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  • New site puts a new spin on rap music

    LatinaLista — When people talk of hiphop, it's understood that it's not just about the music. Hiphop and rap represent a whole subculture that overtook the music industry and made the nation aware that urban youth face a totally different life experience than youth living in the burbs. Over time, even though...

  • The Latino connection to Pearl Harbor lives on today

    LatinaLista — Today is the 68th anniversary of when Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was bombed by Japanese forces, and which triggered the U.S. entry into World War II. In line with how our nation physically remembers/salutes the loss of American lives in horrific (historic) events in our country, state governors, one after...

  • New program uses cyber community to help people learn new languages

    LatinaLista — It's often been said that the best way to learn a new language is total immersion. Usually that means traveling to a foreign country or living in a place where only the language you want to learn is spoken. With the Internet, learning a new language can take a whole...

  • New cookbook whips up dishes in the name of peace

    LatinaLista — What do Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mia Farrow and Rigoberta Menchù Tum have in common? Well, aside from being advocates for peace, they also happen to share book credit in a special new cookbook called "Ingredients for Peace." The 141-page cookbook, which supports the work of the Nobel Women's Initiative, features...

  • Focusing the Hollywood spotlight on fellow Latino artists turns a job into a mission

    By Nilki Benitez Bel-lissima! Latin Heat's CEO and founder, Bel Hernandez, curtsied out of the limelight to promote Latinos in Hollywood. Bel Hernandez is a Hollywood star, but she's not your typical star. Although her talent has graced television and film heavy-weights such as L.A. Law, Beverly Hills 90210, Born in East...

  • New slew of bilingual sites target second-generation Latinas

    LatinaLista — When advertisers and media companies talk on how to reach the Latina audience, talk invariably centers around one thing -- that the message must only be in Spanish. Well, for those of us who are second-generation and beyond, we know that a message delivered only in Spanish limits the audience...

  • Making tamales a family tradition that lives on and on

    LatinaLista — One longstanding tradition among Mexican-American families at Christmastime is making tamales. Usually a day-long event, each member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, is assigned a special job to help make the process go faster and more fun. Growing Up with Tamales, by Gwendolyn Zepeda is a...

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires eagerly awaits the reopening of its premier opera house, Teatro Colón

    By Cecilia Mansilla ARGENTINA: Milan has La Scala. New York City has the New York Metropolitan and then there's the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Munich National Theater and the Paris Opera. In Buenos Aires, we have the Colon Theater or better known here as Teatro Colón. Teatro Colón was opened in...

  • Tucson lawmaker: Career as artist provides flexibility and perspective for work at Capitol

    By ELIZABETH SHELL Cronkite News Service TUCSON -- "Life's too short for beige," Steve Farley said, standing in his backyard looking at the color palette he's painted his home: sandy peach, Easter-egg turquoise and a rich purple.   State Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, makes a living creating works of art such as...

  • A moral dilemma over illegal immigration forces teen to make a hard choice

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Tyler is having a bad year. His grandfather died, then his father was in an accident and almost killed. Tyler's father will eventually recover, but not in time to save the farm. When Tyler comes back from a month-long visit with relatives, he discovers that his parents...

  • A quest for religious fulfillment takes readers on a 200-year adventure

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista   Lupe de la Garza is a shopkeeper in a mountain village in Mexico. After seeing a sign from God in the smoke of a fire of the local church, she is on a quest to spread the word inspired by an altarpiece painted by the eighteenth...

  • President proclaims Nov. 9 World Freedom Day

    WORLD FREEDOM DAY, 2009 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   Twenty years ago today, the Wall came down in Berlin and both a country and a continent came together. After thousands of East Berliners flooded through checkpoints into West Berlin, border restrictions dissolved across Eastern Bloc...

  • Spotlight: Bringing books to children living in the poorest colonia of the nation

    LatinaLista — Along the Texas-Mexico border, there lies Starr County, Texas. It is one of the poorest counties in the nation with a population of about 62,000 -- 97 percent Latino. The U.S. Census reports that only 35 percent of the people have a high school diploma and less than seven percent...

