Is there any science behind our abuela’s natural remedies?

According to Silvia Casabianca, yes! Some natural home remedies like lemon (for colds and sore throats), castor oil (for constipation) and garlic (for antibacterial purposes) do actually have health benefits.

But we shouldn’t be too surprised, abuelita always knew best!

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Social Media, Comedy Have The Power To Change The World

Comedian and author of “How to be Black” Baratunde Thurston gave a keynote speech to a packed crowd at South By Southwest Interactive Saturday afternoon. The gist of his speech was, essentially, that social media and satire/comedy have the power to change the world.

Thurston started his speech by talking about his family members, how former slaves and pioneering women affected his life with their experiences. Then he tied his experiences growing up with this family in an environment which he likened to “The Wire” to his outlook on his work.

He often had the audience in stitches with his self-satirical comedy, noting that he lived “The Wire” in 3D and that “we had everything ‘The Wire’ had except undying universal acclaim and white people who loved it.” Nonetheless, he spoke about how his satirical work at The Onion had inspired people from all over the world, and the effects of it in the U.S.

A large part of his presentation consisted of examples from around the world where satirical comedy — a la “The Daily Show” or cartoons — served as the only outlet for inconvenient truths. Specifically, Thurston noted that China, Egypt, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Iran were places where comedians were pushing the envelope and “revealing important truths mainstream outlets cannot.”

“We look to institutions for trust and they often come up short,” he said. “The media? They’re too busy talking about the state of the media. Comedians are willing to speak the truth.”

You can almost measure the freedom of a society by its tolerance for satirists, he told the audience, and with comedy and social media, everyone who creates content online is creating a revolutionary tool. There’s a need in society of satire, he said, and ultimately this allows us all to participate in the “upgrading of our own humanity.”

Source: Sara Inez Calderon, NewsTaco

Diego Luna Will Join Cast of ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ in Lead Role

*We know there are a lot of Star Wars fans among our Taquistas. We know there are plenty of Diego Luna fans as well. You now have something in common, besides NewsTaco, of course. VL

By Matt Barbot, Remezcla

In a bit of news no one was expecting, Diego Luna is reportedly in talks to take a lead role in an upcoming Star Warsfilm. It’s not one of Episodes VII, VIII, or IX, but rather the first of Disney’s “Star Wars Anthologies” series, Star Wars spin-off films aimed at creating a larger integrated film universe, a la Marvel. This movie will be called Star Wars: Rogue One, calling to mind dogfight callsigns, and will reportedly tell the story of how the Rebels found the Death Star plans. No word yet on who Diego Luna plays, but as long as he’s not just doing motion capture for a CGI creature (they did Lupita dirty) I’ll be thrilled.

While this will no doubt attract ire and jokes about “aliens” from some sectors of the internet (though, allow me to be the first to rename this movie Rogue Juan), I was expressing my joy at the inclusion of Latino actors in my beloved Star Wars since it was announced Oscar Isaac would be in Episode VII. (Poe Dameron 4 Lyfe).

Click HERE to read the full story.

[Photo courtesy of Remezcla]


Online Buying for Latinos: a $25 Billion Market

Descuento Libre is a discount website that has been working to break into the Latino market since its launch in 2011. At a panel Monday at South By Southwest in Austin, Group Buying for the Latino Demographic, several people at the organization presented about the ways in which they’d attempted to break into the online Latino consumer market.

Boris Portman, CEO of Descuento Libre, said that Latino group buying is a good market because there’s less competition for this demographic. Although Latinos are mobile and tech savvy, as well as being early adopters of technology, this particular slice of the group deal pie has yet to be fully claimed.

One way Descuento Libre is working to snatch it is by expanding from the U.S. into Mexico. While there are 22 million online Latino shoppers in the U.S., there are 25 million more in Mexico, a market that Portman termed “one the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world.”

“Since we launched, we’ve been working to discover the best approach to engaging Latinos online with brands and retailers through incentives such as coupons and deals,” said Alexandra Landeros the company’s social media director. “Our goal is to foster loyalty between customers and the businesses to create a mutually beneficial relationship.”

