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Celebrating Being Hispanic in the USA

Submitted by on September 17, 2011 – 1:00 am6 Comments
MTV Tr3s Coolturistas

The MTV Tr3s Coolturistas

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month 2011

Hola gente, here’s a round-up of news, culture, music and good reading to help with the daily celebration of being Latino in the USA, something we celebrate daily here on the Tiki Tiki.

HBO Latino presents The Latino List, interviews with people like Pitbull, Gloria Estefan, and Eva Longoria. The premiere is Wednesday, Sept. 28. Check your local listings for times and for a synopsis look at the HBO site.

Over at MTV’s Tr3s, check out the “Coolturistas” – young Latino influencers in art, music, food and fashion. Pictured above, they include the Cuban-American illustrator LEBO, the Pavon sisters of fashion, and Marcela Valladolid of the Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy. Interviews, links and details are at Tr3s’s Hispanic Heritage Month page.

Latina food writers represent on iVillage with a collection of 11 delicious Latin recipes. You’ll notice Tiki Tiki contibutors such as Marta and Bonnie, and others we’ve linked to, and loved, in the past.

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources for the kiddos from Mommy Maestra. Teach them to love la cultura!

Kmart’s LatinaSmart Campaign (of which I am an ambassador) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage by awarding $25,000 in scholarships to Latinas enrolled, or planning to enroll, in college or post-secondary school. If you haven’t visited the LatinaSmart Facebook community, come on over. It is muy fun.

Read books about la cultura, no matter what your age or reading level by checking out the Hispanic heritage-themed books recommended by Just Read, Florida! by the Florida Department of Education. There are some awesome titles and they are divided by age: Pre-K-2; Elementary, grades 3 to 5; Middle School, grades 6 to 8; High School, 9 to 12; and Adult Reading.

Read the Official Presidential Proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month 2011.

How it starts:

From those who trace their roots to America’s earliest days to those who recently came to the United States carrying nothing but hope for a better life, Hispanics have always been integral to our national story.  As an American family more than 300 million strong, we constitute one people, sharing sacrifice and prosperity because we know we rise and fall together.  America is a richer and more vibrant country because of the contributions of Hispanics, and during National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the immeasurable impact they have made on our Nation.

Do a craft: Make Mexican papel picado. Easy instructions over at Multicultural Familia.

Know the numbers: Latinos by the Numbers, a collection of stats from the Census, as showcased on HuffingtonPost.

Do it all while listening to free music on your computer via the Smithsonian’s Folkways site. Find Puerto Rican plena, mariachi, the sounds of Latin Chicago, and La Nueva Cancion, which is songs of change from Latin America. Super cool and educational. Also check out the Smithsonian’s RadioLatino.

Have a wonderful weekend…Live with tradition…y felicidad.


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