GINA RODRIGUEZ DRESS MAKES NEWS AT PROM

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It all started with a twitter request. Jessica Casanova, a high school student and fan in Buffalo, New York, made a request of Gina Rodriguez, of “Jane the Virgin” fame. She mentioned that she loved the dress Gina wore to the Golden Globes this year and wished she could wear it to her prom.

Surprisingly, Gina responded. She told Casanova that she did not own that dress but did have the Black Badgley Mischka gown that she wore in the 2015 Golden Globes when she won the “Best Actress in a Comedy Series Award.”

Gina actually made alterations to the dress for Casanova along with a personal video in which she was quoted as saying

“Enjoy every single moment. Make smart decisions and let loose, girl.”

Casanova prouded showed it off at her prom and reported to Gina via twitter ”

We slayed

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Since then Rodriguez, who has gotten similiar requests since, has been open to an idea suggested by another fan to start a “Sisterhood of the Traveling Gina Golden Dress.”

Girl Becomes Famous For Getting Fired on Twitter For Her Tweet

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A teenage girl is now Twitter famous for getting fired on Twitter for a tweet she posted the day before she started her new job.

Before she was supposed to start work at Jet’s Pizza in Mansfield, Texas, she shared her feelings about her new job on Twitter.

Ew I start this fu** ass job tomorrow,” wrote the Twitter user Cella with seven thumbs down emojis on the post.

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Unfortunately for Cella the owner of the pizza franchise, Robert Waple, saw the tweet and responded that she was fired and he wished her luck with her “no job life”.

And… no you don’t start that FA job today!” Waple wrote while adding, “I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life!” Oh snap, she got fired… on Twitter…smh.

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According to CBS, Cella informed another Twitter user that when she saw the tweet she called the pizza place and another manager confirmed that she was indeed fired.

Cella has responded to Waple with a tweet that said, “this is me” with an image of a female cartoon making it rain with stacks of money in her hand. Which is why she applied for a pizza job that she didn’t want… right.

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Thanks to retweets, favorites and comments from people on Twitter, Cella has been trending on social media. And even though not all of the comments about Cella and her situation are positive – she’s enjoying the social media spotlight by retweeting the supportive comments sent to her.

Since the incident Cella, whose Twitter handle is @Cellla_, now has almost six thousand followers. While receiving encouraging words she’s also being informed that she’s now famous in other countries. One tweet said, “you’re famous in Dominican Republic,” while another said “famous in Brazil”. Cella is also being informed that she’s being talked about in classrooms. Hopefully they’re teaching kids what not to do on social media… hopefully!

Whether she disserves it or not people from all over the world are letting her know they got her back.

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.

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.

#myNYPD hashtag mishap: The Dangers or Benefits of Hashtagging?

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On Tuesday the New York Police Department learned a very valuable lesson about the world of social media: be careful of hashtag-ing and the dreaded hashtag hijackers.

In an attempt to get New Yorkers to show their love and support for the boys in blue through Twitter, the NYPD asked New Yorkers to post pictures of themselves with its police officers using the hashtag #myNYPD.

However, the kind request turned sour.

Doing as the NYPD requested, Twitter users did post photos of themselves with officers. But the photos were not of smiles or shaking of hands or hugs. A majority of the response to the hashtag was negative and showed law enforcement exhibiting police brutality and police misconduct.

@MoreAndAgain tweeted a photo of an officer pulling the hair of a person who appears to be placed under arrest with the following caption: “The #NYPD will also help you de-tangle your hair.”

It’s estimated that more than 110,000 of Twitter users responded to the hashtag. Hundreds of tweets posts contained strong images of police violence and incidents that will leave you cringing.

Meanwhile, @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the popular hashtag hijackers, took the moment to politically protest the NYPD and its incidents of police brutality.

Free Massages from the #NYPD. What does YOUR Police Department offer?@OccupyWallStNYC tweeted, along with a photo of officers detaining a man by holding his arms back as he seemed to be screaming in pain while atop a car.

I kind of welcome the attention,” said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Wednesday, “We really broke the numbers yesterday.”

Bratton seemed unbothered by the negative tweets that continued for a good 24 hours after the NYPD invited submission. According to Bratton, the photos are nothing new because he has seen them before hinting that the photos are the problems of the previous administration that manned the NYPD.

The fiasco on Tuesday didn’t just put the police department of New York City in the public cyber spotlight. Following the #myNYPD hashtag, similar hashtags pertaining to police officers exhibiting some form of police violence around the country became trends Wednesday Morning.

Cities like Los Angeles at #MyLAPD, Chicago at MyCPD, and Albuquerque, New Mexico at MyAPD contained posts by Twitter users posting pictures of police brutality experienced in those cities.

In a tweet by user @70torinoman a photo of a Chicago police officer appeared to be readying a punch to someone who was holding. Attached to the photo, @70torinoman tweeted: “#myCPD extending his fist out to the community.

Despite the backlash in New York City, and in other cities as well, the use of social media and the tag has not deterred the NYPD from wishing they never introduced the hashtag. A New York police spokeswoman defended the campaign in-lieu of the shocking photos showing officers in a bad light.

