from the past into  Read More...

Black History Month Meatless Monday: A Day of Healthy Foods

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Health disparities still exist among racial and ethnic minorities despite our nation’s strides in pursuit of equality such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act which integrated schools and prohibits discrimination in employment and public places. For example, African Americans are at a higher risk for heart disease–the number  Read More...