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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul

In the Chicken Soup for the Soul tradition, each story in this collection of short stories is a tear jerker, or rip your guts out w/ laughter. Months after putting the book down a few stories stayed w/ me.

Here are the most memorable stories from Chicken Soup for the Latino soul – as tested by none other than TIME itself.

12 feeding the soul
11 where rosaries ride the wind
10 cleaning crackers
9 the power to shine
8 la brava
7 Cuban kitchen dance
6 the promise
5 lavender roses
4 the bear
3 every first Friday
2 a hero’s story
1 dad the rock star of tamala makers

Read the review & author interviews now!

Pasteles are Taino

Puerto Ricans are known for their Pasteles. But did you know that pasteles are indeed of indigenous origin.

In fact, a type of pasteles – the “Mexican” tamale or tamalli in Nahuatl – can be traced back as early as 5000 BC.

According to Roberto Borrero who is considered a leading authority on ancient Taíno Indian culture,

Pasteles are "original Taino comfort food"

Read his whole article now

Puerto Rican Christmas Movie w/ Leguizamo & Debra Messing

It's Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother's safe return from combat overseas.

At this family Christmas reunion the family bonds together in the face of crisis.

So, the Puerto Ricans, where they at?

According to Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba, Lone Star, Down and Out in
Beverly Hills and Rush Hour) "The fact that the movie got made, that we're portraying a Puerto Rican family as just like any other family, is a miracle."

The tagline for the movie is:
They're just the typical Ameican family.
Minus the Puerto Ricans.
Oops! I meant Minus the Typical!

Read more at http://ladivalatina.com/quepasadec08C.html

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jennifer Lopez for NYS Senator

Now that Hillary Clinton will be the nation's Secretary of State, the position of NYS Senator is open. Who to fill that position? Word around town is mentioning the one, the ONLY, drum roll please... ...
Jennifer Lopez.

OK so it might be in jest but J-Lo's name is coming up in this political query. The real story is this: One of the possibilities for filling the coveted office of NYS Senator is a Kennedy, of course. Caroline Kennedy.

A 25-year veteran of Congress, Rep. Gary Ackerman likens Caroline Kennedy to Jennifer Lopez, saying that Caroline Kennedy is no more qualified than Jennifer Lopez.

"I wouldn't make J.Lo the senator unless she proved she had great qualifications, but we haven't seen them yet."

Let's read that again, shall we?:
I wouldn't make J.Lo the senator UNLESS...

Like my mom used to say,
¡Así es que empiezan!

Read more at http://www.ladivalatina.com/quepasadec08B.html

Ricky Martin from Papi-Chulo to Papi-For Real

Ricky Martin is taking a break from politics. Remember earlier this year he was looking for an office in Washington, DC for his The Ricky Martin Foundation?

These days he's looking after his newborn TWINS
Valetino and Matteo
Born through a surrogate b/c Ricky Martin says: "Adoption was one option, but it's complicated and can take a long time. Surrogacy was an intriguing and faster option. I thought, 'I'm going to jump into this with no fear.'"

In this month's People en Español he also says: "I don't have a nanny. I'm doing this on my own because I don't want to miss a moment."

Ha! He thought was Livin' la Vida Loca
He has NO idea! :)

Read more at http://www.ladivalatina.com/quepasadec08B.html

Shakira at Obama's Inauguration?

Can it be true that there will be hip shaking and hips on fire at the Presidential Inauguration?

Rumors some say. But they also say that "Hips don't lie" and rumors such as this one start somewhere. So we are left wondering for now. If it's true we'll all be dancing in the streets...

Baila en la calle de noche
Baila en la calle de dia!

Read more at http://www.ladivalatina.com/quepasadec08B.html

Saturday, December 6, 2008

PINK Issue Dec 2008

Spotlight on Jenny Saldaña
When Jenny Saldaña is not writing a play, directing, or acting, she’s lighting up the room- as a motivational speaker.
*start here!

A Precious Gift from Guatemala
Martha Beth Wells gave up her child for adoption- just to find out
she can never conceive again!

Girls Can't WHAT?
Doctors said Gretchen Ozee Cawthon would never walk again. She proved them wrong!
She knows what it’s like to be told you can’t do something because you're a girl!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

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Spotlight on Jenny Saldaña

When Jenny Saldaña is not writing a play, directing, or acting, she's lighting up the room- as a motivational speaker.

She's an actress turned playwright turned motivational speaker. But most importantly
she's a Breast Cancer Survivor! BC Jenny she calls herself. Also the name of her play: Pink: the Chronicles of BC Jenny.

She's feisty; she's funny; she's a ball of fire; and she's fearless. Unafraid and unabashed, she openly discusses her brush with shhhhh "the C word".

