Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tide May Be Shifting Against Water Privatization

Shouldn't access to water be a right of all?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I Want That - Stuff I'm Totally Sweating

I haven't done one of these in a while -- but I want this girl's makeup! Is there a makeup artist is the house? Anyone?

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Class Apart

Efrain Ortiz Jr.brought my attention to the PBS documentary A CLASS APART, in response to No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed.

In 1951 in the town of Edna, Texas, a field hand named Pedro Hernández murdered his employer after exchanging words at a gritty cantina. From this seemingly unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans.

A team of unknown Mexican American lawyers took the case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents A Class Apart: The one-hour film dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters— activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer, and victim — within the broader story of a civil rights movement that is still very much alive today.

You can watch it online here.

"El Vuelco Del Cangrejo" Wins International Federation of Film Critics Award

The Colombian film “El Vuelco Del Cangrejo”, directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia, "a drama set in the black communities of Colombia's Pacific coast, where a man looking to flee the country by boat encounters a local fisherman," won the International Federation of Film Critics Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

After receiving the International Federation of Film Critics, or FIPRESCI, prize, the 27-year-old director dedicated the award “to the whole community of La Barra,” the village on Colombia’s northern coast where the filming took place.

SYNOPSIS: At La Barra, an isolated and humid village on the pacific Coast of Colombia, Cerebro, leader of the native Afro Colombian Community, is at odds with the White Man, a landowner who wants to build a resort on the beach. Daniel, a strange man with city looks and manners, arrives in the place, looking for a boat to leave the country. Daniel, forced to leave, has to be part in the struggle of this village to survive the looming advent of modernity.

A Look at Amor de Lejos & Latino Immigration Literature

In Crossing into America<: The New Literature of Immigration by Louis Gerard Mendoza, Subramanian Shankar, published in 2003, two English professors bring us narratives from recent immigrants:

A landmark collection capturing the complex experiences of America's newest immigrants.

This breakthrough collection presents voices from the great second wave of American immigration. Mixing beautiful writing from celebrated authors such as Jamaica Kincaid, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Richard Rodriguez with striking selections from young writers, as well as diary entries and letters home from undocumented workers, Crossing into America presents a complex portrait of emerging America.

Since the immigration reform of 1965 removed many of the racial barriers in our immigration laws, the second wave of immigrants has transformed the face of the United States. Crossing into America includes stories and memoirs of writers born in Mexico, Cuba, Kashmir, the Philippines, South Africa, and Romania, among other places, as well as poignant reflections on the immigrant experience by the children of immigrants. The book also includes an accessible history of American immigration policy and an original and timely section of conversations with activists, artists, and journalists who work on the front lines of America's immigrant battles.

Edited by two well-known specialists in immigrant literature—one an immigrant, one a child of immigrants—Crossing into America establishes a new canon of writing and is an essential resource for anyone interested in the future of America.

Contributors include: Teresa Acosta • Agha Shahid Ali • Julia Alvarez • Tara Bahrampour • Frank Chin • Sandra Cisneros • Andrei Codrescu • Martin Espada • Jessica Hagedorn • Maxine Hong Kingston • Jamaica Kincaid •Chang-Rae Lee • Frank McCourt • Richard Rodriguez

In “Amor de lejos: Latino (Im)migration Literatures,” B.V. Olguin notes, “Latino/a (im)migration narratives…often illustrate the traumatic aspects of displacement by focusing in part on how immigration, migration, exile, and colonization place people in a state of national limbo.”

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Book: Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night

New York native and beloved Boricua chef Daisy Martinez brings us another great array of recipes this Spring with her latest cookbook: Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes by Daisy Martinez 

"A feast for all our senses!" says the bestselling author of When I Was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda Santiago


Bolivia’s Vanishing Chacaltaya Glacier: What It Means for all of Us

“Bolivia’s plight is in not an isolated incident,” Rick Crouthamel adds. “Our environment is clearly changing, and the human population is struggling to cope. Action must be taken, and it must be taken now.”

The glaciers that have long provided water and electricity to this part of Bolivia are melting and disappearing, victims of global warming, most scientists say.

