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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”,

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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?”

DE LA GHETTO ESTRENA NUEVO TEMA Y CONTRATO CON WARNER MUSIC LATINA

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El cantante urbano De La Guetto acaba de lanzar al mercado el sencillo “Acercate” parte de su nuevo álbum “Movimiento”, bajo la producción  del sello disquero Warner Music Latin. Luego de más de 10 años trabajando de manera independiente y lanzando y promocionando sus temas mayormente a través de las redes sociales, el joven talento acaba de firmar un contrato exclusivo que promete darle un giro total a su carrera.

“Este contracto significa algo grande, un movimiento estratégico, ahora con el respaldo de una multinacional tan importante como esta, podemos llevar mi música a otro nivel, estar presente en los medios de comunicación y las premiaciones”, nos dice el rapero neoyorkino.

Rafael Castillo, nació en Nueva York, hijo de padre dominicano y madre puertorriqueña. Su pasión por la música nace desde que era muy pequeño y se afianzo al mudarse a Puerto Rico a la edad de 8 años. Comenzó en el arte siendo apenas un adolescente con el nombre de Rafael De La Guetto

 “De La Guetto, del barrio, del caserío, de los proyectos, de ahí nace mi música. Yo siempre trato de influir a los jóvenes con mis liricas y con lo que hago para que sepan que ser del barrio, no significa necesariamente estar en pandillas o en drogas, tu puedes ser exitoso, artista, profesional, un doctor, lo que tú quieras” le recuerda el cantante a los jóvenes

Su nuevo sencillo “Acércate” fue producido 100% en Colombia por la misma compañía que produce los temas de JBalvin.

“Acércate, es un tema bien melódico, con un toque colombiano, caribeño pero bien bailable, bien sensual. Estaremos grabando el video en Colombia próximamente, será un concepto bien diferente, algo así como ciencia ficción”, revela De La Guetto.

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Al preguntarle si existe una rivalidad entre los boricuas con el reggaetón que se hace en Colombia, nos dice

“yo no creo en eso de rivalidad, siempre hay 2 o 3 estúpidos ignorantes que quieren causar conflictos. El reggaetón es pa’ to el mundo, no solo pa’ nosotros, mi sonido y estilo en lo que hago es único. Me siento bendecido por tener lo mejor de varios mundos: dominicano-puertorriqueño nacido en Nueva York,  esta es una mezcla especial que es parte de mí y de mi estilo”.

Sus inicios se remontan al 2004, cuando formo un dúo musical con el cantante Arcángel, luego grabo temas con Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam y otros artistas del género, hasta que prácticamente su música se vio bloqueada por unirse a un sello disquero que no le permitia lanzar álbumes o participar en eventos grandes, .

 “me tenían bloqueado, pero todo pasar por una razón y yo creo que eso tenía que pasar en mi vida para yo ponerme fuerte mentalmente, espiritualmente, como ser humano y como artista. Ahora tengo más experiencia en el negocio y voy hacia el éxito”, nos dice lleno de entusiasmo.

Y es por esa madurez y experiencia que las cosas están sonriendo a su favor, además de estrenar un sello disquero, acaba de lanzar al mercado un reggaetón romántico junto a la cantante Thalía, un nuevo tema con el cantante urbano Secreto y está a punto de convertirse en padre por segunda vez.

De La Guetto también trabaja en la producción de un disco completamente en inglés, y se mantiene enfocando y con la certeza de que los frutos de estos más de 10 años de trabajo y sacrificio ya están a la vuelta de la esquina. Este es el tiempo de De la Guetto y lo mejor está por venir

 

 

*Originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of Latin Trends

TOBBY LOVE PRESENTA SU NUEVO ALBUM “BACHATA NATION” EN NUEVA YORK

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En medio de prensa, luces, cámaras y decenas de seguidores el famoso exponente de Bachata Pop TOBY LOVE presento formalmente al publico de Nueva York su nuevo sencillo titulado ”Entra en mi Vida”.

Tobby Love es famoso por sus fusiones y mezclas de la tradicional bachata dominicana con ritmos urbanos como el R&B y Hip Hop. Una fusión que el artista a denominado “Crunkchata” – música romántica , corta venas con influencia de soul y jazz norteamericano.

El artista de origen puertorriqueño promociona el quinto sencillo de este álbum.“Entra en mi Vida” es un tema originalmente grabado por el grupo mexicano SIN BANDERA llega con nuevos arreglos vestido de bachata y trópico e interpretado por Toby junto al cantante Karlos Rose.

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Los inicios del este popular cantante se remontan al año 2000 cuando comenzó como vocalista del popular grupo AVENTURA , donde permaneció hasta comenzar su Carrera como solista en el 2006 y lograr posicionarse como uno de los artistas mas exitosos del genero.

