Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Our favorite late-night comedy, Modern Family, took the Emmy this past weekend for Best TV Comedy series. I mean really, who doesn't watch this show! Congrats to all the nominees and winners. Although a win by Colombiana Sofia Vergara would have been awesome, it was still great to have her nominated. Hasta la proxima.
Let's see: Food + Baseball = a Latino's dream! Goya Food, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, will once again team up with the Phillies to host the Goya Latino Family Celebration & Food Drive on Friday, September 3, at Citizens Bank Park in conjunction with that evening's Phillies-Brewers game.
The night will be filled with lots of food and special performances. Whether salsa, merengue, or bachata, you'll be able to enjoy the musical performances of El Hijo E Lola, Foto Rodriguez as well as Jimmy Jorge & the Latin Express. Fans can also takes photos with the Phanatico Latino, one of the Phanatic Around Town statues which pays tribute to Latino ballplayers and was created by local artist Marta Sanchez. The statue will be on display at the Phanatic Walk, located at the Third Base Gate.
Visit phillies.com to purchase your tickets and get your salsarengue on!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Gotta love one of their slogans as well: Declaring war on nightlife. A 2,500-square-foot lounge, dance the day away as world renowned DJs rock the turntables with the hottest beats. Lounge by or in the pool with a cocktail or unwind in the privacy of your very own Bungalow. Celebrities and hot entertainers headline weekly and monthly events...transforming the 4,100 square-foot sundeck into a stage, and making Wet Republic the hottest destination for premier entertainment.
Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino ~ 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
Mon - Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The event will take place from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. and is FREE for the entire family. Enjoy food, shopping, fun children's events and of course LIVE PERFORMANCES! All Hosted by Julio Largo of Univision 65. So be sure to stop by this Sunday and get your salsarenguechata on!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Okay so it's understandable when visiting Mexico, to experience it at best you should skip Cancun and the tourists traps. But since when are "alternative" tourism trips in season? According to an article on MSNBC.COM, "a hardy few choose lesser-known tourist sites where they are chased down by immigration agents or risk their lives in dangerous slums" So that is exactly what the travel groups do; they re-enact an immigration run which includes I.C.E. agents who chase you and put you in the back of a car if you can't make the trip.
Best part. This has been going on for six years. "The trips began six years ago in a bid to draw attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants — nearly 7 million Mexicans lived illegally in the United States as of January 2009," the article continues to say. Is this even sane? If you read the whole article, the writer interviews European tourists. I can't see an American attempting to do this tour. Would you want to experience immigration runs?
Shakira, Wisin y Yandel, Aventura, Pitbull, Camila and Daddy Yankee have all been nominated for Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas's first ever "Latino Artist of the Year" award. The winner will be selected by Tr3s viewers, who will cast their votes online at tr3s.com. The winner of the coveted Moon Man will be announced on Tr3s on September 18th at 5pm during the transmission of the 2010 MTV VMAs.
This is pretty incredible considering it's going to be announced during this year's VMA's. I'm glad MTV didn't announce this during another program or a Latino awards show. They are actually putting Latino culture in mainstream TV! Now whether or not it will be aired is another question. Where does my vote go? I have to favor Shakira and Pitbull. They have the best music and have probably brought a lot of influence into the music scene. Go them!
Monday, August 23, 2010
I was able to view three of the gardens: Las Parcelas, El Batey and Villa Africana Colobo. Each represent one of the three cultures which represent the Latino culture. I was happy to see the three different types of "culture" gardens because it teaches our youth about just that...nuestra cultura. And considering it's Philly, it was a shock to see what grows in each garden; everything from different herbs to edible vegetables. Each garden showcases beautiful scenery and they are open to the public during certain hours. For more information on how to volunteer, donate, intern, etc., visit nsnp.com.
So you're out of a job and you're Latino, what do you do? What fields of work do you want to work in? To be honest in my experience, I've seen a lot of Latinos move into the social work field. Whether it's advocacy, mentoring, education...our "fields of interest" tend to relate to family-oriented careers. However, there is a lot more out there! And because of the influx of Latinos, businesses are looking to penetrate the Latino community.
According to a Minority Recruit article, "because Hispanic purchasing power is estimated to reach $1 trillion by 2010, marketers and advertising groups are always looking for creatives (designers and copywriters) and account executives (client liaisons) who are Latino. An in-depth knowledge of the Latino culture and experience is critical to a the success of any Latino-targeted ad campaign, and agencies need Latino employees to provide this insight." Other corporations looking for Latinos include financial institutions, insurance companies, health services and even government jobs. So while on your search for a new career, consider any or all of these options.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Imagine learning about your entire history in one book. I've heard of Puerto Rican books, Colombian books, Mexican history books but nothing that combines everything. Twelve years in the making, this book will shed light on "our American" through the writing styles of several writers. The book costs around $60 but it's well worth it.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), the first and largest non-profit organization to engage, organize, train and promote Latinos and Latinas in the social media arena, has released the results to the first study ever to take a look at Latina bloggers both from a demographic and a cultural standpoint. Given the growth of the Hispanic market, these Latinas are the vanguard of an emerging consumer segment that is the most attractive target for companies right now.
