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May 2009 Blog Posts (25)

Latinitas Noticias: Is Hispanic the Same Thing as Latina?

Is Hispanic the Same Thing as Latina? Not quite.

By Christopher Beam

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 6:40 PM ET

Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he would nominate 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The New York Times wrote that Sotomayor, if confirmed, would be "the nation's first Hispanic justice." But Sotomayor has referred to herself in the past as "a Latina judge." Do Hispanic and Latina mean the same… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 29, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

KEYE Interview ... and we are on in one, two, three......

Ok girls. I am here at the headquarters for Latinitas (Mercury Mambo) and Laura and I are being interviewed by the well-known Michelle Valles, who is just as lovely as she is on air in the mornings. Its so great to meet a Latina who as made it. She has been surrounding herself around journalism since the 2nd grade when she started her own newspaper!

So coming from this inspiration I am going to strive forward with my L.L Journalist Video Blogs. Stands for "Live Latina… Continue

Added by Anna-Alizette on May 28, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Spelling Bee Achievement

I would like to acknowledge our very own El Pasoan, 14-year-old Katie Stone, for being a part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee! It's a great accomplishment and honor. Latinitas can see Stone as a good example of one of many great things that they can be a part of. It's always nice to hear (or read) about young girl's successes:) What other great accomplishments are out there?

Added by Rosemarie Montez on May 27, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

what are your plans for the summer?

My big plan for the summer is to move to Hawaii from California in July. I am busy getting rid of everything I don't want or need. I was there during spring break and I can't wait to go back.

Added by Lorena on May 27, 2009 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

Latinitas Noticias: Sotomayor Inspries Latinita to Become the 1st Latina President

Latina suggested for Supreme Court spot President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor

By Carla Castano


President Obama nominated appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Sotomayor is the first Hispanic woman in history to be elevated to the high court. Local Latinas are excited over the prospect of a Latina Supreme Court justice.

Sotomayor, 54, has been a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the… Continue

Added by Alicia on May 27, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

More Sonia Sotomayor

AP source: Obama picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court

By BEN FELLER – 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama tapped U.S. Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama's decision on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 26, 2009 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Sonia Sotomayor

Seems like the news is loving the word Nuyorican. They aren't spelling it correctly, but they are trying. El Presidente Obama is nominating Puerto Rican Sonia Sotomayor as the next U.S. Supreme Justice. Conservative groups are already wigging out over Obama's comments that this woman has empathy - meaning she can feel and relate to all classes of people. What are conservatives afraid of that Sotomayor might actually care about average Americans!?

This is exciting news for Latinas and… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on May 26, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Latino youth and the justice system

Here is a story with some statistics on Latino youth in the U.S. justice system.

By Georgia Pabst of the Journal Sentinel

May. 21, 2009

On any given day nearly 18,000 Latino youth are incarcerated, according to a new report that looks at Latino youth and the justice system.

The report entitled "America's Invisible Children," was done by the National Council of La Raza.

The report found that the majority of the incarcerated youth are in jail for… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 25, 2009 at 9:31am — No Comments

Latinista: 10 Things You Can Do for the DREAM Act!

Ten Things You Can Do for the DREAM Act!

By Dream Activist


1. CALL Pick up the phone and call your Senator or Representative today. Dial 202-224-3121 or use the NCLR guide to be connected to your member of Congress and speak out in favor of the DREAM Act.

Sample message - "Hi, I am calling in support of the DREAM Act (S.729 / H.R. 1751). The DREAM Act lays the groundwork for immigration reform and allows immigrant youth of good moral character… Continue

Added by Alicia on May 22, 2009 at 9:52pm — No Comments

How do you see yourself?

To be honest, I see myself as a "dork." I think its unfortunate that people see that term as a negative thing. I love that I can be myself and not really concern myself with what others think is cool. I love to be silly and have fun with whatever I'm doing. Do what you love as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. But most of all, love yourself, because you will spend more time with yourself than with anyone else!

