LatinTRENDS and AID FOR AIDS present “MEZCLA Pop-Up Performances & Art Show”

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LatinTRENDS and AID FOR AIDS are proud to present “MEZCLA Pop-Up Performances & Art Show,”on Tuesday, July 1, 6pm–10pm, at the Spanish Society’s historic space (La Nacional) at 239 West 14th Street in Manhattan. The show features the MEZCLA awards, pop-up performances and an art sale. Enjoy complimentary sangria, Santa Teresa Rum and an art-filled evening free of charge.

The MEZCLA awards will be presented to those who have demonstrated a commitment to empowering the Latino community.The honorees are: Olga Merediz, the Tony-nominated actress for the Broadway musical “In The Heights” who currently stars in the new George Lopez sitcom “Saint George”; Carlos Vassallo, who has single-handedly provided hundreds of Latino professionals with a networking space through Latinvision Media Inc., the company he founded which organizes conferences about the Latino marketplace; and the team at FoxNewsLatino.com, a pioneer news site that underscored the importance of Latino news before many other networks caught on. It is a leading source of information for the Latino community.

Pop-up performers include: Zing Experience, Lea McGowan, J.Truly, the inimitable Barbra Herr and Rossmery Almonte from HBO’s Habla Women

Others like Chelsea Clinton, Carolina Herrera, Miguel Bose and Marc Jacobs have all used their power to back the mission of AID FOR AIDS.

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The art sale, featuring donated art from renowned Latino artists, is open from Tuesday, July 1, at 11am–10pm and Wednesday, July 2, from 11am–6pm.All proceeds from art purchases benefit AID FOR AIDS (AFA) www.aidforaids.org.

This summer the non-profit AID FOR AIDS (AFA) is preparing to go where no other Latino organization has ever gone before. AFA’s annual My Hero Gala will be the first organized by a Latino group at The Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That’s the renowned Egyptian temple that was built around 15 BC and the same space that recently hosted the ribbon-cutting of the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

AFA Founder and Executive Director Jesus Aguais and Maury Eugenia Maury who has been the president of the AID FOR AIDS board since 2003 have witnessed their colossal effort make this non-profit the world’s largest HIV medicine redistribution program—collecting perfectly good medication that was being discarded and ensuring that it reaches those in need. In the last 18 years, AFA has redistributed almost $110 million of life-saving medication—absolutely free—to more than 18,000 people worldwide. And although AFA has a global focus, the organization has concentrated on Latin America and the Caribbean, regions that remain largely overlooked in the fight against HIV.

This summer in addition to Maria Eugenia Maury, the 2014 My Hero Gala co-chairs Graciela Dauhajre, Angélica Fuentes Téllez, and Alejandro Santo Domingo are determined to continue raising money to fight for better healthcare and against the stigma that people living with HIV/AIDS still endure. In the case of Ms. Fuentes Téllez that means personally financing the gala at the Met which takes place on October 30.

The truth is that here in the US we live during a period of great breakthroughs in HIV treatment. HIV has become another treatable chronic illness like diabetes or high blood pressure. But throughout Latin America HIV is still potentially lethal. For example while fewer than 200 babies with HIV are born each year in the United States due to advances that stop mother to child transmission, the numbers are still unnecessarily high in many parts of the Caribbean, and South and Central America.

This summer AFA is indeed preparing to go where no other Latino organization has ever gone before. But it will go way beyond the essential gala at The Temple of Dendur. AID FOR AIDS will continue to go to small towns and big cities throughout Latin America and the world to combat the great tragedy which is that millions can still die from a treatable virus.

About AID FOR AIDS: AFA manages the world’s largest HIV medicine redistribution program—collecting good medication that was being discarded and ensuring it reaches those in need. AFA has redistributed almost $110 million of life-saving medicine—absolutely free—to more than 18,000 people, mostly in Latin America. AFA also provides health and education services to immigrants in New York with HIV. For more about AID FOR AIDS go to www.aidforaids.org

About LatinTRENDS: LatinTRENDS is a multi-platform media company that connects with the aspirational Spanish-dominant and acculturated Hispanic Community. It connects with its audience via print magazine, e-Newsletter, website, events, and geo-targeted marketing. For more on LatinTRENDS go to www.latintrends.com

Valentine’s Day is all about (RED)

This Valentine’s Day, gift seekers can take us closer to an AIDS FREE GENERATION by shopping (RED)!

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With every purchase of a (RED) product, life-saving medication is made accessible to HIV+ pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa… medication that not only keeps these women alive and healthy but also prevents them from transmitting HIV to their unborn babies by more than 98%. Literally, every (RED) purchase saves lives and brings us that much closer to reaching our goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

Every (RED) purchase is an act of love, making them great gift ideas this Valentine’s Day! Below you will find a few products that coincide perfectly with the love-filled holiday.

 

This Valentine’s Day:

Doing good has never felt so good! Enjoy Sir Richard’s (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Condom 12-Pack!

