When I was 12, I visited Cuba for the first time. This mysterious place that was so close and yet so far. I was going to meet my family for the first time. And it was the first experience that opened the door to truly understanding what my mother had been saying all those years.
October 15th will mark the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, but as we reflect on Latino communities' history of resilience in the face of injustice, we must also recognize the mounting challenges that still lay ahead.
A reminder that as Hispanic Heritage Month ends: cultural relevance and inclusion are imperative to our nation's youth 365 days a year.
The sound of the Mexican guitar is probably the most comforting to me. More than a prop in an Antonio Banderas movie and not just for it's presence in a marisco spot on a weekend out, with a plate of ceviche in front of me and a Michelada in one hand, as I sing along to El Rey (good times lol). No, the sound of the Mexican guitar is home, it's family, it's my dad serenading my mom while strumming his fingers on its cords. It's also my youngest memory of embarrassment. Let me explain.
There is value to accent-reduction classes for immigrants, because it allows them to better communicate in the U.S. But for those of us who are understood, American-born and still have an accent, accent-reduction classes shouldn't be something we need in order to gain better employment.
I wish someone would've told me that I didn't have to lose my essence to make my mark. I would've told my 14-year-old self during that time that the sound of my voice was beautiful and needed! And that I would be asked time and time again in my professional acting career to use a Spanish accent at every audition.
Diversity committees, rather than giving people a seat at the table and promoting dialogue put folks at a separate one. To champion diversity it needs to be a strategic priority for those at the top.
Here we are right smack in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a period of about 30 days which the U.S. sets aside to recognize the contrib...
Interested in learning more about the Mayan empire? Or maybe the Aztecs? Want to increase your vocabulary in Spanish? Explore the language, culture and history of Latino people and places with these top-rated picks and programs for every age.
Being a homemaker is not something you could go to school for or get a degree in. It is something that you learn at home and witness everyday. It is a gift that comes naturally from the heart of these women. A passion. It is instilled in you purely from growing up around a great one.
Today, 54 million Hispanics and Latinos live in the United States, and Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the country. But less than one-percent of all national historic landmarks and only roughly 4 percent of all national park units are dedicated to the Latino community.
I read something recently that made me catch my breath. It said that 90% of cancers are preventable. Crazy, right? It's Hispanic Heritage Month and I am part of a team of people at MomsRising.org that works at bringing awareness to health topics.
When learning a second language, it's important to hear, read, and speak it as often as possible. If you can, visit a Spanish-speaking country to immerse your whole family in the language and culture. Here are some tips to support you and your kids as you navigate the experience of living between two languages and cultures.
I learned that day that cleaning, cooking, looking pretty, and taking care of babies were the major tasks associated with womanhood in my family and as the eldest girl I was expected to comply without question or complaint.
The summer before senior year of high school, I would come home to find out my father had been detained, which eventuated in his deportation. I was devastated. However, I did not let this deter my academic pursuits.
As a united nation we must accept, as often as it takes us to make it stick, that we are a country of diversity. Our racial and ethnic identities, along with our passionately American identities, are deeply united and this unity is what our country was built upon. We must be ethical first.