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Cepeda: The mirage of the rainbow coalition

By Esther Cepeda
(March 15, 2015 | TDN.Com) - Hispanic pundits are wondering whether the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by police in Pasco, Wash., will truly be what The New York Times called Hispanics’ “’Ferguson’ moment” -- a national protest against police aggression toward Hispanics.

Even more thought-provoking is the question of why the big national Latino advocacy organizations have not jumped on the issue. Read more

Lack of mainstream media coverage of the killing of an unarmed Latino drew criticisms

(March 2, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - When Pasco, Wash., police shot and killed an unarmed orchard worker from Mexico, it sparked local protests. But the lack of mainstream media coverage of the Feb. 10 killing of an unarmed Latino has sparked anger amongst many in the Latino community. Many wonder why there wasn’t the same blanket coverage that was seen following the shooting death of Michael Brown and chokehold strangling of Eric Garner, both unarmed Black men killed by police officers. Read more

Latino actors weren't snubbed at the Oscars -- but that's not a good thing

By Carolina Moreno
(Feb. 20, 2015 | Huffington Post Latino Voices)-It's been 14 years since a U.S. Latino actor last took home an Academy Award. No one knows when that will happen again, but it certainly won't be this Sunday.

After the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its all-white slate of nominees for the acting categories in January, Twitter users expressed their discontent with hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite. Their focus was mostly on the film “Selma,” whose cast and director were all passed over for nominations. Few people brought up the issue of snubbed Latino actors. Read more

When Americans lynched Mexicans

By William D. Carrigan and Clive Webb
(Feb. 20, 2015 | The New York Times) - The recent release of a landmark report on the history of lynching in the United States is a welcome contribution to the struggle over American collective memory. Few groups have suffered more systematic mistreatment, abuse and murder than African-Americans, the focus of the report. Read more

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Jorge Ramos, voice of Latino voters on Univision, sends shiver through G.O.P.

Photo: Bryan Thomas for The New York Times

(Jan. 23, 2015 | The New York Times) - Jorge Ramos, the Univision and Fusion television anchor who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, was in his suburban Miami broadcast studio when he all but pounced on the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, who was appearing from Washington. The Republicans’ immigration policy is “deportations, deportations, deportations,” Mr. Ramos said. “Why?” Read More

Voices: Thanking our "honorary" Hispanics

Image of Honorary Hispanics

(Jan. 1, 2015 | NBC News/Latino ) - When Jews were being persecuted and executed by Nazis during the Holocaust, help came from non-Jews such as Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg or German industrialist Oskar Schindler. In the Civil Rights Movement, white students volunteered, marched with and at times died alongside black youth to end Jim Crow laws. Recently, national protests on civil rights or fair pay have been multiracial. Read more

5 Latinas discuss Cristela, Jane the Virgin, and representation on TV

Representation of Latinas on TV

(Nov. 21, 2014 | Jezebel) - This fall, two television shows starring Latinas, and featuring American Latina culture, made it to primetime. In Cristela, we've seen a milestone: it's the first-ever primetime sitcom not only starring a Latina (any Latina!) but also created, written, and produced by her as well. Cristela Alonzo, a 35-year-old, Mexican-American comedian/writer from San Juan, Tejas, is blazing through barriers and has created a show based on her family, to boot. Read more

Censor unambiguous profanity in Spanish-language media

By Federico Subervi
(Dec. 16, 2014 | The New York Times) - Figuring out what is generally considered taboo in Spanish doesn’t require more than a basic understanding of the language. While the meaning of certain Spanish words could be indecent or sexually provocative depending on their context or on the nationality of the speaker, there are many words that are indecent no matter what version of Spanish. Read more

Related Story:
How should the F.C.C. regulate foreign language broadcasting?