When I first met her she explained, "You know that the day after you're diagnosed with breast cancer, you are considered a survivor? …. Yeah. Think about it. You survived one more day."

I looked at her perplexed. She continues, "This is not according to me. This is the guideline for the American Cancer Society."

Well, according to our guidelines, Jenny Saldaña is a - Diva Latina!

Read her interview at www.ladivalatina.com/quepasadec08A.html

A Precious Gift from Guatemala

Martha Beth Wells gave up her child for adoption- just to find out she can never conceive again!

Enduring pain and despair she found healing through the same process that caused her grief. Through the world of adoption, Mary Beth Wells, has 2 beautiful daughters from Guatemala whom are the loves of her life!

"Too often, people ask questions about my dark haired, dark eyed girls, "Where did they come from?" "They are so fortunate to have been adopted"."

"I always down play questions like this because people generally mean well, but they just don't understand it. I am the one that is fortunate!"

When I 1st saw this doll, I literally cried. It was so lifelike, so real, so soft ....
so South American!
¡Viva La Raza!

This Christmas, for the Little Diva Latina in your life-
Buy them a doll that looks just like them!

Read Mary Beth Wells' story now!

Girls Can't WHAT?

Gretchen Ozee Cawthon is not your traditional girl.

"You won't find me in a dress picking flowers and talking about cute shoes. I am most likely out doing something that someone said couldn't be done."

"During high school I was in a car accident and the doctors said I would never walk again.I proved them wrong ... I know what it's like to be told I can't do something because I'm a girl."

Gretchen started the website GirlsCantWhat.com in 2005 to share personal experiences along with amazing stories and interviewsfrom some truly inspirational women.

For Christmas this year, buy a t-shirt, bookbag, or calendar with one of the Girls Can't WHAT? designs.

Inspire the young girl in your life to be what others say they can't!

Read more at http://www.ladivalatina.com/quepasadec08A.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

There's no Starbucks in El Barrio

"We don’t have a Starbucks in East Harlem yet, but we can imagine the scenario playing out. [it] will bring a Home Depot and a Target to the neighborhood. ... It’s not that we don’t want a better business climate in the neighborhood. We want more people visiting East Harlem’s historic treasures" says Exec. Dir. of Hope Inc. Robin LeBaron.

Well now there's no need for Starbucks
because right on the very corner of 104th and Lex is
The East Harlem Cafe
Launched by El Barrio's own Michelle Cruz,
who btw was also a delegate for Barack Obama!
See her interview on nytimes.com

Spacious, terracotta brown decor, display of local artists' work,
the unabashed Michelle Cruz says,
"the really hard part starts now that it's open.
Making sure the customers keep coming. "

If opening day was any indication,
Ms. Cruz better keep the coffee brewing
because it was attended by such notables as
Adam C. Powell IV and Jose Serrano Jr.,
and with a live performance of the quintessential Boricua,
Bomba and Plena musician Tato Torres.

Rumor has it that coffee will not be the only thing brewing
at the East Harlem Cafe because it is becoming
a meeting place to brew up ideas on keeping Starbucks out
and preserving the authenticity of Spanish Harlem.

One cup at a time!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Chinese Tacos?

Mexican foods are slowly popping up at fast food Chinese restaurants. Sure they have 2 different menus - the chinese one and the mexican one. But I still can't get over ordering a chicken fajita from el chino!

Seems like I'm not the only one that thinks so! Two Taco Bells in Shanghai closed earlier this year. The idea was "little rice and no beans", less spicy to accomodate the Chinese palate, and let's add sombreros to the waitresses. meandchairmanmao.com explains it best:

No my friends-- or should I say amigos?--
this is not the Taco Bell you are used to.
Here in China, it's a bit more upscale:
it's actually a sit-down restaurant with menus
instead of a reader board;
nice chairs and tables instead of easy-to-clean
but incredibly uncomfortable plastic booths ...
All that, plus free chips and salsa. ...
When it was all said and done,
I would have rather had a soft-taco supreme.

Sadly, that wasn't on the menu.

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Hot Dogs ... Make way for the Chihuahua!

Street food vendors are pushing more than just hot dogs these days. In fact there is an annual street vendor awards- "Vendys". This year's winner of the coveted Vendy awards goes to... Calexico Carne Asado corner of Wooster and Prince Street. You can't miss this bright yellow cart with the word
"Eat the Street" emblazoned on it. The 3 Brothers ironically named Vendley, originally from Calexico - town between California and Mexico are serious about their food! They even have a website! calexicocart.com

One of the 5 finalists was a pupusa stand
owned by Rafael Soler in Red Hook Park in Brooklyn
Soler originally from the Dominican Republic started by
sewing pants for $3 a dozen when he came to this country.
Now together with his Salvadorian wife they make pupusas.
He says, "Sometimes I don't sleep, because it's very, very hard
[but] I don't lose nothing because
I feel super happy when they come to me every weekend.
Sometimes they don't buy nothing — they say,
'Hi, paisano! You O.K.?' This is what I like.
This is better than money."

