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.

www.elvuelcodelcangrejo.com

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


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