FROM MONTERREY TO NEW YORK: MUSIC TRANSLATES EVERYWHERE

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Walls separate people, bridges connect. It’s something to consider when you see people expanding their horizons and spreading positive vibes for a change. One such woman is Sonia De Los Santos. A resident of Monterrey, Mexico had a dream about coming to live in New York City. However, now after spending a decade here, life has taken her places in ways she never anticipated and as a result not only has she educated many, but learned more about herself in the process.

“I became more in touch with my heritage being here,”

Sonia recalled,

“I didn’t have enough Mexican music under my belt. I learned other cultures in the process.”

For Sonia, the journey has been the theme of her life. She fit a need by Dan Zanes and as a result became part of a lengthy tour that defined her in the family music genre.

“He impacted my career in the most profound way.”

She would end up touring with him for eight years. But in reality she played for both children and adults.

“I always say I either play at ten in the morning or ten at night,”

Sonia joked.

In the process of working on her own project released last year called “Mi Viaje: De Nuevo Leon to the New York Island,” Sonia found she had much to learn about her own culture. Yet she could recall her childhood days and draw from it. She redefined herself in the process. She recognized there was still a space to fill.

“I felt that there was a need for more music in spanish for families,

Sonia shared,

“I want to give music with families to enjoy the company of each other.”

The 12 songs on the album is an effort of positivity where Sonia chooses to put her energy into despite the immigration controversy in the United States. So, its not surprising that she chose “La Golondrina” as a personal favorite.

“Its a swallow bird that overlooks landscapes from one country to another,”

Sonia explained,

“I wrote that song about my experiences as an immigrant. Far away from home but but trying to find a new one.”

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Sonia started out with dreams of acting and working in musical theatre in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. Dos Santos benefitted greatly from an educational value equal to what Sonia referred to as “doing three majors at once.” Her ultimate dream was living in “The Big Apple.” She brought her favorite instrument, the Jarana Jarocha, which resembles a ukelele along with a communications degree from the Institute of Technology and Superior Studies in Monterrey. She also came out of a culture that breeded music.

“Alot of great bands have come from there,”

Sonia pointed out, “Everyone speaks English being close to the border.” She also found inspiration from family get-togethers. “I had the bohemian uncle who played guitar and cousins who played at parties,” Sonia reminisced, “I memorized the songs because I wanted to be a part of that world.”

But Sonia found her path to her dreams were kept clear by her parents. Although neither were musically inclined, they never threw water on Sonia’s sandcastle. “They encouraged me to follow my dream. I could not have done this without them.”

Sonia continues to explore the world of acting in 2016 and looks to expand beyond New York City in sharing her sound. This young bird will be filming a TV show with herself among the players. De Los Santos understands whats necessary to do these things. She does not limit herself. It’s not how she does things.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice alot to get what you want.”

When it’s easier to stay in familiar surroundings, Sonia proves that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.

DESNUDAS GRABBING HEADLINES IN TIMES SQUARE

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Times Square is central city for tourists who come to visit New York from around the world. They also are subjected to persons who dress up in superhero garb to get dollars for photos. But its another kind of character that has been opening eyes in the formerly seedy part of New York. The sight of topless women, covered only in paint, but practically leaving nothing to the imagination are the new hustlers on the block.

They are aggressive in their attempt to collect money for taking photos with visitors traveling through Times Square. They collect roughly $300 for eight or more hours of work. Some of the girls, who call themselves “desnudas” have gotten a lot of front page attention in city dailies, in particular with on duty cops who posed with them. It has drawn a tremendous amount of feedback, not all of it positive.

“When I paint myself, I bring smiles to people’s faces.”

explained Pamela Pena, one of the desnudas. But for many people they are an aggravation and negative distraction.

Not since the Naked Cowboy has a Times Square amateur attraction gotten so much word of mouth. New York City Mayor Bill de DeBlasio however is not in favor and has mentioned that action will be taken.

“I’m not going to tolerate it, we’re going to change things.”

DiBlasio proclaimed.

For those who have worked hard to transform Times Square into a family friendly environment point out how the city used to look there only a few short years ago. The 42nd street zone once was as famous for prostitution, porn theaters, and crime as for anything else. DiBlasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton responded,

“A number of city agencies are working now to develop new approaches to this and other quality of life problems in and around Times Square.”

But for those who want to remove the offending offerings there but retain a flexibility in expressing New York City and its unique character for those who visit, Daniel Garodnick, Democratic councilman responded on the tricky solution to this issue,

“We need to think more broadly abut how to organize Times Square so as to allow its eccentricity to exist while also giving the public a chance to move around and not be bothered.”

Shakira… A Mom, A Sister, A Best Friend.

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If you haven’t seen or heard how adorable Shakira and Gerard Pique is you must be headless.

