Archive for October 18th, 2010

October 18, 2010

Earth to Earth, Ashes to Aye Dios!

by Arlene Olivencia

At some point in everyone’s life, a loved one has been lost.  The closer we were to them, the deeper the grief.  We all gather at Ponce Funeral Home, to unite as a family and mourn together.  After a few days of viewing our beloved ones, we head to Cypress Hills Cemetery for their burial.  We head to the designated house and eat food out of aluminum trays and call it a long dreary day.  However, it has been my experience, that it is NEVER so cut and dry.  Maybe it’s just me and my family, but there are things that go on in the course of these few days that one may find odd, appalling or maybe even immoral.   We consider it the “norm.”  Doesn’t everybody act like this?

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October 18, 2010

Puerto Rico v. Dominican Republic: La gran batalla

by June Soto

America is home to millions of immigrants and their children, especially Hispanic immigrants. We know that not all groups of immigrants get along, but one of the more infamous feuds amongst the Hispanic community is between Puerto Ricans and Dominicans.

Puerto Ricans and Dominicans have always been neighbors; even their countries are neighboring islands. Unfortunately, many of them can’t seem to get along. There are a few reasons why they don’t get along, but the most obvious reason is ignorance. People feel the need, at times, to compare themselves to others and compete. In this case we have two very proud Caribbean Latinos who “rep” hard!

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October 18, 2010

Dancing me beautiful

by Jennifer Turano

Being Latina in Sweden we are often exotified. We’re thought of has hot-tempered, amongst all the other usual stereotypes. And above anything else, people seem to think that the salsa steps are in our genetic coding. I always get asked if I dance Salsa, or Merengue, or Samba, or Bachata, or… “No, no, no I don’t know any dances, sorry.” People always look disappointed when I tell them that. But it’s the truth, I don’t know any steps – but I can follow any rhythm. And on my last birthday I realized just how much I’ve missed dancing. But most of all, I had forgotten about how good and beautiful it makes me feel.

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October 18, 2010

After The Month

by Miguel Muller

We have come to an end
of a great celebration
a month full of pride
from every Hispanic generation.

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