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Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics

World Series Champion & Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics

BY CORKY SIEMASZKO for NBC NEWS

Joe Maddon was six years from leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in more than a century, and sitting on a kid-sized chair in a private home-turned-preschool, when a light bulb went on in his head.

He had come to a Christmas party at a daycare in his beloved Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to meet some of the area’s Hispanic residents — the very people who were being blamed for the crime, for the drug abuse, for the joblessness and despair that was gripping his hometown.

The proud city that once was home to more than 30,000 people in 1980, when the coals mines were operating and the garment factories were humming, had lost a third of its population when those jobs went away. And those who stayed were leery of the new arrivals.

As the kids clambered in and out of his lap and their parents filled their plates with Dominican delicacies and chattered happily in Spanish and English, Maddon had this revelation: “He said, ‘This is exactly what I grew up with,'” Amilcar Arroyo, a local businessman who was at that bash, recalled. “This is the way we Italians grew up. A mom and pop business, all the children around. He was touched by that reality.”

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And thus began Maddon’s unlikely quest to save his city from the anti-Hispanic bigotry that was ripping it apart.

See complete article here: http://nbcnews.to/2eLc5o6

Warriors in the Cage: Dominick Cruz & Henry Cejudo

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

Photos courtesy of UFC/Getty Images

The Latino Faces of the UFC

Latinos have a long and storied history in the world of combat sports. In boxing, legendary figures such as Julio Cesar Chávez and Oscar De La Hoya proudly touted their Latino heritage while winning championships and glory. At the dawn of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts, Royce Gracie was its first dominant superstar, more recently followed by Anderson Silva, long considered the best in the world.

Carrying the banner for Latinos in the sport are now two rising stars: Dominick Cruz and Henry Cejudo. Cruz is the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion while Cejudo is an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler. Both are budding megastars and both are keenly aware of their status as Latino stars in a sport that gains popularity every day.

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“The Dominator” Dominick Cruz

Growing up in Tucson, the man they call “The Dominator” was introduced to combat sports quite literally by accident. “I got into wrestling in the seventh grade and I got into [it] because I walked into the wrong room,” he said. “The coach said I wasn’t a soccer player, I was a wrestler. I started practicing that day and haven’t stopped since.

After an undefeated amateur career, he had a successful career in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion, becoming its last bantamweight champion before it was absorbed by the UFC. It wasn’t long before Cruz achieved glory in the UFC, capturing the bantamweight championship twice.

I come from Tucson, Arizona, which is 70 percent Hispanic,” Cruz said. “It’s in me, that pride of being Hispanic. I feel it. In the way that the Mexicans always fought, they’re just tough and stubborn. I feel that’s in my bloodline and I’m proud of that.

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“The Messenger” Henry Cejudo

The youngest of six children, the Olympian Henry Cejudo was introduced to the sport of wrestling by his older brothers. “I loved that wrestling was all about one-on-one combat,” he said. “I was always too small to play football, too short to play basketball, but when I saw that wrestling had weight classes, I knew I was home and I fell in love with it from the start.

Cejudo was an amateur superstar, winning four state wrestling championships. After winning gold at the Pan American Games in 2008, he set his sights firmly on Olympic glory, winning Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. He retired from the sport in 2012 to compete in mixed martial arts. His pedigree and his impressive skills caught the attention of the UFC. Settling in as a flyweight, Cejudo has amassed a 10-1 record and is now one of the coaches on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“I want to become the best in the world,” he said. “What else is there to do in sports, but to want to be the best?”

‘Big Papi’ Played Last Game against New York Yankees

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Famed baseball player of the Boston Red Sox, David “Big Papi” Ortiz, played his 117th and final game against the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Sept 29th 2016. A pregame ceremony was held to honor the DH (designated hitter) with his family and teammates. Yankee retiree Mariano Rivera, along with the NY team, presented him with a gift of a painting, highlighting the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry. Ortiz’s baseball career in the US started in 1998, playing for the Minnesota Twins. His tenure with the Red Sox began in 2003, where just a year later, he helped “break the curse” for Boston, winning their first World Series since 1918. The Red Sox won two more World Championship games since.

Other than baseball, Ortiz is quite the philanthropist. He helped his city heal after the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, including his assertive statement as the start of a game, “This is our f***ing city!”, which he said too quick to be censored during the live broadcast. With a heart for children, he founded the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which is committed to helping children in New England and the Dominican Republic with critical pediatric needs. He also appeared in an episode of the YouTube series “Undercover Lyft”, where celebrities disguise themselves to be a Lyft driver for a day and surprise their passengers! Check it out below:



Ortiz will officially retire as a major league baseball player in 2017 – giving him the chance to win his team another World Series title for 2016.

