Wednesday, March 31, 2010
A mass demonstration/performance art piece, ARTMARCH, will open the exhibition on the afternoon of May 15, 2010. Over 700 women (and men) will wear pink in honor of the victims’ memorial crosses in Juarez. Obviously a very sensitive subject, the images displayed will make you think about the world around you. People endure pain and suffering everyday and for these artists to use art to showcase this is astounding.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
That's right, if you haven't figured it by now I manage cuatro Twitter accounts. It gets a little overwhelming at times but I get the hang of it. Best part...they are 4 completely different accounts! We have:
- @navaja1cortes - My personal account started out work-related but soon turned into a combo of work, personal, #latism and anything I can tweet about.
- @GammaPhiSigma - Originally started by @_ALEX4NDER_, I didn't agree with it. However, soon I took over and started tweeting about community issues, frat events and Greek life. *adm* right?
- @PPRA - The Philadelphia Public Relations Association knew social media but needed someone to officially start it...me. It has the biggest following with 1080+ followers, they best kinds of tweets are live-tweets; we get the most feedback.
- @PhillyTeAma - What am I most passionate about at my trabajo? Taking it back to the Hispanic market. Events, exhibitions, nightlife, dining...if it's Latino related you'll see me there. Also, we don't just like Latino stuff, adoramos the mainstream attractions too! P.S. Tourism means business.
Mobile device? When I had my BlackBerry I used UberTwitter which allowed multiple accounts but now with my Motorola BackFlip, I use TweetCaster; they're essentially the same. Now is it a time issue? Of course, but because I am passionate about social media, I make time and share my thoughts with the world.
There's even a Phanatic celebrating our cultura called the "Phanatico Latino". The statue was painted by Marta Sanchez and will be on display at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. As you can see from the image above, it looks like the Phanatico Latino is holding up some of the Latino Phillies' players. To check out all the Phanatic statues, click here.
Monday, March 29, 2010
With earthquakes, snow storms, flash mobs and more in our nation today, since when is someone "coming out the closet" so newsworthy? Today one of the world's greatest (yeah I said it) musicians decided to "finally" reveal he is a fortunate homosexual. Cool. This is when Twitter and the news went crazy. This all started 10 years ago when Barbara Walters regrettably asked Martin if he was gay or not. She says she destroyed his career but obviously she didn't.
Yes I'm writing about the issue even though I don't think it's "all that exciting", but really think about it. For some reason we all got nuts when friends and family out themselves. Okay sometimes we don't but most of the time Latinos get all bent out of shape. There have been numerous people who have come out to me and the rest of the gang; what do I say? Cool. Granted I'm there for their support but really you shouldn't live your life based on who you want to sleep with.
p.s. Like everyone, I don't think this is a shocker.
To purchase your tickets visit sonyticket.com.
Friday, March 26, 2010
...someone calls you a racial slur. To be honest I think it all depends who the person is and what they call you. It also depends on the situation. Everything changes the situation whether you are a student, parent, political figure, actor or a common "Joe" right? There have been many times where a political figure calls someone a racial slur. However, most recently California's governor called Cubans and Puerto Ricans, "naturally feisty and temperamental because of their 'combination of 'black blood' and 'Latino blood.'" What exactly does that mean?
What would you do if someone called you a sp** or a ni**a? I bet it depends on who the person is right? I think cultural sensitivity is something to recognize in our society. I bet it would also differ if you were in Amsterdam or India. White-Americans would most likely be the minority in what "we" would call a foreign country. You also have to realize no matter what "race" you classify yourself as, you most likely will be an American in the Eastern world. And now with the 2010 census upon us, people are questioning "what" we are.
I say, be mindful of who you surround yourself with, but also take into account it shouldn't matter what you classify yourself as. We all come from the same planet. It's a shame it takes a "life threatening" event for us to come together.
p.s. As anyone does, I will always have my favorites haha.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thank god for Twitter or else I probably wouldn't have known about this event/fiesta. Mi amigo @cperezcolon tweeted about a Colombian fiesta and I got real excited. This is the first time I hear about something colombiano even remotely close to Center City.
Surprisingly the event is at El Concilio which does a lot for the Philly Latino community including parenting classes, drug abuse counseling and more. They also produce the annual Philly Puerto Rican day parade. Anyways, if you're in Philly on Saturday, April 3rd and want some Colombian culture, be sure to stop by on 7th & Fairmount para musica, baile, comida y mas.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
One day before the official start of the World Cup in South Africa, FIFA has lined up international music stars Alicia Keys, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas and John Legend for a World Cup concert in Johannesburg. This makes me just want to take a random trip to South Africa, I mean they are building a whole airport just for the international event.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Well now Silk and Smooth have combined for this year's show. Entitled "The Reunion" this show is bound to be filled with surprises. Will we see your Greek organization represent? Last year (another shocker) for the first time both the fraternities and sororities tied. Imagine that banner!?
To register your team visit greekster.tv.
A billion people worldwide do not have clean water to drink and every 15 seconds a child dies from a preventable water related disease. How do 1 billion people not have clean water to drink? To be honest this probably comes from our own faults. I am not an environment freak but I do believe in recycling and helping out our own planet.
Thankfully there are people dedicated to helping out the cause. PUR teamed up with a host of celebrity activists (including Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Kenna) and educators to create Summit on the Summit, the climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise action and awareness of the water crisis. I'm actually proud of these celebrity activists. Usually celebrities are spokespeople, however, these actually took the challenge. To watch the journey of these brave celebrities, go to MTV.com.
You can also text SEND to 90999 to donate $10 to the UN Foundation on behalf of Summit on the Summit to provide 1000 liters of clean water.
Monday, March 22, 2010
KICK-ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.
Although Kick-A** will be released on April 16, you can enter to win passes in the comment section below! Just comment about why you would be a great super hero (and please leave your e-mail) and you'll be entered! The contest is good for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston on Wednesday, April 7th! If you don't live there no worries, you can still enter and if you win take just take a trip to the city.
Friday, March 19, 2010
This weekend's going to be a good weekend.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Contestants will live together and compete for:
- Exposure on national TV
- Contract with a top
- Opportunity to be a
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Will you be part of the movement?
To watch the new commercial visit facebook.com/philadelphiaunion.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
That's the number of Latino countries represented in the 2010 World Cup...not counting Spain. I'd say there's a good representation out of 32. As always, Europe seems to be the dominating country with 13 teams. And what are the chances of one of our countries winning? As I look at the group settings, it does seem pretty low. It would've been ideal to have one team per group but unfortunately there are some groups with 2 Latino countries.
With only 85 days away, this worldwide is bound to bring tourism and everything in between to South Africa. Who are you rooting for? Wouldn't it be something if Chile went all the way?
Y tu abuela? That's what the census and AfroLatinos are asking. The video above dramatizes an encounter between a Spanish-speaking youth whose grandmother rejects his friends because she assumes (incorrectly) that they are African Americans. I took two things from the video:
- Abuelita doesn't like you hanging around black kids
- I have to check off black and Latino on the census
Monday, March 15, 2010
Cartoon Network spokeswoman, Laurie Goldberg said in an interview, "It hasn't been on the air for years because of its ethnic stereotypes." This is widely believed to refer to Speedy's fellow mice, who are all very slow, lazy, and sometimes even appear intoxicated. This past year during my leadership courses we discussed these stereotypes including the laziness factor. It may have stemmed from the heat some people endure in Mexico. The instructor even mentioned at one point you would see people sleeping on the streets because it was so hot.
Either way, will you watch the movie? Speedy will grace our screens in live-action/CG and will reportedly take place in present day.
Every now and then something happens in the Latino community which causes a stir. Why is this? Well because for some reason people need scandals and in Philly it's no different. An incident that happened over a year ago is this causing issues today.
Today's Philly Daily News included a story about Concilio's "black eye". The article stated, "A recent finding by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against Concilio has serious implications for the state's first Latino organization." But why aren't they highlighted for their achievements? Concilio is the first Latino organization in Philly and concentrates on foster care services, nutrition classes, tobacco education and more. Did you know they also produce the Hispanic Fiesta, Philly's Puerto Rican day parade and Delaware Valley's Most Influential Latinos?
The good and the bad and even sometimes the ugly will get through to the media regardless but sometimes it takes a little bit more convincing to talk about the good.
Friday, March 12, 2010
You may not think you can write, but give it a chance. Everyone has a different style.
So we're not American Idols, nor are we America's Best Dance Crew; I'll tell you what though, we sure are rich! Two days ago, Carlos Slim Helú was named by Forbes magazine as the world's richest person, ousting Bill Gates. Slim, who is indeed Mexican, has an estimated $53.5 billion (£35.8 billion) fortune. What can one possibly do with all that money? According to an article in the Telegraph:
Through a sprawling empire of more than 200 companies – he has said he has "lost count" exactly how many – which encompass banking, retail, airlines, mining, printing, construction, restaurants and particularly telecoms, he has developed an economic stranglehold on his native country so vice-like that a new word – Slimlandia – had to be created to describe it.Worth $40 million by the time he was 26, this guy really knows his business. While most of us at age 10 like to think about comic books and cartoons, this guy was hustling selling snacks and drinks. I'm pretty sure he can donate at least $100 to every person in the U.S. and still be the richest man in the world. Someone please get on that.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I can't believe my eyes (ears) when I read about a black man calling Latinos "imposters". You heard that right. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii
I'm pretty sure he didn't mean it in a negative way but you know how that goes. It's like having casual conversations with friends and you refer to a group as "them". We all know what you're talking about. Do you think he meant it in a negative way or just an idiot move?
