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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Making of a Mexican-American Dream

*There are two pieces that I believe you should read today. I’ll be posting both of them and I’ll start with this one. It’s a 30 minute read, but it’s well worth the investment, thanks to Taquista Juan Cruz for the link. Suffice it to say that being Mexican-American today is not what is was

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Our Institutions as Sanctuaries

*Why you should read this: Because Eduardo Diaz makes a good point about expanding the idea of sanctuary to mean more than a religious place of safety. Because sanctuary should mean a safe harbor for ideas and...

Monday, March 6th, 2017

An Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Has Been Discovered

*Why you should read this: Because this is new, or rather, resurfaced. Because It’s a cool story with cool pictures. VL By Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, The Atlantic  (4.5 minute read)   An exhibit that opened Wednesday at the City...

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Latinos along border discover Sephardic Jewish heritage

*Why you should read this: Because it’s fascinating. Because the U.S. Latino culture is vast and varied and intricate. Because in many ways the Latino culture is all cultures. VL By Mercedes Olivera, The Dallas Morning News...

Monday, December 26th, 2016

8 Great Latino Books Published In 2016

*Suggested reading before the year ends. VL By Rigoberto Gonález, NBC News (4 minute read)  As the year comes to a close, here’s one final look at some great Latino books published in 2016. This list includes...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Some Christmas Wishes

*We made Henry’s list. More good news to report! VL By Henry Flores, NewsTaco (2 minute read)  I was pondering what to write about in my next column when it suddenly occurred to me that it’s Christmas! ...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

12 Latino Holiday Festivities And Traditions That Are Bigger Than Christmas Itself

*This is from a 2015 post, but the list still stands. Tomorrow night is Noche de Rábanos. VL By Tanisha Love Ramirez, The Huffington Post (6minute read) Santa Claus, reindeer and jingle bells are great, but they’re hardly the...

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

2016 in books: 15 must reads from Latin American and US Latino authors

*Suggestions for the book worms on you list. VL By Alejandra Oliva, Remezcla (15 minute read) The last few years have been fantastic for works translated into English from writers all over Latin America. Between Valeria Luiselli,...

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Our Lady of Guadalupe Is a Powerful Symbol of Mexican Identity

*According to the Catholic Church, the apparition happened 10 years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico was complete. So yes, Guadalupe is symbolic of the violent birth of a new people, of culture and politics. VL By...

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Virgilio Elizondo: Our Lady of Guadalupe, gift of a loving God

*The Faith and Leadership website writes this about Virgilio Elizondo: “The Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo has been recognized by Time magazine as one of the leading spiritual innovators in the U.S. for developing a Christian theology within...

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Discovering the magic of Three Kings Day, from Puerto Rico to the US

*What a fun read! It’s not just Puerto Rico, though. It’s all of Latin America and in many, many place in the U.S. Even WalMart is in on the celebration (for profit, of course, but it says...

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

For the Past 20 Years, a Santa Ana Man Has Kept the Language of the Aztecs Alive

*This is a great, albeit a little long, piece for a Friday read. VL By Gabriel San Roman, OC Weekly (17 minute read)  “Okay, let’s start with practice!” Davíd Vázquez says in Spanish to a dozen or...

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Did Texas Host the First Thanksgiving?

*This question causes all manner of argument. There was a feast close to El Paso 20 years before the traditional feast in Plymouth. But was it a harvest feast? It was a feast of giving thanks and...

Monday, November 21st, 2016

15 Hilarious Tweets That Perfectly Capture Latino Thanksgiving

*This is spot on. My favorite is “How do you spell Sansgiven?” VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (3.5 minute read)  Two days before Thanksgiving, Twitter has entertained us with different takes on what Thanksgiving is like across the...

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