HispanicPro's Blog – January 2011 Archive (18)

Founders of Spanish-language theater honored

A passion for the arts first brought Hugo and Rebecca Read Medrano together as a couple and now their enthusiasm and dedication to Spanish-language theater in the United States have made them recipients of the "Washingtonians of the Year" prize.

"Cupid pierced us ... on the artistic side and the romantic side," Hugo Medrano, co-founder and artistic director of the GALA Hispanic Theatre, told Efe.

"We became a couple, we worked together and we realized that there was a… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2011 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Many Spanish-speaking Hispanics go un-immunized

Older Hispanics who prefer to speak Spanish or who live in communities where little English is spoken may be more likely to miss their pneumonia or seasonal flu vaccinations, suggests a large new study.

The consequences can be severe for seniors, a population known to be at high risk of serious complications from both pneumonia and influenza. Experts recommend that seniors get the seasonal flu vaccine every year and the pneumonia vaccine once after the age of 65, with a booster 5… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2011 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Childhood Obesity Highest Among Latinos

Childhood obesity and depression is more common among Hispanics and African Americans than other children, experts say, and that is due to personal habits as well as cultural and economic factors.

In a public health forum this week, Richard Carmona, the former Surgeon General, urged public health officials to work with minority communities, which have the largest…


Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2011 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Report faults Mass. on Latino student education

Latinos students in Massachusetts are missing an average of nearly three weeks of school a year and have lower high school graduation rates than other ethnic groups, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The report, "The State of Latinos and Education in Massachusetts: 2010," issued by UMass-Boston’s Mauricio Gaston Institute, faulted Massachusetts on a number of fronts for failing to properly educate Latino students.

According to the report, Latino students miss… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2011 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Disparity in Medical Research Participation Among Hispanics and Latinos Prompts Event

Amid concerns over recent research highlighting that clinical trial participation among Hispanics and Latinos is disproportionately low compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, community and industry healthcare leaders will come together on Feb. 12 in Dallas to participate in Todos Juntos por la Salud (All Together for Health), a forum hosted by global patient recruitment and retention company MMG. The moderator of the forum will be Dr. Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2011 at 10:37pm — No Comments

‘Modern Family’s’ Sofia Vergara on bringing Latinas to U.S. TV

‘Modern Family’ star Sofia Vergara has certainly made an impression on American TV and thinks it is about time.

The actress admits that she loves the fact that Americans have been so accepting of her as a “loud Latina woman acting crazy” on the show, states Hollyscoop (via Ocean Drive).

She is also happy to be representing her culture all while having an…


Added by HispanicPro on January 20, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Primm Valley casinos betting on Hispanics

Last year, the head of marketing for Primm Valley resorts pitched his boss on an $85,000 entertainment act to fill the 6,500-seat arena at Buffalo Bill's, one of three budget hotels the company operates in Primm.

It seemed a princely sum to pay for a portly accordion player with Elvis-style sideburns and gaudy western wear who sings in Spanish — a man neither he nor…


Added by HispanicPro on January 19, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

The Mobile Latino: Catch Me if You Can

The Verizon iPhone is finally here, causing a lot of buzz and conversation around this expected news. For marketers targeting Latinos, this might be even bigger news, considering that currently 24 percent of all iPhones have been activated by Hispanics.

We all know that Hispanics are very mobile and are always on the go. For these reasons, cell phones are becoming a…


Added by HispanicPro on January 18, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

First Latina Governor's Historic Inauguration Gets Little National News Coverage

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made history when she was sworn in New Year's Day as the nation's first Latina governor.

But the rising GOP star's momentous victory for the Hispanic community earned her little recognition in the national media.

Several mainstream news outlets like the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune -- even FoxNews.com --…


Added by HispanicPro on January 12, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

Latino intern, Daniel Hernandez, helped save Rep. Giffords' life

A young Latino man is being hailed as a hero who helped saved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life.

Daniel Hernandez Jr., 20, a political science student from the University of Arizona, was a new intern in her office. He rushed towards Giffords and the gunshots, held her hand and applied pressure to the wound. He held her head up to keep her from choking on her own…


Added by HispanicPro on January 11, 2011 at 12:49am — No Comments

For minorities, new 'digital divide' seen

When the personal computer revolution began decades ago, Latinos and blacks were much less likely to use one of the marvelous new machines. Then, when the Internet began to change life as we know it, these groups had less access to the Web and slower online connections — placing them on the wrong side of the "digital divide."

Today, as mobile technology puts computers in…


Added by HispanicPro on January 11, 2011 at 12:23am — No Comments

Telemundo Chicago Strengthens its Award Winning News Team

Telemundo Chicago, the fastest growing Spanish Language station among Adults 18-34, welcomes Meteorologist Maricela Vazquez, Reporter Yolanda Vasquez and Political Editor Alejandro Escalona as contributors to its 5pm and 10pm newscast. Telemundo Chicago is fortifying its award winning news team with individuals adding vast experience, tenure and news savvy.…


Added by HispanicPro on January 10, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

FOX Hispanic Cable Networks Post Record Ratings in 2010

FOX Deportes and Utilisima outperformed the competition in the Hispanic cable landscape in 2010 with two of the most popular offerings for both men and women. FOX Deportes, the premiere U.S. Hispanic sports network, once again reigned supreme as the #1 Hispanic cable sports network in primetime in 2010, while Utilisima, the only 24-hour, 100% original Hispanic lifestyle channel, was the fastest-growing Spanish-language cable network among women 25 and over.

"As Latino demographics are… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on January 8, 2011 at 12:28am — No Comments

Our American Dream: A Construction Company Owner Builds Herself Up

Linda Alvarado personifies the American Dream. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a poor immigrant family, she was able to go to college and found a successful construction company that went from pouring concrete sidewalks to building multi-million dollar airports, convention centers and stadiums.

“The American dream is also the Hispanic American dream,”…


Added by HispanicPro on January 6, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Chicago's Latino leadership group molds next generation

In a private room inside the upscale East Bank Club, a group of young Latino professionals that included staffers from several Chicago mayoral campaigns sat down recently to talk about a shared interest: power and how to get it.

Juan Rangel, co-chairman of Rahm Emanuel's mayoral bid and head of the influential United Neighborhood Organization, stood at the front of the room. Before him, he saw the next generation of Chicago's political leaders, corporate chieftains and cultural… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on January 5, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Universities Are Challenged as Demographics Shift

In August, 60 years after the University of Texas admitted its first black student, the school welcomed the first freshman class in which white students were in the minority.

White students, who accounted for 51 percent of U.T.’s freshman class in 2009, made up 48 percent in 2010. Black and Hispanic students represented about 5 percent and 23 percent, respectively,…


Added by HispanicPro on January 3, 2011 at 12:52am — No Comments

NM Hispanic group: Richardson doesn't speak for us

A coalition of New Mexico Hispanic groups is demanding Gov. Bill Richardson not speak on behalf of the Hispanic community, saying he failed to follow through on promises and was abusive toward Hispanics in his eight years in office.

The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico, which represents more than 50 groups around the state, unanimously passed a resolution…


Added by HispanicPro on January 3, 2011 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Face of City Has Changed Dramatically, Census Estimates Show

The electorate that will soon choose the successor to Mayor Richard M. Daley looks a lot different than the voters who first put him in office more than two decades ago.

An analysis of recently released United States Census Bureau estimates by the Chicago News Cooperative shows how racial and ethnic communities have continued to shift dramatically during the…


Added by HispanicPro on January 3, 2011 at 12:21am — No Comments

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