Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Two days. That's how long we have to wait until we find out if the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be hosted in the United States. So how can you show your support? On Thursday, December 2, wear your favorite soccer gear -- a jersey, a t-shirt, cleats and shin guards -- in solidarity with fellow soccer all across the country. Also take a photo of yourself and upload it to the official GoUSAbid website. You can watch FIFA's announcement live on Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN, Univision, , CNN International and fifa.com.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone! Speaking of eating food all day and being lazy, last Friday I had the opportunity to play on the XBOX360 Kinect. One word: Exercise. Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways without using a controller. Imagine controlling movies and music with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice. With Kinect, technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine.
So what game did I play? Of course I had to get my Dance Central on! I had the chance to perform to Beanie Man's "King of the Dancehall" but someone else was the stereotype and performed to Pitbull's "I know You Want Me." To my non-shocking surprise, the creators of the game of course added a Salsa and Merengue step. You can't be mad at them for attempting to teach mainstream America something. But what did shock me was the "Latino" move. Really? Who names a move the "Latino?" Don't stop there though, there's a "Latina" move as well. Egh, it's a great workout and fun. But remember, what happens in your video game room stays in the video game room.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Thank you for joining 2 weeks before the show happened and putting on great performances. Yes even the merengue stroll was a shock but it was great to see the support. And shout out to being the first NPHC organization to participate in the show in six years.
- Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. - You guys always put on some great performances and this year you out-did yourselves. I've seen the improvement in your strolls and to be honest, this year should have been your year. See you next year. P.S. B E ain't easy :)
- Corazones Unidos Siempre/Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. - Thank you for participating for the last six years! It is amazing what you guys do, how you perform and what you bring to the table. Congrats on winning for the second year.
- Chi Iota Pi Sorority Inc. - Although you did not compete it was truly appreciated you guys came up from Maryland to perform. Not only was it an AWESOME performance, but it was dedicated to our hermano. I had to hold in my tears when I saw the number five on your shoulders.
There are many issues Latinos face in the United States. Immigration, jobs, education, social media and so on are many of the topics that will be discussed during the Americano's First Annual Hispanic Forum and Gala on December 2-3 in Washington, DC. The theme of the forum will be The Road to Freedom: Sharing American Liberty with Hispanics Around the Globe. The idea behind the forum is to bring Hispanics together to engage in today's hot topics. There will be a "Consensus Lunch Discusion" hosted by Ambassador Roger Noriega with the purpose of creating a bipartisan agreement for the development of the Hispanic community. This is a perfect opportunity for bloggers, media and Latino corporations to discuss "hot topics". To register please click here.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Daisy's Holiday Cooking not only offers extremely user-friendly recipes, but also groups them together by menus, ten in all, each with a theme. Although Martinez is Puerto Rican, she has great Peruvian, Mexican, Chilean, Venezuelan, Caribbean, Spanish and Mediterranean dishes. An actress and model before following her passion into the French Culinary Institute, Martinez launched her career in the food world as a prep-kitchen chef on the sit of Lidia's Italian American Kitchen. She soon became the host of her own PBS series, Daisy Cooks!, and her cookbook based on the show won the title of Best Latino Cuisine Cookbook in the World by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Last year's show also brought the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) together to perform a Unity Stroll. Although it was a lot of work and practice, the performance was great; I personally loved the skit ;). It's unfortunate the stroll most likely will never ever be performed again, it was great uniting our strolls and performing for the crown. See you all esta noche.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Shout out to all past participants. Fun fact: Chi Upsilon Sigma has been the only organization to consistently perform for the past six years. We thank you for all the support these past years and are looking forward to this year's performance. And I just realized the first time we hosted this event, we started at 9 p.m. Talk about a late night event.
Think about it. Do we have one leader en la comunidad fighting for what we believe in? The answer is no. The question was asked last May in an Associated Press article and no one knew how to answer. "That’s not easy for some Hispanics, let alone other Americans. Even as the Arizona immigration debate has highlighted concerns of the nation’s more than 30 million Latino citizens, it has revealed a lack of name-brand recognition for those dedicated to serving America’s largest minority group," the article stated.
The Pew Research Center recently asked the question, "Who is the most important Latino leader in the country today" and 64% said, "We do not know." Although some people did respond with names, the percentages were not high. "The most frequently named individual was Sonia Sotomayor, appointed last year to the U.S. Supreme Court. Some 7% of respondents said she is the most important Latino leader in the country. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) of Chicago is next at 5%. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa draws 3%, and Jorge Ramos, an anchor on Noticiero Univision, the national evening news program on the Spanish-language television network Univision, drew 2%."
