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Popular MA Program in the Study of the America’s gets a new focus

The City College of the City University of New York (CCNY) is pleased to announce a new program, the Dominican Studies Track in the Master in the Study of the Americas Program in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education.  The program is the first of its kind in the nation, and will welcome its first students in the Fall of 2017.

“City College’s new master’s degree recognizes the importance of the Dominican Republic and Dominicans in our city, in our culture and at our university,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. “Nearly 10 percent of CUNY’s students are of Dominican ancestry, but we expect that students from many backgrounds will be interested in a program that examines and highlights the Dominican society and economy. This institute brings a wealth of new academic opportunities to CUNY and City College provides an excellent location for the scholars and scholarship.”

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“I commend the students, faculty and administrators at CCNY on today’s launch of the new Dominican Studies specialization in the Master in the Study of the Americas Program,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat. “This Master track program is a first of its kind in the United States and offers participating students a unique perspective into the legacy and socioeconomic development of the Dominican people in the Dominican Republic, the United States, across the Americas, and in communities around the world. Through their studies, scholars will gain an invaluable understanding of the Dominican culture and have the ability to produce and disseminate research based work as part of the program’s comprehensive approach in Dominican Studies.”

The MA in the Study of the Americas, under the direction of CWE Assistant Professor Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, is an interdisciplinary, 30-credit graduate program that addresses questions and concepts about the Americas as it focuses on topics such as racial and ethnic identities, migration and immigration, popular culture, politics, gender, and human rights. The Dominican Studies specialization will focus on the legacy and the socioeconomic development of the Dominican people in the Dominican Republic and in the United States and on the relationships between the two countries.

“A rigorous academic program in Dominican Studies will be a real draw to students from the vital Dominican diaspora surrounding CCNY,” said CCNY Interim President Vince Boudreau. “It will also serve as a unique center of intellectual activity for anyone interested in exploring the immigrant experience in America or the interplay of different peoples in the fabric of our society.”

The Program finds a natural home at City College, where the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York (CUNY DSI) is the nation’s first and only university-based research institute devoted to the study of the history of the Dominican Republic and people of Dominican descent in the United States and across the wider Dominican Diaspora.

“The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute brings unparalleled resources to the table for this exciting new program,” according to Director Ramona Hernández, “including possibilities for internships as well as research and conference participation. We will work with Dr. Kathleen McDonald, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department, to ensure that this program has the resources over the long term to compete for the best students and offer them the best education in the field.”

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About the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
Founded in 1992 and housed in The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York under the leadership of Dr. Ramona Hernández produces and disseminates research and scholarship about Dominicans, and about the Dominican Republic.

About the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE
The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education under the leadership of Dean Juan Carlos Mercado offers an innovative and flexible curriculum that provides working adults and transfer students with a framework that allows them to connect their learning in the classroom in ways that are relevant to the workplace and the world.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship.  Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.


Meet 80-year-Old Female Bodybuilder Who Started Working Out at 56

Every single morning Ernestine Shepherd wakes up at 2.30am, embarks upon a 10-mile walk and then heads to the gym at 7.30am where she continues to work out and lead exercise classes until 11.30am. Ernestine is 80 years old.

The Baltimore native was crowned the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder in 2011 by the Guinness book of world records. She has washboard abs, impressive biceps and lives on three to four hours sleep ever night.

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Spurred into fitness with her sister Velvet at the age of 56, she previously had never done any exercise having been exempt from school physical education lessons as a child because of an injury she sustained in a car accident.

The Independent spoke to a snowed-in Ernie on the east coast of the US on the phone which finally connected after the theme tune from Rocky blared down the line for a minute or so.

“When you call my phone, you hear Sylvester Stallone’s music because I was inspired by his movie… and how he had to get his life back together and how he drank the egg whites and I drink egg whites now because of Rocky,” she explains.

