Kim Kardashian look-alike leads a cartel killing squad

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When you look at Claudia Ochoa Felix you may think ‘wow, she kinda looks like the Latina version of Kim Kardashian’ and you wouldn’t be alone in that thought. However, when you look at Ochoa Fox would you ever think that she could be the leader of an elite murdering squad used regularly by a Mexican drug cartel?

If you said no, well you’re not alone in that thought either.

With long sleek brown hair, intense eyes, and a curvy body, Ochoa Fox has become somewhat of a media sensation. Apart from being described as the doppelganger of Kim Kardashian, Ochoa Fox recent popularity stems from allegations that she is the new ruler of a known Mexican killing squad known as, Los Ántrax .

Reports have been circulating that Ochoa Fox, aged 27 and mother of three, is now the leader of Los Ántrax which has been reported as being under the employ of the Sinaloa Cartel, a coldblooded drug cartel, in Mexico to do their murderous bidding.

Listed as one of Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking organizations in the world, by the U.S. authorities, The Sinaloa Cartel has protected and have hired members of the killer squad Los Ántrax to carry out their assignments and to ensure their reign remains.

Allegedly, Ochoa Fox—also known as La Emperatriz—acquired the leadership of Los Ántrax after her well-known hit-man boyfriend, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa was arrested and taken to prison. After Gamboa’s arrest, Ochoa Fox is said to have taken over Los Ántrax despite the Latina vehement denial that she has any affiliation to the cartel.

Photo of Claudia Ochoa Felix, or La Emperatriz, the alleged new leader of Los Ántrax surrounded by armed men.

Photo of Claudia Ochoa Felix, or La Emperatriz, the alleged new leader of Los Ántrax surrounded by armed men.

Despite making claims that she and Gamboa are nothing more than friends, Ochoa Fox’s word has been questioned due to an incident and photos of the Latina.

On her social media accounts, particularly Instagram, Ochoa Fox there are photos of Ochoa Fox posed in ways similar to Kardashian while wielding AKA-47 that has been personalized colored pink. Also, on such sites Ochoa Fox has posted updates discussing her luxurious yet reportedly dangerous lifestyle.

But sites like Facebook and apps like Instagram aren’t the only things linking Ochoa Fox to being the new leader of Los Ántrax. Another reason as to why Ochoa Fox may be connected to Los Ántrax is due to a murder-gone-wrong incident.

Recently, there was an alleged hit made on Ochoa Fox’s life when gunmen grabbed a young woman who looked similar to Ochoa Fox. The young woman hooded gunmen snatched was named, Yuriana Castillo.The woman’s body was later found behind a school body; she had been tortured before her death.

But for Ochoa Fox the claims regarding her link to Gamboa and reports that she is the new leader of Los Ántrax is simply false.

According to Ríodoce, a Mexican newspaper that focuses on the Drug War in Sinaloa, Mexico and based in Sinola’s city of Culiacán, a press conference was held by Ochoa Fox and her attorney in response to the recent attention she has received in the media.

During the press conference, Ochoa Fox and her lawyer stated that Ochoa Fox’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts had been cloned and were being used to defame her.

According to Ochoa Fox, the photos in questions are a discredit to her life since she does not live a life of luxury and does not have armed men surrounding her; the latter statement refers to a photo of Ochoa Fox posed in a chair surrounded by hooded men wearing bulletproof vests. Also, Ochoa Fox has stated that many photos on the cloned accounts are not photos of hers at all.

Since the released statement at the press conference the social media accounts where these photos were once posted have been deleted. Ochoa Fox’s lawyer has also stated in the press conference that Ochoa Fox will be working with Mexican authorities to uncover the true culprit who created the accounts and published the false photos.

Now, in the matter of Yuriana Castillo there are reports that Castillo, much like Ochoa Fox, was a close associate of Gamboa. But the true nature of their relationship is yet unknown.