This Year Women Ruled the VMA’s, but the Guys were Good Too

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By having over 200 million records sold, eight studio albums to her name and 14 number one singles in just a little over a decade Rihanna became this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the Video Music Awards.

While she may not have beat out Michael Jackson in records sales (around 600 million), she did beat him out this year in the amount of number one hits she has (his is 13).

The Barbadian hitmaker opened the show to a slew of her biggest pop songs dancing in a bubble gum cutout outfit and killing it on the dance floor.  This was only the first of four medleys she had throughout the night.

Hyperactive comedy duo Key and Peele spent the show commentating on the presenters, winners and performers while trying to create meme-worthy catchphrases of the night’s most momentous occasions. Some of their jokes were spot on, the rest were simply flat and repetitive sexual innuendos.

The most anticipated act of the night was none other than Britney Spears. Nine years passed since her lackluster performance in 2007, in which she looked more like a deer in the headlights instead of a pop princess. On stage, she had a steamy musical number with rapper G-Eazy of her hit “Make Me,” which was a definite return to form for the singer-dancer. Later they both performed one of his hits, “Me, Myself and I” to a cheering crowd.

Presenter Alicia Keys highlighted that it was the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech and later gave a stirring poem, in which she said “that all women and men are created equal,” before she announced the nominees for Best Male Video.

Calvin Harris won for “This is What You Came For,” which was co-written by his former beau, Taylor Swift, who he definitely did not thank.

Kanye West was Kanye West as he made non-sequiturs about his music idols, his love for his wife and his feud with Taylor Swift, in which he addressed his controversial music video “Famous.”

It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. The audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump. I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame bro. I see you Amber…my wife is a [gangsta], not a lot of people’s wives would let them say that.

West later referenced the high level of crime in his native Chicago, shouted out Chance the Rapper and finally introduced his “Flashdance” inspired video “Fade.”

Not to be outdone, Beyonce took the stage for almost 20 minutes as she did an angelic rendition of “Pray You Catch Me,” which she followed up with a racy “Hold Up” where she smashed the camera with a baseball bat and topped it all off with an Olympic-like synchronized “Formation” dance that is worthy of a gold medal. She was later presented the Video of the Year Award by four of the Final Five od the USA women’s gymnastic team.

Jimmy Fallon shocked the audience by dressing up as Ryan Lochte and wisecracking about how he wrote “Sorry,” instead of Justin Bieber, which left the swimmer’s rival, Michael Phelps, in stitches.

Rihanna rounded out the night with medleys of her soul, dancehall and R&B songs showcasing some of her best vocals. Her performances were raw, powerful, sexy, emotional, and definitely unapologetic. In other words, truly her.

The sweetest moment of the night, however, was when Drake in a sharp tuxedo presented her the Vanguard Award and reminisced about first meeting Robyn Rihanna Fenty in 2005 as an extra in her first music video as she beamed at his congratulatory speech.

We loved the woman who hasn’t changed since day one. She’s someone I loved since I was 22-years-old.”

Rihanna would go on to remark on how her award was so much bigger than herself.

My success started as my dream. But now my success is not my own. It’s my family’s. It’s my fans. It’s my country’s. It’s the Caribbean as a whole. It’s women. It’s black women.

When she finished her speech she walked off the stage with Drake hand in hand. It was truly a remarkable night for women indeed.

Undefeated Rising Star David Benavidez Knocks Out Denis Douglin

 

Undefeated Rising Star David Benavidez Knocks Out Denis Douglin in Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN

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Undefeated rising contender David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) knocked out Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Douglin, who is trained by his mother Saphya, opened the fight very aggressive, stealing the first round on all three judges’ scorecards. Douglin continued to press the action, also winning the second round battle with two of the three judges, but Benavidez would soon settle in and take control of the war.

“I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I knew Douglin wasn’t going to go out without a fight,” said Benavidez. “So I came in here and started slower than I usually do, just using my jab a little bit more.”

The 19-year-old Benavidez made the necessary corrections in round three and never looked back, chipping away throughout the fourth and fifth rounds. In the sixth, Benavidez teed off on Douglin with damaging punches to both Douglin’s body and head.

In the seventh round, Benavidez was still having his way when one of the top turnbuckles gave out, causing the ropes on one side of the ring to collapse, and stopping the fight momentarily. When the action resumed, Douglin came forward with a flurry, but that burst of energy was short-lived.

