• Venezuelan Women Must Balance Barbie Dolls and Politics

    By Sylvia Rodriguez Venezuela: It is extremely difficult to understand what is happening in Venezuela nowadays. Political polarization is probably the hardest thing we have faced in Venezuela ever. It is even responsible for many marriages and friendships breaking up. The last few years have been particularly stressful for Venezuelan women, especially...

  • Texas Valley Residents Count On Law that Predates U.S.-Mexico Border to Stop Border Fence

    LatinaLista — Throughout the debate over the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, critics have long enjoyed defending their stance by saying that it's within the "legal rights" of the country to defend its borders. Well, there are some other legal rights that go way back before there ever was...

  • Guatemala’s National Pride Sings in Young Guatemalteco

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA: In September, Guatemala was caught up in the difficult decision of choosing a suitable political leader to govern the country. It was difficult because no one had the minimum qualifications wished by the Guatemalans. Yet, in the middle of making such a hard decision there arose...

  • New LifetimeTV.com Series Glitters with the Talents of the Crafty Chica

    LatinaLista — Her name is Kathy Cano-Murillo but her legions of fans know her best as the Crafty Chica. Kathy, who has been a longtime supporter of Latina Lista, is the ultimate crafting Latina. As you can tell by now, Kathy doesn't just make crafts — she makes recuerdos with that Latina...

  • New Poll Forces an Examination of What Defines American Culture

    LatinaLista — A poll of 1,200 likely voters conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports, revealed that 59% of them believed that American society was "fair and decent." What this poll underscores, and one we always seem to forget to understand, is that the people being surveyed are only speaking for themselves. If...

  • Latinas Must Work Through History to Arrive at a New Beginning

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: Ever since Eve offered the apple to Adam, every woman has had the same destiny regarding her place in the world, and more so if we are Latina women. For this reason, I want to share with you what it means to be a woman — how...

  • There Should be Something Different About This Year’s Hispanic Heritage Month

    LatinaLista — Mañana kicks off national Hispanic Heritage Month. In the past, there hasn't been a whole lot of coordination among the different groups of a city in celebrating the once-a-year, 30-day observance. And that has usually resulted in so many fiestas and parades happening on the same weekend that before we...

  • Being Successful Means “Keeping the Faith”

    LatinaLista — These days, associating corporate America with Christian values sounds more like an oxymoron than a plan for Latinas to achieve professional success. Yet, Cubana-Latina and corporate executive veteran, Ana Mollinedo Mims, lays the blueprint for Latinas to follow in achieving professional success without compromising their values in her new book...

  • 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) U.S. Presidential debates among same-party candidates...

  • Anglo Independent Filmmaker Needs Investors for Project Focusing on Latino-Anglo Relations

    LatinaLista — Utah filmmaker Nathan Jones is an Anglo through and through, but he has a corazon of a Latino due to a background that has included a stint as a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles and spending several years in Puerto Rico. Now, he is putting his corazon...

  • Spanish Travel Alert: Clowns are Everywhere!

    By Roxana Urrutia SPAIN: There are more bars and restaurants per square mile in Spain than in any other country in Europe, and in Madrid there are more mimes and clowns in the streets than in any other city I can think of. A live doll, otherwise known as a mime, in...

  • Guest Voz: NCLR’s Janet Murguia Outlines a Battle Plan for Latinos to Renew America

    By Janet Murguia LatinaLista Janet Murguia is President and Chief Executive Officer of NCLR. She sits on the Board of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. In addition, she is an executive committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and a member of the...

  • A Funny Look at the So-Called Latino Invasion

    LatinaLista — They're bad. They're Brown. And they call themselves the Latino Comedy Project. The latest irreverent look at immigration is offered by this Austin, Texas-based comedy troupe who pokes fun at all those who are screaming that there is a Latino invasion. The real screams though should be from the laughter...

  • Cracking open business success with a yolk of an idea

    Businesswoman Carrie Ferguson Weir proves it's never too young to express Latino pride with her line of baby t-shirts. LatinaLista — Carrie Ferguson Weir spent all of her professional life asking the hard questions. As a daily newspaper journalist, this Cuban-American Latina was accustomed to asking the kinds of questions that force...

  • Why is Being Hispanic Synonymous with Being Illegal?

    LatinaLista — Pedro Guzman is a 29-year-old native Californian —  but that didn't matter. Like a pathetic scene from an old Cheech and Chong movie, he was deported to Mexico back in May. Today, he is finally being reunited with his family. There are no laughs here but a serious argument as...

  • Transforming Ordinary Business Owners into Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

    Empowerment coach, Nancy Marmolejo, sells clients on recognizing and valuing their own strengths to achieve their greatest potential. Nancy Marmolejo LatinaLista — Entrepreneurialism is in Nancy Marmolejo's blood. Having a father who loved being his own boss, and who put Nancy and her six brothers and sisters to work in the family...

  • 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...

  • Crafting memories into memorable stories

    Lupe Ruiz-Flores is a children's book author who discovered it's never too late to tell a good story.   LatinaLista — Being a published writer was Lupe's life-long dream. Growing up with little money, especially to buy such luxury items as books, Lupe's earliest inspiration for storytelling was from listening to the...

  • Getting to the root of why so many Latino children are out of shape and gordo

    LatinaLista — A landmark study released by the American Journal of Public Health just days before the close of 2006 revealed an alarming trend: Latino pre-schoolers are twice as likely as white or black children to be overweight or obese. The researchers couldn’t explain it, but two Latinas may very well hold...

  • Fall of Latin Music Sales Indicates Stress Felt by Undocumented Immigrants

    LatinaLista — The nationwide campaign targeting undocumented immigrants is having the expected impact — emptying out factories, creating fear, increasing racial profiling AND one unexpected consequence that is music to no one's ears — a sharp drop in Latin music sales. (Source: mediapositiveradio.com) The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reports in...

  • Does Latino Inclusion in Burns’ War Documentary Really Mean “Mission Accomplished?”

    LatinaLista — The war is over! Not that war but the one waged against documentarian Ken Burns by those of us frustrated that he left out any mention of the Latino contribution in his next marathon film for PBS regarding WWII titled The War. Though I have to admit that I hesitate...

  • 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,...

  • Girl in a Coma Wakes Up the Rock Scene with Their Debut CD

    LatinaLista — Their names are Jenn Alva, Phanie and Nina Diaz. They're from San Antonio and they form the rock band Girl in a Coma. Jenn and Phanie met while in junior high and were soon dreaming of rock star fame. Come to find out, Nina, Phanie's hermanita, had her own rock...