Shakira recently released through social media her magical moment with baby Milan reading. Yes! Reading! Not to long ago mommy released a video of Baby Milan on her lap reading words she writes on her little notepad. Can you imagine how our parents would of felt if we would of done that during our infancy? I mean don’t get me wrong we were smart babies, but can you honestly say we were smart like today’s 1, 2, and 3 year olds with tablets and iphones? LOL!

As this Colombian sensation is clearly showing signs of her second child with soccer stud boyfriend Gerard Pique. Baby Milan clearly has a little one to look out for. Will he be a soccer celeb like his daddy or a signing sensation like his mommy? Which ever way both parents have amazed there fans with not only their continued success but their love for each other and humanity.

” If not for my musical projects I would be pregnant already ,” said the Colombian star of Latina magazine . “I would love to have eight or nine children with Gerard , my own football team .”

Shakira has alot on her plate an iconic Colombian performer, as founder of the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation, member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador it is no wonder that she wants a big family. She is a mom, a sister, best friend to so many people around the world. Today Shakira is the true role model for tomorrow’s youth.

Resemble A Tour Guide When Friends And Family Are In Town

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Bethesda Fountain in Central Park (Photo by Geraldine Estevez)

How often do family members and friends visit you from other parts of the world or country? Do you take the time to show them around? While some shy away from the touristy activities, truth is, showing people around allows you to get to know your home a little better. Resembling a tour guide doesn’t have to be as technical as you may assume. Here are a few simple ways:

Take family and friends to your favorite spots. It’s easy to show people around when you’re passionate about the location. There’s a reason these are your favorite spots!

Do the things you’re not always exposed to. Instead of going to the movies, opt for a Broadway show you’re not 100% sure about. You may be pleasantly surprised! If not, it serves as an experience you can discuss with those you meet.

Try new places…randomly. As opposed to planning out exactly where to go, walk around and see what’s up. Feel a great vibe at a bar you’ve never been to? Don’t be afraid to walk in! You may just end up stumbling into your next favorite spot.

Make a mental note of the places and experiences that stand out and take other friends and family members to said places. The people you surround yourself with affect each experience you have, so while you may have visited a place before, different people will share different viewpoints. Maybe you’ll learn something new!

Have you taken on tour guide duties before? If so, how did you decide where to take those visiting? Share in the comments section below or send us a tweet @LatinTRENDS2010.

JLo shares her ‘True Love’ secrets!

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Who comes to mind when say these words? Icon, Latina, singer, actress, fashion designer, and NY. If you thought of JENNIFER LOPEZ, you are correct. As if this busy diva doesn’t have enough on her plate, we can now add author to that list.

Currently in promotion of her autobiography, ‘True Love’, Jlo shares her most deepest emotions with her intense relationships with Marc, Ben and a others. JLo talked about her breakup with actor Ben Affleck which at that time were known to us as ‘Beniffer’. During that time she maintained a relationship for 10 years with Grammy Winning superstar, Marc Anthony.

“Ben was probably my first great unrequited love, and having one of my best friends Marc , whom I had known for years, and who in fact I loved and I had chemistry with, come to my life and say ‘ I’m here!'” says Jlo

“What we need to know is that no one can save you or cure you . Only you can do that for you, I’m open to love but now think it’s better to be alone for a minute to learn more about me .” says this NYrican.

In addition to Affleck , and Marc Anthony , Jenny from the block past relationships with Cuban model and actor, Ojani Noa , Hip Hop Artist and business entrepreneur, Diddy and dancer/choreographer, Cris Judd, Marc Anthony and Casper Smart. All relationships that she learned from and she truly has no regrets. After all you can’t control who you fall in love with right?

“Someone could look at my life from the outside and think that everything was wonderful. She had a husband and two beautiful children. It was on ‘Idol ‘ and my single ‘ On The Floor’ was in the No. 1 position worldwide. But what people did not know was that my life was not happy. My relationship was falling apart and I was scared , “he says .
“I do not think I can stick with Marc ” says Jlo.

“When things do not work and you are not trying the way you want them to treat you , stop and analyze things because it’s not anyone’s fault , but yours ,” reflects on ‘True Love’

Jen’s autobiography depicts her human side. Her heartfelt emotional side. The one that cries, loves, is angry. The one that is on her sofa with fleece wrapped around her and her family wiping her tears of the heartache of the breakups. Which to her defense, we all do it. We all have our ‘He’s The One!’ moments then we come to realize he’s not. Whether it was a betrayal or just an illusion of an emotion that was never there.

