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5 things to know about Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Hispanic population in the United States represents the largest ethnic minority in the nation.  This thriving demographic contributes to every facet of our everyday lives, including culture, food, economics, workforce and military across the country. Commemorative events are held ...

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The feeling of being welcomed

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I interrupt your regularly scheduled column to bring you an urgent update: Language matters, but approachability is so much more important. I’m writing this on a train headed to Pompeii. Yes, I am in Italy, enjoying a new culture and ...

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LatinoFest? More like AwesomeFest

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What did I do this weekend? I went back home. No, I didn’t fly back to the Dominican Republic, but I definitely got close. I spent the weekend at LatinoFest in Patterson Park, the largest Latino festival in the region, ...

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Plenty of summer fun to be had at home

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School is almost out! Vacations are about to start. Fantasies of sun-kissed beaches and Caribbean R&R are coasting through my mind.  How to get some summer fun without leaving town? Here’s my quick & dirty guide for Summer Fun for ...

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I do dissent. Because I must

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I’m running a bit ragged. Sleep-deprived, reassessing my activities and community involvements, often wondering why I do so much, I launched into an exercise of reviewing the past couple of months: the panels, interviews, outings, events. And it dawned on ...

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Why am I dancing in front of 1,000 people?

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There are so many wonderful causes to support with our talent, time, and treasures. Every one of us gets solicited to support some amazing and worthy cause — myself included. I often get solicited to be the “token Hispanic” or ...

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The power of the influencer   

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Growing up, I remember sitting around with my family on Saturday night to watch “Sabado Gigante,” a three-hour variety show on Univision similar to “The Price is Right.” Only difference was there were no commercials. The host, Don Francisco, born ...

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The complexity of Afro-Latinos

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Have you ever been overdressed for a function? Or worse, underdressed? The side glances and murmurs reach your ears, the obvious perception being that you don’t fit. I often get that reception when sharing that I’m Dominican — “But you ...

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Communicating in the new year

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After the business of the holidays, the extra pounds and excessive gifts, we are almost back to reality, digging and sorting the priorities of the new year. Like most people, we simply exchange one set of overloaded tasks for another, ...

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Equal pay — Is it my fault? Or theirs?

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Nov. 2 marks Equal Pay Day for Latinas. I know, I know, you are thinking, “No, we had this discussion back in April, for Women’s Equal Pay – we already know about this. Yeah, yeah, women make $0.80 on the ...

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