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  • News & Politics
    Staff Members of Popular Hispanic Newspaper El Diario wrongfully terminated?

    One of the oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country, El Diario La Prensa is seen as one of the largest Hispanic-focused papers in both the country and New York City. For 101 years, El Diario has reported the news to their readers, but now the publication is currently making news due...

  • Entertainment
    Heavenly Pulpo Paul Graces GOOGLE to celebrate 2014 FIFA World Cup

    In order to commemorate the 2014 FIFA World Cup and one of its noticeable celebrities, GOOGLE has changed its logo to a doodle which pays homage to the departed Pulpo Paul, also known as the “psychic” Octopus who has been known for predicting the winners of the soccer matches. Paul the Octopus...

  • Social Issues
    Celebrating Puerto Rican Pride: The 57th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

    Considered to be the event to kick off summer events, The 57th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade dominated 5th avenue on Sunday. One of New York City’s cultural celebration of one of the largest population of people, the Puerto Rican Day Parade was attended by hundreds of thousands of Boricuas living in...

  • Social Issues
    Latinos in Queens celebrate 22nd Annual Gay Pride Parade

    June kicks off Gay Pride Month in New York City and other cities across America. From June 21st to the 29th Manhattan will host a series of events honoring the hundreds of gaysliving in the city with the annual parade closing the week on Sunday, June 29th. But things kicked off earlier...

  • News & Politics
    The Voting Power of Dominicanos!

      The 2012 Presidential Elections was important in more ways than just one. While it saw to the re-election of America’s first African-American President Barack Obama, the elections also highlighted a very interesting development in this country. The elections spotlighted the growing population of Latinos who live in this country and how...

  • Social Issues
    Latino Bookshop’s first East Harlem reading and literacy campaign!

    Wanting to show the importance of Latinos in literature and express the importance of literacy to Latino youth, former East Los Angeles middle-school English teacher Aurora Anaya-Cerda decided the best way to do so was by opening up a bookshop named, La Casa Azul in the highly-populated Latino community known as El...

  • Social Issues
    Undocumented Hispanic Youth Face College Roadblock

    With graduation steadily approaching, many students throughout New York State are not only celebrating an end to 12 years or so of educational hard work but are also prepping to embark on a new educational journey as they ready themselves for college. However, there are a selected many who—while they themselves want...

  • Social Issues
    Hispanic Fast Food Workers go on Strike!

    On May 15th 2014, thousands of workers in the fast food industry went on strike demanding their wages be raised to the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Across 33 countries within 230 cities, worker in McDonald’s, Burger King, and 12 other well-known fast food restaurants, fast food workers joined a...

  • Social Issues
    Am I Latino or Hispanic? What term defines your race?

    Ever filled out an application and come to the ethnicity part where you have to check the box that says “Latino or Hispanic”? Ever have various people ask you whether you were or referred to you as either “Latino” or “Hispanic”? If you said “Yes” you are not the only one. As...

  • Social Issues
    Latino Family Protests 9/11 Museum

    On the morning of September 11th, 2001 a series of coordinated terrorist attacks took place involving planes that struck areas in Virginia at the Pentagon, a field located in Pennsylvania—where passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 were able to thwart the designated target—and in New York City which saw the fall of...

  • News & Politics
    The Puerto Rican Day Parade is Back On!

    Well, the fog has cleared and the parade is BACK ON! Considered the event to kick off summer in the city, the Puerto Rican Day Parade is a major event highlighting the Puerto Rican pride of millions of Puerto Ricans who live in the Big Apple or who live back on the...

  • Social Issues
    Could Homeless Youth be on the rise in New York City?

    Let’s say that every day you exit the Port Authority Bus Terminal to make your way to work or to meet up with some friends, and on your way to your destination you notice the same young adult—let’s say around 16-years-old—sitting outside the AMC 25 theater located on Times Square. Every time...

