Media icon Cristina Saralegui is coming to Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI). National Latino Broadcasting, LLC (NLB) today announced that Cristina Radio will launch on Thursday, January 12th, 2012. As part of a multi-channel agreement with Sirius XM Radio to target the huge, multi-generational U.S. Hispanic market, the new Cristina Radio channel was built around the legendary Spanish-language talk show icon Cristina Saralegui.
National Latino Broadcasting signed an exclusive radio contract with Saralegui in May of 2011 which brings the media mogul to Satellite Radio for the first time. Cristina Radio will feature Saralegui’s extraordinary on-air personality, and her unique vision and experience will shape the the new channel’s programming.
I’m thrilled about launching Cristina Radio on SiriusXM. I look forward to creating programming that will entertain, inform and uplift. As for my weekly one-hour live broadcast, Cristina Entre Amigos, I’m excited to be able to talk with listeners about the issues that affect us all in what I hope will be a fun and informative manner.
– Cristina Saralegui
Cristina Saralegui’s ground-breaking program El Show de Cristina remains to this day the most successful Spanish-language talk show in television history. Her distinguished career and entrepreneurial initiatives further propelled her to become a household name. Saralegui recently made her anticipated return to Spanish television with the weekly Telemundo variety show Pa’lante con Cristina.
During her illustrious career spanning broadcast and print, Cristina has made history and has made giant strides for Hispanics worldwide. I have no doubt that her latest endeavor will prove just as successful. Cristina Radio on SiriusXM channel 146 will not only have a very positive impact on media in this country but, more importantly, will help our communities in a very significant way through compelling and topical programming.
– Nelson Albareda, President and CEO of NLB
Cristina Radio (Sirius and XM channel 146) will air 24/7. The channel’s wide array of programming will include: a new interactive morning talk show, the fitness and nutrition program CUERPO Y FIGURA, the health news show DR. MARITZA FUENTES…CONTIGO, a personal motivation program called QUERER ES PODER, a show for pet lovers called ANIMANÍA, the business program RUMBO AL ÉXITO, the auto enthusiast program AUTOS 0-60, the cooking program AL GUSTO, a show offering legal advice called ACCESO LEGAL, and the flagship program CRISTINA ENTRE AMIGOS, a one-hour live show hosted weekly by Cristina Saralegui herself which will focus on social issues. Cristina Radio is also in the process of developing several other programs which will cover current events, political issues and lifestyle choices.
National Latino Broadcasting was selected by Sirius XM in April of last year to lease two channels on a long-term basis, one to air on the Sirius platform and the other to air on the XM platform. Cristina Radio will be the second channel from NLB to air on Sirius XM. The music channel En Vivo, which will feature a mix of top-charting Latin hits and live performances, also launches this week.
Local and national evangelical leaders announced a campaign today to register Latino evangelical youth for the 2012 election.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, more than 2,000 evangelical and y0uth leaders will gather at Iglesia El Calvario, the largest Hispanic evangelical congregation in Orlando. Speakers will discuss the importance of engaging Latino youth in 2012 and will call on political leaders to find real solutions the challenges most pressing in the Latino evangelical community.
The Nuestro Future voter-registration campaign will partner with hundreds of churches in six states — Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York and New Jersey – to register new voters and to educate the broader community on the top issues facing young Hispanic evangelicals: poverty, immigration and education.
As election day draws closer, the Latino evangelical community has become increasingly concerned with the failure of political leaders to address the issues that most affect their families and communities: immigration, education and poverty. The Hispanic vote will undoubtedly play a key role in 2012 both in Florida and across the country, and as the Latino youth population continues to grow, this constituency is poised to become a powerful political force.
“The over 10 million Latino evangelicals will be a critical part of the 2012 elections,” said Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and organizer of the Nuestro Futuro. “We pray that our agenda of immigration reform, educational equity, and defending poverty-focused programs are on the top of the national agenda. Our collective future depends on it.”
The White House said Tuesday that Cecilia Muñoz, who has led its efforts to overhaul immigration laws, had been named director of the Domestic Policy Council, making her one of President Obama’s chief advisers on a broad swath of issues, including education and gay rights.
Ms. Muñoz, the highest-ranking Hispanic in the White House, had served as director of intergovernmental affairs. She replaces Melody Barnes, who left this month. Her promotion is notable because it comes at the start of an election year in which Hispanic voters are expected to play a major role.
“Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted adviser who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Cecilia has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of middle-class families, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same unwavering dedication to her new position.”
The daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, Ms. Muñoz was a longtime top official at the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights group, where she became known as a fervent advocate for changes in United States immigration policy.
But her efforts to build on that record in the Obama administration have produced mixed results. In 2010, the White House was unable to win a vote in Congress on the Dream Act, the centerpiece of its immigration agenda. Since then, Ms. Muñoz has worked to find administrative ways to slow down the deportation of illegal immigrants – an issue that stirs up deep resentment among many Hispanics.
She has pushed a proposed rule change that would keep families together while a family member files for residency rights. Despite some criticism that she has not taken a strong enough stand against deportations, Ms. Muñoz’s appointment was generally praised by immigration advocates and Hispanic groups.
Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said Ms. Muñoz’s appointment “creates new opportunities to bring the multiple contributions of immigrants into the forefront of discussions about our nation’s domestic policy needs, including immigration policy.”
The appointment fills a key post at a White House that has been buffeted this week by the resignation of the chief of staff, William M. Daley. Mr. Daley, who last week told Mr. Obama that he wanted to return to his native Chicago after a year on the job, was replaced by the budget director, Jacob J. Lew.
The White House did not announce a replacement for Mr. Lew, nor say when it might name one. Mr. Lew will stay in his post for the rest of the month to complete the current budget, said Jay Carney, the White House spokesman.
In her previous post, Ms. Muñoz was responsible for the White House’s relations with state and local governments.
Among others who praised Ms. Muñoz’s appointment was the House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who said she had “a sterling reputation as a powerful voice on behalf of comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.”
Ms. Muñoz was also welcomed by a major Catholic group, Catholics United, which said that in choosing her, “the Obama administration has signaled how important the faith community is to their governing agenda.”
This Instructor of Music & Mexican-American Studies at Palo Alto College describes how the rich history of Hispanic culture is kept alive in music today. His talk - "Xicanismo and Tejano Music - Local Music, Global Identity & Vision".
If it seems like we've spent decades talking about improving education among Latino students – driving down dropout rates while driving up college graduation rates – it's because we have.
Back in 1981, when the Orange County chapter of the national Latina advocacy organization MANA was formed, improving Latina students' access to higher education was one of the group's top priorities.
More than 30 years later it's clear that we've made some progress, and that much more work is needed.
That's where Eduardo Jesús Arismendi-Pardi hopes he can make a difference, with a little bit of manpower that is.
Later this month, when Arismendi-Pardi is sworn in as MANA OC's president, he'll be the first man to run the local chapter of the female advocacy group.
And his focus will include a shift in perceptions about gender and education.
Specifically, he plans to beef up the number of Latinas studying to break into the so-called STEM fields – science, technology engineering and math.
Such careers typically are seen as male dominated, even at this point in the not-so-early 21st century. Arismendi-Pardi hopes to change that.
"Having familial support and mentors and networks and people in the community who believe in you I think positively impacts you and helps you to be successful," says Arismendi-Pardi, an instructor of mathematics at Orange Coast College.
"...I had great mentors and great teachers and I wanted to give back."
To offset the perception that math and other STEM subjects are for guys only, Arismendi-Pardi plans to launch a series of what he calls "Manamathons," daylong community service events where volunteer professionals will tutor and mentor Latina high school and college students on everything from homework to career advice.
"It would be a service call to the community (to let the students know): There are people there who care and want you to be successful and we're here to help you," says Arismendi-Pardi.
Community service has been the cornerstone of MANA's mission. And for Arismendi-Pardi, a MANA board member since 2006, the support of those around him, particularly the Latinas in his life, has been the key to his success.
His role models were primarily the women who raised him in his native Venezuela. These included his mother, who owned a catering company in Venezuela, and his sister, who was the CEO of an architectural firm, as well as aunts and a grandmother who taught him how to be economically conscious.
"They were all very resourceful, entrepreneurial and visionary," says Arismendi-Pardi, 51, who immigrated to the United States at age 17.
Too often, his students are unaware that in subjects like math, women played pioneering roles. He points to anthropological research that shows evidence of the first mathematician in recorded history is a Mayan ceramic vessel that depicts what is believed to be a woman.