If the water problems are not solved, El Alto, a poor sister city of La Paz, could perhaps be the first large urban casualty of climate change. A World Bank report concluded last year that climate change would eliminate many glaciers in the Andes within 20 years, threatening the existence of nearly 100 million people.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed

I spotted this book over at the FeministReview, who noted, "for those interested in American history, civil rights history, women’s history, or Mexican American history, this book should be at the top of your reading list."

"The book starts out by defining the cultural differences between Mexican Americans whose families have lived in Texas since before it became a state and recently immigrated Mexicans—a difference that many modern Americans still struggle with.

Orozco then delves into the history of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC as it is commonly known by, as well as other organizations that were influential in the Mexican-American civil rights movement.

She also takes on the issue of gender inequality within Mexican-American society and how this affected the civil rights movement and modern scholars’ perception of the women who participated in it."

No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Cynthia E. Orozco

Founded by Mexican American men in 1929, the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC) has usually been judged according to Chicano nationalist standards of the late 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on extensive archival research, including the personal papers of Alonso S. Perales and Adela Sloss-Vento, No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed presents the history of LULAC in a new light, restoring its early twentieth-century context.

Cynthia Orozco also provides evidence that perceptions of LULAC as a petite bourgeoisie, assimilationist, conservative, anti-Mexican, anti-working class organization belie the realities of the group's early activism. Supplemented by oral history, this sweeping study probes LULAC's predecessors, such as the Order Sons of America, blending historiography and cultural studies.

Against a backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, World War I, gender discrimination, and racial segregation, No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed recasts LULAC at the forefront of civil rights movements in America.

This book sounds like a really valuable read!

Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2010

Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Will Become Void as of July 2010

If you were born in PR, you will need to apply for a new birth certificate, but they will not be available until after July 1st. Gov. Luis Fortuño signed a law making all old birth certificates processed prior to December 2009 not valid in any federal agency.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - There are some major changes coming for identity measures if your were born in Puerto Rico.

Your birth certificate will become void as of July 1st - part of a new law designed to reduce identity theft and passport fraud.

The U.S. State Department reports that 40 percent of the 8,000 cases of identity theft and passport fraud in the United States is related to stolen Puerto Rican birth certificates.

Some think that birth certificates are too accessible in Puerto Rico where they are needed for enrolling children in school, registering to vote, and even signing kids up for dance lessons.

According to U.S. Customs and Immigration, a Puerto Rican birth certificate runs for about $5,000 to $10,000 on the black market.

Puerto Ricans born on the island receive an American Social Security number and are eligible for a United States passport from birth.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Department of Health will issue new birth certificates to people upon request. There will be a $5 charge.
If you were born in Puerto Rico, you will need to reapply.

Here's the address for the Department of Health in Puerto Rico:
Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00910

You will need to provide photo identification to receive a new birth certificate and send a $5 money order. Checks are not accepted. Make your money order payable to the Secretary of the Treasury. Also include a self-addressed stamped envelope so the certificate can be mailed to you.

For more information, call (787) 767-9120 ext. 2402 visit their Web site.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On the Pervasiveness of Sexism

Great article:

Friday, February 19, 2010

She Will Be Loved

I just caught this Buena vista social club version of She Will Be Loved and think it's beautiful!

What Would You Do with 350lbs of Glitter?

CraftyChica Kathy Cano-Murillo, just released the first book trailer for her new novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter:

On her page, she's put out the call;

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH 350 POUNDS OF GLITTER? Send her your reply IN A SHORT VIDEO CLIP and it may end up in one of her new book trailers!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Nominate your Favorite Latina Blogger: 2010 Blogs By Latinas Awards

Blogs by Latinas is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 Blogs By Latinas Awards.

All nominees must be listed in the Blogs by Latinas directory, so if you don’t see a Blogs by Latinas badge on your go-to Latina blog (or don’t see the blog listed on the site), email them and let them know they need to submit their blog ASAP!

Deadline for nominations is 3/15/10.

Google's Translation Goggles

Tell me this isn't cool:

In the video above, you'll see how they use Goggles to take a picture of a German menu and instantly translate the text into English.

Via GoogleTranslate:
Right now this technology only works for German-to-English translations and it's not yet ready for prime time. However, it shows a lot of promise for what the future might hold. Soon your phone will be able to translate signs, posters and other foreign text instantly into your language. Eventually, we're hoping to build a version of Google Goggles that can translate between all of the 52 languages currently supported by Google Translate — bringing even more information to you on the go.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Poem Flow App from

Very nice: is proud to announce the launch of the Poem Flow app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, developed in creative collaboration with TextTelevision.

