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Oct 2011

Weekend Roundup!

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Leal Award Winner Announced :: via University of California – Demetria Martínez has been awarded the 2011 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

What is Latino? :: Maria Browning discusses the soon to be published The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity. Also, a search for “Latino” on Amazon results in like, over 1,000 hits! And, it includes mainstream books! OMG There are like so many books about them LOLZ. Sigh. I think that the news flash for this book isn’t that it is supposed to point out that Latinos are a diverse group, or to further Other-ize us, but that the essays explore identity formation in the Latino community, a fraught topic I know I have struggled with. P.S., there’s a tiny excerpt on the University of Arizona Press website linked above.

Another Award Winner :: via The University Star – Alex Sanchez accepted the 2011 Tomás Rivera Book Award for his book, Bait.

Watching TV in Spanglish:: via the New York Times – NYT writes about Telemundo’s plans to incorporate more English, invite non-Latino guests to the new Cristina show, plus other programming. Grab your sombrero and dale un grito, folks –  of course the article isn’t complete with the words salsa and saucy. And who says Univsion doesn’t throw English into the mix? I distinctly remember this hysterical Tom Hanks spot from a few months ago:

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Weekend Sonrisa – So here’s your weekend funny. The other day at a meeting with the group I volunteer with, we were actually able to crack jokes while discussing how the immigration law is affecting students. Because if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Full disclosure: the Colbert Report always cracks me up, anyway!


Oct 2011

Weekend Roundup!

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Okay, so I disappeared for a while. I’ve been busy wrapping up Hispanic Heritage Month, this week at two elementary schools. This climate in Alabama dictates that we do our part in celebrating our heritage, highlighting our contributions to our communities, and helping our Hispanic students to feel included. I was at two elementary schools on Thursday, and one video showed me reading a bilingual book (of course!) to a crowd of 480 students (I can’t find the video now, thank God.) But here is a video of those bright and shiny faces at one of the schools, which accompanies the local news story on the event. (By the way, this is the school’s FIRST Hispanic Heritage Month celebration even though they have the highest population of Hispanic students in the city. Ay ay ay.)

National Hispanic Month 10.13.11HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Students at McDonnell Elementary School enjoy making flags, dancing and hitting a pinata during celebrations at the school Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (The Huntsville Times / Eric Schultz)

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So here’s the weekend roundup:

Nuestra Palabra Texas-wide book tour :: via The Venture – Can I use this as an excuse to go home?

Review of Moraga’s A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000 – 2010 :: via The Feminist Texican – I just discovered this blog and am excited to read more! I’ve read essays by Moraga but haven’t read a full book. I’ll add it to my long list of must-reads.

Tomorrow is National Latino Aids Awareness Day in Michigan :: via Boyne City Gazette – Never heard of this one, but hey, it’s a great issue to address! I think this is a Michigan-only thing.

Watch Lost in Detention on Oct. 18 :: via – Watch the organization’s interview with Maria Hinojosa on her documentary on the Secure Communities immigration detention program.

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Oct 2011

Weekend Roundup!

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It’s Friday! And tomorrow I’m getting up early to go to my mom’s house and make tamales. Yum! I don’t know about the early part, though. Anyway, here’s some links for you to check out this weekend:

Javier Sicilia/ Image: Davo Gonzalez

Poet leads protest against drug violence in Mexico :: via NYT – Corruption is so ingrained in the fabric of Mexico that it is actually an institution. Taking it out is difficult because it threatens the political system as a whole. Military response to the drug problem, in my opinion, cannot be successful without addressing corruption. According to this article, the population also needs to come to a consensus on the matter. Javier Sicilia is leading a movement against the drug violence in Mexico.


100 Stars You Never Knew Were Latino :: via Latina – I love these articles, probably because I’m a light-skinned Latina!


Nobel Prize for literature goes to Swedish poet :: via NPR – This guy has a pretty cool last name. It makes me think of Transformers.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Oct 2011

Weekend roundup!

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Gloria Estefan Wepa! :: This song is great! Even my 9-month-old loves to dance to it!

Interview with Hector Tobar on new novel :: via KCRW – This is an interview on Tobar’s new novel, The Barbarian Nurseries.

Amazon Kindle Fire :: via Engadget – I haven’t been able to let go of physical books yet, but I’m tempted to with the Kindle Fire (although I wonder if the tablet would be just another device to feed my Facebook addiction?)

We the Animals review :: via the New York Times – NYT review on Justin Torres’s first novel. The plot seems very interesting.

Have a FABULOUS weekend!



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Sep 2011

Weekend Roundup

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Happy Quinces, Latina! :: by – I’m a long-time subscriber to Latina magazine. To celebrate their quinceañera, you don’t have to sit through an agonizingly long choreographed dance – instead, go check out the webpage they’ve created to honor 15 years!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 Recommended Reading List :: by the Florida Department of Education – A comprehensive list of Latino literature organized by age groups.

DC Comics creating Latino heroes in new comics :: via – Latin@ fanboys, rejoice! A superhero that resembles you is coming to DC comics! My question is, will they just “look” Latino or will they also be culturally Latino?

PBS Programs celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month :: via pbs – I love PBS! Unfortunately, my local station doesn’t air too many programs featuring Latinos – I’m assuming there’s just not as much of an audience in Alabama?  Check and see if any programs are playing on your location stations!

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