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Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman
Dimelo: Star-Spangled 'Chonis & Other Heroes

Who's your #LatinoHero? I've asked the question of Dimelo readers and am thrilled to see responses sharing your stories about those who have inspired you.

The past few weeks have been an eye-opening time for this Hispanic Heritage Month Virgin. I want to take the time to mention a few more of my own Latino Heroes before sharing yours.

My Abuela


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Dimelo: Celebrating Today During Hispanic Heritage Month

If I had a dime for every time a Dimelo reader asked me how to "feel" more Latina (or how to come to terms with celebrating our own definition of cultural identity), I'd have a lot of dimes. The questions may be worded differently to reflect personal experience, but the common denominator is the same: a feeling of disconnect between our dual identities as hyphenated Americans.


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Dimelo: Sometimes, Planning Just Doesn't Work (And That's Okay)

We have a month, you guys. Four weeks to try and cram every single aspect of what it means to us to be Latino during Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept 15 to Oct. 15 is a lot of pressure. Trying to touch on all aspects of who we are and where we come from and where we are going as American Latinos is a bit like trying to see all of Disney World in one weekend.


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Dimelo: Fun Facts You Never Knew About Hispanic Heritage Month!

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month, Dimelo readers!

Last week I told you all about me and my Heritage Month Virgin-ness. I'm new to celebrating the month recognizing the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latino Americans (and I'm not ashamed to admit it). Now that I'm here, though, it's guns blazin' on learning (and sharing) all I can in the my online column series devoted to All Things Latino American.


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Dimelo: The Hispanic Heritage Month Virgin

I have a confession to make: I'm a Hispanic Heritage Month virgin.

That's right. Even though the month-long celebration recognizing the histories, cultures, and contributions of American Latinos began in 1968—and I was born in 1977, mind you—this is my first time showing up for the party.

Don't get your 'chonis in a bunch yet, my friends. I'm here now and I plan to use the four weeks between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 to make up for lost time.


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Dimelo: Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance is Shocking to You? Really?

There's no easy way to say this, so I may as well just put it plainly: y'all need to just get over Miley Cyrus and her performance at the Video Music Awards.

I normally don't watch TV because twitter watches it for me. And my entire timeline was filled with horror and embarrassment for the former Disney star. It seems little Hannah Montana is now showing the world that she can, in fact, do what she wants...and the world doesn't like it.


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Dimelo: Reclaiming my Spanish—With Help from a Panda

I used to think in Spanish. I used to tell stories about Mickey Mouse and magic and witches flying on brooms and pause only to ask my tia "como se dice dragons?" before continuing with my tale. Today I think in English and am fully aware of the thought-process in my brain as I work to translate what I want to say from English to Spanish as I’m speaking.


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Dimelo: Flipping on the Light

My job is to give advice on love and life and relationships. My blogs are full of essays and stories that are meant to empower women and young girls to see the beauty in their reflections and love themselves as they are. My business cards say Giver of Solicited Advice and I like to refer to myself as a body image cheerleader.

But that doesn't mean I don't have bad days. Because I do.

I think you need to know that.

I also wait out the bad days because I know tomorrow, I get to try again. You need to know that, too.


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Marc Anthony sings God Bless America
Dimelo: Being Patriotic (With a Tan)

Okay. We need to talk.

First I want to know if you remember singing the words to the Star Spangled Banner in elementary school. I do. 

Now I want to know how you feel about the onslaught of recent headlines about Twitter getting twitchy because Marc Anthony may or may not rolled his R's while singing "God Bless America."

That's UnAmerican, says Twitter. He has an accent when he says the words, says Twitter. Why isn't Kesha performing instead, says Twitter.


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