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Bread, Beef and Other Foods That Will Cost Way More Next Year

Got milk? You probably will next year — reports of $8-a-gallon milk are overblown, but there are some food items that will have you digging deeper in …

'The Chew' Cooks Up Some Latin Flavor & Celebrates Cinco de Mayo (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

<b>The Chew</b> is having a grand <b>Cinco de mayo</b> party today – and <i>Latina</i> and <i>The Latin Kitchen</i> (<i>TLK</i>) were granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access!<p>ABC’s daytime talk show/cooking show taped the special episode yesterday morning in celebration of the unofficial holiday and a new Latin section on its website …

Mexico

San Diego Border Gate Opens & Mexican Immigrant Hugs Daughter For First Time

The <b>San Diego</b> border opened this weekend, briefly, to Mexico, and the scene was an emotional one for many. After officials opened the gate in <b>Friendship Park</b>, a small park along the border, family members got to see and touch their loved ones they hadn't touched in many years. One of these loved ones …

California

Three Students Linked to Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

There are now three additional suspects related to the tragic <b>Boston Marathon</b> bombing case. According to the <i>Boston Herald</i>, friends of accused terrorist <b>Dzhokhar Tsarnaev</b> are set to appear this afternoon in Boston federal court; <b>Dias Kadyrbayev</b>, <b>Azamat Tazhayakov</b> and <b>Robel Phillipos</b> are reportedly facing …

Justice

Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Dies at 34

<b>Chris Kelly</b>, also known as the “<b>Mac Daddy</b>” of the rap duo <b>Kris Kross</b>, has died, reports <i>The Associated Press</i>. The 34-year-old rapper was found unresponsive in his home yesterday afternoon and was later taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be held today. …

Entertainment

25 Cinco de Mayo Recipes Every Latina Should Know!

Ah, <b>Cinco de Mayo</b>. A day of fun, food, and plenty of margaritas. This year, as you plan your fiesta, don't skimp on the snacks. <b>Mexico</b> has a rich and delicious cultural heritage that spans the gamut from small savory bites to indulgent sweets. So, while you're mixing up a pitcher of your favorite …

Mexican Food

Modern Mami: 10 Reasons Why I Love Being Pregnant!

My mom, a lady who gave birth to five kids and knows a thing or two about pregnancy, once told me that she loved being pregnant. I could certainly understand her love for her unborn children but loving being pregnant?<p>I didn’t buy it.<p>“Mom, you looooooved being pregnant?” which was less of a question …

Pregnancy

Mexican Women Forced to Have Sex with 25 Men a Day

A criminal complaint revealed that Mexican women were forced to have sex with 25 farm workers a day in rural New Jersey at a rate of $30 for fifteen minutes. The report also states that 13 people have been charged with smuggling women into the US and forcing them to have sex.<p>According to the</i> …

ICE

The 20 Best Margarita Recipes Ever!

Happy Memorial Day! We’ve searched far and wide to bring you the <b>best margarita recipes of all time</b>, in case you were up for a few today. Whether you’re craving the traditional recipe, a low-cal margarita for summer, a fruity hibiscus version, a master recipe like <b>Rick Bayless</b>’ mouthwatering …

What Amanda Bynes' Selfies Say About Young Women, Body Image, and Empowerment

Childhood star <b>Amanda Bynes</b> is clearly going through something serious. The 27-year-old actress, once considered one of the straight-laced and promising young stars in young Hollywood, is now making a full-time job out of taking revealing selfies, venting about her weight issues and bashing other …

Amanda Bynes

How to Make the Perfect Margarita with Food Network's Marcela Valladolid (VIDEO)

Have you mastered your margarita yet? <b>Marcela Valladolid</b>, who hosts Food Network’s <b>Mexican Made Easy</b> and is a judge on the upcoming CBS show <b>The American Baking Competition</b> was kind enough to chat with Latina about one of our favorite drinks just in time for <b>Cinco de Mayo</b>.<p>Check out the fun video below …

Real Latina Style Moment: Colorful Spring Eyeliner

One of the hottest <b>Spring 2013</b> beauty trends is <b>colorful eyeliner</b> and, to be honest, we just can’t get enough! From bright purples to subtle blues and soft pinks, colorful eyeliner is all the rage and we’re nuts for this trend. And we just couldn’t help ourselves. We had to make it our <b>Latina Style</b> …

Beauty

Commentary: Latinas Are Either Saints or Whores, According to New Movie

I’m one of those girls who’s a sucker for <b>romantic comedies</b>. Yes, I said it. I simply love any movie that takes a couple who just can’t seem to get their act together and ends with them finding their happily ever after.<p>I don’t care if the plot is kind of silly. I don’t care if the acting is awful. I …

Robert DeNiro

Bride-to-Be and 4 Others Killed in Limo Fire

A bride-to-be and eight of her friends were celebrating a girls’ night out when suddenly their stretch limo went into flames while on a San Francisco Bay bridge Saturday night. One of the passengers complained about smelling smoke. By the time the driver pulled over and got out, the ride was in …

San Mateo County

President Barack Obama On Daughter Malia’s Spanish: It’s “Getting Very Good”

Sounds like President <b>Barack Obama</b>’s eldest daughter <b>Malia</b> is on her way to becoming fluent in Spanish.<p>During his recent visit to Mexico last Friday, the 51-year-old Prez addressed Mexican high school and university students at Mexico City’s <b>National Museum of Anthropology</b>.<p>“As a proud father, I have …

