Latino to Deliver Keynote at the Democratic National Convention

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Although considered by some a rising political star in the Democratic party, Julián Castro became a super star when the news broke that he will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the beginning of September.  The San Antonio mayor is scheduled to speak, as is First Lady Michelle Obama, on the opening night.  This speech […]

Espanglish No Existe Says a National Humanities Medalist

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News out of Spain rocked the world, with huge implications in the U.S.  Nah, not the horrible news of that European country’s financial mess or the projected 25% unemployment rate. Rather, in the archane world of philology or the study of language and literature in written form, the scholars at the Real academia española (RAE)–considered the […]

Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

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The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve movie goers there for a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically tighter gun laws.  Except President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In a speech to the Urban League, President Obama said he […]

A White House 20 de julio

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Throughout the world, 20 de julio or Colombian Independence from Spain is celebrated by dancing to cumbia and vallenato, toasting with our moonshine–aguardiente, as well as savoring delicacies like beef empanadas or patties, patacón pisao or fried plaintains, and arepas–corn cakes.  That’s what I remember, having marked that day, which falls 16 days after American […]

Election 2012: George Lopez v. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Missed Opportunity

GEORGE LOPEZ: IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU

When George Lopez in his HBO special went on an “f” word rapid-fire tirade after “getting political”, many of us didn’t get upset because our culture has desensitized us to this kind of language.  Whether it’s a live comedy performance or cable shows, you would think you’re in a war zone “F bombs” are dropped […]

‘hood Tips from a Wise Latina to THE Wise Latina

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I guarantee you that when I moved to the U Street area of Washington, DC, articles were not written, Tweets and Facebook messages did not zip back and forth in el ciberespacio, and friends and strangers didn’t email  psst, we have a new neighbor. In fact, I got welcomed with my first and only mugging […]

Open Letter to Ann Romney

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Dear Mrs. Romney, Like millions of women, I watched First Lady Michelle Obama rock it as she sat down with Latina mothers for a chat sponsored by the Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  I thought, when will your husband’s campaign start to aggressively reach out to Latino voters? Click here to watch the video. I […]

What Cuban Cuisine Would Be If There Had Not Been Fidel

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Talk food and politics with Cubans and you’re bound to get into water hotter than that which divides the South of Florida from the island. Most will gingerly tip toe around the topic, or just avoid it–unless you’re Guillermo Pernot. Chef-partner of Cuba Libre restaurants, he has dived right into this bubbling political and culinary […]