Posts tagged "Latino"

Carrera de Muertos: Race of the Dead

More than 4,000 people came out for the annual Carrera de Muertos or 5K Race of the Dead in Pilsen. What makes this 5K different is that many of the runners dress up as muertos, or the dead. They paint or wear calaveras, skull faces, a symbol celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 for Día... Read more »

How a friend helped me find my home in Pilsen

How a friend helped me find my home in Pilsen
Two and a half years ago, I moved to Pilsen. I knew it was the neighborhood where I wanted to live as it is a center of Mexican art, culture and food in Chicago. On 18th Street, you can find Mexican bakeries, restaurants, art galleries and thrift shops. It is a neighborhood full of murals... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago
Here is a sampling of a few events happening this month in Chicago’s Latino community. If you haven’t yet seen the play Mojada by Luis Alfaro, this is your last weekend. The play is a reinterpretation of Euripedes’ Medea set in the Pilsen neighborhood. The play ends Sunday at the Victory Gardens Theater. On Sunday,... Read more »
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I didn't know anything about hockey 'til I married a Canadian

I didn't know anything about hockey 'til I married a Canadian
Ask me about ice, and I’ll give you a good margarita recipe. Latinos tend to be more interested in soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Less than 10 percent of the hockey audience is Latino. But my appreciation for hockey has changed since I married a Canadian. My husband grew up reading hockey magazines and started... Read more »

Inocente and Sugarman: Latinos in Oscar-winning docs

Inocente and Sugarman: Latinos in Oscar-winning docs
You didn’t see any Latino actors nominated for the major acting roles at this year’s Oscars. But Latinos in real life were the subjects of the two documentaries that won Oscars. “Inocente” won the Oscar Sunday night for documentary short. It tells the story of a young homeless immigrant artist who was undocumented. And “Searching... Read more »

New artist "Immi" highlights immigration

I came across a new Latino artist calling himself “Immi,” who promotes a message of cultural diversity and tolerance of immigrants. The 21-year-old immigrated from Argentina to New York when he was 14. The song and video is about following your dreams and never giving up. Here are some of the lyrics: I know people... Read more »
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Obama won in the "real America"

Obama won in the "real America"
Remember when Sarah Palin talked about the “real America?” She had some sort of idealized version of small-town rural America that was something out of a Leave it to Beaver episode. Sometimes listening to Mitt Romney it sounded like he lived in this 1950s world. Clearly the majority of America could not identify with his... Read more »

Vote for someone who can't vote

Vote for someone who can't vote
Recently I spoke to a Latino man who runs a well-known nonprofit organization in Chicago. He told me that he didn’t plan to vote. Let me tell you why. He couldn’t stomach the idea of voting for a Republican Mitt Romney who advocated for “self-deportation” as an immigration policy. And there are many Latinos who... Read more »

Which candidate will reduce poverty?

Which candidate will reduce poverty?
More Latino children are living in poverty than any other ethnic or racial group. According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of U.S. Census data, 37.3 percent of poor children were Latino, 30.5 percent were white and 26.6 percent were African American. Nationwide there are more than 46 million people living in poverty. How will... Read more »
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Obama and Romney fear losing Latino voters

Obama and Romney fear losing Latino voters
Now that the debates are over it’s time to decide who to vote for. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled ahead with his debate performances and the presidential race is neck and neck. Both candidates know that in several states Latino voters can make all the difference. President Obama told the Des Moines Register that... Read more »