VIDEO: On CNN for the First Time: Is Best Man Holiday a “Race-based” Film?

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In 1998, I stepped into the Washington bureau of CNN. I was an intern. Back in the day, interns didn’t sue employers for not getting paid but instead were grateful for the opportunity to do more than answer phones, check the fax machine, and get cafecito. I did that for one week and asked my supervisor […]

Film Friday: A Place Beyond the Pines, Starring Actress Eva Mendes

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At a time when we are still asking ourselves, if and when Latinas will ever be offered better acting roles, Eva Mendes has us believing Sí, Se Puede! in the film A Place Beyond the Pines (rated R). Mendes captivates as a woman conflicted by love and motherly duty in this film directed by Derek Cianfrance, delivering her best performance yet. Click below […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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Great women come from every corner of the world. Fortunately for us, many brilliant ones have brought their talents to the United States. In honor of the beginning of Women’s History Month we collected photographs of female immigrants who became important figures in American society.   Click here to view other posts in the ongoing Monday Great Immigration Debate slideshow series. […]

Eva Longoria, Latino Stars Celebrate the Inauguration and the Arts in the Nation’s Capitol

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I had to get “celebrity-ready” to work my first red carpet at the Latino Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center. Make up. Check. Dress. Check. Miss Texas hair. Check. Photographer extraordinaire Tricia O. Ortiz. Check. I had stiff competition–behind the red velvet rope were light-eyed beauties–Telemundo’s Carmen Dominicci and CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux. Walking the red […]

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 […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Interviews Mary Mary or How I Added Reality Star to My Resume

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“Are you in DC this weekend? Urgent call me back.” ¡Ay! This text came on Friday which is my busiest day of the week since it’s when I publish The Wise Latina Club‘s weekly newsletter. Plus it was the last day to put the finishing touches on an intense foreign policy and politics-focused panel, “Caught in […]

6 Minute Career Climb: Q & A with Crisis Queen, Author, & TV Show Inspiration Judy Smith

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Does anyone else hear the big clic when the Universe unlocks her abundance, when Diosito bathes you with goodness? That’s how I felt when I guest hosted NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin when Michel was away. One of the many terrific stories I did was an interview with Judy Smith, a Washington, DC-based crisis manager or […]

JLo, Eva Longoria, Sofía Vergara & Naya Rivera: Blog Challenge Re-do

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The fabulous Bren Herrera of Flanboyant Eats issued a challenge: re-write your first blog post to win a Blogalicious conference pass.  The point is to show the growth of a blogger: her writing, her voice, and her brand. What a terrific idea and practice I thought.  Then quickly, I blushed.  I looked at my first […]