Rafael... I'll give you $2 on Tuesday for a pupusa today!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Between Eva and J-Lo Lies a... Catfight!

This is a MORPHED pic of J-LO + Eva Mendez.

See both pics used on http://www.ladivalatina.com/quepasanov08B.html

Eva Mendes the Latina super-sexy actress refuses to be compared to super-successful, multi-titled, multi-talented Jennifer Lopez.

"I would like to think I will have a more serious career than J-Lo. We may both be of Latin origin but that's where the comparisons stop. She manages her career like the head of a big corporation, whereas the only thing I care about is becoming the best actress possible."

Perhaps Eva's latest role in "The Women" is a testament to her "serious acting". She played the sex kitten, complete with bustiere and garterbelt. But at least she was clothed, her role before that was the Calvin Klein Secret Obsessions perfume commercial where Eva bears all to the point that it is banned in the U.S.

Eva's right! There's no comparison!
J-Lo doesn't strip nude to sell perfumes that are not even hers.

Read more at http://www.ladivalatina.com/quepasanov08B.html

Ugly Betty vs Loca Lohan

They say it's just rumors-
That Lindsay Lohan and America Ferrera are in a cat fight on the set of Ugly Betty
because Ferrera is "mean". Ferrera's reps deny these allegations. Either way, Lohan's role on Ugly Betty was cut from 6 shows to only 4.

On October's cover of Seventeen Magazine, America Ferrera says it best,
"Close, genuine female relationships are not what generally gets depicted in movies and TV shows."

"Like, if you're watching The Hills or 90210, all the backstabbing shapes the way we act – you go to school, ...

and you think your job is to find a sworn enemy and be jealous of each other."

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com/quepasanov08B.html

Latinas: The New Leading Ladies

Gabriella Montez is the leading girl in High School Musical 3.
This Latina character is perhaps as mainstream as we wanted to be:
The girl that gets the guy. The nice girl.
Smart, wholesome- LATINA!
No stereotypes, no accents added.
There's only one catch...
This coveted Latina role...
is played by a white girl.
Are there ANY teenage Latinas out there?
Selena Gomez - Wizards of Waverly Place?
Was she busy w/ Another Cinderella Story?
Adrienne from The Cheetah Girls?
Was she too busy to catch up with her?
or as the Cheetah Girls would say:

Dance me if you can!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com/quepasanov08B.html

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Reflection of ...TU!

La Diva Latina ranks 2nd to Latina.com. Then...
a cybersquatter, STOLE her right off the internet.
La Diva Latina fought this thief in court ... and won! She was back in full swing Summer 2007.

Since the Summer of 2007, she has grown exponentially once again. The magazine format morphed into a blog-like, weekly email blast in Jan 2008. Subscribe to LaDivaLatina.com the "magazine", emailed weekly!

La Diva Latina Magazine
A Reflection of...TU!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Jimmy Adds Sazón to His Sofrito

Restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez from the famed Jimmy's Bronx Café is adding even more Puerto Rican flavor to Manhattan. His Sofrito Restaurant on 57th street is authentic Puerto Rican cuisine with an authentic Puerto Rican ambiance.

Puerto Rican ambiance? Just look at the diva in the picture. Is she dining at a restaurant or dancing the night away? At Sofritos you can do both! Dress up or dress down (but neat) and savor Puerto Rican cuisine while listening to a live salsa music. You might be lucky to spot celebrities like J-Lo and Marc Anthony, Tego Calderón, and the like. Sazón opens up in late November downtown in Tribeca.

Can't wait for some Sazón downtown!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

J-Lo And Marc Anthony Get Married ...AGAIN!

At a supposedly impromptu decision, the couple of four years decide to re-new their vows in La Vegas. Not so sure how "impromptu" it might have been. Remember...

Marc Anthony married his ex twice too!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Reflections of...TU!

New Tagline for La Diva Latina Magazine
A Reflection of TU!

Jimmy Adds Sazón to His Sofrito
Restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez
opens new restaurant downtown NYC

J-Lo and Marc Anthony
Get Married ...AGAIN!
They renew their vows in Vegas

Between Eva and J-Lo Lies a... Catfight!
Eva Mendez does not want to be compared to the
incomparable J-Lo

Ugly Betty vs Loca Lohan
America Ferrera says she's not the "mean one"
and that Hollywood shapes the way girls act

Latinas: The New Leading LadiesWhy is the character of Gabriella Montez
from High School Musical 3 not played by a Latina?

This is the NOVEMBER 2008 Issue of La Diva Latina magazine:
Reflections Issue Vol 6 Iss 1

Now delivered WEEKLY!

Every week 3 new stories are added to the issue.
The new installment is emailed to you.
You will also see a new music video every week.
So what are you waiting for?
Subscribe now!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

EarthyDiva Spring 08 Issue of LaDivaLatina Magazine

Letter from the Editor
Start here!

Patti Moreno - The Garden Girl
Her Urban Garden
Her TV Show
The Garden Girl is in Full Bloom!

Barbara Por Atrás Book Review
Fitness guru Barbara Trujillo Gomez
says that typical exercise programs don't take into
consideration what she calls “the J-Lo” factor.
Latina Fitness for Latina Curves

Consejos de Tía
Home remedies that cure your aches and pains
faster than any over-the-counter drugs
Listen to your Tía!

A lovely story of 3 generations of women
passing on their strength, religion, love, and legacy

Patti Moreno- The Garden Girl

Our cover girl lives in a concrete metropolis but
somehow manages to have a full working
garden that produces tomatoes and lettuce AND
not only that but has chickens that supply
enough eggs for her, her friends and a few
neighbors. How does she do it?

Patti Moreno is The Garden Girl! She believes in
Urban Sustainable Living - using what you have
to make and produce as much as you can. She’
s the host of the PBS show Farmer’s Almanac
TV. Before you check your local listings, read her
interview and see how she took a little country
into the city. Her Urban Garden, Her TV Show,
Patti Moreno is blossoming!

Read the interview on

Barbara Por Atras

Talk about lost in translation! When in English you say, “You look skinny”, the English response is "Thanks!”

When in Spanish someone tells you , “Te vez flaca", the Spanish response is not as good. Your Latina ego is now shattered and you wondered if you should have had that second serving of arroz con pollo.

“Flaca” is not a compliment. And I dare you to translate into English “Gordita”. Gordita is a compliment. Any self respecting Latina would rather be gordita than a flaca!

Living Latina in the US comes with all these contradictions. So Barbara Trujillo- Gomez said it best in her introduction for her book Bárbara Por Atrás: A Latin Women’s Guide to Fitness. She says, “I will never look like those skinny models or friends for that matter because I, with pride and gratitude, am a Cuban – American woman who was blessed to be born with the asset of an ass."

Pretty bold statement!

Keep reading and see what else she has to say in her new book!

Consejos de mi Tia

I learned from my Tía who migrated
from Cuba, not just the language and
culture but even more basic than that:
how to cure the common sore throat or
headache, or just about any pain or
ailment you might have.

One of the first cure from my Tía that I
remember is with a common household
item found in the kitchen cabinet. I
remember when I was ten I was on
Miami Beach with my great aunts and
uncles is migrated from Cuba. They
would pull out the white Volkswagen
station wagon with black interior and
pile us up inside. We would head over
the bridge to Miami Beach and find a
spot (same spot every time) under the
large cabana. Once the car was
unloaded and the towels were laid down
my cousins and I would run to the

Well, one day we were out there from 8
in the morning to 6. We were

Read the rest on http://www.ladivalatina.com/consejos.html

Gramita's BFF

“Nacha es Gramita’s B.F.F.” Jeannie explained to her 5 year old daughter, Puchi.  

Her 5-year old daughter’s eyes widen.  “Whoa! Gramita has a B.F.F.!?!”

“Yes and she’s a true B.F.F.  Tia Nacha is 71!  Can’t get more of a Best Friend Forever than that!”

Jeannie and her daughter get in their car to pick up Gramita to begin the trek from the Bronx to Brooklyn.  Meanwhile Gramita is rummaging through a mental checklist to make sure she has everything.  The door bell rings.   Before heading out the door, she enters her bedroom, stands in front of the oversized, glow-in-the-dark rosary and makes the sign of the cross.  She closes her eyes for a second before leaving.  

As Gramita steps in the car, she exhales deeply as if she was holding her breath for the last few minutes.  “Pues, ojalá, te recuerdas como llegar a Brooklyn.”  “Just give me the address, Mamá.”

Back then Jeannie was Puchi's age, they traveled by bus and train all the way to Brooklyn.  They visited Nacha at least once a month.  Jeannie starts unfurling the folds of her memory to figure out when was the last time she saw Nacha.  Like always, Gramita must have read her mind.  “La última vez que vimos a Nacha fue el año pasado.  La trajo su hija, que vino desde Colorado.”

