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The Weekender – Voices of Sao Paulo

“The Weekender” is our new feature where every weekend we hope to highlight a short film, movie or documentary pertaining to the Americas. For over a century, the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo has grown and become highly diverse due to its constantly growing immigrant population. Show More Summary

Peru: Fifty-Six Femicides in 2014

Peru officially added femicides to the country's penal code in 2011. Ciudad Juarez in Mexico is usually associated with the gender-based murders of women yet femicides are a problem throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Such is...Show More Summary

What Does LATISM Really Stand For? or How to Neutralize a Movement to the Sound of Cheers

ON THE SURFACE, it would appear that LATISM is just another of the thousands of “grass-roots” start-ups trying to find its niche in American society but a deeper look is necessary for those who care for our culture and community's health.

Daily Headlines: June 2, 2014

Spain: King Juan Carlos I of Spain will abdicated his throne after nearly four decades that included numerous accomplishments like promoting better political, economic and cultural ties with the Latin America. Colombia: 2013 Tour deShow More Summary

Shakira and Activia Partner to Promote Lego and a Brand of Mexican Milk

Call me crazy, but I believe Shakira’s latest World Cup video does little to beat the drum for sponsor Activia, a Dannon Company. Instead, La La La (Brazil 2014) sounds like the perfect song to sell products from this Mexican food giant…. or even these other guys…. Watch … Continue reading ?

MSNBC apologizes over offensive Cinco de Mayo segment

You may have heard that MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” program embarrassed itself with a Cinco de Mayo segment showing a guy with a sombrero downing a tequila. They invited viewers to a tequila drinking game. Really? It wasn’t funny and MSNBC apologized. Show More Summary

Daily Headlines: February 17, 2014

Argentina: Emiliano Lasalvia won a World Press Photo award in the Sports category for his image of a polo player falling underneath his horse. Latin America: Mexico City could become the latest Latin American area to decriminalize marijuana use while the Colombian government and FARC guerrilla might soon reach an agreement on drug trafficking. Show More Summary

These Guys are not Screwed, They are Screwed Up

I don’t really know what’s worse: If watching a video of Tim Donnelly pledging to put a goddam gun in every goddam American home, or witnessing the pathetic, supposedly funny translation by María Conchita Alonso while clutching a pet named Tequila … Continue reading ?

Appropriately, my Book Is Featured on Cheesy ‘Latin’ Video

I don’t mean to brag, but you know? I wrote a book. Yes, a physical thing made of paper and ink, which was actually sold in Amazon.com and all, making it –at some point– to the New York Times list of The … Continue reading ?

De Musica Ligera: Remembering Kirsty MacColl

On December 18, 2000, English singer–songwriter Kirsty MacColl died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing with her family in Mexico. While scuba diving off the coast of Cozumel with her two sons, MacColl was hit and killed by a speedboat that entered illegally into a swimming-only area. Show More Summary

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 17 days 'til Christmas

Happy Holydays! That's the greeting from Panadería del Refugio at 1339 W. 18th St. in Pilsen. Their specialty is pan de Acámbaro, or sweet bread recipe from Acámbaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. Enjoy a sweet treat there or at any of the panaderías on 18th Street this holiday season.

Daft Punk Comes Out of Mexican Closet… At Last!

Please don’t pretend you don’t know Daft Punk’s Lucky is a song about Uruapan and Mexican Lucky stuff. This is clear from the French duo’s very Mexican lyrics. Like the legend of the Phoenix, All ends with beginnings. What keeps the … Continue reading ?

Today’s Video: Drive for Five

Over the next few days we’ll look at several memorable World Cup (WC) qualifying matches involving teams from around the Americas.Argentina and Colombia are on the cusp of earning automatic spots in next year’s WC that will be held in Brazil. Show More Summary

Mexico, Brazil Seek Answers Over U.S. Spying Claims

The governments of Mexico and Brazil are each looking for answers from U.S. officials over new allegations of intelligence surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA).The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, was summonedShow More Summary

Frost/Allende

Veteran British journalist, satirist and broadcaster David Frost passed away on Saturday at the age of 74.As part of a career that spanned over half a century, Frost conduced hundreds of interviews of heads of government, famous celebrities and other public figures. Show More Summary

Own Goal Downs Snakebitten Peruvian Soccer Team

Peru's Union Comercio could be described as Latin America’s unluckiest soccer team after going through a comedy of errors in their three league matches this month.First there was the blunder committed earlier this month by goalkeeper Juan Flores against Sporting Cristal. Show More Summary

Remembering Jaime Garzon

The following post reflecting on the assassination of Colombian comedian and satirist Jaime Garzon was first published on August 15, 2011.We are reprinting it today since it's the fourteenth anniversary of Garzon's untimely death.Imagine the public reaction in the U.S. Show More Summary

Senate OKs Sweeping Immigration Reform Plan

By a 68-32 vote the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill that aims to strengthen border security while also potentially benefiting scores of undocumented migrants. “Yes we can!” chanted several of the dozens of pro-immigration activists in the gallery of the Senate after Vice President Joe Biden read the results of the vote. Show More Summary

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