Monday, April 30, 2012
As we approach the last day in Hawaii we definitely had to go to the beach. In addition to dangerous and dramatic waves, we were also able to cliff dive (maybe) 40 feet. Amazing right? See you tomorrow in Los Angeles.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
When in Hawaii, do something adventurous right? While I wish I could sky dive I think I have to lead up to that. We decided to go parasailing and it was the right choice. Although the boat ride there was a little queezy, we made it fun!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
As I finish touring the Pearl Harbor memorial site you can't help but reflect. It's one of those places everyone (young and old) should come visit and learn. It's a site of reflection and remembrance.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
While we wait for people to get off the plane I must admit this is by far the coolest trip ever. Five days Hawaii and five days Los Angeles...can't get any better right? With warm weather, clear water and some liquor, the next few days will be amazing. Stay tuned for more photos! We're also using the hashtag #preciousmoments on Twitter. See you soon.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The conference portion of the anniversary includes workshops and guests speakers. Some of the awesome people attending include award-winning social media consultant, blogger, and journalist, Lena L. West as well as college-friendly and Latino-Greek extraordinaire Jesus Diaz, Jr. I'll actually be attending the banquet portion of the conference since it's open to the public. While I won't say who is "making" me attend I will shout-out the sisters of Mu/Gamma - Spring 2004...you guys are pretty cool ;).
Interested in supporting CUS? While the banquet portion is a hefty $160 you can also place program book ads. Visit cusnationalevents.com for more information.
Chi Upsilon Sigma 2012 Convention - “We The People: Believe It and Achieve It!”
June 14, 2012 through June 17, 2012
The Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-628-2100 or 800-321-3010
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
What happens when you put Marc Anthony, Chayanne, and Marco Antonio in one concert venue? You get an awesome tour called Gigant3s. According to Latina.com, "The GIGANT3S tour will begin in Miami on August 3 and will end in Vegas on September 14. Tickets go on sale April 26 and will be available on ticketmaster.com." Although I'm unaware of how many cities they'll be touring, I know one of their stops will be in Atlantic City, NJ. So you know what that means right? I will be in attendance. Stay tuned because I may have an opportunity for you to win tickets. Would you pay good money to watch this trio?
Monday, April 23, 2012
This year's winners include:
- Late-Night Museum Happenings Encourage New Audiences
Project: Midnight Madness
Recipient: Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
Award: $350,000 - To engage younger audiences in the visual arts through a series of simultaneous late-night happenings at three of Philadelphia’s premier art museums
- “Pop-Up” Performances Bring Latin Jazz to Philly Neighborhoods
Project: AMLA Flash Jazz Mobile
Recipient: Artists and Musicians of Latin America
Award: $35,000 - To cultivate new audiences for Latin jazz by presenting “pop-up” performances by local artists using a portable stage
|Photo courtesy phillychitchat.com.|
Special shout outs to:
- Megan Smith - You sure do put on good events ;). Thanks for putting up with all our personalities. Your costume idea was a hit with everyone.
- Kate from the Society Hill Dance Academy (SHDA) - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Collen from the SHDA - We rehearsed for two days and in the end the routine went flawless. Smile more? I was smiling the whole time! Forget what the judges said lol.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The 2012 NALAC National Conference will take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel from October 17 - 21, 2012. For more information visit nalac.org. Pre-registration will begin in May 2012.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
|Jessica Saul, Art of Stepping, teaches event attendees the art of stepping|
Telemundo Philadelphia's Dia del Niño event at the Please Touch Museum. It was the second time the AOS team visited Philadelphia. At the museum, Remo and her team performed for the children in attendance as well as taught them two separate steps. Without hesitation the group of kids ran across the main hall of the museum to learn more about this rare form of exercise and dance. Many of the boys and girls were very enthusiastic about running around the lobby and exercising. Remo's company teaches children of all ages how to live healthier lives through the art of stepping.
In 2012, Remo and Art of Stepping received President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition - Community Leadership award. The award is given out annually to no more than fifty (50) individuals who improve the lives of individuals within his/her community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness, or nutrition-related programs.
|Remo at Nickelodean's |
8th Annual Worldwide
Day of Play
The future will bring many more opportunities for Remo and AOS. As more and more schools and organizations become aware of her programs, AOS will soon be a nationally recognized brand. Parents of all children should take more notice of their child's diet. Start early and don't just feed them vegetables, but get them involved in after-school programming. Let's join AOS and fight against childhood obesity.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Date Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Location PA Convention Center, 12th & Arch Sts, Phila., PA 19107
Hours 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Set Up 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wrap Up 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In the past year I've successfully planned and executed three major signature events including a local upfront, La Feria de la Familia and Dia del Nino. People sometimes assume planning an event is easy but when you're the sole representative, it's not. I've expanded on our media partnerships and increased our social media presence dramatically. Working at a Spanish-language television station has its pros and cons but it has definitely gotten me closer to that goal. I did study journalism at Temple University and although my job isn't fully journalism, it sure has some involvement.
Now as the next year rolls through I start another journey at Saint Joseph's University. Getting my master's degree won't be easy but I know it will be worth it. Juggling part-time school and full-time work (among other things) will be exciting right? I thank everyone for their support and those who have given me advice about grad school. In fact, thank you to those who have been there this past year because it hasn't been easy. I've learned some things and grown. Now...just keep moving forward.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Concilio has a variety of health programs which teaches kids and adults how to live healthier lives. It's teen pregnancy prevention team recently started three new schools last month: Stetson Middle School, Pan American Academy Charter School, and Kearny Public School, as well as Concilio's Foster Care Program to promote abstinence and healthy decision-making among 6th and 7th graders. Using the well-evidenced medically accurate PHAT curriculum by University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, children are learning how to stay on track for healthy adolescence.
