Children cut right to the chase

  In the Heights, Junot Díaz Speaks to an Audience That ‘Islandborn’ Was Written For Given the chance to ask Díaz about his book, the children in attendance were most eager to talk about the source of those painful memories, the “monster” that ruled the island for 30 years. “Does the monster live in the …

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Mattel and the fight for Frida

Mattel Blocked From Selling Frida Kahlo Barbie in Mexico. Barbie. Barbara Millicent Roberts came onto the scene in 1959 and has since become an icon. Numerous celebrities have had their own barbies made into their image so I can understand why Mattel would want to make a Barbie modeled after Frida Kahlo...But... I also understand …

Nahuatl

“Cure the mind to cure the spirit” Something I found interesting is that Nahuatl is the most widely spoken indigenous language in New York. Just the numbers in the metropolitan area are in the thousands. Irwin Sánchez, a Nahuatl speaker originally from La Resurrección, Puebla, works as a sous chef six days of the week and teaches …

Marijuana

“Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”- Jeff Sessions, 2016 Marijuana – the Spanish name for the plant. Many in legal U.S. markets have tried to move away from this term, because of its association with the illegal drug trade, and instead use cannabis The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 …

Junot Díaz

"The rape excluded me from manhood, from love, from everything." Junot Díaz is not a writer I am really familiar with. I know some of my friends are taking Professor Chetty's senior seminar class on Junot's works and that they love it but I don't really know his works or know much about him. Just today …