• Is There Really a Debate as to Which Will be the Dominant Language in the Country?

    LatinaLista — If anything controversial erupted from last night’s debate, it had to do with the issue of language. From the language the debate was conducted in to one of the questions regarding making Spanish the second national language of the country, it is definitely an issue that hits a nerve with...

  • Univision Debate Proves Refreshing

    LatinaLista — Tonight’s Univision debate was refreshing on so many levels that when it was finally over it proved to be an event that was not just historic but one all Latinos could be proud of. Democratic presidential candidates stand together after Univision debate. (Source: Univision)

  • Anthology Weaves a Collection of Strong Latino Voices and Poetic Vision

    LatinaLista — Editor Francisco Aragon has successfully woven together a collection rich in tone, style, and depth of topics, ranging from the more immediate and observational to political and symbolic in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry published by the University of Arizona Press. Moving forward from the strong poetic predecessors of...

  • English-language Newspapers Still Don’t Recognize Latinos as Part of Their Core Readership

    LatinaLista — The story of Eli Gutierrez, a North Texan Mexican-American artist who spent his Fourth of July holiday finishing up a 17-hour walk over 50 miles leaving notes in the mailboxes of city council members and mayors to draw attention to discrimination against Hispanics and the undocumented, was a frontpage story...

  • Presidential Candidates Still Debating Whether to Participate in Univision’s Spanish Debates

    LatinaLista — Earlier this month, Univision sent a letter to all of the presidential candidates inviting them to come on down to the land of sandy beaches and palm trees and while soaking up the sun, soak up some stage lights too while participating in the network’s first Spanish-language debate. Of course,...

  • Schwarzenegger’s Bad Idea Creates a Stir Among Latino Journalists

    LatinaLista — This week in San Jose, California, hundreds of Hispanic journalists are gathered to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Hispanic media is as complex as the Hispanic community — in other words, we’re not all the same. Some print appears in English only, others just...

  • English Doesn’t Always Have to be the Official Language to Get to the Head of the Class

    LatinaLista — The more it looks like the Senate is making headway in crafting an immigration reform bill, the more small towns across America want to put their own individual stamp of authority on immigration reform — by trying to force an issue that was long ago recognized as a non-issue —...

  • Why Do Some People Think ALL Latinos Want to Watch Spanish-language Television Shows?

    LatinaLista — There are some topics worth talking about over…and over…and over… and, well, you get the idea. Aside from politics where issues are put to a vote by an assembly of people, I’m talking about the kind of politics that basically are mandated by one entity. In this case, it’s Nielsen...

  • Newt Gingrich’s “ghetto” Comment Isn’t Just Offensive, It’s Indicative of a Bigger Problem

    LatinaLista — Newt Gingrich’s comment in a speech about bilingual education equating Spanish as the language of the “ghetto” isn’t just offensive and insensitive — it’s problematic Because obviously in his mind, and we can assume the same of other Anglos who don’t know Latinos, speaking Spanish is symbolic of someone who...

  • Is a Latina Less Latina if She Doesn’t Speak Spanish Fluently?

    LatinaLista — For evolving reasons, Spanish proficiency in this country has boiled down to that old saying “You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” What am I referring to? Well, in the first case, it seems that the nation’s top Latin music chain, Ritmo Latino, has banned J.Lo from...

  • Is it Unreasonable for Court Documents to be Translated into Spanish? Texas Thinks So

    LatinaLista — I guess in another one of those things that can be filed under “It Can Only Happen In Texas” is the story of a newly elected judge being raked over the coals because she’s doing what she was elected to do — dispense justice. It seems Judge D’Metria Benson presided over...

  • Not All Life’s Lessons Can be Learned from Telenovelas

    LatinaLista — This morning, it was revealed that Univision, the nation’s largest supplier of Spanish-language imported programming, got slapped with a record $24 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission. It seems that Univision was lacking when it came to educational programming for children. It’s no surprise since the network’s moneymakers are...