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Chromatic movement: Andanza, puerto rico’s number one contemporary dance company Sonia Sotomayor * The most amazing gadgets you’ll ever see * FASHION inspired by the rainforest * look into Romero brito’s artwork

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SALMA HAYEK what she's up to now ñ magazine hispanic flavor in the usa Oct. 2009 : issue # 5


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Documentarian photographer Antonio Briceño seeks to rescue from oblivion the deities and gods of some of South America’s oldest civilizations.

Latinos' awareness for the care of the environmnet has improved over the last few years. Here are some tips to join the movement.

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Revealing Past Roots de parranda: culture & entertainment

Personaje of the month: Walter Mercado Reciban mucha paz pero sobre todo, mucho mucho mucho amor.

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T he B ritto P lague Romero Britto is passionate about expressive, meaningful pop art.

go green N o excuses!

meal of the month:piñón Award winning Chef Wilo Benet features his delcious version of a plantain dish favorite.

60-64 Miami heat! A guide to enjoy one of America's most Latin-American influenced cities.

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BIG MLB Who are the big Latino stars in the Major League Baseball.

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No More Maids or Hot-BloodeD Hoochies The media tries to change the Latin-American image in the United States.

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keep moving A Couple of Things You Need to Know About Weight Maintenance

carpe diem: life & style

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BEST FALL LOOKS FOR HIM & HER What to buy for the fall.

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94-95 Salma fresca!

72-79 SEXY TECH

Andanza is Puerto Rico’s leading Contemporary Dance Company.

A glossary of the most advanced and impeccably designed gadgets you’ll experience this year.

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An exclusive interview with Hollywood's Mexican super star Salma Hayek.

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Glimpse the woman behind the robe in this exclusive, intimate portrait of the newly minted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

80-83 Don JUAN You could wear the same wool suits twelve months a year-or you could breathe a bit easier and pull on a thouroughly smart cotton suit in a range of colors and prices. Ñ magazine Oct . 2009

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96-101 JUNGLE FEVER

Three Latin American designers celebrate the beauty of South America’s rainforests with their accesory designs


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR MANAGING EDITOR EXECUTIVE EDITOR SPECIAL PROFECTS EDITOR DEPUTY EDITOR ARTICLES EDITOR FASHION EDITIOR EDITOR-AT-LARGE ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR

Verónica Redondo Irene Fernández Mariana Cruz Armando Santiago Rey González Maritere Prats Cristina Dávila Nicole Faccio Lauren Coats Gabriela Maestre

FEATURES COPY CHIEF SENIOR WRITER ASSOCIAE EDITORS RESEARCH DIRECTOR ASSISTANT EDITOR COPY EDITOR RESEARCHER EDITORIAL ASSISTANT ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ASSISTANT TO THE MANAGING EDITOR CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Jeannette Olazagasti Sarah Santiesteban Iván Rodríguez Theresa Stebe Clara Aponte Christian Serrano Edna Fernández Yanilda Ramos William Clare Natalie Mertz Sabina Ciari Sharar Behzad Sophie Shah Abigail Mengers Steffany Montes Ariel Taub

FASHION SENIOR MARKET EDITOR MARKET EDITOR ASSOCIATE FASHION EDITOR CONTRIBUTING FASHION EDITORS

Marielisa Sabat Olivia Obin Meghan Calabro Natasha Kellet Pablo Díaz Karina Mevs Raquel Rodríguez Miguel Schwartz

ART ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR ART DIRECTOR SENIOR PHOTO EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER PRODUCTION MANAGER ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR PHOTO/ART COORDINATOR

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his past month has been filled with surprises and adventures for all of us, something that is evident in this new issue, the largest one being a feature on the noted Wise Latina. It has been an honor featuring the newly stated Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in our beloved Ñ Magazine. Having the privilege to have a story on such an influential icon for Latinos all around the United States is an opportunity that all the staff has greatly enjoyed. From the people who participated on the photo shoot, to the designers and editors that worked on the story itself. Everyone has been motivated and inspired. The nomination and confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Latina to sit on the highest court in the country. Sotomayor’s appointment was the focus of incredible media buzz, providing a talking point for pundits on all sorts of media platforms, including the Internet. Bloggers dissected her suitability for the seat from every possible angle as they posted insights, information and ruminations at a dizzying pace. Their posts and articles not only informed and influenced their online audiences, but also makers of traditional media. In many cases, bloggers and online journalists beat newspapers and television in breaking stories and bringing new information to the public. This got us thinking about the power of the web and its growing influence among Latinos. Who, we asked, are the big players who make the World Wide Web go around? There is little doubt that one of the web’s biggest stars is Perez Hilton. This famous blogger of Cuban American decent is credited by many for revolutionizing celebrity news. Professional gossips are nothing new, as gossip columns have existed in newspapers and magazines since their beginnings. But Perez is at the tipping point of something new, he’s taken an old idea and created something no one else has. His is one of those blogs that sometimes bests traditional news outlets in the 24-hour news game. Ñ Magazine continues to successfully represent Latinos, the fastest growing community in the states, which is no piece of cake! We love hearing our readers’ constant positive feedback and try to include as many of their requests as possible. Sotomayor’s story was definitely in our readers’ “most requested” list, significantly delighting us by being able to grant that wish on this October 2009 Issue. We hope that you take pleasure in reading this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Irene Fernández . editor in chief » Ashley Torres

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> Gabriela Maestre As ñ-mag.com's director of digital content, this fun and tech-loving gal manages and edits the site's content. Although this requires her to be glued to the computer most of the day,"the immediate gratification of seeing our work on the site and feedback grom the readers is what makes it worthwhile". Halloween Costume: "The Bearded Lady" scary and fabulous.

"mexico city: architectural gem" (pg. 38-40) When Redondo, a Miami Herald writer, sat down with Alejandro Sanz, the first thing he said was "I can't believe you didn't like Los Farruco(Flamenco Dance Troupe) Her response? "I was flattered and surprised thet he read my flamenco reviews in the Herald. Halloween Costume: "Glinda from Wicked" an escuse to randomly break into song!

