The Joy of Journaling
By Angie Romero | 04/16/2010 - 18:00

A while ago, Cinema Tropical put together a list of the best Latin American films of the past decade. Not surprisingly, Argentina dominated the list, with 39 mentions (and 3 in the top 10 alone). Looking over the list, I realized I have a lot of catching up to do. So imagine how happy I was when I discovered the new Film Journal from trendy notebook maker Moleskine?

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The Farthest Home
By Angie Romero | 04/13/2010 - 18:00

You know a book is worth checking out when Sandra Cisneros calls it "a book that punctures Latino insularity and connects us to the global story of ourselves." "A must-read!" would’ve done it for me but in any case, in John Phillip Santos’s new novel, The Farthest Home Is An Empire of Fire: A Tejano Elegy, the critically-acclaimed author returns to his roots.

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Putumayo’s Latin Party
By Angie Romero | 04/09/2010 - 18:00

Putumayo release alert! If you’re like me, you get excited every time these guys put out something, cause they do all the work of combing through vast catalogs of great but obscure music and throw the best songs onto a disc, then deliver it right to your fingertips. Plus the artwork is always pretty.

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P-Star Rising
By Angie Romero | 04/06/2010 - 18:00

Back in February, a documentary from Gabriel Noble titled P-Star Rising aired as part of the Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens series on PBS about the youngest female rap star ever—and she’s a Latina! Priscilla Diaz was nine when she took it upon herself to redeem her father Jesse’s unfulfilled dreams of hip-hop stardom (mom was a crackhead). Soon she found herself doing shows at clubs where people were twice her age and three times her size.

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An Education
By Angie Romero | 04/02/2010 - 20:00

I caught this movie while on a trans-Atlantic flight recently and loved it.

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Lucha Loco
By Angie Romero | 03/31/2010 - 13:00

I’ve always wondered about the secret lives of wrestlers, particularly masked luchadores. I love the story of how the legendary free wrestler/actor/folk hero El Santo, was buried with his silver mask at age 66 in 1984, but not before removing his mask for the first time in public on television show a week before. It was his way of bidding his fans farewell.

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I Heart Tattoos
By Angie Romero | 03/26/2010 - 18:00

Whomever doesn't deem the Mara Salvatrucha, aka MS-13 gang, a threat to our society is in denial. Their activities consist mainly of drug and arms smuggling, kidnapping, robbery, human trafficking, and murder. With close to 10,000 members in the U.S. alone, the Mara is one of the FBI’s and ICE’s biggest concerns. Most MS-13 members are immigrants who fled Central America's civil wars for inner-city Los Angeles during the 1980s. Nowadays, Mexican cartels work with gangs like MS-13 on the distribution front.

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Lost Souls
By Angie Romero | 03/23/2010 - 18:51

Soon, in the pages of Latina, you will see something special we’re putting together, which touches on Latinos and the army. Sorry to be so vague— gotta keep you guessing! Until then, I highly recommend watching a documentary called Lost Souls, which premiered on PBS as part of the Emmy Award-winning "Independent Lens" anthology series (check local listings or for show times). In case you miss it, it’ll also be available for purchase from PBS Home Video.

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Need a Little Career GPS?
By Angie Romero | 03/19/2010 - 21:00

It's not enough to work really hard, have talent, and envision oneself in one's dream career. Nowadays, especially with unemployment approaching double digits, you have to master a new set of rules and learn how to navigate corporate culture in America. To that end, a new book from Amistad seeks to give multicultural women an edge.

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Broken Embraces Arrives on DVD!
By Angie Romero | 03/16/2010 - 19:00

I'm honestly peeved that Broken Embraces didn’t get any love at the Oscars this year (and was that the most boring telecast ever or what?!). I won’t even get into the dresses, which were, in a word, disappointing. Even our girl Penelope can do better. Then again, why go all out when she knew she wasn’t going to win for that sorry excuse of a film called Nine. But the good news is that starting today you can watch (if you haven’t already) and/or own Almodovar’s most expensive picture to date on DVD.

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