Archive for October 4th, 2010

October 4, 2010

El Paso Doble: dance of the bullfighters

by Rosie G.

When I was a child, I would hear my father playing these songs that¬†sounded like marching band music. Well, that’s the way it ¬†sounded to me back¬†then. My Dad told me the dance to this music was called El Paso Doble and it was the dance of los toreros (Bullfighters). He would grab my hand, put his around my waist and lead me around the room. I loved dancing with my father; it was always so¬†much fun, although he was a little stiff at times. Growing up with this music made me wonder why is this the dance and music of the Bullfighters.

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October 4, 2010

D√≠a de los Muertos

by Sal Baldenegro

Everything and everyone dies, eventually. Our physical beings inhabit this plane of existence for only a short time, before our spirits move on to other worlds. Death is part of the circle of life, and every culture has different ways in which they deal with it. There are cultures who celebrate the passing of loved ones with festive celebrations, such as the Irish. The Diné (Navajo) and Crow people of North America, however, view the celebration of death as extremely taboo, because they believe that we must allow the deceased to make his/her journey to the Underworld, without any interruptions.

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October 4, 2010

Show the Power

 

by Cristina Villarreal

Recently, I was involved in a heated political debate about a local Chicago race and a candidate’s failure to reach out to the Latino community.  The candidate has no Latino staff, has not attended any Latino events, has not reached out to the Latino media, and will have no Spanish ads.  This is in an area that has a Latino population of 26%.   As an argument in the debate, a NBC Ward Roomblog was cited as the reason the local candidate was not making any effort to reach out to the Latino community. The blog states a low number of Latinos are citizens and even eligible to vote, and those that are eligible do not vote.  In short, our opinion, concerns, representation does not matter!  I found this outrageous!

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October 4, 2010

L Line Chronicles: The New Sports Bar

by Arlene Olivencia

So certain train lines have a television broadcasting sport games. I pray to all the gods across every religious spectrum that they don’t find their way into the L line.¬† The thought of having obsessive, fantasy baseball, beer and wing fanatics, in addition to the circus already on board, is reason enough to shed my human flesh and become a mass of energy that wreaks havoc one car at a time.

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