Friday, October 24, 2014

[Video] Salsa and soccer: Players translate rhythm onto field

Source by Jaylon Thompson
On a road trip to Florida, Georgia freshman defender Delaney Fechalos made a simple request.
Joined by a chorus of teammates, they turned their attention to freshman defender Natalie Goodman. Goodman, known as a talented singer, was thrown into the spotlight. Goodman got up and gave her rendition of American Honey by Lady Antebellum. Everyone was filled with emotion. She even had freshman teammate Mariel Gutierrez up and dancing. Interestingly, Gutierrez and Goodman share a connection that stretches beyond the soccer field. This bond is a love for the musical rhythm of fine arts.
Gutierrez has been involved in fine arts ever since she was a little kid. Growing up in Mexico, the Hispanic culture was apparent on every street corner. From the famous salsa music to the smooth rhythm of the tango, Gutierrez fell in love with dancing. She started doing ballet at the request of her mother at three years old. She would perform in local ballrooms and put on performances. Gutierrez would take this passion into middle school where she engaged in dance battles. While, she wasn’t the best dancer, it was here that she honed in on the rhythm and movement of dance. It was this discovery of rhythm and motion that intrigued Gutierrez.
“In dancing, you have a rhythm and movement that is important,” Gutierrez said. “You have to understand times to turn around, when to move your hips, and know where to place your hands.”
These specific movements in rhythmic dancing are also key techniques on the soccer field. For Gutierrez, she uses the techniques to anticipate where her opponent will be. This allows her to be in a better position to defend on the field. While not the swiftest, Gutierrez uses her mind to counter any attack from the opposition. This edge comes from the repetition of steps and rhythm that performing provides. It is something that Goodman understands completely.
“I feel like I can pick up a rhythm when we are passing around,” Goodman said. “When we are passing around, I know how fast or slow I need to play. Sometimes you need to change the rhythm. So when I play, I may need to speed up or slow it down.”
Goodman has been around fine arts her whole life. Along with being a singer, she is also a guitar player. From her time at Savannah Country Day School, Goodman has always been able to grasp the concept of rhythm. Under the tutelage of jazz band director David Elliott, Goodman became acclimated with musical pitches, beats and flow. Her memory of these fundamentals allows her to memorize a musical note and string them together into a smooth flowing song. This ability translates to the soccer field for Goodman. On the field, she is able hear the pace of play and get in harmony with the flow of the game.
“Because I have a musical background, I can pick up something one time and I know it,” Goodman said. “In soccer, I’m able to learn set plays quickly because I can hear it and perform it.”
Dancing and music have played a big role for both Gutierrez and Goodman. It is their ability to understand rhythms that gives them a mental advantage on the field. Through anticipation, they are able to beat defenders by playing smartly and effectively. It allows them to be in the right situations and in turn help the team perform better as a unit. Head Coach Steve Holeman recognizes their mental attributes and he sees how important it is to team’s overall performance.
“Mariel understands the game at a very high level,” Holeman said. “She is not physically the fastest player, but she anticipates well. She knows how to defend players faster than she is. She makes up with her speed with her intelligence.”
Holeman spoke just as highly about Goodman.

“Natalie is one of the hardest working players on the team,” Holeman said. “She plays center back and it’s extremely important to understand the tactics of that role. For Natalie Goodman, she just gets it.”
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[REPORT] Latinos Love Going to Movies

The Hispanic market is still a mystery for Hollywood and the film industry, eager to benefit from Latinos’ growing purchasing power, continues to struggle to understand what is a diverse population.
Research by the Motion Pictures Association of America confirms a trend the studios know well: Hispanics like to go to the movies with their families, and they like it a lot. So much that, adjusting for their demographic presence, they are the most loyal moviegoers.
Hispanics, who are about 17 percent of the population, last year made up 32 percent of the audience for Hollywood movies in the United States. Whites, who are 63 percent of the population, accounted for 43 percent.
Blacks, about 12 percent of the U.S. population, also made up 12 percent of moviegoers.
This statistical bump is what has been labeled the Hispanic market, a generalization that covers tens of millions of people who come from different countries and have a wide variety of traditions.
“It is not a huge single market, nor is it many small markets either,” Rick Ramirez, Warner Bros’ vice president for Targeted Marketing, told Efe.
“There is not a single promotion formula” that works all the time with Latino audiences, he said.
Studios tackle this conundrum on a case-by-case basis, because each movie is a challenge different from the previous one.
“A Puerto Rican in New York is completely different from a Mexican in Los Angeles,” according to Fabian Castro, Universal Pictures’ vice president for Multicultural Marketing.
“There are some things that unify this market such as language, food, their interest in some sports, religion,” he said.
Another key factor is the Spanish language and, Ramirez and Castro say, it helps to have a bilingual cast.
“A particularly effective tactic” is to have Anglo stars such as Vin Diesel and Tom Hanks making the tours of national television shows in Spanish, Castro said.

