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DONDE ESTARAN TUS FOTOS DE FACEBOOK EN EL 2076?

LA MAGIA DE LA FOTOGRAFIA

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Richard Rosario www.richardrosario.com

En aquella visita a casa de mi tía y caminando a través del pasillo que llevaba a una de las habitaciones, de repente se agolpo frente a mi toda mi historia y se llenaron mis ojos de lágrimas al ver en un pequeño cuadro colgado en la pared, el rostro de mi padre con apenas 18 años.

Mi padre, el hombre fuerte, seguro y decidido, me miraba desde esta foto con los ojos inseguros de un tímido adolescente. Décadas de historias e imagenes llegaron a mi cabeza y a mi corazón. Papi en esta imagen lucia como un muchacho pobre, mal vestido y desorientado.

Lo imagine recorriendo incasablemente las calles de la capital dominicana en busca de trabajo, lo imagine en su primera cita de amor o quizás viviendo atemorizado y asustado en medio de la dictadura de Trujillo en Rep. Dom. La Foto fue tomada en 1953, hace más de 60 años.

E inevitablemente tuve que pensar donde estarán mis fotos digitales en 60 años. No tengo un solo álbum tradicional; todas mis memorias importantes están dispersadas en Facebook, Instagram y en un hardrive que ni siquiera recuerdo donde  guarde.

Y en ese momento se apodero de mí una especie de pánico, que pasara con las memorias importantes  de los billones de personas que al igual que yo no imprimen fotos. Existirán aun todos los álbumes que tengo en Facebook en el 2076, dentro de 60 años.

 

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Por fortuna, yo no soy la única a quien le preocupa la desaparición de la fotografía tradicional, existen organizaciones como The Print Movement , que agrupa a más de 30,000 fotógrafos en Estados Unidos. Este es un movimiento que promueva el valor y la importancia de las fotos impresas.

Hoy se toman más fotos que nunca en la historia, pero muy pocas de estas fotos llegan a imprimarse o se colocan en un lugar preferencial de nuestro hogar. 42% de las personas entre 30 y 45 años dentro de un tiempo se preguntaran que paso con las memorias de las fiestas de navidad, reuniones familiares y lamentaran no haber apreciado el increíble valor de preservar las memorias importantes.

 

“En medio de un desastre natural como un incendio o un huracán, las personas no tratan de salvar dinero o cosas materiales sino documentos y fotografías”,

nos dice el fotógrafo Richard Rosario, miembro del Print Movement y quien motiva a los clientes que visitan su estudio del Bronx a imprimar las fotografías.

 “las memorias se esfuman muy rápido, y yo lo pude comprobar de la manera más dura, cuando perdí a uno de mis hermanos en un accidente hace muchos años y me di cuenta que tenía muy pocas fotos de él. En el 2011 mi hermano mayor fue diagnosticado con cáncer, cuando perdimos a mi segundo hermano y pude comprobar las pocos fotos que conservaba de él, fue que nació mi amor por la fotografía y convertí en mi propósito de vida capturar imágenes de las personas en sus mejores momentos”,

nos dice Rosario

Los hermanos de el fotografo Richard Rosario cuando eran ninos

Los hermanos de el fotografo Richard Rosario cuando eran ninos

Por eso la próxima vez  que tengas esa foto que te encanta y a la cual tus amigos virtuales les dieron ciento de “likes”, asegúrate de imprimirla, porque solo el futuro podrá predecir cuál de tus nietos tratara de descubrir tu historia a través de esa imagen.

 

 

Victor Martinez en 1953

Victor Martinez (padre de la autora) en 1953

 

 

*La fotografía más antigua es una toma realizada en 1827 con una cámara oscura por el inventor francés, Joseph Niepce.

 

 

 

 

CELIA CRUZ WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON

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Telemundo did something quite unique. They produced a drama series that on Tuesday, October 13th, topped the adult 25-54 market, beating out The Voice, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, and Jeopardy, among others.

