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Dear Readers

Dear Readers

By Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez With April comes spring, and with spring: growth, change, and refreshing renewal. There is little wonder as to why artists in all genres have used this greening season to symbolize rebirth. That said, here I am. Your new managing editor. This is the first issue I have edited, and I am excited […]

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¿Será Posible?

¿Será Posible?

1. Worst. Bathrooms. Ever. Why is it, we ask you, that the public restrooms at Encanto Park in Phoenix are by far some of the filthiest, most-neglected such facilities in the valley? We’re not talking your run-of-the-mill dirty stall with a slightly-damp floor. We’re talking toilet bowls overflowing with raw sewage, urinals with – How […]

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Napoleon Baraza’s documentary

Napoleon Baraza’s documentary

A child takes a breather in one scene from Napoleon Baraza’s documentary on the StarShine Education program. Baraza explains,“My decition to make [this documentary] was because I believe that it creates transformational community schools by igniting and enabling the aspirations of children in at-risk communities.”

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MuchoTE Tequila Comes to Arizona

MuchoTE Tequila Comes to Arizona

Grab a margarita glass, and some salt, y’all. MuchoTE Tequila is in da house. Or at least in the state of Arizona. Will Elger and his twin brother Dave have spent the better part of the past ten years making and selling liquor in Colorado. They did very well at it, too. An aha moment […]

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Little long-term security for Latino middle class

Many Latino families who have made it to the middle class might not be there for long. A study by Demos and the Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University concludes people in this group are either borderline or at high risk of not being in the middle class altogether. Fewer than one […]

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Documentarian Honored

Through her office of representatives, Gov. Janet Napolitano presented an award to Napoleon Beraza, a mass media consultant born in Mexico and currently living in Phoenix, for his work on a documentary about the StarShine education program, being used in two charter schools in the Valley. The schools, noted as an excellent model by the […]

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Not all Latinos sold on digital TV

With the United States’ switch from analog to digital television less than a year away, marketing research firm Nielsen thinks more needs to be done to keep ratings for television shows from missing their marks when the conversion occurs Feb. 17. Nielsen estimates televisions in 13 million homes, or about one in 10 households, get […]

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Starr of her special quinceañera

The traditional quinceañera. A day filled with gowns, dancing – and body slams. No, we’re not talking about what happens when Tio Chuy gets a little out of hand at the end of the night. For one lucky teen, wrestling was very much part of her marking her coming of age. Starr (yes, one name) […]

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Did Lopez and Anthony borrow names from PBS?

Did Lopez and Anthony borrow names from PBS?

Hollywood, and the world of celebrities in general, is no stranger to weird baby names. How else to explain Paula Yates’ and Bob Geldof’s daughter’s name – Fifi Trixiebell? Or Gweneth Paltrow’s baby, Apple? Victoria and David Bekham and their baby Brooklyn? On and on it goes. But nothing struck us as quite so weird […]

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Chica Lit in the air, like springtime

Chica Lit in the air, like springtime

Primavera is upon us, and with it comes the start of the season of Chica Lit. From prolific Mexican-American chica lit powerhouse Mary Castillo comes the fabulous new “Switchcraft,” a clever take on the life-switch genre. Best friends Aggy and Nely, as different as night and day, find themselves trapped in each other’s bodies after […]

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