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MondayOctober 10, 2011

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CULO by Mazzucco - Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Latest Passion Captured in Book of Photos by Raphael Mazzucco

CULO by Mazzucco - Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Latest Passion Captured in Book of Photos by Raphael Mazzucco

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Music impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs has collaborated with Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and fashion photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco to become the vanguards of an art movement featuring the female backside. With a confident eye for the element of sexuality, Diddy, who served as executive editor, is subtly pushing society’s standards of beauty toward a more genuine, realistic and bold shape. Derived from the Italian word “culo,” meaning buttocks, CULO by Mazzucco is a collection of photographs captured into one coffee table book and will be available in stores and as an e-book on November 22.

Revered for his ability to capture diverse beauty and bring it to the forefront of mainstream popular culture, photographer Mazzucco was commissioned to travel the world, shooting stunning, sought after women. The result is a 248-page portfolio of phenomenal color photographs and art pieces tastefully assembled, to be displayed on every coffee table, providing a guaranteed topic of conversation.

“Raphael is a true artist,” says Diddy. “He relies on instinct- capturing a raw, natural sense of beauty through his lens in CULO by Mazzucco that celebrates the female form. His work is passionate and powerful.”

“I wrestled for weeks with ideas about how to tackle this concept,” says Mazzucco. “I have relished every brush stroke, every hypnotic flash in which I reach deep down into my gut and pull out a glimpse of the world as only I see it.”

Diddy and Jimmy Iovine unveiled a preview of selects from the $65 photo art book on the HBO series “Entourage” during the Aug. 28th episode when Vince (Adrian Grenier) was photographed by Mazzucco, making a guest appearance, surrounded by CULO artwork showcased on the set.

Additionally, multi-platinum artist Timbaland produced a track with Pitbull called “Pass At Me,” with a video showcasing a sneak peek of the art featured in CULO by Mazzucco. The exclusive video can be viewed at http://culo.interscope.com.

Says Iovine: “We at Interscope put projects out with anyone we believe has a great idea and is a true talent, whether it’s a musician, photographer, software developer, or technology innovator. Raphael fits perfectly into what we do. Interscope Records has always been a heat-seeking missile when it comes to shifts in popular culture, whether inciting them or reacting to them swiftly. The impetus for this book is a little of both.”

Mazzucco selected a portion of photographs from the book and merged them with the sensuality and spontaneity of paint, enhancing the visually compelling images through fine art. These large pieces, ranging in size from 6’ – 8’, are created through a unique photo shadow box layering process coupled with paint, resin and objects, resulting in a true innovative artistic installations.

Following the book release, Mazzucco’s CULO art collection will be showcased in a series of exhibitions across the country and abroad.

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Study Shows Black and Latino Students Suspended from School More Often

Study Shows Black and Latino Students Suspended from School More Often

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A recent report by the National Education Policy Center revealed that within public schools, suspension rates of black and Latino students were much higher than their white counterparts.

Though school suspensions have not been proven to have any kind of positive effect on student behavior or high school graduation rates, the practice of suspensions continue, with 28 percent of black male middle school students and 10 percent 16 percent of Latino male middle school students suspended each year.

Comparably, only 10 percent of white male students are suspended.

According to the research, from the 1972-73 school year to the 2006-07 school year, suspension rates for white students rose from 3 percent to 5 percent. Between those same years, suspensions of black students rose form 6 to 15 percent, and from 3 to 7 percent for Latino students.

The report stated that the frequent suspensions and expulsions should “raise questions about the school’s disciplinary policies, discrimination, the quality of its school leadership and the training of its personnel.”

The report, Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice, was made using current statistics from individual states as well as from the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights.

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Where Does Latin América Stand in Terms of Income Inequality?

Where Does Latin América Stand in Terms of Income Inequality?

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Take a look at which Latin American nations have the largest gap between the richest of the rich, and the poorest of the poor.

Argentina is the Latin American nation with the most income equality, while Colombia’s inequality made it the Latin American nation with the widest gap between their rich, and the poor.

