Latina portrayal in Orange is the New Black
Latina portrayal in Orange is the New Bl
Marlin Bucio — With a cast full of Latinas, the show Devious Maids reinforces the poor narrow stereotypical depiction of Latina women. On the other hand, the show Orange is the New Black takes it to another level. The show generated more viewers, and hours viewed, than any other...
My friend is not an alien
My friend is not an alien
Angelica Sanchez — My friend is not an alien. She was born the same way I was. She breathes the same air I do, and she laughs just like I do. She is a person. She is a mother. She is not illegal. So why is it my friend had to check off an “alien authorized to work”...
Beauty pageants creating new journalists
Beauty pageants creating new journalists
By Sylvia Obén — The dark-colored eyes, long hair and curvy bodies help women shine in the eyes of television viewers in Hispanic audiences. Beauty pageants help many Latinas get a step into the entertainment business, as well as journalism jobs. Some beauty queens are even hired...
Rise of Latina leadership through non-profits
Rise of Latina leadership through non-pr
By Elizabeth Giadans — When it comes to working in non-profit organizations, Ann Marquez, president of the National Hispaña Leadership Institute, or NHLI, said it is important for Latinas and Hispanics to get involved and find different ways to give back to the community. “There’s...
Pilsen community leader helps bring Fiesta Del Sol
Pilsen community leader helps bring Fies
By Marlin Bucio — The invigorating scent of freshly brewed coffee filled the office, along with chocolate and vanilla conchas heaped on the surface of the table. The office was neatly remodeled with lime green walls, comfy black rolling chairs and an elongated, walnut-colored...
Latina principal leads against all odds
Latina principal leads against all odds
By Alexandra Ahmad — Walking the halls, she greets the smiling faces of each and every student as they enter the halls of Columbus West. Every little voice saying, “Good Morning, Ms. Jimenez.” Assistant principal by the age of 30, and principal by the age of 33. Claudia Jimenez,...
Salsa verde: A recipe not for the weak
Salsa verde: A recipe not for the weak
By Crystal Ramirez — “Now remember, food is the best medicine. All this depression going around—it’s because we’ve gotten too far away from the foods of our ancestors. And we must never forget,” writes Demetria Martinez in her short story, “From Mothertongue.” Salsa...
Venezuelans in exile
Venezuelans in exile
By Patricia Boscán — She saw me catch my first breath of air and nurtured all of my firsts. She let me go one time, and it wasn’t until a few years later that the yearning in my heart called me back to her time and again. Once I got back to Venezuela, I caught my first breath...