Sunday, June 24, 2018

Latinos in Texas to become the largest population by 2020

For many years, the prospect that Latinos would become the state’s largest population group has been a question of “when” and not “if.” With growth among the Latino population in Texas continuing to easily outpace growth among white Texans, it’s likely the state will reach that demographic milestone as soon as 2022. That’s according to […]

Antonio Villaraigosa hopes Latino voters will help him become California’s Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Los Angeles mayor who has struggled to gain footing with voters, was on a last-ditch 24-hour campaign blitz on his home turf this week. His goal: to motivate Latinos to turn out and vote during next week’s primary. “Certainly the numbers are there, both in terms of the size […]

“Selena” producer is building movie theaters in Latino communities

Latino moviegoers make up a disproportionate share of the U.S. box office, boosting the ticket sales for films such as Pixar’s “Coco” and Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” yet there is a lack of movie screens in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. That disparity is where cinema owner and “Selena” producer, Moctesuma Esparza, sees an opportunity. […]

Despite disparities, the number of Latinos pursuing higher education continues to rise

When Elycea Almodovar was searching for a college three years ago, she had just two criteria: It had to be diverse, and it had to have a record of actually graduating students like her. Salem State, the most diverse public university in her home state of Massachusetts, checked both boxes. Its student body was 8 […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda hopes to raise more money by taking Hamilton to Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton,” appeared live on “Good Morning America” today and opened up about bringing the show to Puerto Rico in 2019. “We’re trying to raise millions” for hurricane recovery efforts, Miranda said. “We’ll have hundreds of $10 tickets available for Puerto Ricans on the island, but we’re also […]

Lawmakers met to discuss how to address the Latino education gap

Hispanic students face an uphill battle in entering and succeeding in secondary education, according to lawmakers and experts attending an event hosted yesterday by Excelencia in Education, Gallup and The Hill. Gaps in achievements between Latino and white students have come to the forefront with the No Child Left Behind law. “One very important positive occurred […]

Pueblo Sin Fronteras: The group behind the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.

As he stood among the mothers, children and LGBT youths who had been walking through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, Rodrigo Abeja found it hard to believe that President Trump had deemed these people dangerous. “About 80 percent of them are from Honduras,” Abeja said in Spanish in an interview with NBC […]

Trump’s DACA tweets are only hurting him and the Republican party

President Trump told DACA recipients last month that he had their best interest in mind — far more so than his Democratic rivals — even after he allowed the program to expire, but on Sunday he was singing a different tune. “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because […]

UnidosUS launches campaign to register young Latino voters

UnidosUS, the Latino advocacy group that changed its name in part to be more relevant to millennials, is honing its efforts to register young Latinos during this year’s midterm elections. “While this has been a historically challenging time for our community, we are far from powerless. A new generation of voters are reminding us that […]

Lack of Latino teachers is a growing issue in the U.S.

According to a recent study from the Center for American Progress, the percentage of Latino teachers nationwide lags far behind the fast-growing percentage of Latino students in the nation’s public school system. Although Latino students make up almost a quarter of the student population nationwide, only about eight percent of teachers throughout the country identify as Latino. The […]