Benavidez regained control in the eighth round, and in the ninth he scored the only knockdown of the fight. In the tenth and final frame, Benavidez threw a barrage of punches, several of which buckled Douglin, causing referee Gary Rosato to intervene and stop the fight at :35 into the round.

When asked about Douglin’s resilience, Benavidez said, “I hurt him a lot of times, but I kept my cool. I knew I was going to get him out of there sooner or later and that’s exactly what I did tonight. This is a good victory for me. Douglin is a tough veteran. He started fast and swinging wildly, and his offense probably looked better on-camera than it was, but he did what he had to do to survive until the final round.”

Benavidez continued, “It was important to me to get the stoppage and show everybody that I am just as strong in the late rounds as I am early on. I love this. This is what I signed up for. I want tough fights.”

A disappointed Douglin said, “I was in this fight, I just got winded. I was in great shape and everything, but I got winded there towards the end. Benavidez is a tough, young fighter. He was able to make me stay in there longer than I wanted to, but I feel good and I’ll be back.”

Benavidez concluded, “Right now, I would like to say that I don’t think about that. I’m just trying to progress in my career and I’m not trying to call anybody out. But if I do dream about fighting anybody, it would be whoever is the champion at that weight. I’m going to work hard to get to that spot.”

NY Mets Ace Closer Jeurys Familia on summer Issue Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine

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Jeurys Familia, dynamic pitcher for the New York Mets, is LatinTRENDS’ August issue cover person. In this exclusive interview Familia talks about representing the Latino community, his community outreach program focused on foster children Familia’s Family, and what motivates him to succeed.

 

This month also includes interviews with Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro who stars as Jesus in this summer’s remake of “Ben Hur,” the sizzling Benjamin Bratt starring in “The Infiltrator” and beauty Ana Isabelle starring in “The Eyes.”

Urban music star De La Ghetto also speaks with LatinTRENDS about his new single “Acércate” from his new album “Mi Movimiento.”

In celebration of the New York Dominican Parade, LatinTRENDS identified 10 community influencers committed to engendering positive change within New York’s dynamic Dominican Community. The special feature includes interviews with the following influential men and women of various fields such as; law, music, fashion, STEM, business, politics and the arts.

Adriano Espaillat, New York State Senator and first Dominican-American elected to Congress; Los Hermanos Rosario;  Iconic merengue band “Los Hermanos Rosario” Members include Rafa, Luis and Tony Rosario; Angela Fernandez, Esq, Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Parade; Carolina Torres, Activist and Girl Scout “Future Woman of Distinction Award” winner; Wilton Cedeno, Director of Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Con Edison; Appointed by Mayor Deblasio to New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors; Francisco Diaz, President of American Association of Latinos in STEM (AALSTEM); Rafael Alvarez, Founder, president & CEO of ATAX Franchise, Inc. and winner of the IFA’s Ronald E. Harrison Diversity Award; Cenia Paredes, Fashion designer and creator of Cenia Fit with a collection available at HSN; Rigo Peralta, Visual artist with exhibits in the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Juan J. Camilo, Founder and owner of Dyckman Beers Co.

The August issue also includes “South African Travel” and business guides “Live Video 101”and “Snapchat as a Personal Branding Tool for Business.”  Also see “How to Get Unstuck: A Mindful Approach” and “Resilience: The Secret to Wellbeing” for tips on constructing a meaningful life.

In addition and in celebration of this summer issue, LatinTRENDS will host an event in Times Square on August 8th, which will be attended by this issues in-book featured personalities and a significant group of community influencers, artist, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and the media.

 

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The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

Roberto Durán (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A master in-fighter in the ring, he was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) during his career.

He finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 69 knockouts. Up until his fight with Wilfred Benítez in a light middleweight title clash in 1982, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel

How great was Roberto Duran? He was a master of the “sweet science” of boxing. considered as the best lightweight (135 pounds) ever. Roberto was ferocious and highly intelligent fighter that could do it all. The video exemplifies this perfectly. It shoes in different segments his mastery of the ring and his mastery of the sweet science ( along with the animal like killer instinct that made him great).

