The Invention of Hispanics – Latino USA

Before 1970, the US Census Bureau classified Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants as whites. Each community of Latin American origin would go by their nationality and by the region where they lived in the United States. But all that changed in the seventies, as activists began lobbying the US Census Bureau to create a broad, national category that included all these communities. The result was the creation of the term “Hispanic”, first introduced in the US Census in 1970.

 

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Growing up ’50-50′ in Santa Fe

Novelist Sandra Ramos O’Briant, in an article posted on the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices section, weighs in on growing up in Santa Fe

Novelist Sandra Ramos O’Briant, in an article posted on the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices section, weighs in on growing up in Santa Fe “50/50″ – Anglo and Hispanic.
She’s the author of “The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood,” which won International Latino Book Awards for Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book in 2013. The book is about New Mexico sisters caught up in the Mexican-American war.
Her piece in the Huffington Post, part of a “tag” blog about diversity in literature by a series of writers, is headlined “Bullied: Diversity, Differentiation, Distinction.”
“In Santa Fe, New Mexico, I attended barrio schools and was bullied for my O’Briant surname. My classmates refused to believe my mom was Latina. Being a 50/50 was not easy. Diversity is a term I embrace, and not just ethnically. I hate being stereotyped and having my choices restricted, not only in my life, but in the lives I create for my characters.It begins:
“Most of my characters have been set apart from others in some way. A bullied child is an isolated child, and reading was my escape … . What I learned is that there is more that humans have in common with one another than what racially, ethnically or culturally separates us. The kids who bullied me acted out of ignorance that had been passed down for generations. I was lonely, but gained strength from my isolation; I learned to make my own path.”
O’Briant, born in 1949, then introduces her novel and continues:
“That’s the long way of saying that I began my historical research to answer the burning question that had so cruelly affected my youth: Why did the Latino kids in Santa Fe hate Anglos, especially Texans?
“Answering this question led to an examination of war, class, education, the role of women, religion and superstition during the Mexican-American War. Santa Fe, N.M., an area now known as an artistic and tourist mecca, was the first foreign capital conquered by the U.S. It had a profound impact on the people there.”
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Source: www.abqjournal.com

Miss Universe: Gabriella Isle

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On November 9, 2013, Gabriela Isler made history when she was named Miss Universe, becoming the seventh woman from Venezuela to bring home the crown.

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Miss USA Nia Sanchez

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Nia Sanchez, 24, was crowned the most beautiful woman in the United States on Sunday night, but this is one beauty queen who packs a punch — and a kick.

 

3) She’s Hispanic.
The newly crowned Miss USA is “half Hispanic,” according to her profile. In fact, Nia said that she made it a point to travel to Mexico on mission trips when she was growing up. The 24-year-old model is one of the few Latinas to have won the crown in the history of Miss USA, Mexican-born actress Laura Herring was the first in 1985.

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‘NEGRO’: exploring identity and the color complex among Latinos

‘NEGRO’ is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latin…

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Black and Latino

Visit http://mun2.tv/blackandlatino for more interviews and to join the conversation! What does it mean to be black and Latino in the U.S.? Featuring intervi…

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July Flashback: Miguel (aka Miguel Jontel Pimentel)(Mexican/African-American) [American]

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Known as: Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, musician & producer

Music Videos: Adorn, Sure Thing, All I Want Is You, Quickie

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Tucson Revives Mexican-American Studies Program : NPR

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The Tucson Unified School District is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona.

Community Village‘s insight:

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Zoe Saldana Takes On Our Need To Label Everybody

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What an interesting interview. I knew I liked Zoe Saldana. Zoe Saldana has an issue with labels — of any kind. During a recent interview with BET, the actress discussed her role in the recently re…

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