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Jencarlos, Free Flights and Hot Links

Submitted by on March 19, 2010 – 7:50 am3 Comments

It is Friday again and I am happy to report we survived a Spring Break Staycation. How? Sleepovers! You? Now, I just need a week to clean up the residue of fun.

Anyway, we have a nice mix of news and pop culture for you today. Here we go:

Billboard en Concierto kicks off
Do you live in Miami, New York, Chicago or LA? Well, from Billboard Magazine:

“Latin music stars Luis Enrique, Jencarlos Canela (pictured left), Xtreme, El Compa Chuy and Los Dareyes de la Sierra will perform at the inaugural Billboard Latin Music Concert Series “Billboard en Concierto,” presented by State Farm and produced by Cardenas Marketing Network.”

The series starts April 7 in Miami Beach with Grammy winner Luis Enrique, Jencarlos Canela. Then, April 8, at Chicago’s V Live; Houston, April 10; New York, April 15; and Los Angeles, April 17.

The artists all are finalists for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which we can all see live on Telemundo April 29.

You can read all the details at Billboard’s site and watch Jencarlos perform Amor Quedate here on the Tiki Tiki. (If you are can’t see the video from where you’re sitting, remember, you have to click on the post headline to see the video.)

Latinos: A Hot Demographic
Latinos, we are such a hot, hot, hot demographic. Seriously, everyone wants us, our attention, our dinero, our talent. Learn more about marketing to Latinos — or learn more about why you are exactly so darned hot — at the The New Generation Latino Consortium (NGLC) Media, Marketing & Entertainment Conference April 5 in New York City.

Listen to leaders in media and marketing such as Soledad O’Brien from CNN; Lance Rios of Being Latino, the popular Facebook group; and Shanna Prevé, head of U.S. Hispanic Initiatives for YouTube plus folks from companies such as Hennessy, HP, Unilever and more.

Census Creates Latino Identity Questions
The conversation about Latino identity, ethnicity and race is intensified during this Census year. An interesting post about it via Meagan from Vivir Latino titled: “Filling Out the Census While Latina or How My Mom is White and I’m Not.”

Free Flights for Latino College Students
This summer select students will receive free travel to their colleges and universities via a grant from the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities and Southwest Airlines. The program is called “Dándole Alas a Tu Éxito/Giving Flight to Your Success.”

According to HACU, here is how it works: “Each student is eligible to receive between one and four tickets for use by the student or immediate family to travel to/from a college or university. The tickets are awarded to undergraduate and graduate Hispanic students with socio-economic needs who journey away from home to pursue higher education.”

Participants must submit an essay explaining why they deserve the travel award and what inspires them to pursue a college degree. Online applications will be accepted through April 30. Visit the site for details.

Speaking of Hispanic education: Check out the Univision site created in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education to encourage and support Latino families and their children’s academic achievement.  It is called Es El Momento. Background here.

Weekly Hot Links
I can’t seem to put together a Buzz that doesn’t include food: From the Orange County Register: Five Great Real Mexican Foods that Should be More Common.

Melanie Edwards from Modern Mami does a great job of offering work-life balance tips on her site. This week, a handy list of ways to use your smartphone for productivity. (I have no smartphone, which may explain my lack of…)

We had a comment here recently with a link to The Confessions of a Craftaholic. The tagline: “My Quest for Artistic Nirvana with the Dalai Lama.” Love it. Go look. There’s an etsy shop too.

Unknown Mami gives away the stuff her mother-in-law sends. It is funny. And, there is more than that too.

And lastly, yesterday I asked our Tiki Tiki Facebook friends what music they are listening to. There’s a very,very diverse list over there. Country, even! Go look and add yours. I’m playing with a potential music post.

The end.

Happy Weekend!

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