Dec 23, 2014

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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 […]

You Are More Than Good Enough: The Power of Saying “Yes” to You!

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Book Recommendation In her debut guide to practical self-love and spirituality, You Are More Than Good Enough: A Journey to Freedom, Joy, and Authentic Self-Expression, puertorriqueña Gloria Rodriguez carries us through her personal journey from fashion executive to professor, personal empowerment coach, and ultimately, author. It is, in fact, her struggle with writer’s block and […]

4 Minutes of Music Inspiration: It’s Time to be Brave, Be Your Own Savior

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Is it time to say goodbye to that situation that’s been weighing you down, or confusing your mind and heart? Are you ready to be brave, be your own savior…stand on your own two feet? Here’s “Turning Tables” by Adelle.  Enjoy and do what you gotta do.    

Losing My Curves, Gaining New Strength: My Battle with Breast Cancer

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Growing up as a young Latina, we tend to often have a love-hate relationship with our natural-born, feminine curves. For me, I quickly learned to embrace my perky C-cup breasts because, as a rather petite 5’1” female, I lacked the voluminous curves in my bottom half. So I was always happy with the curves that […]

“What Are You?”: Confessions From a Multiracial Latina

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“What Are You?”: Confessions From a Multiracial Latina I can usually tell when it’s coming because the person squints with this perplexed look, shaking their head from side to side, and in slow motion the words roll off of their tongue…What are you? I’ve gotten the question from colleagues, audience members, old ladies on the bus, […]

Being a Young-Looking Mother

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“Ay pobrecita, she’s so young to have a child!”  Those comments come on a daily basis, whether I’m sitting on Amtrak, waiting for the bus, or at the pediatrician’s office.  The stereotypes fly as soon as my son is in tow.  I’m automatically placed in the she-must-be-a-poor-single-Latina-mother category.  These thoughts are not just assumptions, as […]

Arianna Huffington & The Infectious Empowerment of Story Telling

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Arianna Huffington and Angelica Perez-Litwin, at the NCLR Conference Today, Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, delivered the keynote address at the Latinas Brunch of the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Conference.  Amidst a room filled with over 1,800 Latinos of all ages, nationalities and professional background, this […]

Spotlight on Alicia Morga, Founder & CEO, Refleta

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Current job/professional title: Founder and CEO, Refleta (www.refleta.com) City you live in: San Francisco Recent/past professional/social achievements: I was recently named a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 1. Country of origin or family heritage?  Age you arrived to the U.S. if you were born outside of the U.S.  My family is […]

Bring Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez to the BlogHer 2011 Conference!

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Being LatinaSmart is about expressing yourself and being couragous.  Today, we’re spreading the word on a smart Latina who’s using the blogosphere and social media to express herself and her fellow Cubans.  I hope her story will inspire you to use your blog to bring Yoani to the BlogHer 2011 conference, this summer. Here’s the […]

Three Generations of Women & My Best Friend

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Clockwise from top left:  Sister, Paternal Abuela, Daughter, Mother, Best Friend, Sister. Contributing author:  Lisa Renata When I think of Latina women that have inspired me throughout my life, I don’t think of women like Frida Kahlo, Isabel Allende or Salma Hayek.  (Not that they aren’t women to admire and learn from.)  No.  Instead, I […]

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