Tobby Love ya ha obtenido dos codiciados premios Billboards y varias nominaciones a importantes premios internacionales.

“Entra En MI Vida”es uno de los temas incluidos en el popular álbum BACHATA NATION” lanzado conjuntamente con Elegante Records y que ya ha ocupado los primeros lugares de popularidad.

Sin lugar a dudas, TOBY LOVE con su estilo romántico y su voz melodiosa se perfila indiscutiblemente como el nuevo rostro internacional de la bachata

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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Video Recap of 14th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards

The Latino Trendsetter Awards is one of various event-marketing opportunities presented by LatinTRENDS, LatinTRENDS is the source that helps shape, guide and tell the stories of those influencing pop culture with a Latin twist. It is the leading platform for acculturated Latinos in New York, producing content that informs, entertains and inspires the forward thinking.

And did we mention…

The Awards was mentioned on the 11pm news! Kristie Gonzales was one of the honorees.

George Lopez’s ‘Lopez’ on TV Land gets a 2nd Season!

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George Lopez seems to have another hit series on his hands with the recently announced renewal of his TV Land’s series aptly titled Lopez.

Check out our exclusive interview with George Lopez below! 

 

The series follows Lopez as he portrays a fictional version of himself trying to cope with all the demands that comes with being a celebrity as well as trying to fulfill a desire to give back to the Latino community within the area in-which he grew up in.

The TV Land series is the third comedy series for Lopez. From 2002 to 2007, Lopez starred in ABC’s George Lopez and in 2014 in FX’s Saint George

Lopez serves as executive producer on the series.

Season one of the series began back in March, and the season finale is scheduled to air on June 22nd.

NOEL QUIÑONES – The Bridge to Nuyorican Spoken Word

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Originally published in the  November 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Francisco Bernard

The Bridge to Nuyorican Spoken Word

Before each performance, 22-year-old Noel Quiñones has one ritual. He kisses one of the two necklaces he wears: the Taino sun and coqui necklace, representing the Tainos, the indigenous people of Puerto Rico; or a gold cross, passed down from his great grandmother just before she passed away. Quiñones carries the history of his people on his neck, and his art is the way he lives out that history in the present-day.

For the past seven years, Quiñones has been honing his craft as a spoken word artist. Quiñones’ journey began in the small town of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He was taking a creative writing class at a two-week summer program when his teacher gave him an assignment.

“My teacher told me to write one poem every day of the two weeks we were at camp,” said Quiñones. “I filled the book up by that May. It’s interesting because my first encounter with poetry was not through [someone else’s] work, but through an exploration of my own feelings and experiences.”

The exploration went through different phases. Quiñones looks at his sophomore year through senior year at Fieldston School as his hobby phase. He’ll go back and look at his early work, but it was during his freshmen year at Swarthmore College – with a poem called “Vitamin C” – that the poet in him flourished.

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In his sophomore year, he and the Swarthmore College slam team participated in the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) at Barnard College. It was a double homecoming for the New Yorker. He performed in front of a hometown audience, but it was his poem “El Cantante,” where he took on the persona of Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, what caused a vivid awakening in the artist. “I started to find my place,” said Quiñones.

Then came, as he describes it, the key in the ignition: “For Tato Laviera (Bomba),” an ode to the Nuyorican poet. Earlier in the piece, Quiñones says, “Einstein, el campesino, compacted the flavor. Now I am the bomb, the gift, a favor.”

The piece, performed at the 2015 CUPSI at the University of Richmond, validated his place. “I am continuing the Nuyorican history. The Nuyorican poet is responsible for creating newness,” he says, referencing the foreword by Miguel Algarin in the collection “Nuyorican Poetry: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Words and Feelings.” Algarin co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Alphabet City section of Manhattan. “The newness needs words, words never heard before or used before. He has to invent a new language, a new tradition of communication.”

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That was “Bomba.” “It was taking the Nuyorican concept and putting my own spin to it,” said Quiñones. It was an affirmation not only to his art, but also to his identity. As many young Latinos, the validity of their Latinidad is questioned, but Quiñones learned through his art that Latinidad is just subjective. “I was walking around Philly and saw a t-shirt that said “History + Community = Pride,” and I had a spiritual moment, which sounds stupid because it’s a shirt,” Quiñones said with a chuckle.

Quiñones creates newness within this identity. “I don’t call myself Puerto Rican because that was the name given to my island by Spain, meaning Rich Port.” Quiñones identifies as an AfroBoricua. “Boriken is the original name of my island, meaning land of the valiant lords, and so people of Boriken are called Boriquens or Boricuas. I say Afro because I find it necessary to acknowledge my connection to Africa and not diminish or demonize it.”

