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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

A Notoriously Rough Neighborhood in Mexico has been Turned into a Work of Art

*Wow! Our thanks to our partners at MiTú for this wonderful story. VL By Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez, MiTú Art can be a very powerful thing. Just ask the residents of Palmitas in Pachuca, Mexico. Palmitas is a small neighborhood with a big crime problem. Located in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, violent crimes have plagued the 457-family

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Rehab work to start on crumbling memorial to Latino veterans

*Wonderful news! In 1951 Mexican-American mothers held raffles, and sold tacos and tamales to raise funds for the monument in gratitude to their husbands and sons. VL By Catherine Douglas Moran, Sacramento Bee A group hoping to...

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A Transgender Latina Shares Her Story: “I Love the Way I Am, Because This Is Who I Am”

*Elia Chino has opened several HIV couneling and screening offices in Houston. She’s also a mentor and coundelor on geneder trasition. VL By Alanna Nuñez, Cosmopolitan Caitlyn Jenner’s highly anticipated new reality show, I Am Cait, premiered Sunday,...

Monday, July 13th, 2015

‘Mestizo’ and ‘mulatto’: Mixed-race identities among U.S. Hispanics

*”Complicated” doesn’t begin to describe the nuanced self-identification of U.S. Latinos. Thirty four percent say they are of mixed race (mestizo, mulatto, given the choice), but some of them say they are also white. Try putting that...

Friday, July 10th, 2015

In Bolivia, Pope Francis Apologizes for Church’s ‘Grave Sins’

*Wow. This is a transformational moment in the history of the Catholic Church and Latin America. Pope Francis: “I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offense of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the...

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This Frida Kahlo-Inspired Cartoon Will Get You through the Day

*The ‘toon is about a young girl coming to terms with her bushy eyebrows. What do you make of this Taquistas? Good? Bad? Meh? VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla Frida Kahlo is the poster child for unibrows,...

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Smithsonian exploring great engineering feat that was the Inka Road

*Anyone traveling to Washington D.C. over the summer? This should be on your list of to do’s. VL By EFE/Fox News Latino The great engineering feat that was the Inka Road, a road network 24,000 miles long...

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Authoritarian Parenting Can Lead to Depression and Other Disorders Among Latino Children

*This surprised me on a couple of levels. It took me by surprise because I never thought of repeto as a cause of anxiety (it does answer a lot of questions, though), and I also didn’t expect...

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Resurrecting the Legacy of Selena

*If Selena were alive. I know how it sounds, but it a good read. VL By Michelle Garcia, Texas Observer If only Selena were here. I keep wondering what the world would look like, what Texas might...

Monday, June 15th, 2015

So You Can’t Speak Spanish

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco It’s become evident that a double standard exists when it comes to the virtue of speaking our mother tongue.  Recently, Julian Castro and Ted Cruz were vilified for not being able to...

Friday, June 12th, 2015

English Proficiency on the Rise Among Latinos

*As the number of U.S. born Latinos rises, so does the number of Latinos with English proficiency. 33.2 million Latinos speak English proficiently, that’s 68% of all Latinos ages 5 and older. VL U.S. Born Driving Language...

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Two-Thirds of Latinos Consider Hispanic Their Race

*There is so much to dissect in this study – the findings have wide and varied implications. For instance: More than any other group, Latinos say their race is “some other race” on Census forms and mostly write in...

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Majority of Hispanics Want Young People to Speak Spanish

*”” Immigrant language loss is expected. So much attention is directed toward immigrants, but the majority of U.S. Latinos, who have been here for generations, know about language loss. VL By Corey Mitchell, Education Week An overwhelming...

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera becomes first Mexican American U.S. poet laureate

*The Poet Laureate position is ceremonial, but it comes with the perk of the Library of Congress pulpit. Herrera says he’ll use it to encourage others to speak up and speak out. VL By Ron Charles, The...

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