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"changing the media" (pg. 36) Considering his mom is an actress, it's no surprise that watching tons of television is one of this 26-year-old's hobbies. Fernánderz uses his TV knowledge as ñ-mag.com's blog, where he breaks quite a few juicy stories. Halloween Costume: "The Twister Board Game" I just love all the attention!

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"fashion for fall" Nicole has a passion for fashion, something she puts into practice to collect the pieces necessary to built up the fashion sections of Ñ every issue. Never walk into her closet, you might get lost in between the shoes! Halloween Costume: "Las de la Intuación" honoring my role model, Shakira Ñ magazine Oct . 2009

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Shooting advertising campaigns (Motorola, Levi's, nike) or taking iconic photographs of presidents (Bill Clinton, Barck Obama) is all in a day's work for the New York CIty based Englishman. Platon and Justice Sotomayor "became genuine friends" while on the set at the Supreme Court in D.C., and he'll forever remember the advice she gave him: "I asked her how you make honorable judgements, and she said, 'I care.'"


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< (13th Street) has emerged to become Latin music's premier urban music group. Not liking the title of a reggaeton band, Calle 13's music is unique. Their lyrics are socially conscious, controversial and often satiric, relying more on the message than on common stereotypes such as the a misogynistic view of women or advocacy of violence. While their music often incorporates the 'dem bow' rhythm identic to reggaeton, they also experiement with a fusion of other styles and rhythms that bring the Puerto Rican group's music a fresh sound that is remaking today's Latin urban music.

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TAKING OVER Hispanics, the largest and fastest-growing minority in the United States, are changing American society and culture.

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he census bureau estimates that 46.9 million people in the United States, or 15.4 percent of the population, are Hispanic or Latino (the terms are used interchangeably by the bureau). Hispanics are defined in the census as U.S. residents of any race whose origins are frovm Spain, Mexico, or the Spanishspeaking countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Their numbers are projected to grow to 133 million, or 30 percent of the U.S. population, by 2050.

46.9 million people in the us are hispanic

Nearly two-thirds of Hispanics in the United States are of Mexican heritage, and the rest have origins in one of at least 19 other countries, each with distinctive cultures. They add their traditions to those they find in the United States, introducing new foods, music, arts, celebrations, and ideas. percentage of america’s children that are hispanic

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Hispanics are the nation’s youngest ethnic population, with a median age of 27.7 years, 9 years younger than the general population.

“ Hispanics have enriched our culture and brought creativity and innovation to everything from sports to the sciences and from the arts to our economy,” said President Obama in his National Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation. “The story of Hispanics in America is the story of America itself. The Hispanic community’s values — love of family, a deep and abiding faith, and a strong work ethic — are America’s values.”

Influential Latinos Hispanics making it big

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Ricky Martin

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Nelly Furtado

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

POLITICS

Latinos fill several top positions in the U.S. government, including

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Miguel Cotto

Shakira Daddy Yankee JLo

MUSIC

Nancy López

Álex Rodríguez

Carlos Bocanegra Carlos Arroyo

Juan Luis Guerra

Hispanic musicians are a lively part of U.S. popular culture, performing in a broad range of genres — from pop, rock, and rap to salsa, Latin jazz and reggaeton. Some well-known performers and groups include

SPORTS

Many Latinos have become U.S. sports heroes. Here are some examples


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Revealing Past Roots

Antonio Briceño

documentarian photographer antonio briceño seeks to rescue from oblivion the deities and gods of some of south america’s oldest civilizations. by adrián saravia

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ntonio Briceño has spent the last five years traveling the South American continent in search of history. The Venezuelan lensman has lived among the Huichol tribe in Mexico, the Kuna in Panama, the Piaroa, Pemón and Wayú of Venezuela, the Wiwa and Kogui tribes of the Colombian Sierra Nevada, the Inca descendants in the Peruvian Andes and now the Kayapó tribe in the Brazilian Amazon. His immersive experiences with indigenous peoples have permitted the symbiosis of art and ancient culture to produce a magical series of images he calls Gods of the Americas. Because he’s a conservationist of sorts, Briceño’s mission transcends the artistic and has become a documentation of the myths and beliefs of whole cultures; one that preserves in each frame the traditions and lore of each tribe. Each image represents the most important of the tribes’ gods and mythical figures embodied by the local elders and leaders of the community. When contrasted with the dramatic backdrops of the surrounding landscapes (separately shot and later merged), the narrative of each myth acquires layers of meaning and symbols to be discovered by the viewer.

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“Gods of the Americas” is an exhibit held at the Casa Romulo Gallegos at Caracas in April 2007. His experiences in the Amazon also produced material for a documentary book on the Kayapó Indians. Briceño is currently preparing a trip to the Chilean Andes to shoot the Mapuche tribes. To learn more about antonio briceño’s work you can visit:

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Personaje of the month:

Walter Mercado

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Reciban mucha paz pero sobre todo, mucho mucho mucho amor

After finishing high school in Fajardo, PR, he went to the University of Puerto Rico where he studied pharmacy to please his parents.

Walter made his first prediction when he was 6 years old. He saw the school bell falling. The next day it fell during an earth-quake.

He wa s Milag called “Wa ro lte could s” as a child r m . He anima iraculously c ls. He was als ure o introv an ert.

Walter, son of Spanish parents, was born on March 9, 1931 traveling on a boat from Spain to Puerto Rico.

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studied psycholo gy, thea and dan ter, ce in the sa me univ ersity.

Walter began his career as a dancer, hometown friend and later Puerto Rican senator Velda González was his dancing partner. He was particularly good at Flamenco!

He was actor in later an ea Rican so rly Puerto such, he ap operas. As was one of Puerto R ican teen the first idols. As an actor, usually in theate or as the r male an tagonis in soap t operas.

He went to India in 1968 for a little while and studied astrology and received a doctorate in Divinity from the International Philo-Byzantine Academy & University.

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Walter made his first prediction when he was 6 years old. He saw the school bell falling. The next day it fell during an earth-quake.