Something ironic? Yesterday my coworker told me to be careful heading home because of all these incidents. Sure enough something happened on my way home. I won't get into detail but it dealt with 5-6 kids. Luckily nothing happened to me; not sure what I would've done if I did get hurt. So parents, friends, teachers, etc., please teach your kids responsibly!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Well of its type. If you live in the Philadelphia region and know your media, then you should know 6abc's Puerto Rican Panorama has been around since 1970! Hosted by Diego Castellanos, the program deals exclusively with Hispanic issues and Latin culture; it is broadcast in English to encourage viewing by mainstream audiences.He must be doing something right for being on the air for 30+ years. I've been on the show twice so it's great to have a relationship with him.
Diego has been honored frequently both for his television persona and for his volunteer work in behalf of his community. He and Action News anchor/reporter Walter Pérez have both been recognized as two of the Delaware Valley's most influential Latinos. Coincidentally, both Diego and Walter co-anchor the 6abc live telecast of the Philadelphia Area Annual Puerto Rican Parade. Overall Diego is a great person. He himself said he's a Philadelphia cheerleadeer and believes in helping out the community; it's dear to him. I wish there were more people like him out there.
Catch Diego and his guests Sunday mornings at 5 and overnight between Sunday & Monday at 3:30.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Interesting point brought up today via Twitter...where's the Latino representation at the Academy Awards? I'm pretty sure they are out there but I don't think it's getting recognized. Off the top of my head we have (sigh) Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana, Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos, and those whom "we" apparently don't' claim. There's even a Facebook fan page dedicated to seeing more Latinos in film and TV. With close to 900 fans, fans post pictures of up & coming actors and movies which include Latino actors.
But did you know Colombian actress Catalina Sandino was nominated for an Oscar in 2006? Following her searing cinematic debut in Maria Full of Grace, Catalina found herself nominated for a plethora of awards -- including an Oscar, an Independent Spirit Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. So far the closest we've gotten has been during the 2009 Oscars when Penelope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress. She is Spain's first female Oscar winner and also becomes the sixth Hispanic person to win an Oscar after José Ferrer, Rita Moreno, Benicio del Toro (Puerto Rico), Anthony Quinn (Mexico), and fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem.
Hopefully the years to come bring more great actors and actresses. So do you think Latinos are underrepresented or is there no need to change?
p.s. Follow this Colombian queen on Twitter!
Monday, March 8, 2010
On May 10 - 12 Hispanic PR will host the first ever Hispanic PR and social marketing conference in Dallas, TX. To get people excited about the conference and this ever growing industry, HispanicPR wants you to take the Hispanic PR Census for a chance to win an Apple iPad.
The Hispanic Public Relations Association and the Hispanic PR Blog are conducting a national Hispanic PR Census that attempts to count every marketing professional – Latino and non-Latino alike – who spends 30 percent or more of their time in Hispanic PR and/or social marketing. The survey will help our industry compile information that will lead to more opportunities for all of us. It only takes two minutes to complete and the results of the census will be unveiled nationally at the Hispanic PR & Social Marketing Conference in Dallas, May 10-12.
After you take the Hispanic PR Census, please pass this message along to 10 other industry colleagues. There’s no curse for not forwarding the note but if you let 10 other colleagues know about it you will qualify to win one of two Apple ipads that the Hispanic PR Blog is raffling. Contest rules are posted at www.HispanicPRBlog.com and winners will be announced and .
No big surprise here but did you know 38% of Hispanic children are overweight or obese? Let's generalize it more; one in three kids in our nation today are (overweight or) obese. I wonder if this number has increased over the years due to TV and texting. Now that pre-teens are able to use cell phones instead of playing outside, I'm not at all surprised.
Thankfully our wonderful first lady, Michelle Obama, has launched a campaign at ending childhood obesity. The program is simply called “Let’s Move,” an actionable name that speaks volumes about the goals of the first lady and the organization. So what does this program include? Everything from access to healthy food and educational programs. Let's not forget about affordable eating because for some reason to eat healthy, we need to be rich.
"Let's Move" just makes sense. Think about all the arroz con pollo and carne asada you like to eat. I'm not saying stop eating this great food, I'm saying add a little green in there. A salad never hurts anyone. Yes even I'm at fault sometimes, but as you get older you start to realize how your health will be affected.
Friday, March 5, 2010
See you all el lunes!
ON March 3rd, the census teamed up with one of our favorite Nichelodeon character, Dora The Explorer. After all, kids count too! Dora is a young girl who embarks on a trip in every episode in order to find something or help somebody (hence the census). She asks the viewers at home to help her find new ways to reach places with the help of Map. She also teaches viewers Spanish, introducing them to short words and phrases. I say good job census for reaching out to children, Americans who are interested in Latino culture and parents.
p.s. Fill out the "10 minute" form and mail it back ASAP!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Note: Thank god I kept the splint from two years ago. Apparently I have to reuse it.