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Give the Apple of your eye an Apple (PRODUCT)RED iPod Nano and have it engraved with a special note!

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Show your loved one that your heart BEATS for them with Beats by Dr. Dre (PRODUCT)RED Solo HD headphones!

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(RED) is in the air with the Jonathan Adler (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Tomato Pop Candle!

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Share the love with the FEED Love 30 Bag!

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Charge up your boyfriend’s phone with the mophie (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Juice Pack so they never miss another “I love you” text!

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Give your boyfriend a Tshirt by GIRL that he will LOVE!

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Juanes PSA – National HIV Testing Day

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According to a recent report from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people ages 13 to 24 make up more than a quarter of new HIV infections in the U.S. each year. Every month, 1,000 young Americans become infected with HIV, and over half of those youth infected are unaware that they are HIV-positive.

In an effort to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Day on June 27, People en Español.com just premiered Juanes‘ PSA encouraging people to get tested as part of a campaign spearheaded by Lifebeat in partnership with The CDC and MTV’s GYT Now.

The PSA series, set to begin airing this month, will be carried by Sirius, Viacom, and hundreds of affiliate radio stations in the US and Puerto Rico, including Univision, and more.

Lifebeat will soon release other celebrity PSAs to promote National HIV Testing Day.

Watch Juanes’ PSA here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hs6wxfsGhA

Lifebeat on the Web:
www.lifebeat.org
www.twitter.com/lifebeat

Meet Trendsetter: Dr. Rosa M. Gil

Dr. Rosa M. Gil is the founder, President and CEO of Comunilife, Inc., a health and human services agency founded in 1989 to improve the quality of life for children, adolescents, adults, seniors and families living with mental illness, HIV/AIDS or other chronic illnesses. Comunilife helps them achieve self-sufficiency in the community through safe and affordable housing, behavioral health and social services. Comunilife has been recognized for developing Community-Defined Best Practices for Latinos.

She has had a distinguished career in the fields of health, mental health, social services and higher education. Dr. Gil served as Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Giuliani and Health Administrator of New York City. She is the former Chairperson of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. In addition she has held positions as Executive Director of Woodhull Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital; Senior Vice President of Generation and Northern Manhattan Health Network; Senior Vice President Mental Hygiene Services at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation; Executive Deputy Commissioner for Families and Children Services at the NYC Human Resources Administration. Dr. Gil is the former University Dean for Health Sciences at the City University of New York.

Some of her accomplishments include prevention and wellness initiatives; expansion of primary care; implementation of Medicaid managed care in New York City; expansion of affordable housing for seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and mental illness; created the first ever Medical Respite Program in New York City; increased access to health insurance; implemented a nationally recognized program for suicide prevention among Latina adolescents and development of the Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations™

Dr. Gil is the Chairperson of the Community Advisory Board of New York University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and serves as Commissioner on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Commission on Women Issues. She is a member of President Carter Center Mental Health Task Force and the Board of Trustees of EmblemHealth, Inc. Dr. Gil has served on the New York State Commission of Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (The Berger Commission); New York State Governor’s Adult Home and the Mentally Ill Persons Task Force; Planning Board of the Surgeon General Report on Mental Health; National Advisory Council to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Minority Women Panel of Health Experts of the U.S. Public Health Services. She is one of the founders of the Urban Institute for Behavioral Health of New York City, Latino Commission on AIDS, the Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals and 100 Hispanic Women.

Dr. Gil has published numerous articles on mental health, ethnicity, and child welfare and gender issues. She is the co-author of the “Maria Paradox,” the first authoritative book on self-esteem and Hispanic women.

Q&A

1. Share the greatest impact of your childhood.

The Cuban revolution truly impacted my childhood.

2. Define your experience growing up?

I grew up in an environment with an emphasis on hard work and having a sound education. Another value we had growing up was a commitment to help others in need.

3. Tell us some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome.

As a Cuban refugee, I came to this country when I was 20 years old. I had to overcome the challenges of a new environment, such as language and culture. My main challenge was to know how to overcome these changes in my new environment. When I grew up with strong work values, it helped me navigate my way in a new country.

4. What would you say was the greatest positive influence on your career?

The changes that occurred in the US in the 1960s such as the improvements with respect to the African-American community as well as conditions for women. This inspired me to move forward with my own career.

5. As an honoree, what do you hope that being a trendsetter will inspire you to accomplish?

To be a role model to others and to improve the lives of Latinos in the US in terms of better education, economic and social conditions. Also, to empower US Latinos to make this country a better place for them.

Ricky Martin is the new face of MAC Cosmetics

The new spokespeople take over MAC’s 2012 Viva Glam campaign in February, according to a press release; the new images are being shot today in Miami by David LaChapelle. Ricky Martin is the campaign’s third male spokesperson after Elton John in 2001 and Boy George in 2004. MAC donates 100 percent of the proceeds from Viva Glam lip products to fight HIV and AIDS.