There’s a lot of money at stake here. Between the U.S. and Mexico, there’s $25 billion dollars worth of online spending up for grabs. The presentation was interesting for describing the different ways in which the company worked to monetize its idea. They tried local radio giveaways, Mexican food deals and more. Moving forward, Descuento Libre is set to expand their group buying from the Internet into a text message-based model.

But, the company reps maintained, because Latinos over-index on e-commerce by almost 20%, it’s certainly a fruitful thing to pursue.

By: Sara Inés Calderón

Why Is Texas ‘Really’ Not Expanding the Medicaid Program?

By Juan H. Flores, NewsTaco

Texas legislators are holding firm in their decision not to accept the 66 billion in federal dollars available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand the Medicaid program.   Contrary to popular belief the issue is not about whether or not to expand Medicaid health insurance coverage for uninsured poor adults.

The hidden debate is about certain beliefs and power. Do most state legislators, Lt. Governor and Governor believe that:

  • Everyone should have equal access to health care regardless of income?
  • The ACA or ‘Obama-Care’s Medicaid expansion is too costly and will destroy our health care system?
  • Texas should address and control any changes to our state’s health care system, and not big federal government?
  • Expanding Medicaid will contribute to moredependency, particularly among the poor and people of color?
  • The state’s health care market must be free to work its competitive magic, as healthcare is just another product from which consumers can buy what they can afford?

It appears our policy makers believe the negative views about Obama-Care, namely, that Medicaid fosters more dependency, and that the free-market is central to solving the state’s healthcare access problems, i.e., assuming they think any exists.

Medicaid supporters are trying to sway the policy-makers to accept the expansion funds.  Hospitals, business chambers, health professionals, local public officials, and faith-based and grass-root groups from across the state support the expansion.   These groups have documented support regarding Medicaid’s health and economic benefits for uninsured families and the state own prosperity. Whereas, our policy-makers decision is standing on beliefs which are largely unsupported, and often referred to as ‘my principles’.

Certainly, one has a right to individual beliefs and principles.  However, when your decisions negatively affect the health and financial security of thousands of families; is it FAIR or even ETHICAL?  Already, over 1 million low to middle-income Texans have acquired health insurance through the ACA Federally-based Health Insurance Exchange.  Texas could have, but did not want to implement the Health Insurance Exchange.

To their credit, Representative Coleman Garnett from Houston and Senator Jose Rodriquez from El Paso proposed legislation that identified a ‘Texas Way’ to provide health insurance coverage.  Their legislative bills shied-away from calling it Medicaid expansion and also emphasized personal responsibility and market-based language.

Sadly, even their watered-down language-acceptable bill failed to sway Medicaid expansion opponents as evident by the lack of serious legislative consideration. In fact, over the past 30 years, Texas politicians have engaged in a shameful dance of ineffective legislation that has kept millions of our citizens uninsured.

As a result, nearly 1million of our citizens who don’t qualify for the Health Insurance Exchange but would qualify under the Medicaid expansion will remain uninsured.  Billions of our tax dollars will go to other states, and Texas families will continue to experience poor health, unnecessary suffering, even death, and financial insecurity.  Furthermore, local tax payers should be aware that this legislative inaction continues to burden us with billions for uncompensated health care costs; plus billions from lost worker productivity.

Our legislature can approve a one-paragraph bill to accept the ACA’s Medicaid expansion funds, and our Governor can sign-it.  So easy, yet political ideology masking as supported principles, and uncompromising use of party-power trumps health care equality for all Texas citizens. We Texans must insist that our legislatures recognize that the time is now to set aside personal views, and stop stigmatizing ‘Medicaid’.  Access to affordable healthcare must not be a privilege for the few but a right for all our brothers and sisters.

Indeed, in the eyes of the current legislative power-brokers it seems that Medicaid and the families it serves are ‘bad’ for Texas.  Our state will lose the approximate $66 billion dollars, and over $34 billion in hospital reimbursements.  Yet, for every $1 the state invests in Medicaid expansion, $13.41 in federal funds will flow into the state.

