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Ponte Las Pilas y Mucho Buzz

Submitted by on October 7, 2011 – 10:37 amNo Comment

Ponte Las Pilas Now

A Mexican immigrant has released a video urging Latino parents to give up a little novela and soccer action to spend more time with their kids and in their new communities.

Eli Reyna was profiled in the Orange County Register this week:

“Many parents are more likely to know the names of every player on their favorite soccer team than they are the name of their kids’ teacher, Reyna says. They’ll dedicate an hour a night to their favorite telenovela, but they won’t ask if their child has done their homework.”

Watch the video here for his step-by-step plan and plea.

Busca to chispa, he says.

His site: Ponte Las Pilas Now.

Shakira on Education

Shakira goes to the White House

Shakira (full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll ) joins a White House advisory panel called the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

From the White House release:

The Commission is tasked with expanding academic excellence and improving educational opportunities for Hispanics by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Hispanics are already the largest minority group in the public education system with more than 1 in 5 students in the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools, but have the lowest education attainment level overall, according to a report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

You can read the full, kind of shocking report, here.

We really should not have the lowest educational attainment.

(And by the way, if you haven’t learned about the Kmart Latina Smart scholarships currently seeking recipients, head over to the Facebook community and share the word. I know each of us knows at least one young woman who is eligible.) And, disclosure, I will be helping to judge the entrees.

Touring Puerto Rico and Cuba

USA Today has a travel piece on the rums of Puerto Rico — where to taste rums such as Bacardi, Barrilito and more. Plus, where to stay and where to dine on la isla.

The Detroit Free Press had a multi-part, multi-media series on the new travel rules for Cuba. The writer went under the new provision that allows people to people cultural exchange. You can read about her travel group’s experience  and learn about Benito, tagged by the group as the”Handsomest Farmer in Cuba.” (You can see his photo in the gallery, photos 10 to 12).

It should surprise none of us that there’s a hot farmer in Cuba!

Telemundo goes Hulu

By the end of the year, Hulu Plus subscribers can watch telenovelas and other Spanish-language TV shows via the internet TV provider, Hulu, who has signed a deal with Univision.

And, if you want to know what sort of Hispanic Heritage Month programming your cable TV provider has On Demand, you can see the listings at This is Cable.

Do you like Luis Fonsi?

Ask him questions en vivo over on Mun2 during the next 18 & Over Live. The show is Saturday at 12 p.m. Eastern. There already are a few questions posted in the comments section over at Mun2.

Happy Weekend.

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