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Highlights of what you will see in this video of Duran below, will reveal that the way Duran moved was in fact artistic… a vicious art, perhaps, but there was also a science (precision) behind him and his every move. For those of you that are into boxing this video will show you or remind you what boxing truly is… a tough, but beautiful sport, which brings out the best in men…and now women also, BUT, to those of you who are just casual fans or who are contemplating taking up the sport as a way to exercise, to get in shape and or deal with stress, you should 100% take it up, its one of the best all around sports to partake in for mental and physical conditioning. You don’t have to spar (box) and get hit if you don’t want to, there are many boxing programs today that are safe in that way. However, I must WARN YOU! once you start to feel in some type of boxing shape, you may very well want to try it for REAL in the ring with a practice opponent AKA a sparring partner. if you do decide to try it Have fun…but before you begin get the docs approval, based on your physical. at the end of this article I have included some gyms in New York which you may want to try.

What you will see in this video “The Tao of Roberto Duran”

  1. Fainting..(make them believe one thing, but give them another)
  2. The art of slipping, ducking & rolling with lunches…(a la Mayweather)
  3. Ducking, weaving & counter punching…(making your opponent miss & make them pay for it)
  4. Turning & pivoting…(take away your opponents balance & momentum…use all you got to keep them confused and frustrated)
  5. Shifting ( as in baseball, the change up pitch confuses the batter. Keep em confused)
  6. putting with the jab…( an illusion to give them something else)

 

Check out this country song about Duran, called “The eyes of Roberto Duran” by Chris Gaffney

 

Roberto Duran singing Salsa ( with his own band) in the early 90’s…he wasn’t too bad.
but its best that he stuck with boxing…

Where to go for a boxing workout or training in NY

Mendez Boxing Midtown NYC: http://www.mendezboxingny.com/

Church Street Gym downtown NYC:  http://www.csboxinggym.com/

Gleasons Gym, downtown (DUMBO) Brooklyn: : http://gleasonsgym.net/index.html

 

 

Laurie Hernandez, Young NJ Latina, Aims for Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics

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The first US-born Latina heading to the Summer Olympics since 1984 is Laurie Hernandez, from Old Bridge, NJ — not to mentioned one of the youngest has she recently turned 16, as reported by NBC.

So proud of everyone who competed I can finally say I’m representing USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. –Laurie Hernandez via Twitter (@lzhernandez02)

She tweeted her excitement as well as a big congratulations to her teammates. Hernandez is known for her vibrant routines and has been nicknamed the “human emoji” by International Gymnast Magazine and “baby Shakira” by the gymnastics podcast Gymastic. She went undefeated in four competitions she participated in, two international and two domestic, in 2015. She also won all-around gold as well as a silver and a bronze in the national champions. Will her skills bring home the gold in Women’s Gymnastics for the US? Watch her routines here at the Olympic Gymnastics Trials and you be the judge!

LATIN HIP HOP ARTIST MESSIAH ‘EL ARTISTA’ SELECTED BY GATORADE AS THE VOICE OF NEW NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

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Recording artist Messiah ‘El Artista’ has been chosen by leading sports fuel company Gatorade to narrate the company’s latest national campaign. The commercial, which features a poetic and inspiring voice over by Messiah, is titled “Counter Attack” and was released last week.

Selected for his versatility, Messiah delivers the commercial’s message with a rhythmic and lyrical style unique to the company’s distinguished advertising. “As a rapper, I am able to use my voice as a way to tell a story within every song,” the artist said. “I feel honored that Gatorade specifically chose to have my voice for the campaign, and even more honored that they gave me the freedom to tell it my way.

Throughout “Counter Attack”, the audience is able to follow an athlete as he is shown in both game and practice settings. While the camera switches between a competitive game and a team practice, Messiah speaks of resiliency, inevitability, incredibility and brilliance. With his deliberate repetition and creative articulation, Messiah conveys the motivational message of the campaign, which is that the athletes who put in the hard work and effort know that “incredible is inevitable.” The campaign is expected to run on Broadcast television, including National Cable & Network, as well as Internet and Industrial use for a total of 6 months.

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An internationally recognized artist, Messiah is known for fusing the sounds of hip-hop, trap and reggae to create new sound. The Dominican rapper has been dubbed the first-ever Latino rapper from New York to sell out Stage 48, play Madison Square Garden three consecutive times in a year and step foot inside the Swedish music streaming giant Spotify. Gaining recognition for his chart topping remixes and collaborations, Messiah will release his own first full-length studio album, “Made in Europe,” July 22nd of this year. The LP was recorded during his most recent and first 2016 European tour, and is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Check out the commercial below:

Trend Report… “Golf Board” the world’s 1st standing golf cart!

Trend Report… “Golf Board” the world’s 1st standing golf cart!

A  trendy invention will now add a new and cool look to golf. “The standing gulf cart” is a new invention called “golfboard” …and golf lovers are loving it!!