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A Latina Experience: On Growth, Harvard and Self-Discovery

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My mother once told me that I could make it anywhere, that it did not matter whether I was in the United States or the Dominican Republic. She knew I was going to be a professional. My brain was the key, my mother would say… I am proud of all the things that I have […]

Diary of an Ivy League Mom: Preparing Emotionally as My Daughter Leaves to College

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Yesterday, I found myself googling the words “empty nest syndrome” and doing what I always do when I feel anxious: read everything I can find on the subject. The days are numbered.  My daughter leaves to Harvard College in exactly 32 days. Of course I’m superbly proud of her — it is no small feat […]

Spotlight on Francesca Escoto, Life Coach

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Today’s New Latina Spotlight is on Francesca Escoto, Industrial Engineer and Life Coach! Country of Origin or Family Heritage: I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I first came to the U.S. at the age of 11, and moved back and forth until I was 14. I came from Santo Domingo, the capital of […]

Are You A Literary Latina?

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source: wonderlane There is something magical about a story well told. We learn this from a young age, before we can read or even speak. Whether sitting around a table as a child hearing the family tell tales, (usually embellished with something new each time its re-told), snuggled next to a loving abuela, as she […]

Growing Up with Hair Rollers and Bobby Pins

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This post was previously published on September 10, 2010.  Photo by Adam Jones, PhD  At the age of 10, my mother could no longer manage my hair. “You have too much hair…I can’t deal with it…” she would repeatedly say in Spanish, as she brushed and pulled my thick and wavy hair into three tamed […]

Angélica’s Corner: Welcoming Blue Jays, Flowers & Butterflies Into My Life

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The joy of watching a blue jay on our deck The month of June was packed with end of school year events — Kindergarten celebrations, high school proms, a graduation and a big family fiesta to wish our daughter the best as she heads to college. This meant I had lots to organize, prepare for and a […]

Spotlight: Amanda Yassin, NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant

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Today’s Spotlight is on Amanda Yassin, an NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant at the young age of 24.  By day, Amanda helps mothers deliver their beautiful babies, and by night she works in the emergency room!  A really busy Latina! Country of Origin or Family Heritage: My mom is from Dominican Republic and my father […]

The Guilt and Challenge of Raising Bilingual Children

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Photo by P Medved My sister and I grew up with parents and grandparents who only spoke Spanish. We listened to, sang and danced only Spanish music. We watched Spanish television networks, and most of our friends were  Spanish-speaking.  We lived in Washington Heights, a bustling (predominantly) Dominican neighborhood with all the cultural elements of a […]

Me Liberé: My Natural Hair Journey [New "Natural Hair" Column!]

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Taming my Pelo Malo for Years Have you ever sat in a beauty parlor chair with your head pulled back, tucking your ears with your hands, with an awful smell of burnt hair lingering in the air, and praying with great distress that the salonera would finally finish? Well, I have and it was the story of […]

Afro-Latinas: Finding A Place To Belong

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Ivy Farguheson Editor’s Note:  We are republishing this article in celebration of Woman’s Month and our upcoming Twitter Party on AfroLatinas on 3/13, 9PM EST.  Click here: http://t.co/1IeasH8 to participate in the Twitter Party. Identity – It’s something every human being wrestles with at some time in their life – some more than others. For Afro-Latinas, […]

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