Ronny Quevedo

What do Sonia Sotomayor, Jennifer López, Anthony Romero, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mario Vázquez and Jon Oliva have in common? These Latinos called Bronx their home. So did Tito Puente, Prince Royce, Willie Colón and many others. I’ll throw in a couple of honorary Latinos such as Edgar Allan Poe, Marian Zazeela, Woody Allen, Neil Simon and Mark Twain to remind everyone there’s much more to the Bronx than Hip-Hop and overly exaggerated gesticulations, mainly produced by shenanigans showing their cheap underwear…

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The Gospel of John Oliver and Ashley Madison

John Oliver 

Last year I received a handwritten invitation with a well-organized brochure to go to an unprecedented religious prophet-palooza, where I had a one-and-only chance to meet the “Prophet.” Mind you, I’m the one with numerous witty signs on my door asking solicitors to basically leave me alone—and that includes religious indoctrination by uninvited guests. 

I wasn’t surprised to receive a letter in the mail. I’m sure they wanted to knock on my door but, upon reading the signs, employed other…

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Federico Peña: ‘My Country, My Vote’

Federico Peña, former secretary of Transportation and of Energy under Clinton 

Our community has few iconic and powerful leaders in American politics. One of those political heroes is Texan Federico Peña. 

Peña graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1977 and was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1979, where he rose to become minority leader. In 1983 Peña became the first Latino mayor of Denver, a post to which he was re-elected in 1987. Soon thereafter…

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Rick Najera: A Latino Thought Maker

Rick Najera: A Latino Thought Maker 

Writer, actor, comedian and activist Rick Najera 

In Hollywood, as in Broadway, if you can do it all you’re called a “triple threat.” Rick Najera, on the other hand, is a ‘multiple threat.’ He’s an award-winning comedian, speaker, screenwriter, actor, director, author, businessman, activist and Latino Rebels advisory board member. His nationally acclaimed stage play Latinologues made him one of only three Latinos to ever write and star in their own play on Broadway. 

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Calle 13 Mark Bayanga and his Psychodeli

I know. I heard. We all remember what we were doing, at the exact moment we heard the disturbing rumor—that Calle 13 would be no más. I personally was attempting to cook arroz con habichuelas when my comadre called. I blacked out. I don’t remember a thing except the smell of beans burning. 

Breath easily—it’s just a pause for the band. All of us have dreams we’d love to pursue. And one of those dreams coming true is called El Psychodeli from my dear compadre, Mark “Bayanga” Rivera. The Calle 13 lead…

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