Art

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Latino Spotlight: Lalo Alcaraz

Art, satire, politics. Lalo Alcaraz, Chicano cartoonist and political satirist, discusses these issues via his popular political comic strip. Earlier this year, Latinitas was able to attend one of his talks at the University of Texas at Austin. To his online readers and motivating conferences, he always delivers clever jokes and often describes the importance… Read more

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Artsy Latinas Doing It Big

When your role model tells you that anything can happen, follow your dreams, work hard and they will come true, you begin to get the motivation to actually do something about your life. These women have found ways to follow their passions and make a business, living, and doing what they love. Three women, Dina… Read more

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Beyond the Canvas: Latino Museums

Museums are keys to analyzing our past and understanding our present. Museums document and provide an enriching and educational look into culture. Few museums in the United States are dedicated to Latino culture and studies, yet those that do exist are rich with Latino cultural artifacts, art and are dedicated to educating their communities about their raízes…. Read more

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Passion for Art

When looking around, people may not notice the wonderful talents and histories of other Latinitas with a simple glance. People may only notice the outside appearance of these girls, but not know their true talents. Latinitas sat down with talented Latinas to share their story with our readers. These talented Latinas represent some of the different… Read more

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Trenzas Chicanas Art Collective

Vea este artículo en español aquí All the young Latinas in the room were mesmerized by the message these women represented. “Good Mexican daughters don’t ignite revolutions…This princess Chicana can scale walls with ease…I am a woman with no apologies,” were part of the spoken word performance presented by Griselda Munoz at the Latinitas Teen… Read more

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New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch

New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch is an exhibition presented by the Austin Museum of Art, that introduces 22 rising local artists and their artwork, made from an array of media, including sculpture, photography, video, painting, drawing, full installation pieces and yes….Post-Its!!! This exhibition was an adventure in sight, not only because it gave… Read more

Books

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Book Review: “Fostered Adult Children Together”

Written by Alexis Bobadilla Fostered Adult Children Together, On The Bridge to Healing … Will we ever get over it? tells the stories of over 60 former foster children whom faced several obstacles within the American Foster Home system and came out scarred, broken, yet positive, hopeful and faithful. Aside from the devastating experiences, there were many positive… Read more

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5 Books Worth Reading this Summer

Summer break can mean a couple things and it all depends on who you ask. For some, summer break means going out of town, and if you fall under that category then you are lucky. However, for everyone else there is another way to travel and the best part is you don’t have to unpack… Read more

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Las Comadres and Count on Me

There are many times in a person’s life when being alone isn’t enough and a comforting ear is needed. Las Comadres is an organization that grew with women in need of a good listener. It is a national network of women who meet within their own community once a month to talk about friendship, tell… Read more

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Book Review: Gringolandia

Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann follows the life of Daniel and his father, Marcelo, and their struggle to find the father-son relationship they left behind in Chile. Daniel Aguilar was born into a difficult time in Chile. Unfortunately, Chile was under the rule of Antonio Pinochet and the country was in a state of despair. Daniel’s… Read more

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Spotlight: Author Junot Díaz

Latinitas met with New Jersey/Dominican Republic native writer Junot Díaz on his most recent book tour through Austin, TX.  Díaz’s first novella Drown was received with national critical acclaim. He followed it with a Pulitzer-prize winning novel: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a story that flips back and forth between the awkward life… Read more

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Latina Authors Every Latina Should Know

In schools across the U.S, books by Latina authors are often overlooked. The reading list of assigned classics rarely include books from Latina authors even though their writing has gained significant momentum. These 10 Latina authors you should look out for.  These are authors whose writing we can identify with. Their books allow us to… Read more

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Inside Beautiful Darkness

Author Kami Garcia was raised outside of Washington D.C, but always held a connection to the South. At the age of thirteen, Garcia and her family moved in with her grandmother and great-grandmother, both who grew up in small towns of North Carolina. Garcia grew up living the southern way, but couldn’t be more different… Read more

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Movie Review: Earthlings

The movie Earthlings sends the message to not ignore animal rights.  The documentary released in 2010 shines light on animal rights and the horrid ways of the meat industry. The movie is directed by Shaun Monson and Maggie Q. who are practicing vegans and narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. There have been videos exposing the meat… Read more

