Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month


Just in case you didn't know, it's Hispanic Heritage Month! Take some time to learn about some of the many amazing contributions Hispanic-Americans have made to this country.

For a list of events that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month across the US check out this site. If nothing is happening in your area then why not get some friends together and come up with your own unique event. It could be something as simple as watching a movie and having a discussion afterwards. It can be as fun as you make it, so be creative!

Here's a list of some of my favorite stuff:

Movies

Real Woman Have Curves, A Day Without a Mexican, La Bamba, Tortilla Soup, Like Water for Chocolate, Gotta Kick It Up (some Disney Channel goodness) and Wassup Rockers.

TV shows

George Lopez, American Family and Dora, The Explorer.

Actors

Rosario Dawson, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Alba, Roselyn Sanchez, Eduardo Verástegui and Salma Hayek.

Authors

Isabel Allende and Richard Rodriguez.

Music

Jaci Velasquez



Misc.

Alma Awards, Kenny Ortega (director/choreographer of High School Musical), Hispanic Heritage Month facts and this upcoming PBS special:



Have you done anything to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the past? Never heard of it before? Planning to do something is year? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

[photo America Ferrera winning the Emmy for Ugly Betty]

5 comments:

Triple Threat said...

My girlfriend is a double major (Spanish and Latin American Studies) She took me to a Frida Khalo exhibit at the SFMOMA. I decided to study up on Friday before going because all I knew of her was that Selma Hayek played her in "Frida". I looked her up on Wikipedia, googled her art and then watched "Frida". I'm really glad I did that because when we went to the Museum, I recognized all of her paintings.

My favorite is "The Two Fridas" It depicts, in my opinion, the love/hate relationship with her unfaithful husband. It reminded me of my mother's struggle with my step father, which is why I think it speaks to me the most.

Thanks for sharing this, Karen.

SolShine7 said...

Thanks for stopping by Triple Threat! Surprisingly, I haven't seen Frida yet even though I've been wanting to see it for a while. So thanks for the reminder. And that's a good assessment of her painting, I can totally see the love/hate vibe.

jamey johnson said...

Great post karen! Appreciate the info.

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Good post!! I loved, "Like Water for Chocolate!" :-)

Isabella said...

Goodness, it took me forever to comment because I was watching all of the videos you have posted. Thank you! I think your video in the spotlight might just be my new favorite song! :)

While we're discussing Hispanic Heritage month, keep in mind one of the most influential Hispanics, Cristina Saralegui. Her work in both journalism and broadcast make her such an example.

Right now she's even teamed up with AARP to help give voice to Hispanics and spread the word on how beneficial this company is. She really understands the importance of providing information and services.

Here's some more if you're interested...

Talk show host, Cristina Saralegui has paired up with AARP to to help spread the word about their great benefits!
Check out http://www.upclosewithcristina.com to learn more and make a customizable video! You can have fun with your friends and
make them on online TV star with Cristina's video, "Amigos Live!" It's a blast!

Also, you can enter to win an all inclusive trip for 2 to Miami to to see the Cristina Saralegui show!
Definitley check out AARP for yourself or for a relative or client. They've got some great benefits, including (but not limited to): Exclusive travel discounts, prescription discounts, retirement planning and free companion membership!

I hope it's alright that I commented on your blog -- wanted to let them know about the fun video with Cristina and AARP's great benefits. If you have any further questions,
please don't hesitate to email me.

Thanks!
Isabella Coldivar
AARP Ambassador
isabellaAARP@gmail.com