  • Dia de los muertos, 3000 years of tradition

    By Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez and Magda Chellet The "Dia de los Muertos" as it has evolved over the centuries is to be regarded as a cultural celebration that is not only indigenous but also exclusive to Mesoamerica, which is the area that spans from central Mexico to the south, including parts...

  • LA gallery celebrates Day of the Dead by honoring Latino veterans

    LatinaLista — If October 31 is Halloween, then November 2 must be All Souls Day or as how most Latinos of Mexican and Central American descent know it -- the Day of the Dead. While to the casual observer, Day of the Dead may seem like a highly creepy way to remember...

  • Twenty Dallas police officers added language enforcement to their duties

    LatinaLista — When news filtered out last week from Dallas, Texas that a rookie police officer had ticketed a woman for not being able to speak English, most people rolled their eyes and thought this was just a case of an overzealous recruit. Come to find out there are about 20 overzealous...

  • CNN’s “Latino in America” is a work in progress

    LatinaLista — Latino in America, the companion book to the televised special of the same name that was broadcast by the cable news network CNN over two nights, is a compilation of stories intended to represent the successes of Latinos. Written by CNN host Soledad O'Brien with Rose Marie Arce, Latino in America,...

  • Argentina: Still mourning the death of folk singer Mercedes Sosa

    By Cecilia Mansilla               ARGENTINA: The death of the "voice of Latin America," Mercedes Sosa, was an Argentinean story. As a result, October 2009 was a really sad month for us. It was when we lost one of our biggest artists.   She was best known...

  • A teen’s growing pains takes her on a journey of a lifetime

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Apolonia Flores doesn't much like her name. However, her father takes pride in telling people where her name came from: "It's the girl form of Apollo. He was the god of the sun. Get it? It's my way of calling you a sunflower." Parents! What can a...

  • Events strive to connect Latinos with Abraham Lincoln’s legacy

    LatinaLista — 2009 will go down in history as a very momentous year in our nation's history for obvious reasons -- the swearing-in of the nation's first biracial president -- but there's also another reason that has been overshadowed by Obama's presidency and deserves a little more attention. It's the bicentennial --...

  • New “webisodio” is all about “Latinas En L.A.”

    LatinaLista — An interesting stat is making the rounds that illustrates that Latinos are seizing the online domain in record numbers. According to comScore Media Metrix, the total number of Latinos online grew by 10 percent in August 2009. But what do percentages mean? In this case, it means Latinos now stand...

  • New bilingual initiative combats unintended pregnancies with radio soap drama

    LatinaLista — Teenage pregnancy. Unintended pregnancy. The two have become interchangeable to mean the same thing but while teen pregnancy among young Latinas has always been a concern,no one ever thinks unintended pregnancy matters to those women 18-30. Well, especially in these times, it sure does. There are some people in Iowa...

  • One father’s reconnection with his family proves to be a tortuous exercise

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — You know all those stories that end with "They lived happily ever after?" Gringolandia begins after the "ever after." Lyn Miller-Lachmann researched and wrote a heartfelt story about a man named Marcelo, who as a political prisoner in Chile endured a life of torture for many...

  • One failure of Hispanic Heritage Month

    LatinaLista — Another Hispanic Heritage Month has come and gone. There were the usual fiestas and celebrations packed into the last 30 days with enough emphasis on promoting worthy role models that it could be considered a big success. Yet, while it's great to celebrate the heritage, given that the spotlight is...

  • Budget cuts taking Gwinnett County library branches out of Latino communities

    LatinaLista — Gwinnett County, Georgia is home to one of the state's largest Latino communities. It's also home to some of the most stringent county budget cuts being exercised in these recessionary times. The most drastic budget cuts are being applied to the county's library system. It seems the Gwinnett County Library...