Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Monolith Myth

CHICAGO -- "Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night," the satirical news site pocho.com deadpanned earlier this month. "'... I'll never be able to please anybody. ... The truth is it's ...

Misreading Hispanic Heritage

CHICAGO -- It's Hispandering Heritage Month, err, I mean Hispanic Heritage Month, once again.

This is a time when -- as the Democratic National Committee put it in their email introduction to daily profiles of Hispanic political candidates -- "we...

Admirals and Generals at War Over Fat

CHICAGO -- Four years after a group of more than 450 retired military leaders released a report called "Too Fat to Fight," chronicling the expanding waistlines of our armed forces, the admirals, generals and others are waging this war anew. Their ...

Pity the Vanishing Bobolink

CHICAGO -- "Bobolink bobolink spink spank spink; call is a metallic pink." This is how my "Birds of Illinois" guide describes the bubbly, musical "voice" of Dolichonyx oryzivorus, known to the ornithologically minded as the bobolink....

The NFL's Female Fan Base

CHICAGO -- What do pedicures and sparkly flip-flops have to do with Ray Rice's unceremonious ouster from football?

Everything.

Most observers credit the latest leaked video of Rice punching out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer for his new ...

The Myth of Low-Fat Diets

CHICAGO -- As a chubby and impressionable teen in the 1990s, desperate to lower my weight as Type 2 diabetes started afflicting my family, I was especially vulnerable to the Snackwell's-ification of American food.

Fat was the enemy. It would not ...