HispanicPro's Blog – December 2012 Archive (27)

15 Latinos Who Could Be Nominated For An Oscar

It’s shaping up to be a really competitive awards season with films like Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln and Life of Pi already garnering serious Oscar buzz in the acting categories, as well as those behind-the-scenes.

And since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences opened voting for Academy Award nominations to its members last week, we’ve decided…


Added by HispanicPro on December 31, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

10 Latinos with heart in 2012

This year we’ve seen a rise in homelessness, unemployment, a dire need for education and mentors, as well as devastation as a result of Hurricane Sandy. However, we must commend those Latinos who have come to the rescue in various ways. Here are just a few that deserve our standing ovation:

1. Woman on a mission to help homeless students in Las Vegas



Added by HispanicPro on December 31, 2012 at 9:37am — No Comments

The 30 Latinos & Latinas Who Made the 2012 Election

Not all of the key players in the 2012 election were politicians. Here’s a list, that by no means is comprehensive, that gives us a look into the Latinos and Latinas that were instrumental in the 2012 election.

Latino volunteers – Those who basically made campaigning across the country possible, from registering voters to fundraising, phone banking, getting out…


Added by HispanicPro on December 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Latinos in U.S. Prepare to Welcome the New Year in a Myriad of Ways

In the United States, our diverse population translates into a wide variety of ways people ring in the New Year. Latinos across South and Central America celebrate with a multitude of traditions. My Salvadoran husband, for example, tosses a bucket of water out the door to symbolize doing away with the old to make room for the new. Here is what other Latinos in the U.S.…


Added by HispanicPro on December 28, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments

Latinas Need A Good Support System For Success

The recipe for success isn’t so much about emulating a dog-eat-dog mentality, but rather it’s building a base of networks or what Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis called “hermandad.”

Solis explained to a crowded room of Latina leaders at a luncheon Monday during the National Hispana Leadership Institute annual conference in Washington D.C., that growing up she…


Added by HispanicPro on December 26, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Latinos Less Likely To Receive Unemployment Benefits Than Non-Hispanic Whites

Even as rightwing pundits like Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly paint the Latino community as over-reliant on government, a new study highlights that Hispanics often do not receive enough of the benefits they are entitled to.

Latinos are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to apply for unemployment insurance benefits or to receive them once they apply, according…


Added by HispanicPro on December 26, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

Despite Poverty Today, Latinos May Define Rules in Aging America

For Paula and Manuel Cisneros, every day is a challenge of survival. At 73, he cuts and bag cactus to sell on the street to pay for basic expenses and she is looking for a job. A peaceful retirement for them just looks like a very distant dream.

"Aging is very easy, but to do it with dignity and wellness is not that easy," said Manuel, who came from Mexico as an…


Added by HispanicPro on December 26, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Latinos Favor Tax Increases for Wealthy to Solve Fiscal Cliff

Latino voters overwhelmingly support tax increases on the wealthiest Americans as a way to reduce the deficit and deal with the looming fiscal cliff.

According to a new impreMedia/Latino Decisions survey of more than 5,600 Latino voters, a whopping 77 percent favor increasing taxes on the wealthy. While the vast majority of Democratic Latino voters -- 86 percent…


Added by HispanicPro on December 19, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

Job creation policies matter to Latinos

I recently received an email from Vicky, an NCLR supporter, who thanked me for reporting each month on how Latinos are doing in today’s economy. She also shared that she is unemployed and has come to realize that being bilingual is not enough to help her land a job. Vicky does not have postsecondary education has found that employers want the whole package in a worker:…


Added by HispanicPro on December 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Bilingualism is Key to Success for Latinas in U.S.

Having command of Spanish and English means, for Latino women, a competitive advantage, several outstanding Hispanic figures from the political, activism and business spheres said Monday.

"Being bilingual is an incredible opportunity. I have two children and I'm concerned for both to speak Spanish as well as English, because that's going to help them in their…


Added by HispanicPro on December 17, 2012 at 9:13am — No Comments

Ribbon Cutting Held for New State Farm Insurance Agent

John Villegas recently opened a State Farm Agency in Palatine, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Palatine Chamber of Commerce.

John Villegas is a bilingual, first generation immigrant who graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, and earned a BS in Finance from DePaul University. He has more than 15 years of experience in the financial…


Added by HispanicPro on December 17, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

NBCUniversal bolsters Telemundo as U.S. Latino market grows

Telemundo has long been like a remote Caribbean island, cut off from its sprawling media homeland.

NBCUniversal acquired the Spanish-language television network a decade ago for $2 billion but became discouraged by its seemingly limited prospects. But Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBCUniversal last year may be building Telemundo a bridge to the…


Added by HispanicPro on December 17, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments

Right-to-work Nevada a rare bright spot for labor

The future of the American labor movement may lie just off the Las Vegas Strip, inside a squat building huddled in the shadow of the Stratosphere casino.

That's the home of the Culinary Workers Local 226, a fast-growing union of hotel and casino employees that has thrived despite being in a right-to-work state and a region devastated by the real estate…


Added by HispanicPro on December 17, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments

Latinos ‘Sleeping Giant’ of Sustainability Marketing

Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic in the nation, yet few companies are reaching out to this group in their sustainability initiatives, according to research by advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi.

According to The Myth of the Sleeping Giant: Why Latinos are the Fastest Growing Segment the Sustainability Industry has (N)ever Seen, “the vast…


Added by HispanicPro on December 17, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments

Officials say Latinos advancing to college degrees critical to California, US economies

The future success of California and the nation lies in successfully educating Latinos so they can bolster an increasingly skilled workforce, according to speakers at a forum put on by California Assemblyman Das Williams Tuesday at Ventura College.

"While Latino college completion rates are important in the United States, they are even more so in California with the…


Added by HispanicPro on December 12, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments

What the Fiscal Cliff Debate Means For Latinos

Talks of the fiscal cliff continue to escalate, and the Obama administration is leading a strong PR campaign telling the American public to call, write, or even Tweet members of Congress. The White House wants citizens to pressure Republican representatives to pass a tax increase on the wealthy and avoid cuts on federal programs.

All Americans will be affected if an…


Added by HispanicPro on December 12, 2012 at 1:03pm — No Comments

The other America

A second generation of Hispanic TV channels has arrived in the US, with a new take on language and its staple series, the telenovela. Sean Davidson reports.

The recent Democratic National Convention in the US included among its many speakers Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio and a rising political star. Together with his brother and fellow politician Joaquin, he is…


Added by HispanicPro on December 10, 2012 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Federal government launches website for Latinos & foreign business entrepreneurs

For Latino and foreign businessmen, working towards the American Dream may get a little easier, thanks to a new tool found in cyberspace.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services this week launched a website at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Massachusetts that aims to ease the immigration process for entrepreneurs.



Added by HispanicPro on December 10, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Latino Dropout Rate Alarms Educators

A new study is sounding the alarm about the number of dropouts from the Chicago public high schools.

A study prepared for a conference on re-enrolling dropouts, not surprisingly, found the problem is acute among minority students.

Jack Wuest, director of the Alternative Schools Network, said there’s more.

He said foreign-born Latinos appear to have…


Added by HispanicPro on December 10, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Latino Republicans demand apology from Ann Coulter

A national group of Hispanic Republicans is demanding that columnist Ann Coulter apologize for a recent column they say is anti-Latino and anti-immigrant.

In an open letter posted to their website over the weekend, the Cafe Con Leche Republicans criticized Coulter for her column "America Nears El Tipping Pointo," which she published on Wednesday. In the column,…


Added by HispanicPro on December 10, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

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