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John Rodriguez

  • News & Politics
    Young Voices: The Immigration Detention Quota

    I don’t know about many outside of New York City, but it’s not uncommon to see the following scenario: You see a cop–or parking meter attendant–walking down a street and checking the parking meters as they pass to see if any of the cars which stand beside them have expired the allotted...

  • Entertainment
    Melissa Mark-Viverito: The First Latina Elected as Speaker of the New York City Council

    Today is a historical day in New York City with the election of East Harlem councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito as the new Speaker of the New York City council. Selected to replace Christine Quinn as speaker, Mark-Viverito will become the first Latina and person of color ever elected for the position. “This is...

  • Entertainment
    Former Miss Venezuela and Actress Monica Spear murdered in highway robbery

    Tragic news out of Venezuela today, former Miss Venezuela 2004 and actress of Telemundo’s Pasion Prohibida Monica Spear and her husband, Henry Thomas Berry were murdered. The couple along with their daughter were attacked by a group of men who shot at them while they waited in their broke down car alongside...

  • Entertainment
    Presenting: The 1st Annual 2014 Selfie Olympics

    Are you ready for the Selfie Olympics? Yup, you did not misread that. What can be a somewhat nod to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics people are taking to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter , and other social media apps to partake in its own sporting events, of sorts, and participating in the first...

  • Entertainment
    Latino Star Eva Longoria named Maxim’s Woman of the Year!

    Latino actress and political activist Eva Longoria has been named as Maxim’s Woman of the Year. While appearing in the popular men’s magazine a few times in the past, the former Desperate Housewives star has been given the magazine’s coveted award. “She was the sexiest suburbanite in history on Desperate Housewives, and...

  • Entertainment
    A Latina Is The New Chancellor of New York City Schools: Carmen Fariña

    A Latina Makes History in NYC Education!

  • Entertainment
    Rising Latino Viners of Vine

    Myspace launched the career of several stars like the UK’s Lily Allen and known MTV personality Tila Tequila, while Youtube further the digitalized online stage by enabling it users to post videos of themselves covering hit songs, parodying hit films, or failing at doing day-to-day things. Now there’s a new social media...

  • iConomy
    Young Voices: Why are Latinos not signing up for Obamacare?

    Passed back in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what has commonly become known as Obamacare, is a law which required millions of uninsured American’s to take part in enrolling into a program to browse through insurance marketplaces for healthcare plans and register in order to become insured. While...

  • Entertainment
    The US X Factor crowns Season 3 Winner…or Winners

    Last night the third season of FOX’s hit reality singing competition X Factor came to an end with singing duo Alex and Sierra earning the million dollar recording competition with SONY. The first group winner of show beat out Carlito Olivero and Jeff Gutt, the two—in order—came in 2nd and the latter...

  • Entertainment
    Oops, she may have been racist? Britney Spears possible offensive responses regarding Latinos

    Oops…she did it. Or did she? Is Britney Spears racist towards Latinos? This past Thursday when Spears was interviewed by a Latino show to discuss her album Britney Jean and upcoming two-year stint at Plant Hollywood in Las Vegas starting on December 27th her responses has caused some to raise their eyebrows....

  • Entertainment
    Argentinian boxer proves to be a solution to Adrien “The Problem” Broner

    It was supposed to be a “stepping stone,” but turns out Adrien “The Problem” Broner prediction regarding his boxing bout against Argentinian boxer Marcos Maidana was a false—a very, very, very false—prediction. Prior to entering the ring at the Alamodome in San Antonion, Texas, Broner danced his way into the arena for...

  • Entertainment
    Actress Eva Longoria makes statement about voting for a Latino Presidential Candidate

    On Piers Morgan Live last night, Latino actress Eva Longoria made it clear that while she is a humanitarian and supporter of fellow Latinos from the Latino community she will not base her vote solely on race if the next Presidential candidate is Latino. Sitting across from the British journalist, Piers Morgan...

  • Entertainment
    Latino Superstars respond to the death of Nelson Mandela

    Like wildfire, the word of Nelson Mandela‘s passing has spread quickly throughout the world. An immovable anti-apartheid revolutionist, caring politician, and devout philanthropist the death of Nelson Mandela has sent a mixture of shock, grief, reverence for a man who was born in South Africa but beloved everywhere because of his courage...

  • Entertainment
    Young Voices: President of the People

    President Barack Obama has been said to be the President of this generation, and one who has the interest of his citizens at heart. And while this may very well be true, there is another president who has his people in his heart. This president holds office purely for his citizens so...

  • Entertainment
    “Bound 3” Kanye West Parody starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

    This Monday the world was given an early holiday treat when Pineapple Express and This is the End stars Seth Rogen and James Franco released “Bound 3” a parody video to rap superstar Kanye West’s video “Bound 2” which stars his future-wife-to-be Kim Kardashian. The comedic pair, Rogen and Franco that is,...

  • Entertainment
    Future of New York: Voice your Vision at Talking Transition

    In case you missed it, here’s a special edition of NY1‘s show “Road to City Hall“, under the Talking Transition Tent in SoHo. LatinTRENDS publisher & founder Juan Guillen speaks on a panel, along with incoming dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Sarah Bartlett and the executive director of the...

  • Entertainment
    Young Voices: A New York City Art Haven dies in the name Gentrification

    Once a blank warehouse turned graffiti canvas which contained some truly inspiring and creative murals has once again become blank. From the deceased Hip-Hop Rapper Biggie Smalls to other figures of popular culture to political drawings, the renowned graffiti haven known as 5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin’ or the 5...

  • Entertainment
    Controversy in Argentina, Bieber defaces country’s flag

    It’s not uncommon for musical performers to be bombarded with tossed flowers, teddy bears, signs, and maybe some unmentionable undergarments from audience members during concerts. The display, while can be hazardous, is simply a means by fans who want to give something back as a trinket of their adoration. However, some artists...

  • iConomy
    Is Paloma Noyola Bueno the next Steve Jobs?

    Justly believed to be this generation’s top inventor, American entrepreneur and inventor of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs has been called the one mind being revolutionizing the personal computer. However, according to Wired they have found the next Steve Jobs. According to the technology publication, Paloma Noyola Bueno is believed to be the...

  • iConomy
    The Day After: New York City and New Jersey Election Results

    Yesterday many people across the country went out and acted on their civil duty and voted. As we all should know November 5th is Election Day and people took to voting booths to either re-elect or put in new representatives they feel were worthy of their votes. According to Observers of this...

  • Entertainment
    Rising Latino Actor cast in 50 Shades of Grey

    While the film has yet to begin filming, and received a minor setback, there is a new casting announcement to the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey film. Latino actor Victor Rasuk has been cast as José Rodriguez, the best friend to the book and film’s protagonist Anastasia Steele to be played by...

  • Entertainment
    Two Latino Theater Institutions Expected To Merge

    In order to brighten the spotlight on Latino performing arts, Pregones Theater in the Bronx and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan are said to be making the cross boroughs reach to merge together and become a powerhouse in showcasing the theatrical creativity the Latino community has to show. According to...

  • Entertainment
    Local Organization reminds their South Bronx residents to Vote

    This Tuesday is Election Day where we will be heading to the voter booths to select new or re-elect already sitting officials to represent us. Ensuring that many know the importance of this day, local community organization known as the Heart of the South Bronx is making a grand effort this weekend...

  • Entertainment
    Google honors the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz’s 88th Birthday

    Today marks the 88th birthday of the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz and to honor the singer whose voice was just as sparkling as her image Google has dedicated its browser image to the Late Latin superstar. In her iconic blue and white wig and clad in a peacock style gown, Cruz...