Whether Ochoa Fox is the new leader of Los Ántrax or merely an innocent Instagram users who likes talking selfies with guns, time will tell since it seems like Ochoa Fox will not be going anywhere any time soon much like her overnight sensation counterpart Kim Kardashian.

Eva Longoria – “Latinos in America Must Unite”

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What do Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Colombians, and Peruvians all have in common?

The answer is simple: they are all Latino. The only thing that truly makes anyone from the above group different from each other is the cultural background associated to each group. For those who aren’t Latino may not think we are different and few Latinos as being a united group.

However, that idea is not exactly true.

While there is a strong sense of Latino pride for many Latinos, when it comes to being or feeling a sense of unity to others who are not of the same national background it seems non-existent. It is this sense of division among Latinos which has some Latino stars are suggesting that if we remove, Latinos could only benefit and progress forward as a united people.

Since becoming a superstar in her own right, Eva Longoria has used her fame earned by her stint as a Housewife on ABC’s Desperate Housewives into becoming a philanthropist to aid the Latino community within the country. And one way that Longoria has aided Latinos is through her very own foundation.

Since its establishment back in 2010, the intention of the Eva Longoria Foundation is to encourage and help Latinas across the country succeed through either educational and/or entrepreneurial pursuits. According to Longoria, the foundations mostly focuses on Latinas because she sees the growing demographic of Latinos in this country and believes that women in the community need more of a push because they “make the world go round.”

I grew up with a family of strong, accomplished, and educated women. I believe, as they say, that you can’t be what you don’t see, and since I saw a lot of smart women in my life, education being at the center, I just mimicked that behavior. There was never a question that I’d go to college. In fact, I was the last person in my family to get a master’s degree, so that tells you I’m actually the underachiever!

Although her foundation may be devoted to aiding the growth of Latinas, Longoria strongly feels that both women and men could both benefit in progressing upward if only we as a community come together to help one another out.

We have to support and lift each other up. Latinos have not historically been a culture that unites easily. We’re very factioned—you have your Mexican Americans, your Puerto Ricans, your Cuban Americans, your Central Americans—and sometimes we focus on the differences more than the commonalities.

And Longoria is not alone in this ideology. At the recent PaleyFest held this weekend, Gina Rodriguez the star of Jane The Virgin took part of a panel that discussed Latinos on Television and the actress gave advice to other Latino actors.

We need to unite,” said Rodriguez, suggesting one way to do so is by Latino actors opting to portray characters of different Latino nationalities beside their own to show this unity. “They see us as one community—we need to be one community. Let’s do that, use our power as Latinos, whatever culture you identify with and celebrate.

Being of Latino origin I have experienced, and seen, that there are fractions that exist within the Latino community. There are some Latinos, mostly Latinos of South America, who are being stereotyped or persecuted for being immigrants due to the country’s heated debate regarding how immigration—for some—harms the country or—for others—betters it. With this issue and others that are race-related and plagues the Latino community, the unifying of Latinos could aid in eliminating this issue.

Ask Judy: Am I TOO Latina For My Co-Workers?

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Ask Judy

 

Dear Judy,

I have recently begun a new job at a fashion house that is pretty recognizable. It’s a European fashion corporation and I am one of the VERY few Latinas here. I am a natural woman with curly hair, makeup limited to mascara and lip-gloss, and a curvy figure. I feel confident in my abilities but I would like to connect with my co-workers.

The problem is that we have nothing in common. I grew up in “the hood” and they grew up in cozy cul de sacs. I am proud of my curves and they eat edamame for lunch. I just don’t have anything in common with these Barbie doll co-workers.

What can I do to connect? I feel like failing to connect will hinder my progress in the company and I don’t want to seem antisocial.

Sola en este cubicle,
Yolanda

 

Hola, Yolanda!!

Congratulations on your new job!! You go, girl! Believe it or not, I know how you feel..I too am a natural woman with curly hair, and I always say I may be chunky, but I’m funky! I read your letter today, and shortly after, I went to a zumba class, where I found myself the only Latina there as well. I looked around: Caucasian, African-American, Indian and Asian…what a mixture!! I could tell all the ladies were regulars, but it was my first time there. So, I decided to do all the things I suggest you do.