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Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Warn on Declining Job Market



Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Warn on Declining Job Market & What You Should be Looking into

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are tech gurus who made their fortune creating and applying technology, yet they are telling people that tech is one reason for declining jobs, and at the same time, they share their vision (see intro and link to full article on below) on how artificial intelligence and robotics will create 15 million new jobs but  kill 25 million jobs, that’s a 10 million job shortage. This does not include jobs being lost to globalization, which comes with corporate downsizing and companies moving their production overseas. As an example, the iconic Apple brand who moved their production totally overseas from the moment they started growing. Although many people love the iPhones, iMacs, watches and all their other products, that fact is Apple as a company does not really create jobs here in the US, except for their retail stores and US office employees, which are not that significant, Apple farms out its jobs, for the same reason, so many other companies do it, to make more profit through cheaper labor and  less taxes!! To be fair, we are not picking on Apple, we used them as a reference, the fact of the matter is that today most major brands are fabricating overseas with the bulk or a portion of their manufacturing based  outside of the United States. If you wanted to be a smarter consumer, reciprocate and  only buy products that are US made to support your own economy, it may be challenging to find the  products we want or like that are made in America, because so many of them are made overseas…think about it, electronics, clothing, many cars, it goes on and on.

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to American jobs. At his Harvard University commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook chief executive Zuckerberg, had some tough words for the Class of 2017. “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void. Read full article here


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Selena Gomez interested in Older Men!


Selena Gomez has expressed interest in dating older men, however she feels that older men may not feel the same due to her very young appearance.

In a recent interview, Gomez revealed that while she would be interested in dating men who are older she feels that the feeling may not be mutual because she still looks like a teenager.

I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys,” the 23-year-old singer/actress revealed.

When it comes to her youthful appearance, the former Disney Channel star has made critical remarks about her teenage appearance. Back in October, while appearing on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Gomez made a similar comment to host Andy Cohen when asked if she was dating a fellow celebrity.

Now I know I look 16, but I’m 24,” Gomez told Cohen after he asked if she were romantic tied with David & Victoria Beckham’s 16-year-old son Brooklyn Beckham.

Age in years or appearance aside, in the interview Gomez also revealed that dating and meeting new guys in-general is particularly hard for her because her life has been a source of entertainment gossip which makes dating quite hard.

It’s hard, and I’m weirded out by the idea that a guy has Googled me before we meet, and that has happened,” Gomez describes, “I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.”

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A-Rod Lands TV Deal with ABC News

Former Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez has sealed a deal with ABC News, that will see him appearing in segments across the news division including for “Good Morning America” and  “World News Tonight.”

A-Rod, 41, had been in talks with ABC News brass about appearing as an on-air contributor for sports, family and even financial segments for shows across the network.

ABC is talking to Alex about taking a role in the news division and expanding his appearances across a number of its shows. Viewers are not going to see Alex weekly, more like once a month, it could be more if ratings do well. He will be an ABC News contributor and he’ll also be involved for ‘Nightline’ and ‘World News Tonight With ­David Muir.’ ”

Another source close to the star — who is already a full-time MLB analyst for Fox Sports — said, “Alex is interested in doing lifestyle, family-oriented programming, such as a piece on how much your kids should be working out, or business and personal-finance reports, like how to overhaul your bills.” (not too sure if this will resonate with  the average person that does not have a 300 plus Million dollar contract like A-ROD does)

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His MLB commentary would remain exclusive to Fox Sports, meaning he likely couldn’t appear on ESPN, but the insider said, “If there’s a big World Series story to discuss, you could see ­A-Rod on ABC talking about the game.”

He has been announced as a guest host on “Shark Tank” and has already co-hosted “The View.” After having discussions about ­expanding his role, he will appear on a variety of ABC properties, including “GMA” and has ideas about what topics he’d like to cover.

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Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics

World Series Champion & Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics


Joe Maddon was six years from leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in more than a century, and sitting on a kid-sized chair in a private home-turned-preschool, when a light bulb went on in his head.

He had come to a Christmas party at a daycare in his beloved Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to meet some of the area’s Hispanic residents — the very people who were being blamed for the crime, for the drug abuse, for the joblessness and despair that was gripping his hometown.

The proud city that once was home to more than 30,000 people in 1980, when the coals mines were operating and the garment factories were humming, had lost a third of its population when those jobs went away. And those who stayed were leery of the new arrivals.

