USPS to release Latin Music Stars Stamps


USPS plans to release stamps honoring legendary Latin music stars, among them Mexican American singer Selena.

More on this story:

http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/usps-announces-latin-music-legends-series-stamps-featuring-selena-tito-puente/

SELENA’S WIKI PAGE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept 15-Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage month.  I’d like to share some awesome sites and a cool article with you guys.  Found this great article from The Smithsonian in their Hispanic Heritage section. The article celebrates the Mexican sportsman’s spirit.

“The Little League World Series’ Only Perfect Game”
“The surprising story of the 1957 Little League team from Monterrey, Mexico.”

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Little-League-World-Series-Only-Perfect-Game.html#ixzz1074se0w1

(related to article)Photos of the actual game : http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/photos/?articleID=90018867&c=y

VIDEO of the 1957 baseball game: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/videos/The-Perfect-Game-Heard-Round-the-World.html

Other COOL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH SITES:

http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

http://www.biography.com/hispanic-heritage/featured-bios.jsp

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/15/presidential-proclamation-national-hispanic-heritage-month

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/history.htm

What Spanish speakers are watching


So glad that I was lucky enough to find subbed versions of  a string of really amusing Corona commercials that have been running during the world cup to share with non Spanish-speaking  readers.  They’re really cute &  funny, but the best part is the concept being promoted: brotherhood, pride in your roots and the heritage which we share. This idea  is championed by the  motto “refresh who we are”. Though yes, in the end they may only be trying to sell some beer or whatever lol ,  and the commercials are pretty comical compared to other more austere and grandiose symbols of unity , in light of  recent political events and the tense climate that has been fermenting as a result of the growing  movement by groups with antagonizing sentiments towards Hispanics it’s really very cool to see gestures like these.  Speaking of  togetherness, it has also been felt during the worldcup when it has become “1 for all and all for 1” when it came to rooting for teams.  That indeed is mega super chido! VAMOS TODOS!

“Corona Extra, better known as Corona, is a brand of pale lager owned and produced by Cerveceria Modelo at a number of breweries in Mexico. It is one of the best-selling beers in Mexico and is one of the top-selling beers worldwide.[2] Corona beer is available in over 150 countries.[3] ” –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona_Beer

Mexican Novelas : Chameleons


Novela time! This post for all drama lovers, drama addicts , & to those who are just getting into dramas. If you have never seen a Mexican drama(Novela) and are interested may I suggest a series that was a hit in Mexico, a drama that recently premiered here in the states. Camaleones=Chameleons is barely on its second episode so right now is the time to tune in. You’ll be able to follow the story as it develops from the very start.  The drama is being aired at 3:00 p.m. pacific  on Univision or if you miss it on tv there are awesome uploaders on YouTube hooking up Camaleones fans.  For example channel belindaperegrinchile

So excited to watch this drama as it is singer Pee Wee(Irvin Salinas) debut in novelas. Pee wee in a school boy uniform , doesn’t get much sexier than that =P Also in the drama are singer Belinda and ex RBD member Alfonso Herrera.  I hope you guys will get into this drama and let your imaginations flow with its crazy adventures and have an awesome time, because that’s the fun of dramas.

PLOT: Camaleones is the story of Valentina and Sebastian. Both skilled thieves, they are united when a man they call “El Amo” forces them to commit crimes while passing as a prefect and an art teacher at the illustrious prep school San Bartolome which is attended by  rebellious, troublesome, snobby rich kids. They must do what they are told in order to protect their loved ones. Pee wee plays Ulises, he is a student on a scholarship who is chosen by the school’s vice principal Augusto to attend San Bartolome. Sol a girl in Pee wee’s class is daughter of the school’s principal and vice principal. Her parents are separated and constantly challenge each others’ authority at the school. Her father is manipulative and aggressive, but Sol sees him as a model father. Her mother does nothing to uncover his true ways because she doesn’t want to break her daughter’s heart.  Even though her mom loves her and tries to protect her, to Sol whenever her mother sets rules and boundaries she always come off as the bad guy. Sol’s dad wants to run for office and schemes to reunite with his estranged wife only for sake of his political career.

CAMALEONES OFFICIAL WEB SITE http://www2.esmas.com/entretenimiento/telenovelas/camaleones/

Novelas becoming a Hit in China


It’s being reported that two Novelas are making it big right now in China. The first is a story that everyone fell in love with as soon as it debuted. It garnered so much success and ratings that it wasn’t long before remakes by different countries were being produced.  I’m talking about  Colombia’s “Betty La Fea”= Betty The Ugly Girl .  Mexico’s version was, “La Fea Mas Bella ” = The Most Beautiful Ugly Girl”, the US had “Ugly Betty”,  Germany had “Alles Betty”,  just to name a few.  And still the concept’s popularity continues as China prepares to air the 4th season of its version of the story “Ugy girl with no Rival”. While this novela is being remade with Asian actors, the other drama which is enjoying success in China is being broadcasted in it’s original state.  That dramas is… Mexico’s “Destilando Amor”= Distilling Love. That’s right this is a novela who’s concept is not being borrowed, tweaked, and remade.  The actual original work in its entirety, including: original actors, and storyline is being showcased. Thus our wonderful culture is crossing borders and diffusing it’s beauty. According to the article which reported the success of these two novelas, they are in the Top 3 most watch Dramas of the moment in China. I hope that this is a sign of things to come.