Instead of feeling uncomfortable that I was the only Latina, I was happy. In my mind, I told myself, “I’m going to show these women how much fun I can be!” So there I was, shaking my booty, and yelling out, “Wepaaaa!” And in a few minutes some of the ladies were hooting and hollering with me. Some looked at me as if I was a strange alien, but I didn’t care. And that’s what you need to do.

Yolanda, you were hired because you are obviously very talented and the right person for the job. Perhaps your company felt it was time to bring in someone new, someone Latina. This is your chance to show them…to represent us. Be yourself. If you try to be anything else so you can “fit in,” you are going to find yourself disliked. People can see through fakeness.

I bet as time passes, they will appreciate your uniqueness. And remember if you don’t love yourself first, no one else will love you. So flaunt that curly hair and curvy figure!! I can tell already you are absolutely beautiful! Wepaaaa!!!

Love,
Judy

New York’s Mom & Pop Businesses are Being Replaced by BIG Corporations

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Hey! Want to grab a bite to eat at the original 2nd Avenue Deli in the East Village?

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How about we grab some lunch at Manatus restaurant on Bleecker Street?

Then maybe grab something from Ralph’s Discount City up in TriBeca?

And why not stop by the great home of punk rock CBGB in the East Village, yeah?

Well, you kind of can’t anymore since these notable New York City landmarks are no longer around.

Considered local fixtures in the neighborhoods, familiar and popular mom-and-pop stores, diners, restaurants, and shops are slowly becoming extinct in the evolving city due to staggering rent hikes and a lackluster economy. Unable to withstand the hardship, many of these familiar shops are being replaced by big name corporations like Subway or Dunkin Donunts or banks like Chase and Capital One.

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In their photo book Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York, photographers James T. and Karla L. Murray take readers on a visual tour of some of the familiar and irreplaceable store fronts that line street after street of New York City.

Choosing places that “look like they’ve been around forever” the duo has in a way allowed such locales to exist forever in photographic form. Organized by borough and then subdivided into neighborhoods, the photographic book poses as an encyclopedia of sorts that manages to preserves the now extinct shops that have become replaced by commercial businesses.

“The purpose of the photos in the before and after project is to clearly spell out and provide documentation of not only what storefronts have been lost but also what is often lacking in what replaces them,” said the photographers.

The book depicts the dramatic alteration in the appearance of many familiar local spots in New York City. From 2001 to 2007, the book contains a good decade of how scathing rental prices are forcing out mom-and-pop shops which are being replaced with chain stores belonging to commercial businesses.

The shop-owners frequently acknowledged that they were at the mercy of their landlords and the ever-increasing rents they charged,” and if the shop-owners could not meet the increasing rent, “big rent hikes meant that many small businesses closed to be replaced by chain stores or banks, which could afford the higher rent.

According to the book, Max Fish, a bar located on the Lower East Side is an example of being a victim to rising rent costs. The bar opened in 1989 and its rent was a mere $2,000 a month, however after a series of rent increases and being opened for a good 24 years the bar closed with a reported $16,000 rent cost. The rent was due to increase again if the bar remained opened.

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Until you place them side-by-side and really look at the two photos, you cannot get the true sense of loss,” explained the Murrays, discussing how powerful the images taken are when you show what was beside the what is.

The two also add, “the trend we noticed very early on while photographing the original stores was that if the shop-owner did not own the entire building, their business was already in jeopardy.

Mom-and-pop shops are not the only familiar local spots being replaced by commercial businesses. Late last year, 5 Pointz–5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin’ or the 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center–was an outdoor graffiti haven considered an art cultural center to many was white-washed—the numerous art pieces that were spray-painted on its wall was marked out with white paint—by the builders owners.

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The white-washing came after 5 Pointz owner and supporters lost am ongoing battle to remaining standing. The building is scheduled to be torn down and make way for new condos and business shops in its place.