Spoken word is no easy art. Quiñones blows into a napkin and lets out a couple coughs, still recovering from his engagement at Friends Seminary School on Wednesday. He’s also in the middle of his first official tour with Piel Cafe, a two-man poetry collective comprised of him and CUPSI teammate Julian Randall. Quiñones scoffs at the question of burning out. “I got my ancestors behind me,” he says, his voice more heightened than before, as if he’s jumped into the middle of his performance. “And I’m not going to stop.”

Jose Romero Brooks Co-Stars with Eva Longoria in “Telenovela”

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Originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Anllelic Lozada

We spoke with Jose Moreno Brooks, who plays the handsome co-star of Eva Longoria’s character, Ana Sofia, in NBC’s new comedy “Telenovela.” Before stealing the show as Gael Garnica in “Telenovela”— the first American TV series featuring an all-Latino cast—Jose Moreno Brooks threw himself into several other industries. Brooks modeled for Ford Models, was a law school candidate, played semi-pro soccer and was an online editor. Brooks is not only gorgeous, but he is also multi-talented, extremely hard working and very humble.

You have a bicultural name. What’s the story there?

I’m Mexican-American first, and secondly Irish and English from my father’s side. I was raised with a very proud Mexican family. My grandmother was from Sonora and my grandfather from Juarez. After moving to California, my grandfather became the first Mexican-American attorney and became a well respected entrepreneur who used to do a lot of pro bono work in The Bay Area.

You originally went to UCLA for economics and philosophy and had plans to pursue law school. Was your grandfather influential in that decision?

Yes, for sure. My family is in the law business [Brooks’ mother is also an attorney] and I had told my grandfather that I was going follow in his steps. I looked up to him as a father figure. [He died 8 years ago]. I was his oldest grandson. I felt a very big and important responsibility to pursue it. But after taking the LSAT, I took an acting class and was hooked.

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Let’s talk about your big break on TV. Did you grow up watching telenovelas?

Growing up, my mom was always working, but she grew up watching them with my grandmother, Lita. I love the show because it’s so universal. We don’t touch Latino stereotypes and don’t make Latino jokes. We are making a parody of telenovelas, but we are taking it a step further. It’s a reflection of our culture. It’s a beautiful thing.

What surprised you the most about working with Eva Longoria?

I was blown away by how available and generous she was with the cast from the very beginning. She opened up her home for barbecue & game night with her family. I didn’t watch ‘Desperate Housewives,’ as I wasn’t their demographic, but I knew she was talented and beautiful. I didn’t know how brilliant and funny she was! She’s willing to have fun and make fun of herself.

In November, the show title was switched from the production title “Hot & Bothered” to “Telenovela”—why was that?

At first, the network tested the “Telenovela” name in a survey and got nervous because people thought it was in Spanish language. Then they changed it to “Hot & Bothered” and it didn’t do any better.

Do you think Hollywood is now more open to casting more Latinos and telling more Latino stories?

Yes, I think so. My experience was interesting. My agent at first wanted me to take out the ‘Jose’ and suggested ‘Brooks Moreno.’ But it felt like a lie. If that’s what it was going to take, I wasn’t interested. Last year I was in casting as Jose Brooks and it didn’t feel good, so I decided to put it back. Then at that point, the casting director told me that it was good that I had such a Latino name. Definitely—I’ve seen a shift.

You recently starred, produced and edited the film “Mikael” that took you for one month to Kurdistan, Iraq. What was that experience like?

I’ve never made a film before. We had no money to make it and I ended up doing the editing and fell in love with the process. It’s a story that I can relate to—a story of hope. It’s the reverse of the American dream. For us it was important to tell a different story from a place that’s known here for its negativity. We are hoping we get to screen it in the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.

Eva Longoria to Wed this weekend! Maybe.

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Eva Longoria might be a married woman come next week.

According to sources, the former Desperate Housewives and Telenovela star will be reportedly tying the knot with her fiancé Jose Antonio Baston in Mexico this upcoming weekend

After dating for nearly three years, Longoria,41, and Baston,47, announced their engagement back in December after being on a romantic getaway vacation to Dubai.

It was such a surprise,” the actress told the Today show earlier this year. Longoria also added that the wedding will be a “big fat Mexican wedding.”

Sources are saying that the wedding will be held at Jane the Virgin actor Jaime Camil’s home which is located in Acapulco, Mexico. The source also stated that guests may include the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Mario Lopez, as well as Longoria’s Telenovela co-star Amaury Nolasco.

Reps for Longoria refused to give a comment regarding the possible nuptials. So, whatever the case may be—congratulations to the star!