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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

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