Regardless it hurts. And not just us, it hurts the other party involved as well. We all make mistakes. We all have regrets. But one thing we always fail to remember is that when going into a relationship, we should start as who we are, not who we assume the interested party wants us to be. Because at the end of the day, mix emotions and illusions is why the myth of ‘the good part of the relationship is the first 3 month’s’ is recycled. Because we are not who we really are. It not only confuses them, it confuses you as well and at the end we suffer a broken heart not because they are not the one but because we lost more then just a future mate, we lost a friend.

I can’t wait to pick up this book. Its definitely one that most of us can relate too. Not only would it be a great learning experience but a portion of the funds will go to The Lopez Family Foundation, founded in the interest of the health and welfare of women and children.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Premiere Photos

 

Premiere of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

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Disney’sAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10, 2014!

 
Photos by: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney
 

 

Multiple Sclerosis, Don’t Let It Define You

Body Mind SoulOne way to understanding any disease is to talk to your doctor and another is to read about the disease from various medical sources. It is not always wise to rely on one source for information. With how much information we come across these days on the internet, it shows how much people are talking about a particular, disease, war, or anything else of great interest. One disease that is of interest is Multiple Sclerosis or MS. This two part interview consists of TV host of the show, Jason Silva BrainGames, which is a “pioneer series in the genre of “smartertainment”- content that entertains while expanding your knowledge. It’s about making smart the new sexy.” He talks in more detail about the show and why he started it in relation to MS. While Silva is not a doctor, Dr. Newman, a specialist of MS was also interviewed specifically about the disease.

LatinTRENDS (LT): Why did you start the show?

Jason Silva (JS): National Geographic came to me after seeing some of my web videos asking me to host their new series Brain Games. It was a unique opportunity to extend my passion for ideas beyond the web and back into television.

I’ve also extended my passion for ideas by partnering with Biogen Idec™ to raise awareness of the innovative efforts of individuals that are helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the country, and the great work that is being done to help the MS community. My discussions with these visionary individuals in two videos now available on ThePostGame.com in the health & fitness section of the website. (www.thepostgame.com/health-fitness).

LT: Can you talk about the video series a little bit?
JS: I also have a YouTube channel called SHOTS OF AWE where I make short films exploring breathtakingly big ideas. The goal is for these videos to act as ‘trailers for the mind’ and engage audiences to probe deeper into existential issues related to technology, philosophy, creativity and the human condition. The series has received over 13 million views and social media shares from prominent figures such as Richard Branson, director Ron Howard, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio.

LT: What is the greatest take away for you when you do speaking engagements or talk to people about the show?
JS: I do many talks and keynotes for companies all over the world including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and others. My favorite part is getting to really (hopefully) impact audiences viscerally when thinking about exponential technological change and its implications.

Stephen Newman MD, Director of the Comprehensive MS Center at Island Neurological Associates gives a more in-depth discussion about the disease, advice about living with MS, treatments and other information.

LatinTRENDS (LT): Briefly, can you describe MS, the causes and symptoms?
Stephen Newman (SN): Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an immune mediated disease that occurs when inflammatory cells, that are programmed to fight infection, make a mistake and, attack the central nervous system, which is the brain and the spinal cord. The attack is on the fatty insulation that surrounds nerves called myelin, causing the nerves to short circuit and not be able to transmit information. As a result of this damage, people develop various types of disabilities, including weakness, numbness, tingling, visual disturbance, fatigue, and problems with their ability to think.

LT: What type of treatments are there for people living with MS?

SN: The first disease modifying treatment for multiple sclerosis was FDA approved in 1993 and was done by injection. Prior to that, there were no medications that could altered the course of the disease. There are now 10 medications on the market, including both injectable and pills. One example of a medication that is used to treat relapse forms of multiple sclerosis is Tecfidera. This medication was released approximately a year and a half ago. It is FDA approved to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, and has been shown to be effective in 2 large clinical trials. Specifically, it was shown to reduce relapses, and delayed physical disability. This medication can have side effects, including reduction of white blood cell count, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and flushing. So, when making a medication choice, one has to take into account the beneficial effects and side effects, before making a decision regarding treatment.

LT: Are you specialized in MS for both children and adults?
SN: I am only specialized for adults and mainly based on preference. Children have different needs than adults.

LT: What is the best advice that you could give to someone living with MS in terms of coping methods?

SN: First is to be your own advocate in treating your disease by taking your medication and following the doctor’s advice. It is important to use all support systems available including family friends, and medical professionals. Second, MS is a lifelong disease and living with it requires a marathon of effort, and self-dedication. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis; however, by doing the right things quality of life can be maintained.

It is important to be fully educated about any disease. There are numerous experts out there who are specialists and their goal is to educate others on their findings. This is never any harm in having too much information, it is just more power to you.

Disney’s ‘FROZEN’ @ Barclays… An Ice Cold Emotional Performance

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When “Frozen” was released I thought it was just another Disney animated movie. I imagined frustrated aunts, uncles and grandmas scrambling to find the new toy, new cd, new lunch box — anything “Frozen” – for the favorite child in their life.