On this issue, the Texas Way is the Wrong Way.

Juan H. Flores is a consultant and advisor for the La Fe Policy Research and Education Center.

[Photo by Texas Heart Institute/Flickr]


California’s Plan to Deport our Heritage

*The recognition of Father Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, as well as Pope Francis’ plan to canonize the 18th century friar, have been the center of recent discussion and controversy. Native American groups oppose the statue and the canonization, saying Serra committed genocide against native communities. NewsTaco has published several news reports and a commentary about the controversy and about how the California state legislature voted to remove Serra’s statue from the Capitol hall. This commentary is in support of both the statue and the canonization. VL

By Alejandro Bermudez, Special to NewsTaco

Statuary Hall at the Capitol is a place filled with familiar names: Samuel Adams, Ethan Allen, Stephen Austin, Daniel Webster, and the list goes on. In that revered space, each state has the opportunity to honor two people with statues.

Despite the fact that John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis still have a place in Statuary Hall, there are few ethnic names, and only two of them are Hispanic –Junipero Serra.

Junipero Serra is not just “California’s Founding Father,” – as one historian has called him – he is the most notable Hispanic founding Father of what is now United States. He toiled tirelessly for the rights of the Native Californians, and he symbolizes the multicultural and tolerant attitude that California aspires to today.

Now something unbelievable is happening. In a state that counts Hispanics as its largest ethnic group, California’s elected leaders are about to banish the first and one of the only two Hispanic from statuary hall.

On April 13, the California state Senate voted 22 to 10 to replace Serra’s statue with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

To add insult to injury, they plan to go on the record with this just in time to welcome the first Latin American pope in history to the United States. It’s quite the insult to the Pope, who will visit the Capitol and canonize Serra during his September visit –making him the first saint to be named by a pope on American soil.

The state senate could be the catalyst – one hopes unwittingly – for the elimination of Hispanic representation among the statues of our country’s heroes.

The bill to push Serra out of the Capitol’s service entrance now moves to the Assembly, where we can only hope that cooler heads will prevail, and a travesty will be averted.

For the 54 million Hispanics in the United States, many of whom like Serra know what it is to work without recognition – as Serra often did – the connotation of such a gesture would be painful. It would prove a stark reminder of just how far the Hispanic community still has to come to fully secure their rightful place in American history.

I am disappointed by this literal – if unintentional – whitewashing of California history, but perhaps I should not be surprised by it.

Andrew Jackson, who famously forced Indians onto the “trail of tears” will still have a statue there, but Serra, who tried to protect the Native Californians from the excesses and abuses of colonization, will not.

It’s really shocking, but it says something about how history is taught in America that this could happen to a Hispanic Catholic hero.

Anti-Hispanic and anti-Catholic prejudice have a long and deeply rooted legacy here.

Our history books are filled with stories about how terrible the Catholic Spanish were.

Ironically, in the process of the European colonization of the Americas, Spain was the only colonial power to pass laws for the protection of Native Americans.

Still, those other countries – jealous of Spanish achievement – promoted the “black legend” characterizing Hispanics as lazy, cruel, and inferior.

Hispanic-Americans still suffer the consequences of that sordid rewriting of history, and too often face similar stereotypes in their own lives – and even in Hollywood and in the media. Little wonder that there are still some who speak of mass deportations of Hispanics with a straight face, and think they are doing this country a service.

And what message will we send when we deport Serra from our country’s Capitol?

The “black legend’s” negative narrative has seeped so deeply into our culture that it has caused many Hispanics to feel conflicted about their heritage. Perhaps that false narrative and the confusion it creates explain why even some Hispanic politicians can champion such a defeat for our culture.

As a Hispanic immigrant myself, I see Junipero Serra as a representation of the culture which I and millions of others hold so dear.

We need to reclaim our heritage from the “black legend” – instead of letting it drive us to further diminish the Hispanic and Catholic contribution to American history.