How can Jeannie forget!  Jeannie’s mother’s BFF’s daughter, Yvette.  She would be like a cousin to Jeannie.  Jeannie looked up to her b/c she was a “teenager”.   Yvette in turn thought of Jeannie like someone to look after.  Yvette never played with her as she wished now she had, but always kept a close eye on her from afar.  Heaven forbid she was seen playing jump rope with an 8-year old!  Instead, Yvette would sit on the stoop

Friday, April 18, 2008

Record-breaking Mariah Carey Reclaiming Her Latina-ness

Mariah Carey newest CD E=MC2
started like only a DIVA can -
with a record -breaking hit single.
Touch My Body is Mariah's 18th chart-topper
breaking Elvis Presley's record for the most No. 1 singles
on the Billboard Hot 100 for a solo artist.

In that record breaking song
Mariah sends a gentle reminder of her Latinidad.
Her lyrics say:
I want you to caress me
Like a tropical breeze
And float away with you
In my Caribbean Sea

Mariah's second release for E=MC2
is a song dedicated to her Venezuelan father "Bye Bye"
which she performed on American Idol.

If you're still not convinced of mariah's pride in being Latina,
here is what she said about breaking Elvis' record:

For me, in my mind the accomplishment
is just that much sweeter," she said.
"In terms of my ethnicity, always feeling like an outsider,
always feeling different ... for me it's about saying,
'Thank you Lord, for giving me the faith
to believe in myself when other people had written me off.' "

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Fergie and her Mexican Bisabuela

Fergie admits that her father's grandmother
is from Mexico and that she loves the
Mexican side of her heritage.

“I don’t go around claiming it big time,”
Fergie explained, “because there are
many more full-bred Latinas
that are out there to represent.”

“Yes, I have Mexican in my ancestry,” said Fergie.
“My Dad's grandmother was born in Guanajuato.
I’m very proud of it; that’s probably where I get my fire!
I’m mostly Scottish-Irish, though.”

If Fergie really wants to be proud of her Mexican roots
she should rephrase that:
"That's where i get my ambition, my drive.
That's what makes me so dynamic."
Heck she can say - that's what makes me so beautiful!

So for now, no Fergie, you're still a white girl.
The coolest white girl in town but still you're a...
blanquita, gringa, con un bisabuela mexicana.

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Beyonce and Jay Z- Quietly Get Married

Beyonce and Jay Z- Quietly Get Married

Beyonce quietly marries her beau of 6 years.
And everyone is upset because
where are the pictures, where is the coverage?
Beyonce and Jay - Z want it that way!
After we have seen what the paparazzi can do
to celebrities, it's a good thing this power couple
can keep thing so hush -hush!

Beyonce is a honorary "Diva Latina"
because in her Spanish CD she rolls her R's
better than most of us!
And who knew Imprescindible meant Irreplaceable?
Hmmmm, how do you say
"let me upgrade u " in Spanish???

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hispanics Respond to N'tl Survey: Frankly My Dear, No Me Importa Ni Un Car@jo!

In trying to figure out the answer to the question,

"What are the favorite movies of all time?"
the Harris Poll find this answer:

In at #1 is the classic Civil War epic, Gone With the Wind.
#2 is Star Wars and #3 is Casablanca.

Different groups all have their favorite movies.
Gender differences:
Men's fave: Star Wars followed by Gone With the Wind
Women's fave: Gone With the Wind followed by
The Sound of Music.
Race and ethnicity differences
Whites: Gone With the Wind
Blacks: Casablanca
Hispanics: Gone with the Wind and The Notebook

What is the favorite book of all time?

Across all groups the #1 book is The Bible
#2: Gone with the Wind
#3 is Lord of the Rings series
#4 Harry Potter books
#5 Stephen King’ and The Stand

There is a large difference in the #2 favorite book.
Men: Lord of the Rings Women: Gone with the Wind
Whites and Hispanics: Gone with the Wind
African Americans: Angels and Demons

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Pulitzer Prize Winners Junot Diaz and Michael Ramirez

Junot Diaz' Pulitzer Prize in Literature
Junot Díaz, a native of the Dominican Republic
won the Pulitzer prize for fiction for his novel
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."

The only U.S. Latino writer to ever receive
the Pulitzer Prize in literature was Oscar Hijuelos,
“The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love"

Diaz' novel is about Oscar, an obese comics fan
in N.J. and his dysfunctional Dominican family.

The next Pulitzer Prize goes to a cartoon artist...

Michael Ramirez' Pulitzer Prizein Editorial Cartoon

Michael Ramirez, of Latino and Japanese descent,
of Investor's Business Daily
has won the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.

