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Disney withdraws patent petition for “Día de los Muertos”

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Recently, Disney filed for a new patent, and you might be interested to know what the patent was for. Apparently Disney was hoping to secure the rights to the phrase Día de los Muertos. The patent seemed to be in preparation for an upcoming film about the holiday, which as of yet is still untitled. Read More

Same-Sex Marriage — Uruguay shows the US how it’s done

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Being Latino readers probably already know that Latin America is an interesting mixtureof both progressive and oppressive laws concerning same-sex relationships. We’ve covered before how several countries allow sax-same marriages in at least parts of the individual countries. But now news coming from Uruguay has tipped the scale a little further towards the progressive side. Read More

Can Senator Portman be considered an ally now?

On Thursday, March 14th Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio expressed his support for gay marriage, the only current Republican Senator to do so, after a process which started with his son coming out to him as gay two years ago. A lot of the subsequent media response has been to: a) praise another politician’s Read More

LGBTQ* activism — first ever Latino Institute at National Creating Change Conference


Three weeks ago, I attended the 25th annual Creating Change Conference as part of a delegation from the University of Pennsylvania’s LGBT center. The conference is organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and is one of the largest gatherings of LGBTQ* activists in the United States, with an attendance of over 3,000. Read More

Hulu Latino – going beyond telenovelas

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Those of us that have grown weary of Hulu’s rather limited Latino section may be surprised and delighted to discover that they also have a pretty large selection of stand up Latino comedy specials. You can find them under the movie comedy genre, scrolling down to the fourth category, Stand Up Comedy. I’m going to Read More

Representing when you are the only Latino in the room

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Do you ever find yourself looking around and saying to yourself, “I’m the only Latino here”? Do you suddenly find yourself feeling anxious, as if your every action is a reflection of your entire ethnicity? It happens to me a lot. I frequently count in my head the number of Latinos in the room. If Read More

Latin America’s indigenous communities in action

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How many of you knew that 2012 is International Year of Indigenous Communication? Al Jazeera’s Manuela Picq wrote an article last month entitled “A dynamic year of indigenous communication,” which detailed how indigenous communities around the world are using media to spread their messages and aid their causes. “Communication is a powerful tool,” Picq writes. “Media Read More

Sueña Sin Limites – scholarships for mothers and high school seniors [video]


We all know education is the key to advancing in modern society, but the question that remains on the minds of many pursuing higher education is: how am I going to afford it? The Clorox Company, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, aims to ease this burden for six mothers and six high school Read More

Old News: Few Latinos in mainstream news

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Last week The Huffington Post’s Roque Planas reminded us yet again of the lack of diversity at major newspapers — a topic regular readers are well aware of. Planas related that “White, non-Hispanic journalists wrote a whopping 98.2 percent [of] front page articles this year in major U.S. newspapers.” Planas zeroed in on immigration coverage, Read More

Feliz Día de los Muertos

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Halloween is right around the corner — and so is Día de los Muertos. Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, and a flashy holiday to say the least. During this time, people assemble ornate altars with gifts for the dead, including Read More