I cannot say that I am surprised by the California Senate’s ill-conceived effort that could make Statuary Hall into a Hispanic-free zone. But I am deeply pained by what many of us will see as yet another consequence and reinforcement of the “black legend,” and thus a setback for Hispanics in the United States and beyond.

With the U.S. visit of Pope Francis, Hispanics throughout the United States have yet another reason to take pride in their culture.

This is not the time to trash our heritage. It is the time to embrace it.

Alejandro Bermudez is a Peruvian immigrant to the United States. He is the author of a book on the pope, “Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend”, and is the producer of the documentary “Francis: The Pope from the New World”. He is also the translator of the pope’s book “On Heaven and Earth”.

U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties

*Negotiators met Thursday in Washington. Dates for a final restoration of full diplomatic ties were discussed. Everyone involved says the U.S.and Cuba are closer to an agreemnt then they have been in the past. VL

By Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — The United States and Cuba are closer than ever to reaching an agreement to fully restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies, officials in both countries said as negotiators met Thursday in Washington for another round of talks to iron out remaining details and discuss possible dates.

The move toward full diplomatic relations broken decades ago during the Cold War has been seen as a key step toward ending hostilities and normalizing ties with a historic opponent that once agreed to allow Soviet nuclear missiles on its soil and repelled an invasion by American-backed insurgents.

Click HERE to read the full story.

[Photo courtesy of The White House Instagram]


Hillary Clinton names DREAMer activist to head her Latino outreach

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced this morning that a DREAMer activist has been named to head its Latino outreach. Lorella Praeli, born in Peru and brought to the U.S. at the age of ten, will direct Hillary for America’s Latino strategy.  She’ll be the primary liaison between the campaign and the Latino community across the country and serve as a key surrogate in the press on issues important to the Latino community, including immigration reform.

An announcement sent to NewsTaco lists her acomplishments:

  • Praeli was most recently the Advocacy and Policy Director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant-youth led network dedicated to advancing the rights of undocumented Americans in the U.S.
  • Praeli was responsible for developing the organization’s political strategy for all elements of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
  • She created national and local grassroots, and communication strategies to persuade elected officials to support CIR, DACA, and DAPA, and developed contrast campaigns against those with anti-immigrant positions.

The announcement comes weeks after another Latina, Amanda Renteria, was named the campaign’s political director and Emmy Ruiz was tapped to head the campaign in Nevada.

Praelli los her right leg in a car accident when she was 2 and her parents brought her to the U.S. to get better access to prosthetic care and opportunities for differently-abled children.

[Screenshot courtesy of strugglevideomedia YouTube]


When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

By  Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco

The horrible earthquakes that have recently ravaged Nepal have left me thinking about the strange situation of Texas.  What, you say do these two countries have in common.  Yes, Texas is a separate country than the rest of the USA.  Mind you I’m a lifelong Tejano whose family has lived in the same area of Texas longer than the United States has been a nation.  And, us Texans have never really thought of ourselves as anything other than Texans.  Being a Texan is not just a state but a state of mind.  But, that’s a topic for another column.

Nepal v Texas

Nepal versus Texas would not make for a good football game.  Of course, those folks would probably beat us in a mountain, hill, climbing tournament.  What these two countries have in common are earthquakes.  Of course, Nepal’s earthquakes are natural occurrences given the geology of their nation.  Texas’s earthquakes, on the other hand, are induced by humans.  Humans can cause landslides, flooding, heat spots over heavily populated urban centers and now we have added earthquakes.

Yes, sports fans us humans, maybe not you and me, are causing earthquakes in Texas where we used to not have any.  When I was a graduate student I worked on an earthquake research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).    Yup one of the scientific research organizations Lamar Smith (R-TX) is trying to defund.  Well, you say what was a political commentator doing on an earthquake mitigation research project?  Well, I was a graduate student and it was good money at that time.  It paid the bills, besides I learned a great deal.

