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February 17, 2012

Mixed-race marriages on the rise

Bringing your partner home to meet your parents can be nerve-wracking, but bringing a partner of a different race home can cause even more anxiety, depending on your family’s personal beliefs. However, it’s good to know that society’s prejudices aren’t getting in the way of love. In fact, the rate of interracial marriages in the U.S. has risen, with a little help from us.

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February 15, 2012

Finding love in the Heights

Where do you look for love? Do you look in certain neighborhoods? Do you stay away from certain nationalities?

According to a new study, Washington Heights is the place to look for single guys in the city. There are over 26,000 single guys in that neighborhood, compared to over 16,000 single girls. However, some women are skeptical about this data.

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February 13, 2012

Teacher sex scandals

As parents, we put an immense amount of trust in teachers. Latino parents tend to trust even more than usual, giving teachers full responsibility for the disciplining of their child. They expect teachers to be the parents at school, while they are the parents at home. It’s all part of the “it takes a village to raise a child” mentality. Unfortunately, sometimes there are teachers that just cannot be trusted.

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February 10, 2012

The Catholic Church vs. health care

Pope condoms

Even though the Catholic Church forbids the use of birth control, 98 percent of all sexually active Catholic women in the U.S. still use it. Based on the numbers, the Pope doesn’t control our sex life, but what if His Holiness controlled our health insurance?

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February 8, 2012

Subway musicians: enjoyable or annoying?

It never fails. The subway doors close as you’re reading your book or daydreaming, oblivious to the masses of people entering and exiting at each stop.

All of a sudden, you’re startled by the sound of an accordion and the norteño music is in full swing. At times even dressed in their charro suits, three or four men serenade the commuters until the next stop, and then pass around their sombreros collecting money before moving on to the next car on the train.

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February 7, 2012

Achieve your goals with “Poder de Mujer”

by Cindy Tovar

Book Review: Poder de Mujer (C.A. Press 2012)
by Mariela Dabbah

What is your definition of success, and how do you know when you’ve finally reached it?

According to Mariela Dabbah, author of the new book Poder de Mujer, the idea is to think about your personal and professional success as a path rather than a destination. And while everyone’s path is different, there’s one question we all have to ask ourselves along the way: what exactly are we working towards?

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February 3, 2012

Brazilian bikini make-over

What do you think of when you hear the words: Brazilian beauty?

Many of us think of a slender but well-endowed woman lying facedown on the beach in a tangita roja. But not everyone in Brazil fits that description. So, in the country of teeny-tiny bikinis, what is a gordinha to do?

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February 2, 2012

“Goya, Oh Boy-a!”

It looks like Goya is giving First Lady Michelle Obama and the Latino community a reason to start shouting “Goya, Oh Boy-a!” again.

Goya Foods is promoting USDA’s MyPlate, or MiPlato, which replaced the ancient Food Pyramid model we had learned to associate with healthy eating. MiPlato is a much easier way to remember the correct portion sizes you should have for each food group on your plate. 

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January 26, 2012

La misa

by Cindy Tovar

Which did you learn first: the Our Father, or el Padre Nuestro?

If you were raised in a Spanish-speaking household, you were most likely taught to say your prayers in Spanish. And if this was the case, you probably also went to mass en español.

I never liked going to church, but I was forced to wake up early and attend. One Sunday, at the age of 10, I thought I was smart and tried to get out of it. I lied and told my mother I didn’t want to go because I didn’t understand what was being said.

So she took me to an English mass instead.

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January 17, 2012

Beware of the breast

by Cindy Tovar

As humans, there are certain necessary things we do in private (for the most part). We defecate, urinate, have sex, pass gas, shave our bodies, and clip our toenails. We all do these things. It’s natural, but we choose to do them behind closed doors. If we were to see someone doing any of these things in public, we’d gag, look away in disgust, or keep staring because we can’t believe our eyes.

However, one natural act that has always lingered on the border of what is and isn’t acceptable to do in public, is the act of breastfeeding. Some people believe breastfeeding falls under the same category as the actions mentioned above. It may be natural, but it should be done in private. No one needs to see that, especially in the middle of a crowded bus or at the food court in the mall.

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