The NYPD is creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city,” said Deputy Chief Kim Y. Royster of the NYPD.

While the hashtag may have attracted some negative responses, not all tweets in the #myNYPD were bad.

In a photo post of a woman posing alongside three wide-smiled police officers, @poshwonderwoman tweeted: “(M)y photo from my ride along with the boys from the 90th pct.

Meanwhile, another user @annuhk tweeted against the negative posts stating: “People are so lame, there’s a lot of good cops out there as well.”

The recent Twitter flub may not be a true flub depending on how you look at it. While the posts of law enforcement may not be ones that would make anyone truly smile, they are spotlight a trend amongst certain—not all—persons give some power.

The posts tell us two things: the affective use of using social media apps to announce injustice and abuse of power and sending this information to those in power and holding them accountable to make the necessary changes.

Social media apps are used by many, particularly Latinos and Blacks, but they aren’t being merely used for the simple selfie or facebook post.

In the recent protests seen in Venezuela, Governor of the state Mirana, Henrique Capriles took to his Twitter account to decry the comments made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that the protests were no civil in nature but a staged coup to overthrow his government.

Julia Moran Martz @snarkyvegan tweeted a very smart response when it comes to the practice of hashtagging when she tweeted: “Lesson number 1 about hashtags: just because you created one doesn’t mean you own it. #myNYPD

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.

Twitters: Latin World Leaders among the highest users of Twitter

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Since its debut back in 2006, Twitter has become a 140 character-based social media outlet that connects everyone to almost everyone. Since going online the site has introduced such phrases as “tweets” and “hashtag lingo” into our lives where it has become some day-to-day speech. From high-schoolers, to professional business men and woman, to celebrities, and even world leaders Twitter is an important outlet that connects everyone to anyone and enables you to share your personal political or simply idle thought with the whole world.

 

Recently, a poll revealed that amongst its millions of users who rely on the blue bird-logoed social media to get their thoughts out Latinos are estimated to be the highest users. Ranging from teens to adults, the site has become a daily tool for Latinos living across the world. And, it has become some Latino world leader’s personal podium.

 

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez can be described as a habitual tweeter with an estimated 2.2 million followers who followed the president. According to President Fernandez, her Twitter is a way she can be connected to the people directly.

 

It seems that President Fernandez uses her Twitter occasionally, and can be a mass tweeter. In a single day she sent an estimated 60 tweets. The tweets in question were in response to a protest against her government led by thousands of Argentines.

 

In other occasions, President Fernandez has used Twitter as a personal podium to attack news media and her political opponents used the social media website to accuse them of trying to defame her by twisting the truth.

 

Now, the use of Twitter by world leaders isn’t odd or entirely new however in President Fernandez’s case it is since she almost never gives interviews or takes any question from reporters. So, the one way to reach President Fernandez is via Twitter and because of this her account has become a platform for public debate.

 

But President Fernandez isn’t all bark. When not addressing, or attacking, her opponents President Fernandez is using Twitter like every average user. From tweeting pictures of her with her dogs or people of influential standings like Pope Francis, President Fernandez uses her account to retell conversations she has had with Argentines and some personal tidbits about her favorite show.

 

On April 28th, President Fernandez tweeted: “I’m a fan of the series Games of Thrones. I love it.”

 

But while expressing her love of the medieval-themed fantasy, President Fernandez is not one to forger her not-so-friendly-possible-followers.

 

When the DirecTV people came to see me to announce some investments I asked them if they could please get me season three … I’m sure that tomorrow someone from the opposition will denounce me for asking and receiving gifts.”

 

President Fernandez is just an example of Latino world leaders taking to the Twitterverse.

 

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales recently took to his twitter account after his plane was grounded in Vienna after suspicions that he was harboring Edward Snowden who was being sought out by Americans for whistleblowing on the National Security Agency illegal surveilling on Americans citizens.

 

The suspicions were proved wrong, and did not keep other Latin world leaders from taking to Twitter to express their disapproval of President Morales’s mistreatment.

 

 

All international immunities that protect heads of state have been violated for the empire’s obsession,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted, to his 1.3 million followers, condemning what the United States did to a head-of-state official.

 

Somewhat like President Fernandez, President Maduro has used Twitter to argue with former political and non-political members. In the past, President Maduro argued with former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and even Puerto Rican Latin superstar Ricky Martin. Amongst President Maduro’s Twitter feuds and rants, the president has slammed Venezuela’s rich.

 

When he isn’t arguing, President Maduro tweets fond memories of his predecessor and mentor, Hugo Chavez who died earlier this year.

 

Before succumbing to his long battle with cancer, Hugo Chavez was—and still is—the highest Latin world leaders to have followers. Since joining the social media site in late April of 2010, Chavez’s twitter account has steadily climbed to 4 million Twitter followers.

 

Venezuela is the leading Latin country to utilize Twitter as an essential tool to get out messages from the sides of a politically divided country. According to comScore (an internet analysis company providing market data on internet usage), it is estimated that 1 out of 4 Venezuelans in the country use Twitter habitually.

