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You Get What You Think. It’s That Simple!

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Our Thoughts Become Our World. Think Not?
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Everyone wants to be successful, happy and complete. A healthy mental attitude is essential for all. Especially for Latinos, as we are still a new community in the US. We have really been migrating here in the last 40 years, and that is new. We or our parents come from countries with that have less opportunity to grow, and that is the very reason why most of us and or our parents, and our grandparents came here; “in search of a better life”. And because of this we as a community have more challenges then other ethnic groups that have been here for over 100, 200 years, US Latinos are mostly 1st and 2nd generation deep. We can especially benefit from deliberate positive mental attitude, in which we watch and control our thoughts to make life a little easier, with the increased possibility of being happier and more successful. So in saying that, I wanted to these words below, which were originally published a few months ago in my publisher’s column on LatinTRENDS Magazine

Think yourself into a great year for the rest of 2015. It is still a relatively new year, make the best of it, because, as we all know “time flies”, and not just when you’re having fun! Get excited about 2015, but be careful what you think…did you know that the biggest secret to success and happiness is your mind?..and that it can make you or break you? Well…it’s not just your mind. It’s what you put into it. It’s your thoughts!

“if we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. if we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. in our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. (Betty Eadie)”

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Having increased awareness of your surroundings is important, having an increased awareness of what goes on inside you, “your mind” is even more important. It’s the gate to all else. Our thoughts basically rule everything. “Our thoughts become things.” The dominating thought that we carry in our minds, whether concisely or subconsciously will bring exactly that into our lives. If you live in fear, you’ll get more worries, more problems and more fear.

If you think hateful and angry thoughts, you will repel people, and even attract the some like minded individuals and situations into your life, such as relationships, friends, bosses, etc. If you come from a place of abundant, prosperous, happy, thoughts, that is what you will get, happiness, good will, abundance.

Our thoughts will dictate how we feel. Feeling happy, sad, mad, or successful? Check your thoughts in that moment, and you will be surprised in the bond that exists between mind & life. Case in point: ‘Prayer does not work for most people” because most people turn to prayer when they have a problem, when all else has failed or when they are afraid, anxious and nervous. Under these conditions they are coming to prayer form a position of fear, not of faith. If you are going to pray, do it with faith, and do it in the highs and the lows, not just when you want something. Faith is the key word here, and faith is the key word to add to your thoughts. A thought without the emotion of belief and or faith is just a thought. However a thought mixed with the “magic potion” of faith becomes powerful in that it manifests into reality in your life. That’s what happens when the two elements are in place; you either create a way, find a way, or it finds you! It’s simple; let’s say you are dealing with a problem. Your either focus on the problem and get stressed out, maybe even catch an ulcer OR you focus on the solution, fix the problem, feel great about it, then on to the next one…with a smile ( no ulcer here).

Thoughts are what separates humans from the animal kingdom, we can control our thoughts, and animals cannot! Every single thing on this planet started with a thought, whether it is a law, a building, a car, a suit, and dress, even us! If it would not have been for the initial thought of our parents communicating on that very first time and then following through and “getting jiggy with it” we would not be here today. Thoughts indeed manifest and become things in our life, good and bad. Thoughts created us tambien!

What You Didn’t Know about Adriana Fonseca

Adriana Fonseca

Adriana Fonseca faced discrimination when she first came to the United States to pursue her acting career like many other Latina’s have before her. Her accent had become an obstacle she thought she would have to overcome. Many other Latina’s have encountered this same struggle, one of whom is Sofia Vergara.

“As a Latina, if you don’t pronounce something correctly in English, they look at you badly,” Adriana said, according to Diario Basta. “They don’t respond to you. They humiliate you.”

Some Latina’s such as Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek had not fixed their accent and it has worked for them as well as Sofia Vergara. Penélope Cruz, who once struggled to speak English, has even gone on to win an Oscar.

What inspires us most about Fonseca is that she is determined and ambitious and she has not let this obstacle defeat her. Fonseca is apart of a group of Hispanic celebrities that has overcome adversity. We are hoping we see this strong and motivated Mexican actress more in the future.

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Latino Support: Latinos in Baltimore march for Freddie Gray & other lost Black Americans

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On April 12 in Baltimore, Maryland, Freddie Gray suffered terrible injuries to his spine and larynx after coming into contact with Baltimore Law Enforcement which led to his death on April 19. Since his death, the Black community has protest against the continued treatment of Black Americans when coming into contact with law enforcement.