The series is “Celia” which was inspired by the life of the “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz. Cruz, who made a career in an era when female singers didn’t even make the stage is played by Jeimy Osorio in her young years. Aymee Nuviola plays the older Cruz.

It also includes Pedro Knight, her husband and manager, played by Modesto Lacen as the young Knight and Willie Denton as the older Knight. Directed by Victor Mallarino and Liliana Bocanegra, along with Nelson Martinez as executive producer and screen play based on script by Andres Salgado and Paul Rodriquez, Fox Telecolombia and RCN licensed Telemundo was confident enough to release the first three episodes on digital platforms before the linear premiere.

It worked. On Facebook the first night,it drew 993,238 viewers, and Video on Demand and Telemundo Now saw over 177,000 between them. The promotion for the series on Facebook reached 2.3 million global fans. The cumulative audience reached 2,375,000 total viewers, while ranking number one in Miami and New York in the 18-49 adults in its time slot. Celia Cruz, according to the numbers, remains the Queen afterall.

Photos of the LatinTRENDS Independence Day Party @ Pacha NY

Photos by John Caballero, Text by Naeisha Rose

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, LatinTRENDS hosted its first Independence Day Party. The event, which was sponsored by Inca Kola, took place at the popular Pacha nightclub which is between the Hudson River and Hell’s Kitchen. As partygoers networked, drank Ron Barceló and danced the night away to Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and more played by DJ Richie Rich, the 30,000-square-foot dance venue’s LED screens flashed the flags of the over 20 Latin countries represented that night.

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Some of the notable guests in attendance were, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, Chief Operating Officer Randy Berman for Inca Kola, Lino Garcia, GM of ESPN en Espanol;  Craig Keeys Regional Marketing Manager for Nissan; LatinTRENDS Founder Juan Guillen;  Wilton Cedeno, Con Edison; Corey Neufville, Facebook; Kelly Laureano, Morgan Stanley; Rafael Capellan; Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group; George Torres, Sofritoforyoursoul.com;  Alfred Placeres NYS Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce; Jon Girodes, CEO Girodes Inc, DJ Lobo; Christian Núñez, GM Café Nunez; Roberto Perez, Office of the Mayor of NYC; Frank Sanchez, CUNY, Vice Chancellor student affairs; Matin Rahmani Corinthian Partners; Ruben Estrada, President Film Link up, Maria Luna Editor, LatinTRENDS; Edwin Mejia, partner, Vlad Company; Carlos Vasallos,  President Latin Vision; Veronica Caicedo, founder Puerto Rican Film Festival;  Marcelo Rodriguez, CEO Grupo Parada; Michael Knobbe, Exc. Director Bronxnet; Emilo Mohamor, President Resilient Media; emerging artist: KMC, Leticia Reyes, Dalia Davi, and fashion designers Martin Polanco & Iliana Quander. At the event, Berman raised awareness about the struggles of war vets by holding a sweepstakes for an Orange County Chopper motorcycle. The donated proceeds will go to the Veterans Count Easter Seals educational program to support military families. For more information and to donate visit: http://winthischopper.com

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Three weeks after Donald Trump’s controversial speech denouncing the presence of Mexicans (and most likely all Latinos) in America, Guillen emphasized that the Independence Day is a reminder of the great country that America is:

“In America, we have the freedom to become who we want to become, be all we can be, the ability to choose how we want to live, it’s the pursuit of Happiness and it’s in the constitution as our right, no matter where you come from. Like the flags illuminated on the screens at Pacha, they have no gaps in between, they are all together..and notice in the center, the American eagle, firmly holding the American flag surrounded in harmony by the 20 flags of the Latin Hemisphere with the motto E pluribus unum. Out of Many One. This image represents the overall theme our event here tonight; to celebrate each of our rich cultures, from South & Central America, Spain, the Caribbean to Mexico and to continue contributing to American…our America, which we love and are a part of” together we can be one of many here in America and continue to add value to this great nation” Said Guillen.

