Alex Zaragoza is a freelance writer out of San Diego covering arts, culture and music. She was raised on both sides of the border and works to share stories from the other side of the fence. Alex is into feminism, tacos and pop culture, and says "rad" a lot.
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Sept. 7 2016
We stood in line outside the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, eating fresh mango with Tajin and chamoy, cackling at the world’s stupidest jokes like a coven of drunk witches and taking photos against...
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Aug. 8 2016
There's a reason that when shilling for Weight Watchers on television Oprah feels the need declare, in big, bold Oprah fashion, "I love bread! You can eat bread!" As if admitting that you enj
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July 11 2016
"We don't shop at Target," said my sister while lounging on a lawn chair. It was 117 degrees out in her Los Angeles backyard. Perhaps that was a premonition for the heated discussion to come
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June 20 2016
It's been widely reported as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. But let's be real here and add "for now" to the end of that
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June 13 2016
"She's really pretty for a black girl. She doesn't have those grotesque features black people have." "Why is that woman nominated for an Oscar? She's not pretty. And she's fat." "I don't wan
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May 25 2016
It takes three U.S. Border Patrol agents to unlock the gate and pry open its salt-eroded door. Holding her 10-year-old daughter Yvette’s hand, Castañon walks nervously across the dirt and...
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May 16 2016
Despite the awful heat-induced headaches and eczema-related rash flare-ups that sweating inflicts on my body, summer is my most favorite time of year
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April 18 2016
Full disclosure: I'm not much of a pot smoker. I don't even know if using the term "pot smoker" is so abominably lame that I just outed myself as the most embarrassing nana that ever lived
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April 4 2016
There are moments, especially since hitting my 30s, where I become self-aware of how hard I'm adulting. It's mildly unnerving. Anytime I use the word "strategy" or briskly walk down a hallway while wearing...
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March 7 2016
When you're a member of a minority culture (though I think Mexicans are getting closer to being the majority in San Diego), you often find yourself explaining even the small nuances of life to friends...
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Feb. 8 2016
"Were you embarrassed about your vagina showing?" a friend asked in our long-running Facebook group chat. It's a fair question. Vaginas are our "private parts" after all, and I was letting
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Jan. 11 2016
Oh, white dudes. Y'all got real mad at me last month when I called out your privilege. More than the usual amount, which is substantial in itself. I don't respond to anything I've written bec
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Dec. 14 2015
In a classic episode titled "The Strike" on the seminal sitcom Seinfeld, which aired from July 1989 to May of 1998 (Thanks, Internet!) on NBC, a holiday known as "Festivus" became part of popular culture
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Nov. 17 2015
It's strange and off-putting to talk about your dead aunt with a person wearing Minnie Mouse ears. I learned this on Halloween night
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Nov. 3 2015
In mid-October a 23-year-old man was shot in the face in an apparent drive-by shooting at the southwest corner of Euclid and Imperial avenues. It was a bloody crime scene. Just two days later, however,...
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Oct. 19 2015
The Staples Center was lit up by thousands of little yellow torches. About 20,000 individual screams created one cacophonous wave that filled the darkened arena like a raging monsoon. The throngs were
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Sept. 23 2015
Jello has an interesting way of lodging itself all the way up and into your butt crack. Getting it all the way out is not only difficult, it also allows you to reacquaint yourself with your own body
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Aug. 25 2015
Yolanda Varona is kneeling next to her bed, flipping through her weathered diary. It's filled with her hopes, pains and frustrations, poured from her heart to the page
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Aug. 24 2015
You hear the debate pretty often about whether women can have it all. Countless women's magazines and blogs have argued the case for or against, and whether or not they have an actual shot at attaining...
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July 20 2015
Over the years, I've tried various methods of dealing with these sort of comments. The worst was ignoring them or laughing with people because I wanted to fit in. When I thankfully outgrew that, I attacked

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