And now, joining in the protest Latinos in Baltimore are joining in.

In an effort to march in solidarity and to hopefully change the angry climate of rioting into a peaceful protest, the Latino group known as Casa de Maryland took part in a gathering last night at the group’s office near Patterson Park.

According to the group, their gathering is “to march for justice and pray for peace in solidarity with African-American brothers and sisters,” and plan on walking in a prayer vigil for Gray and other Black Americans who have died due to the color of their skin.

The murder of Freddie Gray is only the latest and most egregious act of a crippling criminal justice infrastructure that treats young African-American and Latino youth as presumptive criminals,” said the executive director of CASA Gustavo Torres.

Casa de Maryland is the largest Latino and immigrant rights organization within the Maryland region. The group has recently joined a coalition which wants the state to convene on a special legislative session that aims to address police accountability, investment bettering the communication within urban communities, and other issues that may make the lives of Blacks and Latinos problematic in the area.

What Casa de Maryland and other groups like them are trying to is what should be done in order to bring an end to the countless, and unnecessary deaths of young Black Americans in the country. There needs to be discussion and then action on how the relationship can become better between both the community and those who are supposed to protect it and not cause harm within it. Making those in Law Enforcement sensible to the feelings and fears that Blacks, Latinos, and other non-White may have towards them could be the relationship and also provide a sense that a young Black man or woman wouldn’t be harmed or worse due to the color of their skin.

A SOCCER BALL GROWS IN BROOKLYN

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The New York Cosmos soccer team of the NASL will be making an appearance in Coney Island’s MCU Park. The special excursion the Cosmos are making this Saturday has excited many in Brooklyn who would like to see the Cosmos make it their permanent address. However the Cosmos are split on the subject as they are still awaiting their Belmont proposal which is currently in play and one that will take time to come to fruition if it comes at all.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams feels that the time is right for soccer to be part of the Coney Island landscape.

“I would love to have a team here in Brooklyn,”

Adams said.

“Soccer has grown over the years.”

Indeed it has. Where once soccer was seen as a foreign sport it now has been played by young people who first got the bug when the Original New York Cosmos and Pele ignited the love for the World’s Game in the late 70’s.

“It has a domestic appeal.”

Adams assured.

Adams mentioned that Brooklyn has made many appeals to the Cosmos. They cite several areas in the region rich in space and people demographically who would be natural supporters. Latinos make up 20% of the population and add local hipsters and you have real potential for a diverse fanbase.

“We are looking to make Coney Island a year long destination and this can be a great start to that.”

The only thing that can keep it a non reality is the Belmont Crossing Bid as the Cosmos search for a location they can build a soccer specific stadium.

“We are committed to being able to build a stadium. The borough that makes that happen is the one we will decide to be,”

stated Cosmos’ coach Giovanni Savarese. Until them Adams hopes that this game will plant a seed in their favor with class soccer and World Star Raul.

“Soccer will continue to grow if we bring a sports team that young people can look on TV and see their players and wear their jerseys,”

Adams explained.

“That is a great way of growing it here.”

Indeed more than a tree can grow in Brooklyn.

The Need for Protest: And Why Black Lives should Matter for Latinos too

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What has sadly become a trend in the United States, on a young man by the name of Freddie Gray—aged 25—has met an end similar to Michael Brown and Eric Garner when coming into contact with Law Enforcement and happening to be Black Americans.

But why should Black Live Matters be an issue for Latinos as well? Because when an issue plagues and threatens one community it threatens us all.

On April 12 in Baltimore, Maryland, Gray was approached by Baltimore Police Officers who allegedly discovered a switchblade in his possession and had arrested him. However, the arrest was not a peaceful one. According to witnesses—and video released later on— Police officers are believed to have used excessive force on Gray that led to him suffering injuries to spinal cord and larynx.

The injuries Gray endured were so severe he fell into a coma and died on April 19.

Later on, in a statement about Gray’s arrest Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said how Baltimore Police Officers, “failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times,” while in custody and Batts acknowledged that the arrest itself did not follow police procedure especially when Gray was being transported to the police station.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, due to the circumstances of Gray’s arrest and subsequent death they have decided to open an investigation into the case.

In-response to Gray shocking death, on April 25, 2015 the Black Community—and the community at large—took to the street in Baltimore to protest against the continued treatment of members of the Black community when encountering members of law enforcement. The protests continue the recent anthem that’s become predominant in the states since late last year, “Black Live Matter.”

But sadly, when intense emotion excited by a threatening presence of armored-police officers are tossed into the mix the peaceful protesting turned into riots. After Gray’s funeral of Gray, riots intensified with an estimated 34 people being arrest, 15 police officers injured, and two patrol cars destroyed. During the riots, protesters have allegedly looted and burned down a CVS Pharmacy in the downtown area of Baltimore.

While the act of violence should never be condoned, or the death of someone should be taken as a chance to achieve personal gain, is it any shock that a community that has lived in complete unrest and fear due to the color of skin may have a few youth—and some older—turning to violence?

Civil unrest comes in many forms: from hunger strikes, to marches, and sadly it leads to riots as well. But it shouldn’t have to get to that point. You can only tolerate the sense of fear so long before it is standing at your door.

How do you prevent such incidents like the death of Gray, Brown, Garner, or the countless others who’ve come into contact with law enforcement? You change the social acceptance that one is above the other simply because of the color of skin or the social status of their world. In order to do that there must be discussion and understanding no matter how intense or hot an issue may be.

If not, we can expect more deaths and more rioting and continued living in unrest for Black & Latino lives.

DESTACADA PARTICIPACION DE ARTISTAS PLASTICOS DOMINICANOS EN ARTEXPO 2015

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Los pintores Pablo Palasso y Oscar Abreu posan junto a un miembro de la directiva de ARTexpo

Este pasado fin de semana se celebró en Nueva york la feria de arte más grande del mundo: ARTexpo. La feria se llevó a cabo desde el 23 al 26 de Abril en el pier 94 en Manhattan. ARTexpo 2015 tuvo la participación de más de 1,000 artistas, 400 exhibiciones y una concurrida audiencia que sobrepaso las 25,000 personas.

En medio de las más innovadoras propuestas y los más grandes expositores del arte pictórico de todos los continentes, se destacó la participación de dos reconocidos artistas dominicanos: Oscar Abreu y Pablo Palasso, dos talentosos exponentes artísticos que presentaron una serie de pinturas, dibujos y esculturas en lo que se manifestaron el arte abstracto, el cubismo y los colores caribeños.

Ambos artistas se mostraron orgullosos de representar su arte y su país en un evento de esta magnitud e importancia

 

El pintor Oscar Abreu junto a una de sus esculturas

El pintor Oscar Abreu junto a una de sus esculturas

OSCAR ABREU
Nació en San Juan de La Maguana, Rep. Dominicana en 1978. Recibió instrucciones artísticas desde niño en privado y luego en la escuela de Bellas Artes. Posteriormente en España en 1990, mas tarde en Estados Unidos donde realizo estudios de arte en el Art Institute Of Chicago.

 

Como te Inicias en el arte?
Como todos los niños haciendo garabatos, pero ya a los 16 años estaba en Chicago en un programa para estudiantes talentosos logrando tener a esa edad mi primera exposición individual.
En que se enfoca tu arte?
Yo estudio desde muy joven el fenómeno de la memoria, el desarrollo de la personalidad y sus resultados y ya he tenido varias exposiciones dentro de esa misma corriente.
Cómo definirías lo que proyectas en tus obras?
Me impacta mucho el fenómeno de la naturaleza humana, la lucha interna que vive el hombre moderno, las experiencias y como las enfrentamos.
Que exhibes en esta exposición?
Esculturas en hierro, pinturas y dibujos.
Que significa para ti ser parte de este importante evento?
Mucha competencia. Es un reto, pero eso precisamente es lo que puede generar grandes oportunidades para ser conocido internacionalmente.
Que consejos les das a los nuevos artistas?
Que trabajen en su obra y que sigan el fenómeno de sus sueños

 

 

 

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PABLO PALASSO
Es un artista autodidacta nacido en Santo Domingo en 1954. Su historia incluye decenas de bienales, más de 25 exposiciones individuales y alrededor de 50 colectivas a través del mundo.

