Raquel Cepeda


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  • 8 years ago

    It's hard to tell, but maybe she's pursing her lips at me. Or, like any other eighth-grader, maybe she's just irritated about having to spend a whole period with a bunch of seventh-graders—and in an advisory class, no less. After all, what's...

  • 8 years ago

    "Yo, my nigga, that nigga's crazy," declares a young Dominican guy in his late teens, early twenties. "Yeah, my nigga, that nigga was buggin' last night, my nigga," responds another hermano. Chatter like this floated in the air like the whiff of d...

  • 8 years ago

    "Is our destiny something we control?" asks Immortal Technique. "Or are there an infinite amount of ones we can pick from? That would mean that our destinies are sort of preordained anyways, no matter what we pick at the end of the day, because if...

  • 9 years ago

    I almost broke my neck the other day, walking across the intersection of Third Avenue and 109th Street in Spanish Harlem—better known as El Barrio—to pick my daughter up from school. I whirled around at the sight of a man I thought did...

  • 9 years ago

    It really doesn't matter whether or not you're riding for Hillary. She's proving (like Shirley Chisholm did back in '72) that it is indeed possible for a woman to tackle head-on the myriad issues that keep the rest of us up late at night. Clinton&...

  • 12 years ago

    Tego Calderón enters stage right at Madison Square Garden. On cue, the crowd at last October's second annual Megaton concert—the largest reggaetón event in the country—erupts into a frenzy. They're drunk off the deafening r...


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