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September 30, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Is it just me, or are Latinos everywhere these days? Kidding! Kidding! Still, we're not very well understood as a group. So in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here is my list of 10 things every non-Latino should know about Latinos. Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group in the country. It's crazy how true this is. Latinos made up half of the nation's growth in the first decade of the new millennium. I guess it's good that Latinos get a whole month to themselves then.
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September 30, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Is it just me, or are Latinos everywhere these days? Kidding! Kidding! Still, we're not very well understood as a group. So in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here is my list of 10 things every non-Latino should know about Latinos. Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group in the country. It's crazy how true this is. Latinos made up half of the nation's growth in the first decade of the new millennium. I guess it's good that Latinos get a whole month to themselves then.
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January 31, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Finally, the government looks like it's seriously tackling immigration reform. Awesome! This whole "Save the Immigrants" thing has dragged on far too long. Still, maybe you're not an immigrant, or you've never eaten at a restaurant, and so you're asking: Why should I care about pathways to citizenship or DREAMers? (Not the John Lennon kind - the kind sitting across from you on the bus. Don't look!) I'll tell you why you should care: The debate is ruining your life. Here are five reasons immigration reform would make it all better.
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January 31, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Finally, the government looks like it's seriously tackling immigration reform. Awesome! This whole "Save the Immigrants" thing has dragged on far too long. Still, maybe you're not an immigrant, or you've never eaten at a restaurant, and so you're asking: Why should I care about pathways to citizenship or DREAMers? (Not the John Lennon kind - the kind sitting across from you on the bus. Don't look!) I'll tell you why you should care: The debate is ruining your life. Here are five reasons immigration reform would make it all better.
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November 14, 2011 | By Kyle Kramer, For RedEye
Chicago native Carmen Marron was working as a guidance counselor in Phoenix when she decided to make a film addressing the experience of Latino teenagers. "Go For It," the dance drama that she wrote, directed and produced herself, was released earlier this year by Pantelion Films, a division of Lionsgate. It comes out on DVD Sept. 27. We caught up with Marron by phone from her home in L.A. to talk about her film projects and the state of Latino film. Why did you feel that it was important to set "Go For It" in Chicago?
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April 19, 2012 | By Daniela Garcia, For RedEye
Can you guess my ethnicity? Go ahead and cheat: Take a look at my picture next to this column. My name also should serve as a clue. My mom is fair-skinned and originally from central Mexico, while my dad is a dark-skinned native Texan. I grew up on the border of two countries and speak both English and Spanish. So I'll ask again: What am I? If you said Latina, you'd be mostly right. If you said Hispanic, you'd be mostly wrong. These are two terms that have been used to describe someone of my ethnicity in an interchangeable manner for as long as I can remember.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, RedEye
When Cesar Rolon Jr. founded Latino Fashion Week five years ago, he had zero experience in the field, but he wanted to showcase designs from the community. "What really means a lot to me is supporting local artists," said Rolon, who works in community affairs, marketing, promotions, planning and development. "I don't think there's enough of that in Chicago. Even though I did this for my community, I really can't say enough about how much amazing talent there is in this city.
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November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, RedEye
Zoe Damacela just might be the most famous fashion designer you've never heard of. The Northwestern Student has posed with President Obama in the Oval Office. She has been featured on Oprah's Angel Network. And last month, the editors of Seventeen magazine splashed her across the cover of the October issue. She counts Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model" fame among her mentors and clients. But at 19 years old, Damacela has been in the game for fewer seasons than "Project Runway," which, for the record, caps its ninth cycle Thursday with a very special "Behind the Seams" episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2012
Chicago rockers Vanarays answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? We play loud and hard--the way it's supposed to be. We also work hard to translate our studio sound to the stage. Describe your sound in five words or less. Catchy, loud, schizophrenic pop music. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant. All the band members are Latinos from the southeast side of Chicago, but we promote our music in a faceless manner.
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Are you super-sensitive to the sun, or is your skin ultra-tolerant to its rays? Everyone is at risk, but Lisa Richman, executive director of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, offers five notable facts you might not know. It's in the genes Eye and hair color, as well as sun risk, are genetic factors that help determine one's skin tone. Light-blue-eyed redheads are likely to be more at risk to harmful sun rays, while those with black hair and dark brown skin run less of a risk.
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April 19, 2012 | By Daniela Garcia, For RedEye
Can you guess my ethnicity? Go ahead and cheat: Take a look at my picture next to this column. My name also should serve as a clue. My mom is fair-skinned and originally from central Mexico, while my dad is a dark-skinned native Texan. I grew up on the border of two countries and speak both English and Spanish. So I'll ask again: What am I? If you said Latina, you'd be mostly right. If you said Hispanic, you'd be mostly wrong. These are two terms that have been used to describe someone of my ethnicity in an interchangeable manner for as long as I can remember.
NEWS
November 14, 2011 | By Kyle Kramer, For RedEye
Chicago native Carmen Marron was working as a guidance counselor in Phoenix when she decided to make a film addressing the experience of Latino teenagers. "Go For It," the dance drama that she wrote, directed and produced herself, was released earlier this year by Pantelion Films, a division of Lionsgate. It comes out on DVD Sept. 27. We caught up with Marron by phone from her home in L.A. to talk about her film projects and the state of Latino film. Why did you feel that it was important to set "Go For It" in Chicago?
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, RedEye
When Cesar Rolon Jr. founded Latino Fashion Week five years ago, he had zero experience in the field, but he wanted to showcase designs from the community. "What really means a lot to me is supporting local artists," said Rolon, who works in community affairs, marketing, promotions, planning and development. "I don't think there's enough of that in Chicago. Even though I did this for my community, I really can't say enough about how much amazing talent there is in this city.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, RedEye
Zoe Damacela just might be the most famous fashion designer you've never heard of. The Northwestern Student has posed with President Obama in the Oval Office. She has been featured on Oprah's Angel Network. And last month, the editors of Seventeen magazine splashed her across the cover of the October issue. She counts Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model" fame among her mentors and clients. But at 19 years old, Damacela has been in the game for fewer seasons than "Project Runway," which, for the record, caps its ninth cycle Thursday with a very special "Behind the Seams" episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
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July 24, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr and For RedEye
First, after breaking annual records for the number of deportations in a year, President Obama tacked back to his Latino base in June by shielding DREAMers. Now, Mayor Emanuel aims to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in America with a proposed ordinance that would ensure police detain only the undocumented immigrants wanted for serious crimes. Behold the awe-inspiring adeptness of America's greatest political ninjas. Obama and Emanuel are students of the Chicago school of political ninjutsu , which, besides preaching the virtues of stealth and evasion,...
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