Penn State Chi Omega sorority Mexican-themed party
Penn State Students Plan March Following Sorority's Mexican Costume Choice
By Fox News Latino | 12/12/2012 - 12:34

Last week sorority members at Penn State University made national headlines – and were publicly scorned – after they posted photos of themselves in Mexican sombreros and holding up racially charged placards.

Now students at the school are planning a rally to call attention to the “real issues” the university needs to address, including minority students and faculty retention. They feel that a lack of minorities at the school has made it insensitive to important issues.


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Penn State Chi Omega sorority Mexican-themed party
Penn State Sorority in Hot Water Over Mexican-Themed Party
By Amaris Castillo | 12/05/2012 - 21:28

You never know when a party has gone too far until it’s too late.

Such is the case for members of a Penn State University sorority, who are under fire over images of their Mexican-themed party. But it wasn’t just any Mexican-themed party. The photo that surfaced Monday features over 20 members of the Chi Omega’s Nu Gamma Chapter dressed in sombreros, fake mustaches, and two signs that read: “Will mow lawn for weed & beer” and “I don’t cut grass. I smoke it.”


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Canyon High School Seniores and Senoritas
Offensive High School Senior Events Canceled After Three Years
By Samantha Leal | 08/27/2012 - 10:01

A Southern California school has canceled senior week events after many of the events were deemed offensive and demeaning to Hispanics. The events -- called the "Seniores" and "Senoritas" events -- have been held for the past three years at Canyon High School and were approved by campus adminstrators, according to school district officials.


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Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan
Study Claims Latinos Are Most Affected By Ethnic Stereotypes
By Sugey Palomares | 08/22/2012 - 19:00

We all know ethnic stereotypes carry be quite negative, but a new study claims that the stereotypical Latino roles of maids, sexy vixens, and criminals we see in Hollywood may play a huge role in how the mass population views Latinos.


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Eugenio Derbez
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Jack and Jill’ Star Eugenio Derbez: “I Feel Proud To Be Playing A Mexican Gardener”
By Lee Hernandez | 11/11/2011 - 13:05

In the new gender-bending Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill (opening in theaters nationwide today), Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez plays a gardener named Felipe. And while some Latinos might take issue with yet another Latino playing "the help," in a Hollywood movie (gardeners, maids, cooks, etc)—Derbez says there's nothing wrong with playing a gardener. “People are never happy,” says the 49-year-old comedian.


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EXCLUSIVE: Lana Parrilla
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Star Lana Parrilla Says Hollywood Told Her: "You Don't Look Latina Enough"
By Lee Hernandez | 10/17/2011 - 15:07

Half-Puerto Rican actress Lana Parrilla has one of the most exciting roles on TV this fall—the part of the evil queen in ABC's fantastic new drama, Once Upon A Time (premiering Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 8/7c). But Lana's highly coveted new role is one she may not have gotten—if she hadn't made the drastic decision to chop off her long locks a few years ago. 


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Racial Stereotypes in Advertising are Alive and Well
Racial Stereotypes in Advertising are Alive and Well
By Grace Bastidas | 08/03/2011 - 16:00

A new ad campaign for the New York International Latino Film Festival makes fun of Latino stereotypes in an effort to draw attention to the many clichés about Latinos in the movies. One ad features a chart with the varying roles Latinas have played in films, with “maid” beating out such categories as surgeon and judge.

But while the film fest is attempting to create dialogue about these tired Latino depictions, other companies just keep on propagating them. Here’s a sampling:

Summer’s Eve Says Latinas are Easy


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Summer's Eve Needs to Cleanse their Racist Ad Campaign
Summer's Eve Needs to Cleanse their Racist Ad Campaign
By Stacey Rivera | 07/21/2011 - 12:07

I am a Latina. Puerto Rican. I was born and raised in New York. I went to college. I have a job and a son. I have never in my life said “Ay yay yay”.

I don’t speak Spanish, and neither does my va-jay-jay!

When are advertising executives going to get it?


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The State of Our Latino Unions
The State of Our Latino Unions
By Franziska Castillo | 07/19/2011 - 12:09

You know that normal Latino family you see on TV commercials—a 30-something, dark-haired couple with a station wagon and two kids who look just like them? Turns out they’re about as real a reflection of today’s Latino marriages as Carmen Miranda’s fruit hat is of our fashion.

In truth, a quiet revolution is transforming the state of Latino unions. We’re marrying—or choosing not to marry—in completely different ways than our grandparents did.


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Sara Ramirez
Do the Emmy Awards Only Reward Latina Stereotypes?
By Lee Hernandez | 07/14/2011 - 13:27

When nominations for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, we were elated to hear Sofia Vergara’s name among the nominees. The Colombian actress—a scene-stealer on ABC’s Modern Family—received her second consecutive Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination for her work on the hit comedy.


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