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Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Family Takes Epic Bike Ride

This Argentine-American family took an epic bike ride and through this adventure the “Camper Clan” found ways to connect. Tomás “Camper Dad” Cortijo is from Argentina and Dylan “Camper Mom” Drake is from Montana. Their children, Eva and Contsantino, have spent most of their lives outdoors and on the road traveling with their parents. We followed Camper Clan’s trip in 2014 when they traveled from Montana to New York down to Florida… on an electric bike.

Meet Pavochón

When reporter Von Diaz was a girl celebrating Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico, her abuela ruled the kitchen. Each year she created a magical dish called a pavochón, a turkey cooked like a traditional Puerto Rican pork roast. In this segment, Von tries to recreate the dish with her grandmother’s help.

Featured image by Marin Watts

Vet Manages PTSD Through Salsa Dancing

Chris Fahey returned from war haunted by trauma. But he found an unlikely therapy—salsa dancing. And with it, he found a new family. One of Chris’ first salsa partners became his wife, and he now organizes salsa dancing events for veterans to have fun, meet new people and get away from the past.

Featured image: Salomon Amaya, owner of Amaya Dance, performs with his assistant Daisy Aguilar during the Navy and Amaya Dance salsa workshop. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/RELEASED)

Getting Hitched, Trek-Mex Style

Elicia Sanchez did not want her wedding to be another boring event where people sit around and hear the same old speeches about people being so in love… blah blah blah. So she combined two important influences in her life: her Mexican heritage and Star Trek. Elicia would be having a Trek-Mex wedding. Enter Worf masks, bat’leths, tacos and mariachi music.

Featured image via Elicia Sanchez

Telling My Father About My Abortion

When writer and storyteller April Salazar was told by her doctors that her unborn child had an incurable birth defect —lethal skeletal dysplasia— she was given two options: carry her baby to term or terminate her pregnancy.

She chose the latter option. She couldn’t bear the thought of giving birth to her child only to watch him suffer and die shortly after. But then she was faced with a problem she never had considered before: how would she break the news about her abortion to her conservative Mexican-American father?

Featured image via April Salazar

#1548 – Family Values

For better or worse, we are all influenced by the people who made us who we are—our families. This week we hear stories about family ties and what makes us come together. One family bonds over outdoor adventures while trying to break a world record, while another family is in the business of elk whispering. We meet a man who makes the difficult choice to come out to his grandma and we explore whether multilingual people take on different personalities when they switch languages.

Featured image: Children playing in Buenos Aires, 1902 (Archivo General de la Nación Argentina)

Sonia Manzano: From the Bronx to Sesame Street

This year, Sonia Manzano retired from her role as Maria on Sesame Street after decades playing this iconic role. Her book, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, tells the story of her traumatic and challenging childhood. But what many viewers didn’t realize was how her life on Sesame Street mirrored her real life. Sonia talks about these parallel lives and her mission to comfort kids through TV just as she found solace in TV. She also discusses the lack of true Latino characters on TV—and the revelation of finding a show that really looked like home. Plus, she reveals her favorite character on Sesame Street.

Featured image via Sesame Workshop

Are My Kids ‘Latino Enough?’

Latino parents can experience a certain kind of insecurity: Are you doing everything you can to ensure your culture is carried on? Are your kids speaking enough Spanish? Have they spent enough time in Latin America? Even Maria Hinojosa, who spends her days reporting on the Latino community has these thoughts. She opens up to our digital director, Julio Ricardo Varela, who also relates to these issues. And then Maria actually sits down with her daughter Yurema so see whether Yurema does identify as Latina.

Featured image: Yurema and Maria.

Empress Of: When Your Mom Crashes Your Rave

Lorely Rodriguez is a rising star in the indie music world. She performs under the name Empress Of. Her mom, Reina, is a working-class immigrant from Honduras. Growing up, the two didn’t always see eye to eye—when Lorely told her mom that she was going to study music in college, her mom cried in dismay. Then, when Lorely started putting out music as Empress Of and getting buzz on the Internet, she didn’t tell her mom about it until she had to go on tour and couldn’t keep the secret any longer. Lorely tells Latino USA about her mom’s eventual acceptance of her music career, their deep bond, and their deep differences. And about that time her mom crashed her rave.

Empress Of’s debut full-length album, titled Me, is out on Terrible Records now. Check out some of her videos below.

“Water, Water”

“Kitty Kat”


Featured image: Reina and Lorely (Empress Of)

Fabio Comes Home

Fabio and his little brother Delvis can travel freely between their families in Honduras and the U.S., but their parents and grandparents can’t. Reporter Nina Feldman accompanies Fabio on a journey back home to pick up his little brother from his grandparents’ home in San Pedro Sula and bring him back to his parents’ waiting arms in New Orleans.

Photo of Fabio (l) and Delvis (r) via Nina Feldman

Theater for Babies

Teatro al Vacío knows live theatre isn’t lost on young children. In the Mexican tradition of street theatre for kids, Teatro al Vacío performs with bright colors and lights exclusively for little kids. They worked with a child psychologist to develop performances tailored for children.

Sabiduría: Sonia Manzano’s Parenting Advice

Sonia Manzano might be one of the most recognizable mothers on TV. For years, while her character Maria on Sesame Street was starting a family, she was raising her own daughter. For this week’s sabiduría, or words of wisdom, Sonia shared her advice on parenting, kids, and growing up, as both a TV mom and real-life mom.

Featured image via Sesame Workshop

#1539 – Parenthood

This week Latino USA looks at stories of parenting.

We hear from award-winning actor Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street‘s Maria, who reveals how her own life mirrored her TV character’s life. Maria Hinojosa opens up about being worried whether her daughter is “Latina enough.” Indie musician Empress Of talks about how her mom crashes her concerts, and we hear about the struggles of families that live across borders.

Featured image: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

Awareness, Access, and Advertisements

The good news: overall, teen pregnancy is down. The bad: Latinas are still getting pregnant at a higher rate than other teens. Latino USA’s Daisy Rosario reports on how public health campaigns are trying to combat teen pregnancy, and why critics of these ads view them as “shaming.”

Photo by Diana Montaño


Nicole Angresano is the Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Greater Milwaukee. She oversees more than 160 United Way-funded health and human service programs, as well as leading United Way’s communitywide teen pregnancy prevention efforts aimed at reducing Milwaukee’s rate of births to teens by 46% by 2015 – an issue that has been a focus for her since completing a graduate school thesis on the topic.



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Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York’s City College and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality.




A2_bill-profile-200x300Bill Albert is the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private, non-profit initiative organized in 1996 that focuses on preventing both teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.  As Chief Program Officer, Mr. Albert is responsible for overall program planning and development, and for tracking program progress.

If You Build It…

Emily Wilson reports from Alameda County, where there are few health clinics available to address problems like teen pregnancy and gang violence. That is, until a group of teenagers decided to take action and lobby hard to get a community youth center built.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Hintzke



emilyheadshot.jpgEmily Wilson is a freelance reporter and producer in San Francisco. She teaches adults earning their GED and high school diploma at City College of San Francisco.


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