Category: pop culture

Unforgettable Characters They are eccentric, courageous, and highly quotable. Some of them are not even human. Of course, I am talking about science fiction and fantasy characters. We, readers, love novels that give us relatable and unforgettable characters, the quirky the better. Some characters become part of pop culture. Daenerys, anyone? As an aspiring author, […]
Are We Collecting Our Childhoods? Toy collecting as a hobby is nothing new. Kids who grew up playing He-Man and Star Wars, girls who grew up playing with Barbie and My Little Pony never stopped collecting. Others, like myself, stop collecting after a certain age and restart after a certain age (usually after 40). What […]
Latinos Read Comics Too A Latino is a social category used to identify people from Latin America. Granted, you would not have Latin America without Latin Europe. But hardly anyone calls Latin Europeans Latinos. Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos can be white, black, brown, yellow, indigenous, or mixed (we prefer the term […]
Gods Among Us The Justice League of America was created by Gardner Fox in March 1960 (The Brave and the Bold #28). In that iconic first issue cover, the JLA goes against Starro the Conqueror. However, the Justice League was nothing but a modernization of the 1940s Justice Society of America, which was the original […]
Too Young, Too Short Enrique José Martín Morales was born on December 24th, 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a singer, actor, dancer, author, and humanitarian. Enrique is the only child in common of Enrique Martín and Nereida Morales. He has several half-siblings from each parent. He is married to Jwan Yossef and […]
Made in Italy Il Volo is an Italian trio composed by Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, two tenors and one baritone. Two Sicilians and one Abruzzian. Once upon a time in Italy, they were known as “il lungo, il corto, e il pacioccone” (the tall one, the short one, and the chubby one). […]
The Few, the Proud, the Space Marines Space marines are elite soldiers who serve in space, sea, and land. But mostly in outer space. All those world-conquering aliens, all those evil spaceships attacking us, all those mutants, robots, cyborgs, and space pirates, someone has to defend us against them. Enter the space marines. When we […]
Black (Super) Power Who are the top ten black superheroes? Why does it matter? Let me tell you. It matters because African-Americans are US Americans too. And black people read comics too. But mostly because superheroes are role models and black superheroes can be role models for black kids who will be inspired to be […]
Every Latino’s Guilty Pleasure Not only do we Latinos love to watch telenovelas, but everyone has a favorite (or two). This is our guilty pleasure, the one thing we are kind of embarrassed to admit we watch regularly (but we do). Deep down, our culture loves romance and melodrama. How could we not? We are […]
Latin America’s Biggest Cultural Export Is there a more misunderstood genre than the telenovela? Is there a bigger Latin American cultural export than the telenovela? Born in the 1950s in Brazil and México, the telenovela is not like a US soap opera despite their external similarities. Telenovelas have a beginning, a middle, and an ending, […]
January 2023