Finally, some good news regarding Latinos and higher education. The Pew Hispanic Center has just released some very encouraging numbers for 2011 and they basically show that for the first time, more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college. This means that Latinos are now the largest minority group with a record 16.5 percent enrollment share in the country's four-year college campuses.
When it comes to two-year colleges, Latinos now account for one quarter (or 25.2 percent) of the 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled.Continue Reading >
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is under fire for using a super offensive name to identify a recent anti-gang sweep. While hard to believe, the name they chosen is "Operation Guacamole," but the department claims there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for their blatant racism...Continue Reading >
How much do you really know about Christmas? You may think you've heard it all, but I bet there's at least one thing on my list of not so well-known Christmas facts that will be totally new to you. Check it out:Continue Reading >
Like many who are brought to this country illegally by their parents when they were little, Carmen Figueroa was never aware of her real immigration status ... until it was too late. The 42-year-old woman had no reason to doubt she'd been born in the United States, as her mother had told her, and was so certain of her citizenship that she even decided to make a career working for the government--and in law enforcement, no less.
But all that came tumbling down recently when it was discovered that she was actually born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and was in the country illegally.Continue Reading >
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 >