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Latino Documentary, Definition and J.Lo’s nina

Submitted by on June 1, 2009 – 7:15 amNo Comment

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s ethnicity and her Supreme Court nomination have made louder the question of “Who is Hispanic?” The Pew Hispanic Center just published a report detailing the Census Bureau’s definition. It is great reading:

“One approach defines a Hispanic or Latino as a member of an ethnic group that traces its roots to 20 Spanish-speaking nations from Latin America and Spain itself (but not Portugal or Portuguese-speaking Brazil). The other approach is much simpler. Who’s Hispanic? Anyone who says they are. And nobody who says they aren’t. “

Trying to define and detail a culture: Latino in America will be the title and focus of a Fall CNN documentary, hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Details from Multichannel.com

“The first part of the series will explore the lives of people across the country who share the surname “Garcia,” the eighth most popular family name in America. The second part focuses on how four different communities are meeting the challenges of disparities, immigration and discrimination in terms of language, education, citizenship, and cultural identity.”

Your Tiki Tiki el diario editora was interviewed by CNN in Nashville during an English-Only government proposition last Fall, so we’ll see if she makes the cut — right there with Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos who are featured in the documentary. Tip for this item goes to the newsy Roxana at Spanglishbaby.

jennifer-lopez-and-emmeFor fun on a Monday: Jennifer Lopez and baby girl, Emme, and Emme’s tete, on the set of Lopez’s movie, The Back-Up Plan. Cute little risos in Emme’s hair. So, we’re wondering: What does J.Lo call herself? Latina, Hispanic, American, Hispanic-American? And does Emme call her Mami or Mommy or Mama? (Credit for the tip, Hissip.com. Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News Online)

And, finally: You can win a free copy of the sweet, bilingual book, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha R. Vamos over at Brimful Curiosities. Hurry over there, registration ends today. 

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