 

Javier Pereira, website coordinator of Venezuela’s El Nacional, said that Venezuelan officials “don’t communicate first by television, radio or a speech, but through Twitter,” and that by their reliance has changed the news media focused since their tweeting has “caused us to be alert, monitoring constantly.”

 

Along with Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina are among the top 10 list of the world’s Twitter users.

 

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ranks 3rd, after Hugo Chavez and President Fernandez, in a list of Latin American leaders to have the most followers with an estimated 2 million following his Twitter.

 

I use it sometimes to send messages to clarify certain things, to communicate with the country,” said President Santos. “You sent out a tweet and immediately, if it’s something important, it comes out in the media. Instead of making so many press conferences, you use Twitter.”

 

Last year, Burson-Marsteller—a public relations firm—released a study that discovered almost two-thirds of world leaders are now on Twitter. The study describes how there are 264 government Twitter accounts in 125 countries.

 

While Latino may be the main users of the social media platform, and Latin world leaders continue to rise with followers, the most followed account of any world leader is United States President Barack Obama who leads with more than 35 million followers.

 

Since its induction into the World Wide Web, Twitter has become one of this world’s top modes of communication. While most use the site to poke fun or engage in Twitter feuds, the site has been used as an outlet for civilians to express they disapproval regarding their government or as a way to be heard under oppressive regimes. So, when you’re on Twitter about to dish out something 140 based material take a look and see what’s going on in the world outside of yours.

Daddy Yankee Has Good Grammar!

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Daddy Yankee gets an A+ for grammar! According to USA Today a writing enhancement app, Grammarly, sampled 100 musicians on Twitter and had proofreaders examine their 25 most recent tweets for any mistakes. El Cangri came out within the top 10 scoring 3.6 errors per 100 words. He was placed in fifth place, and is the best-graded Spanish-speaking singer.

Beyonce took the #1 spot with 2.1 mistakes per 100 words and was recognized for her flawless, well-thought-out posts. Beyonce was followed by Coldplay, Maroon 5 and One Direction while the worst spellers included Justin Bieber (29.5), Jaden Smith, (26.4), Nicki Minaj (33.7) and Snoop Dogg with 35.8.

Grammarly also made an analysis of their writing according to age, sex and music genre. Celebrities around 50 years of age made only 6.5 mistakes out of 100 words, while teenagers made almost 18 mistakes out of 100 words. Female musicians were the least prone to make mistakes with a score of 14.2, as opposed to male musicians that make 15.7 errors. In the music genre category, hip-hop artists make the most mistakes with 18.4 errors. R&B artists follow closely with 15.4, pop stars with a 10 and Latin performers at 6.3, but the best spellers are rockers with 0.8 errors. As far as grammar goes, Latin artists are best with 5.4 as opposed to hip-hop stars with 14.3 mistakes.

Way to go El Big Boss!

Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton Twitter Feud

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The Twitter beef between Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton has gotten way out of control. Grammy winner Gaga sent a since-deleted tweet Sunday after a fan tweeted that Hilton was inside her NYC apartment building.

The tweet stated, “@perezhilton STAY AWAY FROM ME + MY FAMILY YOU ARE SICK TRYING TO RENT AN APARTMENT IN MY BUILDING TO STALK ME. LEAVE ME ALONE!!!” She also added, “DO I NEED TO BE SHOT IT IN THE HEAD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HIM AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT HARASSES ME HAS GONE TOO FAR? IM A HUMAN BEING.”

The feud between the former best friends is unclear but was probably fueled by Hilton tweeting Thursday that Katy Perry’s new single, “Roar,” is better than Gaga’s latest song, “Applause.”

Gaga recently underwent hip surgery and tweeted that Hilton sent her a picture of a wheelchair with the word “karma” written on it the day of her accident.

Still have the text Perez sent me of me in a wheelchair with the words KARMA written across + Madonna pointing a gun at me,” she tweeted.

Hilton (real name: Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.) posted on his blog Sunday night, titled “A Statement On Lady GaGa’s Lies.” In the statement, he explained visiting Gaga’s building without knowing she lived there.

After a day of innocent house-hunting, I am devastated and my heart hurts that my former very good friend, a person I used to call my ‘wifey’ and traveled the world with, is making very public and very untrue allegations about me on Twitter,” he wrote, adding “it is still too painful” to reveal what caused the end of their friendship.”

Any allegation that I am stalking her is utterly false, defamatory and now appear to be putting me in danger. I will continue to be a critic—in a way that is not mean or involves name-calling, and I will continue to have an opinion and talk about music and songs, like GaGa’s “Applause.” As the suggestion that I pose a danger to GaGa is preposterous, if fans want to send a message of support to her, they should buy her music instead of sending me death threats.”

Gaga then tweeted, “YOU ARE A LIAR I KEPT EVERY PSYCHOTIC TEXT U SENT TO MY PHONE,” to which the famous blogger responded and the war continued.

How will this Twitter feud end?