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WednesdayJune 22, 2011

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Reports Reveal Minority Men Face Toughest Challenges When Trying to Advance their Education

Reports Reveal Minority Men Face Toughest Challenges When Trying to Advance their Education

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According to two recent reports from the College Board and Advocacy & Policy Center, minority men of all backgrounds face educational barriers that minority women and white men do not often experience.

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According to the reports, 16 percent of Latino and 28 percent of African-American men ages 25 to 34 had obtained an associate’s degree or higher as of 2008, while the comparable figure for white men was 44 percent and for Asian men,  70 percent.

The report also stated that foreign-born men of these minority groups are more likely to drop out of school than those bore in the U.S., primarily in the case of Hispanic men. The dropout rate for Latino men is 20 percent, but it jumps to 34 percent for those that are foreign-born. It also stated that just 18 percent of Hispanics have at least an associates degree.

The researchers also pointed out that men of all cultural backgrounds reported experiencing similar challenges, such as stereotypes, pressure to support their communities or families, money problems or feelings of alienation from their campus. The also found that more than 50 percent of young men of color died, were incarcerated or were unemployed before the age of 24.

The second, smaller report sets a goal of raising the percentage of minority men ages 25 through 34 with an associate’s degree or higher from the current 42 percent to 55 percent by 2025.

The researchers wrote that “the goal cannot be accomplished without a strong emphasis on closig the college-completion gaps that exist for minorities in America.”

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Evita Duarte de Perón’s Jewelry Recovered in Italy

Evita Duarte de Perón’s Jewelry Recovered in Italy

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Police in Milán have recovered jewelry that once belonged to the late Argentine First Lady of Juan Doming Perón.

A diamond tiara, diamond earrings and rings worth 6 million Euros were found by police in a hotel room outside of Milán. One man was arrested.

The jewels had been stolen from a store in Valencia, Spain, in December of 2009.

 

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Jennifer López To Get Star in Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame

Jennifer López To Get Star in Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame

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J-lo and Mexican singer Pepe Aguilar will get their stars in 2012.

J-lo hasn’t tweeted since Saturday, when she arrived to Majorca.

“The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year, as well as to generate a once-in-a-lifetime Hollywood experience for many of the visitors who stop by when their favorite personalities are having their stars placed,” said John Pavlik, chair of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee.

Singer Pepe Aguilar is also on the list of those selected to receive a Walk of Fame star, just like his father, actor and singer Antonio Aguilar “El Charro de Mexico.”

 

Read more at El Tiempo →

Arizona Sheriff Says Securing the Border is About Safety and Is Not a Race Issue

Arizona Sheriff Says Securing the Border is About Safety and Is Not a Race Issue

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An Arizona sheriff has claimed that the Obama administration’s decision to keep the 1,200 U.S. National Guard troops at that U.S.-Mexico is “pandering”, as the number is not nearly enough.

Sheriff Paul Babeu is accusing the current administration of falling short of the number actually needed to secure the country’s border with Mexico.

He pointed out that 28,500 U.S. troops are currently stationed in South Korea to defend it against aggression from North Korea.

“What are we doing?” Babeu told CNSNews. “We need 6,000 armed soldiers on our border to protect America. Homeland Security starts at home.”

On June 19, as Sheriff of Pinal County in southern Arizona, Babeu was named the 201 National Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff’s Association.

Babeu went so far as to say that President Obama has made securing the border a race issue, while he claims it is really about immigration law enforcement.

“It’s not about race, color or national origin,” Babeu said. “It’s about enforcing the law, Mr. President. That’s our job.”

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WikiLeaks: High Clergy of Venezuela Defied Pope and Plotted Against Chávez

WikiLeaks: High Clergy of Venezuela Defied Pope and Plotted Against Chávez

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Pope John Paul II, beatified in May, warned Venezuela’s clergy to stay away from parties seeking to stage a coup against President Hugo Chavez nearly 10 years ago, but the hierarchy of Venezuela’s church deliberately defied him, and according to a series of wires obtained by WikiLeaks, they were encouraged to do so by the Bush Administration. The wires, which were shared with several news organizations show that church officials at the Vatican briefed U.S. diplomats on the pope’s concerns but acknowledged that the country’s Roman Catholic bishops were likely to ignore the orders.

