Rep. McNerney Leads Bipartisan Effort to Save the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

In response to President Donald Trump’s proposal to defund the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) led two bipartisan letters to the House Appropriations Committee imploring Congress to fund the MBDA in the FY2018 appropriations, and recommending that MBDA provide an annual policy report to Congress to address gaps in equity between minority and non-minority owned firms. Continue reading Rep. McNerney Leads Bipartisan Effort to Save the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

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A long time coming: Emotions overcome Garcia family after Sergio’s Masters win

When Sergio Garcia was two years old, he picked up a broomstick and began pantomiming the golf swing of his father, Victor, a former tour pro. Within a year Victor provided young Sergio with a set of cut-down clubs, which his boy wielded on the topsy-turvy layout at Mediterraneo Golf Club, in Borriol, a small town off the east coast of Spain. Victor was the pro at the humble club; his wife, Consuelo, ran the shop. Continue reading A long time coming: Emotions overcome Garcia family after Sergio’s Masters win

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American Crime Story Season 3 Stars Ricky Martin as Versace’s Partner & Penelope Cruz as Donatella

Trust Ryan Murphy, the mind behind Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story and the ever-addictive Feud: Bette & Joan, to get us excited about a show’s third season even before its second one has even aired. Following up the success of The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story the gleefully campy writer-director-producer has announced the latest casting notices for the third season in that FX anthology series. While the second season, titled Katrina, will deal with the aftermath of that New Orleans natural disaster, the subsequent storyline will fictionalize another 1990s headline-grabbing murder: that of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace.

In 1997, Versace was found dead at the front steps of his Miami beach mansion. The bloody incident shocked the world, especially once the man responsible, serial killer Andrew Cunanan, committed suicide 8 days later. Just as the OJ season, Versace: American Crime Story is based on a nonfiction book—Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth—and it looks like Murphy is assembling quite the cast. Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez will be playing the Italian designer, Glee‘s Darren Criss will be playing Cunanan, while Penelope Cruz is coming to television for the first time to play Gianni’s younger sister and fellow fashion royalty, Donatella Versace, who took over the company after his death.

Oh, and, in a move that already made us squeal like frenzied Menudo fans, Murphy went ahead and cast Ricky Martin as Gianni’s longtime romantic partner Antonio D’Amico. Those of us who grew up with Alcanzar una estrella II and even braved watching General Hospital to catch the swoon-worthy Puerto Rican singer flex his acting muscles cannot wait to see what Ricky will do with the role. At this point, we can’t imagine who else Murphy would need to add to this to get us more excited, but we also don’t want to jinx it. But really, Versace: American Crime Story, which starts filming later this month and will air sometime in 2018, cannot come soon enough.

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American Indian College Fund Receives $1 Million to Continue Traditional Arts and Culture Preservation Program

The American Indian College Fund has received a $1 million grant to continue its Restoration and Preservation of Traditional Native Art Forms and Knowledge program at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). The program is expanding knowledge and skills at these institutions across the country while also placing endangered art forms at the center of its focus. Continue reading American Indian College Fund Receives $1 Million to Continue Traditional Arts and Culture Preservation Program

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Support of the Latino Community

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, his words continue to resonate with communities of color. As a leader in the civil rights movement, we often discuss the integral role he played in advancing the causes of African Americans. But what we don’t often discuss is how he also inspired and mobilized Latinos across the United States.

As Raul Yzaguirre, the former president of the National Council of La Raza, told the Associated Press, MLK’s speech pushed him to advocate for more than just Latinos. “Although the focus was on the African-American community at the time, I think his thoughts, his sense of justice resonated with those of us who had perhaps a broader sense of inclusion, who wanted Latinos and Native Americans and other minorities to be an integral part of a civil rights movement,” he said.

And two years after the March on Washington – which showed many the effects of organizing on a large scale – the 1965 voting rights marches in Selma further showed them the power of grass-roots organizing. And reflecting on King’s legacy 10 years after his death, Chavez wrote in Maryknoll Magazine that the civil rights leader led the way through his nonviolence, which inspired the United Farm Workers’ philosophy.

“It has been our experience that few men or women ever have the opportunity to know the true satisfaction that comes with giving one’s life totally in the nonviolent struggle for justice,” he wrote. “Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of these unique servants and from him we learned many of the lessons that have guided us. For these lessons and for his sacrifice for the poor and oppressed, Dr. King’s memory will be cherished in the hearts of the farm workers forever.”

Continue onto Remezcla to read about how Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for the Latino community.

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10 Reasons for Hispanic-American Students to Study Abroad

Hispanic cultures have always had a major influence on the shaping of the United States, especially with increased immigration from Latin America in recent decades. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2100, ethnic minority groups in the United States will make up 60 percent of our country’s population, with the vast majority being Latino. Continue reading 10 Reasons for Hispanic-American Students to Study Abroad

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