A Steak Lover’s Guide to Latino Identity for the White Palate

“White people need to make up their minds as to how they take their Latinos, I posted on Ebony Murphy Root’s wall. We had met almost a decade ago and quickly became friends through our shared sense of humor on performing identities and our love for food and libations. Once a New Yorker, Ebony moved to Los Ángeles, and we continue to communicate frequently to exchange interesting reads, funny memes and all things in between.

When Eb posted on Facebook yet another story about how a White woman adopted…

My friend, Dr. Violet Jiménez Sims, once said:

Difficult people are not truly sad or deeply hurt inside. They are difficult because WE allow them to be! Literally, because they can, they will get away with it. Research shows that difficult people get the best hours/shifts at jobs, salary increases (even if not deserving), and many everyday-life benefits. Difficult people navigate life knowing that most people will give them what they want to avoid a confrontation. They start conflict fearlessly, because they know most of us have been conditioned to take the high road. When called out on their…

‘So she adopted a Spanish accent, who cares? It’s not like she pretended to be Latina’ said a Facebook commentator. It has been a little over forty-eight hours since the story of Hilaria Baldwin broke in la twiteratura, with Bequitas getting their yoga mats in a twist. And you really can’t blame them. The exotic mommy thinspiration they knew, is a fraud. The defense team has quickly mobilized to come to Hilaria’s aid, with some quacking that those who are coming down hard on her are just jealous haters unable to duplicate what Hilaria has achieved: picking up a second…

A Ph.D. opens doors I didn’t even know existed,” said my professor, Dr. Wilma Feliciano when she agreed to write a letter of recommendation. Having grown up with the belief that education “will take you places,” as my parents (a retired custodian and a piece-work seamstress) would repeatedly ream into me, I decided to embark in a Doctoral program in Hispanic Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. For a Latina who was the first in the family to graduate from college, the pressure for my pursuing a doctorate was the natural course of action in my household, one that would…

Just channel your inner Puchi, I once told Rossanna Rosado. At the time, I was a recently selected Empire Fellow working for the New York Department of State and was invited to the swearing-in of our newly appointed Secretary of State, a Puerto Rican woman from New York. She laughed and understood what I meant.

El Cantante, the music biopic about the life and times of Fania salsa star Héctor Lavoe, opens with Jennifer López playing the singer’s wife. One scene is premised on Lavoe’s frequent and chronic tardiness, going amiss, with her being the only person to know his…

Luana Y. Ferreira

Latina af, Dominicana af, Native New Yorker af.

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