The Pulitzers are journalism's highest honor,
and Pulitzer judges cited Ramirez's work for humor
and "detailed artistry," provocative and original.

The conservative cartoonist also won a Pulitzer
in 1994, when he worked for the Los Angeles Times.

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

National Turn OFF the TV Week April 21-28 2008

Crayola has activities for you online for National turn Off Week.
After reading about cartoonist Pulitzer Prize winner
Michael Ramirez, drawing doesn't seem like such a bad idea!

Here are some facts about TV:

# minutes / week average child watches TV: 1,680
# minutes / week parents spend in meaningful conversation with
their children: 38.5

% of children who have TV's in their bedrooms: 50
% of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70

A poll performed by the Associated Press in August 2007
reported that one-quarter of all Americans have not read a book in
the past year.

"The picture on the TV changes every five or six seconds, either by
changing the camera angle or cutting to an entirely new scene,"
writes Moody. "One researcher refers to these events as jolts per
minute, noting that as time is cut up, the brain is conditioned to
change at the expense of continuity of thought.

Americans spends 170 minutes/day watching TV,
101 min/day driving & <19 br="br" day="day" exercising.="exercising." min="min">
U.S. Congress says Jan 2009 analog broadcast signals will be switched off. All TV transmission will be produced digitally. Without some type of converter box non-digital TV will be useless. So in 2009 -- let your TV die a natural death.

La Diva's Spring 08 Issue comes out April 20th
Just in time for Turn off TV week!

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Vatican Adds 7 New Sins- Why is J-Lo a sinner? ¡Ay Virgen!

The Vatican has announced 7 new sins due to this new age of globalization!
Bishop Gianfranco Girotti from the Vatican explains,
“You offend God not only by stealing, blaspheming or coveting your neighbor’s wife,
but also by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos.”

Without further ado the new sins are: polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice.

The original 6th century broad seven deadly sins:
lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride.

Does that mean "obscenely rich" J-Lo is a sinner?
Remember the twins' diamond studded maracas?
Not if she is charitable. The Vatican says,
"The poor are always becoming poorer and the rich ever more rich, feeding unsustainable social injustice."

So, is J-lo charitable? Word around her old Bronx neighborhood says that she secretly donates to community organizations to keep them up and running and insists that she doesn't want anyone to know. Who knew!?!
And that is the underground word- so it must be true!

And so now we must look at ourselves, if you pollute - you are a sinner!
Repent and clean up after yourself!

Read more at LaDivaLatina.com

Jose Feliciano Will Sing for the Pope

Jose Feliciano is a Roman Catholic, practicing in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. His Bishop, William Lori, invited Jose, his wife, Susan, and three children to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium on April 20.

It was made known to the “Powers That Be” that because of this esteemed invitation,
Jose would be returning home early from his tour.

Subsequently Bishop’s Office called enthusiastically wanting Jose to participate in the pre-Mass concert. Of course, Jose saw it as an immense honor.

Three songs have been chosen in accord with the Holy Father’s theme of “Hope”:
“Lean On Me,” by Bill Withers
“Que Sera,” an international hit song for Feliciano
and the Lee Greenwood classic, “God Bless The USA.”

Read more at LaDivalatina.com

Julio Iglesias and Sons

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique is getting ready to hit the road for The Insomniac Tour beginning April 18th in Dominican Republic.

His latests CD released in March is "95/08" and is his first Spanish #1s hits compilation in his 13 years as a recording artist such as Enamorado Por Primera Vez, Experiencia Religiosa, Bailamos, Heroe or Dímelo (The Ping Pong Song)
plus two previously unreleased tracks.

Julio Iglesias, Jr.

The winner of Country Music Television's "Gone Country" reality show was born in Madrid, Spain, and raised in Miami, and none other than Julio Iglesias, Jr.

The other contestants competing for the Nashville record deal:
R&B singers Bobby Brown and Sisqo, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo, Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips fame and "The Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick.

Gerry House, the morning man at WSIX-Nashville, played some Spanish language country songs to "broaden their listener base". Angry callers called in saying they didn't want another culture being "forced" on them. Then he played the new single by Gone
Country winner Julio Iglesias Jr.

Let's go back and remember that Julio Iglesias (Jr.'s father) had one of the biggest cross-over country hits ever with Willie Nelson: To All the Girls I Loved Before.

Julio Iglesias

Currently on his 2008 World Tour, forty years later after the start of his unparalleled international musical career -over 250 million albums sold in 14 languages- Julio Iglesias is still melting hearts away. In his 2008 world tour, "Julio Iglesias in Concert", he is delighting his audiences with his classic songs, "Manuela", "Quijote", "Me Olvidé de Vivir", "Hey!", "Abrázame", "El Amor", "Un Canto a Galicia", and many more songs from his spectacular international career.

