Janie Flores

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Casa dulce casa

In About on July 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm
Fourth generation Mexican American, little Damien, my great grand nephew

Fourth generation Mexican American, little Damien, my great grand nephew

Much has been written of late regarding the furor that erupted when the young Sebastian de la Cruz and more recently the iconic salsa singer Marc Anthony sang the national anthem at sporting events. Some Anglos and African Americans were offended that these two Hispanic Americans would be invited to sing songs that honor and pay tribute to America because they are “Mexican.” The irony lies in that both of these men were born here, feel more comfortable communicating in English and aren’t able to “go back to” any other country because this is their country.

As a Hispanic I was proud to see how both Sebastian and Marc showed grace under fire and didn’t resort to the same mudslinging, name calling or racial slurs that were hurled at them by people who are clearly ignorant, resentful and afraid of the changing face of America. The “educación” Hispana learned at home was clearly evident in their response to the anger directed towards them. What instills even more pride is the rush to their defense by the Hispanic community en masse. Mi gente we have risen to the occasion as never before. From “sea to shining sea”, from the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, the voices of Hispanic Americans have made known that they will not remain quiet, will not be intimidated and will use their voice individually and collectively to express their displeasure and disapproval at racially motivated attacks on other Hispanics.

Social media in particular has been a crucial vehicle to express our outrage, to connect and to continue organizing for a change in the tone of the debate taking place in this country where Hispanics are concerned. Social media sites such as Latino Rebels and Being Latino are quick to raise the alarm, and the traditional Hispanic media such as Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, MundoFox, MegaTV are every vigilant. And it is not over, most recently Bebe Lanugo, a company in Miami is calling for Hispanics to show our children that they can be proud of being Hispanic American by making a video of you and your children singing the national anthem and sending it to them from which they will create a video which will be seen around the US. You can send it to cantaconorgullo@gmail.com as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

We are all different, with different world views even within the Hispanic community, but that does not justify the disrespectful, abusive or racist vitriol that so easily seems to pour forth from some Anglo and African American citizens and leaders alike when referring to Hispanics, especially when it comes to Mexicans. Hispanics are now the largest minority group in this country and by all statistical indications our numbers are projected to continue growing exponentially over the next decades, especially Mexicans. This is also our “home sweet home,” our “casa dulce casa,” and we are productive, enterprising and a BLESSING to this great country.

Bendiciones,
Abuela de Miami

On the job…

In About on July 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

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Abuela de Miami is always at work and on the job even when she goes out and has some fun with her glamorous “amigas.” I recently attended Televisa Publishing’s “COSMO Summer Splash” at the SLS South Beach with the host of MIAMI AL MAXIMO in tow, as well as one of the interviewees from the show, a local community leader and my brother who was in from Texas! And of course I connected with some leads for our next production. Wow! But that’s why my favorite saying is: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!” Here’s a pic of some of the lovely ladies who attended. Greetings to Aileen Abella, Lynn Ponder, Carmen Weston, Julia Baldwin, Miriam Chiriboga and the lovely Aisha Duran, host of MIAMI AL MAXIMO!

Producing, producing, producing

In About on July 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

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I find it interesting how when I am producing a show I get into a zone and just flow. Every part of me, mind, body and soul goes on high alert and my focus becomes razor sharp on completing the job at hand to the most of my ability. I am reflecting on that as I work at my desk after having spent 14 hours on my feet two days ago. How did I do it? We must be created with some part of our brain that is able to compartmentalize between focus and distraction, energy and weariness, endurance and pain. Now if I could only apply that to all areas of my life:) Well, enough of the reflection, this Abuela de Miami has her work cut out for her over the next few weeks getting the program ready for launch. I’ll keep you posted dear readers.