“The Holy See is concerned about the prospect of civil violence in Venezuela in the coming months, and the pope himself has urged the Venezuelan bishops to ‘cool it’ on political activism and instead to encourage dialogue,” said a secret wire from Jim Nicholson, then U.S. ambassador in the Vatican, which he sent to the State Department on Nov. 19, 2002.

In another document, Nicholson recounts meetings with the Holy See’s director for Caribbean affairs, Giorgio Lingua. The Vatican diplomat said he was afraid that violence soon would come to Venezuela and that John Paul II had ordered bishops to seek dialogue with Chavez - who had recently stated that the Catholic Church was a “cancer on Venezuelan society”.

But bishops in Venezuela were long past the dialogue stage.

“Lingua, smiling, thought the message from the pope ‘might not have sunk in,’ the cable said. “He admitted that Cardinal Archbishop Antonio Ignacio Velasco Garcia of Caracas was perhaps too close to the coup plotters.”

The cable said that “the continued activism of the Venezuelan clergy in the face of the pope’s caution does not surprise us.”

A confidential Oct. 19, 2004, cable from Cardinal Jose Castillo Lara, a Venezuelan who held numerous Vatican positions over the last 40 years portrays the church-state relations of that time.

Castillo Lara said the church had been “less confrontational” with the Venezuelan government, but he didn’t think that all bishops would play along.

“He did not discount that certain bishops, working individually, might be more active with opposition groups,” the embassy wire said.

Relations between Venezuela and the church remain icy.

“Chavez has taken some very strong views of the church. He’s argued that the church has largely been part of the opposition,” said Peter Hakim, the president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue “I don’t get a sense that there’s ... any cease-fire with Chavez.”

Read more at McClatchy →

New Generation Latinos Ages 14-34 Reveals Nearly 50% Seek More Bilingual/Bicultural Content

New Generation Latinos Ages 14-34 Reveals Nearly 50% Seek More Bilingual/Bicultural Content

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“The Maximo Report” co-sponsored by Tr3s takes an in depth look at the role of media, entertainment, digital media and marketing & advertising among New Generation Latinos (NGLs)

Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas, the bilingual/bicultural network for U.S. Latinos, unveils research findings from The Maximo Report, a new study co-sponsored by Tr3s, and conducted by Motivo Insights, LLC and the New Generation Latino Consortium (NGLC) that uncovers key insights into the growing young, bicultural Latino. The report is the first-of-its-kind conducted with this demographic, combining both quantitative and qualitative methodologies with 14-34 year old Latinos, both U.S. and foreign-borns that have lived in the U.S. for 15 years or more.  Key findings will be unveiled in the coming weeks to reveal the role of media, entertainment, digital media and marketing & advertising in their US Latino lives. Additional areas explored in the research include the content this group consumes as well as language preferences based on their acculturation.

The Maximo Report reveals nearly 50% of NGLs seek more bilingual/bicultural programming and over 30% look for ‘mainstream’ English-only content. NGLs hunger for more bi-lingual, bi-cultural programming, specifically content where “they are the star,” “their lives, entertainment interests and issues are authentically represented,” and “their American and Latino sides meet.” The results also indicate Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas as the only Hispanic channel that all NGL age segments 14-34 agree “most speaks to the Latino heart & soul.” Joining Tr3s with the 14-17 segment is SiTv, Mun2 and Azteca, with 18-24s is Univision, Telemundo and Discovery en Espanol, with 25-34s is Univision, Telemundo, Fox Sports en Espanol and ESPN Deportes.