Did you know? In 2006, he recorded for the first time in Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian, and Filipino. Also did you know he's a lawyer? In June 2001 he finished his law degree at Madrid Spain's Complutense University, fulfilling the promise he made to his then 84-year-old father that he would eventually graduate after dropping out 35 years ago to pursue his music career. He received a certificate as a lawyer from Cambridge University.

Juio Iglesias is in the US for his 2008 World Tour beginning April 3rd in California.

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com

Thursday, March 27, 2008

J-Lo Twins Look Just Like Marc! ¡Ay Bendito!

Take a look at those beautiful baby twins!
They look just like Marc Anthony!

Stop it! You know you were there screaming
for Marc Anthony when he was singing on stage!
Was it just for his voice?
Come on! You love him, so stop!

So J-Lo thought she had her hands full! Ha!

I just wanna know -
why did she name her babies after Dragon Tales???

Read More at LaDivaLatina.com

Hollywood's Proud Mamis Starting Latin Trend

Fashion icons and first time Mami's Christian Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, Selma Hyack and Thalia Sodi, Jessica Alba are carving a niche in the baby clothing industry. With Latinos accounting for 9% of U.S. buying power, $923 billion, larger retailers such as Kohols, Target, Kmart and Perry Ellis all have lines geared towards Latinos.

Check out the cute boy guayabera at littlepoco.com

LaDivaLatina's best seller?
the baby onsie that says:
50% Mexican 50% Puerto Rican 100% proud
Free Shipping!

Check it out now at LaDivaLatina.com/bodega.html

America Ferrera Ugly Betty Doll

Famed doll maker Madame Alexander 2008 Collection has immortalized America Ferrera as Ugly Betty with her very own doll! Available in porcelain and also in "huggable" rag doll.

Barbie- eat your heart out!

Other dolls in madame Alexander collections:
Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis (2008)
Caribbean doll (2007)
Salvadorian doll (2005)
See also dolls from Spain, Cuba and Mexico
on LaDivaLatina.com

Check out the DIVA Barbie doll- Now that's a doll!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Dayanara Torres, Marc Anthony's Ex, Tell ALL Book

Ex- Miss Universe / Ex-Mrs. Marc Anthony, Dayanara Torres, plans to write a book about her tumultous marriage to J-Lo's now-husband, Marc Anthony. It sounds like a story we all want to know. A story of Miss Beauty Queen -of the Universe no less-
marries a salsa crooner - not once but TWICE! Remember that? He married her 2 times!
Then leaves her from one day to the next to marry someone else. What can be more fabulous than marrying Ms. Universe? Marrying J-LO, of course. Great story! I know I want to know! That is if the Ex-Miss Universe / Ex-Marc Anthony doesn't get "ex-ed" out by J-Lo who has already stopped HER ex-husband from writing a tell-all book.

Let's see who has the last word....

Read more at http://www.ladivalatina.com/

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Geraldo Rivera's HIS PANIC

Geraldo Rivera has written a new book, His Panic: Why America Fears Hispanics in the U.S. His Panic discusses the anti-immigration propaganda led by who he calls "right-wing talk show thugs" and "neo-know-nothings" and says the immigration "crisis" is based on lies, false-statistics and downright and ugly racism.

Let's remember that Geraldo Rivera has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and three national and seven local Emmys.

Call him what you'd like but Geraldo Rivera is attacking the anti-Hispanic / anti-immigration sentiment that is rampant in the media with eyebrow raising statistics, naming names, and plain old "I'm glad someone is saying something!"

Read more at www.LaDivaLatina.com/

Freestyle by Latino-Flavored Productions

Playwright now-turned author Linda Nieves-Powell, from Latino Flavored productions has a new, fun and fast-paced book about the not-so-fast paced lives of two 30-something year old moms. Two best friends are worn-out, maybe a little fed up with the stress of their busy lives, juggling seemingly uncaring husbands, time-consuming children and their unrelenting desire to simply - kick back! They remember their 'freestyle' lives when they were free-style dancing at the clubs in the mid 90's. A fun, easy-going, nostalgic read! A great book to kick-back
and forget your own hurried lifestyle!

See the video for the book on www.LaDivaLatina.com/

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

J-Lo Twins and Their Diamond Studded Maracas

Marc and Jenny named their twins
Max and Emme - Maximiano and Emelina.
They should be called "Millionario and ImaDiva"!

Reportedly it cost $1.4 million just to go into labor which includes the room which was reserved weeks in advance, security, and private doctors and nurses. Their nursery was painted by a color-therapist. Their bedsheets are 600-count Egyptian cotton. And the baby masseuse comes in 2x a week. The twins reportedly enjoyed classical music before they were born and now they enjoy the sounds of their personalized diamond-studded maracas.

