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John Rodriguez

  • News & Politics
    The Obama Legacy Project: Latino Groups launch project to save President Obama’s legacy before it is ruined

    It’s been about a year since President Barack Obama stood within a high-school auditorium and declared the “Time is Now“ for immigration reform in this country. However, since last January the efforts to make any changes to the country’s immigration policies have not made any significant accomplishments. While the attempt to reform...

  • Leadership
    Latinas Represent: National Latino Groups mobilize to get more Latinas into Politics

    Of the estimated 7,000 state senators and representatives and about 2% of members of Congress who hold office to represent all in our nation, only 1% of our represented officials are Latinas. This one percent is shocking considering there is an estimated 25 million Latinas who live in the United States of...

  • News & Politics
    Countdown to Affordable Healthcare: Latinos highest among the uninsured

    March 31st is a significant day for President Barack Obama and his administration. It marks the deadline for registration for the Affordable Care Act and whether or not it is a success. Needing to have 6 million Americans sign up for health insurance through the act, numbers are not looking good. Because...

  • News & Politics
    40 Years Later: Latino Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor

    Due to the color of their skin or their religious background, 24 American soldiers were denied recognition for their service in protecting our country. But now, more than 40 years later, the White House will honor these soldiers who risked their lives in service to our nation. These soldiers will not only...

  • News & Politics
    Families left homeless in large Latino community after Harlem Explosion

    Tragedy struck New York City several days ago when an explosion in Manhattan’s East Harlem saw to the leveling of two buildings and resulted in numerous injuries and deaths of several New Yorkers. Last Wednesday, the explosion was being linked to the leaking of natural gas from the infrastructure of the buildings;...

  • News & Politics
    The Progressive Congressman-to-be: State Senator Adriano Espaillat to become first Dominican-American Congressman?

    If at first you don’t succeed. Try, try, try again. And for State Senator Adriano Espaillat the proverb by English writer William Edward Hickson couldn’t be more true. Last month, before his supporters and news media, Espaillat announced that he would be running a second time against Harlem Representative and Congressman Charles...

  • News & Politics
    School Bullying: Charter School Propaganda Campaign against Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Is Mayor Bill de Blasio trying to help New York City school children or is he trying to actually harm them? Well, according to recent magazines, newspapers, and news programs it appears so. From Fox News to MSNBC or the Wall Street Journal to the New York Post, the new Mayor of...

  • Entrepreneurship
    To Enroll or not Enroll: President Obama promises Latinos it is safe to enroll in Health Insurance to save Obamacare

    Considered to be the disproportionately uninsured groups in America, many Latinos do not have health insurance and because of this they have become a keen interest of President Barack Obama to save the Affordable Care Act. Hoping to get more Americans to sign up under the Affordable Care Act in order to...

  • News & Politics
    President Obama the “Deporter-in-Chief” or “Champion-in-Chief of Comprehensive Immigration Reform”?

    Well, according to a well-known Latino advocacy group our Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama is the “Deporter-in-Chief” due to his administration’s high deportation rate. The head of the National Council of La Raza, Janet Murguia has bestowed President Obama the new nickname because of the deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. The nickname...

  • Entertainment
    Corner Supermarkets & Bodegas going Online!

    If you happen to live in any one of the five boroughs of New York City or even around the city like in Long Island or New Jersey the one fixture of city life would have to be the convenience of a Bodega or corner supermarket. Now, the convenience of Bodegas and...

  • Entrepreneurship
    The New Public Enemy No. 1: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

    He has been dubbed “Public Enemy No.1” which is a title that hasn’t been used since the reign of popular Chicago gangster Al Capone, and in some eyes Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is this generation’s very own Al Capone. Recognized as the head of one of Mexico’s largest drug rings called the...

  • Entertainment
    Lunch with the Son of a Legend: Fernando Chavez, son of Cesar Chavez, lunch auction

    Following in his father’s footsteps Attorney Fernando Chavez, the eldest son of the iconic Latino American civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, is helping the Latino community in his own way through the use of the internet and your charitable contribution. On CharityBuzz.com, Chavez is currently hosting an online auction in-which the proceeds...

