Archive for May 23rd, 2011

May 23, 2011

The domestic dilemma

by Cindy Tovar                                        

When I got married, my goal was to be the best wife ever. The problem was that my definition of a good wife was old-fashioned. If you flipped through the dictionary of my mind and looked up good wife, you’d find a picture of my mother there. And underneath it, a short description: Primary caregiver. Master of culinary arts. Expert laundress (see also: submissive and agreeable).

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May 23, 2011

The risks of being ‘unbanked’

by Ryan Almodovar

Last week, I wrote about the Dodd-Frank act, and how its effects are likely to affect your bank account very shortly. Let’s face it: costs are going up across the board, even though the intention of Dodd-Frank was to rein in an out of control banking industry, banks have to put the price on consumers in order to compete. When faced with this kind of pressure, one might start to think that maybe the whole idea of having an account is a bad idea; the thought of hiding cash under a mattress or in a jar suddenly not seeming that crazy. The reality is, dropping off the financial radar and becoming ‘unbanked’ is not only a bad idea personally, but has the potential to affect all Latinos both fiscally and socio-economically.

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May 23, 2011

Youth soccer

by Greg Martinez

Soccer is arguably the #1 youth sport in America today and for good reason. It doesn’t take a lot of equipment like football or technical skills like baseball and basketball. It is also an easy sport for children to learn. Although soccer requires great skills and teamwork at the higher levels, at the basic level the game is all about kicking a ball into the goal. Even beginning level 5-year-old players can play a game that looks like “real” soccer. The growing Latino population in America is also a big factor in the sport’s popularity.

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May 23, 2011

Will the Fall season bring more Latinos to TV?

With Puerto Rican actor, Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), playing the role of Bosley in this Fall’s version of Charlie’s Angel, and ESPN Deportes producing their first scripted series, El Diez, it seems that broadcasters are paying a bit more attention to Latinos.

This past ‘upfront’ week, when the networks show advertisers the coming Fall’s scheduled programming, there was an equal number of presentations from Spanish-language programmers (five) as there are from English-language broadcasters. Perhaps this all comes as a result of the 2010 Census numbers.

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May 23, 2011

A global Hispanic powerhouse

by Carlos Solorio

Brightstar, the largest Hispanic owned business in the U.S., registered itself in mid-April for an IPO. The filing caps off the story of a scrappy startup that took on the big guys to become one of the largest cell phone distributors in the world.

In the late 1990s, cell phone manufacturers didn’t want to handle the custom requirements and import duties for dozens of Latin American countries, so instead they let the network carriers import them from distribution centers in Texas and Florida. The network carriers were then stuck with a logistics nightmare.

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