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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

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