You Too Can Jumpstart Latino History Month(s) By Buying Yourself the Gift of Knowledge

Ok, full disclosure: Someone actually reminded me that it’s Latino History Month. I forgot that today was the official kick off until a homegirl sent me this really sweet Buzzfeed article. I was on the site earlier today but missed the piece because I was dumbstruck by Urban Outfitters latest low, the hawking of a “vintage Kent State” sweater with red …

Fear and the Afterlife in Aruba: My Personal Journey in The New York Times (and Photos!)

  We had been in the lobby of our hotel in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, for only a few minutes when the Dutch territory’s Arcadian “One Happy Island” front was shattered by a desk clerk whose petulance hit me like a left hook straight to the temple. As she delivered the rules and regulations like a stern lecture, scolding my daughter …

Black Ethnics: Covering the New African Diaspora Panel

Playing catchup folks! Have been busy (re)writing a book proposal (so excited about the subject and cannot wait to share it with you all!!!), training for a forthcoming fight (as a master’s division amateur boxer), and applying for a handful of grants. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter …

Please Don’t Call Me “Spanish” & Other Problematic Descriptors

Recently, I’ve had the privilege of talking to a variety of high school, community college, and university students from two regions in the United States. Most, but not all, of the students were women and many were of Latino/Hispanic descent. The majority of the folks I met had expressed an intense desire to lead and heal their communities in the …

Hey Young World: Some Practical Advice For Our Future Leaders

This morning, at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts, I was honored give a lecture as part of the White Fund Enlightenment series, to an auditorium filled with seventh and eight graders, mostly high school students, and a small group of adult learners. It’s always challenging to talk to younger people—you can’t skate along by throwing college words around but rather—because …