There is a great deal of racism and colorism within Hispanic enclaves that goes unnoticed, unreported, and kept in obscurity by other Hispanics who happen to be white (and some POC, too). Why do you think some of us have to start our own platforms to speak about these things?
As most of us prepare to gather with family, sharing meals and good times, we as a nation should look at how we value families and support the efforts made within families to provide for future generations.
Villegas's fame will help her with many of these basic necessities, but she is sure to experience some of the judgment I experienced for her decision to become a young parent. I hope she knows how important it is that she push back on this stigma.
As a natural-born goal-setter, I look forward to this time of the year. I go into reflecting mode, brainstorming and identifying what I want to shape, influence and impact next year. I love the act of declaration and believe it is a great way to unleash personal power and foster growth.
Xenophobia has no end. There will always be a scapegoat. Today, that scapegoat may be Muslims and Syrian refugees. Yesterday, it was Mexican migrants. Tomorrow, it might be undocumented immigrants from Latin America. It's only a matter of time before the rhetoric mutates and turns back on us again.
My dad understood early on that having a union job was important. Even with little pay, he had benefits -- especially health insurance -- that made our lives stable, kept us out of debt, and minimized our stress.
New polling released by impreMedia and Latino Decisions finds that the GOP's image among Latino voters has significantly deteriorated since 2012. The poll reports that statements by GOP frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson are negatively impacting the overall GOP brand.
In the United States, the immigrant story is part of the blueprint of our country. It disheartens me to see my community or any other culture under attack. Some presidential candidates do not seem to care that by promoting negative stereotypes, they are alienating one of the biggest voting blocs in America.
Cuba has been on a lot of minds lately. Especially mine. I have frequented the island four times, and have seen the "stuck in time" tourism spiel and more importantly, the day to day life of Cubans. "No es facil." A phrase, I have heard on many lips on every trip. I have seen new interest catapulting many to the island, as well as old interests, re-imagined, with the relaxed U.S. restrictions.
Democratic candidates are taking the higher road from Republican candidates, steering clear of immigrant bashing. But they are still myopically one-note, promoting immigration as the sole Latino issue and are essentially tone-deaf to other concerns of this growing, diverse population.
My mother taught me how to be like her. Strong. Independent. Someone who doesn't need anyone for anything. I was taught these things. As a man. My mother took the "traditional" Latin culture and turned it on its head.
Conservatives and their policies (or obstruction of) have been tremendously destructive to the African-American and Latino community. But have neoliberals been any better for us?
Now former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe -- in a moment of rare candor for someone who just fired himself -- admitted what has been probably one of the worst-kept secrets at American colleges. His words: "Racism does exist at our university, and it is unacceptable."
All photographs by Fabiola Chesnut, a native of Morelia, Michoacan, and Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Vir...
Throughout the National Football League's 95-year history, only a handful of Latinos have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Adding two more this year alone would be a remarkable accomplishment.
Climate change is hitting Latino communities especially hard in the West and Southwest, where hotter days, more intense and frequent heat waves and droughts, and worsening seasonal air quality are affecting areas that already have some of the worst air pollution in the country.