Monday, October 5th, 2015

East Harlem bookstore highlighting Latino literature started through community crowdfunding

*A meeting place for Latinos across New York City. It’s worth a visit if visit NYC. VL By Fox News Latino Three years after opening its doors in East Harlem, La Casa Azul bookstore continues to inspire through the works of literary giants such as Gabriel García Márquez and Junot Diaz. The store, entirely dedicated

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Muralist Honors Latino Veterans

*Muralist Carlos Aguilar has spent three years painting an homage to the veterans of Santa Ana, California’s, Logan Street neighborhood. When finished there will be 160 faces on the wall of La Chiquita grocery store. VL By...

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

10 New Books by Established Latino Authors

*It’s time to make your fall reading list. Here’re a few suggestions to get started. VL By Rigoberto González, NBC News Over the summer I highlighted 9 books by emerging Latino voices, but it’s as important to...

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

L.A. Delivery Man Amassed One of the World’s Largest Collections of Chicano Art

*I love stories that uncover gems like this: “He started it “on a shoestring” at age 16, paying a few dollars down and a few dollars a week for pieces that he found in local galleries.” VL...

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Two Latinos – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Juan Salgado – among MacArthur ‘genius’ recipients

*Two new names to add to the list of Latino MacArthur geniuses: playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and activist Juan Salgado. VL By Fox News Latino Tony-winning playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and Juan Salgado, president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso...

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

A Spanish-speaking pope, and America’s complicated relationship with bilingualism

*According to the U.S. Census, in 2014 fewer than 79 percent of Americans spoke only English. And in the recent GOP presidential debates, some candidates have had to defend their use of Spanish on the campaign trail. The U.S....

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

‘Breakout Moment': More Books Reflect Mexican American Kids, Teens

*If you’ve wondered what a Poet Laureate does, here’s a good example. The first U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, is raising the profile of Latino writers, talking across the country about the Latino “breakout moment.” VL...

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Here’s Why The Pope Is More Popular With Latinos Than Pretty Much Any American Politician

*Many Latinos get it. So this may be best directed to non-Latinos. So share this with someone not in the choir, that they may better understand Francis’s popularity among Latinos. VL By Roque Planas, Huffington Post Latino...

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Pope-Admiring Latino Youth Are the Catholic Church’s Present, Future

*The key statistic in this story is: 60 percent of U.S. Catholics under the age of 18 are Latino. That’s probably why the Pope is coming to the U.S. and celebrating a mass in Spanish. VL By...

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Performance in Philadelphia will give Pope Francis a taste of his beloved milongas

*I don’t mind admitting my ignorance. I had no idea what a “milonga” was. It turns out it’s a dance, the Pope’s favorite, and 12 dancers will be performing them for the pontiff this week. VL By...

Monday, September 21st, 2015

8 Latinas Every American Woman Should Thank

*I’m sure there are many more than eight, and that many of you could compile lists of your own. But this is a good list to start. VL By Tanisha Love Ramirez, Huffington Post Latino Voices Save for International...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Andina: An opera by Chicago’s first Hispanic composer

*What a wonderful story. There are roots here, culture and happenstance. Regardless of all the talk about immigrants and immigration,  Latinos are not new to the U.S., and have contributed to American art and culture for many...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Independent Publisher Launches Annual Prize to Boost Emerging Immigrant Voices

*The words Independent Publisher make this story worthy.  Just think, would a big box, mainstream publisher have thought of a prize for emerging immigrant writers? This is what we mean by owning our own narrative, being our...

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Sephardic Hispanic Heritage: 13 Facts About ‘Latino Jews’

*Fascinating! VL By Cedar Attanasio, Latin Times Sephardic Jews, also known as Spanish Jews or Latino Jews or Arab Jews, are descendants of people who practiced the Jewish religion in Iberia (now Spain and Portugal) and North...

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