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Hispanic High School Students Receive over $300,000 in Scholarships


THE RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship Program Celebrates its 28TH ANNIVERSARY

Yankee stadium is not just a place of hits, fouls and outs. It’s a venue that also host future homerun hitters in academia. This week it hosted the 28th edition of HACER Scholarship recipients, given to outstanding college bound Latino high school graduates. This year’s 17 students received a total of $300,000 in scholarship funds. For many this money is a game changer, as it will alleviate and help with their financial matters. Its estimated that HACER Scholarship recipients have a 90% graduation rate…now that’s a grand slam!


The HACER scholarship program was established by local Hispanic McDonald’s Owner/Operators in the New York Metro as a way of providing opportunities to Hispanic youth, and to encourage and promote civic responsibility in their communities.  To date, the program has awarded almost $8 million in scholarships to more than 1,200 high-school seniors in the New York Tri-State Area.


This year, the program received submissions from more than 3,000 students. The 17 scholarship winners were recognized for their educational accomplishments and commitment to the Hispanic community by the RMHC/HACER selection committee, comprised by Hispanic media outlets, community influencers, education professionals, and McDonald’s local owners.




This year, the program received submissions from more than 3,000 students. The 17 scholarship winners were recognized for their educational accomplishments and commitment to the Hispanic community by the RMHC/HACER selection committee, comprised by Hispanic media outlets, community influencers, education professionals, and McDonald’s local owners.





Hosting this year’s celebration was Fox 5’s traffic reporter, Ines Rosales. In attendance were the 17 scholarship winners and their families, selection committee members, representatives from Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Corporate, local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and members of the local press.


2015 HACER Scholarship Recipients

  1. Tracy Villalpando, New York University, Childood Education, Ozone Park, NY, $40,000
  2. Selena Bermeo, Queens College, Elementary Education, Corona, NY, $20,000
  3. John Alvarez, Cornell, Biology and Society, Little Neck,NY,$16,000
  4. Andre Aquije-Flores, Carnegie Mellon, Economics,Fort Lee, NJ, $16,000
  5. Ayling Dominguez, University of Chicago, Biology,Bronx,NY,$16,000
  6. Mateo Gilsilvetti, Princeton University, Molecular Biology and Certificate Neuroscience, North Plainfield,NJ, $16,000
  7. Fernando Hipólito, Princeton University, Engineering, Woodhaven,NY, $16,000
  8. María Lima, NJIT, Mechanical Engineering, Linden,NJ, $16,000
  9. Jennifer Luna, Ramapo College, Business Management, Hackensack,NJ, $16,000
  • Michelle Mendia, Arcadia University, Criminology, Point Pleasant,NJ, $16,000
  • Natalie Moncayo, Columbia University, Chemical Engineering, Union City,NJ, $16,000
  • Diana Paneque, Peter’s University, Biology, Union City,NJ, $16,000
  • Yoselin Paucar, Macaulay Honors College at John Jay, Forensic Science, Ridgewood,NY, $16,000
  • Katie Ramírez, University of Pennsylvania, Biochemistry, Elisabeth,NJ, $16,000
  • Lidia Remache, Rensselaer Politechnic Institute, Chemical Engineering, Hackensack,NJ, $16,000
  • Juliana Romero, Kean University, Doublae Major – Pre-Med and Athletic Training, Elmwood Park,NJ, $16,000
  • David Villacis, Yale University, Economics Finance, Union City, NJ $16,000


About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) is working to better the lives of children and their families in our communities, by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the well -being of children and their families.  For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State area, visit


The 1st video ever posted on YouTube!

Presentation2This video was posted by Jawed Karim, Co-founder of YouTube on April 23rd 2005. So YouTube Celebrates 10 years Today!

Jawed founded the concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, whom he had met while working at PayPal.

Karim had been attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but left campus after Co- Founder of PayPal and Illinois alum Max Levchin approached him to become one of PayPal’s early employees. While at PayPal, he implemented the company’s first real-time anti-fraud system.
Karim returned to school and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 2004, and subsequently co-founded YouTube in 2005. Karim then enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University , but remained an advisor to YouTube. When YouTube was acquired by Google in October 2006 for $1.6 billion, Karim’s stock was valued at $64.6 million, whereas the other two Co – Founders earned around $326 million.

Karim has also launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures financial-organization/youniversity-ventures) with early PayPal investors Kevin Hartz and Keith Rabols. The firm’s focus is on former and current students at Stanford University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Karim is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree at Stanford, where the firm holds regular office hours.

Artists Celebrate The Last Dragon with Art Show

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

The New York native and pop-culture aficionado, Amy Collado, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the popular 80’s flick “The Last Dragon” with amazing art works inspired by the movie.

The art show, “In Search of the Master,” was a tribute to Berry Gordy’s film The Last Dragon, which first debut in 1985 and starred professional karate and kun-fu fighter Taimak Guarriello. The lead actor, Guarriello, whose mother is black and father Italian, was 19-years-old when he was featured in the film.

“The show celebrates one of my favorite movies of all time,” said Collado, who curated the show at Fresthetic (fresh aesthetic) – an urban fashion boutique and art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “This was a perfect fusion of celebrating my 30th birthday and the anniversary of this film,” said Collado.