While the book can be a bit grim showcasing the demise of familiar shops, shops that are either replaced by corporations or gutted to the group, the book also contains some hope.

Among some of the photos taken, the Murrays have included side-by-side photos of old shops being replaced not by large corporations but fellow and new mom-and-pop shops. These images show some hope that not all is being taken over by large commercial businesses but there are still regular folk with businesses of their own trying to make it in this ever changing world.

Heighten Racism of the 2016 Presidential Elections

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Initially, when it came to the 2016 Presidential Elections I wanted to forego discussing anything that was going on politically in the country.

Yes, I know that to do nothing means that I am not privy to make any comments when something unsavory results due to my inaction. However, my choosing to be neutral when it comes to either engaging friends in conversations or when it comes to thinking about what to write for LatinTRENDS I wasn’t straying away from the elections because I didn’t know what was going on but I knew what was coming and I wouldn’t be able to stomach it.

When I look at the current contenders battling it out within the United States of America I do not hear the promises being made by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, or Ted Crus, but what I do hear is a monolith of ignorance, bigotry, and hatred being tossed about so loudly that it makes an air raid siren sound no louder than a miniscule mouse.

I wanted to abstain from talking about Donald Trump and his traveling circus of hatred—also known as his campaign trail to become our 45th President. I wanted to avoid it because it is impossible to remain opinion-free lately when it comes to anything Trump.

However, what once seemed to be an impossibility is so slowly becoming possible: Trump could very well be our next president. And since this may be an actuality, I am breaking my “if you have an opinion don’t write about it,” rule in order to discuss what is really going on within this election season.

This election doesn’t appear to be about politics anymore, in fact it appears solely to be about one very problematic social issue within our society. This election is showing a deep-rooted issue in our society that has been overlooked for far too long and has resurrected a monstrous sentiment from our past: Racism.

Since making his announcement that he will run for president, Trump has been steadily making this country become accustomed to his irrational and racist rhetoric regarding those he views as being opponents against making “America Great Again!.”

The one thing these opponents appear to have in common: they are all non-white.

Trump’s rallies have become a hotbed of racial aggression for those viewed as non-whites thanks to Trumps continued degrading of Latinos, Blacks, and Muslim citizens living in the country. His continued condemning and blaming of non-whites as to being the reason why our country isn’t “great” has resulted in his rallies being attended by white supremacist as well as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Trump has even become endorsed by the likes of David Duke who is the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan stating that Trump is the only candidate who is “best of the lot.

The appearance of the racists showing up at Trump’s rallies eerily reminds me of footage taken throughout the 50s & 60s in-which non-white civilians are verbally and physically assaulted by whites around them solely because of the color of their skin. And sadly, recent captured footage only adds to the sickening feeling the above images illicit.

Earlier this month, at two separate Trump rallies young black students were forcibly removed from the rallies. They were yelled at, they were shoved, and some were even physically assaulted after Trump ordered the crowds to remove any potential disruptors. These students weren’t merely thrown out because they appeared to be possible disruptors but were removed by the largely white crowd because they were Black.

The incident became a viral showing a group of men, some reported to being associated with white supremacist organizations, physically shoving and yelling at young woman named Shiya Nwanguma as she was led out of the rally.

Since this incident numerous protests have sprung up—more so than before originally led by Black Lives Matters movement—in order to show that while some are accepting Trump’s message there are a great deal of others who are not.

Last Friday in Chicago, protesters stood outside a Trump rally being held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion and because of the large presence the Trump rally was cancelled thus leading to a confrontation between Trump supporters and protesters outside. One moment from this event will forever be a part of history occurred when a Trump supporter encountered a protester outside.

In the image seen above, Birgitt Peterson—aged 69—is caught giving the “Heil Hitler” salute which has become a gesture linked to Nazism. Michael Joseph Garza, who appears in the picture, took to his Facebook page to write about the incident which has received its own viral firestorm.