  • News & Politics
    Cinco de Mayo Flub: Latinos Upset with MSNBC program over insult

    Not particularly a holiday celebrated by most, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that does mean something to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in this country. So when reporting on the holiday yesterday, MSNBC may have taken it too far when trying to cover the holiday on its morning program. During its segment on...

  • Social Issues
    Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

    To some Cinco de Mayo is the equivalent to St. Patrick’s Day, but much like St. Patrick’s Day the 5th of May is celebrated not only to kick back and have a few cervezas. So what is the meaning of Cinco de Mayo? Well, one of the biggest misconceptions about Cinco de...

  • Entertainment
    LatinTRENDS Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The last time we got to see the web-slinger with a strong sense of humor, albeit annoying for his opponents, was back in 2012 in The Amazing Spider-Man. In the last film, we followed Peter Parker, an orphaned teenage boy, as he was bitten by a genetically-altered spider and changed forever when...

  • Social Issues
    Is Being Latino Positive or Negative in the Work Force?

    In America, the Latino population is on the rise. In the 2012 Presidential elections millions of Latinos came out and made their voices heard when we re-elected President Barack Obama. Since the elections politicians, companies, and various other types of business ventures have changed their target to attracting Latinos to them because...

  • Social Issues
    #myNYPD hashtag mishap: The Dangers or Benefits of Hashtagging?

    On Tuesday the New York Police Department learned a very valuable lesson about the world of social media: be careful of hashtag-ing and the dreaded hashtag hijackers. In an attempt to get New Yorkers to show their love and support for the boys in blue through Twitter, the NYPD asked New Yorkers...

  • News & Politics
    Fight against censorship: The Latino President vs. Ecuadorean Americans

    Since becoming president in 2006, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is steadily becoming known as the tyrant with a smile. On Capitol Hill, Correa has been referred to as a tyrant with an “irresponsible tongue” that abuses his power within his country. As president of Ecuador, Correa has used his power to stifle...

  • Entertainment
    Doctor Vet Los Angeles: Show about Latino Veterinarians returns for a 2nd Season

    Early this month Nat Geo Mundo’s hit television series, Doctor Vet Los Angeles returned for its second season. Following several Latino veterinarians as they tend to various animals from dogs to cats, horses to peacocks, and even snakes, the show is a way for the California-based doctors to share their journey caring...

  • Social Issues
    Still Waiting: East Harlem Residents await help after explosion

    On March 12th, 2014 eight East Harlem residents lost their lives, an estimated 70 people were injured and dozens of families were displaced when a supposed gas leak resulted in an explosion that leveled two residential buildings. A month has passed since the East Harlem explosion and since then the community has...

  • News & Politics
    “Home” Father and Daughter Singers are Back! And singing for a personal and social cause!

    Four years ago, Jorge Narvaez and his daughter Alexa became internet sensations due to their cover of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’s “Home”. In 2010, the father and daughter singing duo uploaded their late night jamming session to his Youtube account which garnered the pair instant national TV attention on both...

  • News & Politics
    One Week Later: Did Latinos come out for Obamacare?

    Last week, President Barack Obama saw a victory for his Affordable Care Act aptly namedObamacare when it exceeded its goal of 7 million enrollees at the midnight deadline on March 31st, 2014. On April 1st, President Obama announced that 7.1 million people had enrolled in the program and have received coverage. However,...

  • News & Politics
    To Ride or Not to Ride: The New York City Horse Carriage Debate

    To some they are considered one of Central Park’s most popular attractions, and are just one of the many fixtures of New York City. However, to others they are an obsolete and unnecessary presence. For years now the horse carriage industry of New York City has been one of the hot button...

  • News & Politics
    Common Core Exams: Harming or Helping students of New York?

    Identified as being a set of high quality academic standards in both Mathematics and English language arts, the Common Core exams are given to students to determine they have learned necessary skills associated to their grade at the end of each grade year. The Common Core initiative is aimed at ensuring that...

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