In Merida, Yucatan, Mexico the weather is in the comfortable mid 70s with clear skies and a hundred percent chance of cultural shower. Perhaps a tad cheesy, but having just returned from an incredible five-day trip in a remote village, articulation is not an easy task. Today I returned from the village of Felipe Carrillo Puerto where the population (of roughly 100) is dirt poor. They have very little pesos to their names, but their wealth of smiles and cheer seems endless. As I mentioned in a… Continue
Added by Nashielly Victoria on December 31, 2009 at 1:40am —
Members of the community that are for human rights will gather in Phoenix, Arizona to take a stand against the abuse of undocumented immigrants and migrant workers by Sheriff Arpaio and the Bush administration's policies.
If any of you have been keeping an eye on everything going down in AZ, you should know that it's time that all of us get together against the injustices immigrants face everyday.
I want to go!!!…
Added by essined on December 30, 2009 at 2:30pm —
In the 90s, corpses began to appear in the desert lands that surround Cd. Juarez, Mexico. Linked by description, these corpses were of young women who were raped and beaten, their broken and bruised bodies sprawled naked and dead over the sand dunes. Most were employees of nearby maquilas
or factories as they're referred to in the area. They were working to support families, brothers, sisters, children, and seeking a better life for themselves. Working over-time, often late into the… Continue
Added by essined on December 30, 2009 at 11:30am —
With Christmas past us (awesome!), I am looking forward to the new year. I cannot wait for this year to be over! It's been a year of disasters, triumphs, good and bad times. It has been one that I look back on with mixed emotion.
I'm glad I graduated, while at the same time, the current state of the economy and job market have made it an undesirable year to have come to this milestone, and that disappoints me. I was uber-excited to go to Washington D.C. in the summer, and while I met some… Continue
Added by essined on December 28, 2009 at 11:17am —
The holiday season means lots of family get togethers and tons of food. Earlier in December, we started getting into the holiday spirit when we celebrate the Virgin Mary on the Dia de la Virgin on the 12th. My mom always goes all out with decorating the house with a tree, wreath, nativity scene, and lots of Christmas decorations. We also went to a pastorela at a local cultural center. This is a musical that tells the story of shepherds on their journey to Bethlehem to meet Mary & Joseph and… Continue
Added by Alyssa on December 26, 2009 at 12:42pm —
A little over a week ago I had an unforgettable experience. As posted by a fellow Latinita, the 12th of December is a huge celebration for Mexico; it is the day of the patron Saint, La Virgen de Guadalupe. Although I have grown up in the U.S., I am Mexican and very proud of it. The festivities on the 12th, however, were quite eye-opening and educational. I am not as aware of my Mexican culture as I thought. On a Friday afternoon, I hopped in the back of a pick-up truck (my grandma in the front… Continue
Added by Nashielly Victoria on December 24, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Hello Latinitas. It is a pleasure to join you on this fabulous network of idea sharing. In this first of a series of blogs, I plan on sharing my personal experiences – hopefully insightful – in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. To begin, I will share a little about my background as a Latina. I was actually born here in Merida; almost all of my family is from this lovely colonial city. It is the capital of the state of Yucatan. Founded in 1542 by a conquistador, Merida was built on the site of the Maya… Continue
Added by Nashielly Victoria on December 22, 2009 at 8:28pm —
Latinitas - Express yourself & post a blog. Click on the ADD BLOG POST
button to respond to this week's hot topic: "HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS?
Spread some holiday cheer and tell us about the special traditions your family celebrates during the holiday season.ADD YOUR BLOG POST
Tell us what you think.… Continue
Added by Latinitas on December 22, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Don't have a lot of cash this holiday season. Here are a few ways for you to spread the holiday cheer without spending a lot of dinero...