  • Entertainment
    Time Warner Cable donates $500,000 to Boys & Girls Club of America for new Summer STEM program

    In an effort to prepare young Americans, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) have announced a collaboration that will try and help prepare American youth for their future and become more interested in science, technology, engineering and math—(STEM)—subjects through an innovative summer program. Launching this...

  • Entertainment
    The Venezuelan Blame Game: Protest turns violent but who is to blame?

    A protest in Venezuela against its government quickly turned into chaos on Wednesday which left dozens injured and three people dead. The chaos erupted after anti-government protesters clashed with the Venezuelan law enforcement. According to Attorney General Luisa Ortega, 23 people were injured and vehicles belonging to both government and private citizens...

  • News & Politics
    U.S. Postal Services to offer Banking and Financial Services? The latest idea to help struggling Americans

    What would you say to being able to pay your bills, cash your checks, or even take out small loans at your local U.S. Postal Office? If this thought is appealing to you, you are not alone. According to recent polls there are many Americans who have shown support for the U.S....

  • News & Politics
    Parade Limbo: No Puerto Rican Day Parade for New York City?

      One week ago, LatinTRENDS reported that a decision would soon be made regarding the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau probe into the financial handling and other issues regarding six board members of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade also known as the NPRDP. While Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is still preparing to...

  • News & Politics
    Chuck Schumer suggests further delay in Immigration Law; Upset Latino Group Responds!

    Noted as one of the planner’s behind the upcoming Senate immigration bill, Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Charles E. Schumer has angered a Latino group after his comment yesterday regarding the progress on the immigration legislation. The bill Schumer was a part of would provide the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants a...

  • News & Politics
    Mayor Bill De Blasio says “Not Attending” to St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

    It’s the one day of the year that it is okay to be decked out in all green to celebrate your inner Irish pride, and New York City is the place to be to broadcast your Kiss me I’m Irish pins or shamrock attire for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. No...

  • Entertainment
    The Board of Six: Puerto Rican Day Parade Board Members Set to Lose Positions

      After a ten month probe led by the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau against the six board members of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. a decision will soon be made on whether some or all six members will be removed from the organization for its handling of sponsor deals and...

  • Entertainment
    The “Un-American Ad” of Coca-Cola’s Truly American Superbowl Ad

    So, what was the most—well, so far—controversial ad to be shown during the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII? Well, that award according to some on Twitter goes to Coca-Cola. Why? Because the Coke commercial entitled “It’s Beautiful” decided to showcase numerous Americans singing along to the heartfelt anthem America the Beautiful. But the...

  • Entertainment
    Giving a Voice to millions of Voiceless Latinos through the power of Voting

    Did you know that in the 2012 election, that saw to President Barack Obama’s re-election AND strong voter presence nationally amongst Latinos, there was an estimated 12.2 million Latinos who actually voted? Did you also know that in 2012 an estimated 14.7 million Latinos were registered to vote? With only 12.2 million...

  • Entertainment
    The Neglect of Latino-Aimed News Media

    It comes as no surprise there is a renovated interest in all things Latino in the United States of America. It started back in the late 90s during the 1999 Grammys when Ricky Martin took the stage and performed his sizzling, break-through song La Copa de la Vida that enamored all non-Latino...

  • Entertainment
    Fueling the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Fueled by his Christian beliefs, Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr transformed from being an American Pastor, to activist, to humanitarian, and became the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. With the fundamental idea of civil disobedience, MLK changed the social standing of this country back in the 60s and enabled the...

  • Entertainment
    Famous Latino Gerard Pique on his “normal family” with Shakira

    She is an international singer who has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and he is a renowned soccer star with a World Cup Title to his name, but to Latin superstars Shakira and Gerard Pique are just like every other normal family. Apart of CNN’s Human to Hero series focusing on...