Domingo Newsbytes

Domingo Newsbytes

Its Superbowl Sunday–we hope the team you’re rooting for wins–we are happy to share a couple of touchdowns of our own this week. First, make sure to check out our most recent audio essay, The Firefighter’s Hat by Yolanda Cardenas–the story generated some encouraging comment feedback and we were also happy to see it tweeted by Fire Daily a Chicago portal for and by firefighters. Second, we are also happy to introduce Proyecto Latina alumna, Thelma Uranga as our newest contributor. Thelma is a photographer and Stitch y Bitch founder and she will be helping us with photo assignments. Her first is the portrait at the top of this post, Ruth Guerra our February 15th, 2010 feature–event details coming soon.

Now, our weekly roundup:

Leading health concerns for Latinas
Via Wise Latinas Linked we found out that: Breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of Latinas, most of it due to late detection, their post features an organization in California that aims to change that. Another leading hazard is heart disease, according to the American Heart Association, via My Latino Voice, Hispanic women on average develop heart disease ten years earlier than their Caucasian counterparts. On a more positive note, Spanish-speaking mothers are creating an advantage for their children–they’re turning off the t.v.

Bolivia tackles gender equality in government
One new appointment as a result of these efforts is Nemecia Achacollo, a 39-year-old mother and grandmother who rose through farmworkers unions, was recently tapped to become minister of land and rural development just days after she became a member of congress.

Literary Latinas
Editorial consultant Marcela Landres interviews founding publisher of Palabra Magazine, elena minor. Palabra is a Chicano and Latino literary magazine, check out their guidelines and consider submitting your work. Author Zetta Elliott took an innovative approach to publishing her novel, A Wish After Midnight, about a black-Latina teen who travels back in time.

Also of note…
The cover story for Cafe Magazine this month is Blacktino, the issue includes profiles of people and families living the Afro-Latino experience including local freelance curator and DJ Sadie Woods. We’re kind of bummed that we can’t link you to the stories but you can find free copies of this magazaine at various distribution points throughout the city–I usually grab a copy in Pilsen.

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