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CULTURE & POLITICS

Citizenship Debate in the D.R.: Race or Economics?

Currently, Dominicans of Haitian descent find themselves without a country thanks to a series of policy changes and a Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruling which has rendered the rights of Dominican citizens of Haitian ancestry void. As trade borders open an...

What is a “Real” Latino?

By now, the courting of the Latino vote this election year is pretty well documented. It’s also raised the specter of a long-standing issue within our community: what constitutes a “real” Latino? Romney’s gaffes about his ties to Mexico (his pops was born ther...

Jimmy Smits

During the television brown out of the 1980s and 1990s when the few Latino characters that existed were drug dealers and maids, a beacon of hope existed in the form of Jimmy Smits. The actor consistently defied Latino stereotypes of whom and what Latinos were ...

Don Francisco

Few people’s names are synonymous with a cultural phenomenon. Those who achieve such brand recognition often do so posthumously. Not so for 71 year old Don Francisco. The mastermind of the variety television show Sábado Gigante is a permanent fixture in Latino...

El Gran Combo

Few bands can mark their success by decades. Singing about telephones, timbaleros, New York summers and brujeria has worked out well for the shining stars of the Caribbean, El Gran Combo. In 2012 they celebrate 50 years in music having made over 60 albums and ...

Culture Clash – Latino rivalries

Contrary to what some people believe, Latinos are probably the most ethnically diverse group of people in the world. That diversity, unfortunately, comes with its fair share of inter-Latino rivalry and competition. Country of origin rivalries are perhaps the m...

El Gran Campeon – Julio Cesar Chavez

Before Manny Pacquiao laid claim to the title of the “pound-for-pound” best boxer in the world, a pugilist from a previous generation would earn that title on the way to becoming not just a legend in the sport of boxing, but arguably the greatest Mexica...

Smokes of Latin America

With spring on the horizon it means nights out on rooftop bars, enjoying a day at the ball park or an outdoor drink after-work. It also means the chances of someone pulling out a stogie go way up. Now it’s normal to "name drop" what you’re smoking, in cigar sp...

Field Guide to Latin American Coffee

How do you take your coffee? Maybe you equate your coffee tastes to your preferences in women: light and sweet like that leggy blonde at the office; dark and bold like the mysterious brunette at the bar. Whatever your cafe preferences, we’ve done some homework...