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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

This week is the third annual Latino Conservation Week, a chance for Latinos all across the country to demonstrate their passion for enjoying and protecting public lands. Few places is that passion more evident than here in California.

A Poem About Your Lipstick

Yesika Salgado | Posted 07.14.2016 | Style
Yesika Salgado

you’re always wearing lipstick. on purpose. you like the way it colors your face. your mother only wore hers for very special occasions. the same tu...

Machismo Comes Over For Dinner

Yesika Salgado | Posted 07.08.2016 | Latino Voices
Yesika Salgado

your uncle comes over on a Wednesday night and tells you a story abouthow your youngest cousin broke up with his girlfriend for cutting her hair too s...

An Open Letter To A Gentrifying Property Developer

Yuliana Salinas | Posted 06.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Yuliana Salinas

I hope that the next time you visit, email, or call a Latino family, you have a better speech prepared. "White" people are not the only people that deserve housing, and Latinos are not at the very least deserving of your unsolicited dry speech.

When Pastors and Politicians Engage In Hate-Filled, Irresponsible Rhetoric: It Further Agitates The Flames of Perverse and Virulent Bigotry

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Trump and Jimenez aside, they are hardly alone in their disgraceful behavior. Some people do not hesitate to make pathetic excuses for people like Omar Mateen and others of his sadistic ilk for engaging in human atrocities, rationalizing the dispositions of such mentally unhinged madmen as they use the cause of ideological differences as the primary reason for such behavior.

Soledad O'Brien's #IAmLatinoInAmerica Seeks to Amplify Latino Voices

NBC Latino | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 06.08.2016 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Latino population in the United States has grown by nearly 20 million people since 2000, so it is time to amplify their voices ...

A Sublime Gem Across the Pond, Part One

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"I used to rewrite and re-stage films and television in my mind to feature my friends and me as heroes, lovers and leaders because as a Black British kid, I was doubly conscious of being Jamaican."

How Latinos are Changing Charlotte's Face

Hirania Luzardo | Posted 05.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Hirania Luzardo

It is easy to fall in love with Charlotte. Charlotte is a captivating place; a modern and a quiet urban city with a solid financial network of ban...

Combate Americas Gives Latino MMA Stars a Voice in 'La Jaula'

Dan Shapiro | Posted 04.14.2016 | Latino Voices
Dan Shapiro

It's mixed martial arts with a distinct cultural nuance. It's combat sports, funneled through the idiosyncratic lens of Latino entertainment television.

Jamal Hailey: Being a Frontline Soldier in the War on HIV is Personal, Part Three

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 03.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Jamal Hailey has his own personal stake in the war on HIV he's helping to wage: Two of his family members have succumbed to the virus. Mr. Hai...

Jamal Hailey: Being a Frontline Soldier in the War on HIV is Personal, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 03.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

I believe that stigma definitely has a role in the HIV/AIDS crisis among black Americans. There is still a lot of misinformation about who is at risk for HIV, and moral judgements about people who contract HIV.

You Guys, Austin Is Not The Home Of The Breakfast Taco

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 02.26.2016 | Taste
Mark Yzaguirre

Austin is definitely one of the top five or six best cities in Texas. But the idea that Austin has been central to the development of a cuisine that has been common in the Latino parts of Texas for decades is off-putting at best.

Lucha Underground Created its Own Pro Wrestling Format, Says Legendary Grappler Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 02.24.2016 | Sports
Pollo Del Mar

"WWE is like the Coca Cola of wrestling," declared Lucha Underground superstar Chavo Guerrero, Jr. "Everybody else is like RC Cola, a cheap knock-off. They all do it exactly like WWE does."

Lucha Underground Star Ivelisse Vélez: Treating Women Equal to Men Will Expand Pro Wrestling's Fanbase

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 02.12.2016 | Sports
Pollo Del Mar

During tenures in World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action, Ivelisse Vélez faced the top women in the squared circle. However, it is in...

Soy/Somos: We Are Many

Marlena Maduro Baraf | Posted 02.05.2016 | Latino Voices
Marlena Maduro Baraf

There are huge differences among us, but we also have much in common. And it starts with language and with being "Latino" and all that this means in this American nation.

The American Dream: Dead or Just on the Ropes?

David Rivera | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
David Rivera

The 2015 Harvard Institute of Politics "Survey Of Young Americans' Attitudes Towards Politics and Public Service" raised the question "Is the American Dream Alive"? The poll reveals that Donald Trump's supporters are less likely to answer the question positively.

Finding Myself Through Online Dating

Tatiana K. Tenreyro | Posted 01.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Tatiana K. Tenreyro

Last year was my most successful year career-wise. I wrote more pieces than I have before for multiple publications and felt confident in my writing f...

15 Blog Posts By Latinos That Got Us Talking In 2015

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 01.27.2016 | Latino Voices

Latino Voices’ contributors had a lot to say in 2015. They wrote fervently and often, engaging our on- and offline communities in riveting discourse...

Dusty Baker Excuses Racist Comment By Assuring Us It Wasn't Racist

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 12.09.2015 | Sports

A word to the wise: If you have to clarify that a remark of yours is “not racist,” it’s probably safer to simply steer clear of that comment in ...

Using Football to Teach Character

Anthony Muñoz | Posted 10.30.2015 | Sports
Anthony Muñoz

Football provides an unmistakable opportunity to teach a captive audience of young people about character. It's a rare opening and we feel very strongly that it shouldn't be wasted. So we use the game as a hook to teach kids that strength of character is an essential ethic for a successful life.

Latino Voters Are Making History in Yakima, Washington

ACLU of Washington | Posted 10.28.2015 | Latino Voices
ACLU of Washington

Around the nation, voting rights for people of color are under attack. But in central Washington, an historic advance for Latino voters is taking place in the wake of a legal victory by the ACLU.

Casualties of the War on Drugs

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices
Donna A. Patterson

It remains to be seen if these continuing changes, like the drug policies currently in American existence, will help some and hurt others, or if all citizens will benefit as communities across the country stop waging a war against those who've used drugs.

What's the Place of Women in the Boys and Men of Color Conversation?

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

With respect to programs serving boys and men of color, our perspective of collective inclusion does not negate the importance of exposing our youth to mentors, tutors, and role models who are males of color or men in general. However, doing so should not inhibit women from leading.

Has 'Black Lives Matter' Been Hijacked?

David Rivera | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices
David Rivera

There is an organized effort by conservative elements and police departments to portray the peaceful non-violent movement as having been hijacked by cop killers. For those of us who have been around long enough there is nothing new with this approach. It is called divide and conquer.

An Open Letter to Teachers as National Hispanic Heritage Month Ends

Chanté Griffin | Posted 10.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Chanté Griffin

Dear Teachers, As you know, Hispanic Heritage Month just ended. If you are like me, you spent hours researching how to showcase the contributions of Latino Americans in your curriculum. You Googled. You read. You spoke with your local librarian. It took a lot of time, but you didn't mind because it was worth it. But now, the month is over and you can go back to your normal lessons???