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Dump Trump Rally in NYC

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On Oct. 13 it was announced on NBC that the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will host “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) later tonight at 11:29 p.m., causing outrage amongst Latinos and immigrants throughout New York City and around the nation.

The backlash against the real estate magnate hosting the show again 11 years later comes from months of inflammatory anti-Mexican and anti-immigration rhetoric from the former Republican frontrunner since his June campaign speech, in which he declared his candidacy.

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The news of his hosting gig spurred protests and petitions against the network and the sketch comedy show since Wednesday, Oct. 4 from advocacy groups like the ANSWER Coalition, National Hispanic Media Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, America’s Voice, the National Institute for Latino Policy, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Justice LeagueThe National Council of La Raza and MoveOn.org. At tonight’s rally, the petition had 577,394 signatures at 7:15 p.m.

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At each “Dump Trump” rally, demonstrators gathered from outside the Trump Tower on 725 5th Ave. and marched seven blocks to 30 Rockefeller Center, which is the headquarters of NBC and the home of SNL.

 

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To activists like Karina Garcia of ANSWER Coalition, who is at tonight’s protest, Donald Trump hosting SNL is no laughing matter.

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Immigrants are not your enemies and Trump is not your ally. Workers have more in common with us then Billionaire bigots like Trump…his bigotry has an impact on our community.”

 

 

 

 

Latino Leadership Institute Presents: Latino Youth Impress at Viacom Event

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This week, the Latino Leadership Institute accomplished another milestone by working in collaboration with various organizations that share one of our principles of empowering our youth. This past Wednesday, The Latino Leadership Institute, The National Hispanic Media Coalition, Viacom, and the United World Council at the United Nations gathered over 90 Latino High School students at the headquarters of Viacom to learn from their experts about what it is like to work in the different departments of a major media conglomerate such as Viacom. This interaction also helped them to consider potential internships at the company in the near future.

 

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This event was possible due to the generosity Juan Herrera, vice-president of Global Relations at Viacom.

We are very proud of the students who attend this event despite the intensely cold weather and after taking the state Regents exam earlier that afternoon. Their behavior, maturity, and intelligence was exhibited throughout the whole event, impressing all the presenters and adults in the room.”

 

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Latin Icon, Lupe Ontiveros, Left Out of the In Memoriam Tribute Video at The Oscars

There are certain things one can expect at The Oscars: the red carpet, awkward moments when a joke falls flat, sappy speeches, boring speeches, genuine heartfelt speeches, and the In Memoriam Tribute video. As an observer you’ll ‘oohhh’ at the face of an actor you admired, or whisper a gentle ‘oh wow’ when you learn the cinematographer of your favorite movie from childhood has passed (’cause truth is you probably don’t know his name, what he looks like, and People didn’t cover the passing).

This year Barbara Streisand took the stage and sang “The Way We Were” to soundtrack the pre-edited In Memoriam Tribute video. It was wonderful – except for the fact that one of the Latin community’s iconic stars was not included. Film and television icon, Lupe Ontiveros, who passed last July at the age of 69 of liver cancer, never showed up in the film. It’s tough to understand why she fell through the cracks. Best know across the American board for her role in Selena, Lupe was a recognizable face to most, even if you couldn’t place her name. Who let that slip behind the scenes?

Since the ceremony, media outlets have been bombarded by slighted and disappointed fans. Both the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts were up in arms about the snub. In fact, the day after the awards Felix Sanchez, co-founder and chairman of NHFA, contacted the Academy’s “Diversity Chair” to request she be added to the online listing. The blurb was somewhat remedied, but as you can imagine the Latin community does feel slighted by the neglect.

Disney’s New “Latin Princess” Isn’t “Latin Enough”?!

The House of Mouse is welcoming a new Latina princess in its kingdom.

Princess Sofia will make her grand debut on the Disney Channel November 18th in the TV movie, Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, followed by a 2013 TV series on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

According to Disney Junior, Sofia moved into a castle after her mother Miranda married King Roland II. Miranda, who used to run a shoe shop, became queen of the village. She met the king of Enchancia while he was buying a pair of slippers. Sofia must now learn how to act like a royal, all while overcoming her stepsister Princess Amber’s jealously and royal sorcerer Cedric’s attempts to take over the kingdom.

A release says that the film and series, made for children ages 2-7, were created to teach positive life lessons. “While living in a captivating world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia is a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home – learning how to fit in, making new friends and conquering new skills,” says Disney Junior.

What they are not saying — at least not yet — is that Sofia will be Disney’s first Latina princess.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting Sofia will be voiced by “Modern Family’s” Ariel Winter and her mother will be voiced by “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sara Ramirez. Previously, a blogger pointed out Miranda had a darker complexion than the other characters, including her daughter, who has blue eyes and light skin. In response, Executive Producer Jamie Mitchell confirmed to EW that “she is Latina.” Mitchell also confirmed to the publication that this makes Sofia Disney’s first Hispanic princess.

While producers of the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog were outspoken in wanting to make the character Tiana “bear the traits of African American women,” EW states the Disney team is purposely not placing emphasis on Sofia’s ethnicity.

“We never actually call it out,” Joe D’ Ambrosia, Vice President of Disney Junior original programming, told EW. “When we got into schools (to talk to young students about the show), what I find fascinating is that every girl thinks that they’re Sofia.”
Disney’s choice to not further celebrate Sofia’s Hispanic heritage has sparked criticism. Alex Nogales, President and CEO for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino equality in the entertainment industry, believes Disney needs to provide the Hispanic community a better explanation.

“We need more heroes right now that are very identifiable,” says Nogales. “We’re in a time where Latinos are taking the blame for everything that is wrong with America. This is not a time to pussyfoot around. If you’re going to promote this to the public, and Latinos in particular, do us a favor and make it a real Latina.”

He said hiding the fact she’s Latina says a lot about Disney.

“Are they afraid that some people are not going to accept this princess because she is Latina?” he asked. “The more I think about it, the more bothered I get. I really would like to hear what the execs have to say. What are they afraid of?”

Disney emphasizes that Sofia is “half-Enchancian and half Galdizian,” both fictional towns.

Other diverse princesses previously introduced by Disney include Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan.