Latin@s: It Gets Better (Se pone mejor)

Here is a list of videos by Latino/as who have contributed a piece of their story to the It Gets Better Project. Through this innovative medium we are contributing our voice in the national dialogue on bullying, homophobia and how we pull through. If you or someone you know has contributed a video and would…

2010 ALMA Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2010 ALMA Scholarship recipients Jose “Cheche” Turrubiartez and Ignacio V. Maldonado In 2003 Tony Alvarado-Rivera and I co-founded the ALMA (Association of Latino Men for Action) Scholarship. This year I volunteered as co-chair of the ALMA Scholarship Committee, a group of dedicated Latino men that included ALMA President-Julio Rodriguez, Kenny Martin-Ocasio, Jaime…

No Native Americans in Arizona?

That is the question Carlos Quiroz asked Ass. Dir. Mark Lopez of the Pew Hispanic Center, when a recent report [Hispanics and Arizona’s New Immigration Law] failed to add the categories Indigenous or Native Americans in the initial survey. This video was originally posted by Carlos Quiroz in May 2010, but he frequently writes about…

Happy Birthday: Betty Boop

On Aug 09, 1930 Betty Boop splashed into American pop culture as a petite curvy human-like flapper. Boop was created by Max Fleischer who also produced Popeye and Superman.  The Sunday church hat wearing woman in me tells me Betty did more damage then good because cartoons are children’s first impressions and hyper sexual Betty was after all, a cartoon. Think about it, Marilyn Monroe…

Birthday: Reinaldo Arenas

Today (July 16) Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas would have celebrated his 67th birthday. I imagine that had he lived to see it, he would have described himself as an old queen. On December 7, 2010 it will be the 20th Anniversary of Arenas death. After reading much of his work – Before Night Falls, The Door Man and…