Gina Rodriguez plays title role, Jane, in the funny telenovela-style show on The CW. (Photo: Facebook)
Gina Rodriguez plays title role, Jane, in the funny telenovela-style show on The CW. (Photo: Facebook)

Finally, a show that ditches lame stereotypes for an authentic portrayal of a Latino family

By Rebecca Raber
(Nov. 17, 2014 | TakePart.Com) - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 17 percent of the American population is Hispanic or Latino. That’s roughly 54 million people. But if network television was your only guide to the culture of this country, you wouldn’t know it. You might think that the few people of Latin American or Spanish origin in America exist only on the nation’s margins: as cartel leaders on Breaking Bad, sexpot stepmoms on Modern Family, cops on police procedurals, or maids on soap operas. Generally speaking, if you’re looking for a Latin leading man on TV, you’ll have to switch to Telemundo or Univision, one of the American Spanish-language broadcast channels. Read more

South Texas students, lawmakers take issue with UT-RGV mascot

(Nov. 10, 2014 | Texas Public Radio) - The new president for the University of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley campus approved “Vaquero” as the university’s mascot despite a backlash from students, alumni and South Texas lawmakers. Read more

As numbers grow, recognizing generations of Latino Vets

By Raul Reyes
(Nov. 11, 2014 | NBC News) - As the nation honors its veterans, government officials point to the growing numbers of Latinos in the military, while Hispanic scholars and historians remind us of the generations of Hispanics who have proudly served our country. Read more

Immigration, Latinos, and white partisan politics: The new democratic defection

By Zoltan Hajnal and Michael U. Rivera
(Source: American Journal of Political Science) - Immigration is profoundly changing the racial demographics of America. In this article, we seek to understand if and how immigration and increasing racial diversity are shaping the partisan politics of individual white Americans. We show that whites’ views on immigration and Latinos are strongly related to their core political identities and vote choices. Using a range of different surveys, we find that, all else equal, whites with more anti-immigrant views or more negative views of Latinos are less apt to identify as Democrats and less likely to favor Democratic candidates. This rightward shift harkens back to an earlier period of white defection from the Democratic Party and highlights the enduring but shifting impact of race on American politics.

(Source: Published online Feb. 26, 2014 | Printed version: American Journal of Political Science, Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 773–789, October 2014)

Hispanics/Latinos and 2014 Elections: Top issues in this year’s election for Hispanic voters

By Mark Hugo Lopez, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Jens Manuel Krogstad
(Oct. 29, 2014 | Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project) - As has been the case for several years, Hispanics rank several issues as more important than immigration, though immigration remains a key issue for the majority of Hispanic registered voters. Hispanics are also more likely to say the Democratic Party could do a better job than the Republican Party on immigration, the economy and foreign policy. Read more

Related Article:
Nine first-time Latino candidates are running for congressional seats (Fox News | Oct. 29, 2014)

Latino Media Gap Report 2014

By Frances Negrón-Muntanerwith Chelsea Abbas, Luis Figueroa, and Samuel Robson

(Source: The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University) - The Latino Media Gap report 2014 by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia Univeristy has revealed some important findings about the representation of Latinos in entertainment and news media. One of the findings was "Latino men have disappeared as leading actors" while "the percentage of Latinas and Afro-Latino actors is rising." Read more

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Immigrants detained at the border are housed in the McAllen Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

More jails refuse to hold inmates for federal immigration authorities

By Cindy Carcamo
(Oct. 4, 2014 | Los Angeles Times) - Emboldened by recent court rulings, more and more counties and cities across the country are refusing to jail inmates extra days to give federal authorities time to deport them. Read more

A study: Spanish-language immigrant media and election coverage in South Florida

By Juliana Fernandes & Moses Shumow
(July 21, 2014 | Source: Journalism) - Abstract: "Miami-Dade County, Florida, has 2.5 million residents, with more than half (52%) born outside of the United States. Catering to these immigrant populations is a rich landscape of community media outlets focusing on the multiple Hispanic immigrant communities in this region. Drawing on the confluence of these geographic and socio-cultural factors, as well as the growing political influence of Hispanic populations, this study presents the results of a content analysis of election articles (N = 398) produced by four Hispanic immigrant media outlets in Miami-Dade over the course of a year. The results show an emphasis on covering elections in the home country, and contribute to the growing body of research on the increasingly transnational lives of immigrant populations and provide new insights into how these media outlets shape the coverage of elections that impact these communities."

