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Latino Mix-Up at the Golden Globes Reveals Deeper Issues

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 14:30

Last weekend the Golden Globes awards ceremony featured most of Hollywood’s elites and many famous Latinos. Among them were Eva Longoria and America Ferrera. The pair announced the category of best actor in a TV drama but not before they made some sharp quips towards the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, sponsor of the awards ceremony. Earlier in the season The Golden Globes twitter account mistook America Ferrera for Latina actress and star of Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez during the nominations ceremony.

Cuba’s Cinematic Élan Vital: Cubanidad and Cubanía as Citizenship and Sentiment

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 14:30

This article focuses on the current shifts in expressions of Cuban national identity by considering the articulations of cubanidad and cubanía in recent films from Cubas Muestra joven, a showcase for new filmmakers organised by the state film institute (ICAIC).

The Violence and Systemic Problems of Latin American Prisons

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 14:45

At the end of November, a riot resulting in 17 fatalities broke out in a prison in Escuintla, Guatemala.1 The cause of the violence is unknown, but Guatemala’s Deputy Interior Minister Elmer Sosa has said that some of the inmates possessed guns and has stated that possible causes include a conflict between known gang members and other prisoners and a thwarted escape effort.2 Sadly, this violence is not an isolated incident but rather another example of effects

Una crítica a “La Travesía de Enrique”

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 14:45

En el libro “La Travesía de Enrique: la arriesgada odisea de un niño en busca de su madre”, la autora Sonia Nazario habla en el prólogo de la mayor oleada de inmigración en la historia de los Estados Unidos, en la cual unos 700.000 inmigrantes entran ilegalmente cada año. En décadas anteriores, los padres iban a EE.UU. a trabajar y mandar dinero a la madre e hijos que quedaban en casa.

Becoming a Black Nation? Brazil’s Racial Identity and ‘African’ Foreign Affairs

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 15:00

Since the end of the nineteenth century, Brazil has enjoyed international renown as a ‘racial democracy’ and a mixed-race country, due to its mixture of people of European, African and Amerindian descent. Mário de Andrade and Gilberto Freyre were amongst several intellectuals who, from the beginning of the twentieth century, started to positively assess the black and African roots of Brazil.

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