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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

Disservice to a generation of children: no Latino based books on New York Times annual list, again

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One of my fondest childhood memories is of being read to by my grandmother. In war ravaged El Salvador in the early 80s, electricity was never a guarantee especially during the military waged “toques de queda”. So, in order to pass the time and be comforted by being together, families, including mine would huddle together Read More

Undocumented Geeks Hacking For Immigration Reform


Via Kurt Wagner at Mashable It is hour 22 of a 24-hour hackathon, where coders join together to build new products and programs from scratch in a short amount of time. The scene is not uncommon in Silicon Valley. Every startup and tech company worth its weight in code has hosted at least one internal hackathon. Read More

The Latina, you’ve never heard of, who changed world history

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Another Hispanic Heritage Month has ended. Yes, there were lots of mentions of Cesar Chavez, as well as a few other well-known Latinos. But I’m always amazed that the name of one influential Latina is never brought up. I’m talking about La Malinche (1502–1527). Now, in Mexico, the story of La Malinche is a big Read More