The Gini index is calculated based on the range of cumulative family income, plotted against the number of families arranged from the poorest to the richest. Zero stands for perfect equality and 100 stands for complete inequality.

Latin America follows Africa very closely in the list of the most unequal regions.

Check out the list below, and join us in our forums section for the conversation!

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Former Monterrey Mayor Arrested in Connection to Casino Royale Fire Started by Los Zetas

Former Monterrey Mayor Arrested in Connection to Casino Royale Fire Started by Los Zetas

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Adalberto Madero, former Mayor of Monterrey, Mexico, has been arrested in connection with the fire at the Casino Royale in August that killed 52 people.

An official from the federal district attorney’s office said Madero was taken to a medium-security prison in Apodaca, near Monterrey.

In September, the current mayor’s brother was arrested after video surveillance showed him in the casino allegedly extorting money just days before the fire.

Madero was once part of the country’s National Action Party, but was expelled after being accused of corruption. Fox News Latino reported that he allegedly authorized the municipal permits for the Casino Royale though it was not in compliance with regulations set by the Government Secretariat, which regulates Mexico’s gaming establishments.

It has long been known that government and police officials have been working with or for the country’s drug cartels, and on August 25, Los Zetas gunmen told the police inside the ill-fated casino to get out before ultimately locking the doors and setting the establishment on fire. In the end, 7 people burned to death, while 52 died of smoke inhalation.

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Chagas Disease, Common in South America, Now Spreading in Texas

Chagas Disease, Common in South America, Now Spreading in Texas

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According to research from The University of Texas at Austin, a disease common in rural Latin America, which causes life-threatening digestive and heart disorders, has south Texas at greater risk than previously thought.

Sahotra Sarkar, professor of integrative biology and philosophy at UTA, said Chaga disease is spreading partially due to lack of reporting on the part of doctors, as they are not required to report the illness to health departments. Also, doctors in Texas are less familiar with the disease and can misdiagnose a patient, believing they have the flu, as initial symptoms.

“So it doesn’t get diagnosed at the beginning, and it doesn’t get diagnosed at the end,” he says.

The disease is carried by the protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi which are carried by triatomine bugs also known as kissing bugs, assassin bugs, or cone–nosed bugs and have killed humans, dogs, and other animals.

In his report, Sarkar said, “We’ve been studying this for four years now, and this year the number of disease-causing insects is quite amazing.”

He added that with all the unreported cases, there could already be hundreds of people with or who have already died from this illness.

Symptoms of the disease during the acute phase are fever, malaise, swelling of one eye, and a swollen red area where they were bit by the insect, though early on, no symptoms may be present. The disease then tends to go into remission, often times for years, before it presents itself once again, causing constipation, digestive problems, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver and spleen, irregular heartbeat, rapid heartbeat, and problems with swallowing.

When it returns, which could be as much as 20 years after the initial infection, it can cause cardiomyopathy, englarge the colon and/or esophagus, heart disease, heart failure, and malnutrition.

Sarkar stated that he would like to see Mexico and the U.S. work together to attack the disease, and pointed to the methods used by the Southern Cone Initiative in South America.

Read more at PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases →

WATCH Martin Sheen and Emilio Estévez Together in “The Way” (VIDEO)

WATCH Martin Sheen and Emilio Estévez Together in “The Way” (VIDEO)

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Martin Sheen and son Emilio Estévez star in powerful drama about the difference between the life we live and the life we choose entitled “The Way”.

Written and directed by Emilio Estévez, “The Way” is a film about an out of shape physician Tom (Martin Sheen), whose son Daniel (Estévez) dies in the middle of a storm in the French Pyrenees while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. 

Driven by grief and a desire to get to know his son better, Tom decides to complete his son Daniel’s pilgrimage. Leaving his “Comfy California life” behind for the 800km historical pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain makes for a powerful story.

