Stephen Colbert comments on the gay marriage act being introduced by NY’s governor:
The white guy fawning over the black guy at the end is especially awesome.
Today’s poema by Gabriela N. Lemmons comes from the libro Primera Pagina : Poetry from the Latino Heartland published by the Latino Writers Collective.
I want to roam
the streets at night
when only the sidewalk
stay up all night
read your diary
broadcast your secrets
on the 10 o’ clock news
of a serial bore
you kill me with your consonants
the way those r’s
roll off your tongue
in those shoes at the foot of your bed…
There’s more to the poem pero you really should buy the book.
We warned you. Today through April 21, you can enter to win one AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro Smartphone. For me this phone was the perfect intro to smartphones and it had me tweeting, texting, sending fotos, and emailing up and down the 7 line and in the Mala/Mami’hood.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us how smartphone technology can help Latinos access and share information to further their political power (and you know I’m not just talking about electoral power). The most interesting (in my humble opinion) answer wins! Not only do you win the phone pero also a $100 credit for AT&T’s web site.
As much as I’m about promoting the Americas, the contest is only open to residents of the U.S.A. Sorry.
A poet friend of mine invited me to join a Facebook Group called , “AMERICA” is not U.S.A. AMERICA is the name for a whole continent”. This US-centrism has been a peeve of mine for at least ten years now, specifically from when I lived in Chile and found myself in the very difficult position of defending my Latina/Puerto Rican identity (Yes, Kai I’m talking about being Rican again, sigh).
Now the idea of who is “America” comes up again against the context of The Summit of the Americas, which started yesterday in Trinidad. Love him or hate him, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua raised a good point at the start of the Summit, saying:
“It is not of the Americas , because Cuba is missing, Puerto Rico is missing,”
So how can you have a Summit of the Americas without two nations facing important challenges rooted in colonialism?