Latino Studies Journal Review of “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina”

I was delighted to find that my book, now out in paperback, was reviewed in the Autumn 2014 issue of the (otherwise academic) Latino Studies journal. I’d like to send a special shout-out to Ms. Kiley Guyton Acosta, PhD., for the thoughtful deconstruction of the themes in my book. Check it out, below. NOTE: And on another subject, my site was …

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 …

“Here and Now” on WABC-TV with Dr. Brenda Greene

Earlier today, Dr. Brenda Greene (hip-hop artist Talib Kweli has inherited his mother’s brilliant oratory genes) and I were guests on Here and Now on WABC-TV, hosted by Sandra Bookman. We were there to promote the forthcoming 12th bi-annual National Black Writers Conference, going down at Medgar Evers college in Brooklyn, where I’ll be sitting on a panel titled Shifting …