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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

One step back, two steps forward

By Marlin Bucio, Latina Voices I remember feeling sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe my eyes.  The pregnancy test was positive. I could feel my palms sweating excessively and my heart pounded like never before. There I was, 19, living on campus and enrolled in college. What were my parents going to think? Growing up,

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

From Jersey to Mexico – The Freedom of a Bi-cultural Life

By Elizabeth Giadans, Latina Voices When I was younger, I never really wondered about my heritage. I felt I was simply myself, all I knew was life on the East Coast, in Passaic, New Jersey. My parents are...

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Spanish: One language, several meanings

By Sylvia Oben, Latina Voices As a freelance reporter for the newspaper La Raza in Chicago, I have had to adapt to the Mexican way of speaking Spanish even though I am Puerto Rican. Doing an assignment takes longer...

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Author Isabel Allende discusses challenges as female writer and upcoming projects

By Veronica Rios, Latina Voices The Chicago Public Library Foundation welcomed Latina writer Isabel Allende on Tuesday night to discuss her published works and the challenges she has faced as a female writer. Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American...

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Four Latina stereotypes

By Alexandra Ahmad, Latina Voices I am a Latina. I am Colombian and Puerto Rican. Every time I mention my ethnicity, I hear comments like, “Damn, you’re a crazy one,” or “You must always be angry, and...

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I’m not bilingual, but I’m still Mexican

By Veronica Rios, Latina Voices As a fourth generation American to a Mexican family from Guadalajara, I guess I never really knew too much about my heritage. When I hit college, I realized I was proud of...

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A Jew and a Mexican walk into a bar…

By Crystal Ramirez, Latina Voices As any politically incorrect joke goes, stereotypes are played upon and the “rare” occurrence of different ethnic groups walking into a bar together is mocked. Well, the joke is on them. My...

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Big Hair

By Zoia Zentella, Latina Voices By the time I was 16 my hair was a mess, brittle, split ends. I was told that the remedy lay in a bottle of good conditioner; but the damage from my...

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Latina college student finds her own path

By Rocio Ortega, Latina Voices I could hear the crowd cheering, the backstage crew telling me to get ready and finally, it was my turn to step on stage. Before I knew it, there I was, standing...

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

La Bestia: Helping migrants in Mexico

By Cassie Price, Latina Voiecs We started the day being introduced to Las Patronas.  This small group of women grew up watching increasing numbers of people traveling from Central America and southern Mexico on the freight trains that...

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

A Latina mom: We must open the doors for our gay children

By Queta Rodriguez Bauer, Latina Voices When my daughter came out, some 15 years ago (she is 32 now), I didn’t know what to do, what to say or how to react. At that time I had...

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Latina Blues Machine

By Cristina Correa, Latina Voices Outside of the Golly Box Co. on this otherwise quiet and factory-laden block of the Chicago neighborhood known as Back of the Yards, a guitar can be heard comfortably reaching high notes...

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

One poet who won’t be boxed in

By Jenny Patiño, Latina Voices According to Cuban-American poet Rita María Martínez, if you attend one of her readings “expecting that every poem is going to have coconuts in it, or mangos, or that every poem is going...

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Marvel-illosa

By Natalia Avilez, Latina Voices When it comes to comics, this Latina is a marvel. Working as the host for Marvel.com, Alexa Mendez provides fans with a weekly show, the “Weekly Watcher,” where she talks about everything going on...

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