While walking The Camino, Tom meets other broken pilgrims from around the world looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman trying to lose weight (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian trying to kick a smoking habit (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) suffering from the writer’s block. The film is out in theaters now.

Check out the trailer below, and tell us what you think!

 

 

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Chilean Miners: One Year Later, We Still Remember (VIDEO)

Chilean Miners: One Year Later, We Still Remember (VIDEO)

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The first anniversary of the accident in a Copiapó mine that trapped 33 Chilean miners underground for 69 days, coincided with the release of the documentary “17 days Buried Alive,” about those days before the miners had contact with the surface.

The documentary built around the recollections of six of the miners, aired Friday, and showed for the fist time reenactments of the time the group spent in the mine before they were able to contact the surface.

Take a look at the clip below, and join us in the forums section where we will be discussing “17 days Buried Alive,” as well as commenting on the first year anniversary of the Chilean miners odyssey.

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Gov. Jerry Brown Says No to Affirmative Action-Like Bill for California Colleges and Universities

Gov. Jerry Brown Says No to Affirmative Action-Like Bill for California Colleges and Universities

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed Senate Bill 185, which would have allowed public universities in his state to consider race, gender, and ethnicity during the admissions process.

Though Gov. Brown vetoed the affirmative action-type bill, he said he did not disagree with the spirit of the bill, but could not sign it.

“I wholeheartedly agree with the goal of this legislation. [However], I must return the bill without my signature. Our constitutional system of separation of powers requires that the courts—not the Legislature—determine the limits of Proposition 209.” He added, “Signing this bill is unlikely to impact how Proposition 209 is ultimately interpreted by the courts; it will just encourage the 209 advocates to file more costly and confusing lawsuits.”

In recent weeks, school groups have showed their opposition to the bill. The Berkeley College Republicans even made national headlines when they announced they would be holding a so-called satirical bake sale in protest of SB 185 in which based on the customers’ ethnicity, the price for the same items varied. If white, the buyer would have to pay the most, with Native Americans paying the least, and black and Hispanic paying prices between the two. The sale, was not found amusing by students of color, who called the sale racist and insensitive.

In response to the announcement of Gov. Brown’s veto, Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis said on the group’s website, “I am pleased with the governor’s decision to veto this bill. SB 185 was an attempt to undermine the will of the voters who passed Proposition 209 in 1996. Indeed, a September 26 Survey USA poll showed that 77 percent of Californians opposed this specific piece of legislation. The people of California believe, as does the Berkeley College Republicans, that college admission decisions should be based on the qualifications of the applicant and the individual challenges he or she has faced, not based on his or her race.”

In 1996, Proposition 209 was passed and stated that state, local governments, districts, public universities, colleges, and schools, and other government instrumentalities are prohibited from discriminating against or giving preferential treatment to any individual or group in public employment, public education, or public contracting on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.

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Aztec Temple Platform Found in Mexico City (VIDEO)

Aztec Temple Platform Found in Mexico City (VIDEO)

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The discovery of an Aztec ceremonial platform during remodeling work around Downtown México city’s Templo Mayor ruins, could lead experts to the unearthing of a royal tomb in the Templo Mayor area.

Experts expect this discovery will precede the unearthing of an ancient emperor’s tomb.

Templo Mayor is a complex of two very large pyramids and several smaller structures that experts believe contained the ceremonial and spiritual nucleus of the pre-Hispanic Aztec empire.

The newly discovered circular platform is about 45 feet in diameter and was built approximately 540 years ago; the entire site is located under downtown México City, which before the Spanish conquest, was the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán.

 

 

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Join The Daily Show’s Jason Jones in a Quest to Get Our Mexicans Back! (VIDEO)

Join The Daily Show’s Jason Jones in a Quest to Get Our Mexicans Back! (VIDEO)

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As immigration laws get tougher and deportation rates augment, there are less and less Hispanics to do the jobs Americans won’t do.

Watch the video below and Join The Daily Show’s Jason Jones on a Quest to Get Our Mexicans Back!

