Ruben Hernandez

Feasts of friendship

Feasts of friendship

When most of us living in the United States think of November, we think of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday and dinner. The two are synonymous in the American mind. But despite some evidence that it may have been the Spanish who organized the first Thanksgiving feasts on the soil of what is now called the […]

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¡Ay Chihuahua!

¡Ay Chihuahua!

Finally, a Hollywood movie that subdues the irresistible urge to scold, “Bad Mexico. Bad, bad, Mexico.” Take the new Disney comedy, Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Please. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) The film features an ultra-pampered pooch from Beverly Hills with Drew Barrymore’s voice. Chloe (that’s its name – swear) accidentally gets lost in the streets of Mexico […]

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Living dangerously while Latino

Living dangerously while Latino

If you’re a Latino and you have this creepy sensation someone is watching you, it is probably true, according to a recent report. Sweeps for undocumented immigrants by law enforcers exemplified by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio policies cultivate increasing hatred and bigotry against all Latinos, say reports by the Pew Hispanic Center and the […]

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Touched by the Black Hand

Touched by the Black Hand

Edward James Olmos was in Phoenix as the keynote speaker for the 2000 Profiles of Success awards luncheon when the following incident happened, according to witnesses. Reporter Rich Robertson, with Channel 12 news, had just attached a microphone to Olmos’ coat lapel for an interview in the Arizona Biltmore lobby. Then Robertson fired his first […]

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Juicy Mangos

Michele Herrera Mulligan believes there is just one way to eat mangos – naked. The 36-year-old Mexican American writer/editor in Brooklyn laughs when the Latino reporter on the other end of the phone falls silent after that line. “I don’t know what it is about mangos that makes them so erotic,” she says, laughing. “Just […]

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What women want

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took sexist media hits that were aimed at her gender, not her political agenda. For example, Fox News pundit Rush Limbaugh sneered during her campaign that if Hillary is elected president, “Who wants to watch a woman age?” “Hillary Clinton was subjected to terribly sexist media,” says Gloria Feldt, a […]

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So many words, so little said

There are many ways to dodge questions, and one is to use rhetoric as a weapon – or a shield. Latino Perspectives sent an email with several questions for the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce after publishing an article on some Chamber woes. (See October LPM, Chamber of horrors.) In […]

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All the news that fits, we print

All the news that fits, we print

When Adolph Ochs acquired The New York Times in 1896, he coined the newspaper’s famous slogan, “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” He was making light of the yellow journalism tactics of his publication’s competition at the time, the New York World and the New York Journal American. With the constant shrinking of the […]

 Ruben Hernandez

Alluring lady of the roses

Alluring lady of the roses

Canyon Records is a Phoenix-based label that has specialized in award-winning Native American music for 57 years. A recent release demonstrates that Canyon’s quality productions effortlessly cross cultural lines. On May 17, I attended one of two debut concerts of a two-act opera at the small sanctuary of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mesa. The […]

 LPM Staff

Voz de oro

Voz de oro

We of the LPM Vibe tribe first noticed Ricardo Elias years ago at US Airways Center at the annual Mariachi Festival, in a spotlight glow singing Ave Maria in his soaring tenor in perfect pitch. We mentally noted the name, and recognized it when the buzz recently reached us of a hot, new Phoenix-based musical […]

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