August 10, 2010 |
Ana Tijoux is not your average rapper. On "1977," the lush title track off her new album, she raps about her life so far, from childhood in exile and rebellious adolescence to maturity as a young woman. But her rhymes don't rhyme. The words don't bounce off each other with the expected repetition of most commercial fare. Instead, Tijoux's lyrics boast an internal logic of their own. Breathlessly, she raps, manipulating syllables, exploring the beauty of the Spanish language — a staccato rhythm here, an unusual metaphor there.
July 15, 2009 |
Judge Sonia Sotomayor seemed determined Tuesday to put to rest the talk of her as the "wise Latina" who might make better decisions than a white male because of her gender or ethnicity. The statement was a "rhetorical flourish that fell flat," the Supreme Court nominee told senators, saying for the first time that her most famous words had "created a misunderstanding" about her views of the law and judging.
June 15, 1989
"We're facing a dismal dropout rate among Latinas of 43%, yet there are all these fantastic Latina role models they can look to," said Anna Ortega, president of the Comision Femenil de Los Angeles. At its annual banquet, the commission honored the following "11 outstanding Latinas in education." They are: Gina Alonso, founder, Latinos for Excellence in Education; Rosina Becerra, associate dean, UCLA School of Social Welfare; Mayra Fernandez, elementary school teacher; Cathy Kisee-Sandoval, Rhodes scholar; Adriana Martinez, Roosevelt High School student body president; Vilma S. Martinez, University of California regent.
June 15, 1989
The National Network of Hispanic Women will hold its third national round table for Latina business and corporate women June 22-24 at the Biltmore hotel. The organization, which seeks to prepare Latinas for leadership positions in the public and private sectors, addresses social problems affecting their communities, especially in education and employment. More than two dozen workshops will be offered, including "Business Planning--Taking the Risk Out of the First Five Years" and "Avenues to Power: Politics, Leadership and Money."
August 3, 1997
To the Editor: I am a true fan of Celeste Fremon's big-hearted, socially responsible work, and her review of my novel, "Locas," (Book Review, June 15) piqued my interest on a couple of different levels. First, her critique of the presentation of the novel--in particular, the copy on the jacket flap that announces that it is a "pirate radio broadcast straight from the urban core"--is well taken. Although I did not write that copy, I am responsible for it, and I now wish that it had been omitted because the novel is a work of imagination and is no way intended as (nor could it be)
February 20, 1994
Obviously, it was too good to be true. Alfonso Arau fought so hard to present a family of upper-class Mexicans as prestigious vintners in "A Walk in the Clouds" (Film Clips, Jan. 30), and then he cast Winona Ryder as a Latina. Way to go, Alfonso, another giant step backward for Latina talent. ROSEMARY ALDERETE CHERYL B. LEADER Los Angeles The writers are partners in Indivision, a Latina-owned film and TV production company.