By Mariela Rosario | 05/21/2010 - 16:30
An image of Dora the Explorer with a black eye, posing for a mugshot and labeled as an "illegal" has been generating a lot of internet buzz.
Sometimes, we must admit, Dora the Explorer gets on our nerves—mainly due to her high pitched voice and endless repetition of catch phrases. But she definitely does not deserve the treatment she has received at the hands of anonymous online haters. There is even a Facebook group entitled "Dora the Explorer is so an illegal immigrant," which dedicates itself to bashing the beloved Nickelodeon character.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/19/2010 - 09:30
Since the new SB 1070 immigration laws were passed in Arizona, there has been a steady stream of protests. High school students walked out of classes in Flagstaff and University of Arizona students urged their school president to formally denounce the laws.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/14/2010 - 16:45
What can we say about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? We must admit, we had no idea who she was until she upped and signed that crazy new immigration law into effect in Arizona. But since that fateful day a few weeks ago, it seems like there is no escaping her, or her insistence on passing insane laws that demonize Latinos in a state where 30+% of the population is Hispanic.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/14/2010 - 10:26
Pitbull announced yesterday via his Twitter and his website, www.PlanetPit.com, that he was canceling the May 31 date of his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour in Phoenix, AZ to protest the recent passing of the state's polarizing SB1070 legislation.
"I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31. How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them?" he asked. "It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4."
By Marlene Montanez | 05/13/2010 - 17:00
I often forget that I'm brown.
"How can this be?" you're probably asking.
It's pretty simple: I've lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, most of my life and have a mix of Hispanic and non-Hispanic friends. I don't feel different from them—which is how it should be when you have a great group of friends. I don't really listen to Spanish music, and although I love a good plate of arroz con gandules, I'm not one to have a Puerto Rican flag in my rear view mirror. But when Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 on April 23, 2010, everything seemed to shift.
By Grace Bastidas | 05/13/2010 - 13:30
Ricky Martin, Shakira and Gloria Estefan are just a few of the musicians that have spoken out against the anti-immigration laws in Arizona. And a few artists are taking the discourse further.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/05/2010 - 16:15
Every now and then a movie comes along that is perfect for it's time, and right now, that movie is Robert Rodriguez's b-movie kitchfest, Machete. Rodriguez released the official trailer for Machete today, with a special introductory message from the film's star, Danny Trejo in which he declares, "This is Machete, with a special cinco de mayo message to Arizona!"
By Mariela Rosario | 05/04/2010 - 10:08
Shakira has been on a whirl-wind media tour recently, speaking out against the passage of the new immigration laws in Arizona, SB 1070. Although some saw her involvement as an affront since she is not a United States citizen, we think it makes sense that Shaki stepped up to the plate; she herself admitted while speaking to the mayor of Phoenix, "I have no papers here."
By Mariela Rosario | 04/30/2010 - 17:00
Have you noticed that ever since Arizona passed its new immigration laws, racists across this great nation of ours have felt emboldened to let everyone know how they really feel about us Latinos? OK, we know this is a matter of opinion, but watch the videos below and you decide.