Sonia Nazario was born on September 8, 1960 in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner. Nazario has worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her work focuses on the perils immigrant children face in their search for freedom. Make sure to get a copy of her book Enrique’s Journey.
Latinos LOVE Luis Fonsi! And what’s not to love about this video and new dance? Luis Fonsi (Singer) + Daddy Yankee (Rapper) + Zuleyka Rivera (Former Miss Universe) = 3 Puerto Rican Powerhouses. Despacito (slowly) is a catchy song swiftly rising up the charts.
Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes was so moving and sincere that one could not help but to love those words full of wisdom. Here’s an excerpt:
“What is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” She proceeded, “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
A customer at the Jefferson Mall in Louisville, KY berates a Latina woman in JCPenney who she claims cut her off in line. She yells, “I don’t care if everybody hears me. I think everybody here probably feels the same damn way I do. Go back to wherever the fuck you come from lady, tell them to go back where they belong. If they come here to live, then act like everyone else. Get to the back of the line like everybody else does and be somebody. You’re a nobody. Just because you come from another country, it doesn’t make you nobody. You’re probably on welfare. The taxpayers probably pay for all that stuff; we probably paid for every bit of that stuff. Speak English. You’re in America. If you don’t know it, learn it.” The video that has since gone viral was posted by Facebook user, Renee Buckner.
The woman who goes on a racist rant is yet to be identified. However, Jefferson Mall has made a public statement that once they learn who she is, she will be banned from the mall.
The Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, addressed the incident stating the following:
“This is not who we are, and on behalf of our community, I apologize to the two women who were treated in such a horrible way. I hope this video prompts many discussions among families as they gather for the holidays this week — discussions about basic human values, dignity, and respect.”