According Garza, he was trying to help Peterson and her husband along with other Trump supporters leave the Pavilion by waving his hand through a clear route made for them. After indicating for Peterson to go, Garza stated that she responded with:

Go? Back in my day, you know what we did—” And then ended the exchange with the Hitler salute.

Now, Peterson has refuted claims that she and her husband or Nazis or White Supremacist—she’s alleges that the gesture was merely her attempt to correct protests who equated Trump to Adolf Hitler by showing them the difference. An attempt she clearly failed in doing.

No.

The fact that he attracts racists and bigots doesn’t appear to bother Trump, in fact it seems to only empower him because as Trump has noted on several occasions those who attend his rallies are either passionate or fed up with the state of the country. And in-response to the aggression his supporters have displayed, well according to Trump that’s the protestors fault. So, while it is easy to blame Trump for the recent racial tensions that is currently unfolding in this country he is not to blame.

I recently saw a meme which stated—to a certain degree that—the racial issue in this country is equivalent to the lights being turned on in an apartment and spotting all the bugs scurrying away because of the light being cast upon them. Basically, the meme is addressing how 1) the issue of race is only a problem for most until a light is shined onto it and we see how disgusting it is because it is right in our faces and 2) if it continues to go unnoticed it will lead to a greater infestation that could possible become far too great to stop.

The racial issues in this country has been on a steady rise; it has been sitting in a boiling pot for a good long while now and it is beginning to boil over to a point that everyone can see just how problematic it is.

The campaigning for the 45th presidency has shined a huge light on how the continued ignorance and lack of addressing this country’s issue regarding race has become more troublesome. If this issue continues to go unchecked, if we do not find a way to address it, and we permit an individual like Trump or a candidate who will not resolve this ongoing issue then the notion that we are all created equal is nothing more than dead, poetic words.

New ’24’ Reboot Series could star a Latino Lead!

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Kiefer Sutherland is no longer a part of the planned 24 series, and now with a spot to fill a Latino or African-American could be the new lead in the spy drama 24:Legacy.

According to recent reports, Sutherland—who was the star of and originally made the 9 year series which ran from 2001 to 2010—is no longer returning to the show for its remake so the powers that be at FOX want the role left opened to be filled by an African-American or Latino Actor.

Executives of the developing series have mentioned that they open to the idea of a Latino actor coming on board for the series because they want a lead role to be completely different from the show’s original spy Jack Bauer. Also, the idea of presenting a show with a diverse cast is their initial effort because they want the reboot to feel different with some distinction from the original series.

The pilot will feature an all-new cast of characters and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with each episode representing one hour of an eventful day,” said FOX, in a released press statement.

Although casting is still pending and filming has not yet begun, the reboot series is set to follow a military hero named Eric Carter upon his return to the United States. However, Carter’s return home isn’t avoidant of danger since trouble from his former operation has returned home with him. It’s the trouble from his former operation that leads Carter to the Counter Terrorist Unit for both protection and to take up missions to prevent a possible wide terrorist attack in the country.

For the series return, original producers Howard Gordon, Evan Katz and Manny Coto will be taking up the helm of the highly anticipated 24:Legacy.

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PUBLISHER’S COLUMN – APRIL 2015

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Originally published in the April 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

Pageant Trends

Paulina Vega beautifies the cover of LatinTRENDS this issue. Paulina became the 23rd Miss Universe with originsin Latin America.

