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February 17, 2012

La Cuna Blanca: A homage to a friend gone too soon

Flashback Fridays
by Nelson Figueroa

I think it’s safe to say that we all have that one special song that reminds us of a loved one that has passed away. Whether it’s “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye”, “One Sweet Day”, or “Tears in Heaven”, these songs tend to provide a sense of comfort and in a way alleviate our grief, if for at least that brief moment. They serve as a source in which we’re able to vent and let out the built up pain caused by such a great loss. Some people take it a step further and put their feelings down to pen and paper.

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February 16, 2012

Democrats choose L.A. mayor to chair national convention

In a move underscoring the Democratic Party’s desire to win the Latino vote in the upcoming election season, the Democrats have tapped Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to chair the national convention this summer in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dems are expected to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term.

Villaraigosa, mayor of L.A. since 2005, will become only the second Latino to chair the Democratic National Convention. Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson chaired the convention in 2004.

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February 15, 2012

Sin Palabras – Love

Welcome to this weeks Sin Palabras! This week we’re celebrating El Amor (Love) and the many forms it comes in.

From Katherine Vargas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

El amor a los libros. I pledge to continue reading the printed word.

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February 15, 2012

New conservative campaign targets legal immigration

When Newt Gingrich first revealed his “humane” vision for immigration reform, the base of his party (and a few of his primary rivals) attacked him for what they viewed as a soft stance. The former Speaker of the House fired back, calling GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney “anti-immigrant,” to which Romney memorably replied, “I’m not anti-immigrant. I support legal immigration.”

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February 14, 2012

A segregated, post-segregation America

by Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

In the weeks leading up to Black History Month, a report published by the conservative Manhattan Institute proclaimed a major milestone in the struggle for racial equality. The report was boldly titled “The End of the Segregated Century,” and in it professors Edward Glaeser and Jacob Vigdor make two bold assertions: first, that segregation in American cities is at its lowest point since 1910, and second, that “all-white neighborhoods are effectively extinct.” To their credit, they offer one important caveat: “The end of segregation has not caused the end of racial inequality.”

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February 13, 2012

Your career or your relationship

by Luna Garcia

Try Googling “career vs. relationship”, you won’t find much research but you will find millions of opinion forums where devastated young people are venting about making a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. The most common scenario is when one partner is moving away due to a desirable job offer in another city, leaving behind the romantic relationship. This issue of choosing between romance and success has to do with priorities. What is more important to you: building a career that can secure a financial future and provide personal satisfaction or finding/keeping the right partner to share your life with?

People have different approaches to this.

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February 10, 2012

Jimmy Sabater wants “To be with you”

Flashback Fridays
by Nelson O. Figueroa

This week’s edition of Flashback Fridays is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Sabater, who passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 75.

Jimmy Sabater was one the most admired vocalists in Latin music, having gained recognition as the lead vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet for over 20 years, known for crossing over various genres such as Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, R&B, and Boogaloo. He was also considerably talented as a Timbalero.

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February 9, 2012

Does dancing el perreo demean Latinas?

by Luna Garcia

El perreo is everywhere: in the dance clubs, in house parties, in teenager’s rooms and proms. It happens spontaneously when, with the help of some good Reggaeton, girls and women start circling their hips, rubbing their bottoms against a male’s crotch, bending hasta abajo to the beat.

Some people applaud them in encouragement, others shake their head in disgust, but everyone stares because there’s no way of getting your eyes off a girl who knows how to get down.

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February 9, 2012

Child tax credit only for Americans, GOP says

In an effort to cut federal spending by riding the wave of anti-undocumented sentiment in the U.S., the GOP is looking to deny child tax credit eligibility for taxpayers filing with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, forcing claimants to prove that they’re legally employed.

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February 9, 2012

When friend-of-​a-friend won’t cut it

by Nancy Sepulveda

Few things are as annoying as listening to  the drip, clunk, swoosh and squeak of a leaky faucet,  broken shutter or a loose floor board (especially if you’re trying to get your sleep on.)

While some people are DIY-ers and handy with a pair of pliers and a screw driver, for many of us our home repair and maintenance issues require outside assistance. Enter Frankie (or Chuey or Flaco or Bob,) that quintessential handyman recommended by your Tia Fifa because he once fixed her daughter’s neighbor’s sliding door, and m’ija that thing hasn’t come off its tracks since!

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