Fighting to Educate: Mexican-American studies programs taught outside of schools

July 11, 2012

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Oppression creates Innovation! Check out how Arizona educators continue to find ways of teaching the “banned” curriculum. A seguir adelante!! by NBCLatino Staff 11:17 am on 07/11/2012 School leaders are trying to keep Mexican-American studies programs alive in Tucson, Arizona. After an Arizona law banned classes in Tucson Unified School Districts, teachers and activist are now […]

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Heart Beat: New York City’s Si*Se “Bizcocho Amargo”

June 29, 2012

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Si*Sé is a live/electronic group based in NYC and I’ve listened to them since I lived in California!  They caught my ears with the tune below and I’ve followed them because of their strive for making music that resonates with feelings of love, loss and seduction. From their Website: Blending sultry vocal melodies and electronic […]

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Countering Dracula’s Wrath; How to Hide a Hickey

June 28, 2012

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I never understood the reasoning behind playing Dracula and leaving someone with a mark in their neck- like a stamp saying someone's been here. Or better yet a signature along the lines of how dogs pee and mark their territory. Yes, I am talking about the good 'ol ... dun dun dun... HICKEY! I know what you're thinking, wasn't that back in the days when we were 14? Well, it became a topic of conversation between my best friend Leoansy and I (with supporting cast of my sister Ere), and we created a list that sums up how to hide a hickey if in fact you are even in this egregious predicament.

Posted in: Dating, Health, Perspective

Careful with that Username, It’s a ‘Pre-Impression’

June 25, 2012

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I have spent a lot of time recently on different social (not dating) sites, and I realized... usernames are totally part of that 'first impression factor' when meeting people, showcasing work, etc.. You might consider hearing the old adage, "first impression seals the deal," and to a certain degree I concur. If you're username is PushMyButtons83, there's a very slim chance I'm going to give you any time of day. We live in the digital age where people can meet on an online community, via email, or over the phone, and expand business or relationships. Regardless of the means, before you meet that person (if not through a mutual friend), there's always a log-in asking for your username/email...this is your 'pre-impression.'

Posted in: Dating, Perspective

Heart Beat: Molotov ‘Frijolero’

June 19, 2012

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Molotov is a 4x Grammy award winning Mexican rock band with lyrics that are edgy, honest, controversial and often politically inspired.  They give those who want a voice something to yell through the radio.  Check out this song… it’s definitely a defiant one. Lyrics to Frijolero : Yo ya estoy hasta la madre de que me […]

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“So Call Me, Maybe?” Jepsen has it all wrong

June 7, 2012

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"So call me, maybe?" No, B*tch. If I give you my number, it's because you need to call me. I had to get real for a second, because that's exactly how I felt when the lyrics finally made sense to me. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call me Maybe" is definitely one of those Top 40 songs you hear every hour if you're listening to the radio. I like the song, it's happy-go-lucky, and yeah I know the words. That's how I figured out this girl had it all wrong! ... Also, Link to related article on "Call Me Maybe Business Card Used to Pick Up Women" -Emilia

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Exercise with a View

May 30, 2012

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So I’ve been working on my running just in time for the summer. I wanted to share an image I captured today on my run on the Westside Highway in NYC (see below). Exercising in places that give such gorgeous views makes it all the more worth it. I encourage you to find a place […]

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Running for a Change

May 27, 2012

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I was coming out of a personal funk state and wanted to change… so I signed up for a half-marathon. It doesn’t make sense in a simple sentence but it does once you learn the story. Maybe one day I’ll write the full deal, it’s not really that interesting.  For now we’ll keep it at […]

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Heart Beat: “Titanium” David Guetta feat. Sia

May 23, 2012

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I love working out to electronic house music... and one of my favorite DJs is none other than David Guetta. This track not only has a great beat, but the lyrics are empowering. I love anything that amps you up and gets the courage flowing! When you're working out and you think your out of fuel this song is a definite "Power Song" on the play list. Like the song says, "You shoot me down but I won't fall...I am titanium." This is the song to sing to when anyone or everyone (or even you) are against you... blast it proud and loud because you are titanium!

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Heart Beat: “Skyscraper” Demi Lovato

May 11, 2012

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Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" is a beautiful self-reminder that we have strength to rise and achieve all that we decide is best for ourselves. Check out the video and lyrics here.

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