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June 2009 Blog Posts (60)

The Death of a Man, but not a Pop Star

I think it's safe to say that most people were shocked by Michael Jackson's death. It was so sudden, and it took the world by surprise. The media was in a frenzy to cover the last press conferences and to highlight his long and varied career. I don't know if the world will ever have another "Michael Jackson," but the truth is that we didn't really lose one.

What I believe to be deeply saddening is the fact that people lost the man Michael. His children, family, and friends are left… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on June 30, 2009 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Traing New Summer Camp Leaders

Busy, busy getting ready for summer camp!! There's going to be so much cool stuff to do and the Amazing Diana Bravo is going to take this camp to the top!


Added by Leslie on June 30, 2009 at 9:52am — No Comments

Hot Topic Response - Michael Jackson's Death

OMG! That's what I said to my husband on Thursday afternoon over a text message. Then again in the evening when I got home. And again at night when we were getting ready for bed. It was truly a shock and very hard to believe! My husband made the comment that everyone else seems to believe, "He (Michael Jackson) was the one person in the world I never thought would die! Or surely we would all be dead before HIM!!"

I think that his influence on us throughout his entire life was beyond… Continue

Added by Rosemarie Montez on June 30, 2009 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

The King of Pop and the rest of the world.

Four days after Michael Jackson's death, I still cannot believe that it happened! I remember glancing at an article that mentioned him going into cardiac arrest, and a mere fifteen minutes later, he died!

Michael Jackson seemed like one of those untouchable, invincible celebrities that would never cease to exist. My dad is a huge fan. Some of my funniest memories include watching my dad dance to 'Billie Jean' at family reunions or singing along to 'Thriller'. We have his albums, eight… Continue

Added by Sara Elizabeth Sanchez on June 29, 2009 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Ask Tia Sara

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Added by Ask Tia Sara on June 29, 2009 at 8:11pm — No Comments

"The death of a Star" (Answer to Hot Topic: How Has the News about Michael Jackson's Death Impacted You?)

Last week, I was 4 hours away from civilization, on top of the Large Binocular Telescope, the biggest optical telescope on earth so far. I was learning about real stars and their lives, seeing constellations like the eagle nebula were they are forming; the beautiful blue and red binary stars of Albireo, and taking spectography picture of dead stars like the Dumbell planetary Nebula.

Planetary Nebulas are, perhaps, some of the most beaituful night sky objects you can observe. You can… Continue

Added by Silvana on June 29, 2009 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment

Let me introduce myself!

My name is Sara and this is a new area within the Latinitas website where we can blog about some pretty interesting topics that are important and hopefully interesting to you - the fantastic group of young Latinas out there that we hope will be our future! This page is called "Ask Tia Sara." This may sound a bit silly to you, but the reason for it is that I want you all to feel agusto in asking me anything. If you need advice about boys, for example, you can ask it here. If you need an opinion… Continue

Added by Ask Tia Sara on June 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Marriage and Divorce

I'm not married, nor do I plan to be in the near future. Lately though, with many of my friends getting engaged and married, I have become fascinated with the idea of marriage. But sadly, when I think of marriage, I can't help but think of divorce.

As someone who eventually does want to get married, I feel it's important to see why marriages don't work--so that I can try to avoid going through a crappy marriage a painful divorce. So I ask the question--why do so many marriages fail… Continue

Added by Marisa Cano on June 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Hidden Machismo (Answer to Hot Topic: Do You Think Machismo is a Problem in Our Culture?)

Do you think machismo is a problem in our culture?

I will answer YES, but I have to explain, for its a Yes on many levels and a No in some others.

When I was growing up, I remember (male) friends discussing how they weren't machos anymore, how society had changed, evolved. That machismo was a thing of the past. I wanted to agree, because I believed (and still) that I deserved same rights as men, same opportunities, but later on I discovered that there are creeks were… Continue

Added by Silvana on June 27, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Latinitas Noticias: My Name is Belle & I am Undocumented

My Name Is Belle and I am Undocumented



PUBLISHED JUNE 27, 2009 @ 08:22AM PT

This week's guest Dreamer is Belle. Visit to find out how you can help pass the DREAM Act.

