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Is Bogotá about to become the next Latino culinary hub?

Colombia’s capital city is becoming one of the most exciting culinary hubs in Latin America

How lucha libre is helping to break down gender stereotypes
Meaning “free fight”, lucha libre symbolizes the constant battle between good and evil.
Why are reggaetón collaborations only happening now?

Reggaetón has been popular among the Latino community for decades. But lately, its audience has diversified, attracting the attention of English-speaking artists. But is it a form of cultural cherry-picking?

 

What is quinceañera? Understanding an ancient Latino tradition
The occasion, which stems from ancient civilizations, creates a space that recalls our cultural heritage.
Understanding the debate around ‘official’ languages in the US

There are more than 350 languages spoken in the US today.

The Latino identity is about much more than just language
It is time to have a more open mind to what “being Latino” really means.
Jorge Jiménez Deredia: Capturing Costa Rica's indigenous heritage through sculpture

The Costa Rican sculptor’s work has created a legacy that reminds viewers of his country’s rich culture and history.

2022 was the year of Bad Bunny – so why didn’t he win the Album of the Year Grammy?

Bad Bunny is more than just a top reggaetonero from Puerto Rico. Along with his rising success reaching an all-time high last year, Bad Bunny also uses his talents to shine a light on the social issues encountered by Puerto Ricans.

The top Latinos and Latinas to watch in 2023
Latin America continues to produce some of the world’s most exciting talents. These are the ones to keep an eye on over the next year.
For Latinos the American Dream is not about the individual – it's about family
The concept of "going it alone" is at odds with our identities and cultural heritages. "For Hispanics, our dreams, and our very identity, involve our family. Achieving the 'American Dream' is meaningless if we lose our Latin soul in the process," television host Daniel Ortiz says.
The sound of a nation: Where did mariachi originate?

Characterized by a distinctive grito, mariachi is the ultimate melodic expression of heartache and happiness.

The terms Hispanic and Latino should not be mixed
While each person is free to identify themself in their own way, understanding the roots of the terms is fundamental.
The iconic Latino actors changing the face of Hollywood
Their phenomenal success is making the movie industry rethink its entire approach to immigrant and minority ethnic actors.
¡Feliz año nuevo! Central American traditions to see in the new year
A new year brings with it 365 new possibilities – some years even bring 366! In Central America, we have some small ways to mark the start of a new cycle around the sun even more special, with celebrations based either on superstitions and traditions that have been passed down to us from previous generations.
High-end fashion labels are co-opting Latino designs
Admiring and drawing inspiration from Latino culture is to be expected: it is rich, colorful, and bursting with creativity. However, in recent years, many clothing brands, from high-end designers to fast-fashion labels, have overstepped the mark and engaged in what many have labeled as "cultural appropriation".
Seven popular holiday traditions in Central America
Living anywhere in Central America is a joy. We have the perfect climate, with balmy weather, delicious food, landscapes full of evergreen jungle, and, above all, the most wonderful people. In fact, the best thing about Central America is without a doubt its people: always smiling and always willing to help, we welcome visitors to our countries with open arms and make them part of our family in the blink of an eye.
Why Latino home cooking is so nostalgic
Have you ever taken a bite of something and felt as if you were suddenly transported to another time and place? Our food, specifically our home-cooked meals, has the exceptional power to do just this.
What is the Leyenda de El Cadejo?
What I'm about to tell you, may seem like fantasy, but it truly did happen to me a few years ago. And it made me realize that the most important lessons in life often come disguised as events that defy explanation or logic.
¡Qué chévere! Celebrating ten great Latino slang phrases
Today, slang – or jerga – is no longer seen as something "less than". Instead, it has become a colorful addition to our existing language that allows us to succinctly and emotively capture and communicate a feeling.
For Latinos, Christmas is better on the beach
We've all heard of a white Christmas: the crisp mornings, the snow flakes falling, the almost unbearable cold, being curled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. In short, everything that the movies have led us to believe Christmas is all about. But little has been said about celebrating the festive season on a beach in the Tropics – a place that is not only naturally warmer but exudes another type of warmth – one that comes, in large part, from the people who live there.
Cool inventions: How the Incas gave us freeze-drying
We know that the Inca Empire was one of the greatest in history. They were the largest-ever empire on the American continent. And as such, their agricultural innovations were remarkable. So vast was their empire, in fact, that they fed it using a network of irrigated terrace plantations planted with a variety of staples, including potatoes.