As the kids clambered in and out of his lap and their parents filled their plates with Dominican delicacies and chattered happily in Spanish and English, Maddon had this revelation: “He said, ‘This is exactly what I grew up with,'” Amilcar Arroyo, a local businessman who was at that bash, recalled. “This is the way we Italians grew up. A mom and pop business, all the children around. He was touched by that reality.”



And thus began Maddon’s unlikely quest to save his city from the anti-Hispanic bigotry that was ripping it apart.

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Dominican Designer EMILIO SOSA Reimagines Rockettes Costumes For New Era


Originally published in LatinTRENDS magazine

By Christine Stoddard

When Emilio Sosa was three years old, his family made the great pilgrimage from Santo Domingo to The Bronx—and stayed. Their exodus was, as Sosa puts it, an effort to chase after the “American Dream.”“But we struggled,” he told LatinTRENDS at a recent press event.

Now Sosa, 43, who you may recognize from Season 7 of “Project Runway,” is designing for the iconic Rockettes—or,as he tells it, achieving that American Dream.Despite his early struggles,the young Dominican-American began studying art early and eventually become a TONY Award-nominated costume and fashion designer.

“My mother, bless her,never let me  go without,” he said. “I always had art supplies.” Sosa added that though it wasn’t easy for his father to accept this artistic dreams, he did.This year, the Rockettes New York Spectacular will open June 15 and run through August 7. In 2015, the show sold nearly 300,000 tickets over the course of its eight-week run. Previously,the show was called the New York Spring Spectacular, but has been rescheduled for the summer to accommodate the tourists that flock to the city then.

During the summer months, New York City sees a significant increase in tourism and shifting the production will provide an opportunity for even more people to experience this dazzling musical celebration starring the Rockettes,” said David O’Connor, president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, in a press release.Sosa joins a long legacy of costume designers and other theatre artists whose work has made the Rockettes an American stage classic.But even though the precision dance company has performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan since 1932, nothing about the show feels old.The Rockettes have gotten a major makeover. The show has been modernized for a contemporary American audience that loves today’s pop music and threads from a fashion-forward thinker.But Sosa isn’t giving anything away about the new looks.

“Come to Manhattan,” he said. “You have to see this show.”






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Carmelo Anthony speaks about his Puerto Rican roots

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony speaks about his Latin (Puerto Rican) roots and what it means to him. He has warm memories of his Dad, who was born in Puerto Rico, but died when Carmelo was just a toddler.


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Photos of The LatinTRENDS Digital Pivot Announcement at Facebook Headquarters

Photos of The LatinTRENDS Digital Pivot Announcement at Facebook Headquarters

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LatinTRENDS was hosted by Facebook in NYC on Tuesday May 23. The event bought together men and women from all fields of endeavor in a progressive-upbeat environment.

The company announced its new direction into a digital first media company and that it is no longer in the print/magazine business. During the brief speech, Juan Guillen, founder introduced two new partners to the brand that will help build out the digital arm, in addition to improve sales, operations and marketing.

The event was sponsored by The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic and Moet Hennessy, Hors d’oeuvres served by Salsa Catering.

Photos by Jhon Caballero


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City College & University of Texas Partnering to Produce Next Generation of Hispanic Professors

The City College of New York is partnering with the University of Texas at El Paso to educate the next generation of Hispanic professors in environmental sciences and engineering. Entitled “Collaborative Research: The Hispanic AGEP Alliance for the Environmental Science and Engineering Professoriate,” the five-year project is funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation. It begins July 1, 2017.

Harlem-based City College, which is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution of Higher Education by the U.S. Department of Education, will receive $2.315 million of the funding and UTEP $1.3 million.

Under the administration of CCNY’s NOAA CREST, the two institutions will collaborate to develop, implement and study a model for training and transitioning Hispanic environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) doctoral students to STEM instructional faculty positions at community colleges and other institutions. Candidates must have completed all coursework and be dissertating, as they transition.

Participants will primarily include Hispanic doctoral students of Caribbean or   Mexican origin, who are advanced level doctoral candidates majoring in ESE fields. These include civil, electrical, mechanical or biomedical engineering; earth and atmospheric sciences; ecology and evolutionary biology, among other disciplines.

