During this holiday season, many of us will find ourselves stuck in airports, waiting in security lines, and crammed in seats made for toddlers.
Every year, we Latinos gather around our baby grand pianos to sing carols with our families and friends while enjoying warm cider and gingerbread cookies. No? Okay most likely not. But if we did, we would certainly create our own versions of popular carols to reflect how we and our familias celebrate the holiday (including Read More
Around the holidays, emotions tend to run high. We’re happy to break bread with our loved ones, but after an hour, we’re looking for the vodka to stay sane. We’re excited about parties and presents, but we’re anxious about how much this is all going to cost us. With stress levels high, and potentially skyrocketing, Read More
Last week, the Center for American Progress published a report on teacher diversity, finding that every state has a teacher diversity gap. In other words, there is a large difference between the race/ethnicity of the American teacher workforce and that of the students they serve. While students of color (students who are not non-Hispanic white) Read More
Last week, a study out of UCLA reported some disturbing findings about hate speech against Latinos. The legal definition of hate speech is communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. In a similar vein, it has Read More
Many of us can’t go a day without our ipod, car radios, Pandora mix, or YouTube music videos streaming in the background or on maximum volume over our headphones. And for many Latinos, some of that listening must include Spanish language music. Most of us have our favorite genres – salsa, merengue, ranchera, bachata to Read More
Today’s headlines are dominated by news of the recession, rates of unemployment and at the more extreme end, the inevitable collapse of the American economy. While U.S. unemployment is at a stubborn 9.1 percent, another outcome of the difficult economic times has been an increase in multiple jobs to help make ends meet.
Born of out the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Latino studies programs have become a dynamic segment of U.S. college curriculum in a diverse set of institutions from Berkeley to Harvard. Programs differ widely in terms of course offerings, but each provides an interdisciplinary study of the history, culture, religion, and literature of Latin Read More
Why should women (or men for that matter) feel any guilt over using their looks to get ahead? That’s the subject of a new book called Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom and the Bedroom by Catherine Hakim. Before anyone confuses “erotic capital” with sexuality, let’s be clear about what it is. Read More
by Adriana Villavicencio A Hassidic Jew, five Puerto Ricans, and a hipster walk into a bar. This isn’t the start of a bad joke; it’s the reality of a gentrifying neighborhood. The new web series, East Willy B, takes on the complexity and the comedy that exists when different cultures collide in one neighborhood. Set Read More