Earthquake Research

During my research I discovered a map that had been created by one of the many national science research organizations funded by our tax dollars, the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  The map was of all the natural earthquake zones around the United States and what I discovered was that Texas was in a zone that was very old geologically where the earth was stable and was not supposed to have naturally occurring earthquakes.

Yup Texas is so old geologically that just north of San Antonio in what is called the Hill Country you can actually find dinosaur foot prints in the limestone.  When my school could afford field trips, once every five years or so, the good sisters used to take us up to the Hill Country to explore the caves and hill country steams.  The area was so beautiful that sometimes it was referred to as God’s country.  Wouldn’t you know it, God didn’t care for any other parts of the globe other than Texas?  Nevertheless, I discovered those dinosaur footprints on one of those elementary school field trips and was simply fascinated by them as any young boy would.

Man Induced Earthquakes

Earthquakes did not start occurring in Texas until a few years ago coincidentally with the beginning of natural gas and oil fracking operations.  For the uninitiated fracking is drilling down to extremely deep layers of the earth to extract oil and gas.  The only way we can extract oil and gas that deeply entrapped is to inject water treated with some very  carcinogenic chemicals to force the minerals to the surface.

Well, this process has several consequences—the chemicals poison the land, we lose a great deal of water that could be used for other purposes such as agricultural irrigation and ranching, and we cause earthquakes!  Yup, fracking destabilizes the natural geological structures and then the earth has to move to resettle itself.  That’s what earthquakes are, movements of the earth to resettle or settle itself.  Those in Nepal are simply the natural movement of young geological structures.  In Texas they are not natural but caused by man, mostly men in this industry, looking for more fossil fuels and money. In Nepal the earthquakes are natural; in Texas the earthquakes are more like the dinosaurs getting their revenge for humans encroaching on their final resting places.

Henry Flores, PhD, is the Distinguished University Research Professor, Institute of Public Administration and Public Service; Director, Masters in Public Administration (MPA); Professor of International Relations and Political Science at St. Mary’s University. He is the author of Latinos and the Vorting Rights Act: The Search for Racial Purpose.

Latinos and the Voting Rights Act: The Search for Racial Purpose.

[Photo by Chiot’s Run/Flickr]


Happy Cinco De Morrissey!

*This show is from last week, that’s the reason for the “Cinco de” reference. But it’s a really good show that takes a deep look into Morrissey’s influence in Mexican and Chicano cultures. It’s not as odd as it sounds. VL

By Jasmine Garsd, Alt.Latino NPR

This year on Alt.Latino, we try something different. Instead of your typical Cinco De Mayo show, we’ve created an entirely new holiday: Cinco De Morrissey!

Why Morrissey? Because he’s a Mexican obsession on both sides of the border, a true icon. So today we check out Moz’s best tunes and discuss why he’s so beloved. Join us and let us know: What’s your favorite Morrissey song?

Click HERE to listen to the program.

[Photo by scannerFM/Flickr]


Manos Accelerator’s David Lopez Talks Lack of VC Funding for Latino Startups

*Creating wealth is key to Latino political and economic advancement. It’s best done when Latinos help Latinos reach their potential. VL

By Robert Schoon, Latin Post

Jennifer Lopez might have garnered the most attention from an audience not used to hearing business pitches from global pop superstars last week at the Venture Capital Association’s VentureScape conference. But it’s her father David, co-founder of the Latino startup-focused Manos Accelerator, who most challenged the assumptions of those investors in budding businesses.

Lopez, through his Manos Accelerator and his presentation at the VC conference, is trying to boost Latino entrepreneurship in technology, an industry where a wide diversity of creative voices has yet to flourish.

Manos provides three-month programs to help promising Latino and Latin American startups get the training, resources and mentorship they need to take their technology businesses to the next level.

Clikc HERE to read the full story.

[Photo courtesy of Manos Accelerator]


Is Ted Cruz Really Hispanic?