For sometime now the Asian Culture wave has been expanding & as it has, it’s been winning followers and creating enthusiasts where ever it spreads. A large part of its success is due to the diffusion of pop culture, especially music and dramas. If you are not a drama fan, you may not be aware…But dramas are a HUGE deal! Drama fans or “Drama addicts” as they like to call themselves are very devout enthusiasts. Here is an example: Dramas that are not broadcasted across borders or subbed by the original broadcaster still make it big thanks to dedicated “subbers” and “up-loaders”. These are fans who work to help those who couldn’t otherwise enjoy dramas through special sites, sites made by Drama fans for Drama fans. Drama’s are a big deal, because there’s a very special chain reaction that occurs thanks to dramas. Thanks to dramas: fans have become interested in Asian music when listening to the soundtrack while watching the drama , they also  fall in love with the actors which leads them to follow said actors on other shows, and while becoming so fascinated with all these cool and fun things some fans become interest in the language in which they watch dramas,  eventually deciding to study it. I would love it if our culture could be shared, and appreciated with such enthusiasm. I’d love to see sites where Novelas are being subbed and shared with others. I’d love to see more of our actors & singers become popular in countries where Spanish is not spoken.

S is for Sell Out


“Yea sure ,whatever’s trendy” seems to be the sentiment with some now a days.  No scruples attached, absolutely no sense or sensitivity involved , however plenty of ignorance & strong indifference is what leads to such attitudes & eventually selling out. Carlos Mencia receives a lot of criticism for his boorish,racist, sell out brand of  comedy(and very well deserved it is), while on the other hand George Lopez seems to be riding high now a days thanks to his comedic style.  He somehow seems to garner more approval.  But don’t be fooled, just because the sell out factor isn’t  as obvious does not mean it is not present.  He too loves to showcase & concentrate on ignorant stereotypical portrayals of Hispanics( especially Mexicans) that are: disrespectful, undermine our beautiful culture and are damaging our image as a people.  He loves to talk about gangsters,(His famous, “I know huh?” joke) Mexicans who speak messed up English(His “Mexicans who work at Jack in the Box” joke), and lazy Mexican who’ll do anything to skip work( “Danny boy” character on his sitcom played by him)

Being a person who is in a position to be heard, he gives all this “help” to his people in a country where we are already being bombarded with an onslaught of derogatory , racists put downs and each day the anti immigrant= anti Hispanic movement grows with fierce animosity.

His entire comedy angle revolves around talking about how if your Mexican,by nature you’re: antisocial, aggressive, obsessively frugal, and basically live a ghetto lifestyle all your life. His jokes say, that we can pretend to be educated, and cultured, even interact with other cultures, but in the end our vulgar, uncouth, simply ghetto sides comes out, because this is our true nature. He talks about his family &  explains their (according to him) ghetto experiences to those who don’t know the REAL Mexican culture in a way that seems to say, “just imagine all of Mexicans being this way.”  Those  in the audience who are Mexican , Chicano, or Hispanic &  have lost true connections with their roots laugh and agree stupidly along with all those who are not Mexican & ignorantly find it amusing.  He calls himself Chicano, a beautiful word, but I think some use it as their safety net. It’s convenient at times to be Chicano , because that means your not so Mexican. That’s what it seems like when people like George Lopez keep flip-flopping.

During his sitcom you’ll notice that  he keeps switching between,  knowing how to speak Spanish with ease, like when he wants to cuss and then being all white washed and acting like he can’t pronounce words properly in Spanish without an English accent. There’s one episode (George Lopez Show)where he exhibits this “I don’t know Spanish” attitude, he goes to a  drive through and finds it exceedingly hard to comprehend the worker at the window due to his Spanish accent. His reaction is like “Huh? What is this gibberish?”, so as to augment the ignorant appearance of the Hispanic character.  Also here is another very ignorant comment he made during an episode of his sitcom when he had to attend a wedding . He was afraid to reveal to his wife that he was embarrassed due to HIS lack of dancing skills. He said “It’s easy for you, you’re Cuban you got dancing in your blood. I’m Mexican, the only dance we have is around a hat .”  First of all I’m tired of people being so ignorant about our culture that is a dance that important to our  folklore representing the wonderful state of Jalisco,”El Jarabe Tapatio” = Jarabe meaning syrup or elixir, referring to the mixture of rhythms in this style of music & Tapatio referring to anything coming Guadalajara. I hate when the real name is totally disregarded and changed in English to  “The Mexican Hat dance”.  And the song for this dance is thought of as funny Mexican music, because you’ll see it played in all kinds of stereotypical media. Well George saying that he can’t dance because he’s Mexican, is just so stupid.  That was such a mega super, ridiculously ignorant comment of him to make because Mexicans & Mexican Americans love, love, love to go dancing.   And news flash, there are Mexican dances.  There is Mexican Cumbias, La Quebradita, Banda music, Durangese style dancing,  and the list goes on…..

Why talk smack on your culture and in essence yourself.  Why be pseudo Latino = just  Hispanic enough to be “in” for Hollywood, but not too much so as to be able to turn it off at times.

So George Lopez is getting a lot of attention lately with his new talk show where he continues to contribute & be part of the problem. (The talk show has the character Chola girl, maybe following suit & drawing some “inspiration”  from Jimmy Kimmel’s side kick boorish,clod Guillermo.) Seems though that might have something  to do with the fact that  The Tonight Show with Conan O’brien is no longer on air. I think that such a big name leaving  gave other lesser shows, especially newbies a sort of confidence &  So this new talk show starts to gain an “up & coming” rep.