And it's true, if you search the hashtag #Latism, you'll find a lot of Latinas, women and moms. They are all talking about the things we use everyday including food, entertainment, mom tips, etc. All of this while being a single moms or the head of household. One of the most startling facts uncovered by the study is that an overwhelming number of these Blogueras (70%) are heads of household while managing to keep up with the amazing demands of both producing and marketing a blog: While only 30% report being married, a significant 43% managing more than one blog and 57% writing two or more posts a week.
So as you can see, they are a very powerful voice. The last thing you want to do is piss off a Latina mommy blogger. Not that you would, but they are out there and ready to engage with audiences of all kind!
Full survey report can be accessed here: Presentation-final
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
You know that saying "go hard or go home"? Well that's what Remo's UNITY Step Team thought when they performed last Saturday at the REMO Inc. Step Championship. The Unity Step Team consists of Latino/Multicultural Greek lettered organizations all who are here to promote unity amongst the Greek community, foster creativity amongst each other to help elevate the game and assist those organizations who do not actively have a step/stroll team in place by performing at their local campuses.
Check out their "Michale Jackson" routine below. As you can tell, it was a "serious matter" lol.
Countless times I get a little angry when we as a people say, "there are no opportunities out there for me." I honestly think that's people being lazy because the opportunities are endless. From scholarships, grants, fellowships, etc. a Latino today has a better chance of landing a job than other ethnic groups. Maria Luna De La Rosa, in her 2006 article in the American Behavioral Scientist, “Is Opportunity Knocking? Low-Income Students’ Perceptions of College and Financial Aid,”notes Hispanics have a low level of financial aid awareness and lack sufficient data on how to pay for college. In one study based on a national phone survey of parents and college-age students, she observes, more than 50% of all Latino parents and 43% of Latino young adults could not name a single source of financial aid.
Sometimes family members have to provide motivation along with their educational institution. The child makes his own decisions but with enough motivation, this kid could become president/CEO of a big company. According to an article by the University of Phoenix, the Pew Hispanic Center reports that more than 1 million Latinos are in management roles within companies nationwide. Could we increase this number? We sure could, especially because of the influx of Latinos across the country. So how are you doing your part?
Monday, August 16, 2010
Ask yourself this question. Do you see a difference between Caribbean Latinos and Central/South Americans? To be honest, I do. Sure it does not matter but today I thought about it. Even had a quick conversation with a fraternity brother about small yet noticeable differences.
One huge difference I see everyday is "family". Sure Latinos are all about culture y tu familia, but Central/South Americans seem to want a family more. There's more of a "I'll buy you flowers just for the hell of it" in us lol. Maybe I'm being biased but for the past few years, I've seen a big difference. Also, Caribbean Latinos are the party bunch. Puerto Ricans and Dominicans (in the US) are the first to wave/celebrate their independence and want a parade to party. Look at the difference between the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Colombian Festival in NYC...little differences with big impacts.
A few weeks ago I came to the realization there is new music being born everyday. With artists these days covering old music and sampling like crazy, it's a little difficult finding something new. That was until I went to a Bomba Estereo concert at the Kimmel Center. How do you describe their music? They combine traditional Colombian Cumbia music with Electronica.
Bomba Estereo puts you in a weird (positive) state of mind. Lead singer Liliana has a voice that you could say sounds oddly familiar (to some American singers) but it's unique because of the type of music. And yes as you have guessed it, son Colombianos! I'm glad to see non-traditional music rise from Colombia but at the same time, they keep the roots alive. The band began as a project of Simón Meíja's, releasing their first album as a solo project with contributions from various musicians. The other members, Liliana, Julian and Kike, would all join the band permanently before the release of their second album Estalla, which would later be re-released in the US under the title Blow Up.
Take a look at what is probably one of the most interesting cover's I have heard - Pump Up the Jam.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
That's right, our mainstream Latina is turning 10 years old! And according to Latina Magazine, "From New York to New Mexico, cities all across the country are getting ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dora the Explorer in style! More than 30 cities are observing Dora the Explorer day on August 14th to acknowledge the positive impact the Nickelodeon heroine has had on children over the last decade."