The first piece displayed was by Emilio Ramos, a visual artist that presented a Japanese female with a bandana-like cover over her mouth of a dragon’s eye. The Japanese symbol of a sun was the acrylic painting’s backdrop with red and yellow rays shooting out from the red sun. “I was excited about this event because it combines my love for this movie and my artistic style,” Ramos said.

Most art galleries (if not all) take a huge percentage from the sale of the art during the exhibition. Not Amy! She and Fresthetic are giving all proceeds to the artists that have contributed to the exhibition. “I’m a fan of these artists and I wanted to help fund their creativity,” Collado, also known as “Amz”, said last night at the opening.

The showing will continue in Fresthetic at 552 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211. Artists that contributed to this exhibition were (in no particular order): Candy J, Neriah McBain, Keith A. Stephens, Kas Alexander, Clockwork Cros, Brian Kirhagis, Mauro Balcazar, JE The Vandl, Emilio Ramos and Will Focus.

Bronx Borough President & “Rap Artist” Ruben Diaz Jr….that’s right “Rap Artist”!

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Look out JayZ. This New York Borough President can Rap. See Video below!

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. likes rap and occasionally joins artist like Rakim on stage during a Bronx Week festival as shown in this video. Altough most politicians stay away from rap…like it’s the flu, as rap music with its in your face lyrics, scare off many political types, at least publicly. These elected officials are after all public figures, always looking after their image and how people see them…by the way; how people see them does not necessarily equate to how they really are people… This borough president grew up in the Bronx, the very place that gave birth to Hip Hop (and Salsa and modern day Bachata as well), he is a byproduct of the 80’s, add that to his Bronx surrounding growing up, and chances are very high that he has an affinity to this music, and he is not afraid to show it. he’s actually not too bad, “ he can spit a word or two”. However don’t quite your day job Mr. Borough Prez!

Mourning The Loss Of An Entertainment Legend, JOAN RIVERS R.I.P. (1933-2014)


We have lost one of the greatest! Joan Rivers, the internationally renowned comedian, Emmy-award-winning television talk-show host, Tony-award-nominated actress, bestselling author, screenwriter, film director, columnist, lecturer, radio host, jewelry designer, cosmetic-company entrepreneur, and red-carpet fashion laureate. Many of us just know of Joan as a bold comedian who said what she had to say with “no holds bar.” But above it all Joan was a proud mother and grandmother.

Her daughter Melissa shared these words, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” then went on to say, “My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”

Her daughter Melissa, was her best friend, her confidant. The decision to remove her from life support, one can only imagine the heartache she endured. During this traumatic time Melissa was surrounded by close family and friends by her mother’s side. Joan’s private room was filled with flowers and the star’s her hair and makeup had continued to be done as this “Fashion Police” Queen would of wanted.

Joan Rivers you will be missed by all. Her charismatic sense of humor and moxie personality were just a few of the many amazing qualities that had her outshine the brightest light in this world.

RIP Joan Rivers

Is Kim Kardashian “Selfish”?


The word on the streets is that Kim Kardashian is putting together a big book of selfies called “Selfish“. Initially the idea came from a sexy polaroid photo book she created while on a family trip. The photo book was her hubby Kanye West‘s Valentine Day gift.

It ended up turning out so cool that we come up with this idea to do a book, a selfie book,Kardashian said on the Keeping Up with the Kardashians show “And so, I’m going to make some super-racy. I mean, every girl takes full pictures of their [rear] in the mirror…I might share some of them.


Although many folks are calling her self-centered and believe this book will be a flop. I think this is clever business move. We all know it will sell and even folks that criticize the idea will sneak a couple of looks inside. I won’t be surprised if this makes the NY Times Bestsellers List.

Selfish” will be a 352-page hardcover book completely made up of selfies. Coming April 2015.


MTV Latin America Launches New Show: “Acapulco Shore”

Acapulco Shore is currently in production and like the hit reality show Jersey Shore it will follow the lives of eight charismatic young Mexicans living in and around the beach resort town of Acapulco.


“Drama, friendship and partying — the hallmarks of the MTV franchise are all encapsulated in Acapulco Shore” said Maria Iregui, Brand Manager of MTV Latin America.

MTV Latin America is also planning on releasing a Mexican re-version of MTV’s comedy clip show “Ridiculousness” and “Catfish Colombia” which plan to air in September.

MTV Latin America (also known as MTV Latinoamérica, MTV Latino or MTV Latin) is distributed via satellite, cable, and other terrestrial distribution in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Check your local listing for air times and dates.

Curvy Ladies, Checkout These Swimsuit Bargains

Sad to report that summer is almost coming to an end however now is the time to stock up on your swimsuits for the last weeks of summer and for those upcoming Fall/Winter vacations to the Caribbeans. Embrace all your curves and edges with these great finds.


Top $58.80
Bottom: $52.80






$58.50 (Set)




Top: $30.49
Bottom: $22.86

Worst Of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015

When selecting a swimsuit I always think of my tan lines but surprisingly I think these swim looks were not made with a sun in mind.







Are tan lines important to you when selecting a swimsuit?
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Eva Mendes: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Last week it was confirmed that 33 year old Ryan Gosling and 40 year old Eva Mendes are expecting their first child together. YAY!


The ultra sexy couple have been dating for nearly three years. Now the shocking part of this baby announcement is Mendes is actually giving birth in the next 2 month. You see…she is allegedly 7 months pregnant and was hiding out for months to keep this a secret. Now that the cat is out we are all excited to see that baby bump.