By Sandra Guzman | 11/08/2013 - 09:09 | 0 Comments
After a three-decade love affair with high heels, I am calling it quits. Blame (or credit) my last pair of tacones: six-inch black suede booties from a certain French designer, which I bought in a trendy Manhattan store. When I tried them on, the shoes looked amazing and felt great. I plunked down a few hundred dollars and...
By Cristina Arreola | 11/02/2013 - 11:00 | 0 Comments
I grew up in an upper-middle class family in Texas, where I attended the best private Catholic schools from preschool until graduation. When it came to my education–and my dreams–my parents spared no expense. If I needed a new blazer for my debate tournament, they bought me three. If I needed a tutor for calculus, they handled it. When it came time to apply for colleges,...
By Irina Gonzalez | 10/22/2013 - 16:09 | 0 Comments
Growing up as a Latina, I remember looking at magazines when I was a little girl and realizing how different I looked from everyone else. I remember thinking, when I was just 10 or 11 years old, just how big my thighs were. I was deeply ashamed of my curves and the fact that I looked different than anyone else in my class.
It wasn’t until I picked up my first...
By Alicia Anabel Santos | 10/04/2013 - 13:13 | 0 Comments
This week marks the 76th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s Parsley Massacre. It was October 1937 when dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the killing of an estimated 30,000 Haitians living in the country. Many who were black or suspected of being from the neighboring country, and those who were unable to pronounce the word “perejil” (parsley in Spanish) without...
By Vivian Llodra | 09/20/2013 - 13:45 | 0 Comments
Today I was called a n*gger.
Granted it wasn’t to my face and it was by strangers, but it was still shocking and unexpected. The culprit? Good old social media, specifically Twitter. Of course I see the irony in complaining about social media and then writing and posting about my feelings, but cut me some slack.
It all started...
By Maricela Lupercio | 07/12/2013 - 14:55 | 0 Comments
As a child from a traditional Mexican-American home, I have always been pro-life. When I was younger I thought abortion was wrong simply because it kills a baby. Working as Director of Latinos4Life, an educational outreach based in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley for the past seven years has given new meaning to...
By Pauline Campos | 07/12/2013 - 14:55 | 0 Comments
I once overheard a girl talking to her friends about her pregnancy while passing by in the halls of my high school. She said things like "don’t know who the father is this time" and "another abortion" and "my mom doesn't know." Instead of using birth control or condoms to prevent pregnancy, she had apparently decided that taking care of things...
By Jesus Trivino | 07/05/2013 - 12:15 | 0 Comments
Aaron Hernandez is done. Whether or not the former New England Patriot tight end is found guilty of the murder charges he’s facing, his life is over. Just another statistic. Since he was arrested on June 26th, the 23-...
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