Despite Potential to Improve Student Success, Latino Male Teachers Remain Scarce

In high school, when Fernando Reyes started thinking about the type of career he wanted, he thought about becoming a pyrotechnician. “I loved working with demolition, explosives, anything that involved that type of chemistry,” he told Latino USA. But when Reyes started taking chemistry classes, he discovered that while he was passionate about seeing chemistry in... Read more »

Listen to an excerpt from Chicago Public Schools teacher novel about music and 26th Street

Listen to an excerpt of my novel The Hot Mix, a coming of age novel set of an iconic Chicago neighborhood, due out summer 2019 from La Casita Grande Press. To listen on my publisher’s site, click here. Follow my road to publication on Twitter @whiterhinoray. or on Instagram: @WhiteRhinoRay. To subscribe to the White Rhino Blog, scroll... Read more »

How a novel about Chicago's 26th St. and music came to be

My novel The Hot Mix will be released in 2019 by La Casita Grande Press.  It’s a coming of age story that chronicles a young man’s struggles with his father and the community they live in. Through music themed chapters, the writing reveals the heart of Chicago’s 26th Street neighborhood. Read about how this novel came to... Read more »
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One question Chicago Public Schools leaders of color need to answer

The one question I would like top Latino and African American leaders of the Chicago Public Schools to answer is this: Do you see the inequality your decisions create among Chicago’s students of color? According to the Pew Research Center, nationally, nearly half of U.S.-born Latinos are younger than 18. The article’s title carries weight:... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools teacher to publish novel

On Saturday, I signed a contract with La Casita Grande Press.  My novel The Hot Mix will be released summer 2019.  The first time I read about what La Casita Grande and publisher Jon Marcantoni aimed to accomplish, I knew this would be a good fit. In an interview with syndicated columnist Esther Cepeda, Marcantoni... Read more »

How first-generation college students should measure success

Thanks to an invitation from my former Chicago Public Schools student now attending Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, I shared my story of success at an event to encourage first-generation college students, DREAMers, and allies.  You can listen by clicking below. You can “Like” The White Rhino Blog’s Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @whiterhinoray. To... Read more »
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Advice to incoming high-school freshmen: be bold and be kind

About a week ago, Namaste Charter School invited me to be the guest speaker at their commencement ceremony.  This is the speech I prepared: Thank you to Namaste Charter School for the opportunity to take part in this celebration. It’s an honor to be here to celebrate your milestone. Today, you receive a diploma from... Read more »

Little Village Little League baseball continues to build safe spaces for youth

This baseball season, my son joined a Little League baseball team in Little Village on Chicago’s Southwest side.  My son says he looks forward to trying to “do something awesome at every game.”  He made some nice plays–including a double play–and he heard me yell a lot: “That’s muh boy!” He struck out a few... Read more »

Despite the silence between us, my father taught me how to work

I read somewhere that when a man is asked to talk about his life, he usually begins by talking about his father. So, this week, my blog is sharing the stories of three Latino sons. We’re all our immigrant fathers’ first born. We’re all in our forties. We’re all fathers. And we all have a... Read more »
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A Latino punk rocker dad guides his son to become a DJ--and a good man

I read somewhere that when a man is asked to talk about his life, he usually begins by talking about his father. So, this week, my blog is sharing the stories of three Latino sons. We’re all our immigrant fathers’ first born. We’re all in our forties. We’re all fathers. And we all have a... Read more »