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Music lessons help our kids succeed

A study conducted by Northwestern University has shown the positive impact that music lessons has had on at-risk, low income children’s nervous systems. The study found that music lessons could help develop their language and reading skills. The research was conducted over three years with children aged six to nine who were receiving music lessons Read More

Changing face of US is boon for art scene

In an interview with Los Angeles Times’ blogger and art critic, Carolina Miranda, Public Radio International (PRI), notes that art museums across the U.S. are finally taking Latin American and Latino art seriously. Other than the obvious talent that pervades the Latino arts community, PRI contends this is partly due to more Hispanics holding greater Read More

Hope in the middle of darkness

In a place known as “Cracolândia” (crackland), one of the roughest neighborhoods in downtown São Paulo, there is a still a ray of hope cutting through all the darkness. Growing up in the midst of drug dealers, addicts, and recovering addicts, a group of more than 20 young girls are getting the chance to escape Read More

Prison Art

For those who in believe in the power of self-expression, the belief is that it comes in many forms. In the state of California there has been a new Arts-in-Corrections pilot underway, which is as diverse as the inmates it serves. Last February, the California Arts Council received a great surprise from one of its Read More

Latina seeks thug on Craigslist


Craigslist is an easy way to find a variety of things for a fraction of the cost. What if one of those things included a man? Also, this man would become your baby daddy. Craigslist advertisements range the entire spectrum, including “Latina lookin for thug to make a baby with.” Marilyn Rondón, an artist, had an Read More

Public art has a voice

Art installations are becoming more accepted in public spaces and welcomed by people that pass by and appreciate something that might be completely new and different. Public art installations have more freedom compared to museums. People are free to take pictures and discuss the possible meaning behind the art without worrying about someone saying “please Read More

Chiquis Rivera’s book versus the truth

It has been approximately a year and half since Jenni Rivera’s tragic passing, and her oldest daughter Chiquis Rivera is expected to release a rumor free book in November of 2014. Chiquis felt she needed her Tia Rosie’s permission to write the book, so she asked her Tia while on the latest episode of her Read More

Latino books booming

The international book market has long been dominated by American (i.e. Stephen King) or British (J.K. Rowling) authors. But according to the International Latino Book Awards’ submissions this year, the market might be seeing an increase in books written by and for Latinos. In 2014 alone, Latinos have spent well over $500 million in books Read More

Frida Kahlo: More than pretty paintings


International Women’s Day 2014 was celebrated this past March 8th and in honor of the event famous women have been honored all over the media. When speaking of famous and strong women Frida Kahlo cannot be forgotten. She is, without a doubt, one of the strongest women Mexico has given birth to. Born July 6, Read More

Is calling something “White” an insult?

I was at a wedding reception when I saw her — a blonde woman trying in vain to get down with Kool & the Gang’s Jungle Boogie. A man seated near me gestured to the woman and pronounced her, “the whitest person I’ve ever seen.” We all knew what he meant, of course. She couldn’t Read More