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Laura Steiner

Entries by Laura Steiner

Ode to New York

(6) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 5:19 PM

To the city you're always yearning,

New York is tackiness on the gravel of the meatpacking district, it's cool kidz on Bedford, it's yuppie parents in Prospect Park, it's characters out of Woody Allen's imagination in the Upper West Side, it's Dominicans in Washington Heights, it's Hasidic Jews in...

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Health Concerns Raise Question As To Whether He Will Ever Write Again

(17) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 8:49 AM

"Cien años de soledad" ("One Hundred Years Of Solitude") took us to beautifully imaginary places where extraordinary things happened. In a tangled series of non-linear events, Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicled the multi-generational story of the Buendia family, where each family member's name was a tangled variation of another's. There was...

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Oxnard School District Bans Racially Charged Word To Combat Bullying Against Mexican Indigenous People

(617) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Last week the Oxnard School District, located in Oxnard city in Southern California, banned the use of the term ‘Oaxaquita’, the LA Times reported. ‘Oaxaquita’ is a derogatory term used to refer to indigenous people from Mexico’s Oaxaca state.

Oxnard, located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles,...

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Gothic Lolita Fashion Makes Its Way From Japan To Mexico (PHOTOS)

(247) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Girls donning frilly tops, bell-shaped skirts, knee-high socks and rocking horse shoes appear in the photos of the Facebook page of the group "Lolitas Paradise." The group site is a meeting point for Mexican girls who are are interested in the fashion subculture of Gothic Lolitas which has...

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Victoria Cruz, Latina Transgender, Given Award From Justice Department For Her Work With Abuse Victims

(15) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:45 AM

The Justice Department's National Crime Victim Service Award honors individuals and programs that provide services to victims of crime. Many of the service providers were at one time victims themselves.

Such is the case of Victoria Cruz, a transgender activist and counselor for domestic abuse, who was a recipient...

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Earth Day: Daily Celebration For Ancient Indigenous Civilizations In Latin America

(18) Comments | Posted April 22, 2012 | 11:40 AM

While today we must actually take a day off to celebrate the Earth, in Latin America, for thousand of years, indigenous communities had a relationship with their environment in which they continually-- through different farming practices and religious rituals-- celebrated earth every day.

These ancient indigenous civilizations practice nature-based...

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Fernando Botero: Colombian Artist Turns 80 And Has No Plans To Retire (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 7:40 AM

Fernando Botero says he's never painted a fat person in his life. According to El Maestro, as he is often referred to, the volume and exaggerated sizes in his art work are but a mere glorification of sensuality and life.

The overplayed proportions of his art work--which...

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Iliana Guadalupe Perez Published A How-To Guide For Undocumented Students Looking For Work After College

(68) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 12:44 PM

After undocumented immigrants complete college, leaving school often means facing a long line of closed doors. Despite having a university degree, the lack of legal status blocks many job possibilities.

Iliana Guadalupe Perez, an undocumented immigrant and California Ph.D candidate, provides an option to address this. Perez is the author...

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Boy Scout Troop Patch Depicts 'Fleeing Immigrants' And Causes Controversy

(342) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:15 PM

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m., 4/9--

After last week's controversial debate surrounding a Boy Scout's patch, Latino Rebels reported that they met with the Troop 11 community in Milwaukee. Christine Nuemann Ortiz from Voces De La Frontera also attended the meeting and explained the image's history and it's meaning....

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'Sesame Street' Aims To Accurately Portray Latino Culture

(19) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Looks like Elmo and his fellow muppets may be learning more about Latino culture as "Sesame Street" producers reach out to a broader Latino audience.

Jamie Naidoo, an assistant professor at University of Alabama's School of Library and Information Studies, who's research focuses on the representation of minority populations...

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10 Alternative Spring Break Trips In Latin America And The Caribbean (PHOTOS)

(18) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 8:12 AM

While we've seen that Spring Break in Mexico does not necessarily mean you need to be trapped in the all-inclusive drunken world of Cancun, perhaps a week in Mexico is starting to feel overdone. Maybe it's time for something more adventurous or perhaps go explore a new culture....

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8 Things That Suck About Spring Breakers In Cancun, According To Mexicans (PHOTOS)

(223) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 7:45 AM

Spring Breakers all around the country are getting ready to hit up the Mexican beaches. Cancun is the number one destination for 2012 spring break, according to the LA Times, which recently published a list of STA Travel's most-booked destinations for 2012.

While Spring Breakers...

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Frida Kahlo's Private Photos Give New Insight Into The Painter's Personal Life (PHOTOS)

(106) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Frida Kahlo is best known for her painted self-portraits, but an exhibit titled "Frida Kahlo: Her Photos", which showcases photographs from the artist's private collection, provides us with a new insight into Kahlo's private life.

The collection includes over 6,500 pictures which were kept private for over 50 years...

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MAS Program Banned: Request To Reinstate Mexican American Studies Program In Tucson Denied

(225) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 2:46 PM

Back in January hundreds of students walked out to the streets of downtown Tucson to protest against the cancellation of the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program at the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).

A request filed last month by the Mexican American Legal Defense and...

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Gabriel García Márquez: Celebrating One Of The Most Important Contemporary Latin American Authors

(27) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 7:43 PM

Gerald Martin's task of chronicling Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez’s life wasn't easy. Despite being a public figure, the most read author still alive is zealous about protecting his private life.

“We all have three lives: the public one, the private one and the secret one,”...

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'Librotraficante' Movement To Open 'Underground Libraries' Following Alleged Book Banning

(60) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 8:58 AM

An 'underground library' movement is starting to develop in Houston, San Antonio, Albuquerque and Tucson as part of the 'Librotraficante Caravan' , a convoy instigated by the alleged banning of books from Mexican-American Studies (MAS) programs by the Tuscon Unified School District (TUSD) earlier this year.


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National Margarita Day (RECIPES)

(40) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 2:16 PM

Today is National Margarita Day-- one of those completely made up and unnecessary holidays that you can't help but love-- and we have the best Margarita recipes for you right here.

The good news, of course, is that you won't have to wait until "Cinco de Mayo" to drink...

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Alejandra Ramos, Chef And Culinary Concierge, Teaches Cooking 'As A Party' (RECIPE)

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Class is in session. The guests mingle over a glass of wine and some appetizers. The ingredients and food produce -- all carefully picked to assure the best quality -- are set up for the cooking to begin. The menu is a seven-course meal, with a series of tasty appetizers,...

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Sam Talbot, Chef Of The Week, Whips Up Healthy Food With A Latino Twist (RECIPE)

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 11:19 AM

The day chef Sam Talbot was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, his mother, in a symbolic act, took him to 'Friendly's,' where he feasted on ice cream sundaes.

"This is the last time you will do this," he was told.


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'Librotraficante' Caravan Set To Smuggle Books Back Into Arizona Following Ethnic Studies Ban

(664) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 9:14 AM

A caravan of cars, full of activists and writers will be heading soon from Houston, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona.

It's cargo: books that were allegedly banned from the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The event, called 'Librotraficante' --which translates from Spanish to 'BookTrafficker'-- is set to take place between...

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