Read more at http://www.LaDivaLatina.com/

4th Richest Women in Music: Shakira

According to Forbes, "Cash Queens of Music",
the top money making women of music are:

Madonna @ $72 million
Streisand @ $60 million
Celine Dion @ $45 million

and our beloved Shakira @ $38 million

"The Colombian chanteuse shook her trademark hips from Mexico to India on a tireless tour that saw her perform 111 concerts before it was over."

Other Latinas on the list:
Christina Aguilera, No. 7 @ $20 million
Jennifer López , No. 18 @ $6 million

Read more at http://www.LaDivaLatina.com/

Richest Man in the World is Mexican?

According to Forbes.com, Bill Gates is NOT the richest man in the world for the first time in 13 years. Gates' time was coming. In fact just last year, 2007 Fortune magazine reported that Carlos Slim Helu from Mexico had beat Bill Gates. According to Forbes list though, this year Bill Gates is now beat by none other than his friend and bridge partner Warren Buffett, Net Worth: $62 Million. No. 2 on the list? Carlos Slim Helu from Mexico. And Bill Gates comes in at No.3.

So who is Carlos Slim Helu?
It is said that one can not spend a day in Mexico without putting money into his pocket. He is a self-made billionaire and says he made his riches by operating monopolies- total control over businesses. Currently Slim Helu's riches are due to strong Mexican equities market and the performance of his wireless telephone company, America Movil. His Net Worth : $60 million

Read more at http://www.LaDivaLatina.com/

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shakira's $3000 Bra

Shakira sold her bra on Ebay to benefit children in Colombia. The charity auction sold Shakira's jewelled bra designed by Roberto Cavall and worn on her 2007 Oral Fixation world tour for $3100. The gold outfit seen here on the left was also sold for an amazing $2716. Shakira's fans didn't just want her clothes though. A fan also bid $14,000 just to meet her. The $76,000 raised goes to Shakira's Bare Feet Foundation, which is building a school for impoverished children in northern Colombia.

Let's see.... I'll take Shakira's hair for $2,000.

The WonderBra: Listed Among Greatest Inventions

According to a survey in Canada the Wonderbra is the 5th greatest Canadian invention outpacing even the pacemaker! Created in the 1960's, at the time of bra-burning, a Canadian named Louise Poirier developed the first Wonderbra. Today's Wonderbra is virtually identical to its original. The Wonderbra made its U.S. debut in 1994 and instantly sold at a rate of one every 15 seconds!

What makes the Wonderbra so special? "Precision engineering": three-part cup construction, precision-angled back and underwire cups, removable pads called cookies- all-in-all the Wonderbra had 54 design elements that lifted and supported.

The Wonderbra revolutionized the way women thought about their bras and, not only that, but how they looked in them.

Jenny Saldaña's Pink Chronicles

Jenny Saldaña had big boobs...
until she got breast cancer. Yes, that was a bold statement but so is Jenny. See her in the picture? Told you she was bold! Bold, beautiful, with one less booby but she is cancer FREE!

Jenny Saldaña is also quite busy. Her play, PINK: The Chronicles of BC Jenny, was picked up by Latino Flavored Productions. Jenny is also a part of the first annual Ultimate Latina Theater Festival this summer. And of course she's doing the walk for Breast Cancer.

Meet this Diva of a woman at her fundraiser for the cancer walk which she calls Hooray for Boobies! By invitation only. Send a message to her myspace to get an invite. But you must RSVP by March 15th.

Tell her La Diva sent you!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz

The Off Broadway musical celebrating the legendary “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz played by Xiomara Laugart currently playing at New World Stages celebrated its 200th performance on Tuesday, February 19. It was a momentous event in and of itself, but made even more special as it was the day that Fidel Castro resigned as the leader of Cuba!

Stay tuned for review coming soon on www.LaDivaLatina.com

In the Heights on Broadway

Home is where the Hood is! Celebrate Dominican Independence Dayby going to see the critically acclaimed Broadway Show In the Heights. Although, you don't have to be from the Heights or even Dominican to enjoy this show! This is a wonderful play for anyone who is from“the block”, any block, any neighborhood. Washington Heights in New York to Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.

It’s about community and what it means to be home. In the minds of young Latinos going back home really means going back to the Barrio. In the Heights is about the loving people in a close-knit community dealing with the question should we stay or should we go? The message is clear that if even if you go, the Heights, be it Washington Heights or Boyle Heights, will always be a part of you, anywhere you go. Home is where the Hood is!

Read the entire La Diva review at ladivalatina.com/intheheightsthemusical.html

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