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January 22, 2012

Beware of shiny objects: The Latino leadership void

by Nick Baez

Some of you may recall an alarming study conducted a little over a year ago by the Pew Hispanic Center, in which Latinos were asked a simple question: “name the person who you consider to be the most important Latino leader in the country today.”

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January 9, 2012

Monday blues? Turn your grumpiness into creative energy

First installment in our new series:

2012: Tú, only better

Monday has rolled around once again and like many, you are wondering where the weekend went, in need of just one more hour of sleep, and a bit moody as you catch up on your emails. You drink your coffee trying to wake up and hope it will improve your mood, but a bad mood isn’t all bad. You can use it to your advantage.

Like an artist who created their masterpiece during a time of dark pain, you too can use your mood to inspire art, music, or other creative endeavor. Gaining insight into your feelings can help you develop the ability to express yourself.

According to Scientific American, you can do the following exercise:

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November 23, 2011

Sin Palabras

Welcome to Sin Palabras – Thanksgiving edition!

Yessenia Gutierrez, in Philadelphia, shares a glimpse of her new neighborhood.

It's the little things that make you feel at home, even when you can't be there.

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November 19, 2011

Sin Palabras – Thanksgiving


In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we’d like you to share any photos related to Thanksgiving. The way you interpret this holiday and anything you associate with this time of year will influence the photos you take.

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November 16, 2011

Sin Palabras

This week, your fellow readers share liquid hope and mobile forms of money making.

Maruca shares this photo of where a friend found hope during his divorce.

Hope in your morning café.


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November 9, 2011

Do the Mark Sanchez! (Video)

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November 9, 2011

Sin Palabras

For this week’s Sin Palabras, we share with you the beauty of a wise Latina and the humor that can be found in literal translations of Spanish.

From Sofia Rodriguez of Northern Virginia

Faith, forthwright and beauty within

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November 8, 2011

What sayeth the stars? Not enough minorities in Hollywood

– via CNN

Hollywood (CNN) — On Tuesday, recording artist Shakira will become the first Colombian to get her name on a monument to the globe’s entertainment industry: the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As the latest celebrity to get a terrazzo star, trimmed with bronze, on the sidewalks of Hollywood, Shakira joins a small but growing rank of minority performers making a dent in an overall industry that some criticize as not inviting enough to African-Americans, Latinos and Asians.

In fact, of the 2,354 stars on Hollywood sidewalks, only 3.4% of them belong to Hispanics such as Shakira, a CNN analysis shows.

The figure is 5.1% for African-Americans and a mere 0.4% for Asians, according to an analysis of the stars on the Walk of Fame.

Those figures fall short when compared with those minorities’ representation in the nation’s overall population: 16% for Hispanics, 13% for African-Americans and about 5% for Asians.

To be sure, the Walk of Fame functions as a commercial attraction and publicity device, but given the international attention it receives whenever a prominent artist such as Shakira receives a star, the Walk is also a major indicator of industry trends and success.

Hollywood analysts say they aren’t surprised at how the Walk lacks minorities, though its sponsor and operator, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, says it has been working hard to improve diversity in an attraction that stretches for blocks throughout Hollywood.



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November 2, 2011

Sleeping unplugged from temptation

– via CNN

“I won’t even sleep in the same room with them.”

A fellow named Daniel Sieberg was telling me his hard-and-fast rule for getting through the night.

He takes all of his digital devices — laptops, tablets, cellphones, anything portable that has a screen — to another room before he turns off the light. He has come to terms with the fact that the technological gadgets that have so thoroughly insinuated themselves into our lives can become addictive.

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October 26, 2011

Moreno, Leguizamo talk Latin life in ‘Hollywouldn’t’

– via NPR

Rita Moreno — the only Latino performer to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — is reprising some of her most memorable characters in a solo show at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Up the coast in Los Angeles, John Leguizamo, who co-starred opposite Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way and voiced Sid the sloth in the animated Ice Age films, is performing another of his acclaimed solo shows. And while their Hollywood success came 40 years apart, the two say they encountered many of the same hurdles.

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