Undocumented and unreported
Undocumented and unreported
Sylvia Oben— Many immigrants are fearful to admit they have been victims of a crime, mainly because they believe they will be deported from the U.S. if they file a report. One mother feared for not only herself, but also of leaving behind her children. Nereyda Santos, 34, is...
Luvabull brings more than dance moves
Luvabull brings more than dance moves
Ariana Rosado is a new member of the Chicago Bull’s dance team called the Luvabulls for the 2013-14 season. By Veronica Rios — The room was tense as Ariana Rosado waited patiently as dancer after dancer was called to the floor. It was only the first day of auditions on a...
A Christmas Confession
A Christmas Confession
By Jasmine Delgado — Dear Mami, There is something I need to tell you before I come home for Christmas. I am Mexican. I am pretty sure you knew this my whole life, but it took me some time to figure out. I did not discover this from eating all the food you made, because if someone...
Spanish: One language, several meanings
Spanish: One language, several meanings
By Sylvia Oben — As a freelance reporter for the newspaper La Raza in Chicago, I have had to adapt to the Mexican way of speaking Spanish even though I am Puerto Rican. Doing an assignment takes longer than if I were writing it in my Puerto Rican dialect, but I have to do it...
A Jew and a Mexican walk into a bar…
A Jew and a Mexican walk into a bar̷
By Crystal Ramirez– As any politically incorrect joke goes, stereotypes are played upon and the “rare” occurrence of different ethnic groups walking into a bar together is mocked. Well, the joke is on them. My parents married in 1985, fusing together an interracial, but...
Immigration: A love story
Immigration: A love story
By Lynndel Noriega– “Up, up with education! Down, down with deportation!” chanted a crowd of 30 or so Latin American youths holding hand-painted signs advocating the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant “restricted” residency...
MAC Rodarte makeup named for Juarez is not pretty
MAC Rodarte makeup named for Juarez is n
By Teresa Puente– I don’t know any woman who would want to wear a nail polish named after the border city of Juarez. Or what about makeup named “factory,” “Ghost Town” and “del Norte?” Fashion bloggers like The Frisky first started buzzing...
Ugly history repeated
Ugly history repeated
By Jenny Patiño — There is no need to sound Orwellian about Arizona’s SB1070. It’s not some futuristic violation of human rights. It has happened before, and it is simply happening again. During the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of Mexicans and...
More than a recipe
More than a recipe
By Benita Zepeda — It was probably the most confusing, exhilarating, and fascinating moments I had ever experienced in the unfamiliar world of the kitchen. I was never one that could be found spending my time there. Mi madre, mis abuelos, and even mi padre were culinary innovators,...
Mexican Today, Spanish Tomorrow
Mexican Today, Spanish Tomorrow
By Lisa Cisneros — “Cisneros? What are you Greek?”  This is the question I’m asked almost always after a person finds out that my last name is “Cisneros”.   You know people, I’m not even sure anymore. I can’t seem to get a straight answer. When people ask...

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