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 22, 2009 at 12:29pm — No Comments

How do you see yourself?

We all have an image of how we see ourselves and the kind of girl/woman we want to be. Since I am new to mylatinitas I would like to share a little about how I see myself as a hispanic woman. I would also love to hear from my fellow latinitas about how they view themselves. I see my beauty's internal layout, since that's what matters the most.I value my intelligence and acknowledge the power it holds. I know my own strength because it's put to the test every day.I believe in being independent… Continue

Added by Rosemarie Montez on May 21, 2009 at 6:31pm — No Comments

No nip/tuck for Salma Hayek

What do you think about plastic surgery? Everyone has something about themselves that they don't love, but would you ever go under the knife? Here's what Salma Hayek had to say in an article for

There Will Be No Plastic Surgery for Ms. Salma Hayek

La Senora Salma Hayeyk told WEB MD, “None of that. No peelings or tanning booths. What you see is what you get. I have been lucky. Maybe when the face starts falling apart, I’ll change my mind, but for now I am… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 21, 2009 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Latinitas Hot Topic: Weekly Blog Question

Hey Latinitas! Express yourself & post a blog. Share your thoughts with other Latinitas across the country. Click on the ADD BLOG POST button to respond to this week's hot topic: HAS SWINE FLU AFFECTED YOU? For a while now, we can't seem to get on the internet or turn on the T.V. without seeing anything about the Swine Flu. What do you think about the disease and the coverage it's gotten? Are you taking precautions to stay safe? Tell us which actions you've taken to avoid it. Has… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 20, 2009 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Latinitas Noticias: MTV Tr3s Announces Fresh Programming


MTV Tr3s, the most widely distributed TV network dedicated to today's bicultural Latino youth, announced today a new programming slate.

"The new programming slate is a perfect illustration of how MTV Tr3s embraces the U.S. Latino youth segment and their unique and diverse tastes. The wide variety of content and its multi-platform attributes are sure to resonate with our audience," said Jose Tillan, General Manager/Executive… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 20, 2009 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Latinitas Noticias: Latino Teens Say Parents Most Influence Their Decisions About Sex

WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Latino teens cite their parents more than any other source when asked who most influences their decisions about sex. These and other findings are in a new survey commissioned by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

The overall teen birth rate in the United States is on the increase after 14 straight years of decline and, at present, Latino teens have the highest… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 20, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

My Mama

Mother-daughter relationships are always hard. The reason for that is not so clear. When you think about it, who is the best person to confide in? The best person to hang out with? The best person to get advice from? The answer should be your mom. Having that older female in your life should make things easier. This isn't always true.

My mom and I don't always see eye to eye. Between the ages of 13 and 18, I was constantly at odds with my mom. We would have our ups and downs when we… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on May 19, 2009 at 1:59pm — No Comments

A mother like no other

I think we can all say that our own mother is like no other. There are instances when we see our mothers in a completely different light, perhaps a little older or a little tired, when we come to appreciate her even more. I can remember counting spare change on top of our kitchen table so that I would be able to take the bus to school. I remember my mother's hands smelling of copper after she was done counting the change and walking me to the bus stop.

I can remember my mother making a… Continue

Added by Cynthia on May 19, 2009 at 9:37am — 1 Comment

just so cute

Added by ashley mederos samantha on May 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

fun is ending

fun is ending which sucks . i wish would do it all over.

Added by Alica ellenore Contreras on May 18, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

my mom

There are sooo many things that make my mom special! First of all she is a wonderful mother and friend to me and my 3 sisters. She dropped out of school at age 16 to work at a bank and help out her family until age 20 when she married my dad. For 16 years she dedicated her life to all of us making sure we always had everything we needed. When we moved to El Paso, Tx she started working and is now certified in various computer programs and is an administrative secretary at Region 19. She is very… Continue

Added by Mari on May 15, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

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