Archive for September 22nd, 2011

September 22, 2011

Latin business owners, entrepreneurs are on the rise!

via NY Daily News –Ā 

When Kevin Alicea’s grandfather left Puerto Rico for the Bronx back in the 1940s, opening a small grocery on Webster Ave. was a matter of survival.

“My grandfather opened a bodega to put food on the table,” said Alicea, 39.

Two generations later, the grandson is also an entrepreneur, but he’s branching out in ways his grandfather never imagined.

After launching a real estate business in the Bronx, Alicea and his two business partners decided to fill a void in Alicea’s Throggs Neck neighborhood by launching an upscale Cuban restaurant.

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September 22, 2011

Brazilā€™s rainforest dilemma

By Eric Jude Cortes

When I was a young lad, my family had a house in a nice neighborhood of Brooklyn with a beautiful backyard. It had a garden with roses, and cucumbers, and tomatoes. As time went on though, my siblings and I got older, and my parents reluctantly decided to pave over the backyard, so my siblings and I could use it as a better play area. We lost a beautiful garden, but we gained a more suitable space for our growing family. In a way, Brazil is in the same situation. In a nation that is growing economically, destroying the rainforest just might be a necessity for the Brazilian nation.

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September 22, 2011

Google is making us stupid and taking the mystery out of life

As part of my full time job, I manage a group of interns fromĀ Cristo Rey Jesuit High SchoolĀ in Chicago. One of the interns, who is a junior, asked if I had read The Scarlett Letter, which led to a conversation about high school reading. She informed me that there’s a website that summarizes most books, and ‘translates’ Shakespeare into American English. “Oh,” I said, “Sounds like Cliff Notes.” To which she responded, “Like what?”

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September 22, 2011

Ā”Presente! Sharing our legacy

by Jazmin Chavez

James Baldwin once said, ā€œknow from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.ā€ This week, as we celebrate the independence celebrations of various Latin American countries, remember where you came from. Remember your roots.

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September 22, 2011

You gotta fight, for the right…to read?

The belief in the right to freedom of speech is one that we hold dear in the U.S. Despite a guarantee by our Constitution that we can enjoy this right on a daily basis, many seek to restrict the freedom of speech through words.

Each year, communities challenge and ban books from schools and local libraries, arguing that certain books are too sexually explicit, racist, have alternate religious views or use “objectionable” words. Some books have been banned for more than 5o years and new ones are added to the list each year. Do you believe that a community, a school board or the government has the right to determine what children read in school and in their libraries? Just because they believe being exposed to a different world or way of thinking is a threat, does that mean everyone else should live in that fear?

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September 22, 2011

Brown on the outside, white on the inside

by Cristopher Rubio

I vividly remember a particular day as an undergrad at the University of Texas. Myself and a couple of friends involved in Latino community organizations were invited to attend a luncheon to honor the recipients of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s scholarship.

As we looked around the room at all of these young Latinos, we realized that we had never seen any of them at any of our community service events, a Latino Leadership Council meeting, or a mixer. We concluded that we were surrounded by Latinos that werenā€™t really Latinos. We were surrounded by coconuts.

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