First featured by the tabloid television show Al Rojo Vivo, a line of jeans in Medellín, Colombia is causing controversy. The jeans are called Anorexy jeans and 15 year old Anorexia survivor Catalina Puerta began a protest against the creators of the line claiming they make the eating disorder that claims at least 17 percent of young women in Medellín seem fashionable. The first lady of Medellín, Lucrecia Ramírez, has stepped forward calling for the name of the jeans to be changed. Originally the owner of the Anorexy line, Carlos Mario Zuluaga, at first said that he would not change the name of the line saying he chose the name not because of the eating disorder but because the name sounded good to him and said the jeans were made for all women sized 6-14. The company has since changed its position and the company will likely change its name.
90 year old former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, was fingerprinted and had his mugshot taken yesterday as part of his indictment in the killing and disappearance of nine people in the 1970′s. The booking took place in Pinochet’s mansion in a suburb of the Chilean capital of Santiago, where he has been under house arrest.
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Despite his picture being used to promote the 45th Feria de Cali, a multi-day event including concerts and parades in the Colombian city, Tego Calderon will not be doing his guasa, guasa at the Feria. According to Tego’s publicist there were contractual issues that the Feria organizers were aware of.
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According to the magazine Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, more than 30 California universities are in the top 100 of schools that award bachelor’s degrees to Latino students.
Several San Joaquin Valley schools, including California State University, Stanislaus; California State University, Sacramento; and California State University, Fresno, were named. Those schools also have made the list in the past.
“The pick list is primarily put together to inform parents … which schools would be Hispanic-friendly to their children,” said Suzanne Lopez-Isa, the magazine’s managing editor. “We found that most Hispanics are very family-oriented people and want to send their child to a Hispanic-friendly area.”
More than 205,000 of San Joaquin County’s 614,000-plus residents are Hispanic, according to the Census Bureau’s 2003 American Community Survey.
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When desperate housewife Eva Longoria’s boyfriend, San Antonio Spur’s Tony Parker, was pulled over during a traffic stop , Longoria had a few things to say. According to the officer who wrote the citations, Longoria shouted “He’s just a Mexican bike cop. He only wants your autograph.” Longoria denied making that statement through her publicist saying
It’s a shame that one officer conducted himself in such an inappropriate and disorderly manner. I never made any sort of racial slurs, let alone made any comments about the officer being Mexican, as a Mexican myself.
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Getting over a border wall may be just the beginning for undocumented families in the United States. If Georgia Republican Congressman Jack Kingston has his way, babies born to undocumented mothers would not be granted citizenship as has been the case. According to the legislation proposed, only babies born to U.S. citizens or permanent residents would be granted citizenship.
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Children and adults in the poorer neighborhoods of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas weren’t asking for superheroes or baby dolls under their arbolito de Navidad. They were asking for their president. The talking Hugo Chávez doll, which comes dressed in a military uniform or in the traditional red shirt of his party, the Movimiento V República will recite portions of the actual President’s speeches when you press a button. Needless to say, in the wealthier barrios of Caracas, the Hugo Chávez didn’t even make it on the shelves.
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been chosen as Hispanic Magazine‘s Hispanic-American of the year. Not only is Gonzales, the son of migrant workers, the United State’s first Latino Attorney General, he was also passed up not once but twice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gonzales was a key person in the creation of the Patriot Act and took heat for what seemed like his defense of the U.S. use of torture interrogation tactics. With the hot button issue now being the issue immigration, let’s see how well this Hispanic-American of the Year represents.
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I wish that more Latino musicians would stick with the language that made them popular. I love Shakira’s music when the accompanying lyrics are in Spanish. I don’t like Shakira as much when the words coming out of her mouth are in English. I think that unfortunately much is lost in translation. I understand that it is important for Latino artists to attempt to capture the U.S. market but nowadays that doesn’t mean you have to sing in English.
Two factors have apparently spurred growth of the Spanish-language music market in the United States. The main one is the burgeoning Latino population, currently more than 42 million — practically a country within a country. Some in the music industry also say there is increased interest for Latin music on the part of Anglos, although that may just be wishful thinking. According to Alberto del Castillo, vice president of marketing at Fonovisa Records, a Univision company, ”it is definitively not necessary” to sing in English to sell in the United States.
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The one thing that disregards race, politics, class, etc., is love. Much like Ricardo Arjona’s song Ella Y El which details the love affair of a Republican and a Marxist Cuban, the militarized border between Mexico and the U.S. also has its share of love stories.
Maria Terrazas, 31, met Jose Ruiz three years ago at LM’s Body Builders in this remote border town. Terrazas, a waitress and mother of two, knew Ruiz was a catch. As a Border Patrol agent, Ruiz belonged to an elite class in town: available men with good jobs and an education.
The two began dating, and their relationship continued even after Terrazas was deported to Mexico in November 2004. She quickly bluffed her way through U.S. customs and back to Ruiz.
Terrazas, who said several of her illegal immigrant girlfriends have relationships with border agents, saw nothing unusual about dating a man whose job was to keep people like her out of the U.S. “He had his own job and I had mine,” Terrazas said in an interview. “I never thought it’d cause problems.”
But it did.