Although I think we should celebrate our Latino heritage all year long, there's nothing wrong with taking advantage of #HispanicHeritageMonth to motivate your children to be proud of their roots. I'm not the expert when it comes to crafts, but my kids love them, so I make an effort to make these with them whenever possible. Check out these eight easy and fun Hispanic Heritage Month crafts you can do with yours!Continue Reading >
You may want to grab a box of tissues before continuing on. A 7-year-old little girl named Aimee was caught crossing the U.S. border from Mexico in search of her mother. When border security stopped the child, who was found in Texas, and asked where she was going she nervously replied, "The U.S."
Happy 4th of July, my friends! How do you plan on celebrating? Part of what I love so much about this big beautiful country of ours is that we are so diverse and that means we will celebrate the same holiday in many different ways. I was born here, so I've always had a reason to celebrate the 4th of July, but most of my relatives growing up were not born here. Does that mean they didn't celebrate? Of course not! When in the U.S., celebrate like the gringos, but with your own Latino spin.
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 >
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 >