A veritable box of light with words and thought in fluid motion, Poem Flow is an entirely new way to experience poetry on a handheld screen. In Portrait view, each poem is presented in its traditional format; turned to Landscape, the poem literally flows over the screen.

Each day, a new poem becomes available to app subscribers, while those from previous days remain on the device, building the equivalent of an ever-expanding anthology of the best-loved poems in the English language. Historical trivia and contextual information, compiled by, are provided for each daily poem.

Leveraging geolocation detection and various sharing options, Poem Flow creates an instant community of simultaneous readers, noting when and where each poem was last read. Twitter, Facebook, and email allow Poem Flow to be spread across the web through, a free web extension of the Poem Flow app. Any poem in Poem Flow can be shared with anyone else, with or without an Apple device. The daily poems also appear on the homepage.

Unlike other poetry-specific apps for mobile devices, poems are presented on an elegant, clutter-free screen, in a readable font size, and once downloaded are available without an internet connection. Read poetry any time, anywhere—whether you're on a plane, underground, or otherwise out of range.

Forget the hassle of browsing or searching for the right poem: because the app opens directly to the day's poem, mobile readers with a free moment can immediately satisfy their curiosity and engage a fresh perspective.

Designed with poetry lovers in mind, special care was taken to consistently offer the correct formatting of poems. In Portrait view, the easy-to-read presentation allows the reader to savor the integrity of both the language and the linebreak; when flowing, readers enjoy a simple, graceful interface, adjustable to your individual pace. The simple, clear lines and gentle, crisp motions focus attention on the subtleties of language, enhancing involvement, understanding, and delight.

Poem Flow is a free download and includes 20 great poems and a full week of poem-of-the-day. Readers can subscribe to 3 months of poems (100) for $0.99, or a full year (365) for $2.99. A portion of the proceeds support the Academy of American Poets programs, including

Just a Girl

From the TED 2010 Conference:

Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

A Little Something for the Melancholy

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Via the Herald de Paris:

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Book: In the Company of Angels by Thomas E. Kennedy

“Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months by Pinochet’s henchmen when he is visited by two angels, who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again.

Months later, at the Torture Rehabilitation Center in Copenhagen, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse. In the long nights of summer, the two of them struggle to heal, to forgive those who have left them damaged, and to trust themselves to love.

“Dense with wisdom and humanity, possessed of a timeless, fable-like quality, In the Company of Angels is the powerful story of two damaged souls trying to find their way from darkness toward light — a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.

“This marks the first large-scale US publication of a major American author whose novels, though internationally renowned, have been treasured literary secrets in his own country until now.”

"Thomas E. Kennedy is an astonishment, and his novel is as elegant as it is beautiful, as important as it is profound. A marvel of a read." - Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize

Sunday, February 14, 2010

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN HAITI: What is happening, and what can we do?

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN HAITI: What is happening, and what can we do? presented by Prof. Mark Schuller, York College






Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at York College, the City University of New York. Prof. Schuller has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters about Haiti in addition to several articles in public media including Counterpunch, Common Dreams, and the Center for International Policy. He co-edited Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction (2008, Alta Mira) and Homing Devices: the Poor as Targets of Public Housing Policy and Practice (2006, Lexington). Schuller is also co-producer and co-director of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009, Documentary Educational Resources).
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

6:30-8.30 p.m. in the Recital Hall

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. @ 34th St.

Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, & the Center for Humanities

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Book: The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers

The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers Jane L. Delgado

Written by Jane L. Delgado, the nation's leading expert on Hispanic health, The Latina Guide to Health features cutting-edge medical information as well as "consejos" (conversational advice) throughout.

Until recently, little was known about Latina health. The U.S. government did not even collect statistics on causes of death among Hispanics before 1989. Since then, research has yielded a wealth of new information. The most surprising is that even though Latinas have high rates of diabetes and are more likely to be overweight than non-Hispanic white women, Latinas have lower rates of heart disease, lower rates of stroke, and live longer than non-Hispanic white women, rich or poor.

Nevertheless, the health messages Latinas receive are still the same as those of the general population—or worse—focus only on the disparities. These messages do not match the experiences of Latinas nor do they not take into account Latinas' strengths and assets.

