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7 (More) Spanish Words That Have No Direct English Translation

(39) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Being able to speak more than one language opens people up to an array of amazing experiences. Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the United States. And for those who speak both English and Spanish, it can sometimes be a frustrating process when you...

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A Look Back At The Lack Of Latinos In Oscar History

(28) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Latinos' history with Hollywood has been a rocky one. From the lack of roles to the stereotypical portrayal of Latino characters, it's no wonder that their representation at the Academy Awards has been minimal.

The recent Oscar nominations resurfaced Hollywood's diversity issues when The Academy...

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12 Things You Should Never Do While Dating A Latina, As Illustrated By Aubrey Plaza

(294) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 9:55 AM

It's Valentine's Day!

It's a day to celebrate love and that special person you're sharing your life with. Or that special person your friends set you up on a blind date with. Either way, if she's Latina there are a couple of things you might want to avoid doing,...

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11 Things Every Spanish Speaker Deals With At The Office

(84) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 6:28 AM

Speaking more than one language is great. But sometimes, when you're the only Spanish speaker at work, things can get, well... annoying.

Even though it's mostly awesome, here's some things that every Spanish speaker goes through in their non-Spanish speaking office:

1. When a co-worker asks for a quick...

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Rihanna's Grammy Dress Made Every Quinceañera Jealous

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Rihanna's quinceañera game was on point during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The singer received plenty of attention on Twitter thanks to the bright pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown she donned on the red carpet. It seems a lot of...

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Why You Should Consider A Trip To Cuba, Even If It's Kind Of Prohibited

(26) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:02 AM

President Barack Obama and Cuban head of state Raúl Castro announced in December they would take steps to restore diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. The U.S. eased travel restrictions somewhat, though the embargo has yet to be lifted and outright tourism remains forbidden.


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This Map Shows Latin American Women Rule Miss Universe

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:01 PM

It's no secret Latin American women are beautiful.

On Sunday, Miss Colombia won the Miss Universe title for the first time in over 50 years. The gorgeous Paulina Vega was facing some tough competition, especially from first runner-up and Miss USA Nia Sanchez. But the South American...

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Al Madrigal's New Special 'Half Like Me' Is What Latinos Have Been Waiting For

(15) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Al Madrigal goes on a journey of self-discovery... starting with how to pronounce his own name.

In his new one-hour special “Half Like Me,” premiering on Fusion on January 22, The Daily Show’s senior Latino correspondent travels across the U.S. to discover what it means to be half...

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The Hilarious Struggles That Only Bilingual People Understand

(35) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 3:06 PM

Speaking more than one language brings many benefits. It's easier to travel, your brain stays sharp and it even helps the decision-making process. Recent studies have also shown that bilingual children are, in fact, smarter.

Researchers in Singapore tested the cognitive abilities of...

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5 Ways 'Jane The Virgin' Is Breaking New Ground

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 8:28 AM

When The CW announced it would be airing "Jane The Virgin," a show about a pregnant 23-year-old who'd never had sex, some were skeptical. Yet nine episodes into the show, based on a Venezuelan telenovela, it has proved to be one of the most acclaimed new series this...

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Latin American Leaders Cheer Historic Opening Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Leaders across Latin America from both the right and the left cheered on the historic steps taken by the governments of the United States and Cuba to thaw their long-frozen relations.

The jailing of U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross since 2009 had long stood as the...

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Shakira And Other Latino-Pop Classics Get A Funky Twist On 'Musica Moderna'

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:06 PM

Classic Latin pop songs get a funky new twist on "Musica Moderna," the new album by Orquesta Discotheque, an ambitious musical project spearheaded by the Venezuelan guitarist José Luis Pardo.

Pardo felt that a lot of well-known Latin songs, from Shakira’s "Buscando Un Poco De Amor"...

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6 Things You Didn't Know About Chespirito

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Roberto Gómez Bolaños, better known as Chespirito, was a well-rounded entertainer. The comedian, writer, actor and director passed away on Friday in Cancún, Mexico. He was known for creating and starring in hit shows like "El Chavo del Ocho" and "El Chapulín Colorado."

Here are some facts you might not...

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Why Jon Stewart Cast A Mexican Actor To Play An Iranian In 'Rosewater'

(12) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Jon Stewart stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to talk about his directorial debut, "Rosewater," and his choice to cast a Mexican star as the film's Iranian lead character.

"Rosewater" tells the story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian reporter who was detained, interrogated and tortured...

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Castle Recap: The Long-Awaited Wedding Is Finally Here

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 10:05 AM

"Castle" fans FINALLY got to hear wedding bells on Monday's episode "The Time Of Our Lives."

The sixth episode of the seventh season was all about what Castle and Beckett's lives would be like if they'd never met each other. The frightening experience made Castle realize he wanted to marry...

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'Castle' Recap: NYPD Takes On The Internet In 'Meme Is Murder'

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Castle faces the power of the internet in the fifth episode of the seventh season “Meme is Murder.”

The latest episode of "Castle" is all about cybercrime and the “warm embrace of technology.” When web-celeb Abby Smith is murdered in her apartment, Castle and Beckett find themselves thrust into a...

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Castle's Childish Ways Help Solve A Murder In 'Child's Play'

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Castle finally gets to use his inner child to help solve a case.

In “Child’s Play,” the fourth episode of the seventh season of “Castle,” the mystery writer’s childlike tendencies finally come in handy when having to deal with a lively class of second graders.

When a young man...

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What A Film About The Day Of The Dead Can Teach Kids About Living

(8) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:27 AM

"The Book Of Life" is all about the Day of the Dead but it will make audiences feel very alive.

The animated film tells the story of Maria, Joaquin and Manolo, three young friends who become the victims of a divine wager between La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), ruler of...

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Why Not Knowing Spanish Can Be Hilarious

(8) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Pronunciation is everything.

Every Spanish speaker knows how much fun it is to get their non-Spanish speaking friends to try and roll their "Rs." It's basically impossible for them and usually results in a laughing fit for everyone involved.

Like most languages, if you don't speak it, figuring out...

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Castle Recap: Caskett Battles An Invisible Murderer In 'Clear And Present Danger'

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:29 PM

“Clear And Present Danger,” the third episode of the seventh season of “Castle,” was all about things we couldn't see, from invisible men to missing plot lines about Castle's disappearance. But even though this episode didn't touch on the subject that's been the major plot point of this season, it...

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