What is SXSW doing for Latinos this year?

My first assignment for NBCNews.com was a great one -- write about what SXSW is doing to attract more Latinos to the festival. Gotta say, one of my favorite freelance assignments so far.So, what are they doing for Latinos this year? Lots with lots more planned in the future.  The festival, essentially, put all their Latino … Continue reading What is SXSW doing for Latinos this year?

Afro Latinos connecting through the Internet

This week, my latest commentary was published in The Guardian and boy did I open up a can of worms today. As of right now (about 1:30 p.m central) there is more than 129 comments on my commentary. I haven't read the comments yet but friends have said it's pretty vicious. Frankly, I expect no … Continue reading Afro Latinos connecting through the Internet

What do the new 30s look like?

There's something about being on the later side of your 30s that makes you re-evaluate every decision you've ever made. That's when you think... "What the heck am I doing?" That's when that sudden feeling that those plans you made in your 20s, when everything was bright and new and shiny, has, indeed, been just … Continue reading What do the new 30s look like?

PUBLISHED: Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

As usual, I'm really bad at telling people when stuff like this happens. You would think as a communicator, I'd be better. My Twitter and Facebook followers got a good dose of this yesterday, though. And of course those on the email newsletter list were among the first to know.  Huffington Post's Latino Voices published … Continue reading PUBLISHED: Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

The myth of the Latina bombshell

I don't look like Sofia Vergara. Guess what? Neither does Sofia Vergara. J- Lo, Shakria, and even Katie del Castillo don't look like what you've seen on TV. These are Latinas whose images we are bombarded with as standards or definitions of what Latinas should be. Sorry to tell you this but  this is all … Continue reading The myth of the Latina bombshell

Why I became a writer

Despite it all, I always had my stories. I could say that I didn't have a great childhood but I'd be lying. It was great and in retrospect, I didn't know that growing up in east Harris County in the 1980s was anything but ideal. I do remember, however, being chastised for being different. Different … Continue reading Why I became a writer

An open letter to Jakiyah McKoy and the little black Latinas

Note: This open letter is in response to the backlash of a little afro latina girl winning a pageant.   The pageant was for Miss Little Hispanic Delaware. The reason for the backlash? She's black. Here's more about this story.  Dear Jakiyah, Congratulations on winning Little Miss Hispanic Delaware! Despite what came after your win, know … Continue reading An open letter to Jakiyah McKoy and the little black Latinas

3 things I learned at Latism

What a difference a year makes! This week, the group Latism (Latinos in Technology and Social Media) will have its annual conference in New York. I am filled with unspeakable rage sadness that I couldn't attend the festivities this year. I attended last year's event in Houston and let me tell you, this was an … Continue reading 3 things I learned at Latism

Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

The conversation was one I didn’t know would happen but I’ve had before. After Paula Deen was unceremoniously booted from the Food Network today, I get a tweet from a friend about the incident. Essentially part of the conversation went like this: She: what did you expect from someone from the South. Me: But I’m … Continue reading Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

What is a Latino(a)?

Which one is Latino?Now that's an interesting question, isn't it? And it's interesting that this question is being brought up as Pope Francis has been named the head of the Catholic church. The son of Italian immigrants, is he Latino? What makes one Latino?In a perfect world, this would not be a valid question. Does anyone … Continue reading What is a Latino(a)?