Jon Marcantoni

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

An Interview With Joseph Carvalko, Author of DETRÁS DEL ACERO

A few weeks ago, I was turned on to poetry collection Detrás del Acero (Editorial Trance 2015) by Joseph Carvalko. His book examines life in 20th century America, placing special emphasis on the working class and the evolving relationship racial minorities have had with the greater society over that time. The book is both socially […]

  • Apr 23, 2015
  • 1:26 PM

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
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Interview with Nelson Denis, Author of War Against All Puerto Ricans, Part III

Editor’s Note: You can read Part I here and Part II here. JM: What are your thoughts on the immigration issue in the United States and how it pertains to Latinos? ND: The immigration debate is important, and it must be continued until everyone —Latinos and other groups— receive the same consideration that was extended […]

  • Mar 27, 2015
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Interview with Nelson Denis, Author of War Against All Puerto Ricans, Part II

Editor’s Note: You can read Part I of the intreview with Nelson Denis here. Part III is here. JM: Do you feel the close ties between the Puerto Rican independence movement and Castro has hurt the cause? ND: Anything that enabled J. Edgar Hoover and Gov. Muñoz Marín to characterize the Nationalist movement as part of […]

  • Mar 26, 2015
  • 10:14 AM

Interview with Nelson Denis, Author of War Against All Puerto Ricans: Part I

Recently, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Nelson Denis, author of War Against All Puerto Ricans. I have long had an interest in the subject of Puerto Rico’s 1950 Revolution and whether you are familiar with this largely suppressed moment in our history or not, Denis offers sharp and exciting insights on mid-century […]

  • Mar 25, 2015
  • 12:26 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

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

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