Last Chance: "Boogie Rican Blvd"
By Angie Romero | 07/22/2009 - 16:38

If there’s one thing I love about La Bruja (born Caridad De La Luz), it’s that the woman refuses to be put in a box. Like so many successful Latinas I know, she’s good at more than just one thing and she’s not afraid to try her hand at them all. Since her star-making turn on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, she’s been an activist, model, singer-songwriter (I always loved her reggaeton-flavored remake of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” off her debut album, Brujalicious) dancer, actor, writer—you name it.

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Stefani's Story
By Angie Romero | 07/17/2009 - 19:00

Once there was this pretty Mexican girl from Texas (Baytown, near Houston) who went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, which, as you can imagine, is not the most diverse place on earth. But the brown people who were there (including me), bonded, explained to a lot of people that “we don’t speak Mexican,” snuck into the clubs well before we were 21, and generally had a blast. Stefani Vara was undeniably hot (like, video girl hot) and all the boys had a crush on her. Oh, and she was also a cheerleader for CU’s football team, the Buffs, back when the team mattered.

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The Husband Habit
By Angie Romero | 07/15/2009 - 16:00

Chica lit fans, rejoice! The godmother, aka Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, is back with a brand new novel from St. Martin’s Press, The Husband Habit. The New York Times bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club set her latest story in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The main sucia this time is Vanessa Chavez, a successful chef who keeps falling for married men.

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VIDEO: Friday Night Fright
By Angie Romero | 07/10/2009 - 15:12

I don’t think anyone doubts that the Spaniards are the ones making the scariest flicks right now. Case in point: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later and Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage, which isn’t just a genre masterpiece, it’s a masterpiece, period. In fact, Fresnadillo and Bayona were just named "godfathers" of the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week, dedicated to discovering new talent.

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Ricky Martin to the Rescue
By Angie Romero | 07/08/2009 - 18:00

This past weekend I saw Taken with Liam Neeson. One word: amazing. Not only have I always been a huge fan of his, but I’ve never seen him like this before, kicking arse! It’s what Matt Damon’s character Jason Bourne would be like years from now and if they kidnapped his own daughter and tried to sell her as a sex slave. All that to say Ricky Martin is fighting this fight in real life.

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A Mexican in Every Kitchen
By Angie Romero | 07/03/2009 - 16:00

On Cinco de Mayo, I was asked by Tanteo Tequila to judge a unique art competition in search of the top three rising stars in the NYC art world that are of Mexican descent. Even though I’m not Mexican, I’ve always had such respect and admiration for the culture, so I felt honored to be a part of this. And it just so happens that one of my favorites, Michael Pribich, was a winner—along with Martha Clippinger and Doraelia Ruiz.

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By Angie Romero | 07/01/2009 - 17:30

I have a dilemma. Which of these should be my next read: Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Angel’s Game, which we’ve already established is worth your time, or Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, which is sitting on my desk?

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The Angel’s Game
By Angie Romero | 06/26/2009 - 14:21

Spain’s hottest literary star, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, just released the gothic prequel to his hit The Shadow of the Wind, which has sold more than 12 million copies in 50 countries. The Angel’s Game (Doubleday) is set in 1920s Barcelona and revolves around the enigmatic young novelist David Martin, who finds sanctuary in an abandoned mansion and becomes entangled in its ancient secrets.

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Francisco Matto: The Modern and the Mythic
By Angie Romero | 06/24/2009 - 16:30

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that back in March 2008, Latina gave itself a little face-lift. Guided by our übertalented Creative Director Florian Bachleda, we sought out to represent the diversity of our culture, but we didn't want to use any of the expected graphics associated with it (sorry, no Chiquita bananas here).

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Hola Mexico Film Festival
By Angie Romero | 06/19/2009 - 16:00

If you had any doubts about Mexico’s domination of this thing called the Latin American cinema movement before, this will set the record straight: The Hola Mexico Film Festival is the largest of its kind outside of Mexico, and it’s coming to the U.S. for the second year in a row (there’s already a version of it in Australia since 2006). Yes, Australia! Having started in NYC, this year the festival expands to the two other meccas of Mexican culture in America: L.A. and Chicago.

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