Beauty Pageants and Latinas go well together. Latin American beauty queens have been consistently crowned since the Miss Universe pageant began in 1952. In fact, over one-third of the total Miss Universe winners come from the region. Venezuela is especially known for its seven titles, second only to the U.S. who has a total of eight. Puerto Rico follows close behind with five crowns while Mexico, Brazil and now Colombia each have two. Here is the complete list below, ordered chronologically: 1957 Gladys Zender (Peru); 1958 Luz Marina Zuluaga (Colombia); 1962 Norma Beatriz  Nolan (Argentina); 1963 Iêda Maria Vargas (Brazil); 1968 Martha Vasconcellos (Brazil); 1970 Marisol Malaret (Puerto Rico); 1979 Maritza Sayalero (Venezuela); 1981 Irene Sáez (Venezuela); 1985 Deborah Carthy-Deu (Puerto Rico); 1986 Bárbara Palacios Teyde (Venezuela); 1987 Cecilia Bolocco (Chile); 1991 Lupita Jones (Mexico); 1993 DayanaraTorres (Puerto Rico); 1996 Alicia Machado (Venezuela); 2001 Denise Quiñones (Puerto Rico); 2002 Justine Pasek (Panama); 2003 AmeliaVega (Dominican Republic); 2006 Zuleyka Rivera (Puerto Rico); 2008Dayana Mendoza (Venezuela); 2009 Stefanía Fernández (Venezuela); 2010 Ximena Navarrete (Mexico); 2013 María Gabriela Isler (Venezuela). Go to page 26 for our exclusive with the newly crowned beauty queen.

 

Smart Phone Trends

We all have cell phones today—in fact many people have canceled their home phone lines. Remember them? They’re becoming a thing of the past, rapidly. Smartphones have become a cultural phenomenon. Just watch people as they are waiting in line or on the subway. Doesn’t it seem like 80% to 90% of them are checking, typing, sending, watching, or playing on their mobile? It gets worse. Many times we see people participating in mobile activity while they are talking to someone, one on one! They do the same while eating, or worse, during a business meeting…no bueno, stop the madness!

It seems we can’t live without our phones. They are such a part of our lives because they are with us all the time. Technology has enabled us to connect with just about every single aspect of our lives through our smartphones, and it’s just going to get better and better as far as interacting with things, services and people. Verizon Wireless is the largest of the carriers with a whopping 125 million subscribers; following at number two is AT&T with 118 million users. Sprint, with its Bolivian-born entrepreneur Marcelo Claure as new President and CEO, is the 3rd largest carrier with about 55 million subscribers. T-Mobile is trailing right behind them as the fourth largest carrier with about 54 million subscribers. In a recent NY press conference T-Mobile’s hard-charging CEO John Legere said when they finish overtaking Sprint later this year in total number of customers, they are gunning for AT&T.

It will be interesting to see who wins the Sprint/T-Mobile marketshare war and the social media debate between both companies’ respective CEO’s—both fierce competitors. One is fighting to remain at number three and the other to become number three and then some.

Both companies have pros and cons. However, we are happy to see that a Latino has been named CEO of a Fortune 500 company, such as is the case with Sprint and Mr. Claure. However, I’m happy to report that T-Mobile doe shave Latinos in key executive positions. I recently interviewed Gabriel Torres, T-Mobile’s Vice President of Multicultural Marketing.

Gabriel shared with us that 30% of T-Mobile users are Hispanic. There are 27 million small businesses in the United States, out of which 3 million are Hispanic owned; these small businesses employ over 145 million Americans. 99% of these employees work for small businesses that have fewer than 24 employees.

These numbers are impressive, and as I write this, I am reminded of the popular quote, “Small Businesses are the backbone of the American economy.”

In addition to their consumer approach, T-Mobile has ramped up their small-business offers to include clarity in pricing such as $50 for the first line, $30 for the second, with 10 lines available for $160 a month, including unlimited voice, text and one gig of high-speed data. In addition, business users will also get a free domain on GoDaddy and a Microsoft email account hosted by Microsoft Office 365 cloud base for as long as they remain a T-Mobile business customer.

In this issue, I interview the co-founder and CEO of MiTú, YouTube’s largest Hispanic content channel. Checkout page 34 for the story.

Looking ahead, I plan to interview more leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs to bring you insights, ideas, and content that is informative, entertaining and inspirational.

  • Verizon Wireless is the largest of the carriers with a whopping 125 million subscribers.
  • Following at number two is AT&T with 118 million users.
  • Sprint, with its Bolivian-born entrepreneur, Marcelo Claure as new President and CEO, is the 3rd largest carrier withabout 55 million subscribers.
  • T-Mobile is trailing right behind them as the fourth largest carrier with about 54 million subscribers. In a recent NY press conference T-Mobile’s hard-charging CEO John Legere said when they finish overtaking Sprint later this year in total number of customers, they are gunning for AT&T, which is the second largest carrier.