“As a brand that lives and breathes this bilingual/bi-cultural space, it’s our mission to generate knowledge capital that educates Hispanic marketers on the various segments of our HP12-34 viewer demographic. The Maximo Report is a valuable tool that specifically delivers key insights on the growing bilingual, bicultural segment that crosses generations on U.S. soil, ranging from the more acculturated foreign-born to the newer U.S. born 2nd and 3rd gens,” commented Nancy Tellet, Senior Vice President of Research & Consumer Insights for Viacom International Media Networks Latina America, Canada & US Hispanic.  “As bilingual/bicultural Hispanics begin to dominate the younger portion of the adult Hispanic segment in addition to their current dominance in the teen segment, deepening our knowledge on how they express their Latinicity beyond language, and understanding their unique habits and interests will be crucial for the Tr3s brand and Hispanic marketers,” she added.

KEY FINDINGS

  * NGLs are language neutral regarding TV content, but do want to see themselves and their dual culture lifestyle in the U.S. represented.

  * NGLs are mashing up aspects of different cultures to fuel the growth of the “Urban Latino” movement. They organically mix traditional Latino values with those of today’s hip-hop influenced urban culture to create new urban Latino expressions. This makes for a more dynamic and complex New Generation Latino consumer.

  * The U.S. recession affects today’s consumers, regardless of race or ethnicity. However, many NGLs feel they are better equipped to deal with today’s recession compared to Caucasians. This is mostly due to culturally based realities that give NGLs a slightly different perspective on finances.

  * Word-of-mouth is a vital tool that NGLs use to discover new brands and products. Factor in their intense social media consumption, it’s no wonder the majority of them have learned of a new brand or product via social media. 

  * For NGLs, peer-to-peer recommendations are highly valued and sought after.  Whether it be in-person or virtual, NGLs are leveraging their vast social networks to spread the word (positive or negative) about brands. In fact, NGLs are more likely to forward opinions and info about a brand compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  * NGLs are blending the Latino and “mainstream” American aspects of their identity routinely and frequently. Not only are they doing this themselves, but they expect their media and marketing to reflect this as well. In fact, more than 7 of 10 NGLs think that seeing an English language commercial on Spanish language TV is a good thing.

  * Cultural representation in ads is very important to today’s NGL. They want to see themselves reflected in marketing that targets them, but it’s not an “all Latino or nothing” solution. In fact, there are more important elements to marketing for NGLs than having an “all Latino” cast. 

  * The bi-cultural experience that NGLs encounter helps shape how they view their role in U.S. society. They have a different “value set” than their Caucasian counterparts that gives them unique attitudes and opinions on education, their career, finances, and much more. 

  * NGLs are seeking out “in-culture.” Just like they live much of their daily lives, NGLs want to have media and programming options that reflect the various aspects of their identity, regardless of language. In fact, when asked which type of content they want more of, “in-culture” content was #1.

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Border Fence Mural Taken Down, but Saved

Border Fence Mural Taken Down, but Saved

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A 60-foot-long mural painted on a section fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has been saved from the scrap yard thanks in large part to the efforts from people in both countries.

The mural, titled “Vida y Sueños de la Cañada Perla” or “Life and Dreams of the Perla Ravine,” was painted in 2005 by artists from both sides of the border on the Sonoran facing side of the fence, which separates Nogales, Arizona form Mexico.

It is a replica of a 1998 mural painted by Tzetzal Indians in Taniperla, Chiapas. The original was created to share the Tzetzals’ lives and dreams after their separation from the Zapatista revolutionary municipality. “However, on April 11, 1998, a day after the mural and the autonomous municipality were inaugurated, the Mexican Army retook control of the town, destroyed the mural and jailed the man who had directed its creation, university professor Sergio Valdez,” Nogales International wrote.

During the creation of the replica in 2005, Valdez was brought to see the project, at which point, U.S. crews informed the artists that the fence on which the mural was painted would likely soon be replaced by a 2.8-mile-long landing-mat fence with a taller, stronger barrier. He said he also learned that while some were trying to take the replica down, others in Arizona were working to keep it up.

“What happened was that in Tucson, there’s an organization called the Sierra Club, and a guy from that organization named Dan Millis got in touch with Congressman Raul Grijalva,” Guadalupe Serrano, one of the artists behind the idea of making the replica said.

After negotiations on both sides, it was decided that this section of the fence would still be taken down and replaced, but that the mural is to remain intact and handed over to Serrano and the members of his art collective.

