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Thursday, July 13th, 2017

These Are the Latinos Nominated for a 2017 Emmy Award

*I hope you weren’t holding your breath for this. Latinos “remain conspicuously absent” from primetime Emmy awards. VL NewsTaco CULTURE THURSDAY By Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla (3.5 minute read)  What does Gina Rodriguez have to do to nab an Emmy nomination? We hoped we wouldn’t need to ask this question again, but here we are. The nominations for the

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Ride Like a Girl

*Do yourself a favor. Give this a read. It’s one of the toughest and mot beautiful of the Mexican traditions. VL Women riders take the reins in the macho world of charrería. By Rose Cahalan, Texas Observer...

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Latino Support Grows for Same-Sex Marriage

*Acceptance of same-sex marriage has grown since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor. VL By Edwin López Moya, Al Día (3 minute read)   US society support for same-sex marriage reached its highest point in 20...

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Literal Whitewashing of Chicago’s Latino Murals

*For some this is progress, for others it’s displacement. At a deeper level it’s erasing culture. VL NewsTaco CULTURE THURSDAY By Andrea Penman-Lomeli, Citylab (3.5 minute read)   Iconic images—of Frida Kahlo, Emiliano Zapata, Subcomandante Marcos, and...

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Effort to Create American Latino Museum on National Mall Gets Push in Bipartisan Bill

*This is yuuge! . . .  and about time. (*note to self, it’s not a museum, it’s an infrastructure project that happens to be a National Latino Museum.) VL By Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News (1.5 minute read) ...

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

10 Books From Latino & LatAm Authors For Your Summer Reading List

*Here’s a good list of suggestions for your summer reading. It’s ambitious – for some – but doable. VL NewsTaco CULTURE THURSDAY By  Alejandra Oliva, Remezcla (4 minute read)  Along with summer come long days at the beach,...

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Someone Created A Cumbia Ringtone To Help Undocumented Immigrants Learn Their Rights

*It’s a catchy cumbia with a subversive message about legal rights. VL NewsTaco CULTURE THURSDAY By Araceli Cruz, MiTú (1.5 minute read)  A worker’s union based in Chicago and Indiana wants to help immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants,...

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

This Man Created the ‘Aztec of the City’ Comic to Give Mexican Americans the Superhero They Deserve

*This comic book artist is trying to raise money to take the characters he created in 1993 to the next level and a larger audience. VL NewsTaco CULTURE THURSDAY By Yara Simón, Remezcla (3 minute read)  ...

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Let White People Appropriate Mexican Food—Mexicans Do It to Ourselves All the Time

*A couple of White women traveled to Mexico and brought back tortilla recipes that they got from Mexican women in markets and restaurants. They started selling the tortillas from their food cart and all hell broke loose...

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

¡Feliz Aniversario! The Smithsonian Latino Center Enters its Third Decade

*Twenty years ago the Smithsonian Latino Center was an act of courage. Today it’s a necessity. It’s a pillar of national Latino storytelling. There are plans for a permanent home on the National Mall in Washington. VL...

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Don’t culturally appropriate Cinco de Mayo or anything else

*Why you should read this: Because Ray Salazar has a bone to pick about silly Cinco de Mayo celebrations – “if wearing a cultural object requires you to explain why you’re wearing it to someone from that...

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...

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Laughter, fear and Trump at the Spanish-language circus

*Why you should read this: Because it’s a good story. Because it shows the Trump effect from an unexpected place – circus attendance is down because of fear of deportation. VL By Daniel Blue Tyx, The Texas...

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The PC Term ‘Latinx’ May Get Ditched—Partly Because It’s Too Hard to Pronounce

*Why you should read this: Because this discussion doesn’t seem to end. Because there are as many people who think Latinx is here to stay as there are those who believe it’s not. What do you believe?...

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