My name is Belle, and I live in Florida. I first came to the United States from Brazil at the age fourteen, in 2004. I was brought here unwillingly by my mother, whom I always had issues with and who always beat me and… Continue

Added by Alicia on June 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

im a counselor :)

I've volunteered at a kids camp for almost three years now. It takes place at our community park, Delores Wright Park. and it is free to anyone from ages 5-12. I take care of 7 and 8 year olds from 9 am to 1:30 pm. I really like doing this because its a fun way to keep busy during vacation time and meet people from other places like mexico, new jersey, massachussets, camden and chicago. I, along with 14 other people take care of different age groups. I chose the second younger group, because… Continue

Added by Alicia on June 27, 2009 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments


To All:

Recently a very close friend of mine was diagnosed with MDD (major depression disorder). It was a shock to me and to her family as well as other close friends she confided in. The reason for the post is for all who is reading to understand that depression is not only a serious illness, it can also be undetected. Let me give you a brief summary of my dear friend. Straight A student, taking the hardest classes, in newspaper, does community service, the loudest craziest person… Continue

Added by Karen Zamora on June 26, 2009 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

Latinitas Noticias: Serving Together by First Lady Michelle Obama

Here is a note and call to action that we received recently from the First Lady Michelle Obama. She offers helpful tips on how we can make a difference in our local communities....

National and community service has been a cornerstone of my life, as I know it has been for many Americans. And with the daily struggles now confronting so many families, it's especially important for us to reach out to one another and offer a helping hand.

I've just launched United We Serve, a… Continue

Added by Alicia on June 25, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Che's Granddaughter Poses Nude for PETA Ads

Take a look at this article from What do you guys think about posing nude? If it is to make a statement, does that changes things? How much skin has to show for it to be too risqué? Or is it still exploitation? What do you think? Click here to see the semi-nude photo.

Che's Granddaughter Poses Nude for PETA Ads

by Anabell Romero | 06.19.2009 | 10:30am | 4… Continue

Added by Latinitas Intern on June 25, 2009 at 1:02pm — No Comments


The New Oxford American Dictionary defines "machismo" as strong or aggressive masculine pride. Does this definition even begin to explain everything that machismo encompasses? Machismo, especially in a border town, is inordinate. Stories have been heard about men not letting their wives work because the woman's place is "in the kitchen." Even worse cases of machismo are seen in domestic violence, not only in the Hispanic culture, but in any other culture. Cases of rape and murders of… Continue

Added by Sara Elizabeth Sanchez on June 25, 2009 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Frontera Pride Film Festival

This past weekend, El Paso hosted its very first Gay Pride Film Festival. The screenings of different films were held in the alluring Philanthropy Theatre of the Plaza Theatre and in the Downtown Library. Some of the films that were shown included Born Again, Projecting the Body, and Pretty Ugly People. Other events included a free concert by Mexicans at Night and a gala at the Camino Real Hotel. I got to see the screenings of Born Again and Projecting the… Continue

Added by Sara Elizabeth Sanchez on June 25, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Hot Topic Response: Is machismo a problem in our culture?

Yes, I do. In fact, I think it can be seen all over the world and in different types of cultures. However, it feels more prominent and obvious within our own culture because that's what we encounter day in and day out (especially in a border city where our culture is the majority).

The idea of a machismo provides mixed feelings for most of us, though. As a woman, I love my independence and to believe that my husband and I are a team. 50/50 in our relationship, so to speak. But, any time I… Continue

Added by Rosemarie Montez on June 24, 2009 at 7:55am — No Comments

Latinitas Hot Topic: Machismo in My Life

I feel very blessed in this area in most ways. My parents always encouraged me to do well in school and encourage me to pursue my dreams and a career that I will love. They let me play sports like soccer, tennis, softball, instead of the dance and gymnastics that I know my mom would rather have me do. They let me climb trees and let my braids out when I was playing. (I still had to endure the comments of my mother saying that it wasn't lady-like, but I was never in trouble for… Continue

Added by Lizette Espinosa on June 23, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Latinitas Hot Topic: Weekly Blog Question

Hey Latinitas! Express yourself & post a blog. Share your thoughts with other Latinitas. Click on the ADD BLOG POST button to respond to this week's hot topic: "DO YOU THINK MACHISMO IS A PROBLEM IN OUR CULTURE?"

Has machismo affected you? Has anyone ever told you that you couldn't do something because you were a girl? Were you ever told to not play sports? Or told that your place was in the house or in the… Continue

Added by Latinitas on June 23, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

How do you relieve stress???

Hola, Latinitas!

Hope everyone has started off their week with a smile and a 'can-do' attitude! :)

So, I'm curious to know how you all relieve you workout until your dripping with sweat? do you slap on your headphones to Selena's beautiful music? or maybe you cook up a storm? I've been known to do all of these (although the last one isn't my forte!)

I find these and other past-times to be very soothing and opportunities to de-stress at a time when the levels of… Continue

Added by Rosemarie Montez on June 22, 2009 at 8:29pm — 2 Comments

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