 

Háblanos de tu trayectoria en el arte?
Tengo una trayectoria de aproximadamente 30 años, soy autodidacta y me he perfeccionado en el proceso.
Como ha llegado tan lejos sin una educación artística formal?
A pintar se aprende pintando.
Que técnicas utilizas en tus pinturas?
Acrílica y el arte abstracto
Que colores y materiales predominan en tu trabajo?
Colores caribeños con una segmentación de cubismo, pero sobre todo trabajo con el subconsciente. Mi arte es un arte de creatividad
El que observa tu trabajo, podría identificar las pinceladas de un caribeño?
Puede ser, pero Picasso no era caribeño y tenía colores fuertes. El manejo del color es universal
Que significa exponer tu trabajo en un evento como este?
Un evento como este es muy importante para un artista. Llegar a estos escenarios no es tan fácil, se adquiere a través de experiencia y codazos.
Cual es el precio de tus obras?
Hemos subastados obras a US$20,000, estamos pujando para ver si podemos alcanzar US$40,000 o US$50,000 por algunos de nuestros trabajos.
Que mensajes les das a los artistas autodidactas como tú?
Tratar de conectarse con el universo de la gente.

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Dominican Film Festival Announces its 2015 Spring Soiree Honoring TV Host Kiki Melendez

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The Dominican Film Festival in New York is proud to invite you to celebrate a very special event honoring Dominican is an actress, writer, producer, host, Kiki Melendez. As part of the “1,000 Friends of the Dominican Film Festival Spring Soirée,” Melendez will be the recipient of our Annual Achievement Award. The Dominican Film Festival’s Achievement Award was established to honor an individual for his or her ongoing contribution in enriching Dominican culture through film and television.

About Kiki Melendez:
As a native of Dominican Republic Kiki Melendez is an actress, writer, producer, host and creator of Kiki Melendez’ Hot Tamales Live! – A talent showcase that celebrates diversity in America through performances by comics, sketch artists and dancers. Among her many awards: American Latino Pioneer in Entertainment, The Lupe Ontiveros Visionary Award (Georgia Latin Film Festival), American Latino Award (nomination) and the prestigious MAVERICK AWARD (Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival.) Film credits include her critically acclaimed film biopic Journey of a Female Comic, Day Shift, National Lampoon’s Cattle Call, and Benny Bliss and The Disciples of Greatness.

Television credits include Hot Tamales Live!, (Showtime Networks), Kiki Desde Hollywood (Galavision) #Locos Y Contentos, Tracy Ullman Takes On (HBO), Strong Medicine (Lifetime), City Guys (NBC), Steve Harvey Show (WB), and more. As a writer her credits include: Chase Hope and Faith, Gina and Blair and Exonerating Evidence. Theater credits include Latina’s Don’t PMS in Los Angeles which she directed and produced and Madres y Heroinas, a surprising breakthrough performance in a dramatic role. Currently, Kiki has just premiered a groundbreaking show on national television #LocosYContentos in the tradition of SNL and Mad TV for Latinos in America. “This is a launching pad for talented Latinos” said Kiki Melendez, Executive Producer.

This special event will include drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, music, and the opportunity to network with other business professionals.

What: Gala – 1,000 Friends of the Dominican Film Festival a Spring Soirée
When: Thursday, May7, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Reservation is essential and limited
Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 6, 2015 via: domfilmfest@gmail.com

10 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You For Greatness

10 Motivational Quotes

Mark Twain
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

George Eliot
It’s never too late to become what you might have been.

Wayne Gretzky
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Maya Angelou
You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it.

Albert Einstein
Insanity: Is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Mahatma Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Michael Jordan
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Oprah Winfrey
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

Samuel Johnson
Clear your mind of can’t.

Live it. It’s your life. It’s your health!
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Three Urban-Based Organizations Get $50,000 Grants for New York City Youths

Amir Sukalic, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment/ Urban Arts Partnership receives Made in NY Community Grant

Amir Sukalic, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment/ Urban Arts Partnership receives Made in NY Community Grant

The young people of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan are going to benefit greatly from the Mayor’s office of Media and Entertainment and the Theatrical Teamster 817 when three local youth groups each receive a $50,000 grant by the Theatrical Teamster.

