March 06, 2014
Latinos will become the majority in California this month in a demographic shift sure to forever alter the state politically, socially, economically, and culturally. The Latino community has been increasing exponentially in California for decades and sometime this week the scales will tilt Latino. We now make up 39% of California’s population as opposed to….
March 05, 2014
A year ago today Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez died after a long battle with cancer. The country was consumed by grief and a lot of people nearly canonized the guy in their minds. But things look very different only a year later. Riots and mass protests have rocked the country over the last few weeks….
January 10, 2014
Fidel Castro and his sweet beard recently made a rare public appearance in Havana. Contrary to initial reports, Castro the Grey was not out trying to aid his Hobbit friends in their battle against Smaug the dragon. The 87 year old former president of Cuba was attending the opening of an art studio as a….
January 07, 2014
A wicked winter storm has frozen almost the entire country, (Well, except for Hawaii). It’s still balmy there. Record low temperatures and epic blizzards are on their way. Chicago is at -10 right now. That is colder than the South pole. I know that it is summer there, but still. Even Florida is cold with….
January 02, 2014
How did you herald in 2014? You probably did something like go to a party or simply watch Sonia Sotomayor bring down the ball in Times Square. In Havana they do things differently. Thousands of Santeros gathered to ring in the new year with drumming, dancing, and some chicken sacrifices. The largest gathering was in….
December 17, 2013
I don’t know what it’s like where you are but it is friggin’ freezing where I live in New York City. What I wouldn’t give for on a cold day like today for some churros y chocolaté caliente. It’s not just for kids. Who doesn’t love fried dough and hot chocolate? The combination of these….
December 10, 2013
President Obama met Cuban dictator president Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. It’s significant because it’s the first time a sitting U.S. president has met one of the Castro brothers in the sagging liver-spotted flesh. Fidel was famously rebuffed by president Eisenhower when Castro came to Washington shortly after….
November 26, 2013
Pitbull was attacked in a flurry of racist Tweets after hosting the American Music Awards on Sunday. The reason? Because a “Mexican” shouldn’t host a show that’s supposed to be “American”. Tweets like this one from Anthonytooturnt were typical, “sorry pitbull i thought this was the american music awards not the mexican music awards.” Hmm…well,….
November 25, 2013
Jennifer Lopez honored the great Celia Cruz with a show-stopping performance at the AMA’s this Sunday. J-Lo sang some of Celia’s biggest hits including Quimbara, La Vida Es Un Carnaval, and Bemba Colorada. While J-Lo is a far cry from the Queen of Salsa, it was nice to see the American music industry pay appropriate….
November 12, 2013
Congrats to Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler for winning the 2013 Miss Universe competition. For those of you that aren’t Miss Universe enthusiasts, Venezuela is fast becoming the New York Yankees of the pageant circuit, having won three out of the last six competitions. Speaking of baseball, I’ve heard several people question why we call the championship the World….