 

American Businesses Have An Eye On Cuba

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I don’t know if Nike is planning to set up stores in Cuba like it has in Paris but many American companies are salivating over the thawing of the United States and Cuba relations, especially now that the White House announced that the U.S. will take Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

And even though republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio thinks it’s a bad idea to take his parent’s native land, Cuba, off the list, President Obama said to congress that the Cuban government “has not provided any support for international terrorism” over the last six months. He also said that Cuba “has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.”

What does being off the list mean to Cuba? Well, it means that banks are no longer scared of doing business, which has impaired the communist island from conducting international commercial business. Before, but not any more because Cuba is finally off the list, non-U.S. banks that gave credit, transfer funds or helped with financial transactions were susceptible to being sued in U.S. courts.

But now we are going to see many private businesses and corporations drooling over the unsoiled land, authentic real estate and grinning over the prime economic opportunities that Cuba presents.

Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a summit in Panama City that he would consider expanding into Cuba if the communist country continues to open up policies to operate an accessible Internet.

Even though there are some restricted flights to the beautiful island of Cuba – American Airlines along with Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and U.S. Airlines have all expressed interest in routing regularly scheduled direct flights to Cuba.

“American [Airlines] continues to monitor changes to the Cuba travel policy,” said spokeswoman Martha Pantin to online newspaper philly.com. “When legally allowed to do so, we will offer our customers scheduled service to Havana and other destinations.”

CheapAir.com just announced that you could now click direct flights to Cuba with just a tap of the mouse. “The only thing different is that we are making flights available online. It’s just like booking a flight anywhere else,” said CheapAir.com CEO Jeff Klee. “But it’s still not legal for just anyone to fly to Cuba, so we have to have those booking flights check one of the 12 categories for travelers. Other than that, it’s no different from booking a flight to Las Vegas.”

Is Facebook More Addicting Than Cigarettes and Alcohol?

Social MediaThere are a vast number of ways to get information on just about anything. With the fast rise of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sites, there is no surprise that the amount of information that passes through is overwhelming. Because of this, can social media be more addicting than say caffeine, alcohol, or cigarettes?

The statistics for these addictives varies day to day and even year to year. In addition to the statistics, there are costs as well. Between cigarettes and alcohol, both of them vary, but have an average cost of about $8.00. Even with these high costs, social media is still more addictive.

Think about how much you are on the computer or smart phone and looking up information all day long. It is easy to get distracted from work and instantly jump on social media to see what is going on. For example, when Joan Rivers was hospitalized, several people immediately put up a post about it on Facebook and shared articles from other websites. That is how fast information travels and it is easy to see why social media is more addictive. You can get the information in an instant, where as with alcohol and cigarettes are not as immediate.

For the other addictives, people use it as a way to cope and escape their problems. However, these can get out of control and much harder in a way to handle. Some people do recover, others unfortunately, do not.

Another argument that can be made is by seeing that Facebook can bury some people into a little bubble to a point where they do not have to interact with people. This is not good for the health because you lose the normal interaction between people and truly see what the world is about without having the company of a computer screen.

Social Connectivity: Facebook page aims to connect hundreds of Mexicans living in NYC

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For most living in a large city like New York City it may be hard to find others to connect to who share similar interests. With the expansion of the online world connecting us all and the creation of social media sites this hard find to connect has lessen some. Finding others who share common interests like going to the movies, eating cuisines, embarking on an adventure outdoors, or etc. is as easy as pressing the power button on your computer.

Utilizing Facebook to connect members of a community that may find it hard to connect with others in this city, one man from New York City has taken to the site to connect Mexicans living in the big apple.

Hoping to address the loneliness that some Mexicans may feel living in the city, Eduardo Peñaloza created the Facebook page entitled “Mexicanos en la Ciudad de Nueva York” hoping to connect and build a support network for Mexicans who can share their daily experiences, discuss mutual topics of interest, or merely develop one’s own personal social network.