For more information on El Concilio, visit elconcilio.net or call 215-627-3100.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Some of the favorite activities included the Philadelphia Eagles' cheerleaders along with their mascot Swoop, a step workshop by Art of Stepping and more. There were numerous giveaways including Please Touch Museum passes, tickets to the Explosion Salsera concert in Atlantic City, NJ as well as a bunkbed. It was great seeing so many kids (and parents) with a smile on their face. Here's to many more DDNs!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Yes Lampanelli is a comedian, but that crosses so many lines. There have been countless comedians whom have been targeted for using racial slurs: George Lopez, Kramer, Andy Dick, Chris Rock, etc. If you haven't learned from these mistakes then you 're just dumb. Lampanelli is one of the strongest characters on the program and doesn't keep quiet. We'll see how this ends up. P.S. Thanks to Twitter, we're all able to see how people really feel lol.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Rita is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award. When asked about what Latino actors/actresses she admired, it was difficult to answer. She had admiration for several actors, but could only name a few Latinas. "Jennifer Lopez is more of a performer," Rita said. And it's true. Latinos are not cast in any roles that are not stereotypical. Imagine that.
Who would you love to see in the ¡VOZ! Congreso series?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Think your chances of winning are bad? Well then visit ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-736-1420.
Trump Taj Mahal - Venue: Mark G. Etess Arena
Showtime: 8pm, Doors Open: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $98, $78 & $58
Note: $2.00 facility fee on all tickets.
A Facebook post by Charlotte Sahadeo says, "This is just the beginning of my dream business of Adorno's Boricua! I want to share with all easy and traditional Latino flavors for all. My vision is to incorporate the Latino culture in unconventional ways!" When I ate there today, the chef recommended the delicious black bean soup (pictured above) and wow...delicious. Hopefully the new Cafeito lives up to the old one.
Monday-Thursday 7AM-5PM, Friday 7:00 AM-7:00PM
Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM-4:00PM (Hours due to change upon seasons!)
Free Wi-Fi Café
Available for Catering and Take-out
1700 North 3rd Philadelphia, PA 19122
Monday, April 9, 2012
I recently also red an article in NBC Latino about two Puerto Rican students being bullied in a Connecticut high school. Then it hit me. Do most bullying incidents occur when the school is predominately white? I know this accusation may sound horrible at first but it could be true. Regardless of whether or not race is involved, bullying is a serious issue. These hurtful words can damage a child's mind and the future consequences might not be reversible. Words are hurtful; it's that simple.
Glee is a great program which portrayed bullying at a small and large scale. In various episodes, Glee touched on certain character's sexual orientation (men and women). Some were strong enough to move on with life and some were not. Suicide is probably the last thing on anyone's mind but it's possible. There's also a fine line of bullying and being made fun of. However, there are still hurtful words being used. Remember, being different is cool :). Don't let society tell you where you need to be; you make your own decisions in life.
Al Dia's publisher made these remarks, "The truth is that the rest of us are sick and tired of being portrayed in American TV and movies, over and over again...It is an industry with few Latinos at the top and, consequently, callous to our concern for a more accurate representation of who we truly are." I would like to argue that we don't know whether these skits were Sofia's idea or they were just given to her. We also don't know if Sofia even gave 100% consent to the skits...she could have argued. But remember, the average American will do anything for money.
Do you believe Sofia's skits were justifiable? Remember, this is a comedy show. You can't really take any of these segments seriously, especially when they make fun of EVERYONE regardless of who's hosting. If you think about it, there's a 50/50 split between Latinos and whether or not they liked the segments. Everyone else most likely just found the show hilarious. SNL = comedy program. Not news.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A recent Pew Hispanic Survey says, "A majority [of Hispanics] (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin; just 24% say they prefer a pan-ethnic label." What's more interesting is that Hispanic is preferred over Latino. In Philadelphia, I've heard a good number of colleagues/friends prefer Latino since it embraces all cultures. Things are quickly changing. The older generation of Latinos versus the new-aged Latino is a battle that will go on for a while.
My favorite results from the survey find that 38% of all respondents are Spanish dominant, 38% are bilingual and 24% are English dominant. Among U.S.-born Hispanics, more than half (51%) are English dominant. Cue brand new English-language media geared towards the new-age American Latino. Our culture is changing. And although I do not want our language to be forgotten, I do want America to embrace this new trend. The new-age Latino is different.
And it's not just Latino journalists. The same report that covered Latino journalists stated that the number of African American journalists declined for the fourth consecutive year. African Americans in the newsroom workforce fell from 4.68 percent in 2011 to 4.65 percent. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) reported, "Since 2002, African American journalists have lost newsroom 993 jobs – more than any other group of minorities, including Hispanic, Asian and Native American. "
There have been numerous pushes by both parties to adopt a hiring policy that requires at least one candidate of color among the top three candidates under consideration to fill newsroom openings. Is this really happening? And even if this "candidate of color" becomes a top three candidate, it doesn't necessarily mean they will get the job. I wish I could speak on behalf of journalists everywhere but unfortunately it's not what I do full-time. Minorities need to represented in front of and behind the cameras.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Official voting ends this Friday, April 6. The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by their editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.
If anyone has any more information about the film festival please feel free to e-mail me.
8:00pm Film Screening and Discussion
10:00-Midnight After Party with Food and Live Music
Admission includes reception, screening, and after party.
For more information or to purchase your ticket: http://ihousephilly.org/events/foundmemories/