To be honest I've never watched the show but I know how important it is to children. As if celebrating someone's b-day wasn't enough, Nick Jr. has launched an educational campaign! Beyond the Backpack is a new pro-social initiative from Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer that champions overall school readiness for preschoolers on their biggest adventure yet--going to school. Education is very important to my family, in fact in should be for every family. The Latino high school drop out rate is enormous so touching kids at an early age is a big thumbs up for Nick Jr.
Feliz Cumpleaños Dora!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Although most people would not want to consider this area "The Badlands", it's still important to support youth projects. For years this area of the city has been considered the badlands, not a good marketing tactic. Some think it's dangerous but to be honest any neighborhood in any city can be dangerous. See you this Thursday!
Nuestras Raíces - A Children’s Photography Exhibit
(*food and drinks will be served)
FREE and open to the public
Open for Viewing:
Nexus Foundation For Today’s Art
(Crane Arts Building)
Check out the video below highlighting the Piazza at Schmidt's market. The Sunday market runs May through September, and the Saturday market is year-round. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday, August 9, 2010
So how do you make the mask? Pictured above is one of the Ayala hermanos from Loiza, Puerto Rico. For over 40 years, Los Hermanos Ayala have performed throughout the world bringing with them the tradition of Loáza-style bomba deeply rooted in Africa. They are also famous for mask-making. As you can see he took a coconut (from wholesale lol) and dug out all the guts. You have to be SUPER careful when opening making sure your cuts are just right. He used several different cutting tools. He said the horns are probably the most difficult. There are other ways to make masks including paper paper mache, but coconuts are more authentic.
Join Rocco in his NYC show, Dos Culturas, on September 3, 2010 at el Consulado General de Colombia. Rocco will focus on themes of identity and multiculturalism in this exhibition of new work from Colombia and Italy.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
When thinking about healthy food, niche groups don't really come to mind (in my opinion). Seriously, when was the last time you went to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? How about shop at your local farmer's market? If finding out where these farmer's markets are, well you have options. There are over 20 markets all summer long throughout the Philadelphia area. Just recently opened is the Norris Square Farmer's Market...right in the Latino community! According to an article on holaciudad, "El Mercado de agricultores de Norris Square, es uno de más de 15 mercados de toda la ciudad que ahora acepta 'Philly Food Bucks'. Con los 'Philly Food Bucks”, se puede recibir $2 de descuento en frutas y vegetales por cada 5 dólares que se gasten en un mercado de agricultores participantes."
Did you know two notable Latino chefs in the city use local food? Chef Guillermo Tellez from Square 1682 is doing amazing things with his local kitchen and eco-friendly restaurant. And Chef Jose Garces plans on opening a farm-to-table restaurant at the Cira Center! These Latinos are definitely doing their thing.
Norris Square Farmers' Market
W Susquehanna & N Howard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Hours: Thurs: 3-7 pm
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
If interested in tickets to REMO Inc. Step Championship, leave a comment with contact info.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
There is a $7 cover charge but it brings a free salsa lesson AND a free drink while supplies last. We all know we love getting free things; the drink is the added benefit. Dancers of all levels welcome so you don't have to be nervous while getting on the dance floor. You'll be lucky if you find the salsa crazed Asian man here. Random but it seems wherever there is salsa dancing, this long-haired man is always there. You know who I'm talking about :). Are you going?
Monday, August 2, 2010
So it seems as though mainstream TV is keeping track of Latinos. All of a sudden Latinos are playing a huge role in these contest shows like America's Got Talent and now Last Comic Standing. We have Felipe Esparza who loves to add a little bit of Latino flavor to his skits. Felipe has been a stand-up comedian for 14 years. He was raised in East Los Angeles (Boyle Heights), and has worked closely with fellow comedians Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias and Russell Peters. He got his first taste of major exposure when he appeared on a Showtime "Diamonds in the Rough" segment early in his career.
From what I see he is pretty funny. He brings real life situations to life and opens up the Latino world to mainstream audiences. And it's not awkward; Esparza's life experiences really make you think about your own life as well. Why? Because remember, in America we are all Latino. For information about how to vote for Esparza, visit Last Comic Standing's website.
For the first time in Philadelphia, Telemundo will host the Feria de la Familia! This event brings the Latino community together to offer services, entertainment, and diversity for the whole family. Best part...it's free! The event will take place at the Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia and will also include appearances by some famous Telemundo soap opera stars. Want to be your own TV star? Children will have the opportunity to record a short "news" segment during the Feria de la Familia. Afterwords, they'll be able to see the final product on holaciudad.com.
LA FERIA DE LA FAMILIA
Saturday, October 23, 2010 (12pm - 6pm)
The Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121