There is much to remember and forget about 2014. Refugees at the border, a
mid-term election, and executive action on immigration, take your pick. But the Latinos and Latinas featured here have given us something in short supply, inspiration. From Tony Tijerino to Lily Eskelsen, they’ve all made a difference in our lives.

Awards? We don’t need no more stinkin’ awards! Yet here they are, just the same. Our best and brightest, our bigots and blowhards,  our bastas and bravos. Plus, in Hype-o-Rama, our pick of things that really shouldn’t have been made such a fuss of, yet were.

By Eric Garcia

Move over, Fulana, there are two new kids in Hollywood-town. The first is Cristela Alonzo, who produces, writes and stars in a show about a Latina law student. How’s that for breaking stereotypes? Plus, there’s Gina Rodriguez, the star of Jane the Virgin. Who says lightning can’t strike twice?

By Bel Hernandez

Once it was just carne y papa, but our nation’s capital has become Latino foodie heaven thanks to restaurateurs like José Andres and Manuel Iguina. If tapas and mofongo aren’t enough, how about a chifa in Chinatown?

By Patricia Guadalupe

A kid from Laredo, Adrian Quesada made it big in Austin with Grupo Fantasma. But then he made it bigger with bands like Brownout, Brown Sabbath and Spanish Gold, each with its own distinctive sound. What’s next?

By  Lia Camille Crockett

Islamorada is a place in the Florida Keys that makes you feel like you’re coming home, wherever you’re from. Whether you want to fish, swim, or just lie in the sun, this is the spot for you.

By Lester Sola

Edward Avila and Sylvia Flores are doing more than helping Latino startups in Silicon Valley.  Through the MANOS Accelerator, they’re giving them a helping hand with advice, contacts, and venture capital. And they’re only just getting started.

By Adam Mendoza



Why Obama saved millions from deportation by Executive Action.

By Ana Radelat

Julio Ricardo Varela and his rebeldes  are on the attack.

By Jessica Montoya Coggins

Roberto Bendaña seeks justice in Nicaragua and the U.S.

By Alicia Smith Kriese


Hector Tobar digs deep to tell the story of trapped Chilean miners.

By Roberto Ontiveros

A rainbow of cultures from Miguel Zenon and Aurelio.

By Mark Holston

Don’t miss Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

By Lidia Pires


Self-portraits that astound in
Washington, DC.

By John Coppola


Jim Estrada and Rita Jaramillo.

Alice Rodriguez and
Laura Donnelly Gonzalez

Roxana Barillas and Dima Vitanova .

Our listing of Latino events for 2015.

USAF Brig. General Linda Urrutia-Varhall.

Juana Bordas.

Patricia Guadalupe.

Robert Adrian Fierro and Silvia Davi.


 Alicia Smith and Lidia Pires.