Zoe Saldaña upset over forgotten Nina Simone Biopic!

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Zoe Saldaña is angry and upset that her Nina Simone biopic has yet to hit theaters after being completed nearly three years ago.

According to the 37-year-old actress, the reason no one has seen the controversial biopic is due to mismanagement and a lack of organization that surrounds the finalization of the movie. And Saldaña is not afraid of saying how disappointed she is with those who are a part of the project.

The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea,” Saldaña said in an recent interview in-which the project was discussed. “The director (Cynthia Mort) was fine, but there was a lot of mismanagement, which is why we’re still here three years later. And I’m still trying to fight with everybody to get the movie finished. Nina deserves better.”

While the movie is in post-production limbo it was not without controversy prior to shooting. When Saldaña was cast as the prominent singer and civil rights activist there was a negative response to the casting. Although Saldaña is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descendant, some felt her casting in the role should have gone to a Black actress who could portray an important figure within the Black community.

However, despite the response to her casting the actress was unyielding to it and went through with the project.

I listened to her voice, to her tone. She was angry—and rightfully so. She was a black woman born ahead of her time. Her soul, her spirit was never able to accept or adapt to the heartbreaks that life was giving her.”

For the part, Saldaña stepped out of the spotlight generated by her part in the Star Trek and Guardian of the Galaxy movie franchises to immerse herself in the project.

I needed to walk her path. As a woman, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with another woman, but I needed to be very isolated,” Saldaña said, describing how important the role was for her. “I moved out of my house for three months. I wasn’t really talking to anybody that I knew. I just needed to be all things Nina. It was so intense, and everything happened really fast.”

Since completing the project, Saldaña discusses how Nina Simone seems to be haunting her.

To this day, I can’t listen to her music. I’ll be able to listen to her and not feel so heartbroken once I either finish this movie or release it, knowing that we did the best we could, or this movie goes away,”

And while Saldaña has expressed anger in the movie’s release, she would rather her film be hidden away just as long as someone does one thing in-regards to the film’s subject.

I pray that somebody tells her story, and they do it amazingly well. And then I’ll just put this to rest. But so far I’m still hanging in there with her. We’re still fighting together to tell it like it is. And that’s the best way to be.”

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UNA EXPERTA NOS REVELA TODO SOBRE EXTENSIONES DE PELO

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El pelo es el marco de nuestro rostro, esa corona que nos puede hacer lucir bellas y confiadas o tristes e inseguras. Afortunadamente para las que nos somos tan afortunadas de tener una melena larga y abundante existen las extensiones de pelo.

Hoy en día no tienes que ser famosa o una celebridad para lucir como una, las extensiones de pelo no son un trend de moda pasajero, llegaron para quedarse y darnos la libertad de lucir bellas y despampanantes en toda ocasión.

Para conocer más sobre que son las extensiones de pelo y el proceso que envuelve esta especialidad, decidimos irnos hasta El Bronx y visitar al centro especializado en extensiones: Krailes House of Beauty.

Krailes Flores, su propietaria quien a pesar de su evidente juventud ha estado en la industria de la belleza y la aplicación de extensiones por más de 20 años, y es considerada por famosos y celebridades como “La Reina De Las Extensiones”. Esta bella dominicana se ha convertido en la latina más famosa e innovadora en cuanto a extensiones se refiere, recibiendo clientes desde todos los puntos del país y el extranjero, que viajan hasta el Bronx única y exclusivamente para poner su pelo en manos de esta experta.
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Con un gusto exquisito por la estética y la belleza, Krailes se embarcó a tiempo completo en la creación de métodos de extensiones donde no se utilizan trenzas o pegamento, y el pelo no sufre ningún tipo de daño eliminado por completo riesgos como la alopecia o la caída del pelo.
METODOS KRAILES
Existen ochos métodos, pero el más famoso es Krailes 5, que consiste en colitas flojas que no aprietan. El secreto está en la forma de utilizar los dedos para que las colitas no se sientan, ni se vean una vez se cosen las extensiones con un hilo extremadamente fino.

