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 …

Advance FREE Companion Curriculum to “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina,” Now Out in Paperback!

ATTENTION EDUCATORS: We’re in the process of updating my site to include a FREE PDF download of the companion curriculum to Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, now available in paperback, in the upcoming weeks. Please contact me HERE with your email/affiliation if you want to receive a copy beforehand. The curriculum is intended for mid-high school to mid-college/university …

The (Identity) Crisis Continues

Last night, on the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin‘s death by murder, an important multigenerational gap was being bridged at The New School. Mr. Harry Belafonte, Dream Defenders‘ Phillip Agnew, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, and me wrapped up the The American Race Crisis Lectures with a panel discussion. Titled THE CRISIS CONTINUES, aimed to answer two major questions: Have the civil rights …

Oh, How Time Flies!

Hoping to show you all why I’ve been silent for the last month and change: deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, and some traveling. Once published, I will post. Be patient with me: my goal this month is to master the art of managing my blog while making writing deadlines, push my documentary forward, work on several proposals, box (more on that soon!), …

Hispanic/Latino History Month. Maybe Not.

But if you don’t feel the same way, it’s cool, too. I was thinking about Hispanic/Latino History Month on the train ride back Uptown this morning from my boxing gym (Allow me one tangent: So, a couple weeks ago I sparred with a couple of women from our sister gym. One of them surprised me—this is New York City and …

This Saturday, October 5: Two Panels, Two Festivals, One Borough

This Saturday, October 5, I’ll be heading straight from an early morning sparring session—I’m gearing up for this year’s Haymakers for Hope charity fight—to my first of two panels in Brooklyn. The first is the COMADRES & COMPADRES Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. I’ll be sitting on a nonfiction panel at 2:00PM sharp with the writer and fellow …