Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

When Gentrification Goes Wrong: Chicago Bakery’s Racist Snafu

By Jose Cruz, Last week In less than 48 hours a controversy erupted within the Humbolt Park community of Chicago. Local Bucktown bakery Tipsy Cake owner Naomi Levine’s insensitive comments about the community in a video went viral. The controversy highlights some very pertinent issues about the gentrification of Latino neighborhoods in places like Chicago

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

CafePress’ Anti-Latino Merchandise Is Repulsive, But Not New

At first glance the Cafepress web page, filled with Anti-Mexican merchandise — t-shirts, bumper stickers and such — is repulsive. At second glance, it’s even more so. But it’s a sign of the times that such a thing is...

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Why Latinas Aren’t Allowed To Be Angry, And Other Stereotypes

In a few very tangible ways, Latinas have it rougher than other folks. Not only do we often find ourselves in an ethnic/cultural/linguistic/racial minority, practically cueing others to pile on stereotypical expectations, but we’re also female, which means...

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I Want More Latinos On My TV

I grew up watching too much TV. I loved watching sitcoms, so I became very well-acquainted with fictional families such as the Tanners and the Huxtables. In fact, I would often fantasize that I was their adopted...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Does Any Media Truly Represent Latinos?

There is a lot of buzz about George Lucas’ recent statement on “The Daily Show” that he had trouble getting his new Tuskegee Airmen film, “Red Tails,” produced simply because the cast was all black. Some people were surprised, while...

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Want To Support Latinos In The Media? Turn Off Your TV

By Julia Ahumada Grob and Jazmin Chavez, Latino Rebels The 2010 Census revealed that with over 50 million Latinos in the United States, 1 out of every 6 people are of Hispanic or Latino origin; that same year, the National Latino...

Friday, January 13th, 2012

What’s It Like To “Choose” Between Being Black Or Latino?

Mun2 TV created a very compelling video filled with interviews from afro-Latinos discussing their trials and tribulations with living in a world that tries to force them to “choose” between being Latino or black. The 10-minute video...

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Undocumented Immigrants Can’t Even Freeload Properly

It’s no secret that El Guapo hates undocumented immigrants. He spent most of the holidays on his roof, throwing used cell phones and rusty 9-volt batteries at his undocumented family members as they arrived for holiday gatherings....

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

ABC Works The Stereotypes In “Work It”

Recently, I came across a clip of the new ABC sitcom called “Work It” that disparages Latinos, Puerto Ricans in particular by associating them with drug dealing. That’s not even a subtle stereotype, and the joke in...

Friday, December 30th, 2011

2 Latino Films Make National Film Registry This Year

More than 2,200 films were nominated this year for induction into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Two of those films starred or were directed by Latinos. Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” and  the classic inspirational film...

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Kennedy Center Honors Exclude Latinos — Again

By Juan Ramón Palomo On December 27, CBS will broadcast the Kennedy Center Honors, which were held December 4 with President and Mrs. Obama in the audience. Viewers will see five great artists who deserve to be...

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

El Guapo’s Guide To Decoding Popular Racism

El Guapo is a creature of habit. Thursdays he likes to do laundry as he watches novelas. And because he is trying to go green, he pulls up the hamper and uses his washboard abs as —...

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I Do Not Want To Translate All Latinos For You

I am not the national spokeswoman for all Latinos. In fact, I have never claimed in any even ambiguous way to represent Latinos at all. As a matter of fact, I have gone out of my way...

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Do’s And Don’t’s Of Latino Halloween Costumes

By Antonio Martinez Courtesy of It is a week before Halloween and your friend has invited you to the ultimate house party. You want to look good, stand out, enough to get attention, but the right kind of...

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