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Monday, April 4th, 2016

Gregorio Cortez, the ‘one-man’ gang

*This is the stuff of legend and lore in South Texas. Gregorio Cortez killed two Texas Sheriff’s because of a misunderstanding, a faulty translation of a simple word. It’s a good 6 minute read that traces Latino roots in U.S. history and tells a story all U.S. Latinos should know. VL By José Antonio Lopez,

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Getty Foundation to issue $8.5 million in grants for Latino and Latin American-themed shows across SoCal

*This is good news. Latin@ artists are transforming the art world and getting due recognition. It’s being called “an unprecedented series of exhibitions that will add to the scholarship of an under-researched area of art history.” VL...

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

What Does the Future of Spanish Look Like?

*What’s better, selfie or auto-foto? And if hacker and tuitear are accepted by the Real Academia de la Lengua Española, why not troca or googelear? VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (1.5 minute read) Every three years, Spanish-speaking novelists,...

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

This is Why Mexicans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

*In case you were wondering. I like this story because it goes beyond the same-old “San Patricios” stories we read every year in Mid-March. This one explains how and why Irish immigrants came to the U.S. and...

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Chicano Art: Jose Montoya’s Restless Abundance

*Montoya was the founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force, originally called the Rebel Chicano Art Front the acronym gave way to a name change and the locura that it engendered. He and his art collective were...

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Mixed Marriages Causing US Hispanics, Asians to Integrate Faster

*This is a major force in the “browning of America.” And it makes sense, because Latinos are of mixed and many races to begin with. This isn’t to say that there aren’t Latino bigots, they exist, but...

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Is speaking Spanish necessary to be Latino? Most Latinos say no

*Here’s what’s cool and annoying about this, at the same time. It’s annoying that Latinos have been bickering about Spanish being required to be Latino thing for generations, and it’s cool that someone bothered to study it...

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The most lavish Quinceañera San Antonio has ever seen

*55,000 square foot structure at Six Flags, Pit Bull, Nick Jonas. It was an intimate little party . . . VL By Madalyn Mendoza, MySA (1 minute read) San Antonio attorney Thomas J. Henry threw quite possibly one...

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

America Is Obsessed With Identity. Thanks, Obama?

*This is going to be very interesting. Code Switch will be exploring what they call “The Obama Effect” on identity. The premise is that President Obama, instead of ushering an era of acceptance, has been the catalyst...

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Captive Genius

*Wonderful luchtime read! “From the isolation of a psych ward, Mexican immigrant Martín Ramírez became a 20th century master.” VL By  Nancy Nusser, The Texas Observer In the 32 years Martín Ramírez spent committed to psychiatric hospitals,...

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The World Is Asking for a Selena Barbie Doll — With an Online Petition, Of Course

*Good Monday morning! I’ll leave this here for you. There’s a petition to sign, if you’re so inclined. VL By Rachel Lubitz, Mic.com In the wake of Mattel announcing that there will now be curvy Barbies, petite...

Monday, February 1st, 2016

This Latina engineer owns her feminism

*This is a very good lunch break read. Many layers of meaning and insight. VL By Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post On a cool Friday night Patricia Valoy bounded into her mother’s small apartment in East New...

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Diane Rodriguez Appointed to National Council on the Arts

*Diane Rodriguez joins three other Latinas – Maria Rosario Jackson, Maria Lopez de Leon and Olga Viso – on the 17 member National Council on the arts. VL By National Endowment for the Arts News Washington, DC –...

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Latino drag performer brings “Queen of Tejano Music” to life

*For those who can’t get enough of Selena, there’s a little of everything. VL By Randy Salgado, The Seattle Globalist On weekends, you can find actor, singer and dancer Jacob Andrew Almanza, who performs in drag as...

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