A Mother’s Dream
A Mother’s Dream
By- Cherelinis Filp–All throughout my years of high School teachers, family and friends would complement my work ethic. They praised my good grades until I got pregnant in my senior year of high school. All of a sudden I became just another statistic. I was told that changing...
Clearing the Path for Adult Students
Clearing the Path for Adult Students
By Dana Castillo –Today’s headlines about college students tend to focus on insurmountable debt and the rising cost of college. And those are important issues to address, but all too often, the higher education conversation forgets nontraditional students with college...
This Latina likes Law & Order
This Latina likes Law & Order
By Angelica Jimenez — I’m a lawyer, but I don’t play one on TV. There is one, however, worth noting because she’s strong, smart and uncompromising.The role Alana de la Garza plays on NBC’s “Law & Order” is one example of a fully-developed and compelling Latina...
A Funny Latina
A Funny Latina
By Natalia Avilez — At first glance you would not think that this Chicago comedian is Latina but once she sets foot on stage and makes her presence known there is no doubt that she is. Patti Vasquez‘s zest for life, her vivacious nature and outspoken ways not only scream...
Latino Monster Love Saga
Latino Monster Love Saga
By Jenny Patiño — Recently on “Lopez Tonight,” George Lopez asked fans waiting in line for the premier of “New Moon” to get him to like the movie. He joked that he couldn’t get behind the vampires and didn’t understand the pasty white skin. At one point he asked...
My mother’s expectations
My mother’s expectations
By Annabel Garcia — Walking into the kitchen, I moved my hands across the chair leaning forward listening to my father talk about his day. I finally let myself fall into the chair as my mother called “Annabel ve a limpiarme la sala.” It felt like an order from a general...
Shakira sells out
Shakira sells out
By Teresa Puente — Why do some pop stars think they have to act and dress like strippers to sell music? I’m talking about Colombian singer Shakira and her music video called “She Wolf” off her new album. I recently saw it on a video screen at a bar. And it...
Building community through Pros Arts
Building community through Pros Arts
By Angelica Jimenez and Benita Zepeda — While others were settling into their careers, Giselle Mercier, 43, decided she needed a change. While supporting her family, she left her stable and more traditional career, and embarked on a new adventure devoting her work to her community...
A beautiful struggle
A beautiful struggle
By Elizabeth Rodriguez — For me, growing up as a Puerto Rican woman in Chicago has been bittersweet. In the typical Chicago Latino neighborhood of Humboldt Park, I was definitely odd for a number of reasons. I was not Latina enough because I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico, my...
Stop separating families
Stop separating families
By Mariela Quintuna — It was October 26, 2008 when the news came in that my brother-in-law, Hector, had to go back to Mexico to finish the process of becoming a legal permanent resident in the United States. My sister, Silvia and he had decided that same year that he needed...

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