Archive for October, 2010

October 29, 2010

Billboard top ten Latin songs for week of Nov. 6

Via Billboard.com, here are the top 10 Latin songs for the week of November 6, 2010…

#10 Dime Que Me Quieres– Banda el Recodo

#9 Cuando Me Enamoro- Enrique Iglesias featuring Juan Luis Guerra

#8 Millonario de Amor– Sergio Vega “El Shaka”

#7   La Despedida- Daddy Yankee


#6     El Malo– Aventura


#5    Al Diablo lo Nuestro– Espinoza Paz

#4    Corazon Sin Cara- Prince Royce


#3 Danza Kuduro– Don Omar & Lucenzo

#2 Niña de mi Corazon– La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho

#1 Loca- Shakira featuring El Cata


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October 29, 2010

Latinos in HD: A view of health disparities

by Jeanelle Roman

Latinos are among the highest of ethnic groups affected by an array of diseases, and access to high quality food and health care.  The difference in specific populations is the presence of disease, poor health outcomes, or access to health care is known is collectively known as a health disparity.

Health disparities are visible in areas where there is limited socioeconomic growth and areas affected by poverty.  They creep up in supermarkets/bodegas, the primary oasis for nourishment, with the sale of nutritionally deficient commercial foods, a major symptom of food deserts. (You can refer to my BL blog, Are you living in a Food Desert? for more on food deserts).

Health inequalities also show themselves in the presence of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), cancer, infant mortality, chronic diseases: asthma, the flu, heart disease, diabetes, poverty, and obesity.

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October 29, 2010

The sexual revolution

by Libby Juliá Vázquez

A young lady in her 20s recently told me about a situation she encountered with a young man who was trying to ‘talk’ to her.  He had offered to take her out and as part of that offer he included a night in a hotel room. She was perplexed; a hotel room on a first date?  “It’s not that kind of party,” she told him.

She was laughing while she recounted the story, but she was sincerely disheartened.  She wanted to know: “Is that all there is? Is that all I can expect when it comes to men and dating?”

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October 29, 2010

Congressman Grijalva: Suffering the consequences for taking a stand

by Adriana Maestas

When Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, was signed, Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) went out on a limb and stated, “Refrain from using Arizona as a convention sight spending their dollars in Arizona until Arizona turns the clock forward instead of backwards.”

Well, the Congressman’s call for boycotting the state in light of the law’s passage has created a headache in his re-election prospects and may have brought political extremists out of the woodwork who have taken it upon themselves to send his Tucson office white powder in an envelope with swastikas. On Friday, the FBI reported that the powder was non-toxic.

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October 28, 2010

Men: You are the weakest link, goodbye!

by Keyla Cedano

While reading through Hill Harper’s book, “The Conversation,” I couldn’t help but dwell on one particular observation. He points out that nowadays females are taught a different sort of independence, one that’s slowly making men obsolete. Although this hardback is labeled a “relationship book” geared specifically towards the African-American audience, his words are beyond mere romantic guidance and ring true for society as a whole.

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October 28, 2010

Cachao, the original Mambo King

by Rosie G.

Music is the very air I breathe and cannot live without. This is very true of musicians who not only dream in music but can hear it in their everyday lives. Some of the greatest legends of our Latin music felt the same; music was their life and couldn’t live without it. For my first in a series of legendary pioneers that shaped our Latin music; I was inspiredby the life story of Cachao.

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October 28, 2010

myspace gets totally NEW makeover (Video)

This morning myspace.com has announced that they officially have their NEW look.   Many feel that this ‘makeover’ is a desperate attempt to gain back a large audience that has been lost to Facebook.com.

Personally, I’m not sure if this is going to get me to switch over to myspace instead of Facebook, but I must admit, the new layout is definitely more user friendly than it was before.

They’ve gone LIVE this morning in hopes that their promo video (below) will insight some curiosity among potential users.

What do YOU think? Would you be willing to give them a second chance?

October 28, 2010

The right to cast your ballot

by Cristina Villarreal

Last week a Republican supported group, Latinos for Reform, caused outrage with their “Don’t Vote” ad telling Latinos to not vote in the November elections.  Considering the history of voting rights in this country, voting is more than a right.  It is an obligation.

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October 28, 2010

Mariah Carey makes BIG Announcement

Half Venezuelan singer, Mariah Carey, stated on the Today Show this morning that she will be having her first child soon.

The baby is expected sometime in the early Spring.

Congrats to Mariah and husband Nick Cannon on their latest creation.

October 28, 2010

On being Latina

by Angelica Perez

Recently, I had an encounter with a police officer that reminder me that, regardless of how I see myself as a person, this society continues to see me first and foremost as “Latina” or “Hispanic.”

I was driving under a lot of traffic and, somehow, ended on the wrong lane (almost missing the entrance to a tunnel I needed to take).  Traffic was slow, at a stand still, so I managed to squeeze into the lane I needed to be in.  A police officer, directing traffic on the other side, took notice of my violation.

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