By Sandra Guzman | 11/08/2013 - 09:09
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 decided to walk home, a leisurely 10-block city stroll.
By Cristina Arreola | 11/02/2013 - 12:00
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, they expected the best from me, and they did their part: dishing out cash for SAT tests, application fees, and campus tours. I was never asked to stay close to home or attend an in-state institution to save money.
By Irina Gonzalez | 10/22/2013 - 17:09
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.
By Alicia Anabel Santos | 10/04/2013 - 14:13
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 an accent, were executed. Many of the murdered had been born in the Dominican Republic. This was Trujillo’s attempt at mass ethnic cleansing.
By Vivian Llodra | 09/20/2013 - 14:45
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.
By Maricela Lupercio | 07/12/2013 - 15:55
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 being pro-life. I have had the incredible privilege to serve firsthand in the stressful situations men and women find themselves in when facing an unplanned pregnancy and contemplating abortion.
By Pauline Campos | 07/12/2013 - 15:55
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 after the fact with back-alley abortions was good enough. I felt sick hearing her words. And I hated her for the casual manner in which she discussed the life of an unborn baby.
By Jesus Trivino | 07/05/2013 - 13:15
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-year-old’s troubled past has taken the spotlight—more murder charges and an alleged affiliation to the notorious Bloods gang.
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 06/09/2013 - 10:00
I don’t usually date conservative men—I can’t say that I have come across that many of them as the daughter of a theater actress. But when I got a message from a cute guy on a dating site complimenting my personality and my witty status updates—I decided to take a chance, despite the words “right wing,” “strong opinions” and “Lou Dobbs” being in his bio. Though he seemed a little square from my usual (tucked-in button down shirt in pictures, stiffly worded messages), he seemed different from anyone I had dated, and hey, sometimes opposites attract.
By Rosy Cordero | 05/24/2013 - 10:46
As a young girl, I remember joining my mother on the bus during her journey to work quite often. She would tell me stories about the struggle of our family in Peru and how she, just seventeen when she arrived in America, was responsible to work hard and help those she left behind.