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Victor Cruz Tells Teens In New Book, 'Out Of The Blue', 'If I Can Make It Out Of There, You Can Too'

(33) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 7:20 AM

Famous for his post-touchdown salsa moves, New York Giant Victor Cruz took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to us about why he wrote his memoir, what it is was like to grow up in New Jersey, and how he hopes to pass on traditions to...

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'Ballplayer: Pelotero,' Documentary Tells The Story Of Baseball Scouting In The Dominican Republic (VIDEO)

(22) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 2:23 PM

Baseball is an American tradition, but over the years, Dominicans have started to claim the sport as their own, and rightly so, as more and more players have been recruited from the small island. Twenty percent of professional baseball players in the United States, in the minor and major leagues...

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Jorge Narvaez: The Story Behind The Most Famous Single Dad On YouTube (EXCLUSIVE)

(12) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 9:17 AM

In 2010, Jorge Narvaez picked up his guitar and sang a song with his then 6-year-old daughter, Alexa, and shared their cover of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero's "Home" with the world on YouTube. Three weeks later, they had millions of views and became the new kind of famous...

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Mother's Day: Nannies Seek Recognition For Their Hard Work In Raising Children And Contributing To Households

(21) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 8:38 AM

No one can do it all, especially working mothers.

Nannies are becoming more essential to the economy and an integral part of nuclear, functioning families as the American economy demands more and more two-income households. In thousands of U.S. homes, nannies are working long hours for little pay, held...

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Cinco De Mayo 2012: How Mexico Feels About America's Cinco De Mayo

(96) Comments | Posted May 5, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Before you buy your plane ticket to Mexico to get the real Cinco de Mayo experience, make sure you don’t go looking for an American-style Mexican St. Patrick’s Day, full of cerveza, bar hopping and, yes, sombreros.

Like visiting Germany for Oktoberfest, traveling to Mexico to celebrate Cinco de...

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Caine's Arcade: 9-Year-Old Boy Builds His Own Cardboard Arcade (VIDEO)

(66) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 8:43 AM

Meet Caine Monroy. He is nine years old and he spent his summer break last year meticulously building a makeshift arcade—appropriately named "Caine’s Arcade"— made out of cardboard boxes in his dad’s auto part store.

Smart Parts Aftermarket is located in an industrial part of East Los Angeles, and...

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Clemente Course Inspires Teen Moms To Continue Education With Dante And Shakespeare

(7) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Teen mothers are getting a taste of the prep school experience, replete with studying the classics from Dante to Shakespeare, through an innovative program in Massachusetts.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities is a free 28-week, three-credit college course encompassing philosophy, art history, literature, writing and...

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Joseph Maturo, East Haven Mayor Says 'I Might Have Tacos For Dinner' In Response To Police Arrests For Harassing Latinos (VIDEO)

(3036) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 9:33 AM

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo is facing heavy criticism for controversial comments made after four police officers were charged for using excessive force against undocumented immigrants and covering up abuses.

In a broadcast interview, New York City-based WPIX reporter Mario Diaz asked Maturo: "What are you going to...

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Demián Bichir: Mexican Actor Nominated For An Academy Award For Best Actor In 'A Better Life' (VIDEO)

(190) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 1:43 PM

Mexican actor Demian Bichir, who was nominated Tuesday morning for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his role as a Mexican day laborer in the film "A Better Life," has dedicated his nomination to the millions of undocumented immigrants in the nation.

The drama portrays the life...

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The Undocumented Migration Project: University Of Michigan Researcher Documents Belongings Left Behind While Crossing The Border (VIDEO)

(1913) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Not many people consider the human side of immigration, let alone take the time to document the belongings of those left behind by the migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Worn sneakers, dirty backpacks and empty water bottles fill the Sonoran desert. Each object tells a story of struggle, hope...

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U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement Launches Hotline For Detained Undocumented Immigrants

(68) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 6:32 PM

At a time when states such as Alabama and Arizona push for tougher immigration laws, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a hotline for detainees who "may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime."

ICE wants to "ensure that individuals being...

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Marcela Valladolid, Chef Of The Week, Celebrates Her Mexican And American Heritage (RECIPE)

(25) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 10:15 AM

Chef Marcela Valladolid says she was fortunate to have been exposed to both her Mexican and American heritage early on in her life. She was born in San Diego and grew up in Tijuana, crossing the border each day to go to school. Her two cultures would later serve as...

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Michele Bachmann: Undocumented 'Can Be' Dragged On Buses Before Their Crying Children (VIDEO)

(2441) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 12:50 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has no problem "dragging undocumented immigrants onto buses" in front of their crying children. "It can be done," she told Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor."

Bachmann doesn't appear concerned that families are being torn apart with devastating consequences to U.S.-citizen children....

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Children Of Immigrants Ask For Halt To Deportation That Splits Families

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Some children didn't write to Santa with their most heartfelt wish this holiday season. Instead, more than 5,000 sent letters to the nation's political leaders, asking them to stop a wave of deportations that is tearing immigrant families apart.

On Thursday, dozens of children brought the letters to...

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Children Of Immigrants Ask For Halt To Deportation That Splits Families

(517) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Some children didn't write to Santa with their most heartfelt wish this holiday season. Instead, more than 5,000 sent letters to the nation's political leaders, asking them to stop a wave of deportations that is tearing immigrant families apart.

On Thursday, dozens of children brought the letters to...

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Eva Longoria Fires Off At Newt Gingrich On Twitter

(3519) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 11:48 AM

Eva Longoria has turned to Twitter to criticize GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's controversial proposal to use children as janitors, writing: "@newtgingrich you clearly know little about the Latina community, Latina entrepreneurs who start businesses at 6 times the national average." The Hill reported.

Last Thursday, Gingrich...

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Carlos Mencia Attempts Comeback On Comedy Central With New Style

(314) Comments | Posted December 3, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Tomorrow night, Comedy Central will broadcast Carlos Mencia's new one-hour special, "New Territory." And everyone is asking, “Has he stopped stealing jokes?"

It's impossible to talk about Carlos Mencia without mentioning "joke theft." Last year, Marc Maron confronted Mencia on the allegations on his podcast "WTF." Maron also...

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Ingrid Hoffmann: Chef Of The Week (VIDEO)

(18) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 7:26 AM

Ingrid Hoffmann calls herself a professional eater. (Aren't we all?) But her English and Spanish-speaking fans like to refer to her as Chef Ingrid Hoffmann on her weekly one-hour lifestyle cooking show, "Delicioso."

Hoffmann was raised in Colombia and the Netherlands, and later moved to Miami, where...

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Aaron Sanchez, Chef Of The Week (RECIPE)

(7) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 12:50 AM

Mexican-American chef Aaron Sanchez is not new to the food scene. It's very likely that you have seen him, well, everywhere.

Ten years have passed since he opened his first restaurant, the pan-Latin-inspired Paladar, with Eamon Furlong on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The acclaimed chef...

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Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit And Arrested During Police Raid At Zuccotti Park

(398) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 8:01 AM

UPDATE: 4:39 PM - 11/16/2011 -

At a press conference Wednesday, Rodriguez addressed what happened for the first time. He said he tried to identify himself as police officers pushed him back with batons.

"They kept pushing," Rodriguez said. 'The force was so strong when they were pushing...

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