It's not Barbara Walters, designer Carolina Herrera or some Park Avenue society matron, but Spanish language television's resident flamboyant astrologer -- Walter Mercado! That's right, es un hombre! What's your, er, sign?!The 76-yearold Puerto Rican sensation, who is loved by every Hispanic grandmother from New York to L.A. for his horoscopes & flawless makeup, is currently appearing on VH1's camptastic telenovela reality show, "¡Viva Hollywood!" Oh my stars! Bobby Trendy, meet your long lost, lip-glossed Latin abuelita! by Javier Lugo

Walter has had some fabulous recent apparitions on TV and movies, first with Chasing Papi in 2003 and now with VH1’s reality show Viva Hollywood.

He became Bishop of the Universal Life Church in November 17, 1982, has been ordered three times as Swami: Swami Shyam, Swami Rama Chaintanya, Swami Chidvilas.

He returned to PR and hosted a weekly astrology television show, first on WKAQ-TV, and later on its spinoff station, WRIK-TV.

Walter had been linked romantically to a model, whom he rarely identified but always referred to as his soulmate. She died in an airplane accident in the Dominican Republic in February 1970.

He then fell into depression, and claimed that serious meditation and adoption of Eastern philosophies made him survive the ordeal. At the same time, he also adopted his one of kind fashion sense.

Mercado’s show soon moved to Tele Once. Now, it is a part of Univision’s Primer Impacto.


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BEAUTIFUL SCIENCE A collection of beautiful imagery created through science by Brandon Keim

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he quest by a group of math geeks to create a 3D analogue for the mesmerizing Mandelbrot fractal has ended in success. They call it the Mandelbulb. The 3-D renderings were generated by applying an iterative algorithm to a sphere. The same calculation is applied over and over to the sphere’s points in three dimensions. In spirit, that’s similar to how the original 2-D Mandelbrot set generates its infinite and self-repeating complexity. If you were ever mesmerized by the Mandelbrot screen saver, the following images are worth a look. Each photo is a zoom on one of these Mandelbulbs.


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Let it out so it can breathe THE PLAYLIST Shakira’s discography from beginning till present

1) Pies descalzos released in 1996 } $13.99 her first album recording it has sold over

5 million copies around the world.

this album is completely in spanish.

2) Dónde están los ladrones released in 1998 } $11.99 sold over 11 million copies around the world and is one of the highest selling spanishlanguage albums in the us.

3) Laundry service released in 2001 } $13.99 her debut english breakthrough. this album contains a mixture of songs in english and spanish.

4) Unplugged released in 2001 } $11.99 grammy award winning album. it is rated as one of her best live performances ever.

5) Oral Fixation released in 2005 } $15.99 albums sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

6) She-Wolf released in ???? this album has yet to be released. expected for november

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23. we do love her single “loba”!

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hakira’s brand new English album She Wolf is an uptempo pop album. It’s all about synthesizers and electronical concepts, all mixed with the world sounds that we are used to from Shakira; sounds from countries like India, the Middle East and her home country of Colombia. She Wolf features a predominantly English track list with a follow up album of new and unique repertoire in Spanish to come in 2010. The title track She-Wolf boasts the infectious and energizing sound that made Shakira a household name, with a slightly more dancey/ electronic beat. Though most tracks on the upcoming album will be in English, Shakira chose to service the Spanish version of the first single, Loba, two weeks before the English single was launched. The album will be released on November 23.


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The Britto Plague

» romero britto is passionate about expressive, meaningful pop art by ellen grimes

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omero Britto has been compared to great pop-art predecessors such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Just like these art legends, Romero Brito art focuses on the visual art movement. This up and coming artist was born during October , 1963 in Recife, Brazil. As one of eight children young Britto spent his formative years in fairly modest surroundings. Even as a small boy his artistic talents would not be denied and he created a colorful, vibrant environment on whatever scraps of cardboard or paper he could find. An older sibling worked in a bookstore and when he had the chance he would bring his young brother books detailing how to draw and paint. Romero applied himself

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to these studies and practiced his techniques every available minute of the day. His talent and creativity began to bring him a small measure of fame in his local community and the first Romero Brito art exhibit debuted when the young artist was only 15 years old. Even with this success it did not seem likely that he would one day support his family by working as an artist. Instead, the academically gifted student accepted a scholarship to law school. Britto decided to leave early however when he felt that his life had become boring, lacking Romero Britto has been compared to great pop-art predecessors such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Just like these art legends, Romero Brito art focuses on the visual art movement. In 1983, Britto spent time


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in Europe getting to see the works of master artist whom he admired. He also held private exhibits and gallery showings while there. Romero Britto had expanded his travels to the US during the mid 1980s. By the year 1987 he had joined the exuberant pop-art groundswell that was just beginning to explode. Romero Brito art was introduced to the US and the rest of the world when the young artist opened his Miami, Florida gallery. Absolut Vodka commissioned young Britto to create a unique logo for their newest advertising campaign in 1989. Soon other companies were jumping onto the Romero Brito art bandwagon including IBM, Pepsi and Disney. He was even chosen to design a series of postage stamps that were to be used by the United Nations Postal Administration. The art of Romero Britto combines playful themes, bold colors and imaginative images to create a unique style that has made him the leading pop artist of his generation for over a decade. Romero style has not remained stagnant however; he constantly evolves as he seeks to share his art with more of the world. Romero has also managed to do with few other artist have done, crossing borders with his works that inspire and catch the attention of both seasoned art professionals and those that know little about art. The creativity of Romero Britto is not limited to any medium or style. Instead he has been able to share his talent and passion for art with sculptures, pastels, lithography, portraits, finger paintings, oils, charcoal, watercolors and acrylics.

Art critics and seasoned professional artists find the works of Romero Britto both refreshing and innovative. Graffiti, Cubism and vivid color choices are combined with bold themes so that Romero Brito art is able to deliver compelling social and political messages. Michael Jordan is a fan of Romero Brito art. The artist is also admired by a number of private collectors, industry executives and entertainers including such famous individuals as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dustin Hoffman. The works of this versatile and prolific artist have been featured in "The New Yorker" and "Vanity Fair" magazines. His art has also been on display at more than 100 art galleries in countries such as Europe, the United States, Asia and Brazil. While grateful for his success and artistic accomplishments Romero does not forget his roots and humble beginnings. He lends his support and patronage to more than 200 charity organizations each year. Among the groups for which he creates special works of art are the St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the American Red Cross. You can visit the Romero Brito art gallery in Miami, Florida today. This is the city that Britto, his wife and son still call "home".