Authoritative and accessible, this guide includes an A - Z "Health facts" section on everything from alcoholism and asthma to depression, diabetes, lupus, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as sidebars, charts, and website resources.

Also available in Spanish: La guía de salud: consejos y respuestas para la mujer latina

Jane L. Delgado is a Cuban-American clinical psychologist, health care advocate, non-profit executive and author. She is president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Politics of Latino faith

Not new but definitely sounds like interesting reading:

The Politics of Latino Faith: Religion, Identity, and Urban Community by Catherine Wilson

Pundits and commentators are constantly striving to understand the political behavior of Latinos—the largest minority in the United States and a key voting block. As Catherine E. Wilson makes clear in The Politics of Latino Faith, not only are Latinos a religious community, but their religious institutions, in particular faith-based organizations, inform daily life and politics in Latino communities to a considerable degree.

Timely and discerning, The Politics of Latino Faith is a unique scholarly work that addresses this increasingly powerful political force. As Wilson shows, Latino religious institutions, whether congregations or faith-based organizations, have long played a significant role in the often poor and urban communities where Latinos live.

Concentrating on urban areas in the South Bronx, Philadelphia, and Chicago, she provides a systematic look at the spiritual, social, and cultural influence Latino faith-based organizations have provided in American life. Wilson offers keen insight into how pivotal religious identity is in understanding Latino social and political involvement in the United States. She also shows the importance of understanding the theological underpinnings at work in these organizations in order to predict their political influences.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NY State Senate expels Senator Hiram Monserrate for abusing his girlfriend

State Senator Hiram Monserrate, a Democratic representative from Queens, was expelled last night from the New York State Senate by a vote of 53 to 8.

New Book: Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media by Isabel Molina-Guzman

Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media by Isabel Molina-Guzman

With images of Jennifer Lopez’s butt and America Ferrera’s smile saturating national and global culture, Latina bodies have become an ubiquitous presence. Dangerous Curves traces the visibility of the Latina body in the media and popular culture by analyzing a broad range of popular media including news, media gossip, movies, television news, and online audience discussions.

Isabel Molina-Guzmán maps the ways in which the Latina body is gendered, sexualized, and racialized within the United States media using a series of fascinating case studies. The book examines tabloid headlines about Jennifer Lopez’s indomitable sexuality, the contested authenticity of Salma Hayek’s portrayal of Frida Kahlo in the movie Frida, and America Ferrera’s universally appealing yet racially sublimated Ugly Betty character. Dangerous Curves carves out a mediated terrain where these racially ambiguous but ethnically marked feminine bodies sell everything from haute couture to tabloids.

Through a careful examination of the cultural tensions embedded in the visibility of Latina bodies in United States media culture, Molina-Guzmán paints a nuanced portrait of the media’s role in shaping public knowledge about Latina identity and Latinidad, and the ways political and social forces shape media representations.

About the author:
Isabel Molina-Guzman was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father. She migrated to Florida, USA at the age of 7 with her two younger sisters. In 2000 she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication.

Her new book Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media reflects her long-standing interest in the intersections between gender, race, and Latina/o identity. She began researching the book in 1999 at the height of the international media storm over the fate of Elian Gonzalez. At the same time news media attention was focusing on the young Cuban boy refugee, she noticed the increasing visibility of Puerto Rican entertainers Jennifer Lopez and Mexican actor Salma Hayek. Together the news and entertainment visibility struck her as indicative of larger social and cultural transformations in the United States. The book explores why Latinas are so visible in the news and entertainment media today and the cultural and political consequences of such visibility.

Molina-Guzman currently lives in Champaign, Illinois. She is the Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she is also an associate professor of Media and Cinema Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies.

Her work has appeared in numerous edited collections such as Myra Mendible's From Banannas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture (University of Texas Press) and Angharad Valdivia's Latino Communication Studies (Peter Lang) and scholarly journals such as Critical Media Communication Studies, Journalism, Latino Studies.

New Book: The Bread of Angels by Stephanie Saldaña

A gorgeous, romantic memoir of a young woman's year in Damascus, where she studied the Muslim Jesus, fled to an ancient desert monastery to heal her past, and unexpectedly found herself in love with a French novice monk.