By  Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco

Bueno, I thought we’d seen enough of this issue but Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics revived the issue this week so why not revisit it.  During an interview with Ted Cruz, Halperin pushed the Texas senator on his Hispanicity asking about his favorite Cuban dish, music and his Spanish fluency.  Some, like a Cruz lapdog we all know, charged that Halperin had conducted a racist interview.  While others, like myself, saw it as a non-issue because “how Hispanic” Cruz is, is a not important to me at least.  I saw the complainers as trying to make Ted into a sympathetic character and pandering to Latinos.  Still this raises an interesting issue that has been buzzing around various Latino list serves for a number of years.

What Does It mean to be Hispanic?

Who knows really?!?  Being Hispanic is describing oneself according to a Census Bureau concocted category that really doesn’t describe anything culturally other than an identity category that bureaucrats can use to categorize a group of people.  This group happens to have only one thing in common and that is they’re all of Spanish speaking national origin.  So, being Hispanic is really only in the minds of those who don’t wish or cannot identify with their national origin culture and have no other way of explaining who they are culturally because they ain’t Black or White!

Being Hispanic is a safe halfway house for those who cannot or do not, for whatever reason, wish to identify with a national origin group such as Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Columbians, Guatemalans, Argentines or Cubans among others.  Why some of us cannot relate to our national origin identity may be a matter of time and distance, after all some of us have been living in the United States since before the United States was founded.  Others may not wish to identify with their national origin group because we are ashamed to be identified as a member of that group for some reason or other.

So, what is With the Language Issue?

As all of us are from a national origin group whose native language is Spanish it is expected, by many non-Hispanics mostly, that we should be fluent in Spanish.  Bueno, este … ,given time and distance and the cultural genocide practiced by school authorities in the United States over the last several hundred years, many of us cannot speak Spanish or speak it badly.  Some of us, whose abuelas y madrecitas  surreptitiously forced us to sit through countless hours of declension exercises, vocabulary tests, and reading and speaking exercises speak Spanish at various levels of fluency.  Some of us have even lived in Spanish speaking countries to increase our levels of fluency to great degrees.  Some of us can write, speak and read Spanish at extraordinary levels on a par with the most educated classes in Spanish language countries.

The level of Spanish fluency among those labelled Hispanic in the United States, then, varies depending upon circumstances that are complicated, complex and tinged with politics.  Whether Ted speaks Spanish fluently or at what level is only important to the curious and/or him.  Frankly, I don’t care if he can’t order  frijoles negros in castellano  or can give a discourse on de Tocqueville to a graduate class in La Universidad Católica de Buenos Aires.  Cruz’s Spanish fluency is another non-issue for me.

So, If Being Hispanic is not important why is this Such a Big Deal?

Ted Cruz’s Hispanicity (is this even a word?) is a big deal because Latinos in the United States don’t like the guy.  It’s that plain and simple.  But, our dislike for the senator has nothing to do with whether he eats Cuban food, likes or dances to Cuban music or can speak Spanish.  Our dislike for the good senator (watch out when I start calling a politician good) is based upon his position on immigration, public health policy, and civil rights.  The good senator stands against everything the vast majority of Latinos believe in.  We want a politician who believes in what we do, we don’t care if he can’t speak Spanish, the Castro Brothers don’t but we love them, we don’t care if he can’t dance salsa, I don’t know if the Castro Brothers can or cannot, we want a politician who will champion the issues important to the health and welfare of our communities and Ted Cruz is not that politician.

Henry Flores, PhD, is the Distinguished University Research Professor, Institute of Public Administration and Public Service; Director, Masters in Public Administration (MPA); Professor of International Relations and Political Science at St. Mary’s University. He is the author of Latinos and the Vorting Rights Act: The Search for Racial Purpose.

Latinos and the Voting Rights Act: The Search for Racial Purpose.

[Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr]


Immigrants are like rats and roaches … yeah, she said it

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

It was recorded on the venerable CSPAN, a place for policy-wonk viewers where discussions are broadcast live, unedited, free of gatekeeper interference. The mother-in-law of well-known conservative pol David Bossie was handed a microphone at the Citizens United sponsored South Carolina Freedom Summit.

