Mango, Mambo, and Murder By Raquel V. Reyes: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Cynthia Chow

As much as Miriam Quiñones-Smith loved living with her family in New York, the struggle to raise a son on the salaries of two academics was enough to lure them back to her home city of Miami. It would not have been her first choice to live so near her in-laws in Coral Shores, which may be geographically close to her Hialeah but is economically — and ethnically — a world away. It’s especially stressful since her own parents have just left for the Dominican Republic to pursue their own opportunities, leaving the Cuban-American feeling more alone than ever.

The Pines Resort is a Family Business For the Choe Family

by Steven Sanchez

The Academy Award-nominated film Minari (2020) tells the story of a family of South Korean immigrants who try to make it in the rural United States during the 1980s. There have been very few stories like that told on the big screen, but the truth of the matter is that there are so many accounts of immigrants coming to this country for a better life and to live the “American Dream.” They come from all walks of life and represent different cultures. That is one of the things that makes this country amazing.

Diversity in this Action-Packed Thriller

by Sue Hinkin

The Burn Patient is a gritty, action-packed L.A. thriller featuring African-American TV reporter, Beatrice Middleton, and her photographer partner, Lucy Vega. It’s the third in the Vega & Middleton series with a fourth scheduled for release in 2021. If you like Rizolli & Isles, you might enjoy this series, too.

I Gotta Be Me Web Series

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Recently I had the chance to watch a very interesting and fun web series called I Gotta Be Me, which involves impersonators of the Rat Pack (if you don't know who that is, it includes Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.), whom I love! This is an awesome web series I highly recommend watching when it is available to the public. It is also filled with a very diverse cast. Recently I interviewed director and producer of I Gotta Be Me, Steven Bloomer.