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UPLIFTT | March 23, 2017

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SQUINTY EYES: A Poem by Michael Montenegro

September 17, 2016 |

This poem is dedicated to all of my squinty-eyed Latinos, Chicana/os, Hispanics, pretty much folks of Latin American ancestry who have Spanish surnames, who have felt marginalized because of their squinty eyes. Also, I hope any of our squinty-eyed humans … Read More

Exclusive Interview With Xochitl Oseguera: On We Won’t Wait to Uplift Women

August 11, 2016 |

Few things can help uplift our communities tremendously like empowering women. When it comes to being used, ignored, exploited, and abused, no one has it worse than low-income women and women of color. The women at We won’t Wait 2016 … Read More

Breaking Stereotypes and Re-identifying Lowrider Culture: Lowrider Roll Models

June 8, 2016 |

Lowrider culture. What comes to mind? Cholos, drugs, and half-naked women in hypersexualized poses by fancy vehicles with the song “Lowrider by War?”

Growing up in Southern California, lowrider culture was a regular affair in my life: from going to … Read More

Embrace of the Serpent: Cultura Occupying Space

March 11, 2016 |

One warm morning in Santa Barbara, California, I coordinated a field trip with my Latino students to see Embrace of the Serpent during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

As we were waiting in our VIP line with … Read More

African American Exceptionalism and the Truth Behind the Rage over Zoe Saldaña Playing Nina Simone

November 9, 2015 | 26

In a recent article from the Huffington Post, Zoe Saldaña talks about the Nina Simone biopic that has been controversial all over the Black blogospheres. Saldaña said: “the people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea.” She also said, … Read More

Why Black Students in Higher Education Need to Keep it 100%

September 30, 2015 |

In the movie Dear White People there are three types of Black people at the universities and colleges. Being at an Ivy Leaguer and observing my surroundings has really taught me a lot of things in regards to those definitions.

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You Shouldn’t Support or Defend a Latino Leader or Celebrity Just Because They Are Latino

September 30, 2015 |

There is research that confirms having a person of color or a woman in a position of power in the board of ed makes little difference to both POC and women. That’s because most of them still hold the same … Read More

A Star is Born in Pocha: Manifest Destiny—Veronica Sixtos

September 24, 2015 |

Once in a while the stars align to give birth to a new one. That’s exactly what happened to Veronica Sixtos in Pocha: Manifest Destiny. A star was born.

The 23 year old makes her leading debut as the … Read More


The bad news about diversity in Television’s fall lineup!

September 15, 2015 |

As the summer ends and fall arrives, so does a new lineup of network/cable television. The good news is that this season promises more diversity on television platforms.  The bad news is that the diversity seems to be largely excluding … Read More

Por mi Reggae Muero: Why Reggaetón Still matters

August 23, 2015 | 3

By William Garcia

“Con mi Reggae muero, no quiero parar de bailar con el yo muero, quiero que el corillo me grite bellaqueo, no quiero parar de bailar vamos al perreo”

Wisin y Yandel, “Por … Read More