So, THIS Happened Last Night at the United Nations

THIS happened last night at The United Nations: Dominican artist, German Perez, presented me with an award at his mind-blowing art show, Amen de Mariposas, for my book Bird of Paradise. The plaque reads: The permanent mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations recognizes Raquel Cepeda, for the courage reflected in her literature, her commitment to denouncing violence against …

CNN Essay, Life Is More Colorful Than Black & White

New York (CNN) — Who am I? I used to think the simplest explanation was black and white. But I’ve recently discovered that the truth is much more colorful. Because I’ve spent most of my adult life being mistaken for everything but who I am — Moroccan, Brazilian, mixed African-American and white American, Israeli, Palestinian, the list goes on — …

Sammy Sosa is…The Alchemist

I caught this interview with Sammy Sosa on Univision‘s Primer Impacto earlier this evening. I’m surprised at how confused Sosa is about cream-gate. He doesn’t understand what’s the fuss. The light skin can be easily explained, he says in the interview: “There’s a cream I have that I put on every night before I got to bed…it’s lightened my skin …

CNN Latino in America Commentary "But What’s a Latino?"

NEW YORK (CNN) — Let’s all pretend to be the astrologer Walter Mercado for a moment. Say we predict that the Obama administration’s master plan to engage people of Latino/Hispanic/Spanish origin proves to be effective. Let’s say that along with strategic partners Telemundo and the Census Bureau, they somehow manage to corral the millions of “Latinos” into filling out the …