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  • Update: San Antonio Punk Rockers, Girl in a Coma, Hits the Big Times But Remembers Readers with Free Music Download

    LatinaLista — In a testament of how fast life moves, it was only seven months ago that Latina Lista announced the debut CD of a new all-girl rock group from San Antonio, Texas called Girl in a Coma. Over these past months, the group has been busy — going on their first...

  • A Psychic Looks Ahead to 2008

    LatinaLista — No new year can start without wondering what exactly will happen in the coming months. Psychic Barbara Garcia has released her predictions for 2008. As she touches on a wide spectrum of events, Latina Lista is republishing her syndicated column below. (Source: inmagine.com) Time will tell … The basic energy...

  • Merry Christmas Cannot be Said in Just One Language in the United States

    LatinaLista — Because we are a nation of immigrants, we have the special opportunity of being able to say Merry Christmas in many different languages. (This link provides 350 translations of how to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.) In the spirit of who makes this country, Latina Lista wishes everyone:

  • Mexican-American Singing Legend, the “Lark of the Border” Dies at 91

    LatinaLista — Her name was Lydia Mendoza and she had a gift that captured the ears and hearts of all who heard her. ASSOCIATED PRESS: SAN ANTONIO – Lydia Mendoza, a Tejano music pioneer known as "The Lark of the Border," has died. She was 91. Mendoza, who retired and moved from...

  • New Cable Television Show Looking for a Quinceañera to Star in Special Program

    Know any young Latina who is turning 15 in 2008? If so, casting agents for a new hour-long cable television show want to know her. The show is about fulfilling the wishes of one lucky girl who has dreamed of having a Quinceañera. (Source: commodore events) The show's producers will foot the...

  • Republicans were in a “Political Sanctuary” for Spanish-Language Debate

    LatinaLista — The Republican presidential candidates are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that the Univision forum in Miami-Dade County is done. Republican presidential candidates gather before the start of the Univision Forum. (Source: Univision) Yet, unlike the Democratic forum, this one underscored the "elephant in the living room" issue that...

  • Latina Filmmaker Festival Kicks off Today in Boyle Heights

    LatinaLista — This weekend in a section of Los Angeles some very talented mujeres are meeting up to share some very important works — their films. It's the third annual Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE) in Los Angeles. For those who don't know, the BHLIFE was started by the successful...

  • Special Toy Drive Underway For Children Locked Up in Immigrant Detention

    LatinaLista — With Christmas just over two weeks away, toy drives are going into overtime to fulfill the wishes of children. Safe to say, there will be a large group of children who won't be asking for any new toys but only that Santa brings home their mommy or daddy, or both,...

  • Young Latinas Mark Transition into Adulthood with Church Blessings, Parties and Hefty Debt

    LatinaLista — The "Coming of Age" of young Latina girls has always been a big deal in Latino families. Now, it's also big business. Known as a Quinceañera, the celebration marking the transition of a young girl into womanhood ranges from the simple backyard barbecue to the ultra lavish, catered dinner at...

  • Mexican-American Texan Writers Span Generations and Genres

    LatinaLista — According to the U.S. Census, Texas is home to the second largest Hispanic population in the country. Not surprising since Texas roots can be traced back to when the state was part of Mexico. Texas has historically nourished many writers, especially Mexican Americans who have lived their entire lives straddling...

  • Bilingual ABC Book Teaches Appreciation for Both Language and Art

    LatinaLista — It used to be ABC books were just for pre-schoolers learning the letters of the alphabet and growing their vocabulary with very simple words. A for apple. B for bus. C for cat — you get the idea. The ABC book was characterized for its colorful and eye-catching illustrations of...

  • Discovering the Trailblazers of Latino Literature

    LatinaLista — It is said that the first printing press in the United States was a Spanish-language press that arrived almost 80 years before the first recorded arrival of the English-language press. Yet, because the press was in Spanish, its presence is overlooked in the annals of the English-written U.S. history. It’s...

  • North-of-the-Border Dreams of Mexican Migrants Eventually Lead Back Home

    LatinaLista — Why do Mexican migrants spend thousands of dollars, and almost always, risk their lives just to illegally enter the United States? The full answer is complicated but in the book Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migrants by Sam Quinones and published by the University of New...

  • Searching for the Real Pancho Villa

    LatinaLista Who was Pancho Villa? Savior or outlaw? Saint or sinner? One thing is certain. Francisco (Pancho) Villa is synonymous with the Mexican Revolution and a leader whose notoriety crossed borders. Whether he was working the fields as a sharecropper or outsmarting his opponents by placing sombreros in strategic places among the...

  • Guest Voz: Azteca America’s Chairman Explains Why New English Programming Shouldn’t be Translated into Support for English-Only Debate

    By Luis J. Echarte LatinaLista The Azteca America television network has a presence in 60 markets across the United States and currently ranks fourth among Spanish-language networks broadcasting in the country. Recently, Azteca America has been in the headlines because of a new initiative to launch a 60-hour series of English classes...

  • Historians Agree: Spanish was Language of Choice at First Thanksgiving. So Why Don’t We Know?

    LatinaLista — It's a chapter in history that historians have known about since 1965 but nobody likes to rock the boat  especially when that boat is the esteemed Mayflower. In 1965, historian Michael Gannon revealed that 56 years before the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, there was one held at St. Augustine,...

  • Chicanas Take Many Roads to Achieving Success in Public Service

    LatinaLista — When Guadalupe "Lupe" Valdez won the election for sheriff of Dallas County, Texas in 2004, it was a milestone on several fronts. It wasn’t enough that Lupe was a Latina (a daughter of migrant farmworkers from Mexico), a woman and a lesbian. What sent her into the history books was...

  • New Latino-Themed Virtual World Debuts on Latin Grammy Night

    LatinaLista — Culturally, linguistically and even socially, Latinos can be a world apart from mainstream society when it comes to tastes in music, food and movies. No matter how much assimilation or "American" Latinos get, the bottom line is Latinos just like different things. Well now, there is a place where Latinos...

  • El Paso’s Day of the Dead Poster Shows Washington that Border Wall is Not a Dead Issue

    LatinaLista — Today most Latino families are celebrating a very special observance: Day of the Dead. It is a celebration where families come together to remember their loved ones who have passed away with special homemade altars, traditional foods and family picnics at the family cemetery. This year, one Texas border city...

  • In Latin America, Too Many Still Have Membership in the “Exclusion Club”

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: At dawn in Latin America, historic monuments stand in contrast with highly technological and luxurious buildings. Television actresses and executive women drive to their offices, while blue-collar workers hurry to their work places. Chanel Nº5´s scent gets mixed up with the scent of fresh flowers, both scents...

  • 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...