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Latina Cubicle Confidential™ : Is the “Burnt Tortilla Syndrome” Holding You Back?

Latina Cubicle Confidential™ : Is the “Burnt Tortilla Syndrome” Holding You Back?

By Dr. Maria G. Hernandez Latina Cubicle Confidential™ Texas State Senator, Leticia Van de Putte , who is running for lieutenant governor next year, has said that Latinas can suffer from the “burnt tortilla syndrome”! You know it’s true. Latinas give of themselves in our families, in our community, and at work — sometimes to

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Brazilian Northeast celebrates Carnival the old-fashioned way

By Nelza Oliveira OLINDA, Brazil – Joyfulness and tradition join hands at Carnival street parties in two cities in the Brazilian Northeast: Maragogipe and Olinda. The masks and costumes used in the 19th century highlight the Carnival celebrations in Maragogipe, a city in the state of Bahia in the Recôncavo Baiano region. The celebration’s


Podcast: Among Dark-Skinned Immigrants Some See Skin Bleaching as a Path to Success

By Christina Berthaud Feet in 2 Worlds In some Caribbean immigrant communities, particularly among Haitians, lighter-skinned people are often referred to as “stush” or “uptown,” and are believed to be wealthier and more successful because of the shade of their skin. Darker-skinned people are sometimes called the “ghetto” people, and are looked down upon. As


Social media spikes human trafficking in Peru over 50 percent

By Rachel Chase Peru This Week Many young women are hooked by traffickers with false promises of legitimate work. Human traffickers are increasingly turning to social media in order to find new victims. According to Peru’s Public Ministry, reports of human trafficking have recently risen by 53%. El Comercio reports that the increase may be


Latino Elders: Heart Health — An urgent fact of life for elders

By Judi Bonilla Latino Elders When it comes to heart health, the facts are shocking: Heart disease and stroke are the #1 Killers of Latinos. Among Mexican-American adults, 31.6% of men and 34.4% of women have cardiovascular disease. Only 27% of Hispanics knew the leading cause of death among women in the United States was


A Day for Honoring Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women rebrands Valentine’s Day

By Jenna Winton Cultural Survival On February 14, 2014, the 23rd annual Women’s Memorial March (WMM) was held in Vancouver, Canada. While some celebrated Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts eating chocolate and swapping Hallmarks, thousands of Indigenous people and supporters joined the March to honor their murdered and missing loved ones. First held in 1991