Pitbull to host the American Music Awards for the second consecutive year

Source by Jaylon Thompson
Two times's the charm for Pitbull.
The Cuban-American rapper is set to host the American Music Awards for the second consecutive year, Dick Clark Productions announced Monday.
“Mr. Worldwide” hosted the 2013 AMAs and for many of the 12 million viewers who tuned in, his presence on stage – and that of other Latino stars – was a point of controversy and xenophobia.
Viewers took to social media to not only criticize the rapper’s hosting, but to question why he was chosen to host because he “isn’t American.
But it looks like Pitbull and Dick Clark Productions, who puts on the American Music Awards, have shrugged off the criticism. The 2014 AMA will air live Nov. 23 from the Nokia Theatre on ABC.
A few days later, Pitbull will perform during the halftime show on Thanksgiving Day when the Dallas Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles. The Nov. 27 game will take place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will air on FOX.
Iggy Azalea is the leading nominee at the AMAs with six nominations. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams have five nominations each. Lorde is up for four honors at the fan-voted show.
Latino superstars Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos are up for the favorite Latin artist award.
Those acts are all nominated for artist of the year, competing with Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons and One Direction.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Salsa stars to gather in New York to honor Cheo Feliciano

Source by Ruth E. Hernandez Beltran.
Latin music stars will gather at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday to honor Puerto Rican salsa and bolero singer Cheo Feliciano, who died in a car accident in April.
"Cheo was one of the 'last of the Mohicans' and a very talented one," Willie Colon, who shared the stage many times with Feliciano as members of the legendary Estrellas de Fania band, told Efe.
"His death hurt me a lot, it was a shock," the trombone player, singer and composer, one of the stars who will participate in the Oc. 24 homage, said.
The 79-year-old Feliciano, known for his rendering of standards such as "Triste problema," "Amada mia," "Pa'que afinquen" and "Anacahona," among other hits, was killed on April 17 when the car he was driving swerved and crashed into a concrete pole.
The Madison Square Garden stage where Feliciano himself performed will be taken by Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, la India, Oscar D'Leon, Tito Nieves, Jose Alberto "El Canario", Raulin Rosendo and Sergio George with the Los Salsa Giants band for a show titled "La Salsa Vive" (Salsa Lives On) to highlight Feliciano's five-decade music career.
Colon, who will travel from Los Angeles where he is to perform on Oct. 23, recalled Feliciano, whose career began in New York with the Joe Cuba orchestra, as a man "of good humor and an incredible personality."
"When I was with Estrellas de Fania, the thing I liked most was to perform along with Cheo, to see him, to be able to work with him," Colon said. "He was a fast thinker, both in English and Spanish, and had a wonderful philosophy of life. People enjoyed being around him and wherever he went things would lighten up."
"All the songs he sang would come out in a unique expression. He had a peculiar syncopation, a way to shape phrases, he was a brilliant character," Colon said.
Gilberto Santa Rosa, known as "El Caballero de la Salsa," remembers of Feliciano mostly for "his humility and comradeship."
"He never made a distinction between the star level he was in, and us, the generation coming up behind him," Santa Rosa said.
"From the first time I met him, he always treated me as an equal and I never saw him keeping his distance," Santa Rosa said. EFE

Latino Festival exceeds expectations

Source by Paola Trabanco

Have you ever arrived early to an event and found yourself surrounded by madness and chaos? You see people going left to right, making sure that every last detail is set for the event. This mass chaos shows how much work and motivation goes into planning events.
The Latino Festival was celebrated on Thursday, October 9 at the Hagan Campus Center. It was a chance for different cultures within the Student Body to come together and celebrate their unique cultures. Nathalie Vega and Mike Blandon were excellent hosts throughout the night. They were very engaging, friendly and welcoming to the crowd.
One thing that was different from other years is the amount of people that showed up for this event.
“Every year we have a bigger crowd, [sic] its so exciting to see. A diverse array of people enjoying this great event. So nice to see so many faculty members here,” said Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Catherine Woodbrooks.
The Latino Festival has much to offer: delicious food, beautiful decorations, live music and dance performers. Each table was decorated with a flag from a Hispanic country and each table had fun facts about that country as well.
“For me it’s a chance for all backgrounds of the Latino culture to come together and enjoy each other’s company, food, music and also for other cultures to learn about the Latino culture” said President of ALANA Jackie Louro.
The food was served buffet-style with a wide variety from which to choose. Foods from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Brazil were served that night. Having live music for any event makes a difference—Grupo Fantasia was very engaging with the audience and they played salsa, merengue and bachata. They invited everyone to get on their feet and show their dancing skills. Ritmos y Raices were the performers of the night. They each showed their dancing skills and colorful costumes.
Of course, we cannot forget about the piñata. A piñata is a container made of paper mache and is filled with all sorts of candy that is hung from the ceiling. The person is blindfolded, spun around or her person five times and asked to hit the piñata with a stick to try to break it so that candy will come out.
“I was excited to show the Latino culture to students at Assumption who don’t know a lot about our culture. A lot of people came and I hope that more people will come back next year,” said Erika Jyring-Lopez who is on the Community Outreach Executive Board. Each year the Latino Festival has a bigger audience, and hopefully throughout the years, many students will attend and enjoy what the ALANA board has to offer.

[Video] Cast of ‘Jane the Virgin’ wants to change Hollywood

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Gina Rodriguez may be on the brink of stardom thanks to the new CW show  “Jane the Virgin.” The Latino actress wants to change Hollywood.
The Puerto Rican actress says Hollywood too often casts Latino actors in the roles of maids or landscapers.  With her role in Jane, she is hoping to be a positive role model for the Latino community and young girls. The predominantly Latino cast believes the show will resonate beyond the Latino community. Watch the video here.

Hollywood’s Hottest Hispanic Men

Source by Rahsheeda Ali

On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve been thinking about the gorgeous Latino men who’ve been heating up Hollywood for years. What better way to celebrate than compiling a list of the sexiest Hispanic hotties around?

We included actors like Esai Morales who’ve had places in our hearts for decades, while sultry stars like Mexico’s Diego Luna are becoming more familiar to U.S. audiences. Some of the guys even have VH1 ties, like LeAnn & Eddie star Eddie Cibrian and William Levy, who had a recurring role on Single Ladies.
Who else earned a spot on our list? Browse through our gallery to find out here.