The announcement of the $50,000 grants that occurred during the Tribeca Family Festival, which will help high-need community based organization fund their academic, media/film or arts programs, will go to El Puente, Socrates Sculpture Park and Urban Arts Partnership. These programs inspire and nurture young people to take leadership in their academic, art and media work.

“At the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, we’re committed to supporting our local communities, and we are grateful to Tommy O’Donnell and the Theatrical Teamsters for their generous donation,” said Commissioner of Media and Entertainment Cynthia López, who partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to create the project. “The three organizations selected to receive the community grants share a mission of helping young people develop their talents through media and the arts. This not only leads to opportunities for young New Yorkers but will further expand the pool of talented New Yorkers for the media and entertainment industry.”

The co-founder and executive director of the Brooklyn community organization EL Puente, Frances Lucerna, was thrilled to continue closing the gap between storytellers. “It is fitting that, in Spanish, El Puente means ‘the bridge,’” Lucerna said. “We believe that this project will serve as a bridge, allowing El Puente to grow and nurture partnerships with the media and entertainment industries that have made their home in North Brooklyn, and most importantly, support us in providing equitable access for the young people we serve to the resources and the training to document their Brooklyn experiences as storytellers themselves.”

CEO Philip Courtney of the Urban Arts Partnership, which was co-founded in 1991 by Rosie Perez, thanked Commissioner Lopez and the Theatrical Teamsters for their support to the thousands of youths in their lower Manhattan community. “Currently serving 15,000 youth, we use the arts to help NYC’s underserved students develop their voice, strengthen their connection to academics, and develop an enduring passion for learning. We aim to provide opportunities that these students would not have access to otherwise, and this support will allow our young people to create exceptional artwork inspired by their communities and to celebrate their accomplishments through digital badging. We believe arts education is the future of learning, and we are thrilled to be working toward this future together.”

Stuart Match Suna, board president of the public space, Socrates Sculpture Park, and president of Silvercup Studios, was grateful for receiving a grant that will continue pushing the 30-year-old program that has provided a space that allows artists to showcase large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations.

“Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park is truly unlike any other summer film festival in New York City,” said Stuart Match Suna, Board President, Socrates Sculpture Park & President, Silvercup Studios. “For the last 17 years, we have presented sophisticated international films on our waterfront and worked hard to engage the Queens community in every aspect along the way. Receiving this prestigious award today is recognition that Queens is home to incredible cultural diversity worthy of celebration and has become New York City’s borough of film.”

It Has Become A Standardized Fight Between Gov. Cuomo and New York Teacher Union

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UFT ad blasting Gov. Cuomo

If you were recently watching the most popular shows on television then you probably saw the New York teacher’s union multimillion-dollar ad campaign blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education plans that pushes standardized tests and other education agendas.

The United Federation of Teachers released a 30-second hard-hitting ad that accuses Gov. Cuomo of “attacking teachers and public schools,” while supporting the education plans of “so called education reformers and billionaire backers”. The ad continued to state that Cuomo’s education plan will “pile on high stakes testing. Privatize classrooms. And divert money away from public schools by giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy.”

The ad that is called “History,” which first aired in New York City and now all over the State, aired during popular television programs such as the Major League Baseball games – both the Mets and Yankees – “Mad Men” and “Scandal” to name a few.

It wasn’t that long ago when the onslaught of protests by parents, educators and students against Cuomo’s budget forced him to switch some of his education proposals and increase school aid by 5.8 percent.

The two-month long protests led by the UFT, the largest teacher’s union in the U.S., encouraged the state legislature to sign off on a state budget that will deliver $465 million to New York City public schools, the largest increase in eight-years. In fact, schools statewide will receive an increase of $1.6 billion, which is a lot more than the original proposal.

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“We conducted different school building demonstrations around the city plus many public forums with legislators, parents, teachers and community leaders,” said UFT’s Bronx High School District Representative Dr. Eliu Lara. “They all agreed that the governor’s education agenda will damage our [kid’s education].

Dr. Lara, who was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the U.S. and received his doctorates while teaching high school math in the Bronx, says that Latinos and Hispanics need to be involved to secure the success of their children’s education.

“1 in 5 students in this country are Latinos. However, the graduation rate is down when compared with other races,” Dr. Lara says. “Latinos are the largest and [fastest] growing ethnic minority group in this country. We need an active voice when decisions that affect our students will be taken.”