In 2004, twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Saldaña traveled to Damascus, Syria, on a Fulbright fellowship to study the role of the prophet Jesus in Islam. She was also fleeing a broken heart. It was not an ideal time to be an American in the Middle East-the United States had recently invaded Iraq, refugees were flooding into Damascus, and dark rumors swirled that Syria might be next to come under American attack.

Miserable and lonely, Stephanie left Damascus to visit an ancient Christian monastery carved into the desert cliffs. In that beautiful, austere setting, she confronted her wavering faith and met Frederic, a young French novice monk.

As they set out to explore the mysteries entwining Christianity and Islam, Stephanie slowly realized that she had found God again-and that she was in love with Frederic. But would Frederic choose God or Stephanie?

The Bread of Angels sweeps readers into the violent extremes of a war-torn region and renews their belief in faith, self-discovery, and the possibility of true love.

Saldaña is one of those "yes, we can" young people one meets frequently these days: at home all over the globe, intense, earnest, and curious—a stained-glass-window of ethnicities, yearnings, and interests. She is a Mexican-American Catholic from Texas who went to college in Vermont, worked as a news reporter in war zones, then traveled to Damascus on a Fulbright scholarship to learn Arabic and study the Quran. There, she fell in love with a French monk.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

LatiNegr@s To Look Out For In 2010

A fabulous post, not to be missed:

New Book: Working in the Shadows by Gabriel Thompson

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do by Gabriel Thompson

In a new book, Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do, labor activist Gabriel Thompson chronicles his year spent alongside low-wage Latino immigrants in the lettuce fields of Arizona, at an Alabama chicken plant, and as a delivery boy in New York City.  Thompson’s book “shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement—while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour.”

I’m usually suspicious of the ability of privileged outsiders to speak for marginalized communities, but Thompson seems to be very aware of his role and limitations.

This project underscores the need for immigration reform so we can finally move the millions of exploited immigrant workers out of the shadows.

Thompson’s Blog

Interview on NPR)
via Faizahm's tumblr

Monday, February 08, 2010

Call for Latino/a African Diasporas > African American History Month

As the formal US focus on Black History Month (February 1-28/9) is upon us we seek to celebrate all of the peoples who have influence and history via the African Diasporas. Expanding the inclusively of Black History Month is a goal for several of us, self-identified LatiNeg@s, Afro-Latinos and Afro-Caribeños.

As people who recognize and claim the African heritage and history, we have often been excluded from US History, whether it be Black history or Latino history (Septermber 15-October 15). Join us in honoring and recognizing LatiNegr@s this year during Black and Latino History Month. We are Black, Latino and from the Caribbean. We REPRESENT!

Please share any images, videos, quotes, websites, links etc. you’d like to include on this page. Go to to submit what you’d like to contribute.

Music Monday: K'NAAN

Just discovered this song and it's now my latest favorite:

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Top 10 Literary Stepmothers

Stepmoms usually get a bad rap and unless you've been in their shoes(or had to deal with baby mama drama) most people find it hard to relate to those issues that (pardon the pun) pop up. That's why I was rather amused to see this:

Saturday, February 06, 2010

February is...

Did you know that in addition to being African American History Month, it's also Library Lovers' Month?

Library Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation's libraries will continue to serve.

"How To Love Your Library"

Library Lovers' Things To Do With Kids"

Friday, February 05, 2010

100 Favorite African American Books of the 20th Century

In honor of African American History Month (which we celebrate at Literanista on the daily), here are the AALBC's Favorite 100 African American Books of the 20th Century:

The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston
Beloved- Toni Morrison
And This Too Shall Pass - E. Lynn Harris
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Some Love, Some Pain, Some Time: Stories - J. California Cooper
Disappearing Acts - Terry McMillan
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Native Son- Richard Wright
2nd Time Around- James Earl Hardy
A Raisin In The Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
Homemade Love - J. California Cooper
Sister, Sister- Eric Jerome Dickey
Kindred - Octavia Butler
A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines
Flyy Girl- Omar Tyree
Friends and Lovers- Eric Jerome Dickey
Tumbling - Dianne Mckinney-Whetstone
Blessings- Sheneska Jackson
Waiting to Exhale - Terry McMillan
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem - Ntozake Shange
A Little Yellow Dog- Walter Mosley
The Autobiography of Malcolm X- Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Invisible Life: Fifth Anniversary Edition- E. Lynn Harris
Possessing the Secret of Joy - Alice Walker
Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America - Nathan McCall
Just as I Am - E. Lynn Harris
Mama Day- Gloria Naylor
The Wedding- Dorothy West
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat
Li'l Mama's Rules - Sheneska Jackson
One Better- Rosalyn McMillan
Your Blues Ain't Like Mine - Bebe Moore Campbell
Devil in a Blue Dress- Walter Mosley
Sula - Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
A Gathering of Old Men - Ernest Gaines
My Soul to Keep - Tananarive Due
Roots: The Saga of an American Family - Alex Haley
The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni (1968-1995) - Nikki Giovanni
The Street - Ann Petry
Cane - Jean Toomer - Terry McMillian
Tar Baby - Toni Morrison
The Souls of Black Folk (Modern Library Series) - W.E.B.  DuBois
Ugly Ways- Tina McElroy Ansa
Another Country- James Baldwin
Black Gold- Anita Richmond Bunkley
Caught up in the Rapture- Sheneska Jackson
Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven - Dawn Turner
Trice The Heart of a Woman - Maya Angelou
A Do Right Man- Omar Tyree
Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
The Between - Tananarive Due
The Hand I Fan With - Tina McElroy Ansa
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson
The Spook Who Sat by the Door- Sam Greenlee
Big Girls Don't Cry- Connie Briscoe
Knowing - Rosalyn McMillan
Paradise - Toni Morrison
The Best of Simple - Langston Hughes
The Third Life of Grange Copeland- Alice Walker
Trying to Sleep in the Bed you Made- Out-of-Print
Bailey's Cafe - Gloria Naylor
In Search of Satisfaction - J. California Cooper
Just above My Head - James Baldwin
The Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler
Tempest Rising - Diane McKinney - Whetstone< The Fire Next Time (Modern Library Series)- James Baldwin
The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors - Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Mama Black Widow- Iceberg Slim
Miss Ophelia- Mary Burnett Smith
The Wake of the Wind- J. California Cooper
Baby of the Family - Tina McElroy Ansa
Billy- Albert French
Black Betty- Walter Mosley
Manchild in the Promised Land - Claude Brown

Novels and Stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Library of America)
- Zora Neale Hurston
The Women of Brewster Place- Gloria Naylor
Bessie - Chris Albertson
Black Boy: (American Hunger) - Richard Wright
Magic City - Jewell Rhodes Parker
Scenes from a Sistah - Lolita Files
The Color of Love - Sandra Kitt
What a Woman's Gotta Do - Evelyn Coleman
B-Boy Blues: A Seriously Sexy, Fiercely Funny, Black-on-Black Love Story - James Earl Hardy
Belly Song and Other Poems- Etheridge Knight
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother- James McBride
Corregidora - Gayl Jones
Giovanni's Room- James Baldwin
I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots: A Novel - Susan Straight
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens - Alice Walker
Jazz- Toni Morrison
Middle Passage- Charles Johnson
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination- Toni Morrison
Push- Sapphire
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man- James Weldon Johnson
Sounder- William H. Armstrong

I have read many of these books and some I'm not familiar with at all but I like this list because it's very inclusive and covers many genres and issues. However, of course, it's a tad outdated and missing recent must-reads.

How many of these have you read? Are there any obvious ones or not so obvious ones missing?

Book Review: Matthew Carr's "Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain"

Thursday, February 04, 2010

School Sued for “Acting White” Harassment

Just two items, I came across today that I found rather interesting fodder for anyone who's ever been accused of "selling out," being bougie, or "acting White" because you: went to college, speak proper English,etc.

COLUMBIA, SC — Two Williamsburg County students and members of their family have reached a $150,000 settlement in what may be the first Title VI lawsuit based on claims of intra-racial discrimination in South Carolina public schools.

Lawrence “Larry” Kobrovsky, a Charleston attorney who focuses his practice on constitutional law and school issues, said the parties settled after a female student’s claims of sexual and racial harassment at a Salters school went to trial in U.S. District Court in Florence. The suit was one of two against the Williamsburg County School District and school officials. The other suit, filed on behalf of the student’s uncle, was dismissed.

Both students were members of an African-American family that shared a home in rural Williamsburg County. Both attended public schools at the time of the alleged harassment.

The trial lasted two days, but the case never went to the jury. SOURCE
and 2.

