The Post Shutdown Agenda or How I Almost Hugged Thomas Roberts on MSNBC

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I regularly contribute commentary to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show. It is also no secret that I am quite partial to him as the NPR ombudsman notes in a post about sex, looks, power, and the digital space. “There was, for example, the author of The Wise Latina Club and NPR guest host Viviana Hurtado who wrote in […]

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP: The VIDEO Interview with International Rockstar Juanes

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One week ago today, Teshima Walker Izrael lost her two year battle to colon cancer. The executive producer of Tell Me More on National Public Radio, she was also a champion, opening opportunities for me that didn’t exist because she believed in my voice and the community it represents. Most important, she was more than a […]

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP

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The big, grand gestures and larger-than-life types always get the credit. But it is often times those people who work quietly, discretely, yet with singular focus who can open pathways that will alter your life. For me that person was Teshima Walker Izrael, Executive Producer of NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin, who on […]

What Paula Deen and Eva Longoria’s Devious Maids Taught Me About DOMA, the Voting Rights Act, and Affirmative Action or What I Said on NPR

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Yeesh. Who would think that Paula Deen who butters even her Melba Toast and Hollywood star Eva Longoria, the Executive Producer of Lifetime‘s Devious Maids could teach me a thing or two about this week’s historic Supreme Court decisions? SCOTUS deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, allowing for same-sex couples to marry and enjoy the […]

¿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 […]

¡Quick! What’s in the Constitución: Advise and Consent OR Stick It To Him?

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Let’s look at President Obama’s nominations: Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry to the Department of State to replace Hillary Clinton. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, ¡Virgen Santísima!–a REPUBLICAN (!) as Secretary of Defense. John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency after the former head resigned because of a lío de faldas. (Umpteenth note to men: chasing […]

Latinos Vote: the Leader of the Pack

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Coalition. Networks. Alliance. These are all terms that in a political context mean the relationships forged among groups, forming a pact to further an agenda. It’s a power play meant to force an outcome. Representation, respect, access, money can be on the line. As the election results’ raw data continues to be dissected, the wisdom […]

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton Explains What’s Next for Ethiopia After Prime Minister’s Death

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I remember studying modern Latin American literature and learning about magical realism, that delicious form of narrative where the lines between fact and fiction are blurred, best embodied by the masterful work of Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. I always saw this as an “outsider” view of Latin America that doesn’t take […]