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Daniel Cubias: Barrio Imbroglio An Abraxas Hernandez Mystery

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Here at Being Latino we love to celebrate and promote those who are doing something positive in our community and in our culture, whether it’s making films that tell great stories of our Latino culture, creating music that speaks to our people and stands the test of time or writing books and novels that take Read More

Selena’s Secret

To any Latin American, March 31, 1995 is a day we will never forget. The world of Latin Americans changed on that day. Tejano music has never been the same since the death of Selena Quintanilla Perez, who was murder by her fan club present, Yolanda Saldivar. She was such an inspiration to Latin American Read More

Letters, to the Men I have Loved

Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol is a Dominican Republic native born in Santo Domingo in 1984. At the age of five, her family migrated to Miami, Florida and at age six she began writing poetry. In 2014, Mirtha released her very first book, Letters, to the Men I have Loved, where she writes about all the Read More

Who’s your favorite Latino author

In high school and college, we were assigned lists of books to read in our English courses. Most of us have probably been lucky to read a novel by a Latino author, or even better, take a semester’s worth course in Hispanic/Latino literature which I have done myself. There are many genres in the literary Read More

JLo’s first big heartbreak in new memoir

When JLo announces her next big move, the world is listening. Let’s face it, she is a famous Latina who has it all in the palm of her hands. Jennifer Lopez can transition through stages in her life with ease, yet sing as though she’s reading the pages from her memoir, entitled True Love. The Read More

Sotomayor’s life parallels the rise of Latinos

We all know that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina to take office in the high court, but how much do we really know about her? Journalist/author Joan Biskupic, who wrote “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice”, presents Sotomayor’s presence as one that has had great influence over Read More

Daisy Hernández coming of age

The author of “A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir”, Daisy Hernández was deeply influenced by feminism, becoming aware of her identity and the lessons of gender while growing up. She lived with her parents and thrived off of the stories her aunts told her because of the lack of books that reflected 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

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