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 …

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 …

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 …