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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Native American Students Push San Diego State to Retire Controversial Aztec Mascot

*Why you should read this: Because, as SDSU professor Ozzie Monge says, “the use of indigenous groups as mascot . . . make students and faculty “accidental racists” in “redface.” VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (3.5 minute read)   n 2001, San Diego State University dropped Monty Montezuma – a culturally insensitive cartoon figure that

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Meet today’s driving force behind homeownership rates: Hispanics

*Why you should read this: Because Latinos continue to drive the housing market, but you won’t hear it in mainstream news. Because it tells a larger story about Latinos investing in a U.S. transformative permanence. VL By Kelsey...

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...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A Selena TV Series in Both English and Spanish Is Coming Soon

*This looks like it’ll be fun! . . . and about time, some say. VL By Vanessa Erazo, Remezcla (1 minute read)  The golden age of television is still going strong and gradually, over the last year or...

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Chasing the Chupacabra

*Because there’s still residue of Halloween in the air; because Chupcabras always make good reading; because why not? VL By Asher Elbein, Texas Observer (8 minute read) The first time Phylis Canion saw the chupacabra, it was...

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

10 things to know and misconceptions about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead

*One of the things not on the list is that in Mexico, where the celebration originated, the word “los” is not in the name, it’s simply Dia de Muertos. Here in the U.S. we’ve added “los” for...

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Acapulco Beach Vendor Sells Empanadas in 10 Languages

*Check this kid out. He’s 15 and now has had many job offers since the story and a video went viral. VL By Mexico News Daily (3 minute read)  A young beach vendor from Acapulco has become a...

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