Archive for July 20th, 2011

July 20, 2011

Mamacita, I’m going to live at home and get a college degree

by Orlando Rodriguez

A college degree is important, but how you obtain the degree should be a central consideration for many Latinos. Americans are encouraged to attend a four-year university such as State U, or for the truly gullible an Ivy League school. The refrain is heard over and over: “Go to college. Get a degree. Make lots of money.” Ask an unemployed college graduate with a freshly printed degree from a four‑year university if they would do it again. Higher education is important, but so is ensuring that the time, money, and emotional commitment you dedicate result in tangible employment opportunities.

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July 20, 2011

Profiles of courage: Three Latinos prepare to deploy

by Eric Jude Cortes

Its 1 a.m. at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Sergeant Larry Marquez doesn’t have to be talking to me. I am just some writer from a Latino magazine, and he is a soldier readying for a deployment to Afghanistan. As I take off my dress shirt, and wipe sweat from the 90+ degree heat off my face and take a deep breath, Sgt. Marquez, dressed in full combat gear, and looking cool as the other side of the pillow, stares at me. He calmly walks up to me and gently says,“We should put you in one of our vests.” The vests Sgt. Marquez and the other men and woman of Company D of the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserves, are nearly sixty pounds. He is fifty-five years old.

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July 20, 2011

What my abuela taught me about the Dharma

by C. Adán Cabrera

Abuelita Angela

My eighty-three-year-old grandmother was recently in Los Angeles, visiting from El Salvador to see the family. This was her first visit since my grandfather (que en paz descanse) passed into the great unseen azul, and after her three-month stay she left me with many memories. She loves Cheetos, for example, as well as the kid’s meal from El Pollo Loco. She also insisted on washing her clothes in the swimming pool because it removed stains much better. On more than one occasion, she taught me how to make pupusas and laughed, covering her mouth with her hand, whenever the masa stuck to my palm. (I never managed to get it right, by the way.)

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July 20, 2011

Five minutes with María Celeste

by Nicolle Morales Kern

The Philadelphia Belle

Last week on a beautifully sunny and slightly windy day perfect for a cruise, I had the opportunity to attend Telemundo Philadelphia’s event for the start of their new channel The Shift – presented by none other than María Celeste Arrarás. As the Belle set sail and we were able to enjoy lunch whilst mingling with some of Philly’s most influential Latinos, I looked forward to my interview with María Celeste.

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