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Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Mónica Marie Zorrilla
I spotlight millennial trends and offbeat Latinx underground culture

I’ve dreamt about the day I could write for purpose, with passion, since I was an opinionated tween. Now, as an opinionated adult, I get paid to do that in two languages. I’m a Cubanita de Miami™ with an incurable rampant curiosity and a penchant for socially valuable chisme, but at least I do it with integrity (thanks Haverford College!). Health awareness, the rights of women and children, nonviolent direct action, and seeking accountability through investigative reporting compels me. When I’m not writing, I’m crying about how much I love and miss my dog, Sushi.

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This State is Officially an Opioid Disaster Zone

 01/10/2018 - 17:22
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Governor Tom Wolf signed a public health Statewide Disaster Declaration today, initiating a concerted effort to fight against the pernicious opioid epidemic. This is the first-ever official proclamation to be made regarding the issue in Pennsylvania, but not the first time that the State has addressed it. What changes now?

They've Got High Hopes: Latin America Leads In Global Happiness Rankings

 01/09/2018 - 17:06
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For the 41st time, Gallup International has released their Global End of Year Survey, polling 55 countries on the topics of hope, happiness, and economic optimism. Three countries in Latin America made the Top Ten, but one country in the region scored in the bottom tier.

Brace Yourselves for Impact! ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Expected To Hit Us Soon.

 01/03/2018 - 16:07
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You read that headline correctly. A “bomb cyclone”, or “bombogenesis”, is projected to impact Philadelphia with radically cold temperatures, dangerous gusts of wind, and plenty of snow. Here’s what you need to know, and what precautions you should take in case the meteorology reports are on target.

 

Living with HIV, Fighting with Hope

 12/01/2017 - 12:31
Kevin Burns, Executive Director of Action Wellness. Photograph by Samantha Laub for AL DÍA News. 

Action Wellness has been providing hope to Philadelphians living with (or at risk of) HIV/AIDS via pre-exposure prophylaxis medication, prevention education, case management, testing, and overall support since 1986. Its office is featured in the pioneering drama Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Antonio Banderas, widely regarded as the first mainstream film to depict a sincere narrative on homosexuality and homophobia.

 

La Chef Judith Suzarra-Campbell: elevando el paladar “Phillyzolano”

 11/29/2017 - 15:46
Chef Judy. Photograph taken by Samantha Laub for AL DÍA News. 

Armada con un talento nato y una pasión cultivada por la cocina, la Chef Judith Suzarra-Campbell está revolucionando la industria del restaurante moderno en Filadelfia, ofreciendo comidas venezolanas con sabor “a casa”, y poniendo la calidad y la tradición por encima de la fanfarria de las cadenas de renombre.

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