A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

Washington, DC I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key points parts of President Barack Obama’s address. Starting with the economy, Mr. Obama proposed […]

Seven Questions with Emanuel Pleitez

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After the 2012 Presidential Election, Latinos have established a reputation as a powerful group of voters. We turned to Emanuel Pleitez, a Stanford graduate who is currently campaigning for a spot in the Los Angeles Mayoral Race, to learn more about the mind of the Latino voter, the role of the media, and more. [The following […]

Latinas for Latino Literature: Las Comadres Twitter Party

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I have some pretty amazing women in my life. From my mother, cousins, aunts (who is featured in my post “Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing“), to my thesis adviser, academic program director, Honors College mentor, and the friends who keep me sane, I have a lot of ladies for whom […]

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. […]

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 […]

South African Pop Star Finishes High School At 60

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Whatta ya get when you mix inspiration with tough love, you know like when Mami‘s hand magically appeared out of nowhere after we said or did something bad, yanking our ears until they stung. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is a South African pop star who had it all–fame, lovely ladies, and money.  But he didn’t have a […]

Election 2012: Latina Bloggers Go to the White House

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Chosen as a LATISM Top Bloguera

Sometimes I wonder when I’m going to arrive at the White House and have security pluck me away, throw me in a Midnight Express cell, and throw away the key forever.  Guilty of being critical, obsessively at times, and holding President Barack Obama accountable for not delivering on immigration reform while deportations spiked and the […]

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 […]