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Los Monologos de Vagina

I had the fortunate experience of attending the Monologos de Vagina, the Spanish-language version of the Vagina Monologues in Austin, TX this past weekend. What a refreshing twist on the original I saw in NY City, read by its author Eve Ensler, when it opened in 1998. Some of the monologues particulary the one about women and war was especially poignant because of its reference to the disappearing women in Ciudad Juarez. The monologue put a spotlight on a large group of women silently…


Added by Laura Donnelly on February 21, 2010 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

Conan - your era is over

I can't say it enough - where are all the ladies on late night TV? That's why your ratings suck Tonight Show - you have never considered 50 percent or more of the population and the jokes and interests she might be relate too. And, the funny White guy thing is so done. George Lopez and Chelsea Handler stole your audience's not Jay Leno's fault. His show stinks too!

Added by Laura Donnelly on January 21, 2010 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Teen Moms on MTV

I love this program. I think it is so right on showing the difficulties that exist and sacrafices that need to be made when teens have a baby. I was surprised that there were no Latinas included in the 4 profiles of American teenagers. As the population with the highest teen pregnancy rate - i thought they'd be included. Was MTV sensitive in portraying a stereotype? Or negligent once again?

Anyways - the show is pretty touching. The girls are of different backgrounds and… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on January 8, 2010 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

CNN Latinos in America

So, Latinita' role model Soledad O'brien just finished her new gig broadcasting Latinos in America stories on CNN, but the response has not been I think what this Cuban American expected. People were outraged at the choice of stories - the teen pregnancy, a gang-girl and I caught a few seconds of a piece on low-riders. The consensus of viewers was that the stereotypes of Latinos was once again projected onto the big screen without the range of images that include the whole spectrum of Latinidad… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on December 7, 2009 at 4:39pm — No Comments

George Lopez Late Night

Has anyone noticed yet that George Lopez is funnier than his late night host rivals!? I am near frowning when I watch Conan (excluding Triumph the Insult Dog skits), Jay or Letterman. Their monologues are snoozy and their skits are lame. Lopez is infusing his stand up in to his monologues and the effect is hilarious. For crying out loud - he is featuring a Chola make-over giving actresses like Sandra Bullock who appear on the show new drawn-in eyebrows with a sharpie!

And, what I… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on December 4, 2009 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Still ok to rail on "wetbacks" in Texas

Anyone else noticing the trend in Austin where railing on "wetbacks" is still an issue. Two other radio personalities are getting suspended for insinuating the term "wetbacks" in Austin.

Jason and Deb of 101.X were referring to wet vacs on the air, vacuums for cleaning up water, but then began to allude to the term wetbacks in their comments. Their "accident" and suspensions shed light on a… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on October 15, 2009 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

A little late, but...

American Idol's first winner Kelly Clarkson was the featured cover of Self this month - or was it her? The magazine is getting some heat for slimming Kelly down with graphic design software. The most ridiculous part is Kelly is quoted in the same article on how comfortable she is with her body and can't understand why the press can't accept her curves if she can.

I think I was most heartbroken when editor Lucy Danziger, an idol of mine for editing the defunct Sports Illustrated for… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on September 22, 2009 at 2:53pm — 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

Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil - we've had enough

Act Like a Lady. Think Like a Man. Hello Mr. Steve Harvey - we've been doing that since the origin of species and we are exhausted. If you don't know Steve Harvey and his new book - he's a pretty funny comedian, who like many men with public speaking power tend to start thinking they are experts are everything. Women have been "acting like a lady" - not too smart, too sexy, too rugged, too this, too that - since we were cavewomen and thinking like a can we not? We live in a society… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on April 12, 2009 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Chris Brown n Rhianna

I think what I would like girls to notice about the Chris Brown / Rhianna disaster is that we have to stop idolizing male singers to the point where they are gods - especially the r & b guys who lay it on so smooth and put forth this image that looks so nice and sexy. There are so many amazing women artists out there working 10 times as hard as their male counterparts (ie: Rhianna) and they are doing it without kicking their partner's a#%. They are doing it without using drugs, without… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on March 2, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Proud of LBJ Latinitas and our fantastic program leaders

I am often astounded at the talent present in our after school program - future journalists, entrepreneurs and vetrenarians - and burgeoning role models. Two weeks ago, along with some outstanding Latinitas program leaders (Steph Meza, Ivy Bejarano and Vianey Luna) in Austin, a group of Latinitas from LBJ high school joined Breakthrough Austin to talk to their younger peers about the Road to College. While their peers slept soundly on a Saturday morning, Corina P. Erica M. and Ana J. spoke in… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on February 17, 2009 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Feeling Obamafied

Interviewing some of you Latinitas on the election of Barack Obama I heard a lot of news-feed feedback that this was a momentous occasion because we have elected the first African American president to the United States. Some answered a little to robotically and I was hoping that Latinitas would think even deeper about this day - about inclusivity. For so long government has been top heavy with old white guys and though some have our best interests at heart - no one knows a culture, a gender, a… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on January 20, 2009 at 9:55pm — 1 Comment

Obamanos at last!

Did anyone else notice Obama's nod to all the Latinos in the United States that voted for him, that wanted Hillary, but hated the Bush/McCain chain more, with his new (but not new to the United Farm Workers) mantra: "yes, we can," or to those of us who have heard it spoken in its native tongue: "Si se puede!" It was definitely a grateful and necessary thanks because Latinitas - you are clearly the new powerful force in U.S. elections!!!! Wow, it's good to feel inspired rather than that tragic,… Continue

Added by Laura Donnelly on November 4, 2008 at 10:47pm — No Comments




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