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Soul Surfer

Vea este artículo en español aquí It may sound incredibly cliché, but there is only one word to describe the novel “Soul Surfer” – inspirational. Bethany Hamilton’s tragic but incredibly rousing story will without a doubt lift your spirits. Since the novel is written by Bethany, reading it feels as if you are simply having… Read more

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Author: Soledad O’Brien

Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien talks about her memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, in an exclusive teleconference organized by Las Comadres, a Latina organization to empower women to become engaged in their community. O’Brien, a Harvard University graduate, is a CNN anchor and special correspondent. She has provided… Read more

Music

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Concert Review: Delta Spirit

The festival concert circuit can produce some of the most fun, inspiring experiences. Or, others – weather not-permitting – shows in hot, humid and soaking rainfall conditions.  For some bands, Hurricane Sandy could be tearing the world down around you – and you still stay, watch, listen and love them.  So was my experience at Latinitas… Read more

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Music Spotlight: Belanova

Spanish pop sensation, Belanova, is a group of  three friends (Denisse, Richie, and Edgar) that met in school in Guadalajara, Mexico and decided to fuse their musical talents and creativity together.  Five albums later they are one of the biggest names in Spanish pop with several awards including a Latin Grammy for “Best Pop album by… Read more

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Vea este artículo en español aquí Rhythmic beats, Spanish lyrics, and rock and roll with a Latin touch define the independent music movement in Mexico and Latin America. For decades, bands such as Café Tacuba and Jaguares have been able to crossover in the United States and Europe, bringing attention to Latin America’s indie scene…. Read more

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Music:Pee Wee Salinas

If you don’t know who Pee Wee is, or even Irvin Salinas, don’t worry. Despite the fact that he was a singer since 2003, he is barely starting to come into his own. He first gained musical fame when he joined the Kumbia Kings, a Cumbia musical group headed by A.B. Quintanilla, and later the… Read more

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Selena Lives On

On April 16th, we celebrate the birthday of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) commonly known as the Queen of Tejano music. She released her first album at the age of twelve, won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, gained popularity in the early 1990s for her… Read more

Quizzes

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Quiz: Are you a Leader or a Follower

Do you fall into peer pressure when you see everyone wearing the same type of clothes? Do you do your own thing and expect everyone else to do the same as you? Take this quiz and find out if you are a leader or a follower. 1. When you see everyone wearing clothes you don’t… Read more

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Quiz: Classic Latin American Novels

Do you want to have access to the finest minds of previous generations? Read the classics. And why not start at home, with some iconic Latin American and Spanish novelists. Reading classic novels is like having a glimpse into the past, and as proven by history, when we know about the past we work towards… Read more

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Quiz: Are You a Gossip Girl?

Are you gossip obsessed? Can you be trusted with important or embarrassing information? What do you do when others turn their backs? Take this quiz to find out! Jot down your answers and quiz yourself. 1. Your crush finally asks you out, you… A. Send out a bulletin on MySpace. B. Call your BFF immediately…. Read more

Sports

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Latinas in the Olympics

If you were one of the millions of people who tuned into the 2012 Summer Olympics, you may have noticed that female athletes ruled the games. Women from all over the world were stealing both hearts and gold medals. A total of 58 medals were won just by the women of Team USA! If you… Read more

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Friday Night Lights

I’m looking forward to football season because I cannot wait to cheer. All I can think about is those “Friday Night Lights.” I attend Clint High school, a school in West Texas in the middle of nowhere. The people there are so friendly and supportive. The reason I love football Fridays is because of the… Read more

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Cheerleading

C-H-E-E-R! Cheer! My name is Lyseldi Ortiz, and I’m a proud cheerleader. There are lots of stereotypes out there about cheerleaders, but I love this sport. I’m a junior in high school and I’m 16 years old. I’ve been in cheering for about 14 years. I wouldn’t consider myself a pro-cheerleader, but I have experience…. Read more

