OK -- I confess that I stole the title of this post from a college friend, Rafael Pizarro, who as a Bronx native and long-time community organizer has probably earned the right to call Sonia Sotomayor -- President Obama's nominee for Supreme Court Justice -- by a nickname that admixes pride and affection and familiarity.
But truth is, even those of us who had before only heard of Sotomayor in passing are feeling proud that a Hispanic -- the first -- has been nominated to to the U.S. Supreme Court. I am sure that in the weeks until her confirmation hearings we will hear much about her -- good and bad, maybe even really good or really bad. But for today, I'm leaving you with a link to a video exclusive from the newspaper El Diario/La Prensa in N.Y., which honored Sotomayor as a distinguished Latina a few days before her nomination was made public.
It is a charming Sotomayor, passing from English to Spanish and back again like so many of us Latinas do. Reminiscing about family, and food, and cooking together -- again, like so many of us Latinas are in the habit of doing. And acknowledging the support and the prayers that have brought her to where she is now -- poised to make history: