Monday, January 31, 2011

Ghetto Klown Preview: Interview with John Leguizamo

The other day I was contacted by the good folks at urbanotv.com, about John Leguizamo's ( it's founder) upcoming show, Ghetto Klown and I got treated (along with several other NYC/local Latino bloggers)to a preview with Steven Fisher and John. John was engaging and humorous as usual and spoke about how his relationship with Fisher goes back to their early acting days when they played pranks together on others and how his new show includes a lot of insider type scoops and discusses his personal relationships with both his ex wife and his current one. Here are some shots of the event and some words from John.

Multiracial Family Trees

Check out the neat and diverse family trees at the NY Times mixed-race family trees submitted by readers and submit your own.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Express Yourself

A recipe for healing and personal growth:

"Queen of the Dragonflies" by Kathie Briggs
Honor yourself.

Take of yourself.

Love yourself.

Don't settle or tolerate mistreatment from anyone.

Ask for what you want.

If you don't say what you want, then you're not going to get it.

Put it out into the Universe.

If you don't know what you want, go on a journey within.

Find your inner strength.

Speak to your inner child.

Tap into your passion, intuition, and wisdom.

Each one of us has a unique gift, strength and talent that longs for expression in the world.

Claim your power.

Do what you love.

And then share it with the world.

"Remember that you are
a human being with a soul
and the divine gift
of articulate speech"

--George Bernard Shaw
*** My new mantra for 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Flight & Fancy

Dream. Imagine. Escape. Dare. Fabulously.

Photo credit: Rodney Smith

Monday, January 10, 2011

On Apathy

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Help Fund a Film on Virginia's 1958 Interracial Marriage Criminal Case

The film covered in Jezebel, is at 64% funding right now. Help launch this project and document this story for posterity by donating to it on Kickstarter!

Carlos the Jackal

Don't miss CARLOS on the Sundance Channel, re-airing on Thursday, January 20th beginning at 8pm ET/PT. The mini-series won over critics everywhere, making tons of " top10 Best lists for 2010" everywhere but unfortunately missed out on an Oscar nod.

WHO IS CARLOS?

CARLOS tells the story of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez who, for two decades, was one of the most wanted terrorists, on the planet. Between 1974 and 1994, he lived several lives under various pseudonyms, weaving his way through the complexities of international politics of the period.

Friday, January 07, 2011

2011: Population of the Earth=7 Billion


With the worldwide population expected to exceed seven billion in 2011, National Geographic magazine offers a 7-part series examining specific challenges and solutions to the issues we face. The magazine introduces the series with its January cover story "7 Billion," offering a broad overview of demographic trends that got us to today and will impact us all tomorrow. Via http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion.

Latin Music Legends US Postal Stamps Debut in 2011

Five legendary musicians and performers of the Latin sound whose contributions have had a lasting impact on American music —Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz – will be honored on stamps. Among the distinctive musical genres and styles represented are Tejano, tango, samba, Latin jazz, and salsa. The stamps go on sale in March. [Stamps may be purchased at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store website at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.]

For these stamps, artist Rafael Lopez, of San Diego, CA, painted semi-realistic portraits of each musical artist designed to evoke their personality, vitality, and even their sound. He used a warm palette of colors—from brilliant yellows, pinks, and lime green to rich shades of purple and blue—to suggest the flavor and energy these artists brought to their work. Each musician is depicted in mid-performance. One can almost hear Celia Cruz shout her trademark rallying cry ¡Azucar! (Sugar!) or sense Tito Puente's rhythmic intensity as he performed one of his progressive arrangements on the timbales. Art director Ethel Kessler, of Bethesda, Maryland, says, “My goal was that when you see the stamp, you hear the music.”
Lopez's first project for the U.S. Postal Service was the Merengue design for the 2005 Let's Dance/Bailemos stamp pane, followed in 2007 with the Mendez v. Westminster stamp.

Texas-born Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995)—known to fans simply as Selena—helped transform and popularize Tejano music by integrating techno-hip-hop beats and disco-influenced dance movements with a captivating stage presence. A Grammy recipient, the “Queen of Tejano” broke gender barriers with record sales and awards. Even after her tragic death, Selena remains an important representative of Latino culture.

A superb and evocative singer, Carlos Gardel (1890?-1935) was one of the most celebrated tango artists of all time. Raised in Argentina, Gardel helped popularize the tango in the United States, Europe, and throughout Latin America through his performances and recordings. “The man with the tear in his voice” also achieved fame as one of the stars of the Spanish-language cinema.

Born in Portugal and raised in Brazil, Carmen Miranda (1909-1955) achieved fame as a samba singer before moving to New York City, where she gained instant celebrity in theater, film, and radio. The “Brazilian Bombshell” appeared in 14 Hollywood musicals and recorded more than 300 songs. Her exotic signature outfit and persona are an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Tito Puente (1923-2000) was a musical virtuoso popularly known as El Rey, “The King”. With dynamic solos on the timbales and orchestral arrangements that have become classics in Latin music, Puente helped bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds to mainstream audiences. He performed for more than 60 years, and his legacy includes more than 140 albums.

A dazzling performer of many genres of Afro-Caribbean music, Celia Cruz (1925-2003) had a powerful contralto voice and a joyful, charismatic personality that endeared her to fans from different nationalities and across generations. Settling in the United States following the Cuban revolution, the “Queen of Salsa” performed for more than five decades and recorded more than 50 albums.
One last thing, these are forever stamps making them as timeless as the Latin Music Legends who inspired them. via Rafael Lopez's Blog

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Espresso Book (Print-on-Demand) Machine Debuts in Manhattan

Four years after I first wrote about the Espresso Book Machine, one finally has become available at a local NYC bookstore, McNally Jackson. Read more here.

They Call Me La Lupe Starring: Lauren Velez Debut

The queen of Latin soul comes alive again in this one-woman show I cannot miss and can't wait to see.

Performances of They Call Me La Lupe began this week and run through 1/23 at Teatro La Tea in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in the Lower East Side. For more information call 212-529-1948 or to purchase tickets online at smarttix.com.

And in other exciting news, "John Leguizamo returns to Broadway with his new solo play GHETTO KLOWN for a 12-week engagement beginning previews on February 21 and opening on Tuesday March 22 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). GHETTO KLOWN is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s hugely popular personal and professional story. It follows in the unabashed, uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story." 

Official Site www.ghettoklown.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GhettoKlown
Twitter http://twitter.com/ghettoklown

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

4 Million Puerto Ricans Lost their Representation in Congress Today

In case you didn't have a chance to read the news today, in addition to
more animals dying left and right (literally), "one of the first acts of the new Republican-controlled House was to take away the floor voting rights of six delegates representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa, stripping away the representation of not only everyone in DC but millions of U.S. citizens across the globe, who serve in the military and are fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Now if that isn't scary, maybe this should be:

What was the media was focusing on today?
Obama wearing flip flops while on vacay and Megamillions losers.

Groan!
 
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