This Is It!
By Angie Romero | 09/29/2009 - 18:00

Two days ago, tickets for the posthumous Michael Jackson film This Is It went on sale. Surely many of you already have tickets. But for those of you who are tending to 20 things at the same time, some more urgent than others, I just wanted to tell you to stop whatever you’re doing right now and search for showtimes and tickets by zipcode here, otherwise you’ll have no choice but to wait for the DVD release.
 


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Feminista
By Angie Romero | 09/25/2009 - 17:00

Lately, the topic of feminism as it relates to successful, independent, and intelligent Latinas has come up a lot. And I mean a lot. In casual conversations amongst my not-yet-thirty, flirty, and thriving girlfriends, on the phone with parents; it’s even infiltrated American politics! Just look at Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She’s divorced and has no kids, but I highly doubt she sits around moping all day long because the fairy tale of having a husband, kids, a dog, and a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence didn’t work out for her. Al contrario.


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Esta Sociedad
By Angie Romero | 09/22/2009 - 16:40

Having lived the majority of my adolescence in Guayaquil, Ecuador, I can confirm that nearly everything you think happens in Latin America, does. Most people do employ domestic workers (see Elizabeth Mendez Berry’s brilliant article in our October issue, “Maids of Honor”); people do get kidnapped; some kids do have bodyguards; girls do get plastic surgery when they’re 12; and yes, you can drink when you’re 2.


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The Great Progression
By Angie Romero | 09/18/2009 - 17:00

There’s no doubt that Latinos are a presence that can no longer be ignored in America. Some would even say we’re poised for domination. And with the Census Bureau declaring there are currently almost 47 million Latinos in this country, I can’t help but agree. Afro-Cuban correspondent Soledad O’Brien is even putting the finishing touches on an important CNN documentary entitled Latino in America, which will air in October.


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7 Soles
By Angie Romero | 09/15/2009 - 18:00

When it comes to the journey over to America, so often we hear the side of the undocumented immigrants. But what about the people smuggling them over, the coyotes? A new movie by Mexican writer/director Pedro Ultreras (a former journalist who was also nominated for an Emmy) seeks to change that. Through 7 Soles, he tells the story of two human smugglers with very different objectives.


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Party for a Good Cause!
By Angie Romero | 09/11/2009 - 16:07

With the MTV VMA’s in full swing this weekend, there are a ton of parties to choose from. But the one I’m going to this Saturday, Sept. 12, in NYC, will support LifeBeat, a non-profit organization that for more than fifteen years has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the AIDS community.


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Voices from the Heart and Soul of Latino Culture
By Angie Romero | 09/08/2009 - 16:00

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month (which kicks off on the 15th), PBS is going all out with an eight-part series titled Voces, curated by Latino Public Broadcasting and hosted by the guy with the best narrator’s voice ever, Edward James Olmos. From the life and times of Celia Cruz to a documentary about guest workers who were part of the controversial bracero program, there’s something for everyone.


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How to Leave Hialeah
By Angie Romero | 09/07/2009 - 13:00

With all the controversy surrounding Cuba and Juanes right now (I stand very much in support of what he’s trying to do, by the way), it seems appropriate to highlight a book by a promising new literary voice.


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Sugar
By Angie Romero | 09/01/2009 - 17:46

I got a call the other day from Michelle Rodriguez’s best friend/business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, who is married to Dominican babe Celines Toribio. He was telling me about a new crime thriller Celines executive produced called La Soga, which was filmed in the DR and will make its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later this month. It will be the first Dominican movie to bow at the festival, so congrats to Celines and crew! I'll be writing about that a little later down the line.


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Matadoras!
By Angie Romero | 08/28/2009 - 09:42

When I hear the word bullfighter, there’s only one image that comes to mind: the half-man/half-amazing creature in Madonna’s video for “Take a Bow.” But now I’ve got the perfect opportunity to get cultured on the history of females in the sport. On Sept.


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