But then, when I saw the movie, I found myself totally engaged, trying to figure out which Disney girl I was. Even at my age, that little princess was still inside my heart.
 And it was Elsa who reminded me of me! So, while I am technically an aunt, I ended up buying a couple things for myself! Lol. (Let’s be honest. At what age can you stop comparing yourself to Pocahontas, Ariel, Belle, Mulan, or Snow White?)

You can imagine that I am now very excited to see Disney On Ice presents Frozen at Barclays Center in November. I can’t wait to enjoy the amazing movie fairy tale as it is presented through an ice skating performance.

The Academy Award©-winning story will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, and the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna in this story about love conquering fear.

Not only that, but audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”

The show runs from November 11 to 16 at Barclays Center, and you can buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com. It is an event for children and adults alike. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating.

Want a Family 4 Pack to attend this spectacular? Stay logged into LatinTrends.Com to find out how.

Demi Takes A Stand “Really Don’t Care”

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Demi Lovato is in a “Really Don’t Care” mode when it comes to defending her family.

This past weekend, Demi’s little sister Madison De La Garza, decided to post on Twitter mini clips of herself preparing dishes. What’s the harm you ask? Well you would think fans of Demi would embrace her skills in the kitchen, ask her for recipes etc. but fans of Demi were the least supportive. Making fun of her, calling her unflattering names, and teasing her.

In the midst of her tour Demi put a stop to this. She made it known she does not tolerate bullying to her family or anyone.

For anyone telling me to ‘chill’… The impact bullies have over the Internet can lead people to suicide,” she tweeted on Sunday. “I can handle bullshit. But do NOT f*** with my baby sister.”

She continued, “I’m all for peace and spreading love UNTIL you go after a 12 YEAR OLD who did NOTHING to you. So disappointed that after all the conversation about cyber-bulling in this world that people would continue to do this to others. @Maddielovesyou1 you are BEAUTIFUL and the most precious little angel in my life and I will always protect you. I LOVE YOU.”

She then continued to add, “Physical disabilities are NOTHING to joke about. SEVERE SCOLIOSIS IS NOTHING TO MAKE FUN OF.”

Demi Lovato prompted her fans to start tweeting the hashtags #MADISONISBEAUTIFUL #FeelBetterMaddie, which quickly started trending worldwide.

Bringing Madison to tears she wrote “I’m speechless… I love y’all so much… Thank you,”

*Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online
Talk with your kids about cyberbullying and other online issues regularly. Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. Once something is posted, it is out of their control whether someone else will forward it.

Actress Ana Ortiz Is The Spokesperson For Merck Consumer Care’s Active Family Project

(Photo Credit: Insider Images/Gary He)

(Photo Credit: Insider Images/Gary He)

Celebrity soccer mom and star of Lifetime’s Devious Maids Ana Ortiz joined Active Family Project to officially “kick off” the Play Soccer for a Change campaign.

“Growing up in Washington Heights, we didn’t have soccer fields,” Ana explained. “We didn’t have people coming there and trying to help us,” she added. “So, the Active Family Project, if people go to the Facebook page, they can like, they can share, they can make a comment, and they’re going to be donating money to underserved communities, and they’re going to be donating soccer equipment and training.”

What else does Ana love about the effort? “This is also showing people how to get out and stay together as a family,” she shared enthusiastically. While she grew up in a tight-knit community that cared for their own, she admits that the Active Family Project would’ve made a huge difference back then.

Ana Ortiz, actress, soccer mom, and celebrity spokesperson for Merck Consumer Care's Active Family Project, kicked off the Play Soccer for a Change campaign, supporting US Youth Soccer to give more families the opportunity to be active through soccer, August 19, 2014 in New York. Visit Facebook.com/ActiveFamilyProject to find out how you can help. (Photo Credit: Insider Images/Gary He)

Ana Ortiz, actress, soccer mom, and celebrity spokesperson for Merck Consumer Care’s Active Family Project, kicked off the Play Soccer for a Change campaign, supporting US Youth Soccer to give more families the opportunity to be active through soccer, August 19, 2014 in New York. Visit Facebook.com/ActiveFamilyProject to find out how you can help. (Photo Credit: Insider Images/Gary He)

On balancing life as a working mother (she does, after all, star in the Lifetime show Devious Maids), Ana said that leading by example is important, especially with all the competition: television, social media, etc. “My husband and I are both very outdoorsy, active people in general. So, my kids, that’s what they know and that’s what they like.”

The Active Family Project is a health and wellness effort that encourages family playtime during Youth Soccer Month this September. To find out more, please visit ActiveFamilyProject.com.