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More Mayhem in Veracruz, Mexico

More Mayhem in Veracruz, Mexico

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Just two days after the signing of the plan “Veracruz Seguro” between the federal government and the state government of Veracruz, 32 bodies were found in 3 houses, and another 4 bodies were found on the same day, October 6, in nearby locations. A statement on behalf of the Navy says that thanks to the work carried out by members of special forces, human remains of respectively 11 and 20 people were found in areas of Costa Verde and Jardines de Virginia. During the day other corpses were later found. The Navy stated that these crimes were “specific executions of organized crime”.

On Sunday, October 2, the Bishop of Córdoba (Veracruz),Mgr. Eduardo Porfirio Patiño Leal, had asked on behalf of the Catholic Church, to begin to restore confidence back to the police, in order to live in peace. Bishop Patiño Leal had asked the population to feel calm in front of members of the Army and Navy who began patrolling the city. If anyone were stopped by them it was only to guarantee security, and basically, according to the words of the Bishop, “whoever has no debt, has no fear.”

Unfortunately, violence in the area has increased recently. Only in September, in the same area, 35 people were found killed by the underworld. On Tuesday, October 4 the Secretary of the Central Government, Francisco Blake, announced along with the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, the coordinated Operation “Veracruz Seguro” to fight organized crime in the State, after the discovery of 35 bodies of suspected cartel members of drug traffickers belonging to the Zeta group

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Mexico Kicks Out One of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Back to U.S.

Emmanuel Matthew “Manny” Mendoza, 20, of Tracy, California, was expelled from the Republic of Mexico at the El Paso Port of Entry into the hands of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force this past week after an international investigation culminated in Mendoza’s detention by Mexican authorities in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.

Mendoza, a documented member of California’s West Side Tracy Nortenos street gang, was sought by law enforcement since his involvement in the botched robbery and subsequent murder in September 2010 of Kevin Prater II, of Tracy. California law enforcement authorities have been working this case feverishly in addition to seeking the public’s assistance through an airing of Mendoza on America’s Most Wanted.

Mendoza was detained by Mexican authorities and determined to have no immigration status to remain in the Republic of Mexico. Mendoza was expelled to the United States where Mendoza was formally arrested and remanded to the El Paso County Detention Facility pending further extradition proceedings.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas states, “On behalf of the law enforcement community and our international partners who worked tirelessly to see this arrest to the end, we hope this will bring a little closure to the Prater family.”

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More and More Children Found as Decoys in Drug Smuggling Operations

More and More Children Found as Decoys in Drug Smuggling Operations

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In what has become a disturbing recent trend, criminals are using children as decoys in drug smuggling vehicles. In the last two days, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command – Arizona, have removed five children from vehicles in two failed smuggling attempts.

One recent example of smugglers endangering the lives of children occurred on October 4. A K-9 team working at the Interstate 19 Checkpoint alerted to a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old United States citizen woman accompanied by her four minor children aged 17, 9, 6 and 4-years-old as it approached the primary inspection. The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection where agents discovered eight bundles of marijuana concealed in the trunk. The bundles had a combined weight of 197 pounds and an estimated value of $98,500.

The vehicle, drugs and children were transported to the Nogales Station. Child Protective Services was contacted and took custody of the children. The mother is being presented for prosecution on federal drug smuggling charges.

On October 3, another child was removed from a drug smuggling vehicle which was seized at the State Route 80 Checkpoint. The driver, a 34-year old United States citizen and mother of the 8-year-old child, was attempting to smuggle 104 pounds of marijuana, worth $52,000, concealed in the vehicle’s trunk.

Agents working at Border Patrol checkpoints may see hundreds of faces every day and have only seconds to determine whether a person is involved in criminal activity. Smugglers try to exploit this challenge by using people they believe do not look like the usual suspects. Agents use technology and K-9 teams to counter this tactic to ensure all criminals are brought to justice and that children are taken out of harm’s way.

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MondayOctober 10, 2011