Family Power
By Angie Romero | 11/03/2009 - 16:11

Of all the people competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one name stuck: Lopez, specifically U.S.A National Team Members in Taekwondo Jean, Steven, Mark and Diana.

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Dancing With Butterflies
By Angie Romero | 10/30/2009 - 15:13

Looking at our Mexico Issue, it's almost impossible to pick a favorite article (and I'm not just saying that). But I will say that both of the personal essays, "Immigrant Dreams," by Reyna Grande and "All About My Mami" by Gustavo Arellano, made me cry.

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The Other Latina on CNN
By Angie Romero | 10/27/2009 - 15:25

With all the focus on Soledad O’Brien these days, it’s only fair to mention the fact that her fellow CNN journalista, half Puerto Rican Jane Velez-Mitchell, recently released her second book. Velez-Mitchell, who is host of her own Headline News show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, released her first nonfiction book, Secrets Can Be Murder: What America's Most Sensational Crimes Tell Us About Ourselves, back in June 2008.

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By Angie Romero | 10/23/2009 - 18:15

If you’re like my dad, then you’ve read or are in the process of reading every book written about the FARC kidnappings that happened in the Colombian jungle between 2002 and 2008. These include Ingrid Betancourt’s Letters to My Mother and Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle, by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes with Gary Brozek.

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Dudamel Rocks!
By Angie Romero | 10/20/2009 - 16:02

I don’t agree with Venezuela’s politics (or Hugo Chavez’s antics, I should say) but I do tip my hat off to El Sistema, the government-subsidized music education program. The best thing to come out of there is 28-year-old Gustavo Dudamel, the newly minted Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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The Return of El Museo del Barrio
By Angie Romero | 10/16/2009 - 15:43

Call me a nerd, but I’ve been counting the days for the return of El Museo del Barrio in NYC! And tomorrow, October 17, is the grand opening celebrating its 40th anniversary, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Best of all, it’s FREE! Check the itinerary below. There’s something for everybody in the family:

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Paraiso Travel
By Angie Romero | 10/13/2009 - 19:00

I was reading Stephen King’s column in Entertainment Weekly the other day about a small horror flick called Carriers that “got no love from the multiplex.” In fact, it wasn’t even picked up for major distribution and only showed at a few, random venues. He went on to say that there “ought to be a place in American theaters for good little movies like this.” I couldn’t agree with him more. There isn’t much we can do but put the DVDs of those movies in our Netflix queues.

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By Angie Romero | 10/09/2009 - 12:24

I can’t believe I’ve never been to Spain. I talk about going, but then I think about how I’ve never been to France, either. Then I miss Italy, where I lived for two summers before I turned 17, and think about going back there. So I keep postponing all those trips. But I’ve decided Spain can’t wait past late 2009. Besides taking in all the exquisite flavors, sights, and sounds (especially a little live flamenco), I’d like to learn more about my Spanish roots (my great great grandfather was from the town of Castilla La Vieja).

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O Zelador
By Angie Romero | 10/06/2009 - 17:10

Just the other day I was revisiting my Facebook photo albums and got nostalgic over a bunch of pictures I took during a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro. For my birthday last year, I decided to treat myself and visit one of my best friends, whom I hadn’t seen in a couple of years and now works for a major fashion company there. (I’ll surely come back for the World Cup in 2014, and maybe even the Olympics two years after that.)

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It’s Gonna Be A Good, Good Night…
By Angie Romero | 10/02/2009 - 19:00

A few friends and I decided it had been way too long since we had gone dancing. And not just any dancing, but the kind where you sing along to the Spanish songs that defined your youth (Soda Stereo, Carlos Vives, Maná), take shots simply because someone in the group offers to buy them, and stay up until 5 a.m., only to wake up the next day feeling perfectly fine. Sadly, the older you get, the more those days seem like a distant memory. But because the fiesta in my spirit never dies (and I have a trusted friend named Advil), I decided to put on my dancing shoes.

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