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Beauty and Identity in the Dominican Republic: A Broken Record of an Ugly Song

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On a bus on my way to the northern part of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete, a guy sitting next to me began a conversation with a guy sitting directly behind me. A conversation that is sadly too common in this country. They were saying that the most beautiful women in the Dominican Republic come from […]

Introducing: Aunt Clara (Founder of Dominicancooking.com)

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Boredom is my bane, one of the few things I cannot bear. I started my professional career fresh out of the university with a diploma that accredited me as an industrial designer. Less than two years after my graduation I quit my job. A stroke of serendipity landed me a job in a very different […]

Natural Hair Lessons on the Streets of Dominican Republic

Miss Rizos

Employment and natural hair Question:  If your natural hair is frizzy, tightly curled or coarse, would you go to a job interview with your hair a lo natural — unrelaxed, without blow-dry or un-ironed? Most likely not. Latinas and African-American women are often faced with tremendous bias and prejudice against wearing their hair naturally. There is […]

Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cooking!

Camarones con Coco y Jenjibre

Camarones con Coco y Jenjibre Today, we’re excited to feature one of our favorite cooking and recipe websites! If you love Dominican cuisine, you’ll love La cocina de Tía Clara, Dominican Cooking.  You’ll find a delicious range of recipes, including appetizers, party foods, beans and legumes, soups and stews, casseroles, desserts, drinks and more! From […]

ELLA Founder Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin Named 2013 Hispanic Business Influential!

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On the heels of a very exciting week for the ELLA Leadership Institute, ELLA’s Founder & CEO, Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, has been named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2013 Hispanic Business Influentials! Noted for her work as an entrepreneur, social media influencer, and mental health professional, Dr. Perez-Litwin joins 49 other Latino movers and shakers […]

Awakening the Millionaire Within

Think Big

No.  A millionaire mind has nothing to do with money.  In fact, focusing on money is the wrong mentality. When my father was 10 years old, he lost one of his only pair of shoes.  Since his parents were not able to afford a new pair at the time, he went to school with one […]

Clinical Research Saved My Father’s Life

Clinical Trial saved my father's life

It was fall 2002, my first semester at Fordham University and I was so excited. My initial week was filled with nerves, rushing back and forth from Washington Heights to the Lincoln center campus, and one life changing phone call from my mom. I was expecting to hear, “Why haven’t you called me, how’s school […]

Saturday Familia: On a Mission to Reconnect My Suburban Children to Our Extended Family

Alexa Running

I was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York – a Dominican enclave where Spanish is the signature language in the bodegas and on the streets.  My trip to Yolanda’s beauty parlor was just an elevator ride down and a block away.  My cousins, tias, abuelos and neighbors had regular gatherings in front of our ten […]

“Becoming Ricardo” – The Next Big Slap-Stick Web Comedy Series – Created by a Latina!

JESENIA THE COMEDIAN

Introducing “Becoming Ricardo” – The Next Big Slap-Stick Web Comedy Series Talented Latinas are making their mark as entrepreneurs, executives, professionals and politicians.  One such Latina is JESENIA The Comedian, the creator of “Becoming Ricardo” — a comedy series about a down-and-out-actress, who in a desperate attempt to get her career moving faster, decides to […]

Getting to the Root of Afro-Latina Hair

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Questioning the Standard . The standard of beauty in the United States is obvious.  Most of the supermodels are tall and slender with long, flowing straight hair.  This beauty standard is impartial to skin tone: many Caucasian, African-American and Latina models have the same hairstyles regardless of its natural state.  As an Afro-Latina, my dark […]

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