Archive for ‘Cultura’

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 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

What do you call someone who only speaks one language?

by Maitri Pamo

Yo puedo escribirles de esta manera. Puedo escribir estas hermosas palabras¬†en Espa√Īol y hay muchos de nosotros quienes comprendemos este idioma y lo hablamos orgullosamente. And I was not surprised to learn that the¬†individuals involved in the race to become the republican presidential nominee have patriotically stated that they support English as the¬†official language¬†of the U.S. The English-only debate is not new, and there has been a sustained, well-publicized effort since the 1980‚Äôs to push the agenda of a monolingual nation. But the control of language has deep roots not only in the U.S. but the world over.

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February 8, 2012

The Maria Paradox

by Nick Baez

During my work with Latino youth, I am proud to say that I have witnessed an exponential rise in the number of intellectually superior, upwardly mobile Latinas.

More and more of our community’s women are graduating from college, receiving advanced degrees, and pursuing professional roles in the fabric of society. In spite of this, as many in my line of work have noted (myself included), there still remains an unspoken, yet nonetheless pervasive force at play that often serves to produce guilt and shame over such achievements. 

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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 7, 2012

Is religion‚Äôs influence on Latinos fading?

by Daniel Cubias

Two recent polls caught my attention.

The first was taken at the height of Tebow-mania, when many otherwise rational adults believed that a mediocre quarterback could actually win the Super Bowl.

According to the survey, 43 percent of Americans ‚Äúbelieved divine intervention was at least partly responsible‚ÄĚ for Tim Tebow‚Äôs success. But most shocking was the claim that ‚Äúa whopping 81.3 percent of Latino¬†respondents¬†answered yes, God has a headset,‚ÄĚ implying that four out of five Latinos believed that the¬†Man upstairs¬†directly intervenes in something as trivial as a football game.

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February 7, 2012

Is religion‚Äôs influence on Latinos fading?

by Daniel Cubias

Two recent polls caught my attention.

The first was taken at the height of Tebow-mania, when many otherwise rational adults believed that a mediocre quarterback could actually win the Super Bowl.

According to the survey, 43 percent of Americans ‚Äúbelieved divine intervention was at least partly responsible‚ÄĚ for Tim Tebow‚Äôs success. But most shocking was the claim that ‚Äúa whopping 81.3 percent of Latino¬†respondents answered yes, God has a headset,‚ÄĚ implying that four out of five Latinos believed that the Man upstairs directly intervenes in something as trivial as a football game.

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January 31, 2012

Shifting identities: Hispanic or Latino?

by Adriana Villavicencio

In 2011, the Los Angeles Times made it official: The term [Latino] in virtually all cases is the appropriate choice over Hispanic. In response, readers chimed in with personal preferences, public attacks, and historical explanations going back to the Aztecs.

Over the last few decades, these terms have become contentious as politics change and identites shifts. Below is a primer on the terms themselves and reasons they manage to elicit such emotion.

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January 26, 2012

Being Afro Latino

by Robert Rios III

I recently spoke with, Dash Harris, a Panamanian-American filmmaker whose project ‚ÄúNegro: A Docu-Series about Latino Identity,‚ÄĚ seeks to open a dialogue about the perception of beauty, and its relation to skin pigmentation; the stigmas one faces within the perception of race, and the resulting effect on one‚Äôs identity.

What does a Latino look/sound like? There’s no simple answer. We are over 24 different countries that have been labeled many differing terms, but as a whole, Latino/Hispanic, by modern civilization. Still, the world judges everyone primarily by outward appearance.

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