* Photo: Kara Walker - The Rich Soil Down There

Top Books to Read

Nice slideshows and suggestions from

The Top 100 Books Every Woman Should Read, classics, fiction, nonfiction,poems, stories

The Top 100 Books Every Woman Should Read-Nonfiction

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Take The Voto Latino, (free) iTunes 2010 Census Pledge

Via Guanabee:

Take a stand and pledge your participation in the 2010 Census at the  Voto Latino site today. You’ll receive 25 free songs from major artists like Pitbull, Aventura, Morrissey, Mos Def, Jaguares and Los Tigres del Norte via a partnership with iTunes that makes this exclusive soundtrack be available for FREE to anyone who visits Voto Latino’s home page and simply takes a pledge to participate in the Census.

Racial Differences in US Wages

One of the authors I work with, Lisa Johnson Mandell (Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want), writes at Aol. Dimecrunch and recently posted this:

The latest findings show that median earnings for white men working at full-time jobs came in at $850 in the fourth quarter, while their African American counterparts made $653 per week, or 76.8 percent of what whites are bringing home. But it's the Hispanics who really feel the pain: They take home the lowest weekly average; $547. That's $581 for males, and $503 for females.

But at least everyone, blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, males and females earned more in the fourth quarter of 2009 than they did in the fourth quarter of 2008. Median weekly earnings are up 2.7 percent across the board.

Interestingly enough, racial differences in median weekly salaries are less among women than they are among men. Median earnings for black women ($610) were 89.8 percent of those for white women ($679). And it's still Asian women who average the highest earnings, at $786, and Latinas who average the lowest, at $512.

On gender differences:

And even if poverty and race & ethnicity aren't of interest to you, this might be: Last year around 271,000 Mexican immigrants in the United States “entered a state of poverty...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Douglas Rushkoff's Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

Tonight: on PBS Frontline at 9 PM ET
Douglas Rushkoff's Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier premiers tomorrow night on PBS Frontline at 9 PM ET. The new program "explores the use of technology at home, school, work, and in the military, examining the pros and cons of multitasking, immersion in virtual worlds and even remote warfare."

As part of its examination of whether or not multitasking may actually be diminishing students' mental abilities, It includes a visit to a middle school in The Bronx, one where a new principal provided all students with laptops.

The school, which was suffering from frequent fights, gang activity, and only 9 percent of students meeting state standards in math, now boasts 90% attendance, a 30% improvement in reading scores, and an almost 40% improvement in math scores.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Newest Book: THE PRINCE OF MIST

Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón are now getting a new opportunity to share his work once again with younger readers with his upcoming release, The Prince of Mist, coming in May.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

The Road Ahead

New Patricia Engel Story on Amazon Kindle

Patricia Engel’s “The Bridge” and Paul Theroux’s “Siamese Nights” are the latest stories published as part of the partnership between The Atlantic and Amazon.

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, forthcoming from Grove/Atlantic in 2010. Her stories have received awards including the Boston Review Fiction Prize, a Florida Artist Fellowship in Literature, and distinctions from Narrative Magazine and Kore Press; her work has recently appeared in Guernica, Harpur Palate, Slice Magazine, Nimrod, Quarterly West, Fourteen Hills, and Sycamore Review, among other publications.

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, forthcoming from Grove/Atlantic in 2010. Engel’s “The Bridge” is the story of Carlito and Reina, a brother and sister from Miami. When he was a boy, Carlito was thrown from a bridge by his distraught father. Saved by a fisherman, Carlito was treated with special care throughout his life: no one bothered him about school, about his manners, about beating up his sister.

Years later, when he found out his girlfriend was unfaithful, Carlito threw her baby off a bridge. Murder is Carlito’s inheritance, people say, and he is paying the price, languishing on death row at Florida’s South Glades Penitentiary. Only his sister, Reina, refuses to abandon him, visiting him every weekend to preserve his humanity, and to drive away her own terrible secret.

“The Bridge” combines the lyricism of a Gabriel García Márquez with the stripped-down realism of a Raymond Carver to produce a story that will sadden readers’ hearts while expanding their souls.

Two new Amazon Fiction on Kindle stories will appear at the beginning of each month. Readers can find these stories in the Kindle store as well as through the Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for PC apps, and planned Kindle platform expansions for Mac and Blackberry.
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