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The project will be led by CCNY faculty Jorge E. Gonzalez, Fred Moshary, Joseph Barba, Kyle McDonald and Ellen E. Smiley.  UTEP experts include: Miguel Velez-Reyes, Craig Tweedie, and Ivonne Santiago.

The CCNY-UTEP partnership is in response to the NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program solicitation.  AGEP seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success of historically underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.

There are three community college partners in the Hispanic AGEP Alliance: LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College and El Paso Community College in El Paso, TX.

The NSF grant to CCNY and UTEP brings up to $23 million in awards to City College since last fall for training underrepresented minority scientists and engineers. Last September CCNY won a $15.5 million NOAA grant to produce mostly minority STEM scientists.

In addition, $5.2 million was received from the U.S. Department of Education in October to promote STEM education, particularly among underrepresented groups.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship.  Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View

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Carolina Huaranca, Tech-Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist & Principal of Kapor Capital

Latinos in tech have a long way to go (grow) less than 1 percent of venture-backed start-ups has a Latino founder, according to CB Insights. The good news is Carolina Huaranca is ready to change the game. The Peruvian-American is one of Silicon Valley’s few Latina venture capitalists. As a Principal at Kapor Capital, she specializes in identifying and investing in early-stage tech companies that are closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities in the U.S. Carolina has also been on the other side of the table as a tech founder prior to venture. She was the CEO and co-founder of Spriggle, a marketplace that helped parents identify education products for children ages 3-9. In

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza joined Kapor Capital in 2016 and focuses on identifying early stage investments, evaluating those investments, and partnering with entrepreneurs to grow their companies. She is particularly interested in Future Work, People Operations Technology, and Education. Prior to becoming Principal, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Kapor Center for Social Impact (KCSI) working on a tech platform for teacher professional development.

Carolina began her career as a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker at Citi but left to pursue opportunities in the technology and education sectors. She began her technology career in 2003 as a Sales & Marketing Manager at SchoolNet, which sold to Pearson for $230MM. In 2012, she founded Spriggle, a marketplace helping parents identify science and math inspired products for children ages 3-9.

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Carolina is a graduate of Cornell University and was awarded the Konologie Fellowship at The Wharton School. As a woman and first-generation Peruvian-American from Long Island, Carolina is passionate about ensuring that people from all backgrounds know how to access capital. Based on her experience serving as the founding National Director of Girls Who Code Clubs, where she launched 186 Clubs serving approximately 2,000 girls, she is extremely passionate about working to close the gender gap in technology. Outside of work, Carolina mentors women entrepreneurs and low-income teens interested in pursuing careers in tech.


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Singer Demi Lovato Embraces Her Latin Curves!


Singer Demi Lovato says her Latino roots are one reason she learned to love her curves.
In a recent interview the singer spoke about the importance of “self-care,” plugging in her new skin care collection and how she now realizes how her Latin background has impacted the way she views her body.

After overcoming an eating disorder of her own as young on-screen teen Lovato explained how she keeps her past eating habits at suppressed and works on her self-esteem.

It’s very easy for my old eating habits to kick in, so I follow a pretty strict routine,” Lovato told Glam. “I don’t like to call it a diet, because for me it’s medicine. I have a nutritionist who sends me meals wherever I am on the road. This makes everything super simple.

Lovato also said that a big part of loving yourself is taking care of yourself, which was one of the reasons she recently launched the skincare line Devonne by Demi.

Lovato also admitted that she took her Mexican roots for granted as a child.

Growing up in America, I never really appreciated my culture,” Lovato said “I knew what being Hispanic was, but I thought that since I didn’t look Hispanic, I was white.

Over the years, however, her Latino background has changed the way she views her own body.

I tried to conform to what everyone thinks is beautiful,” Lovato continued. “But my genetics gave me a curvy figure, and I’ve come to understand that in the Latina culture, that is beautiful. I no longer look at my body and think, Oh my gosh, I have such a fat butt. Or, I hate my thighs. On some days I don’t love them. But, you know, that’s one of the things that makes me me.