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Brito Scultures Around USA:

New York City: “Apple” Washington, D.C.: “Squaeky” Chicago: “Boomfish” Miami: “Beach Ball” Texas: “Good Girl” Arizona: “For You” Colorado: “Azul” California: “Flower Pot”


According to a report from The Associated Press, as of 2009, seven of the best 10 paid players in the Majors are Latinos.

12 time All-Star

11th player to reach 3,000

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National League batting titles.

career hits

Carlos Beltran New York Mets: $19, 243,682

1rst

Latin-American born player to join the Hall of Fame

Houston Astros: $19,000,000

BIG legend: Roberto Clemente

Magglio Ordoñez Detroit Tigers:$18,971,576

Here are some examples.

Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees: $33,000,000

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BIG talent BIG $$$

Manny Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers: $23, 854,494

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Check out ESPN’s new webpage homage to emerging latino baseball stars

Rise of the Latinos

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/latinosrise

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ext time Torii Hunter not only should have a better choice of words but also his facts right. The Angel outfielder should know that the latest sensation to come from Latin America, Cuban left-handed Aroldis Chapman was signed to a 6-year, $30 million deal by the Cincinnati Reds. As of 2009, seven of the best 10 paid players in the Majors according to a report from The Associated Press are Latinos.

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Players from Latin America are quickly becoming the face of Major League Baseball. Their influence is felt at every position including manager and even in the front office. Players from the Caribbean and South America are bringing more speed, power and flair to the game than ever before.


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No More Maids or Hot-Blooded Hoochies the media tries to change the hispanic image

by javier ramos

America Ferrera from “Ugly Betty”

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he media of the United States is unfair to, and misrepresentative of Hispanics, and Latin Americans. This particular segment of the population is in need of special examination when dealing with this topic since they are now the largest and fastest growing minority group in this nation. In response to this negative portrayals, two completely different TV shows have been relaesed. They have been inspiring for both hispanic and nonhispanic alike and have created fresh representations of latinos. America Ferrera’s role in ABC’s hit series “Ugly Betty,” is a sartorially challenged Latina doing her best to make her way through the superficial world of high fashion. But what Betty Suarez is not might be even more significant: She’s not a hot-blooded hoochie, a maid, or a drug-pushing gang member. Unlike so many of her TV predecessors who share her ethnicity, she’s not relegated to the outer margins of her show. “Ugly Betty” seems to have something for just about everyone. The show averages 12.4 million viewers in a competitive Thursday-night time slot - numbers that rank it as the No. 2 comedy of the season. According to ABC, nearly 850,000 Hispanics watch

from greaser to gangster How the male latino has always shined as the bad guy

the show every week. Nickelodeon’s Valerie Walsh Valdes and Chris Gifford were given the opportunity of a lifetime: to develop their own show. This is what they thought up: a show about a preschool girl who has a bunch of animal friends and goes exploring every day. Her name was Tess. But the network’s executives had other ideas. They had just come back from a conference which dealt with the fact that Latinos were the most underrepresented minority on television. What to do about it? Convert ‘Tess’ into a bilingual Latina girl called Dora. The show is not only insanely popular in the U.S., it’s the top preschool show on all of commercial televisionat the international level. And it might have to do with the fact that bilingualism is a pretty normal way of growing up in most of the rest of the world.

“say hello to my little friend!”

“tony the greaser”

1914

1961

'Greaser' is a derogatory term used to describe Mexican Americans. It is not one heard very often in 2007, but it was openly used in the early 1900’s and used in various silent movie titles.

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1983 “west side story” Puerto Rican vs. American gangs in New York City...what else needs to be said?

“scarface”

The movie’s protagonist, Tony Montana, is a Cuban refugee who comes to Florida as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. He becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980’s cocaine boom. ‘Marielito’ and gangster, you got two in one!


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MEXICO CITY IN 2011

ARCHITECTURAL GEM a preview to mexico’s upcoming architectural beauties

Torre Cuajimalpa >DATA & FLOOR PLAN single apartment:

400 square meters 160 square meters expected year of completion: december 2011 gardened extension:

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eir Lobaton + Kristjan Donaldson recently shared their design for a 36 story residential tower in Mexico City, Mexico. The project addressed the balance between the desire of living in a singlefamily residence with the cost of the land. The residential tower provides the family the luxury of living in an apartment building without sacrificing the comfort of a backyard. Gardens located on every level try to break with the dichotomy between land and building, and, more importantly, provide an area that is attractive and functional for the family members.

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>elemets that stand out

1. lined with a zinc plate with large irregular perforations

2. it allows view of the interior from the outside

Pedregal Shopping Centre >DATA & FLOOR PLAN

-2 commercial levels -roof garden -two underground parking levels -multiple mobility-impaired access areas -sustainable energy saving resources

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ascal Arquitectos proposed their Pedregal shopping center was unveiled 2006. The development is for Pedregal, an affluent suburb of Mexico City. ‘This project comes to set a new architectural statement in the Pedregal area of Mexico City, which has been neglected because nothing new and important had happened since its beginnings when ‘Cuidad Universitaria’ was built. Nowadays the real-estate pressure and the need of services are beginning to promote significant changes. The way that this building relates with its context is by breaking away from what is common to the zone, which are big houses in big areas surrounded by very high stone walls which do not let anybody know what is happening outside and vice versa.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture has designed what will be the tallest tower in Latin America, to be built in the center of Mexico City.

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Vintage rotary phone anthropologie.com

russell johnson imports lovingly

50s and 60s, replacing microphones, cartridges

restores telephones from the

and cables with original parts and repainting them in a vibrant retro hue.

Wild and Wolf $65

Scandi phone coranusa.com

designed by ericsson in the

50s, the futuristic

ericofon, as it was known, quickly became a design classic and a must-have.