"If they don't see themselves in a subject matter culturally linked, the likelihood they'll succeed is reduced," says Arismendi-Pardi, citing his college mentor, a Mexican American professor, as his own inspiration.
Data over a ten-year period (1998-99 to 2008-09) from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that the number of associate degrees more than doubled for Latino students overall (they represented 12 percent of all associate degrees awarded).
During that same period Latina students earned the majority of post-high school degrees awarded to Latinos overall (62 percent of associate degrees, 61 percent of bachelor's degrees and 64 percent of master's degrees).
But when you look at the bigger picture, Latinos still lag. Though Latinos represent about 16.3 percent of the U.S. population – and a bigger slice of the school-age population – the group earned just 7.9 percent of bachelor's degrees issued in the United States in 2008, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education.
"There's been an increase, but not enough," says Gloria Lopez, who is both a founder of MANA's national group and its Orange County chapter.
Though the Orange County chapter is comprised primarily of Latinas, it has had dues paying male members since its founding. Among its current and past members are activist Amin David of Los Amigos in Anaheim, and Santa Ana bookstore owner and literacy champion Rueben Martinez.
It's that collaboration, says MANA Executive Director Nellie Kaniski that has helped the organization successfully host its annual educational and leadership conference for young Latinas.
In the end, it's about more than just manpower or woman power. It's about the power of community coming together to close the Latino education gap.
There are several possible interpretations for the Spanish word “ganas.” Some interpret it as meaning “desire,” others as “giving it your all” or “willingness to try.”
When they were all 13 years old, Elizabeth Sampedro, Gina Bauer and Jocelyn Duarte knew “Ganas” as the after-school mentorship program that provided a bridge between middle school and college — a path to a future in higher education that at the time seemed a far-off notion.
Duarte, Sampedro and Bauer — now 28, 21, and 19, respectively — are all college students today. Duarte attends California State University in Los Angeles, Sampedro is at Willamette University in Salem and Bauer is enrolled at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Excelling in high school and now college, the women credit, in large part, the Ganas program that they participated in during middle school.
The program, celebrating its 15th anniversary, connects Latino middle school students with members of MEChA, the Latino student group at the University of Oregon.
This weekend, Duarte and Sampedro will be among those taking part in a statewide MEChA regional conference to be held at North Eugene High School.
Hispanics, according to Nielsen, have the second-highest penetration of smartphone usage among U.S. ethnic groups, and today brings news of a news app specifically targeting that demographic: Univsion is launching its first news app, “Noticias Univision,” based on the broadcaster’s TV brand and website of the same name. It is also the latest example of a broadcaster tapping into the mobile market in a bid to extend its existing online and TV content businesses.
The ad-supported, free app is now available for iPhone/iPod and Android, with an iPad version in the works, says a spokesperson for Univision, and comes on the heels of a rush of other news apps announcements as publications and broadcasters gear up for the increased audiences that will be turning to news in the run-up to the U.S. (and Mexico) Presidential elections.
Other launches have included the Associated Press in content deals with newsreading apps Flipboard and Pulse.
For now it looks like “Univision Noticias” is launching only in the U.S. A spokesperson confirms it is launching in the U.S. App Store, covering the U.S. and Puerto Rico only. We understand from a separate source that there are no plans for further international markets at this time.
Like its other apps—which include the eponymous Univision app, Deportes (sports), Cocina (cooking), and another dedicated to video—Univision looks like it intends to keep the app free, selling sponsorships to advertisers in lieu of charging readers. Units will include videos, banners and rich media ads. Univsion’s CEO is Randy Falco, the ex-ceo of AOL (NYSE: AOL), another major media brand that is banking on audience growth to drive advertising as the primary source of revenue.
Univision says that it has incorporated a few bells and whistles into this app that mark it apart from many other news apps—namely with social features. “Tu Opinion” is the company’s second-screen experience (a growing trend among broadcasters, as evidenced by UK broadcaster BSkyB’s investment in social TV startup Zeebox) with Twitter integration to interact with live shows and comment on the topics and stories of the moment.
To add to that, Univision says it will also be adding a citizen journalist feature to the app. With “Tu Camera”, viewers will be able to use their devices to record stories and submit them through the app to Univision Noticias.
Tu Camera could become especially relevant in future iterations of the app: Univision says later this month it plans to offer a location-based, more personalized option that gives users the ability to get local news and weather as well as user-generated content, in addition to the content created and supplied by Univision itself. That update should also include a feature to also share content via Facebook, in addition to the existing ability to use Twitter.
