Featured Blog Posts – August 2012 Archive (27)

Cruz appeals to Hispanics in prime-time speech at RNC

U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz, basking in the national spotlight since defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, appealed directly to Hispanics and portrayed his smashing primary victory as part of a “great awakening” of American voters during a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.

Cruz, who has said he's not a fluent Spanish speaker, ably…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 29, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Young Latinas Lack Family Encouragement To Participate In Sports

When Dora Herrera, 55, was about 12 or 13 years old, she was no longer allowed to play sports. “My parents told me it was inappropriate for a young lady to be out and about. Once puberty set in, I had to grow up and be a lady.” Though she enjoyed playing roller derby, boxing, and baseball with the neighborhood children, she had to stay inside her home.…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 29, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

The right economic message for Latinos

Perhaps the most befuddling aspect of the 2012 presidential election is the idea advanced by political prognosticators and analysts that Hispanic Americans will be voting en bloc for President Obama without a second thought. As a proud member of the Latino community in America, this prediction frustrates me just as much as it perplexes me.

In recent decades, Hispanics…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 27, 2012 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Latino supermarkets going strong in valley

Grab an extra-large shopping cart, push it into the supermarket, and immediately, you hear the Spanish music wafting from the overhead system. To your left, the smell of just-made fajitas, papas and frijoles emanates from the quick-service restaurant where the line is 10 deep at the counter.

As you look to your right, the scent of fresh-baked pan dulce arrives just…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 27, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

The World's Most Powerful Latinas: Shakira, Sofia Vergara

Latinas around the world are wielding more power than ever before: eight of the 100 most powerful women in the world are Latina. And their numbers are on the rise. Four of the list’s 16 newcomers are Latina women: Maria das Gracas Silva Foster of Brazil’s Petrobras and celebrities Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Sofia Vergara. Latina celebs have proven themselves to be at the top…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 27, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Illinois RNHA Launches Website, Builds New Chapter

Illinois – Taking steps to fulfill their commitment to reach out to the Hispanic community in support of Republican principles, The Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) has launched a new website – www.illinoisrnha.org – and formed a new DuPage County chapter.

A meeting to create a DuPage County RNHA chapter was…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 27, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

Hispanics set school, college enrollment records

Hispanic population growth and improved high school completion rates helped Latino young people become the largest minority group on college campuses and a fourth of the public school population last year, according to a Pew Hispanic report released Monday.

The center's analysis of Census data shows more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 21, 2012 at 8:47am — No Comments

Lack of Hispanic moderator in presidential debates blasted

The lead news anchor with the largest U.S. Spanish-language television network called the absence of a Hispanic or African-American moderator in the upcoming presidential debates a "grave omission."

"One out of every four of the country's inhabitants is of some other ethnic origin and it is unacceptable that neither a Hispanic nor an African American has been named as…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 20, 2012 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Voter registration, Hollywood-style

The political advocacy group Voto Latino, which promotes civic engagement by American Latinos, is out with a new public service announcement encouraging voter registration, and in a world of more dour political ads, this one strikes a different tone.

Directed by “That 70s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama, it pulls out all the Hollywood studio stops to tell its story…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 20, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Nascar Seeks to Woo Latinos With Fox Deportes Agreement

Nascar dads and Hispanics could be seen as being on opposite sides of the political fence, but that has not stopped Nascar from reaching an agreement with Fox Deportes, the Spanish-language cable sports channel, to broadcast 15 races starting in February.

The agreement includes the broadcast of six live races, including the Daytona 500, which will be broadcast in Spanish…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 20, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

Diageo Said Close to Buying Jose Cuervo for $3 Billion

U.K. drink maker Diageo PLC (DGE.LN) is close to a deal to buy the Jose Cuervo tequila business from Mexico's Beckmann family for about $3 billion, the Sunday Times reports.

Diageo Chief Executive Paul Walsh could announce the acquisition alongside annual results on Thursday, the report said without citing sources, though it also said talks could last a few more…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 20, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

Obama and Romney each up efforts to appeal to Latinas

Mitt Romney’s t eam kick started the “Women for Mitt” Coalition Wednesday breaking a mold on how Republicans are reaching out to women who are Hispanic.

Optimized rachel campos duffy 240 Obama and Romney each up efforts to appeal to Latinas.

“I find it really puzzling why Hispanic women wouldn’t be attracted to his message,” said Rachel Campos Duffy, a Latina author,…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 16, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

The Next Frontier In TV: English News For Latinos

Jorge Ramos has a humbling problem.

He is one of the best-known Hispanics in the U.S. and a respected news anchor for the Univision networks on which millions of Americans routinely rely.

And yet, in Ramos' telling, his 14-year-old son, Nicolas, and his 25-year-old daughter, Paola, don't watch his newscasts.

"They get their information in English," Ramos…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 16, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Minority Womens' Health: Latinas and Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that causes blood sugar levels to be too high. Over time high blood sugar levels can hurt many parts of your body, such as your skin, mouth, kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and feet. It can even cause death.

Type 2 diabetes — the most common type of diabetes — affects about 1 in 10 Latinos. Within this group, Mexican-Americans are the most affected.…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 15, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

DREAM Act May Become Part of Democratic Party Platform

Support for the DREAM Act may soon become the official stance of the Democratic Party.

In an appeal to Latino voters, three Senate candidates in the Southwest are urging the Democratic National Convention to adopt as part of the party platform support for the bill to help some undocumented immigrants who came here as children attain citizenship.

Rep. Martin…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 15, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

Networks Struggle to Appeal to Hispanics

Sofia Vergara is probably the most recognizable Hispanic actress working in English-language television. She is one of the stars of “Modern Family,” among the highest-rated scripted shows on network television, and she has parlayed her celebrity into commercials for brands like Pepsi and Cover Girl.

Despite her popularity, “Modern Family” is not a hit with…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 14, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Overcrowded emergency rooms especially dangerous for Hispanics

Overcrowded emergency rooms can be fatal for Latinos and other minorities living in populated neighborhoods, suggests a study published in the journal Health Affairs.

Because minorities — Hispanics in particular — have low rates of health insurance, the emergency room has become a primary resource for medical care regardless of the severity of the medical issue.…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 14, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Shakira, Selena Gomez Top Forbes Social Networking Superstars List

These days a celebrity’s social media presence can go a long way and Shakira, Selena Gomez and Crisitiano Ronaldo are all aware of this as the three Latinos have topped Forbes Social Networking Superstars.

The list includes Barbados vixen and pop singer Rihanna, who came in first place, along with Mother monster Lady Gaga in second place and Gomez’s boyfriend Justin…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 13, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

MundoFox hopes to grab Latino viewers from rivals Univision and Telemundo

A quarter century ago, Fox figured there was room for more than just three big TV networks. It created Fox Broadcasting, which would redefine television with shows such as "Married ... With Children," "The Simpsons," "24" and "American Idol."

Now, Fox is hoping to stage an encore.

Rupert Murdoch's company on Monday unveiled MundoFox, a new Spanish-language…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 13, 2012 at 9:46am — No Comments

Sesame Street to incorporate new Hispanic character

So you grew up watching Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, and now you want to be friends with Rosita, Luis and Maria.

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If you are a bilingual actor or actress between the ages of 18 and 25, this may be the chance of a lifetime: "Sesame Street" is looking for a new Hispanic character.

The producers of "Sesame Street" told The Associated…

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Added by HispanicPro on August 9, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

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