Kings of 7th Avenue: Mami Dearest

—Pues primo, titi’s behavior is what happens in colonial societies. You don’t learn to value yourself let alone other people. Your mom is an empty shell full of rah-rah American bullshit fed to young Puerto Ricans that tells them they can never be satisfied unless they chase the American dream and leave the island behind. […]

  • Aug 13, 2015
  • 9:00 am

Kings of 7th Avenue: Latin Pigs

In Latino literature and film, a common narrative is assimilation, where the protagonist wrestles with preserving the “traditional value” of the old world while embracing the “progress and enlightenment” of the new. By the end, even as the protagonist learns to appreciate and respect the values of their elders, what they really embrace and love are […]

  • Aug 11, 2015
  • 11:00 am

Puerto Ricans Need Institutions They Can Trust

When I was an undergrad at the University of Tampa, one of my Latin American History professors made the point that the wars of independence in the 19th century were not so much popular rebellions as they were one social class (the Criollos, or direct Spanish descendants born and raised in the Americas) fighting another (the […]

  • Jul 16, 2015
  • 3:56 pm

Show Solidarity for Striking Teachers in Chile

Tonight, I received an email from my friend Katherinne Balboa Oviedo, a Chilean educator currently living in Colorado. She wrote me asking to contribute to a project to show solidarity with Chilean teachers currently on strike. The conditions facing Chilean professors is horrendous, yet frighteningly comparable to those faced by adjunct professors in the United […]

  • Jun 9, 2015
  • 7:20 am

The YouNiversity Project Seeks Colorado and New York-based Writers

Latino Rebels contributor Jonathan Marcantoni filed the following post about the YouNiversity Project he co-founded with Chris Campanioni: Since the inception of the YouNiversity Project in June 2014, authors Chris Campanioni and Jonathan Marcantoni have built a program that has attracted attention from people in 33 countries in six continents, has connected aspiring writers to […]

  • Jun 7, 2015
  • 11:31 pm

Eleanor Parker Sapia’s Feminist Historical Breakthrough and the Future of #BoricuaLit

Originally published by the author on his page. As the New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra, I have the unique fortune of working with authors and poets on both sides of the bilingual Puerto Rican divide. Someone once asked me why I expend so much energy in doing so and […]

  • Jun 3, 2015
  • 4:45 pm

The Center Cannot Hold: Aquí Estamos, All Up on Your Summer Reading List

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. —excerpt from […]

  • May 28, 2015
  • 5:31 pm

F*ck Being a ‘Latino Writer’

“Latino writer” is a label whose purpose is to make you feel like you are a part of something big, important and ultimately has nothing to do with you as an individual. “Latino writer” does not denote quality or innovation, it is not a movement nor does it embody a single worldview, but what it […]

  • May 20, 2015
  • 9:49 am

Latinos Are Our Own Worst Enemy: Why Shows Like CRISTELA Matter

Cristela, the little show that could, just ended its first season. However, it is not certain if the recent season finale will in fact be a series finale, and I was inspired to write this article after reading creator and star Cristela Alonzo’s heartbreaking, thoughtful and important blog post about her show and what it […]

  • Apr 29, 2015
  • 10:14 am

Confessions of a Puerto Rican Independentista in the U.S. Army

A week after I completed AIT (job-training school you go to after Basic Training), I found myself on a bus listening to three senior NCOs, each one close to retirement, having what seemed to me at the time to be a peculiar and surprising conversation: “I hate when people say we fight for freedom. I […]

  • Apr 13, 2015
  • 4:02 pm

One Size Does Not Fit All: Body Image and Ethnic Identity on TV

Health and wellness is a touchy subject, and so before I dive into it, I want to make a couple of things clear: This article is meant to analyze how media representation can affect people of different cultures and is my attempt at understanding how those representations embolden misconceptions about healthy living. People who are […]

  • Mar 3, 2015
  • 10:56 am

Why the Power of the Latino Social Community Will Disrupt Hollywood

Two weeks ago today, Dr. Grisel Acosta emailed the main account for Latino Rebels to let our group know that her personal blog post about “Boyhood” had gotten a lot of attention. She wanted to know: would the Rebeldes be interested in republishing her piece? On February 9, we published Acosta’s piece. The piece was […]

  • Feb 21, 2015
  • 11:28 pm

BOYHOOD and What Progressive Whites Miss About the Latino Experience

EDITOR’S NOTE, February 12, 2015: When Awards Daily was made aware of this story, they let us know that their group felt a bit blindsided about the fact that the author of this piece shared an email conversation with our group. To clarify: the author of this piece approached us after receiving a response from […]

  • Feb 11, 2015
  • 11:26 am

Revisiting the Rebelde Mission

No matter the situation, we have every reason to be part of the conversation. We learn from every experience. Yet will we change? You already know the answer to that question.

  • Oct 13, 2015
  • 12:02 am