Angel Rodriguez

Please, Hillary, Enough with the Hispandering

This Monday I was the moderator on a political roundtable where the hot topic was the 2016 presidential election. The one name that stood out above all the others was Hillary Clinton. According to one of the panelists, political psychologist and television analyst Bart Rossi: Hilary has a winning personality. It’s not just about the politics or policies, […]

  • May 20, 2015
  • 10:52 pm

The Fight for Dreamers in NYC

Immigration is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Last week I had the pleasure of attending an immigration town hall hosted by Congressman Joseph Crowley and New York State Assembly Member Francisco Moya. I became aware of the town hall during a casual conversation with Mirna Velasquez, who works for Congressman Crowley on […]

  • Apr 15, 2015
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Why I Don’t Want to Belong to Any Political Party

Last month, I was a guest on Hot 97 FM to discuss race relations and law enforcement with other invited guests. When the rest of the people in the discussion found out that I was a registered Republican, they were floored. My way of thinking, my views and the fact that I went on this […]

  • Apr 13, 2015
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Say It Ain’t So, Dr. Ben Carson: #NoMames

I remember the first time I heard of Dr. Ben Carson. I listened to him speak and I thought to myself, “Now that’s a man who I can back in politics.” His demeanor was very calm and he appeared quite logical. You would expect this from a man who performed brain surgeries for a living. […]

  • Mar 4, 2015
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An Open Letter to All Those Puerto Rican Powerball Haters: Suck It

The United States of America, my home, has a working relationship with my ancestral home, Puerto Rico. For better or worse, the relationship exists. I understand that there are arguments on both sides of the coin. There are those that favor the Commonwealth and statehood, while others want a completely independent Puerto Rico. This domain […]

  • Feb 16, 2015
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They Are Stealing Our Jobs! Really?

Earlier this week a friend of mine sent me this video. She wanted to illustrate how day laborers, and other migrant workers are willing to do jobs that Americans would not. The aim of the video was to illustrate that these folks are not stealing jobs away from Americans. Granted, the video shows Americans refusing […]

  • Aug 1, 2014
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My Central American Friend Shares Personal Stories of Home

This is a summary of my talk with a friend from Central America.   Immigration debate on Facebook led to a phone call: Recently I had a three-hour conversation with a life-long friend from Central America. She shared first-hand accounts of what her family is currently experiencing in her home country. Her words leave me […]

  • Jul 29, 2014
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A Chat with Juan, an Undocumented Immigrant Worker (and a DREAMer)

Recently, I met a a young man, about 23 years old or so, and he was doing construction work on our bathroom. Juan shared that he was here “sin papeles,” which translated means “without papers,” aka undocumented. Juan is one of over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Juan spoke with me about […]

  • Feb 17, 2014
  • 7:33 am

Gay in the Latino Community: A Film Review of “La Mission”

I’m positive that you all have in one way or another been exposed to the same-sex marriage debate that is happening right now. Many people have changed their social media avatars in support of marriage equality, while others march and protest on the streets. It is such a big topic that is has recently made […]

  • Apr 17, 2013
  • 9:53 pm

OPINION: Can Latinos Stand with Rand?

For most of my life I did my best to stay away from politics. I always felt that there was no point and that it is just a huge waste of time. In fact I still feel this way most of the time. We have created these imaginary sides, the left and the right. Team […]

  • Apr 4, 2013
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Stop and Frisk in NYC: Wireless Style

The NYPD is currently testing a technology that they claim will help make us all safer. They claim that this will aid law enforcement in locating illegal guns in the city. The technology detects the energy our bodies emit, a gun would block or cover that emission and reveal its shape or simply show that […]

  • Jan 25, 2013
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Mainstream Media and Latino Stars: How US Outlets Miss the Point

By now most of us are aware that Jenni Rivera passed away recently. The topic of her untimely death is all over the social media outlets and it has been covered by most major news media publications.  Here’s the thing though: I never heard of her until this happened, and I didn’t know a thing about her until […]

  • Dec 14, 2012
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