Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cuatro Amigas. Our Stories. Our Project.

This past weekend, my tres comadres and I, gathered to finalize a project that started when one of us shared an idea with the rest of the group. 

A month ago, the writer of our group, sent an email about a documentary that PBS is working on called: Latino Americans. In this email, our friend was telling us: "Look darlings, how about we make a video of our stories, and we send it to them?"

When I clicked on the link provided in her email, it took me to the PBS' website and I read, carefully, the description of the project: - "LATINO AMERICANS is a landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly one hundred Latinos and more than 500 years of History." - I didn't think twice! My answer was "YES! Let's do it!"

After we all agreed on doing it, and several emails, and coffees later, we decided to start the video shooting of our four stories on Saturday the 20th, and so we did. 

I cannot give away any details of what we will be sharing on the video, but I can tell you that it was an incredible experience to learn more about these women, whom I am very lucky to call my friends.

By sharing this, I would like to encourage you to send your story, or your friend's story to this amazing project that PBS is putting together. Like me, I am pretty sure many Latinos out there could benefit from hearing it.

Working on the last details.
Of course we had food, AND drinks! 
Our wonderful Latina writer, Maria Victoria.
A very powerful advocate for our Latino community in Seattle, Penny Lara.
Teresa Jones, another powerful Latina in the Northwest.
The four of us laughing, because we do that a lot. 


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our Latest Project: Andrea Desmond and The White Lights. (VIDEO)

To create a  music video is always a lot of fun. We sit down with the singers, and the musicians over a cup of coffee, we have some snacks, and we discuss what they want to portray on their video. Then, we focus on the song, and we write all the ideas that flow in everyone's heads. We brainstorm.

With Andrea, we immediately realized that we wanted to highlight what a great musician, singer, and composer she is. That's partially why we decided to showcase her gifts as a keyboard player/singer on stage, with her band The White Lights. 

Now, without any further ado, I present you, Andrea Desmond and The White Lights.

Andrea Desmond and The White Lights "Teal Water"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Why You Must Visit the "Visions & Environments" Latino Art Exhibit.

We are so lucky to live in a city where art, in all its forms, is highly appreciated. And it makes me incredible happy to see that more, and more Latino artists, are given the opportunity to showcase their art to the general public. 

This time, I'd like to tell you about the "Visions & Environments" art exhibit that will be running from July through October 2013, at the Washington State Convention Center. 

I went to the opening reception of this exhibit, and I had the opportunity to snap some pictures of Cuban artists Juan Alonso Rodriguez, and Tatiana Garmendía next to their work, as well as the exhibit's curator, the famous Peruvian artist Blanca Santander, whose work I loved. Here is the complete list of Latino artists who are displaying their art:

I was tempted to take more pictures of the paintings, and photographs that are hanging on the walls of the Convention Center, but I thought it would be best if you go in person to admire these pieces of art. 

So, there you have it. The reasons you must visit this exhibit: you will not only see some beautiful art, you will also be supporting more Latino artists, and you will do it for FREE! Believe me, you will not regret it. 

Artist Tatiana Garmendía 
Artist Blanca Santander

Artist Juan Alonso Rodriguez

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Something Different To Do in Seattle Tonight!

Here are a couple of events that you should definitely check out!

Opening Reception of the "Visions & Environments Latino Art Exhibit" from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Washington Convention Center. 

Or you can also join me at the "Seattle Latino Film Festival Presents: A Tropical Night" event 
as a part of the Nights at the Neptune series.

I hope to see you tonight! 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dustin Tavella And Danny Trejo Deliver Un Mensaje Muy Especial In Music Video.

Danny Trejo, Selena Gomez, and dUSTIN tAVELLA.

I have seen so many bad images, and stereotypes of Latinos, and Latinas in the mainstream media lately that when I learned about Dustin Tavella’s “Everybody Knows (Douchebag)” music video, featuring “Machete” Danny Trejo, it was very refreshing. The whole uproar after the debut of the TV show "Devious Maids," should give you an idea of what I'm talking about. You can read a review of it here.

One of the things that have many Latino moms, and dads, constantly worried, is the silly boys out there, trying to take advantage of our daughters. And that's why, when my friends and I saw Mr. Danny Trejo cantando Dustin’s song to Marielle Jaffe (Scream 4, Secret Life of an American Teenager), letting her know, lo que ya todos saben, that her boyfriend is not treating her right, we fell in love with it.

As soon as I saw Danny singing with Dustin’s voice, I started laughing very hard, but as I kept listening to the lyrics of the song, it also made me think: "This is what every young woman should listen to!"

I think we Latinos tend to be a bit conservative when it comes to raising our kids. We encourage them to have their own opinions, but we dislike very much when they talk back to any adult. We teach them to respect their elders; we want them to have a great education, good role models, moral values, and everything that is needed in this world to succeed. That’s why, en mi opinion, this video will be well accepted in the Latino community.

Oh yes, one more thing, the video includes an amazing grupo de artistas Latinos, and if you look closely, you will see that Selena Gomez does a cameo close to minute 4:28

Now, enjoy the video!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We Need Your Help to Take "The Dirty Girls Social Club" to the Big Screen!

Well, that's what will happen if we  decide to support Alisa Valdes, the author of this book. 

Alisa Valdes is a very successful Latina who, as described by her master's advisor at Columbia University, has “a mind that gives off sparks like steel on flint.” She is also one of the 25 most influential Latinos in the United States according to Time Magazine, and a NY Times and USA Today best selling novelist whose work has been published worldwide.

Now that you know a little about her, perhaps you can understand my outrage when I read the story about her relationship with Lifetime Television. Six years ago, Alisa had a deal with them to create her novel "The Dirty Girls Social Club." A novel about six young, educated, professional Latinas who met at Boston University years ago, and have reunions that they call "sucia" (dirty) meetings. At these meetings they would talk about changing the world, buying houses, and things that we, as women, and Latino women go through. But, it was apparent that the relationship was not going to work after two executives told her that the pilot outline "wasn't Latin enough" because, "Latino professional women talk about  whether or not to date men in prison." WHAT?! See? Outrageous! 

You can read the full story here.

After this experience, Alisa decided to take matters into her own hands, and make her bestseller a movie. As any smart woman, she also knows what a big project this is, and for that reason, she is requesting the help of her hermanas to make this dream come true. The idea is to have a million Latinas donate one dollar each, and that way this film can be made for Latinas by Latinas. I believe this is something we can definitely do! 

This is not just Alisas' dream, I think, this is a dream that many of us would like to see happen. I am tired, as many of you, of the way the media keeps portraying us. ¡Ya basta! Here is our chance to support Alisa, and to be part of the story we want to tell about many of us. I encourage you to please, go to the Kickstarter campaign's website to help us take this story, our stories, to the big screen! 

NOTICIA DE ÚLTIMA HORA/LATEST NEWS: The link for the campaign to fund this film has been changed. Click HERE to make your donation. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Career Fair on Diversity Employment Day. July 9th in Kent, WA.

For the past twelve years, I've been thinking about how lucky I am for living in a state where its residents celebrate their diversity. And I was reminded of this, yesterday, when I opened my email and found this amazing message.

I hope that, all of you my friends, can help me spread the word about this event too. 

Below, I have added a copy of the proclamation signed by Governor Jay Inslee, proclaiming July 9th, as the "Diversity Employment Day.