Hot Lines ditch your cell for these retro-cool numbers.

Chauhan Studio $60

Colombo Two colomboproducts.com inspired by the italian designer joe colombo from the

60s, the colombo

phone is destined to become a modern classic.


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How to get some...

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BOBERÍAS

The AfroLatinosaurus Rex Is there a name for the obscure, but strangely alluring hobby of spotting animal shapes in geographic features? Here is one that I would like to call the Afro-Latinosaurus Rex. It is no coincidence that the continents of Africa and South America resemble two interlocking pieces of a puzzle Some 170 million years ago, before continental drift pushed them apart, South America and Africa were united in an ancient supercontinent called Gondwanaland. This sequence of maps reverses the drift that continues to widen the Atlantic Ocean, and returns to the age of the dinosaurs in another way. By overlapping South America and Africa, it creates a siamese continent, but also, if turned 90 degrees to the left, a convincing approximation of a dino’s head. The big, blunt bulk of West Africa is the animal’s neck. Lake Victoria, the greatest of African lakes, doubles as the menacing eye of the Afro-Latinosaurus…


met your goal weight, you can have fun finding new ways to spice up your workouts. Switch your focus to weight lifting instead of cardio to keep your metabolism going strong, burning those extra calories to keep you at a healthy weight.

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KEEP MOVING A Couple of Things You Need to Know About Weight Maintenance

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Step It Up Slowly.

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make healthy choices with your diet. Eat foods that are dense in nutrition like whole grains, lean protein and fruits and vegetables. Eat processed

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foods and foods high in fat sparingly, and count them as a treat rather than a diet staple. By eating wholesome, nutritious food you are fueling your body to perform at its highest capabilities. You look and feel better when you’re eating well-balanced meals.

Check Before You Wreck Yourself. Work on your attitude. Changing yourself doesn’t happen overnight. You might have reservations about being in a new, healthy body. If you’ve lived much of your life overweight and unhealthy, it’s difficult to suddenly recognize your new identity. Reward your hard work and identify yourself as fit, strong and healthy. Choose to be positive and confident in your newfound abilities, having worked so hard to get to where you are today. Keep your negativity in check, and enjoy your healthy new lifestyle.

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Weigh In for Continued Success. Monitor your weight regularly to keep an eye on your progress. Chances are, if you continue with your exercise routine and continue to eat healthy foods, you will maintain weight. It’s possible to start slipping a little though. Extra calories add up over time, and without a goal weight burning into your mind, you might find yourself slacking a little during your workouts. By weighing yourself weekly, you can monitor whether or not what you’re doing is still working for you. If you start to see the number creep up consistently over time, you know what to do to get you back to your goal weight.


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Pillows and Throws “New pillows and throws will change the look of your furniture and add color,” says Colón, whose Puerto-Rican parents raised her in Reading, Pennsylvania. “The bedroom is often an overlooked room, but it is actually the most important because it should be the place that you go to wind down. Changing your bedding with pillows and new sheets can really make a difference.” $19 www.target.com

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Don‘t Be Afraid to Use Color on Your Walls “You don’t have to buy the gallon of paint anymore to sample with color. Now for under $10 you can get small sample bottles. Buy at least three different colors and paint it on a 3x3 square foot space on your wall. Then see what the colors look like morning, noon and night, because the light will reflect the color differently throughout the day.” Try Pittsburgh Paints colors Oro De Maya, Mexican Jade and Granada from the Hacienda collection.

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“Pick the right lighting for the space, like amber tinted light bulbs in the dinning room or dimmer so that it creates a warm glow and cozy atmosphere.” Try West Elm’s Luster Glass. $89 www.westelm.com

“In addition to keeping these tips in mind, folks should take time customizing their space and shouldn’t feel the need to do frequent major updates to a homes’ structure or change big furniture items. Your couch, should last you at least 10 years, adding that you should use accessories to change how a space feels.”

Pay Attention to Your Foyer “The foyer is the first thing that your guests see when they come in anvd the last thing when theyv leave,” says Colón, whose design prowess has led her inside the homes of mega-stars like Cher. “Invest somewhere between $25 to $50 by getting a great console table and place personal photos on it along with a lit candle with a fragrance to match the season. You don’t have to knock out a wall. Changing little details will always make your house feel fresh.” Try these Spanishlooking Scalloped Wire Hurricanes from West Elm. They’re big enough to hold our favorite scented candles.


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Dark Desire In the midnight hour, even splashes of white can’t break the goth spell.

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Artsy Fedoras $78 Bloomingdales

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NYC COLOR NAILPOLISH $2.00 | walgreens the shimmer

Revlon colorstay ultimate liquid lipstick $2.99 | target the texture

Burt’s bees lip balm $10.99 | walgreens

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Boots No7 Mineral Eyeshadow Trio $6.78 | target the volume

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THE Looks A. The Double-Breasted Suit Suit $1,395 > Emporio Armani Shirt $275 > Tim Hamilton Tie $75 > Fred Perry Shoes $1,550 > Tom Ford B. Dark on Dark on Dark Jacket $56 > Armani Exchange Shirt $156 > Oscar de la Renta Tie $75 > Fred Perry Shoes $677 > Tom Ford C. Fatigue Jackets Jacket $89 > TopShop Men Shirt $67 > Banana Republic Shoes $126 > Timberland

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Leather Watches $124 Fossil New York

Stripe Ties $245 Ralph Lauren

Plaid Dress Shirts are Always a Hit!: Shirt $30 > H&M Tie $28 > Urban Outfitters


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For a long time Hispanic attitudes, when it came to the environment, were thought of as indifferent, but recent research indicates otherwise. A poll taken by Discovery en Español on Discoveryteescucha.com clearly indicates that Hispanics are not only highly aware but are also very concerned. It is a matter of receiving the right information. Here are some pointers to help save our planet:

of hispanics believe that Global Warming is a real threat that requires immediate action

of hispanics indicated that they would be more likely to make their homes more ecologically friendly if only they had more info

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> set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs. > install compact fluorescent light bulbs (cfls) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. > unplug appliances when you're not using them. or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts cuts energy use. > wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. as much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

> if you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. if you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expe sive when you consider the related environmenta and health costs. > buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy. > use filters to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

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> walk or bike to work. this saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.

> wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. as much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water. > use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. > check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consig ment shops for clothing and other everyday items. > go online to find new or gently used second hand products. craigslists and e-bay are great!

>borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. this saves money, not to metion the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. >share power tools and other appliances. get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your house. Ñ magazine Oct . 2009

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hef wilo benet is in a class of his own. This expert Chef goes beyond the traditional in many ways. His extraordinary vision has taken him to new heights, setting standards in the restaurant industry and contemporary cuisine in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now he shares with us a recipe for a dish using one of the most frequently utilized ingredients of hispanics in the Caribbean: plantains.

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INGREDIENTS: vegetable oil for frying 6 ripe plantains, peeled 4 ounces steamed green beans, cut into peaces 4 cups of picadillo 1 tablespoon Goya olive oil (not extra virgin) 6 eggs, beaten

directions: preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a frying pan, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees F. Slice the plantains lengthwise into quarters. Add to the hot oil, in batches, and fry for about 4 minutes until golden on both sides. Remove from the oil, and set aside to dry on paper towels.

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of the beaten eggs over the layer of meat, and prick the surface of the meat with a fork so that it absorbs the egg. (The egg holds the piñón together for even slicing). Arrange a layer of the remaining plantain slices on top (you may have to cut some plantain slices into smaller pieces to fill in any empty spaces). Pour the remaining eggs over the plantains, add with a rubber spatula spread into a thin layer. Place the piñón in the oven, and bake for about 40 minutes, until the egg has cooked, the meat is heated through, and the surface of the piñón is golden and springy to the touch.

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Miami Heat ! by suzy duckley

Never mind the beach bunnies and the nightclub nabobs of the mid-’90s, America’s tropical party town has become a serious player in the world of design, fashion, food and culture. That doesn’t mean the thrill is gone. South beach still sizzles and now the action is heating up all over the city.

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Design & watch a cobbler assemble your custom-made sandals at tuccia di capri. 1630 Pennsylvania Ave. | (305) 534.5865 dicapri.com

Rent a chair and umbrella from boucher brothers look for stands along the shore south of Fifth Street and hit the beach. (305) 535.8177 boucherbrothers.com Ñ magazine Oct . 2009

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Have a grass-fed beef burger topped with Bel Paese cheese and a Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale at 8 oz. buger bar. 1654 Meridian Ave. | (305) 672.8707 davidscafe.com Get a White Sand Body Peel and relax in the water lounge areas at lapis, the spa at Fountainbleu. 4441 Collins Ave. | (305) 674.4772 fontainebleau.com Browse the labels at the webster, then head to its Caviar Kaspia restaurant for a champagne cocktail. 1220 Collins Ave. | (305) 674.7899 thewebstermiami.com


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The Culture On the last Friday of every month, Calle Ocho turns into an open air festival filled with artisans, musicians and vendors. More than a dozen galleries showcase work by Latin American artists, and the historic Tower Theater hosts special films and exhibitions. (305) 643.5500 viernesculturales.org

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Chino: the dish Pork dumplings at Hakkasan. the scene The British chef Alan Yau’s first American outpost– a maze of elaborate chinoiserie in the Fountainbleu– is leading some to call him the Nobu of Chinese food. 441 Collins Ave.; (786) 276.1388; harkkasan.com; entrees $14 to $62 latino: the dish ham and cheese empanadas at Go-Go Fresh Food Café. the scene This unfussy café serves the best veggie burger on the beach. But don’t let the gym rats stop you from odering these flaky fried pies. 926 Alton Road; (305) 673.3137; gogomiami.com; entrees $2.50 to $10

< Chino: the dish Crispy beef at Mr. Chow. the scene The W South Beach Chef Nick Jinson Du serves up exceptional Cantonese in a long, bright room dominated by a 123-foot chandelier made of Swarovsky. 2201 Collins Ave.; (305) 695.1695; mrchow.com; entrees $19 to $45 < latino: the dish Ropa vieja at Islas Canarias. the scene One of Miami's best Cuban restaurants is in a seedy strip mall next to a pharmacy. Inside a welcoming staff serves up authentic dishes like this spicy braised beef. 285 NW 27th Ave.; (305) 649.0440; islascanariasrest.net; entrees $6 to $34

< Chino: the dish Lemongrass skewered chicken at Asia de Cuba. the scene Jeffrey Chodorow's white-on-white dining room in the Mondrian does a modern take on classic Asian-Latino cuisine. 110o West Ave.; (305) 514.1940; chinagrillmgt.com; entrees $26 to $79 < latino: the dish Arroz con pollo at Enriqueta's Café. the scene This little Cuban diner– which opens at 6am and closes at 4:30pm– serves basic chicken and rice that's as good as home cooked. 186 NE 29th street; (305) 573.4681; entrees $5 to $11

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The Smokes The tobacco factory el credito claims to sell the closest thing to a genuine Cuban cigar without breaking the law. Ask for the Wavell from La Gloria Cubana. № 1106; (305) 324.0445 elcreditocigars.com

The Music Wednesday through Sunday nights at 10:30, a salsa band takes the stage at hoy como ayer, and the dance floor is packed with women dressed in almost nothing and the men who love to twirl them around. № 2212; (305) 541.2631 | hoycomoayer.us The Food Calle Ocho’s most famous landmark, versaillesrestaurant, is an old-school Latin hangout where exiles gather to hash out island politics and Fidel death rumors over cafecitos. № 3555; (305) 444.0240

Show Time the culturati swoop in every december for art basel miami beach, but what of the arts behind the fair? music Michael Tilson Thomas takes the podium and piano for the New World Symohony’s “MTT Plays Mozart” program, playing and comcluding the Piano Concerto No. 23 Jan. 8-10; Lincoln Theater, 541 LincolnRoad; (305) 673-3331; nws.edu dance Miami City Ballet’s “Program II” features Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section”, with 13 gold-clad dancers and music by David Byrne. Jan.8-10;ziff ballet opera house, 1300 biscayne boulevard; (305) 9496722; arshtcenter. org770 NE 125th street; (305) 8936211; mocanomi.org


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it took longer than the city had hoped, but the miami design district has finally boomed. established businesses of all stripes have relocated here from south beach, and with them have come international players like marni, y-3, tomas maier, marimekko and

christian louboutin. they’re all settling in nicely with local boutiques and restaurants.

