Trailblazer Gaby Moreno: From Guatemala to Grammy Nominee

No one was more surprised than indie pop artist Gaby Moreno when she stunned the Latin music world last December with her Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. In the realm of slick productions and digital overdubs overseen by a crew of producers, Moreno’s fifth album, Ilusión breaks the mold with a rootsy, old-school one-take analog approach. Continue reading Trailblazer Gaby Moreno: From Guatemala to Grammy Nominee

Why Netflix’s One Day At A Time Is More Than A “Latino Reboot”

In the iconic words of Zoolander: Reboots are so hot right now.

From Fuller House to Gilmore Girls, streaming giant Netflix appears to be committed to squeezing every last drop of nostalgic attachment out of the shows you love. Sometimes, this does not turn out so hot. Other times, it’s the answer to your pop cultural prayers.

One Day at a Time
is a perfect example of the latter — as well as what a reboot done right looks like. The original elements of the Norman Lear-produced 1970s sitcom are all there: a single mom raising her kids with the help of a live-in grandmother and regular pop-ins from the charming (if emotionally) needy landlord.

But in this case, it’s the departures from the original that make the new One Day at a Time worth watching. The show stars Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, a 38-year-old Cuban-American Afghanistan war veteran, living with her family in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her kids — 14-year-old Elena (Isabella Gomez) and 12-year-old Alex (Marcel Ruiz) — attend Catholic school while Penelope works as a nurse in the office of the goofy Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky). When Penelope leaves her husband, who re-enlisted for another tour after refusing to seek treatment for substance abuse and PTSD, her mother, Lydia, moves in to help. (And by help, I mean meddle, in the way only matriarchs can.)

The best part? Grandma Lydia is portrayed by Rita Moreno. From the moment Lydia dramatically parts the curtain separating her bed from the rest of the living room, she dances to her own salsa-inspired beat. She’s amazing in her role, and thankfully the rest of the cast is just as good. Penelope is funny and touching as a mom struggling to make ends meet while still spending time with her kids. Elena, her smart and fiercely feminist daughter, is grounded and earnest as she questions her sexuality. Alex, the baby of the family who could so easily have fallen into the trap of flat TV sons (*cough* Bobby Draper) reminded me so much of my own brother that I couldn’t help but applaud his gigantic (but oh-so-charming) ego and sneakerhead ways. Scheider (Todd Grinnell), the bougie landlord in Warby Parker glasses who spends more time in the Alvarez apartment than he does his own, is useless as a handyman but a refreshing fatherly presence, if in a man-child, GenX way.

But despite the fact that One Day at a Time deals with universal issues, almost every headline announcing its comeback qualified the show as Latino. And while calling it out as the “Latino One Day at a Time” isn’t technically wrong — the Alvarez family is proudly Cuban-American and don’t anyone forget it — that label overshadows the series’ shine, and wrongly curbs its mass market appeal. Refinery29 spoke to series executive producer Gloria Calderón Kellett and leading lady Justina Machado about why One Day at a Time is so much more than a “Latino reboot” — and what it took to seamlessly translate this iconic classic into the new Golden Age of Television.

Continue onto Refinery 29 to read an interview with Justina Machado.

Here are 6 Reasons Why You Need the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

As a person with a visible disability who has spent most of my professional career in HR leading diversity and inclusion, I’m frequently asked to offer an opinion on the merits of completing the DEI. Knowing how precious resources are to fill out any kind of survey or assessment tool, it’s an important question, where do companies get the greatest return on investment?

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‘It’s About Time’: Catherine Cortez Masto, 1st Latina U.S. Senator Sworn In

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto brought Latinos forward hundreds of years Tuesday as she was sworn in to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Latina and first Mexican American woman to do so.

“It’s about time,” Cortez Masto said in the hallway outside the Senate chamber just before taking her oath.”I look forward to using my voice.”

Vice President Joe Biden stood directly in front of Cortez Masto, D-Nev., as he read the oath to her and three other senators – all senators were sworn in groups of four. She was escorted in by the now former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid who is passing the baton of representing Nevada to her.

Cortez Masto carried with her a Bible that she said was given to her by her aunt who had sponsored her for her confirmation, a Catholic religious rite.

“I have always said it’s important to have diversity in the United States Senate,” said the freshman Senator.

Several family members and friends joined Cortez Masto at the Capitol for her ceremony. Her mother Joanna was with her at the ceremonial swearing in, where members and their family get to take the oath one on one with the vice president. When Cortez’s mother walked up to Biden, the vice president said he wanted to know what she was drinking, which at first seemed to take some family members aback. But Biden followed with a compliment that she looked young enough to be Cortez Masto’s sister.

“It’s the most amazing day of our lives. I’ve waited a long time for this. I’m not disappointed,” Joanna Cortez said. Asked if she had expected her daughter would one day walk the halls of Congress, she said. “Do I have to be truthful? No I didn’t really. It’s always a wish a parent has for her children, although I never thought I’d be around to see it.”

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LAPD’s 1st Latina Commander, Cancer Survivor Marches in Rose Bowl Parade

Los Angeles Police Department Commander Anne Clark is the first Latina to hold that job in the force, and she made this historic accomplishment while undergoing radiation therapy to battle cancer. In Monday’s iconic Rose Bowl Parade, Commander Clark marched to draw attention to the disease and to thank those who have helped her.

In August 2014, doctors found a mass in Clark’s chest. She was diagnosed with stage-1 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The cancer diagnosis was scary, especially for her young son. Clark underwent four months of chemotherapy, then follow-up radiation therapy. It was grueling, and she suffered from massive headaches and barely was able to eat. But the treatment was successful and she has been in remission ever since.

