Archive for October 14th, 2010

October 14, 2010

Latinos and Mental Health

by Eileen Rivera-de la Hoz

I recently attended a Mental Health Legislative Breakfast. I’ve never been to one and didn’t know what to expect. I entered a room full of mental health professionals with a lot of trepidation; after all I’m not a mental health professional although I am a bridge to mental health services. After the traditional welcome speeches and politician’s greetings, we got down to business.

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October 14, 2010

UFO Sighting in NYC October 13, 2010

October 14, 2010

Hush Little Lady

by Arlene Olivencia

This may come as a surprise to some and cause a flight fight response in others.  Certain topics for certain people are normally understood to be off limits or just not discussed; it is/was always in “bad taste.” This is especially understood among women.   In my family, a woman’s etiquette was always strongly enforced.  “There are men in the house, put long pants on!”  “Stop running around caramba, you have your good dress and jewelry on!”  “Cruce sus piernas, tienes falda puesta!”  We were told never to swear, spit or bite because “Eso se ve feo.” Hypocritically, when we got out of line, syllable slaps, with a few Spanish cuss words, were handed out.  We were taught the rules of being a “Lady.”

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October 14, 2010

Healthy eating lifestyle – Local foods?

by Eric Cortes

Eating is probably everyone’s favorite thing to do. Latinos tend to always mention mom or grandma’s cooking since it’s usually very delicious. Whether arroz con pollo, empanadas, mofongo or any other dish, we love our food; but is it really healthy? Some say it isn’t.

Every year the idea of eating organic/local food is enters the minds of more America. In 2008-2009, first lady Michelle Obama took the opportunity to introduce her local food campaign. In a Celebrity Diet Doctor article,  Mrs. Obama was quoted as saying, “When food is grown locally, oftentimes it tastes really good, and when you’re dealing with kids, you want to get them to try that carrot.  If it tastes like a real carrot, and it’s really sweet, they’re going to think that it’s a piece of candy. So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they are fresh and local and delicious.” And now, cities across the U.S. are launching food campaigns to help their local economy and introduce it to their community.

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October 14, 2010

MARTA POWER OF 10

by Lance Rios

So here is a cool initiative aimed at empowering young Latinas! Listed below are the details.

Mission: The Marta Power of 10 mission is to promote self-esteem among young girls through participation in sports and extracurricular activities, while emphasizing the importance of being well-rounded and acknowledging excellence in academics.

Launch date: Saturday, June 19, 2010

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October 14, 2010

Nothing to do but GO FOR IT!

by Libby Juliá Vázquez

From the Latinos Doing Their Thing Series:  Carmen Marron

We’re all born with the innate need to leave our mark on the world: something that will say “I was here.”  It’s our human spirit reminding us, and hopefully others, just what we are capable of.  Filmmaker, Carmen Marron, knows this.  She worked for eight years to make her film GO FOR IT! and in the process learned just what she is capable of.

Carmen didn’t start out to be a filmmaker.  Unfulfilled with her job in government, she decided to get a Masters degree because she wanted to do more for her community.  She moved to the very poor South section of Phoenix, AZ where she became a guidance counselor.  Through her work with the youth of South Phonenix she began to realize what is true of kids today: they idolize Hollywood.   So what better way to reach them to make a movie for and in many ways, about them.  

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October 14, 2010

“Deportee”

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October 14, 2010

Grandchildren of the Cuban Revolution (Trailer)

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October 14, 2010

My Three (Latino) Heroes

by Miguel Muller

Once upon a time the Barrios were burning
so much land
so much time
so much health
wasted dailyby the consuming fires
that were constantly churning.

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