The housekeeper to my heart
The housekeeper to my heart
By Jennifer Nava— Latina stereotypes are often portrayed in the media. It’s not until it’s reflecting an image that is not true when controversies arise. The Latina woman is usually an attractive housekeeper and a single mother who works day-to-day to survive. The 2012...
On being “La Gordiflona”
On being “La Gordiflona”
By Juliet de Jesus Alejandre — “Gordiflona,” I would hear mamí whisper to my aunt, as I skip alongside them on our walk to the store. Moments before, my straight black hair was flopping in the warm June wind. I was all smiles, feeling the sun deepening my brown skin. It’s...
Embracing my Panamanianness
Embracing my Panamanianness
By Jenay Wright — “It was Puerto Rico waking up inside of her,” said Aurora Levins Morales, in her short essay, Puertoricanness. “Puerto Rico waking her up at 6:00 a.m. remembering the rooster that used to crow over on 59th Street and the neighbors all cured...
The disappearing face
The disappearing face
By  “Unknown Mami”– Mami y yoMy mother’s face has always been beautiful, not just to me. She has always been the kind of beautiful that people notice, the kind of beautiful that opens doors, the kind of beautiful that you can trade on, but to me that beautiful...
When Mami Was Here
When Mami Was Here
By Lucia A. Crespo — Lourdes Lisette Crespo was disciplined, loyal, loving and also extremely goofy. “Lourdes por favor, por favor!” yelled out abuela to mami.  Abuela was not a jokester like mami was; she was more firm and serious.  Many times mami used to like cucando...