“If you’re going to have cancer, it’s a good one to have,” Clark joked. “It is my understanding that it is one of the most well studied forms of cancer, and the standard of care and treatment is well established.”

While in the last legs of her treatment in February 2015, Clark learned that after nearly 30 years with the LAPD, she had been promoted to Commander, the first Hispanic woman to hold this position in the force.

“I got the phone call when I was off finishing my cancer treatment, which is even more remarkable,” Clark said. “I came back to work in February 2015 into the rank of Commander with a whole new set of responsibilities.”

“I am incredible grateful for the emotional support I received from the force — from the chief down,” Clark said. Members of the force volunteered to take her to treatments and were a big source of help and encouragement.

Clark decided to take her experiences as a Latina and cancer survivor and march with the City of Hope, a cancer research fund, in the Rose Bowl Parade. She wanted to highlight the work of her oncologist and the LAPD.

“I want to put a human face to us,” Clark said. “I think sometimes that gets lost in the contemporary media message. I want to show that those of us in uniform end up having cancer like anyone else. We have struggles like any other human being.”

Read the complete article on NBC News.

10 Reasons to Consider a Career in the STEM Fields

Thinking about going for a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? Now is the perfect time. STEM is a quickly growing and high paying area that is a great direction for new or graduating students to take. But is it really right for you? Check out these 10 reasons why you should consider making STEM your future career.

1). Cross-Marketability of Skills
It’s not like if you’re a biologist than you can suddenly go into theoretical physics, but the basic skills you learn are useful in many different professions. By studying to follow a field in science or technology you’ll be learning math, research methods, problem solving, and how to fill out mountains of paperwork. Many different jobs across all fields need that, which means you’re already qualified. If you decide to change jobs or have trouble finding one right away, you won’t be left out in the cold.

2). High Pay
Going into STEM isn’t just a great way to get a job. It’s also a way to get a high paying job. Studies have shown that 63 percent of people with a degree in STEM-related work get paid more than someone with a bachelor’s degree in anything else. More than that, 47 percent of people with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field make more than people with a Ph.D. in other areas. Basically, you’ll be more likely to make lots of money than someone who majors in another field of study.

3). Job Availability
With this economy, you might be worried about how you’re going to get a job. Are there really that many jobs available to you? The short answer is yes. There are STEM jobs in numerous different fields ranging from research assistant to physics educator. More jobs are added all the time, so you’re never going to find a scarcity of positions for someone with your qualifications.

4). Less Competition
Even though there are plenty of jobs, there are still probably hundreds of people clamoring to get at them, right? Wrong. Every year 3.2 million jobs in the STEM fields go unfilled, mostly because there is no one qualified to fill them. By educating yourself and preparing to go into one of those jobs, you’ll be a head above the rest who don’t have what it takes to qualify.

5). Less of a Gender Gap
Ok, so maybe you’re a woman and are worried about that huge pay gap determined by gender. This is yet another way STEM can help with your life. Studies have shown that there is a much smaller salary gap between men and women in the STEM fields. It’s also got plenty of racial and gender diversity, so if you’re looking for equality in the workplace then look no further.

6). Basic Skills Won’t Get Obsolete
It’s true that technology is ever progressing, but the basics stay the same. The world will still need math and still need research. Because you have a basic knowledge of the scientific method, computers, essays or report writing and much more, you’ll be valuable no matter how things innovate. You’ll be more ready to adapt to the changes than people who have no experience in the field at all.

7). Innovation
All that innovation doesn’t just help you get a nice paycheck. It also helps others. You have the chance to work on the cutting edge of fields like medicine, computer technology, robotics, and more. If you have a humanitarian streak, what better way to show it than by gifting the world with your ability to innovate?

8). Better Classes
Right now the government is making a big push to get classes funded and available for STEM students. There are more varied classes in different areas and the funding in most states is better for STEM related classes. Given that half of high school students say they’re not going to go into STEM majors, you may also find that your classes are smaller, which gives you better access to professors and resources.

9). Everyday Critical Thinking
Being a problem solver in the classroom and at work can lead to you being a problem solver in life as well. Being trained in a STEM field can assist you in your everyday world and can even save you money. If you have a better grasp of computer engineering, maybe you won’t have to take your computer to the IT guys so often. If you’re a math wiz, doing your taxes might not be as big a bother. Besides, who else do your friends know that can make a potato cannon out of office supplies or a fighting robot from car parts?

10). Love
There is no better reason to go into a field than this. For some people, science, math, and technology are not just jobs. They’re a passion. If your career is something you enjoy doing, you’ll lead a happier and more productive life. You’ll be one of the few who doesn’t dread going to work every day and is able to brag about your job. Even if your grades weren’t the best, even if your pay isn’t as high as you’d like, pursuing what you love is a reward all its own.


Ever Thought About Owning Your Own Franchise?

Nothing lasts forever. Hot brands in franchising don’t stay hot forever. New brands are always entering the marketplace. New ideas for products and services are introduced every year. Some of these new franchise concepts end up succeeding–exploding even. Some of them fade away soon after they’re launched. But, even the hot ones eventually lose their fire. Keep that fact in mind as you’re searching for a franchise you’d like to own. Continue reading Ever Thought About Owning Your Own Franchise?

‘La Borinqueña’ Comic Book is Out, Proud Creator Talks of Latina Superhero

She’s powerful, strong, helps save her environment and gets her superpowers from the Taíno gods of her Puerto Rican ancestors: The first issue of a new comic book with a female superhero — La Borinqueña — is now available, and artist and activist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez tells NBC Latino about his creation, which could be described as a labor of love. Continue reading ‘La Borinqueña’ Comic Book is Out, Proud Creator Talks of Latina Superhero


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