The Quiet Fall

[Image from Aljazeera] By: Gabriela Yareliz Aung San Suu Kyi, anyone? The secular human rights hero, who is a hero no more. Famous for her long house arrest, for giving up everything to bring democracy to Burma, nonviolence, and a Nobel Peace Prize. They made a touching movie out of her life, for crying outContinue reading “The Quiet Fall”

I Am Not Your Spic

By: Gabriela Yareliz I Am Not Your Negro (film) was a pretty emotional experience for me. It was probably emotional for every person who one day woke up and realized that he or she was being treated differently than his or her white counterparts. It was also probably a provocative affair for those watching who haveContinue reading “I Am Not Your Spic”

Ségolène

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s no secret that Nicolas Sarkozy holds a very special place on my “fascinating politicians” list. Okay, I admit it, he’s at the top of the list. Meeting him and speaking with him was pretty much mind-blowing. A fantastic birthday gift, God, very thoughtful. In 2007, Sarko was challenged in his raceContinue reading “SĂ©golène”

Going Home

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am cominggg… It has not been the typical holiday travel whirlwind. Thank God. I took a train to where my shuttle was supposed to pick me up. It never came. Instead, a black car came to pick me up. A limo service. Jesus does it again. All right, I’ll take it,Continue reading “Going Home”

This Changing World: July 19, 2015

By: Gabriela Yareliz The world keeps spinning and changing. MAC announced it will launch the Selena (Quintanilla) line in 2016. A Latina icon being celebrated like this would not have happened in my childhood. Donald Trump thinks he can turn Puerto Rico into Puerto Trump (please God, no). No one remarked on the fact thatContinue reading “This Changing World: July 19, 2015”

A Different World

By: Gabriela Yareliz Part of growing up is facing a world that is very different from what it was when you were a child. Countries that once existed now rest in their graves; dreams change; groups move; the arts evolve; what was once great may now be insignificant; what was once valued is now trashed;Continue reading “A Different World”

This Month’s Picks: November 2014

By: Gabriela Yareliz November, November, November. You have given me unexpected gifts, and for that I am grateful. I was pressing some  little purple flowers in a book, and I thought, it’s funny how something so temporary, like a flower, can have its beauty preserved, even after it’s lifeless. I once had a discussion with a friend who said there wasContinue reading “This Month’s Picks: November 2014”

This Week’s Picks: September 21, 2014

By: Gabriela Yareliz [I thought I would bring this back for a minute. People still look up my old weekly compilations.] Temperatures are dropping, lines at the Apple Store are forming, and some of us are planning our next moves (literally). Interview Season One ended, and now Interview Season Two is beginning. Jewish holidays are liberating someContinue reading “This Week’s Picks: September 21, 2014”