A hot Colombian I know sent me this video the other day, informing me about the Earth Hour movement around the world.
I had my doubts about one hour of no electricity meaning anything, but if anyone could get me to try anything once, and in the name of the world to boot, it was this hot Colombian.
Later the same day, NY State Senator Jose Serrano’s resolution that passed the State Senate. The resolution requests that Governor David Paterson adopt 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008 as Earth Hour in an effort to encourage energy conservation.
So the blogosphere is all abuzz about Vogue magazine’s choice of cover imagery when they finally put a black man on their cover. The picture of Basketball star LeBron James and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen (who is, of German descent), is being labeled racist because it evokes the stereotype of the black male ravaging the white female. Some even say LeBron’s posture and pose evokes King Kong (which is actually the same stereotype).
The cover shot was taken by superstar photog Annie Leibovitz. Vogue did have other, less incendiary images for it’s cover. Like the one after the jump.
The Feminist Majority Foundation released a video, attempting to dispel some myths about feminism , including that feminists don’t shave their legs and that they’re all white women. Lending her face (and race cred) to the video, is Ugly Betty star, America Ferrara.
I’ve struggled with the mainstream feminist movement because exclusionary tactics and the label of feminist.
If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed some changes on VivirLatino.That’s because VL has a new publisher: 2 Mujeres Media. But that doesn’t mean that Jennifer and I are going anywhere. We are 2 Mujeres Media, so we are now more involved than ever!
With these changes comes gratitude for the Blogs Media team, all their work in creating the site and helping in it’s growth.
We thank our readers for their continued support and for their infinite patience as we move forward, together.
The Univision Communication Inc Political Action Committee made a $1,000 contribution to the campaign of Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) on February 27. Wicker is a prominent foe of unauthorized immigration, a former member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus and founding member of the Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus. The Univision PAC then requested a refund of the contribution.
Seems that the network can’t decide where it’s loyalties lie, with the Latino immigrant community that keeps them afloat or the Republican lawmakers who want to send a large part of the network’s viewing audience, back where they came from.
Yesterday, I was reminded, marked the anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that claimed the lives of 146 people, mostly young immigrant women. Because the doors of the factory had been locked, the only method of escape for the workers was jumping for their lives and ultimately to their deaths.
The Triangle Fire tragically illustrated that fire inspections and precautions were woefully inadequate at the time. Workers recounted their helpless efforts to open the ninth floor doors to the Washington Place stairs. They and many others afterwards believed they were deliberately locked– owners had frequently locked the exit doors in the past, claiming that workers stole materials. For all practical purposes, the ninth floor fire escape in the Asch Building led nowhere, certainly not to safety, and it bent under the weight of the factory workers trying to escape the inferno. Others waited at the windows for the rescue workers only to discover that the firefighters’ ladders were several stories too short and the water from the hoses could not reach the top floors. Many chose to jump to their deaths rather than to burn alive.
The National Immigrant Justice Center is posting interviews with soe of their detained clients who have fought for their freedom for years be released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It is always important to hear the experiences of these women and men, in their own voices, not filtered through media or statics. Rawness has it’s value.
Imagine being told to go and die in your own country, which means, yes be killed in your country or the fear of having your baby taken away.
As a blogger, I’m always connected. There’s wifi, checking my email on my phone, texting, twittering, reading the blogs of others, and on and on and on. But does that make me sick?
Alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and even shopping are all candidates for medical treatment and are recognized as genuine mental disorders, so what about the Internet? Internet addiction -defined as “excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations, and email/text messaging” – is becoming so common that at least one psychiatrist says it merits inclusion in psychiatry’s official handbook of mental illness, the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”
Ok well I’m not a big gamer and I don’t have sexual pre-occupations (trust me) so maybe I’m safe.
Getting a book published as a Latina is hard enough. Promoting that book so that it is a success, is a whole other can of gandules. That’s why author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is going beyond the book club route to promote her new book Dirty Girls on Top ,the sequel to her bestselling debut, The Dirty Girls Social Club. She’s asking old fans and new readers to host parties in support of the book. From the books website:
Our goal is to have 250 parties across the nation, the week of July 8, 2008; we hope most will take place the weekend of July 11 to 13.
You just watched Israel “Cachao” Lopez, called the father of the mambo, passed this past Saturday in his home in Coral Gables, Florida. If you have ever seen this maestro perform live, you know the energy, el sentido y el sentimiento, that he brought to Cuban music in particular and music in general.
While he won’t be here playing, he has left a rich legacy of music that all should familiarize themselves with. For a taste check out his MySpace (yes even Cachao has a MySpace).
Que sigue la descarga en el cielo como en la tierra.