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Fuego in Tu Ciudad

Two Latino magazines take very different approaches to capturing and expressing the complexity of Latinidad.

Omayra Zaragoza Cruz
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Rock Tonic

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Easy Lover: Calculating the Upside of Eva Mendes

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Culture as Art: Willie Herrón's HerróthiCa

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Tamales y Champurrado

Despite the abundance of Mexican restaurants all over the globe, they are rarely placed in the same category as fine French or Japanese establishments. Burritos, tacos, fajitas, guacamole, quesadillas, salsa, tortilla chips and so forth have become so ubiquitous that what passes for Mexican food outside of Mexico is a poor approximation of what the country's diverse regions actually have to offer.

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Topping Corpus: On Sex and Life Across Cultures

A half century after Kinsey, Corpus' challenge is to take HIV/AIDS discourse back from medical abstraction, and reintroduce the intimate.

Omayra Zaragoza Cruz
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Cuban-American Freedom? On Pitbull and Guantanamo

Pitbull comes across as a clever guy, attuned to the interplay of social, political, and economic dynamics. He insists that he can weave some heavy stuff in among the booty music, but he's still prone to broad clichés.

Omayra Zaragoza Cruz
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Let's Talk @!#?%!# Politics

Should a celebrity's pointed comments on political issues slip past the censors, it's worth listening.

Omayra Zaragoza Cruz
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Latin Explosion versus Latin Continuity: Nights in the Life of the LAMC

The new Latin alternative sound is an interweaving of languages, styles, and rhythms that is nothing short of exciting.

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¡Comprendes, Senor Ferrell?

Is it necessary that Latinos represent Latinos? Or is it sufficient that Latinos be represented regardless of who plays them? How does one judge the quality of the representations on offer?

Omayra Zaragoza Cruz
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San Ronald: The Trouble With Heroes

Designating someone a "hero" involves an underlying claim about what is good in this world and for whom it is good... The question when it comes to Reagan is quite simple. Who was he good for?

Omayra Zaragoza Cruz
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Letting Yourself Go

With the privileges that create, sustain, and idealize physical beauty in mind, Cruz argues that although attention to weight-related health risks in racialized populations is necessary, the violence of such racialization, and the gender inequity, class discrimination, and poverty that frequently accompany such attention, have direct repercussions on mortality for those people who are considered 'less than ideal'.

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What's a Puerto Rican doing in Germany?

Ambient Latinidad is the recognition of Latino geographies, writes Cruz. Conquests, migrations, and memories of home give rise to the Latinidad sensibility; a sensibility that is felt virtually everywhere, even if it is not always seen and heard.

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