Figures out today from Nielsen note that Hispanics have the second-highest use of smartphones among ethnic groups in the U.S., with a penetration of 50 percent. Asians have the highest penetration at 60 percent; African Americans are at 48 percent and Whites have the lowest at 39 percent. Among all groups except Asians, Android is more popular than iPhone, say the researchers.
What race is Latino? We've pondered the issue before, and the correct answer is any of the above: Latinos can be black, white and almost anything in between, because Latino isn't a race, it's an ethnicity.
That makes things difficult enough for the folks who tally data for the U.S. Census, but now it appears there's a growing number of Latinos who don't even identify themselves as such.
A recent USC study says a lot of folks failed to check the Census' "Hispanic" box -- people who could have done so, given their background -- and that this is not good for the brown nation. According to a statement from the school:
As a result of some Latinos' propensity to not check the Hispanic race box on the census, a correct analysis of Hispanic achievement and mobility in America is undermined.
USC researchers are concerned because the Census is used to draw congressional district lines and help determine government spending. Latinos could be under-served as a result.
Boo-hoo, said Lou Dobbs.
But seriously, the study by USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, published in the journal Social Science Research, found that about 6 percent of people with Hispanic or Latin American ancestry failed to check the "Spanish/Hispanic/Latino" box on the Census.
That's 2.5 million people, almost enough to fill up the county of San Diego -- and scare the hell out of the anti-immigrant suburb of Escondido.
But who are these people who don't think they're Latino? What are they? Aguileran?
Maybe they're those Latina Kim Kardashian wannabes you meet at the club who say they're "Spanish." (These types used to be called coconuts -- brown on the outside, white on the inside).
According to the school:
Non-Hispanic identification was most common among U.S.-born Latin Americans, respondents with mixed ancestries, those who speak only English and those who identify themselves on the race question as black or Asian, the study found.
There are also those folks who claim a clean and unfettered lineage that leads directly back to Spain (think Steve Lopez). (We call them people from New Mexico, where it's hard to find a Mexican, ironically). Why should they be Hispanic or Latino ethnicity when they're no different than someone with French or German heritage?
Laker Pau Gasol could certainly quality to be part of the group with Hispanic ancestry but without Latino (a.k.a Latin American) ties. He's from Spain. And note that he's almost whiter than Conan O'Brien.
That's why West Coast Latinos have always embraced the term Latino. It ties the ethnicity to having indigenous, Latin American roots, not just Spanish ones. It differentiates people who are, say Mexican American, from Pau Gasol (no offense to either side).
If the Census did away with its ridiculous menu of ethnic options and stuck with Latino, as defined above, we'd clear up some of this.
USC seems to agree:
... Respondents' confusion with the terms ethnicity, ancestry and race often result in inconsistent answers on the U.S. Census surveys, the study found. Oftentimes the lines among these categories are blurred. And as immigrants assimilate, their identities shift.
But researchers think that using "ancestry" as a measure of ethnicity is a better tool. (As we demonstrate above, however, it might confuse Spanish with Latino).
Jody Agius Vallejo, assistant professor of sociology, blames assimilation for the disparity:
Scholars and politicians question whether and to what extent Latinos are assimilating. Some Latinos are not identifying as Latino and disappearing into the population.
Given the national debate on illegal immigration, though, maybe "disappearing" is the wrong word. Some folks see us everywhere they look, even if some of us are hiding behind words.
The foreign-born population in the U.S. increased by 616,000, or 1.6%, from 2009 to 2010, according to a new analysis of census data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. Both the absolute increase and the percentage increase are substantially smaller than implied by American Community Survey (ACS) data released by the Census Bureau because of the Pew Hispanic Center's revisions to ACS data for 2009.
According to the ACS, the U.S. population in 2010 included 39.9 million foreign-born residents. This estimate, the latest available for the foreign-born population, is 1.5 million, or 4%, higher than the survey's original estimate of 38.5 million in 2009. The Pew Hispanic Center revised the 2009 estimate to account for changes in the Census Bureau's assumptions about population composition that underlie the original 2009 ACS estimates. The Pew Hispanic analysis concludes that the foreign-born population in the U.S. was 39.3 million in 2009 and the actual change from 2009 to 2010 is less than half the magnitude of the reported change.