Early last Thursday, Serrano and the collective brought their tools and dismantled the mural’s panels, which had already been lifted off their footing by a construction company and laid on Mexico soil.

“We saved the whole mural,” Serrano told Nogales. “There were just two pieces at the end that were already gone.”

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Police Confirm Capture of “El Chango” Leader of La Familia Michoacana

Police Confirm Capture of “El Chango” Leader of La Familia Michoacana

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Today authorities confirmed that elements of the Federal Police have captured Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, better known as “El Chango,” who had been named leader of the Michaocan drug cartel La Familia.

Thanks to intelligence, the arrest occurred in the state of Aguascalientes, and reportedly did not require any violence. Currently, El Chango (The Monkey) is in Mexico City where he will be processed.

For some days there have been several confrontations between the Knights Templar and the followers of La Familia Michoacan. Knights Templar’s leader Tuta had declared war on El Chango, but the war between the two cartel leaders is over now with his arrest. For several months, Tuta and El Chango staged an intense struggle for power, though the two were once partners and friends.

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Wilmer Valderrama Reconnects with His Roots

Wilmer Valderrama Reconnects with His Roots

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NuvoTV’s PASTPORT:  VENEZUELA joins Valderrama on his emotional return to Venezuela for the first time since he came to the U.S. 16 years ago.


Wilmer Valderrama, the endearing FEZ on FOX’s That 70’s Show had very humble beginnings and comes from an extremely poor neighborhood in Venezuela.

PASTPORT a unique series follows the journeys of Latino celebrities as they go back to the countries of their families’ origins, often for the first time, to re-connect with their Latino heritage, history and culture.

PASTPORT: VENEZUELA premieres on Monday July 4 at 10 PM ET/PT.

“PASTPORT captures a journey to your past that anyone can relate to, but especially the Bi-Cultural Latino community,” said Maria Perez-Brown, nuvoTV’s senior vice president of programming, “The people we follow are passionate about their own American experience, but crave a stronger bond to their heritage. Our audience connects with this on a very personal level, because they are constantly balancing the best of their two cultures.”

 

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Aguilera/Levine Collaboration “Moves Like Jagger” on THE VOICE (VIDEO)

Aguilera/Levine Collaboration “Moves Like Jagger” on THE VOICE (VIDEO)

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Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine’s from Maroon 5 sung “Moves Like Jagger” last night on “The Voice”  .

Tell us what you think! Should they record an album together?

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Citing Precarious Conditions, UN Urges Governments Not to Return Haitians

Citing Precarious Conditions, UN Urges Governments Not to Return Haitians

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The United Nations is appealing to governments to suspend all involuntary returns to Haiti, given the precarious conditions that continue to persist in the Caribbean nation 18 months after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

“Despite the recent elections and ongoing reconstruction efforts, Haiti, weakened by the earthquake, cannot yet ensure adequate protection or care especially for some vulnerable groups in case of return,” Adrian Edwards, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

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http://www.unhcr.org/4e0071429.html”>told reporters in Geneva.

An estimated 680,000 people are still displaced within Haiti, living in over 1,000 tented camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other earthquake-affected areas. An unknown number remains outside the country.

Given the current situation in Haiti, UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are urging governments to renew, on humanitarian grounds, residence permits and other mechanisms that have allowed Haitians to remain outside their country.

“The appeal calls on governments to assess Haitian cases on an individual basis and to pay special consideration and refrain from returning to Haiti persons with special protection needs, and to prevent situations where returns can lead to family separation,” said Mr. Edwards.

Michel Martelly was sworn in as the new President of Haiti in May after he won the run-off round of polls earlier this year. The UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSTAH) said at the time that his inauguration carried with it “all the hopes of change for the people of Haiti: hopes for reconstruction, progress, stability, social peace, rule of law [and] development.”

The mission called on Mr. Martelly, his Government, Haiti’s politicians, civil society groups and wider citizenry to “make this historic moment their rallying point for sealing a new political, economic and social pact to rebuild together a new Haiti.”

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WednesdayJune 22, 2011