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Every Dish Has a Story: Mapping My Food History | TEDxPiscataquaRiver

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Art and Culture / Cocina Criolla / Food / Immigrants / Latinos / Media / Puerto Rico / Race / Videos / Women

This spring I was gave a talk about identity, family,Puerto Rican culture, and mofongo at TEDx PiscataquaRiver.  Watch it on YouTube, or read the full transcript below. [TRANSCRIPT]* Every Dish Has a Story: Mapping My Food History  I love mofongo… It’s a traditional Puerto Rican dish made by frying, then smashing green plantains, then adding garlic, olive oil, and chicharrón or fried pork skins. It’s super rico … really delicious. If you haven’t had mofongo before, maybe you’re looking at this image […]

‘Lucky’ Gives a Rare Glimpse Into the Life of a Homeless Mom

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Art and Culture / Gender and Sexuality / Latinos / LGBT / Women

Originally published on Colorlines on December 2, 2013. Representations of queer women of color in film are still hard to come by, particularly one as intimate and jarring as “Lucky.” In this first-ever documentary from journalist Laura Checkoway, you meet Lucky Torres–a fierce Puerto Rican lesbian mom from the South Bronx. Life isn’t easy for Torres, who came up in the system, bouncing around foster homes until she ran away and wound up homeless. She […]

Recipes for a New Kind of Thanksgiving

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Art and Culture / Food / Immigrants

Originally published on Colorlines on November 22, 2013. Despite the political tensions surrounding Thanksgiving, it’s a holiday many use to unite with family and friends. And what ends up on the table is often a tweaked version of the usual fare that better matches the heritage and politics of the celebrants. For some that means looking to food history to incorporate forgotten ingredients that were essential to their ancestors or focusing on local, sustainable ingredients. For others, […]

Dangerous Sexism

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Art and Culture / Gender and Sexuality / Women

Originally published on Colorlines on October 30, 2013. Click here to view slideshow of images from the exhbitionb “On Equal Terms.”  In the 35 years since affirmative action passed, there’s been growth in nearly every field dominated by men but the construction industry isn’t one of them.  According to the National Women’s Law Center, the number of women in construction trades and related work has remained steady at 2.6 percent from 1983 to 2010. In contrast, the […]

Vast Trove of Photographs Tells the Story of Latinos in New York City

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Art and Culture

Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on Sep 24, 2013. New York’s oldest and largest Spanish-language daily newspaper, El Diario La Prensa is celebrating its 100th birthday by exhibiting its collection of archival photographs at various locations throughout the city. The images, taken over several decades, capture news events, sports and Latino culture as well as everyday life in the city’s Hispanic neighborhoods. Even though many of the photographs were originally published in El Diario, […]