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Celebrating Latino Culture: NCLR Alma Awards

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Last weekend I had a fabulous Latino-style Hollywood moment I just have to share with you all. I was a guest of Artistry Beauty by Amway to the 2011 NCLR Alma Awards in Santa Monica, CA. This year the Alma Awards were extra special because they were being taped to be broadcast for the first time ever on primetime television through NBC, with repeats airing on mun2. Before my new-found life as a blogger, I was a TV producer forRead More ...

Mexico’s El Grito de la Independencia

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Tonight everyone in Mexico will be celebrating a lo grande during what is the most important and symbolic fiesta for the country:  El Grito de la Independencia. El Grito (or the “cry for Independence”) is a tradition that commemorates the original grito given by pastor Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato back in 1810 to gather all to join the rebellion against the Spanish colonizers. This moment marks the official beginning of the 11-year war for independenceRead More ...

Volunteer Tourism in Mexico

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For those looking for a more immersive cultural and language experience in Mexico, volunteer tourism, also known as “voluntourism,” is an excellent alternative and one that is being considered more and more. You don’t have to be an adventure traveler to appreciate this alternative method of traveling, but you do ned to have a passion for getting to know the real insides of a country and to give of yourself while receiving a transformational experience of a lifetime. Volunteer Tourism,Read More ...

Mexico’s President Takes Us On a Royal Tour

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Can you imagine being taken on an all-access tour that crisscrosses the rich and diverse country of Mexico with the one person that holds the golden master key: the President?  Well, that’s exactly the VIP virtual treatment you will get on September 22nd when PBS broadcasts nationwide Mexico The Royal Tour, hosted by Peter Greenberg. Greenberg, the nation’s most-respected travel news journalist, has already been on royal tours with the president of Peru, the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and New Zealand andRead More ...

Washed Up in Paradise

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Where does everything we consume, all those packages all our stuff is so dearly wrapped in and we carelessly dispose of? At least some of it is making its way across various oceans and ending up in the once-pristine shores of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, as documented in these photos by Mexican-born artist Alejandro Durán. Through his Washed Up project, Durán aims to raise awareness to how consumerism and its product of waste is affecting more thanRead More ...

Expo Mexico Emprende

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Last January we gave you four reasons why every child in the United States should speak Spanish. One of them being: U.S.–Latin American relations are increasingly more closely knit. Barriers have blurred and, no matter how high the walls we try to build, we live a co-dependent existence with our neighbors across the border.  The NYT columnist points out that the economies in the Latin American region were some of the few which nicely survived the economic crisis.  We areRead More ...

Did You Know Asthma is An Epidemic Among Latino Kids?

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You read that right, Latino kids suffer much more from dirty air and it’s effects, such as asthma.  In fact, 60% of Latino children are more likely to suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions as compared to non-Latino whites.  It doesn’t end there:  Latinos are three times as likely to die of asthma. The most horrible aspect of all of this is that our community is being overly affected largely because of the areas we live in, the jobs we haveRead More ...

Time is Running Out! Will You Support Our Fight For Clean Air?

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For the last two months Roxana and I have been writing posts and sharing information about the dangers of the toxins in the air we breathe and the prevalence of asthma among Latino kids. We’ve also shared with you simple ways in which you can join us in spreading awareness and advocating for clean air because we truly believe that if we can be activists, so can you. And now we’re respectfully coming to you with one last plea toRead More ...

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