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Why the most famous image in Olympic history matters to Latinos

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A brief look into the history of the modern Olympic games provides us with some incredible moments, but perhaps no single image carries greater weight, or more significance, than that of Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the 1968 Summer Olympics games in Mexico City. The 1960s was a turbulent decade to say the least.  The U.S. entered Read More

When a community has had enough: San Diego’s Chicano Park

Photo by Cristopher Rubio

When my wife and I decided we’d visit San Diego for our honeymoon, I knew that one of my “must sees” was Chicano Park in Logan Heights [1], also known as Barrio Logan.  I first learned about the park when my 12th grade government teacher, Mrs. Gonzalez (the same woman who taught us about La Raza Unida Party in Read More

Soccer for Success: US soccer’s fight against childhood obesity

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The 1994 World Cup will be remembered for many things: the GOAT Maradona playing (albeit briefly) in his final Mundial, the dynamic duo of Bebeto and Romario leading Brazil to the country’s fourth world title, the awesome uniforms, and, of course, it was the first World Cup played on U.S. soil. Football Soccer in the Read More

Mixtape review: Tego Calderón regresa

Tego Calderon

“Oye, yo si soy killer, mas monstruo que los de “Thriller”/ Los mato de lejito como Reggie Miller.” -Tego Calderón, Guasa Guasa I first heard Tego Calderón in college circa 2004 (to all the Boricuas out there, yes, I know I was late) on the Lean Back (Remix). From the very beginning, it was obvious Read More

The changing role of Papi

Father and Son

Growing up, it was a common sight in my household to see my father in the kitchen, either cooking awesome meals (which he still does) or even washing the dishes (which he also still does). This was a stark difference from the men of his generation: men who probably only entered the kitchen when it Read More

What’s to come during Euro 2012

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If the World Cup is fútbol’s version of an entrée, then the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships (or “Euro 2012,” for short) will make for some damn good hors d’oeuvres. Played every four years, the tournament pits the continent’s best international sides for the honor of hoisting the Henri Delaunay trophy. The 14th installment of Read More

Gay superheroes and same-sex weddings

gay superheroes

I’ll never forget how great it felt when I first discovered El Gato Negro, my first experience with a Latino superhero. For a kid that rarely saw people that looked like him in any form of mainstream media, it meant the world. I reflected back on that day in the library after hearing about DC and Read More

A look at Rock en Español


We here at Being Latino have always done a great job of highlighting the importance of music to our culture, whether it’s an artist that we love or have recently lost, or just our general disdain for a particular genre. But, in all our talk about music, we’ve also neglected a very important genre. But Read More

Why Central Standard Time is great (and others not so much)

Clocks for different time zones

If you’ve never given much thought to the time zone that you live in, you’ve probably never lived outside of the east coast (Eastern Standard Time, or EST, is the de facto U.S. time zone, almost half the population lives in this time zone). Prior to moving back to Texas (and my beloved Central Standard Read More

What’s next for Miguel Cotto?

Mayweather vs. Cotto

On Saturday (May 5) night, Miguel Cotto lost his WBA Junior Middleweight title (via a unanimous decision) to Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man many consider the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Though Mayweather was heavily favored to win (he was a 7-to-1 favorite), Cotto’s performance far exceeded many people’s expectations. Saturday night’s fight showed Read More