CREATE YOUR GIFT
1. Create a Slideshow: Gather photos of your friends and create a slideshow or video. You can use a site like slide.com or photobucket.com to make a cute slideshow with graphics, sparkle and music. Email it out to your friends to bring a smile to their face during the holidays. If you have software like iMovie or Movie Maker… Continue
Added by Alyssa on December 22, 2009 at 10:52am —
Apart from being a DJ on the campus radio station, I also had the privilege to part of a new television show on campus called Latina Living. The show's demographic is of course, latina/hispanic women, a very under-served (had to put the hyphen, otherwise, it would've looked like "undeserved" :P) group as you may already know. Anyway, the show is pretty interesting - its got a talk show format, along with news packages, kind of like Despierta America. We covered themes from healthcare to gossip… Continue
Added by Taty Salazar on December 19, 2009 at 5:50pm —
This past semester I had the wonderful opportunity of DJ'ing (yes, its a verb in my book) on Texas State University's radio station, KTSW 89.9. It was part of my Audio Production class, and actually counted for a grade, so I wasn't too sure about whether or not it was going to be fun. At first, it was pretty overwhelming, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it! When you're simply a listener, you probably think that being a DJ is a pretty easy job, however, there's a lot that goes on, on the… Continue
Added by Taty Salazar on December 17, 2009 at 4:59pm —
Depending on where you live, you may or may not have been faced with the question, "Am I Latina or Hispanic?"
It wasn't until I started college that I wondered this myself. Coming from a predominantly hispanic (or latino, whatever you prefer) neighborhood, I never really cared or thought about it. However, when I got to college, there were always discussions about what is more politically correct - hispanic or latino. The majority of the people I've encountered deem "hispanic" as offensive… Continue
Added by Taty Salazar on December 16, 2009 at 6:16pm —
As a few of you know, I earned my bachelor's degree from UTEP this past May. What a few of you don't know is that because I was unaware about my classification status up until March of this year, I was unprepared and really behind in the grad school application process.
This week marks the seventh month anniversary of the graduation ceremony where I became the first in my family to graduate from college. At this point I am trying to cope with my "career," taking my GRE, applying, and… Continue
Added by essined on December 15, 2009 at 1:38pm —
"Labels." This is something I have always thought deeply about. According to the website dictionary.reference.com," there are about 12 different meanings to the word "label." Out of all these literal meanings, my favorite one is the first one on the list: "a slip of paper, cloth, or other material, marked or inscribed, for attachment to something to indicate its manufacturer, nature, ownership, destination, etc." I like this meaning the best because aside from labeling something inanimate, we… Continue
Added by Marisol Guzman on December 15, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Added by Lupe Anchondo on December 12, 2009 at 8:37am —
When someone asks about your background, what do you say? Chicana? Latina? Mexican-American? Puertorriqueña? LATINITA??? :)
Poll results just released from think tank Pew Research Center have a few interesting findings regarding how young Latinos define themselves.
It found that 52% of Latinos surveyed ages 16 to 25 refer to their family's home country first when identifying themselves.
20% use "American" first. and 24% use "Hispanic" or "Latino."
Additionally, 33% of… Continue
Added by essined on December 11, 2009 at 11:41am —
Girls it is is getting closer to time to turn in your applications fro scholarships for college. The following links and descriptions will allow you to see where to go and if you qualify for that particular scholarship.
The Gates Millennium Scholars: If you meet the eligibility requirements (below) click here
• Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic… Continue
Added by Cassandra Barraza on December 10, 2009 at 4:01pm —
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $280M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need. Two-thirds of these students were the first in their families to go to college. Find out more information on their scholarship… Continue
Added by Alicia on December 10, 2009 at 3:42pm —
This new movie is now on top of my watch list. I have seen the previews on TV and I want to watch it. The movie synopsis goes as follows: Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. I think this movie is a nice change in pace from the drama films of vampires to the action… Continue
Added by Cassandra Barraza on December 10, 2009 at 3:24pm —
After reading Rosana's blog
, I had to write about this awesome school I came across while updating Latinitas' Twitter feed
It's a high school in Southern California that focuses on teaching girls trades that are traditionally considered to be for men. Rosie the Riveter High School Plumbing offers courses on plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and other trades,… Continue
Added by essined on December 9, 2009 at 10:32am —