Entries by Trina Fresco


A Matriarch’s Straight Talk on Empowerment

Latinas, like so many cultures hold extended family in high regard, but then we have our extended families, too. We have cousins who aren’t really cousins, and the dear friends of our mothers, whom we call tias. Sociologically, the scenario is known as fictive kin, the family we “adopt” as our own. I’m lucky that […]


How I Fought Back Against Carjacking

It was a balmy Chicago summer night in 1998. My 12-year-old sister and I were headed to my boyfriend’s grandparents house with a platter of freshly grilled steaks. I had a nice car—a Jaguar XJ6c—which I was quite proud of. We were in a rush to get to our hungry group waiting for their steaks. […]


A New Latina Role Model in Good Night Captain Mama

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a Latina, Air Force Veteran, aviator, publisher, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, world traveler, wife, mother, sister and daughter. She is a woman everyone should know. Her latest project, children’s book Good Night Captain Mama, is her effort to promote positive images of Latinos, especially those in the armed services. Growing up, Tiscareño-Sato only […]

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How to Accentuate Your Best Feature

We women can be very hard on ourselves, and I wonder whether that doesn’t somehow result in the need to over-process our naturally beautiful features. The Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaign is a perfect visual for those of us who need to be reminded that we should be kinder and much less critical of ourselves. […]