Latinas most affected by the pay gap

(April 10, 2014 | Voices of NY via El Diario) - As President Obama signed two executive orders to promote equal pay for women and Republicans blocked legislative efforts to close the salary gap with men, El Diario/La Prensa published a series of reports highlighting that Latinas are the most affected by the pay gap. Read more

Oklahoma Latinos setting the record straight after outrageous local news reporting

By Juan Miret
(Feb. 14, 2014 | Latina Lista) - On February 3, 2014, two CBS stations and affiliates in Oklahoma – News on 6 in Tulsa and News on 9 in Oklahoma City – aired a story connecting the increase of the undocumented population in the state, with the local activity of Mexican drug cartels. No specific numbers, no formal studies. Read more

Is Spanish Affordable Care Act Website Worse Than Healthcare.gov?

By Albert Lin
(Jan. 27, 2014 | DiversityInc.) - Since moving to Florida two years, Gretti Diaz, a 27-year-old originally from Cuba who works as a gas-station cashier in Miami, has not had health insurance. So she eagerly awaited the day when she could sign up for subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But like many Americans who tried to enroll via the web, Diaz hit a roadblock. Read more


Body image puts Latinas at risk

By Chris Hoenig
(Jan. 25, 2014 | DiversityInc.) - Latina women have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) because of both obesity and lupus, but how they view their bodies is only increasing the potentially deadly nature of the risks. Read more

Rise and fall of the Spanish language in America

By Chris Hoenig
(Oct. 10, 2013 | DiversityInc.) -- Spanish is being spoken more than ever in the United States, and the number of Spanish-speaking Americans is only expected to grow. But the percentage of Latinos who speak Spanish at home is shrinking. Read more


In Mexico, families hope immigration reform will trigger reunions
Photo: Jude Joffe-Block

By Jude Joffe-Block,Fronteras Desk/PRI's The World via New America Media
(May 13, 2013) - It’s a typical Sunday in the town of Tepeapulco, in Mexico’s central highlands. Families gather, cook and catch up.

And that’s the scene at Santiago Domínguez’s home. At 82-years-old, he’s the family patriarch. He’s wearing pressed slacks, his dark hair smoothed back. By lunchtime, he’s surrounded by relatives. Read more

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Hispanics in the U.S., not only Mexicans

How American films are chasing elusive Hispanic dollars?

Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment

4th international conference on "Spanish-Language Media & Latino-oriented Markets"

(Feb. 24, 2013) - The Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets at the Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication organized the 4th international conference on "Spanish-Language Media & Latino-oriented Markets" on Feb. 21 - 23, 2013 in San Marcos, Texas. Click HERE to find more information about the sessions and topics covered in this conference.

Contributed by Federico Subervi

Marcos Gutierrez -- A tireless voice for San Francisco Latinos

(Apiril 12, 2014 | New America Media) - Anyone who listens to Spanish language radio in the Bay Area knows the name Marcos Gutierrez. And if you’re even slightly connected to the Latino community here then chances are he knows you too.

“If people have something to say then I bring them on the air,” says Gutierrez, host of Hecho en California (Made in California). With over 40 years of broadcast experience, Gutierrez’ radio program offers a voice to the Bay Area’s growing Latino community. Read more

LGBT Latino seniors face housing crunch, isolation in San Francisco

(April 10, 2014 | New America Media) - Facing pronounced housing issues and isolation in San Francisco, the city's population of Latino lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) seniors is in particular need of housing assistance and adult day programs, say policy experts on aging. Read more

