Opinion

Will Biden Feel the Bad Bunny Effect and Mention Puerto Rico in SOTU? (OPINION)

First Lady Jill Biden appeared as a presenter at the Grammys on Sunday, just minutes after Bad Bunny gave an unapologetically Puerto Rican performance to open the show. Will her husband face the music and say something about Puerto Rico in his State of the Union address Tuesday night?

  • Feb 7, 2023
  • 3:21 PM

‘Non-English’ Is the New Puerto Rican (OPINION)

Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican reggaetonero, the biggest music superstar on the planet, and the voice of a generation. But all of this is what is lost in translation, or not translated at all, when CBS captioned his performance and speech with “singing in non-English, speaking in non-English” during the Grammys on Sunday.

  • Feb 7, 2023
  • 12:56 PM

DACA Recipients Have Delivered for Democrats. Time to Deliver a Pathway to Citizenship for Us (OPINION)

In spite of President Biden’s promise to protect immigrant communities, his administration and Congress have failed to deliver on promises of permanent status for millions of undocumented immigrants. His State of the Union address on Tuesday gives him an opportunity to chart a new path.

  • Feb 6, 2023
  • 4:53 PM

Police Violence, Self-Hatred, and the Death of Tyre Nichols (OPINION)

Police departments need to do a better job of vetting, training, and supporting officers, so that citizens may regain a healthy respect for those in uniform.

  • Feb 6, 2023
  • 3:59 PM

This Latina Goes to Sundance (OPINION)

Latino Rebels’ entertainment correspondent Cristina Escobar gives an account of her first covering the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month and discusses the gains made by Latinos in occupying such spaces and the need for more.

  • Feb 3, 2023
  • 4:35 PM

How the Far-Right Gains Access to Latino Communities (OPINION)

Misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia are often used to draw more conservative Latinos to far-right political culture wars.

  • Jan 27, 2023
  • 1:25 PM

A Day in the Life of Condado (OPINION)

Puerto Rico promises tourists once-in-a-lifetime experiences and things they’ve never seen before, but even the locals get an unexpected surprise or two throughout the day.

  • Jan 18, 2023
  • 6:05 PM

Brownlisted: Putting the ‘Con’ in ‘Congressman’

A wrap-up of the most important and interesting Latino news items from the past week

  • Jan 18, 2023
  • 5:06 PM

Brownlisted: Who Wants a Mazapán?

A roundup of the week’s top Latino news from around the world, written by Latino Rebels senior editor Hector Luis Alamo.

  • Jan 13, 2023
  • 4:35 PM

America’s Political Violence Spills Over to Brazil (OPINION)

The violence that erupted in Brazil over the weekend has broad implications for Americans. Most immediately, it’s a reminder that instead of championing democracy, we’re exporting shameful coup tactics.

  • Jan 12, 2023
  • 11:53 AM

White House Pushes to Further Criminalize Asylum-Seekers (OPINION)

President Biden’s new border policy is being met with mixed reviews as heavy criticism is lobbed at the administration for continuing Trump-era guidelines.

  • Jan 10, 2023
  • 5:20 PM

Brownlisted: New Year, Same Bull

A rundown of the Latino-centric news from the first week of the new year.

  • Jan 6, 2023
  • 12:24 PM

Remembering the Late Pablo Milanés (OPINION)

“Poet. Maestro. Cuba’s defiant son. Pablo Milanés was all these things and more. He was also the soundtrack of my youth,” writes Puerto Rican journalist Susanne Ramires de Arellano.

  • Jan 5, 2023
  • 2:01 PM

How Two Women in Bolivia Gave Birth to Microfinance in Latin America (OPINION)

According to the Latin America Development Bank, only 49 percent of women in the region have a bank account. Even though Latin American women own half of the region’s small businesses, 70 percent of them have no access to financing at all.

  • Jan 4, 2023
  • 4:22 PM

Brownlisted: America’s Favorite (and Stolen) Christmas Flower

Senior editor Hector Luis Alamo gives a rundown of some of the facts, bits of news, real histories, and actual lies he came across during the past week.

  • Dec 16, 2022
  • 4:09 PM

The Last Conquest of Puerto Rico (OPINION)

In honor of December 10, the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris that transferred ownership of the Spanish colony of Puerto Rico to the United States, a look back at the U.S. invasion of the island, what it meant to Puerto Ricans at the time, and what it means today.

  • Dec 14, 2022
  • 12:36 PM

What Lifting Title 42 Means for Asylum Seekers (OPINION)

Rather than ending the U.S.’s Trump-era stance on immigration, the Biden administration looks intent on furthering it to appease Republicans.

  • Dec 13, 2022
  • 4:08 PM

The Colonization of Christmas in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

At approximately 45 days, Puerto Rico is known for having one of the longest holiday seasons in the world. Starting the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and ending with Las Octavitas on 14 January, a festive aura envelopes the archipelago. But amidst the merriment, there’s one significant cultural tradition whose absence is painfully palpable : Los Reyes Magos.

  • Dec 12, 2022
  • 3:04 PM

Brownlisted: What I Saw This Week in Quarantine

This week’s wrap-up comes to you from the cozy confines of quarantine, as senior editor Hector Luis Alamo has managed to catch COVID for only the second time this year.

  • Dec 9, 2022
  • 11:35 AM

Latina Equal Pay Day Not Just About Paychecks, But Rights (OPINION)

Equal pay isn’t just about our paychecks, it’s about our economic security. And our ability to control our economic security is inextricably linked to our ability to decide whether and when to become a parent.

  • Dec 8, 2022
  • 3:09 PM

Puerto Rican Filmmakers Worry New Netflix Reggaeton Series Won’t Be Authentic

The recently announced Netflix series will follow three friends hoping to make it in the world of reggaetón. But when Netflix announced the show, no Boricuas appeared to be behind the camera—either as producers, consultants, or in its eight-person writers’ room.

  • Dec 7, 2022
  • 6:18 PM

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