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Chica Wrestlers

Kumary Giron, 16, and Lucky Rios, 15, are not your average wrestlers. They are fit, focused and female.  Playing for the varsity squad at their Central Texas high school, these two athletic Latinitas are breaking gender boundaries in sports while enjoying positive discipline and competition. <strong>Kumary:</strong> I’m in the 148 weight class. It’s tough to… Read more

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Roller Derby

Ignoring the stereotypes that rough sports are only for boys, more and more girls today are taking up sports that have them in rough situations. One sport in particular, Roller Derby, is quickly rising again to popularity amongst the ladies. The Sun City Roller Girls are a group of your average, everyday women: students, professionals,… Read more

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Riding Pretty

Riding horses seems easy enough right? Well if you’re just riding them for fun yes. But riding them for competitions in a sport called Escaramuza is a whole other world. Liliana Galvan started riding competitively when she was 16 years old, now at the age of 20 she’s gained a little more experience and a… Read more

TV & Movies

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Review: Cesar Chávez

It’s only appropriate that around the time of Cesar Chávez day, that we reflect on the work of Chávez and the strides he made for Mexican American workers. He founded the United Farm Workers in 1962 and supported various worker strikes in California and Texas; his impact is still felt today. Diego Luna’s film, “Cesar… Read more

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Underrepresentation of Minority Heroines

It is no big revelation that women of color seldom see themselves in powerful positions in the media, oftentimes making them feel homely and irrelevant. But according to some experts, the lack of representation of minorities in cartoons could also be causing a similar effect for young girls of color. Today’s Youth in Media Maria… Read more

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Documentary: The Battle for Land

The Battle for Land, the fourth installment in a documentary series directed by Juan Mejia, aims to expand on the complexities of Afro-Colombian displacement. Told through a hybrid of documentary and animation styles, it tells the heartbreaking, but inspiring stories of Afro-Colombians from the Pacific coast of Colombia who have been displaced, as they foster… Read more

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Film Review: “Sleep Dealer”

Award-winning independent film by Alex Rivera, “Sleep Dealer,” takes the viewer to a futuristic, dystopian society through the eyes of oppressed migrant workers. Luis Fernando Peña stars as Memo Cruz, living in Oaxaca and Jacob Vargas as Rudy Ramirez, a U.S. military drone pilot. The film written by Alex Rivera and David Riker explore a… Read more

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Minorities in “Glee”

The Fox Network’s T.V. show Glee is known for its appreciation for the “underdog” during its past four seasons. Glee has featured members from many different walks of life, including several cast members whom identify with being a minority and being “different.” The cast features the talented Naya Rivera (African, Puerto-Rican and German), Amber Riley… Read more

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Review: Washington Heights

At first glance, Washington Heights is just another canned MTV docu-reality show starring whiny young adults complaining about “drama,” and saying ‘like’ too much.  However, after a few episodes it becomes clear that this is no Jersey Shore substitute. Set in the Heights, a mostly Dominican, low-income neighborhood in Manhattan, the show follows seven 20-something-year-olds in… Read more

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Film Spotlight: Precious Knowledge

The Latino population is growing every year in the United States and as a result schools are welcoming a new wave of Latinos students. They come with their own background, culture, language and they bring diversity into the classrooms.  As a Latinita, I feel that the inclusion of my culture in the curriculum could make… Read more

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Documentary: Miss Representation

The documentary film, Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, will change your life.  Have you ever thought about how much media you take in on a daily basis?  There’s online social media such as Facebook and Twitter, sitcom and reality TV, listening to music, watching movies, and we can’t forget the glossy magazine covers that stare… Read more

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A Latino Actor on Making Your Mark

Joseph Nieves is a working actor in Hollywood, a harder feat than one can imagine. He has popped up in film, television shows and commercials from Volkswagen to Verizon, Law and Order to Southland.  He is of Puerto Rican descent and a native New Yorker. He talked to Latinitas about getting and staying in one of… Read more

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Movies: B-Girls Inside the Circle

Vea este artículo en español aquí Former best friends turned rivals in a common life passion, Josh Ayers and Omar Davila (along with Romeo Navarro) star in filmmaker’s Marcy Garriott’s 2007 Audience Award South by Southwest Film Festival winner, Inside The Circle. The breakthrough documentary captures B-boy and girl culture, a blend of music, hip-… Read more

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