Cumbia Music, Originally From Colombia, Takes Many Forms Across US

Total sales revenue generated by Latin recorded music in the U.S. surpassed $1 billion in 2022, according to data from the Recording Industry Association of America. And as Latino music continues to dominate the mainstream, cumbia is one genre that embraces its tradition while exploring new interpretations.

  • Jul 27, 2023
  • 6:20 PM

Venezuela’s Guaidó Expelled From Colombia

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said he was expelled from Colombia hours after he crossed the border from Venezuela to try to meet with some participants at an international conference Tuesday to discuss his country’s political crisis.

  • Apr 25, 2023
  • 10:33 AM

Bullfighting Ban Faces Critical Legislative Vote in Colombia

After Colombia’s Senate approved a nationwide ban in December, the House of Representatives, which narrowly voted down an earlier ban in November, could take up the latest legislation in the coming weeks when it returns from its three-month recess.

  • Mar 22, 2023
  • 10:48 AM

Women Enlist in Colombia’s Army for First Time in 25 Years

After a 25-year ban, the Colombian army is once again allowing women to join its ranks through voluntary military service, which is a requirement for men.

  • Mar 8, 2023
  • 10:26 AM

Venezuela’s Maduro to Fully Open Border With Colombia

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday announced his intention to fully open the border crossings with Colombia starting January 1, a measure repeatedly postponed following the restoration of diplomatic and commercial ties between the South American neighbors.

  • Dec 13, 2022
  • 10:09 AM

Colombia Asks for Legal Status for Its People Already in US

Colombia wants the Biden administration to grant temporary legal status to its citizens now living in the United States, noting its own efforts to address regional migration by hosting two million Venezuelans who fled their homes.

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • 10:47 AM

The Story of 19: Protest Leader Faces Life Sentence in Colombia

Latino Rebels speaks with Lorena González, mother of Sergio Pastor, 31, who is known as “19” for the code of the neighborhood where he grew up, Ciudad Bolívar, and who is currently facing life imprisonment in Colombia for his participation in last year’s National Strike.

  • Sep 9, 2022
  • 5:57 PM

Party of the Oppressed: The First Progressive Government in Colombia

Colombia’s first left-wing president and its first Black woman vice-president were sworn in, representing a landmark change of course in leadership. Latino Rebels attended the inauguration and spoke with the people about their hopes for the new administration.

  • Aug 18, 2022
  • 10:10 AM

‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’: Colombian Immigrant Fighting for Sexual Rights of HIV Positive

During the 24th International AIDS Conference that took place over the last weekend of July in Montreal, Colombian visual artist and lawyer Juan de la Mar used their mic time to express how essential it is to advocate for the sexual rights of people living with HIV.

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Ex-Rebel Takes Oath as Colombian President in Historic Shift

Colombia’s first leftist president was sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers, and rebel groups.

  • Aug 8, 2022
  • 10:31 AM

Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo on Colombian Music and Bad Bunny Collab

The Bogotá-born musician sits with Latino Rebels in New York to discuss Bomba Estéreo’s hit collaboration with Puerto Rican reggaetonero Bad Bunny, “Ojitos Lindos,” Colombian music, and the duende myth that features in the group’s new film.

  • Jul 22, 2022
  • 4:52 PM

How the FARC-EP Got Gustavo Petro Elected in Colombia (OPINION)

The outcome of Colombia’s 2022 presidential election came from a very unorthodox place, with each of the final two contenders distancing himself from warmongers on all sides of the political spectrum.

  • Jul 13, 2022
  • 3:50 PM

Colombia Makes History

Latino Rebels Radio: June 23, 2022

  • Jun 23, 2022
  • 4:21 PM

Colombian Voters Elect Country’s First Black Vice President

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia’s voters put aside a longtime antipathy to leftists and chose one as their new president, they also carved out another milestone—electing the country’s first Black vice president.

  • Jun 21, 2022
  • 7:25 AM

Slim Win Makes Ex-Rebel Colombia’s First Leftist President

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election over a political outsider millionaire Sunday, ushering in a new era of politics for Colombia by becoming the country’s first leftist president.

  • Jun 19, 2022
  • 7:04 PM

Colombia Is Facing an Unprecedented Presidential Election

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The final round of Colombia’s presidential election is scheduled for Sunday, June 19 and the clear winner is still difficult to determine. The latest polls predict a statistical tie between two candidates who embody different ideologies but still promise change.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • 3:45 PM

The Ex-Rebel Women Searching for Colombia’s Disappeared

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Yaritza, Mireya, Shirley, and Otilia travel the country searching for the bodies of those who were disappeared during the civil war.

  • Jun 14, 2022
  • 5:18 PM

White House Interns Finally Get Paid With Help From Colombian Immigrant

The injustice of not paying interns for their work was not lost on Carlos Mark Vera, a formerly undocumented immigrant who escaped violence in Colombia to come to the United States. He founded Pay Our Interns with a clear, simple mission: get interns paid.

  • Jun 3, 2022
  • 2:48 PM

Petro, Hernández to Vie in Colombia Presidential Runoff

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombian voters opted for a dramatic change in presidential politics, choosing a leftist former rebel and an outsider populist businessman to advance to a runoff election in June amid hopes a new face can pull them out of the economic damage from the pandemic.

  • May 30, 2022
  • 1:59 PM

Leftist Petro Is the Man to Beat Colombia’s Presidential Election (OPINION)

On Sunday, May 29, Gustavo Petro plants to make history in Colombia. For the first time in the country’s 200-year history, a left-wing contender —and a former guerrilla member to boot— is the favorite to win a presidential election this close to the vote.

  • May 27, 2022
  • 7:12 PM

Colombia Legalizes Medically-Assisted Suicide

Colombia’s constitutional court legalized medically-assisted suicide in a ruling Wednesday, making it the first country in Latin America to do so. Euthanasia has been legal in Colombia since 1997.

  • May 16, 2022
  • 11:18 AM

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