BRAND NEW HEAVIES

In addition to real estate market chaos, Miami’s construction vboom also ushered in 9 new hotels. From boutique to behemonth, they all have one thing in common: vacancies.

1. Fountainbleau Miami Beach № 441 Collins Ave. (305) 538.2000 fountainbleu.com doubles from $300 2. The Betsy № 1440 Collins Ave. (305) 531.6100 thebetsyhotel.com doubles from $400 3. Canyon Ranch Miami Beach № 6801 Collins Ave. (305) 514.7000 canyonranch. comdoubles from $450 4. Viceryo Miami № 485 Brickell Ave. (305) 503.4400 viceroy.com doubles from $156

PROS & CONDOS with real estate prices at 2003 levels, snowbirds and beachcombers from the northeast who used to fantasize about owning their own little piece of sunshine are starting to smell deals. the realtor kevin tomlison's southbeachrealestate.com offers regular, insidery news on the market and lets users search by foreclosure, sales & listings.

Threadcount carries linens from around the world, including Italian bedding from Sferra and Signoria Firenze, Abyss towels from Belgium and throws by the American designer Andrew Morgan. There’s also a small but beautiful selection of tableware. 125 NE 40th street; (305) 576-5500 Sra. Martínez, housed in a historic former post office, is where you’ll find the Miami darling Michelle Bernstein’s Latin-inspired tapas like croquetas with spinach, feta and fig marmalade, and the unmissable foie grass with brown butter apples and braised pork. 4000 NE second ave.; (305) 573-5474; entrees $6 to $38 Pizza Volante, Jonathan Esmann’s Roman-style, industrial-chic pizzeria and mozzarella bar, is a few blocks from Pacific Time, the restaurant that made his name. The lights are bright, the tables are communal, and the gently priced pies and wine (all bottles are under $18) are divine. 3918 North Miami Ave.; (305) 573-5325; pizzas $9-$14 En Avance specializes in labels for women and men that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in town, among them Jasmine di Milo, Majestic Paris, Enza Costa, Etro and Hartford. 161 NE 40th street; (305) 576-0056; enavance.net Eména Spa, which takes its name from the Greek word for “me”, knows how to balance indulgence with wellness. A model session: an hour on the Power Plate machine followed by an organic scrub with chocolate truffle wrap. 180 NE 39th street; (305) 438-3777; emenaspa.com Fratelli Lyon’s sumptuous plates of salumi, cheese, pasta and seafood are inspired by regional Italian cuisines. Something about the location, in front of the Italian furniture showroom Driade, makes the food taste lighter than it is. 4242 NE Second Ave.; (305) 572-2901; fratellilyon.com; entrees $17 to $30

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1. Salma, how would you describe your presence on film to a blind man? That would depend on what character I was playing. How I would describe my characters is absolutely different from how I would describe myself. 2. Let's talk about you, then. Right now you are very high on the movie Industry's mostwanted list. Why do you think that is? I don't know, but I do know I was lucky enough to have worked with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and to have played some very unique characters. How many times does one get to play a monster, like I did in From Dusk Till Dawn? Some men have a silly theory about beautiful women - that somewhere along the line they'll turn into a monster. That movie gave them a chance to watch it happen. 3.Now, you came to Hollywood from Mexico five years ago, with no prospects, no offers - Nothing close to an offer. I knocked on many doors and got turned down many times until I finally got one line in Mi Vida Loca (1994). 4. And a year later you were co-starring with Antonio Banderas in Desperado. How did that happen? I was on a Spanish-language talk show and the host asked me what was I doing in L.A. I said I wanted to do American films, and he said, "But you' re not getting any." And I said, "Yes, because American films don't usually have leading roles for Latin women. But I intend to change that." Robert Rodriguez and his wife saw that show and called me in to audition. No one else believed in me then, and I had nearly lost faith in myself. But they saw something that others didn't, and I will never forget that. 5. In the end, what do you hope to accomplish in movies? I aim for a lifetime full of movies. I want to work for a long, long time and keep growing in my work, and if I am very lucky and very blessed, maybe somewhere along the line there will be one movie in there that becomes a classic.


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sculptural > Wajima Something to Touch Speaker Japanese craftmanship and technology blend by meshing the time intensive (six months to be exact,_ laquering of ginkgotree wood with innovative sonic engineering. When it is not in use, you can place it face down on the base, where it transforms into a tear-like sculpture. www.iriver.com | $ 6,000


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If all wire was as thought out as LaCie’s flat cables, we might feel a diminished need to go wireless. Their flat shape makes it easier to roll them up neatly when you’re on the go, and the colors help you identify what goes with what. Plus, everyone’s desk could use a bit more brightness. www.lacie.com | $13 each


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Its striking minimal looks make it appropriate for places you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t typically associate with high technology, like the kitchen counter or the nightsstand. And while its aim is to bring the connected world deeper into the home, its shape resembles a downward-facing, slightly open book- a clever nod to the analog world and a reminder to pick up a paperback now and then. www.iriver.com | $ 400


