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January 26, 2012

Being Afro Latino

by Robert Rios III

I recently spoke with, Dash Harris, a Panamanian-American filmmaker whose project “Negro: A Docu-Series about Latino Identity,” seeks to open a dialogue about the perception of beauty, and its relation to skin pigmentation; the stigmas one faces within the perception of race, and the resulting effect on one’s identity.

What does a Latino look/sound like? There’s no simple answer. We are over 24 different countries that have been labeled many differing terms, but as a whole, Latino/Hispanic, by modern civilization. Still, the world judges everyone primarily by outward appearance.

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October 27, 2011

All Roads Film Festival

by Robert Rios III

On a mild day in September, I stepped off the bus from NYC and arrived in our nation’s capital to attend the All Roads Film Festival, hosted by the National Geographic Society. Previously having pre-screened and reviewed several of the films for Being Latino, I had the chance to meet many great film-makers, and the privilege of speaking on a panel with two of them, Roberto Olivares (Silvestre Pantaleón) and noted Chicano Activist and Director Jesus Treviño (Visions of Aztlan ) – about Latinos in Modern Media.

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October 13, 2011

Ford…Focusing on el futuro

by Robert Rios III

Driving down the road of life, we’ve all come to the same conclusions: the radio plays the same 10 songs over and over again, there are never enough cigarette lighters to plug in all of our gadgets, and parallel parking just plain old sucks. As 2012 approaches, it’s time our vehicles reflected that; since it’ll be quite some time before we get those flying cars The Jetsons promised us, Ford has stepped up to the plate with flying colors with the brand new fuel-efficient Focus and Fiesta. With amazing new features that take today’s technological and social media advances into complete seamless synchronization.

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August 11, 2011

Re-Wii-Inventing the wheel

 by Robert Rios III

When we last left our pal Mario, he was battling the wretched Bowser to save Princess Peach from certain doom, and while that much has remained constant for the better part of 30 years, get ready for a warp tube to the future.

Before I get into just what that means, let’s take a look at the games for the Wii console that took this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by storm.

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August 5, 2011

Wii-Inventing the wheel – Part 1

by Robert Rios III

If you’re a classically trained gamer like myself, or any other child of the ’80s, you’ve no doubt played every single Super Mario Bros game known to man (yes, that includes Donkey Kong & Gyroscope), saved multiple variations of Princesses, and can hum a plethora theme songs like they were the star spangled banner (I’m humming the Zelda theme at the moment) at the drop of a hat. I am proud to say that I’m part of the Nintendo generation; and while they have seen their shares of ups, downs, lefts, rights, select, A-B, starts….they have once again taken their unique brand of gaming, and re-revolutionized the digital world of make believe.

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July 8, 2011

Rally against guns and violence

by Robert Rios III

Prior to the Fireworks, barbacoas and celebrations honoring the birth of the nation this week, we took some time out to Rally for the gift of life, and against guns, violence and injustice. A life that still clings to light, fighting to survive and refusing to remain silent  –  the life of Yvette Torres.  

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June 17, 2011

“Social”

by Robert Rios III

Last week was a momentous occasion for Being Latino, we held our first ever “Social” Networking Event, hosted by Heineken. What started as a way to get all of our most loyal, influential and progressively minded friends, fans, contributors and sponsors together in one room, became much much more by the end of the evening. It’s taken me a week just to recuperate and be able to fully grasp and formulate into words just what happened, and how it has changed so many lives forever.

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June 3, 2011

Getting to know the BL team!

What is your role with Being Latino and how did you get involved with the team?

Wow… that’s a broad question… well… Put it this way, if Rios 1 can’t be there, then Rios 3 will pick up the aces! (Don’t ask/worry about Rios 2…) My official titles are Events Director/Contributor and all around character extraordinaire!

Twenty random things you didn’t know about…

What did you want to be when you grow up?
A Singer… Go Figure!

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June 3, 2011

The kids are watching…

by Robert Rios III

Now that I’ve come to that point in my life where I find myself uttering that eternally dreadful phrase, “When I was your age… <insert annecdote>,” I find myself in a state of bittersweet concern, yet hopeful. Concern because kids are now facing very serious issues at earlier ages, but hopeful because their intellect and experiences will prepare them to bring to light the change the future so desperately needs.

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May 19, 2011

Letter to the “majority”

by Robert Rios III

To whom it may concern (AKA The self-proclaimed “Majority”):

It‘s been brought to our attention that there are those of you who were born in this country and who for some reason feel an inherent right to dictate who should be allowed to live here. While not necessarily through fault of your own – some of you being products of your upbringing – your melanin deficient populous are in need of some very important history lessons.

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