Archive for September, 2010

September 30, 2010

Can Homeland Security Deport Vietnam Veterans?

by Viktoria Valenzuela

Part I “Meet the Valenzuela Brothers

I spoke with Manuel and Valente Valenzuela this week.  They are brothers who were born in Mexico to an American mother and a American Naturalized father.  When their parents moved back to the USA, Manuel was only three years old.  He lived then fought in for this county by serving in the United States Marine Corp.  While his brother Valente served in the U.S Army.  The Valenzuelas have a wide tradition of serving in the U.S. armed forces. The brothers both fought in Vietnam and both came home to horrendous treatment by hippies in the 1960s and now by Homeland Security.

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September 30, 2010

Hello my name is…Que, que?

by Mark Virella

Latinos have generally been known to be resourceful, passionate, vibrant, politically conscious, artistic, and creative. The Latino diaspora and rich cultural discourse lend themselves to a plethora of views and lenses, each with their distinct arguments.  Yet nothing, and I mean nothing, polarizes the Latino community more than its view on nicknames.  We are either ingenious craftsmen or downright suck.  I call on you Mi Gente to put this to an end.

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September 30, 2010

Being Latino Cooks- Cocktail de Algarrobina

by Chef Cristian Escalante

Cocktail de Algarrobina (Algarrobina Cocktail)

If you like sweet drinks, you’ll be in paradise with this cold cocktail. It contains algarrobina, pisco and condensed milk. The Pisco Sour is by far, the most popular pisco cocktail in Peru and elsewhere, but you must also meet  his “sister,” the Algarrobina Cocktail.

Algarrobina is a heavy syrup made from the pods of the “algarrobo” tree, that grows all over the coast in Peru, and it has a very intriguing flavor.

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September 30, 2010

Latinos Breaking Barriers: Sonia Manzano

While watching the HBO Latino Series Celebrity Habla 2 a few nights ago, my sister and I looked at each quizzically when the name Sonia Manzano came on the screen. Seconds later she appeared and upon seeing her face we both excitedly said “Oh wow, it’s Maria!”

Like most members of generation X and Generation Y, my sister and I grew up watching Sesame Street. As Latinas, new to the U.S. we probably identified with a Latina face on t.v.

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September 29, 2010

What’s sex got to do with it
?

by Keyla Elizabeth Cedeno

Latin@s are always labeled as being calientes y pico! Allegedly, our men posses other-wordly abilities and our women have a motor that does not give out; running for hours at a time. I haven’t had sex with every Latin@ out there so I can’t agree or disagree with that idea. Still, based on that notion one can assume that sex matters
 a lot! 
Dr Alvarez seems to think so.

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September 29, 2010

First Health Care Provisions Take Effect: A Resource Guide

by Carlos MacĂ­as

We all remember the political showdown between Democrats and Republicans on health care reform 6 months ago. In a tight vote of 219 to 212 on March 21, the House of Representatives approved the controversial legislation. On March 23, President Obama signed H. R. 3590, better known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and it became the law of the land.

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September 29, 2010

The other side of Chicago’s Humboldt Park

by Libby JuliĂĄ VĂĄzquez

If asked about their Chicago neighborhood, Puerto Rican residents of Humboldt Park do not hesitate to claim it as home with a tone full of pride. After all, this home of El Paseo Boricua and the annual Puerto Rican Festival is where you can find all things Boricua in Chicago.

Those very same people will also not hesitate to talk about the drugs, poverty and gang violence that can often  diminish their pride.  And while that is the reality of many neighborhoods in the inner-cities, and it is often easier to focus on the bad; today we will focus on the beauty you can find if you just take the time to look at the other side of Humboldt Park…

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September 29, 2010

American Idol’s new judge, Jennifer Lopez

Beginning her career as fly girl (dancer), on the show In Living Color and gaining recognition as an actress with the lead role in the movie, Selena would be enough for many celebrities; not Jennifer Lopez.  While many celebrities reinvent themselves by changing their look, Jennifer Lopez reinvents herself by trying— most often with great success— new things.

The latest reinvention for this dancer; actress; singer, and clothes designer, will be in joining the panel of judges for American Idol’s new season.  Along with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Jennifer will be replacing outgoing judges, Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres with a (reportedly) $12million contract.

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September 28, 2010

Mambo Yesterday and Today

by Rosie G.

There are many dances and music from all of our Latin countries and Mambo has roots in many of them. El Mambo has many songs including the very well-known “Mambo Italiano” by Dean Martin.  So where did the Mambo originate from and what is the meaning of its name?

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September 28, 2010

Welcome to the State of Puerto Rico

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by AJ Rodriguez

Although the media downplayed it, earlier this year, the House voted, 223 (y) to 169 (n), to approve a measure for a federally sanctioned process on whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state. The measure allows Puerto Rico to hold referendums to determine the island’s political status. Voting can occur at every 8-year interval to decide its fate. If the vote were to pass to change the political status, a second vote would ultimately decide the action.

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