Selena was a Latina rebel, annihilating cultural, gender, and language barriers with grace and an impeccable smile. Twenty years ago, she gave young U.S. Latinas like me the hope that we could be who we are–young women who dreamt in English, loved in Spanish, embraced both sides of the border, and defied traditions that hampered our dreams–all while displaying our natural curves with pride. She was the proof that we could be who we are and our families and the world would still love us for it.
By Monique Costello on March 29, 2015
Low libido? Thirsty? This week’s recipe quenches more than food hunger…
A journalist’s account of a dramatic transformation
Our look at next April’s film festival begins with a review of a provocative depiction of Cuban society
By Monique Costello on March 22, 2015
When I put this salad together I wanted the freshness of the grapefruit to play off the nuttiness of the wild rice. Adding a heavy salad dressing would just drown the flavors out. Using the juice that drips out of the grapefruit while you are peeling and cutting it moistens the warm rice (along with a touch of coconut oil) with a clean dressing that highlights the flavors.
Gozamos profiles one Chicagoan’s commitment to the world’s forgotten children
A 50+ year-old former/current mercenary/military operative/super spy is contemplating retirement or has retired when his past (it’s always a “he”) suddenly catches up to him and he is forced to holster up once again and kick some ass. That, in a nutshell, describes the plot of “Taken” and its sequels, “Red” and its sequel, “The […]
By Catalina Maria Johnson on March 17, 2015
Many years ago, my mom took me to Mexico City from her hometown of San Luis Potosí to see the capital’s sights. Amongst these, in between the beauty flowered rafts of Xochimilco and the awe-inspiring grandeur Palacio de Bellas Artes, my favorite memories include a plaque in Coyoacán commemorating a battalion of Irish men (someone […]
By Monique Costello on March 15, 2015
Do I even need to recount how terribly bad for you the traditional McDonalds Shamrock Shake is? Yes, there was a time when I lived for them, longed for them and loved them! But that was a long time ago, and I know better know.
By Luz Chavez on March 12, 2015
Today in Illinois, former Mexican president Felipe Calderon will be the keynote speaker at the World Leaders Forum at Judson University in Elgin. The choice is not surprising considering the keynote speakers in previous years: Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair. Here are 3 facts about his presidency that Calderon will either spin or omit: 1. Calderon may not have really won […]
“Daniel is Mexican American, and in the plot line there are some parts where he and his father travel to Mexico and to the past and see how people struggled to give the future generation what they have today,” says Sebastien De La Cruz. The young mariachi singer, also known as “El Charro de Oro,” […]
By Monique Costello on March 8, 2015
To take the sweet potato linguine a step further I tossed in a garlic cream sauce made from cashews. I know it sounds weird, but if you haven’t tried making cashew sauces, you really need to. Cashews are the new bacon…
I have fond memories of an underground dinner in Buenos Aires where the first course was an African Peanut Soup. It was creamy with a defiant touch of peanut butter. This recipe is my improvisation of what I remember that soup to be, subbing in almond butter for a healthier boost of good fat and protein and adding in sweet potatoes and kale to really add to the veggie count.
The Acai Bowl is increasing in popularity and rightfully so. The Brazilian acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry itself is a superfood filled with antioxidants, fiber and omega fatty acids. But are these bowls really good for you?
Much, much more than a mustache
Homemade green curry is better, and it’s not hard to make, but I understand now that not everyone wants to make their own everything (yup, that was shocking for me learn!)…and sometimes we just want things to be just plain simple.
El Machete Illustrated is a weekly series by political cartoonist Eric J. Garcia.
By Sandra A. Trevino on February 10, 2015
With a career spanning over 15 years, regio-alternative rockers Kinky, dropped a brand new album today, a live recording of old favorites, a few covers and new tracks on “MTV Unplugged,” available here. The album features collaborations with artists like Mala Rodriguez, Carla Morrison and Voz De Mando as well as new takes on old […]
By Monique Costello on February 8, 2015
Pizza is a funny thing. Most people love it and would say it’s their favorite thing ever in the whole world! And there are a few who actually don’t like it. What’s left is someone like me. I like the idea of pizza, but prepackaged, sugar-laden sauces, cheap cheese and mile-hi crusts don’t do it for me.
By Jane Virgout on February 7, 2015
I must admit that I wasn’t very excited about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie when it was first announced. I had tried to read the books because I was working at a sex toy store at the time and women were coming in comparing all the bondage stuff to the novels. “Ohmigod, it’s just […]
By Hector Luis Alamo on February 6, 2015
The well-known activist explains why he’s running for alderman in the 25th ward as the only openly declared socialist candidate in the city
By Karina Pantoja on February 1, 2015
Machismo hinders the development of our community, which is why Congressman Luis Gutiérrez’s endorsement for Rahm Emanuel is problematic.
We get it. Pilsen is quickly mutating into an “It Barrio,” a hipster mecca, a new Midwestern Brooklyn; a graveyard for local culture, a breeding ground for the sanitized, the standardized and the gentrified. Change is afoot. So, like we said: we get it. We understand why yesterday, The New York Times published an itinerary […]
By Sandra A. Trevino on January 29, 2015
“This opportunity to be a voice for Latinos in a genre that often neglects our contributions is something we take very seriously.” We’re not exactly sure how we first found out about Toronto-based Los Poetas but we felt their music as soon as we heard it. The first song on our radar was their […]