I know many Latinas who don't speak Spanish and they feel terrible because of it. That's probably because there's a lot of people out there who think that to be Latina you need to speak Spanish. I think that's ridiculous, but that's a debate that will never be settled. Instead, it's probably not a bad idea for you to learn a few slang words and phrases in Spanish, which obviously won't make you fluent, but they'll surely help you feel more at ease among Spanish-speaking Latinos.Continue Reading >
I just finished reading one of the most ridiculous press releases I've seen in a while. According to Belly Ballot, a baby naming website, "Hispanic is definitely in" this fall when it comes to baby names--especially among white parents. Before I continue, I should clarify that they meant non-Hispanic whites because, as we all know, many Latinos are white. Anyhow, while the rise in popularity of Latino baby names among mainstream America should make me happy, the reason for this trend makes me want to cry.Continue Reading >
Although I think we should celebrate our Latino heritage all year long, there's nothing wrong with taking advantage of Hispanic Heritage Month to help your children be proud of their roots. I'm not the expert when it comes to crafts, but my kids love them, so I make an attempt to do these with them whenever possible.
Here we share eight easy and fun Hispanic Heritage Month crafts to do with your kids so they can be even more proud of their heritage!Continue Reading >
Since our children won't really be taught about some of the amazing contributions Latinos have made to this country, it's up to us to teach them. What better way to do that than through children's books? In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we've come up with a list of books that will help you introduce your children to some amazing Latinos and their outstanding accomplishments.Continue Reading >
I haven't been this excited about a documentary as I am about the upcoming Latino Americans. The landmark six-hour series will air nationally on PBS starting tomorrow Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. EST and the following two Tuesdays thereafter in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and will be narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt (who's of Peruvian heritage).
In case you weren't aware of this amazing project, here are five reasons why you should make it a point to watch it.Continue Reading >
Remember earlier this year when a bunch of tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma killing and injuring people and destroying everything in their path? Eight of the people who lost their lives during one of these deadly natural disasters were immigrants from Guatemala. A recent article in The Oklahoman explored the need to improve the existing warning system to include instructions in Spanish, the primary language of more than 40,000 Latinos in Oklahoma City.
The amount of racism and hatred that ensued when the paper asked its readers if they agreed is terrifying.Continue Reading >
There are very few people I love more in this world than my abuelita. My amazing viejita is almost 100 years old, and she is not only the sweetest and most selfish woman I've ever met, but she's the only grandparent I was lucky to meet. I'd give anything to see her beautiful face on a daily basis, but she lives back in Peru. While this is difficult for me to deal with, I know it's even harder for my mom who hasn't lived near her own mamá in almost 30 years.
Why anyone lucky enough to live in the same city as their elderly parents or grandparents not visit them on a regular basis is beyond my comprehension. And yet, the Chinese government has deemed it necessary to enact a law that requires people to visit their elders or face being sued. How crazy is that?Continue Reading >
The U.S. Senate passed a landmark immigration reform bill today, which means that there is a possibility that millions of undocumented residents in this country will be able to finally legalize their status--a huge day for us Latinos. ¡Qué alegría!
Now the law has to pass the House of Representatives, where its prospects are tougher since it's controlled by Republicans, but it's not impossible!Continue Reading >
Puerto Rican abducted teen Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry were sent home safely yesterday, as more alarming details emerge from the Cleveland kidnapper case. The latest details about the sick treatment the women received from Castro reveal that he even replaced their birthdays with the anniversary of their abduction. On those particular days the 52-year-old pervert would give the girls a cake celebrating the day they were kidnapped. How twisted and horrible is that?
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In a sad and absolutely heartbreaking story, Mexico City police have recently revealed that a 9-year-old girl gave birth to a baby last month and-- as if that wasn't shocking enough-- the 17-year-old father is nowhere to be found. It's such an awful scenario that I can barely process it.
The young girl's mother told officials that the girl was "just over 8" when she first got pregnant. "The father is a boy who is 17, but we have not found him, since he ran away," she explained.Continue Reading >