Why is this happening? To be honest it's a sub-culture problem. Latinos can't get over the fact that we represent other countries. I said it in the AP article mentioned above, "“When you’re in Colombia, you’re a Colombian. When you’re in Puerto Rico, you’re a Puerto Rican. When you’re in the U.S., you’re a Latino or Hispanic." And it's true. We can't come to recognize our own selves as Latinos, we seem to have a problem looking after "our own" before anyone else. So what can we do? A: Get over ourselves.
Friday, November 12, 2010
As much oppression there is going on in the world, I can't quite be as happy to be Latino today. It has nothing to do with the increase of Latinos in the U.S., but it really has to do with our opportunity. Sure we complain a lot about life and how it's difficult to get through things, but in the end, it really all works out. Besides, life isn't meant to be easy. And to make things even better, I'm a part of BeingLatino on Facebook and the blog...it's great to connect with people with similar interests. Sure there are some quarrels every now and then, but these 40k+ people on here all have positive things to say. Go us!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Assassinate Castro and you move on to the next level. Yep, that seems to be the premise of everyone's favorite new video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops". Sure it's just a video game, but did they really have to use the real Fidel Castro? I thought video games usually add characters which resemble us in real life, maybe its a hint.
I can completely understand why CUBA would be mad but you have to think, it's a video game. Video games are meant to be fun and time wasters; not "live my life according to the game". However, according to a Fox News article, "Scenes like that and others drew harsh criticism Wednesday from Cuba, which said the new video game was violent, glorified the assassination -- and will turn American children into sociopaths." Sociopaths though? First off, if you don't want your kids playing these games, don't buy it for them. Second, if a video game influences your life then I suggest you rethink your life.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
When books are written based on your upbringing, one can only imagine what the mind can come up with. Some might be true, some might not be but I'm sure this book captures North Philly at its finest. You can purchase your copy on Barnes & Noble's website for less than $20!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday and Thursdays
6 p.m. Beginners
7:30 p.m. Advanced
4632 Nth 5th Street
Philadelphia Pa, 19140
You always wonder what good will happen in the world. Sure some fraternities (maybe all) are much larger and have been around more than my own, but it's always good when you get that feeling you did something right. It's also one thing to see your own chapter grow and other chapters as well, but it's also great to see expansion. This takes a lot of dedication and patience; there are other organizations out there in the world "competing". However, we are all Latinos in this crazy world called life looking to enhance our own.
Congrats Peter Montero, Anthony Richards and Jose Ramos..you three have just started Iota Colony and joined a brotherhood like no other. Hasta pronto.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
We all have stories to tell. Whether it's about love, family, school, work, friends or ourselves, it seems as though everyday we come up with new and exciting stories to tell our close friends. Sometimes we even save objects which help us remember the story. Photos are probably some of the most sacred objects people keep, but sometimes even a simple rock can play a huge role in someone's life.
Throughout the summer of 2010, First Person Arts (FPA) invited people from all over Philadelphia to "show and tell" events called StoryCircles. Everyday people brought things that mattered to them and told their story about the object Their personal stories and objects will be on display at the pilot First Person Museum exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA), displayed via pictures, film, sound, and words. The live exhibit runs from November 5-December 18 as part of the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art.
Think you have a compelling story to tell? Well FPA is still accepting stories for their online gallery. As a Latino, I am very confident our parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents have kept A LOT of objects from their life. I would be happy to see a 84 year-old woman go on stage during the festival and tell her story.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I'm waiting on mine :)
Kudos to NYC and the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade inviting Juanes to perform at the parade. This marks the first ever Spanish-language performance in the parades 84 years! According to a post on LatinoGossip, "More than 3.5 Million Spectators On The Streets Of Manhattan and a Broadcast Audience of More Than 50 million viewers nationwide will watch him sing in ESPAÑOL!!"
Now that's a win for Latinos (and Colombia!).
Monday, November 1, 2010
The Tony Award winning broadway show, In the Heights, is coming to our ciudad! In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Watch it live at the Kimmel Center between January 28 and January 23, 2011. You don't want to miss this opportunity.
For more Latino-themed events at the Kimmel Center, click here.
In corporate America, accents can and should be a good thing! It shows you are bicultural and bilingual. Is it necessary to speak perfect English, you can try, but in the end since you are the liaison between the client and the corporation, you end up winning for translating. Do you think it's necessary to get rid of your accent? Have you ever been insulted because of it?