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Edgar Allan Poe: A Rediscovered Face in a Gentrified Philadelphia

 10/18/2016 - 23:53

"I NEVER knew anyone so keenly alive to a joke as the king was. He seemed to live only for joking. To tell a good story of the joke kind, and to tell it well, was the surest road to his favor. Thus it happened that his seven ministers were all noted for their accomplishments as jokers. They all took after the king, too, in being large, corpulent, oily men, as well as inimitable jokers. Whether people grow fat by joking, or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine; but certain it is that a lean joker is a rara avis in terris..."

Chicano political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to speak at AL DÍA

 10/14/2016 - 14:51
Chicano political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to speak at AL DÍA

¿Qué está sucediendo?

La semana que viene el caricaturista Lalo Alcaraz, recientemente radicado en Los Ángeles, vendrá a AL DÍA para discutir su trabajo. Lalo es mejor conocido por “La Cucaracha”, la primera historieta en los Estados Unidos que aborda la política desde una perspectiva latina. Fuera de página, Alcaraz satiriza las noticias en su programa semanal de radio “The Pocho Hour of Power” y en su página web asociada

Plain Text Author: 
Liliana Frankel

Chicano political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to speak at AL DÍA

 10/14/2016 - 11:44
Chicano political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to speak at AL DÍA

What’s happening?

Next week, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, lately of Los Angeles, is coming to AL DÍA to discuss his work. Lalo is best known for “La Cucaracha,” the United States’ first nationally syndicated comic strip which tackles politics from a Latino perspective. Off the page, he satirizes the news on his weekly radio show “The Pocho Hour of Power” and its associated website,

Plain Text Author: 
Liliana Frankel

Rompiendo sus cuernos: Alberto Gonzales en una nueva luz

 09/12/2016 - 16:03

El ex-Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos al presidente George W. Bush visitó al Centro Nacional de la Constitución el 8 de septiembre para arrojar más de algunas curiosidades acerca de su nuevo libro, Verdadera fe y lealtad. Recibido por Chris Stigall de CBS Filadelfia, Gonzales ilumina lo dudoso y lo arcano de una de las administraciones presidenciales más disputadas en la cara del decimoquinto aniversario de 9/11.

OP-ED: Sr. Lee Iacocca, por favor visítenos en el Filadelfia Latino

 08/29/2016 - 05:25
OP-ED: Sr. Lee Iacocca, por favor visítenos en el Filadelfia Latino

Me encontré con este libro de nuevo esta semana, inicialmente lo recogí hace varios años en una tienda de Barnes & Noble en Filadelfia.

Es un libro que el ex director general de la Corporación Chrysler, el Sr. Lee Iacocca, escribió, después de su cambio mágico y también polémico de la empresa fabricante de automóviles, quien es una de las "Tres Grandes" en Estados Unidos.

OP-ED: Mr. Lee Iacocca, please come visit us in Latino Philadelphia

 08/23/2016 - 15:44

I came across this book again this week, after I first picked it up several years ago in a Barnes & Noble Store in Philadelphia.

It is a book the former CEO of Chrysler Corporation, Lee Iacocca, wrote, after his magical and also controversial turnaround of the car manufacturer company, one of the "Big Three" in America.

[OP-ED]: Why I failed to become an Engineer..

 08/16/2016 - 17:33

Well, there were already 2 in my family. 

My brother Agustín, Electrical Engineer, and my brother Raúl, who just retired from his noble profession, after a long and meritorious career as a Mechanical Engineer.

At age 16, I wanted to be, if not "somebody", at least somebody else.

Make my life count for something —not like in an act of heroism— but, in a more earthly purpose, to avoid being a blatant redundancy.

Or perhaps, God forbids, a plain-vanilla, mediocre, self-conceited brat.

Undocumented Fears

 06/07/2016 - 11:06
Al DÍA File Photo

As presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to berate a California judge for his Mexican parentage and alleged conflict of interest in presiding over a case against Trump University, a more nuanced conversation is taking place in small cities throughout the United States.


An American saint of Latino descent: Father Félix Varela

 03/22/2016 - 14:15
Padre Felix Varela started his American journey right here in Philadelphia, in 1824, when he came to our city that year in search for a printer to publish a little journal with a huge vision he called “El Habanero.” Above, a painting of Varela, in an artistic rendition by local artist Orlando Quevedo, displayed in AL DIA News Media office in downtown Philadelphia. To the right, the cover of the first issue of "El Habanero," printed in Old City in 1824.

Although his sainthood is yet to be declared by the Catholic Church, miracles abound in the life of Father Felix Varela, the champion of thousands of Irish immigrants who in the 19th century suffered, fought and, eventually, prevailed in carving out their own space in the American society, just as Latinos are doing today.

Plain Text Author: 
Ana Gamboa

Se lanzará la primera antología de ficción especulativa latina desde Philly

 09/18/2014 - 10:31
Matthew Goodwin con su esposa, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, e hija, Violet Goodwin-Otaño. 

El próximo verano, Matt Goodwin tiene planes de lanzar la primerísima antología de ficción especulativa escrita por Latinos titulada “Latino/a Rising”. Desde este momento su lista de autores es geográficamente diversa: los escritores proceden de California y Carolina del Norte, Filadelfia y Arizona.

Plain Text Author: 
Sabrina Vourvoulias

First ever anthology of speculative fiction by U.S. Latino writers will be launched from Philly

 09/18/2014 - 10:13
Matthew Goodwin with his wife, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, and daughter, Violet Goodwin-Otaño. 

Next summer, Matt Goodwin plans to launch the first ever anthology of speculative fiction by Latino/a writers called “Latino/a Rising.” As of now his authors list is geographically diverse: writers come from California and North Carolina, Philadelphia and Arizona.