Cuba

LISTEN: Mariah Carey’s New Single “#Beautiful” Ft. Miguel

We’re swaying right now. <b>Mariah Carey</b> shook up social media this morning after dropping her new single <b>“#Beautiful,”</b> a sweet melodic song featuring <b>Miguel.</b><p>The song, which was written by both Carey and Miguel, kicks off with guitar licks and features lyrics like “I like when you run red lights/Don't …

Pop Music

Zoë Saldaña: 5 Things My Mami Taught Me

If <b>Zoë Saldaña</b> has always seemed wiser than her years, it’s because she was raised by a strong woman – her mother, <b>Asalia</b>. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five lessons Saldaña applies to this day.<p><b>1. Male friends</b> tend to be more honest. They don’t sugarcoat their opinions or criticisms.<p><b>2. If your</b> …

Latin America

Gunshots Fired Near J.Lo and Pitbull's Beach Video Shoot for "Live It Up"

Life isn’t always diamonds and dance parties for <b>Jennifer Lopez</b> and <b>Pitbull</b>. The Cuban rapper and Boricua pop star were escorted off the set of their music video shoot for “Live It Up” in Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park this weekend after three gunshots were heard nearby.<p>“Officers responded to the area in …

Jennifer Lopez

Summer Hairstyle: How to Create an Awesome Braided Side Pony (Video)

Warm weather is here! For a new take on a summer style (and to give your blowout a second day of life!) we caught up with <b>Elba Rodriguez,</b> stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in New York City, to get the scoop on creating a cool side braid ponytail. Check out the how-to on our Beauty Editor</b> …

LISTEN: J.Lo Premieres Single With Pitbull "Live It Up"

<b>Jennifer Lopez</b> is proving there’s no reason you can’t party like a true diva. Just minutes ago, the Boricua pop star premiered her new collaboration with <b>Pitbull</b> titled, “<b>Live It Up</b>.” The track is like “Dance Again” and “On The Floor” on steroids thanks to producer <b>RedOne</b>. This is the third time J.Lo …

Jennifer Lopez

Survey Reveals Latinos Are Less Likely to Report Crimes to Police

According to a new study, many Latinos admit they are less likely to report crimes because local police are more involved in enforcing immigration laws, which has led to an increase in deportations. Over 2,000 Latinos in major cities including, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix were …

Immigration

Jodi Arias Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

<b>Jodi Arias</b> was found guilty of first-degree murder today.<p>The Arizona woman took in a sharp breath after the verdict was announced today in a courtroom. She is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend <b>Travis Alexander</b> in June 2008.<p>The widely followed case has been in court since January 2, and has been …

Crime

Cleveland Kidnap Suspect’s Bond Set at $8 Million as New Horrific Details Emerge

Two of the three brothers, <b>Onil Castro</b>, 50, and <b>Pedro Castro</b>, 54, suspected of the kidnap and rape of three women have been released. <b>Ariel Castro</b>, 52, admitted to acting alone in the crime, which included a 10-year rape and torture of <b>Amanda Berry</b>, 27, <b>Gina DeJesus</b>, 23, and <b>Michelle Knight</b>, 32. The …

Crime

Commentary: Disney Offends (Again) With Dia De Los Muertos Uproar

<b>Disney</b> tried to trademark <i>Dia de los Muertos</i>. Yes, the Mexican holiday. We wish we were kidding, but the mass media corporation had actually placed a trademark request earlier this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.<p>Disney’s reasoning? According to a story by <i>Fox News Latino</i>, the company …

The Most Popular Baby Names List Released!

The Social Security Administration releases the top baby names given to children born every year, and this year's list is out! In 2012, the top baby names were <b>Sophia</b> and <b>Jacob</b>. Not particularly surprising, as Sophia has been the most popular name for girls for the past two years, while Jacob has …

Babies

Latino Graduates More Likely to Enroll in College Than Non-Hispanic Whites

Latinos are enrolling into college more than ever. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, a record seven out of ten (or 69%) of Latino high school graduates enrolled into college during fall 2012. In contrast, the results are 2% higher than non-Hispanic whites and 6% higher than African …

College & University

It’s Time to Address Teen Pregnancy in our Communities

I’m often asked why I decided to move across the country to work for Planned Parenthood. Ultimately, the reason was simple; it’s personal.<p>When I was 16, living in rural west Texas, I learned firsthand why it’s so important that women have access to birth control from high-quality health centers. I …

Feminism

Real Latina Style Moment: Purple Magenta Colored Jeans!

We’ve noticed <i>many</i> legs in <b>colorful jeans</b> passing by us lately, so we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight the super-cute <b>Spring 2013</b> trend in this week’s <b>Latina Style Wars</b>. We placed a few call-outs on both our Twitter and Instagram pages for the cutest, colorful pair of jeans you own, …

Clothing

5 Funny Mother's Day Cards for Latinas!

Mother's Day

The 20 Greatest Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Moms

Someone <i>did</i> say mothers know best. In honor of this upcoming Mother’s Day, we took to our Facebook page to ask Latina.com readers about the greatest lessons taught to them by their <i>Mamis</i>.<p>We were touched to receive a flood of comments filled with everything from tenderly sweet words to harsher …

Parenting