When the World Disappears

A few years ago, I wrote about a lawyer in his 40s who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. We met for lunch at an oceanside restaurant  and watched a restless surge of waves breaking in eternal conversation with the man about to lose his history. “It’s all fading away,” he said to me. And indeed it was. Names and faces were vanishing in what he described as a blue mist that was ever deepening around him, allowing …

Interracial Marriage: The Colors of Love

Through the din of restaurant conversations while at dinner with friends the other night, a question emerged. It was offered in a hushed tone of shock and disbelief, one woman asking another: “Did you know that Donna is going to marry a Negro?” Though muted, it rang in my head like a fire bell, first as a memory from my boyhood, and second, because only those still trapped in America’s terrible days of slavery and segregation would still use such …

Hispanic Entertainment, Music and Culture: Among the Best in America and Abroad

This is the fourth and final in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Jennifer Lopez, Penélope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Rosie Perez, Sofia Vergara, Marc Anthony, Bruno Mars, Ricardo Montalbán, Andy Garcia and George Lopez. These are just a few of the hottest Latino stars whose names – synonymous with excellence in entertainment — come to mind with much pride as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic entertainers have wowed us …

Hispanic and African-Americans: Celebrating Partners for Social Justice

This is the third in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. When Janet Murguía, President/CEO of the National Council of La Raza (La Raza), aimed to strengthen the organization’s mission “to create opportunities and open the door to the American Dream for Latino and other families,” she knew exactly what to do. As leader of America’s largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, representing more than 50 million people, …

Hispanics and Blacks: Different Languages, Shared Economic Perspective

This is the second in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Among the most powerful commonalities between Hispanic Americans and African Americans are the bonds that we have formed to ensure the economic futures of our families and communities. As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we find that while language differences and national origins sometimes cause cultures to appear worlds apart, the common bonds that are worth celebrating are …

During Hispanic Heritage Month, Celebrate Healthy Living

This is the first in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Far too often we find ourselves rehearsing the negative statistics. For example, 10.6 percent of Mexican Americans and 10.8 percent of African Americans have diabetes, compared with 6.2 percent of white Americans, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Also, Hispanics and blacks are more likely to suffer from obesity and hypertension, the two largest factors for …