The project got started because we thought it was important to have a group where people could have conversations and share their experiences, paisano (Mexican) to paisano (Mexican),

In-addition to Mexicans living in the city connecting with one another for social purposes, there’s also an element where the connectees can educate one another. According to Peñaloza, users who visit the page often help each other with coming to understand and grasp the English language.

In the three years [since it got started], all of us in this online community have learned a lot. We want to have a variety of opinions, tastes, and preferences,” said Peñaloza, the page’s administrator and moderator. “To that end, we always give everyone a place [to speak their mind], and there’s a platform that lends itself to constructive discussion.

Currently, the page has a total of 1,248 likes and has regular postings detailing various events and activities that Mexicans living in New York City may like to partake in in order to socialize with one another.

As technology continues to develop and the world of social media becomes widely used by all, the interconnecting benefit it holds is truly great. The use of such technological vehicles can lessen the isolation some may face because they’re either illegal citizens, socially avoidant, or simply they do not know how to connect with others.

Who knows, if you’re having trouble connecting…get connected with others who may share something with you.

A Clown on Staten Island?

clown25n-2-webThere are but only a few holidays out of the year where people get dressed up and celebrate. But someone had thought to pull a stunt early and if the goal was to get people talking and questioning, it sure did.

Living in Staten Island just got weird, not to mention that it already feels a little secluded from the rest of New York. It is not every day you hear about a clown just roaming the streets on Richmond Avenue.

The person that wore the clown costume is unknown, but resembles Stephen King’s terrifying character Pennywise from “It”. The clown wore a yellow outfit, red shoes, and a mask. Being that the island is small, everyone knows almost everyone and the stunt may be linked to Fuzz on the Lens Productions, a Staten Island film company. The stunt started out as a prank and then turned into a project, but was by no means meant for a promotional stunt. That would be hard to believe since the video that was made went viral and people were talking about it.

Whether you are creep out or think it is wrong, the clown was not disturbing anybody, so the police were not involved; the clown was just creating attention.

The clown may just be part of a marketing stunt and the video that was made by Vic Dibitetto and went viral soon after it was made through the social networks of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You know you are Latino/a when_____?

PeopleEver do something that feels so normal to you, but to others it may just seem odd? Well, it just may be that you are doing something from your culture that only you would know about. Of course, this is not a bad thing, but rather, culture is around us every day and is what makes people unique and different and we have to embrace it in order to live in this ever changing world that we live in today.

So what makes culture so unique? It is because each culture has their own language, their own puns, if you will that only they will understand. Ever heard of the phrase, “You know you are_____ when?” Well, here are some Latino/a versions of that phrase right from ordinary people just like you.

Raul Santana from Bronx, NY—You know you are Latino when “the novellas come on, and you’re told to be quiet, have an irrational fear of wooden spoons, have more the 3 religious icons in your house, you think words sound better in Spanish and use a piñata at every holiday.”

Telma Gomez from Houston, TX—You know you are Latina when, “you know the meaning of “chancleta” or “el cinturón” but, more importantly, you know their implications.”

Anthony Rosa Bayonne, NJ—You know you are Latino when “even in the summer you wear socks with flip flops.”

Maria Ferrer Queens, NY—You know you are Latina when, “I can recite the menu for every Holiday party I’ll attend this season– pernil, arroz con gandules, pasteles y flan de quezo! Everybody makes the same thing and nobody minds!”

Manuel Melendez Sunnyside, NY—You know you are Latino when “family beach outings begin early in the morning by taking the subway with a shopping cart filled with pots of rice and beans, maybe a pernil and carne guisada!”

Judy Hernandez New Brunswick, NJ—You know you are Latina when “you take your Christmas tree down after Three Kings Day.”

As stated earlier, the world is becoming bicultural and the mixing of cultures is becoming more and more popular. Seeing different cultures mix only enriches a person and educates them about that culture beyond the textbook. It is about opening up to the world and seeing that even though we may be different, we still have ways about ourselves, the puns above, that are unique to every culture.