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first met Sonia in 1998, after she had been sworn in as a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. I was the Editor-in-Chief of Latina, and a mutual friend, New York attorney Lee Llambelis, suggested that Sotomayor was someone I should meet since I’d probably want to write an article on her (which appeared in our March 1999 issue). Sotomayor’s life story not only inspired readers, but also captivated me. Since then, we’ve been to each other’s homes for dinner and shared many sweet, honest and confidential conversations. A doting hostess, she puts together cheese platters, makes tasty salads and hooks up a mean churrasco with a tangy lemon marinade. This past spring, she promised to share some of her culinary secrets, so we set a date to fire up the grill in her small yet superb two-bedroom condo in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Sonia thought things would finally slow down for her by the summer— but that’s when things really started heating up. During those grueling confirmation hearings in July, Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Jeff Sessions and Jon Kyl dissected her nowfamous “wise Latina” phrase, uttered during an inspirational lecture to Latino law students at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 2001. The senators aggressively argued that her remarks proved she would bring bias and a liberal agenda to the bench. But Sotomayor repeatedly explained that her comments were part of a regrettable “rhetorical flourish that fell flat. I want to state up front, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging,” she said. She added that she was simply trying “to inspire young Hispanics, Latino students and lawyers to believe that their life experiences added value to the process.’’ As the new personification of an intellectual rock star, Sotomayor has been inundated with interview requests—from Vogue to Newsweek, El País to Le Monde. But the new justice has yet to agree to a sit-down, aside from one she granted C-Span for a documentary on the Supreme Court. When I asked about a formal interview for this magazine, she told me, “I am not doing interviews and have said no to everyone. I do not want to be seen as having favorites.” She did, however, agree to have her portrait taken for the cover and inside pages. And she went as far as granting me her blessing: “You will have to write based on our history together.”

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> sonia sotomayor is already a hero to a lot of us, but now she will get the official superhero treatment from bluewater productions. the company will be creating a comic book based on sotomayor's meteoric rise to the supreme court.

And that’s exactly what I’ve done. Sonia Maria Sotomayor, born in the South Bronx on June 25, 1954, is the oldest child of Celina Baez and Juan Sotomayor, two puertorriqueños who migrated to New York City in the 1940s in search of the American Dream. Reared in the Bronxdale housing projects, she’s a red lipstick– wearing Cancer who loves the Yankees and is credited with saving baseball by putting an end to a 232-day Major League Baseball strike in 1995. After excelling at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, she graduated with the highest academic honors (summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society) from Princeton University. She went on to Yale Law School and served as an editor on the prestigious Yale Law Journal. For nearly five years, she worked as a young prosecutor under iconic Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau. She practiced international business law in private practice for another nearly eight years. For the last 17 years, she served on the federal bench, first on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and most recently as a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She represents many legal firsts, such as being the first person appointed to judicial posts by three U.S. presidents from two different parties (presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama).... One evening this past spring, as we prepared dinner for a group of friends, I asked her for some advice. She listened closely as I relayed my marital problems. I still recall her words, which I carry in my heart to this day. She told me that we have been wrongfully taught the Cinderella fairy tale as a paradigm of what happy relationships are supposed to be. And when we fall short of that, we suffer for it. To find happiness in love, she said, we have to make up our own rules. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. The process may involve unlearning what we have been taught and then figuring out what makes us happy. There are all types of relationships and arrangements to choose from. Of course, the trick is finding a companion who shares those values. Love is not the only area where Justice Sotomayor has faced her fears and worked her way through them. Even as recently as April, she had doubts about her potential rise to the Supreme Court. She had been on President Clinton’s Supreme Court short list, but no seats became vacant.


When Obama won the White House, the legal world hedged their bets on the brilliant judge with the impeccable résumé. But weeks before Obama made public his pick to replace Souter, Sotomayor called her confidante and good friend Llambelis, telling her that she wanted to pull her name from consideration.“You have to understand that Sonia is a very private person,” Llambelis explains. “She didn’t want to go through another public vetting process and a potential public dressing-down by those on the Republican right who opposed her nomination. Sonia was happy being a Federal Appeals judge, loved her life in New York and felt fulfilled. She worried about having less time to spend with her mother, family and friends, particularly given her mom’s age and potential health complications.” Llambelis recalls listening to her friend, whose “I can” mantra was being drowned out by last-minute uncertainty. She told her to think beyond herself. “At this point, this is not about you,” Llambelis said to her. “It’s about little girls and boys, brown and black, who live in the projects and in poor communities around our nation, who can dream bigger if you are in the Supreme Court. You cannot back down now.” Sotomayor promised to think about it overnight. And in the morning, she woke up with a lighter heart and a bigger purpose.

appointment, Sotomayor asked the president to look at her freshly manicured nails, holding up her hands to show off her favorite fire engine–red hue. The president chuckled, saying that she had been warned against that color. She sure had, but Sotomayor was not finished. She then pulled her hair back behind her ears, exposing her red and black semi-hoop earrings, a beloved accessory among Latinas across America—from the South Bronx to Houston to East Los Angeles. Obama joked that she had been briefed on the size of the earrings as well. Without skipping a beat, Sotomayor replied: “Mr. President, you have no idea what you’ve unleashed.” He responded, “Justice: I know and remember it’s a lifetime appointment. And I and no one can take it back.” And that, as they say, is the final verdict.

In her short tenure so far on the court, the justice we have witnessed is no shrinking violet. She asks tough questions and is not intimidated by her rookie status. Sotomayor’s charm and confidence surprise very few people who know her, including the man who nominated her. While President Obama’s staff was preparing Sotomayor for the confirmation hearings in a White House office called the War Room, the team covered all the potentially explosive questions and briefed her on every minute detail, including how to dress for the cameras. They even advised her to keep her nails a neutral shade, which she did. But on the day of the White House reception celebrating her

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PISCES: Feb 19 - Mar 20 Private Life: Bad Money & Work: Bad Finances: Fair to good State of Mind: Insightful, emotional and confident Karma Numbers: 3, 6, 9, 11, 14 Compatible Sign: Taurus

ARIES: Mar 21 - Apr 19 Private Life: Alright Money & Work: Alright Finances: Very good State of Mind: On ‘traditional side’ but anxious to ‘contribute.’ Karma Numbers: 2, 9, 16, 25, 7 Compatible Sign: Aquarius

TAURUS: Apr 20 - May 20 Private Life: Bad Money & Work: Bad Finances: Good State of Mind: A bit on ‘bull dozer mode’ at times. Karma Numbers: 2, 6, 19, 25, 50 Compatible Sign: Pisces

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LEO: Jul 23 - Aug 22 Private Life: Alright Money & Work: Alright Finances: Very good State of Mind: Eager and expansive Karma Numbers: 1, 10, 11, 30, 56 Compatible Sign: Virgo

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