Latinos debate Pope’s musings on celibacy

By Cristina Loboguerrero translated by Karina Casiano from Spanish
(May 29, 2014 | El Diario/La Prensa via Voices of NY) - Pope Francis’ recent statement saying that “the door is always open” to reconsider mandatory celibacy for Catholic priests has once again shaken the church at its core. Read more

Black and Latino children are affected most by public-school closures

By Julissa Catalan
(May 28, 2014 | DiversityInc.) - A new report by Journey for Justice (J4J)—an alliance made up of multiple grassroots organizations around the country that strive to improve public schooling—illustrates the affects of public-school closures in underrepresented communities. Read more



Bergenline avenue in New York sizzles with Latino culture

By Joaquín Botero (translated by Karina Casiano from Spanish)
(May 23, 2014 | El Diario/La Prensa via Voices of NY ) - Going from New York to New Jersey on a “jitney” minibus, also known as a “dollar bus” or, in Spanish, “guagua” or “colectivo,” feels like touring Latin America. Not only because passengers hail from all corners of the continent, but because of their warm interactions: Commuters often know each other and break into animated conversations. Read more

Immigration reform, Latinos and emerging dynamics: Research roundup

By Leighton W. Klein

(Jan. 31, 2013 | Journalist's Resources) - As the November 2012 national election demonstrated, the Hispanic electorate has increasing political clout, and projections show that this power will only increase in the coming decades. Read more

Related story
Day laborers fear being left out of immigration reform

A book explores "two sides of the same story":
Media narratives of Latinos and the subprime mortgage crisis

By Jillian Báez* & Mari Castañeda
[Source: Critical Studies in Media Communication | 31(1)] - Abstract: "It is now widely publicized that Latinos are one of the most disproportionately affected communities by the 2008 recession. At the same time that Latinos have one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S., they also have the highest foreclosure rates due in great part to subprime mortgages. In this essay the authors ask: How are Latinos represented as a significant force in the financial crisis? In particular, what are the media narratives constructed around Latinos and the subprime mortgage meltdown? In order to answer these questions, the authors analyzed the coverage of Latinos in the subprime mortgage crisis in both English- and Spanish-language print news from 2008–2011. Overall, the authors analyzed the news coverage using a transcultural political economic framework, paying close attention to the ways that Latinos are treated as postcolonial subjects. The analysis of media narratives shows how the crisis of the subprime is in fact part of a historical legacy of exclusionary property ownership, racialized segregation, and the continuous exploitation of Latin America through its people. Ultimately, the authors argue that such legacies are evident in the different ways Latinos are constructed in English- and Spanish-language news media regarding the subprime mortgage crisis."

Related Article:
Racial Disparity in Mortgage Refinancing Data (The New York Times | Oct. 2, 2014)


Hispanics to total 30 percent of US population by 2050 (Source: NBC News)

Latino/Hispanic Issues | African-American Issues
U.S. Latinos And Blacks Don't Trust How Mainstream Media Portrays Them, Study Finds

(Sept. 17, 2014 | Source: Fox News Latino) - A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Read more

Related Research:
The growth of web and mobile media has not lived up to the promise in terms of the coverage of race/ethnicity (Source: Science Daily, Sept. 16, 2014)

Few roles for Hispanics in top Hollywood movies

(Aug. 4, 2014 | CBS Secramento via AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen. Read more

In 17 states, 1 in 5 kindergartners is Latino

By Natalie Daher
(July 9, 2014 | NBC News) - A look at kindergarten numbers is a window into the country's changing population. In 17 states, about one-in-five public school kindergartners are Latino, according to a Pew Research report based on 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data. The same figure was roughly halved, at eight states, in 2000. Read more

Ramos: ‘Latinos will remember’ Republican stalling on immigration reform

By Rachel Maddow
(May 22, 2014 | MSNBC) - Jorge Ramos talks with Rachel Maddow about his confronting the leaders of the House and Senate on not moving immigration reform legislation and how he thinks Republican foot-dragging will play with Latino voters in the midterms and 2016 elections. Read more



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