By Sugey Palomares | 09/13/2012 - 15:29
Since the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Zoe Saldana would be playing the legendary Nina Simone in her upcoming bio-flick, Nina, people have reacted, well, strongly. Social media posts, blogs, and petitions, express concern and often disdain over a light-skinned actress playing the soulful singer.
By Jill Pankow | 02/03/2012 - 10:06
It became more apparent when evaluating the 2010 Census that Americans are diversifying their views of race. One in 14, or 21.7 million of the United States Census takers chose to write in their own response when it came to when identifying their race. Terms such as “Arab,” “Mexican,” “Haitian,” and “multiracial” were frequent responses according to NBC Latino.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/27/2012 - 14:55
The frustrating ironies of being Afro-Latina hit Yuly Marshall with stunning regularity: At work at a Miami hospital, Hispanic patients of the Cuban-born radiology technician usually assume she’s African American, asking her, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish like that?” and expressing shock—even skepticism—that she’s really Latina. Other times, fellow Latinos will disparage African Americans in front of her with phrases like, “What can you expect from negros?” and then turn around and tell her, as if paying her a compliment, “But you’re not like that. You’re one of us.”
By Amaris Castillo | 07/19/2011 - 11:15
During a recent sold-out concert, Mexican rock group Maná spread pro-immigrant and pro-environment messages to its fans, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports. “Never forget your roots…we have to keep fighting those lousy damn racists,” lead singer Fernando “Fher” Olvera told the crowd of about 10,000 people.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/05/2011 - 17:00
2010 census results are in and there was one incredibly interesting new trend in Puerto Rico. For the first time ever, the number of Puerto Ricans identifying themselves solely as black or American Indian jumped about 50 percent in the last decade. This is a marked shift from previous census results.
“It truly breaks with a historic pattern,” Jorge Duany, an anthropology professor at the University of Puerto Rico told the Associated Press.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/09/2010 - 15:30
Ever since we ran our story about Jersey Shore's self-proclaimed guidettes, Jenny "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi actually having Hispanic heritage, we've wondered if their ethnicity would ever be discussed on the show.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/02/2010 - 16:00
Sigh...we were so excited to get a sneak peek at VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time—but our hearts sank when we realized that not a single Latin musician made the cut. Well, you could count Mariah Carey, who barely squeaked by at number 94.
Putting aside the fact that Latinos have made hugely important contributions to music here in the United States—from jazz to hip-hop—we have quite a few verifiable superstars who have undoubtedly influenced the sounds of the younger artists who made the cut.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/15/2010 - 17:00
After posting a few articles on Latina.com about how important it is for everyone, especially Latinos, to fill out the US Census, I began to notice a trend. Everyone agrees about the importance of standing up to be counted—after all, the census is the way our government determines how direly necessary federal funds are allocated to schools and hospitals and how congressional districts are shaped. But a healthy debate was brewing about how we Latinos were choosing to fill out the race section of the census.
By La La Vazquez | 01/18/2010 - 15:00
A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn’t one look that comes with the territory. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I’m not. It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I’m Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish.