¡Fitness! Why Work Out When You Can Dance?

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Love to dance?  Secretly want to be a Bollywood leading lady?  If you answered ¡Síííí!, I just discovered the workout for you: Masala Bhangra. Why do I go to the gym for the group classes? Because working out with others to energizing music pushes me to work harder than I would sweating sola. Always on the […]

Wilmer Valderrama: Immigration is Next to The Wise Latina Club’s Viviana Hurtado, Prez Listening

Wilmer Valderrama on Immigration Reform to The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado

It wasn’t those smoldering ayyyssss. Or his perfectly tailored Hugo Boss Suit. Wilmer Valderrama had me at: “My next thing is immigration.” Seems Washington leaders, including President Obama who addressed in broad brushstrokes comprehensive immigration reform in Las Vegas, are listening to this Hollywood hunk turned “actor-vista” (actor turned activista). I caught up with him at […]

Two Ways to Bring Back Abuela’s Cooking

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Of all the great things the U.S. of A. has to offer, our “western diet” is not at the top of the list. In fact, immigrating to the U.S. could be harmful for some families’ long-term health! A recent study shows that acculturated Mexican American teens are prone to obesity. Second generation teenagers are 2.5 […]

An Immigration Proposal. Political Momentum. ¿Done Deal?

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Nearly seven years ago, I covered the big immigration rallies of 2006 as a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. In solidarity, millions around the nation marched in support of overhauling the immigration system to incorporate those who for various reason were here in violation of our laws. What surprised me wasn’t that Republicans would […]

¿Latinas: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Neither?

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40 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, a decision that legalized abortion. The law hinges on privacy–bringing a baby into this world is a decision between a mother and her doctor. No more “back alley” procedures performed by people who called themselves doctors. Coat hangers–a symbol of one of the crudest […]

Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing

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Last Wednesday I could not stop telling everyone who would listen that I was going to listen to Sonia Sotomayor speak at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. It was going to be so cool. And then I got the flu. I asked my mother if she would like to go. “No,” she said flatly. […]

Inauguration 2013: Our Nation Celebrated, Now We Get to Work

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Washington, DC The nation’s capital is crowded but with only a fraction of the spectators who in 2009 braved colder temperatures to witness the inauguration of the first African-American president. Back then, the country was weary of two wars and anxious of an economy that was beginning to unravel. This is the political and economic […]

VIDEO: Inauguration 2013: What Latinos Expect from President Obama

Inauguration 2013: What Latinos Expect From President Obama

As I spoke with Latinos throughout the weekend, I felt that something is different: a consciousness of our growing political clout is just starting to settle in after November. Hispanics voting in historic numbers formed the key component of the coalition that delivered re-election to President Obama. But the magnitude of what we accomplished is […]