Tell us how you would finish the phrase (of course being appropriate), either on our Facebook wall or Tweet us @latintrends2010 and #IamLatinTRENDing.

‘Tis the season – LatinTRENDS Giveaway

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For the rest of the month we at LatinTRENDS are teaming up with some of our favorite people to giveaway some awesome stuff.

Did you read Beauty & Style Expert Tai Beauchamp5 Ways to Keep Your Hair Looking Fabulous with Beauty Products from Target“?

Today we are giving away

•1 Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner (10 fl oz)
•1 Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner (13 fl oz)
•1 Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (12 oz)
•1 Kinky Curly Curling Custard (8 oz)

To win, ‘Like’ our Facebook page and answer the following question in the comment section:

What would you like to see from LatinTRENDS in 2014?

Winner will be announced tomorrow at noon.

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Don’t forget to check out Tai holiday hairstyles and tips video and don’t miss Tai’s Holiday Beauty & Style Twitter party with EBONY magazine on Friday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET. Select participants will win amazing Target beauty prizes! Follow @taibeau, @EbonyMag and #MyKindofHoliday to join!

Best Latino Music of 2013 Courtesy of NPR

Musical NotesDuring the year, so many artists come out with music that makes us laugh, cry, dance, and bring our spirits up. Music releases that energy within us to express ourselves and how we feel. Many new artists become world famous and unfortunately, some are just one hit wonders, but they made just enough impact that from time to time, you still listen to them.

As seen on Facebook or other social media, many news sources have their own ‘lists’ of what has been the ‘best of 2013’. Below is the list of the best Latino music from around Latin America, courtesy of NPR (National Public Radio).

Buika

Her real name is María Concepción Balboa Buika, but goes by her stage name Buika. For her music, she combines several styles and emotional lyrics to set her apart from the other artists. La Noche Mas Larga is her sixth album and has made more releases that any of her previous ones. Today, she continues to produce new music.

Album courtesy of http://www.conchabuikamusic.com/

Album courtesy of http://www.conchabuikamusic.com/

Juana Molina

Combining the folkloric fueled electronic music, Juana Molina creates original music with instruments like an acoustic guitar, various percussion, and the keyboards. Her album, Wed 21, is the one that made the list.

Album courtesy of www.amazon.com

Album courtesy of www.amazon.com

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia, a Los Angeles based group, is a modern day group of music in rock and world music. The groups draw inspiration from all over the world, which creates diversity and their album, Treinta Dias made this list.

Album courtesy of Google Images.

Album courtesy of Google Images.

La Vida Boheme

Learning from other bands on what they have done to become successful is probably one of the most valuable things any group could do to help their group grow. This group borrowed the concept of putting two songs, one on each side of the record from the 1970s. From this concept was the emotional CD of Sera.

Album courtesy of Google Images.

Album courtesy of Google Images.

Mala Rodruguez

Mala Rodruguez is a Spanish rapper, but has fused several genres of music together. She is fusing hip-hop with flamenco, two concepts that continue to grow with today’s Latin music. Yet she began fusing heavy metal with rapping and tying pop, flamenco and R&B into hip-hop. Her album, Bruja, returns to her early roots of “jarcor” rapper, a form of rap.

Album courtesy of Google Images

Album courtesy of Google Images

Pedrito Martinez Group

Right here in New York and performing at a Cuban restaurant like Guantanamera shows the ability of what this group is capable of doing. Using references from the songs by Led Zeppelin and Jackson 5 and more, this group is all about the trinity in their music—instrumental prowess, irresistible dance and singing the song.

Album courtesy of Google Images

Album courtesy of Google Images

San Fermin

Classically trained pianist and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone recruited the other members of the band to sing his orchestral chamber-pop songs. The San Fermin album combines peaks and thematic connections, fitting for his classical training.

Album courtesy of Google Images

Album courtesy of Google Images

Many of these bands have connections with someone in some way, but they all have one thing in common, regardless if the band or person is well known or just starting out, it shows that if music is the passion, then it will shine through the lyrics and the artist.