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 …

ABC’S The Bachelor, Inspired by the Catholic Church, Plays The Raza Card

Remember when the Catholic Church pulled a sly move by acceding the mafia’s first “Latino” pope to the throne? Jorge Mario Bergoglio, whose rap name as the new Catholic leader became Pope Francis I, was born in Argentina to Italian parents. The man, like many Argentinians, is of European descent but he was technically born in the South American country …

NBC Latino Shows Some Love

Earlier this week, Claudio Remeseira reviewed three “fascinating” reads for NBC Latino. My book was one of the three selected. Here’s a snippet: “Dominicans have been a significant presence in New York City for at least the past fifty years. However, there are very few memoirs or non-academic works documenting that rich experience. One notable exception is Raquel Cepeda’s “Bird of …

It’s A Cruel Summer

Somewhere in America, a Tio Tomas named Too Curious George Zimmerman is flailing his gun around like a wild cowboy while the family of the teenage boy he murdered mourns and become driven to prevent this from happening again to other Black and Brown. On one hand, it’s quite inspiring to see how people of all races have coalesced around the Stand …

What I Won’t Be Buying into for Christmas: Sammy Sosa’s "Revolution"

***This commentary was intended for a mainstream American news outlet, who ultimately didn’t find Sammy Sosa’s cultural imperialism relevant to its readers (?). I however, believe in dialoguing with ALL Americans, Europeans, Africans and Martians about what this all means. Is Sammy Sosa’s new look merely skin-deep? The short answer is no. While the sight of a previously dark and …