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Reviving Mayan culture through youth music and dance

Reviving Mayan culture through youth music and dance

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista GUATEMALA — Juan Jose Ortiz may not look like a drummer, but for the past year the young Guatemalan has played the tortoise shells in a Mayan cultural group in the small indigenous municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán. It’s almost an hour’s drive off the main road, along a beaten path


Guest Voz: 6 Steps The President And Congress Can Take To Help Young Men Of Color

By Vanessa Cárdenas LatinaLista President Obama recently launched “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative that aims to address the profound challenges young men of color face. A long overdue and sorely needed endeavor, the President is using his bully pulpit to call on government, nonprofit, and corporate leaders to get serious about improving the life outcomes


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