Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Heads of Spanish language academies meet in Mexico

*Last year the Real Academia Española (RAE) included the words “baipás” (bypass), “bluyín” (blue jean), “espray” (spray) in the official Spanish lexicon. Yes, these are now official Spanish words. The REA has a seat in the Association of Spanish Language Academies that began its conference this week in Mexico City. If I were there, I’d vote for

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Mexican Fernando del Paso wins 2015 Miguel de Cervantes Prize

*Del Paso “is an essay writer, author of children’s literature, fiction, poetry and theater, plus a painter as well.”  He was awarded the most important library honor of the Spanish-speaking world. VL By EFE Madrid (EFE). –...

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

With Sombreros And Sidesaddles, Virginian Women Renew A Mexican Tradition

*It’s not that escaramuzas are out of the ordinary, there are many in cities across the Southwest. But when one pop’s up in Virginia, we have to take notice. VL By Vanessa Rancaño, Code Switch The six...

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Giving thanks to our veterans is a personal matter

*Our friend and Taquista Mercedes Olivera writes a heartfelt tribute to veterans, and one veteran in specific. We thank Samuel as well. VL By Mercedes Olivera, The Dallas Morning News Samuel was 16 when he enlisted in...

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture But You Don’t Want Us – Stop Colonizing The Day Of The Dead

*I’m not going to overload this space with posts about the cultural appropriation surrounding Día de Muertos. If you read NewsTaco you’ll understand why we only need to post one. I picked this one because I like...

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

How a Mexican cowboy laid down a challenge for Hitler and the Nazis

*Fascinating! Imagine 250 contingents of Mexican charros, trained and ready to defend their country against a Hitler invasion. It actually happened. VL By Roberta Bosco, El Pais In 1942, two months after Mexico formally declared war on...

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Artist’s Vision Is To Make US-Mexico Border Fence Appear To Disappear

*The artist painted the border fence sky blue, and by doing that she created the illusion of a disappearing fence. It’s art, protest and hope. VL By Jude Joffe-Block, Fronteras The border fence dividing the U.S. and...

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Death is a Party: El Día de Muertos

*Beautiful. Death is a verb, death is a she, death is life. VL By Brenda Storch, La Vitamina T “The Mexican is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, and celebrates it. It...

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

National event to showcase diversity of Latino theater

*The best thing about Latino theater? It’s one place where we get to tell our own stories. VL By Mercedes Olivera, Dallas Morning News When Latino theater groups from around Texas and the country meet at the...

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Mexican-American writer, Jennifer Clement, elected first woman president to lead PEN International

*Great news! A prestegious, deserving choice. VL By PEN International Quebec City – PEN International’s Assembly of Delegates has elected renowned Mexican writer, Jennifer Clement, as the president of the organization at the 81st PEN International Congress....

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Día de los Muertos Is Not Halloween

*I know you know this. I’m posting it so that you can share it with your misinformed friends and family. It’s not “Mexican Halloween.” VL By Daniel Cubias, Huffingon Post Latino Voices Back in the 1960s, the...

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Q&A with author Sandra Cisneros

*A good lunchtime read. Enjoy! VL By Maggie Galehouse, The Houston Chronicle For Sandra Cisneros, gathering decades of writing wasn’t so different from wrangling stray pets. Each piece needed to be nudged, gently, toward home. “I’m gathering...

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Christopher Columbus was a lost sadist. There shouldn’t be a holiday in his name

*This debate comes around every year, and each year it spirals with more intensity. I’ve scoured the internet and there’s nothing new being said on the matter. Many cities and some states have changes the name from...

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...

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