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Metodo – Krailes 5

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QUE TOMAR EN CUENTA ANTES DE APLICAR EXTENSIONES
Que se quiere, como se quiere lucir, textura del pelo y estilo de vida,
CUANTO TIEMPO DURAN

Alrededor de 10 a 12 semanas

MANTENIMIENTO Y CUIDADO
Es importante usar pelo virgen, de la mejor calidad
-No dormir nunca con el pelo mojado
-Evitar los jacuzzis que tienden a enredar el pelo

TIPOS DE PELO
Indio
-Peruano
-Chino
Brasileño

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KRAILES’ HAIR CLUB
Un concepto de membresía, donde se paga $99.00 anuales, obteniendo un 50% de descuento en el costo del pelo y 25% en el costo de aplicación. Este club convierte el proceso financieramente accesible para mujeres que anteriormente se intimidaban con el costo de este tipo de trabajo

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KRAILES’ MASTER CLASS
Un semanario donde Krailes Flores impartirá clases ensenando por primera vez los secretos de sus métodos a personas interesadas. Clases personalizadas donde se explicaran todos los detalles de estas técnicas revolucionarias.
El 21, 22 y 23 de Septiembre en Vacca Grill and Lounge – 416W 203rd St, NYC, NY info. 646-281-1476

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DOES FEAR HOLD YOU BACK?

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Have you been in a business meeting, when all of sudden your boss ask an important question, and you immediately start to sweat? It is not a surprise that most men, in this situation, raise their hands and are ready to volunteer a response steadily and with confidence. Women, on the other hand, want to know the subject in depth and be 100 percent sure of their answer before they proceed to raise their hands and express their opinions.

If this is true, then it is easy to see why by the time most women say they are ready to take over a new job, or accept a promotion they have, in reality, been ready for years.

So why, when there are so many smart and educated women all over the world, do we continue to hold ourselves back today? Why are women taking on the roles of both the primary breadwinners and primary caregivers to their families, yet don’t have the courage to demand equal pay or pursue higher ranking positions? This inequality, and gender gap, is even wider in Latinas and women of color. We tend to beat ourselves up for both the things we do and the things we don’t do, and for the things we say and the things we don’t have the courage to say.

Here are some of the reasons, and helpful tips to combat this cycle of negative thinking:

1.) The Good Girl Curse: We are raised, especially Latinas, to be good, polite, pretty, and obedient. We were told not to rock the boat, and have this need to be liked, and accepted. Unfortunately, we bring our good girl mentality to the workplace.

Tip: Accept that not everyone is going to like you, and as you move up the ladder the chances are that even less people will like you. Stop being a people pleaser.

2.) The Impostor Syndrome: When you become successful, you begin to have feelings of self-doubt. You feel like an impostor, and you are afraid that people will find out that you are not that smart or not as qualified as you should be for a position.

Tip: Know that you deserve your success, you are smart and no one is waiting for you to fail.

3.) The Weeds of Fear: This is the root of so many problems. Don’t let fear rule your life.

Tip: Chica go for what you want, face your fears, and keep moving forward. Si se Puede!

4.) The “I’m Sorry” Broken Record: Do not apologize! Most men do not apologize, instead they move into problem solving mode right away, sometimes without ever acknowledging that a mistake was made.

Tip: Constant apologies will not resolve the problem, instead look for solutions.

5- Speak Up: Studies confirm that women do not speak up as much as they should, and usually avoid discussing confrontational issues.

Tip: Don’t wait to be given permission to voice your opinion, because in a room full of men, you might never have a chance.

Amigas, stop holding yourself back by believing that you are insufficient, or incapable. This simply is not true!

Don’t downplay your achievements; you have the latent, the vision, and the intelligence. Go for it!

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