Here’s what happened:

In case you missed them, these are the words, verbatim: “One man, one vote. People are comin’ in this country across the borders like rats and roaches in the wood pile. We’ve got a state like Minnesota that says it’s not our business to check ’em out, we just register ’em. We’ve got to get control. That’s what they need to know.”

And the crowd loved it, they cheered and applauded. And when the focus group facilitator, Frank Lutz,  regained control of the microphone, he asked the audience if they’d vote for the woman for president. Again cheers.

The freedom Summit, which took place in Greenville, North Carolina, on May 9, was attended by conservative luminaries such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Dr. Ben Carson … the list goes on.

The only comment from anyone at the Summit came from the focus group host David Luntz. He took to Twitter on May 11 and posted this in response to a Tweet by Puerto Rican technologist Raúl Colón:

For years & until today I was fan of @FrankLuntz for his advice on writing etc. As a veteran i’m disgusted with him …

@rj_c I had zero idea what she would say, as evidenced by me reaching to take the mic back from her.

{Screenshot courtesy of  C-SPAN]


Study Shows Lati

no Mothers are More LKikely to Have Larger Families

*Latinas are still having more babies than others, but the mythical large Latino family is shrinking. This has economic, educational, and political implications.  VL

By Cristina Arreola, Latina

By now you’ve heard the stereotype: Latinos all come from huge families. You may roll your eyes, but as it turns out, it may be rooted in a bit of truth.

According to a new report by Pew Research Center, Hispanics mothers have larger families than their black, Asian and white, non-Hispanic counterparts. However, there has been a dramatic drop in large families among Latinas in recent years.

The research found that 20 percent of Hispanic mothers ages 40-44 have four or more children, compared with 18 percent of black moms, 11 percent of white moms, and 10 percent of Asian moms.

Click HERE to read the full story.

[Photo by moodboard/Flickr]


‘White Appreciation Day’ discount extended to everyone

*Remember the Latino-owned BBQ joint that planned a “White appreciation day” for June 11? The owner got slammed on social media and received a bomb threat on Sunday. Now he’s extended the promotion to all customers. VL

By Whitney Wild, KUSA

MILLIKEN-The Hispanic restaurant owner who plans to hold “White Appreciation Day” now says a 10 percent discount will extend to all customers regardless of race if they ask for the discount.

The story got national attention after we aired it Thursday.

At the time, 9NEWS asked Edgar Antillon, the owner of Rubbin Buttz BBQ, if a black customer would get a discount.

“No,” Antillon said. “I wouldn’t get a discount. Even if I came in, I wouldn’t get a discount.”

But by Sunday, he had changed his description of the June 11 event.

Click HERE to read the full story.

[Photo courtesy of KUSA] 


What Frida wore: the artist’s wardrobe locked up for 50 years – in picturesBy The Guardian

*I post this because I know that there are many Fridaphiles out there. I know that there are also many of you who would like to see other Mexican, Latin American artists receive the attention that Frida receives. You’re both right. With all that, this is still a pretty cool article. VL

By The Guardian

After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents. Here are the artists’ beloved belongings, from sunglasses to handpainted corsets.

Click HERE to read the article and see the pictures.

[Photo courtesy of The Guardian]


Hillary Clinton heckled by immigration protesters

*The Latino vote is regarded by many as a sure, overwhelming thing for Hillary in 2016. But there was and anti-Pacific Trade Agreement protest yesterday when she arrived at a fund-raising event in Beverly Hills, and today she was heckled by immigration activists. VL

By Stephanie Condon, CBS News

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was at the University of Maryland on Thursday to stump for Anthony Brown, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, but she ended up defending her own record on immigration reform after protesters repeatedly interrupted her speech.

“If they had just waited a little while, I was getting to the Dream Act,” Clinton joked at the rally, referencing the legislation that gives certain undocumented youth a pathway to citizenship.

As the protesters continued, Clinton at one point remarked, “We want people to be champions and advocates for the causes they believe in.”

Click HERE to read the full story.

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