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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Muslims love Jesus, too: 6 things you didn’t know about Jesus in Islam

*Five days past Christmas, this is still relevant. Some of the most beautiful Islamic mystic poetry is dedicated to Jesus and Mary. In these times of bitter suspision and dangerous division we should be sharing and reading more of this. VL By Jennifer Williams, Vox Christmas, as everyone knows, commemorates the birth of Jesus and is

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Laredo Christmas: The Nacimiento Tradition

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco This our Christmas gift to you. Acatually, we’re tagging along with Ito Romo and Ray Santisteban who produced this short film. It’s a tribute to Ito’s grandmother and her nacimiento, an homage to...

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Journalist Sam Quinones is on a Mission to Photograph Every Mural of La Virgen de Guadalupe In LA

*Sam Quiñoes has been making pictures of Virgen de Guadalupe murals in Los Angeles since 2010. He does it on his spare time and has lost count of the mural pictuires he has – he estimates 50,...

Friday, December 11th, 2015

¿Dónde anda Lupita?

*A collection of photos that show the omnipresence of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Hat Tip to Jessica Durkin for sending us the link. VL By motthavenjournos If you don’t know Lupita by now, the...

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith, Feminism, and Fatherhood

*A compilation of the tributes that Ray Salazar has written to La Virgen de Guadalupe through the years. VL By Ray Salazar, The White Rhino This Saturday, December 12, Mexican Catholics celebrate one of the most important...

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

8 things to know about Latinos and Islam

*Six percent of practicing Muslims in the U.S. are Latino. Fifty percent of these are women. VL By Raquel Reichard, Latina Anti-Muslim sentiments are high in the U.S., with leading presidential candidates like Donald Trump calling for...

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Heads of Spanish language academies meet in Mexico

*Last year the Real Academia Española (RAE) included the words “baipás” (bypass), “bluyín” (blue jean), “espray” (spray) in the official Spanish lexicon. Yes, these are now official Spanish words. The REA has a seat in the Association of Spanish...

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Mexican Fernando del Paso wins 2015 Miguel de Cervantes Prize

*Del Paso “is an essay writer, author of children’s literature, fiction, poetry and theater, plus a painter as well.”  He was awarded the most important library honor of the Spanish-speaking world. VL By EFE Madrid (EFE). –...

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

With Sombreros And Sidesaddles, Virginian Women Renew A Mexican Tradition

*It’s not that escaramuzas are out of the ordinary, there are many in cities across the Southwest. But when one pop’s up in Virginia, we have to take notice. VL By Vanessa Rancaño, Code Switch The six...

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Giving thanks to our veterans is a personal matter

*Our friend and Taquista Mercedes Olivera writes a heartfelt tribute to veterans, and one veteran in specific. We thank Samuel as well. VL By Mercedes Olivera, The Dallas Morning News Samuel was 16 when he enlisted in...

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture But You Don’t Want Us – Stop Colonizing The Day Of The Dead

*I’m not going to overload this space with posts about the cultural appropriation surrounding Día de Muertos. If you read NewsTaco you’ll understand why we only need to post one. I picked this one because I like...

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

How a Mexican cowboy laid down a challenge for Hitler and the Nazis

*Fascinating! Imagine 250 contingents of Mexican charros, trained and ready to defend their country against a Hitler invasion. It actually happened. VL By Roberta Bosco, El Pais In 1942, two months after Mexico formally declared war on...

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Artist’s Vision Is To Make US-Mexico Border Fence Appear To Disappear

*The artist painted the border fence sky blue, and by doing that she created the illusion of a disappearing fence. It’s art, protest and hope. VL By Jude Joffe-Block, Fronteras The border fence dividing the U.S. and...

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Death is a Party: El Día de Muertos

*Beautiful. Death is a verb, death is a she, death is life. VL By Brenda Storch, La Vitamina T “The Mexican is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, and celebrates it. It...

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