Ruben Hernandez

On the home front

On the home front

When guests step over the threshold to my old, bungalow-style home in downtown Phoenix, a common comment is, “Wow. The way you’ve decorated your house is so you!” I give what I call the “nickel tour.” We slowly walk through the rooms and I explain the origins of the paintings, books, rugs, posters, pottery, wood […]

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Top Hispanic editor at ASU

One of the most prominent Hispanic journalists in the nation now calls Arizona home. Rick Rodriguez, former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee newspaper, has joined the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is the school’s Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor, making him part of the initiative’s intent to integrate […]

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Stop racial profiling

Racial profiling was one of the biggest fears expressed by the Latino attendees at January town hall. Recent changes at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and proposed changes at the Phoenix Police Department to have local cops start asking for immigration status prompted the concerns. One Latino citizen has already filed a lawsuit against Sheriff […]

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Finding the truth

In Arizona’s immigration debate, numbers have been flying everywhere. One recent poll showed that the majority of those polled thought that undocumented workers made up about half the state’s Hispanic work force. The Pew Hispanic Center, using information from the U.S. Census Bureau and Pew’s own analysts, set the record straight  in its finding that […]

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Younger Hispanics are online

Of the 18.1 million Hispanics online, more than half are younger than 35, according to comScore, a global Internet information provider that tracks consumer behavior. No doubt a lot them are fans of YouTube, which is more popular among Hispanics than the general market. The study found 73 percent of Latinos online visited conversational media/user-generated […]

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Honoring Latino youth

Do you know an outstanding young person who deserves a reward for her or his hard work in school and the community? Or are you that young person yourself? If so, the generous people at the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards want to know about it — but there’s not much time left to tell them. […]

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Mirroring Mexican heritage

Can anyone possibly know where they’re going unless they know where they’ve been? To make it easier for some of us, the Phoenix Museum of History is offering the exhibit The Mexican American Mirror/El espejo México Americano: Reflections of Our City’s Heritage through October. This exhibit traces the evolution of the Valley’s Mexican American community […]

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Losing the game of life

Ever been homeless? If not, how can you understand homelessness, asks Francisco Alatorre, a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul homeless services. A safe way is to join in the St. Vincent de Paul Experience on Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The game takes about 45 minutes, and is at the […]

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Friends of Latin American art

Local Latin American art lovers have gathered to create the Latin American Art Alliance, the newest support organization affiliated with the Phoenix Art Museum. Georgia Ray Wolfe, board president of the group, says that the Alliance’s mission is to support the Museum and its board of trustees’ initiative to build a “collection of Latin American […]

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A new Madonna

A new Madonna

THE JOSE BENAVIDES Lowrider sculpture titled Madonna is movable art but not street legal. He displays his 17-foot-tall, drivable shrine to Our Lady of Grace (Virgin Mary) at art exhibits and gatherings like the Southwest Arts Conference in Glendale, where Madonna make a cameo appearance in January. Benavides banged 500 license plates into a massive, […]

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