This past week, we spent considerable time at the Hispanicize event in Miami Beach. The Hispanicize team needs to be commended for their ability to bring together Hispanic female bloggers from their owned and operated blogger network Latina Mom Bloggers.  The ladies were flown in and put up for a couple of days in fabulous Miami Beach for an all expenses paid soiree to create and demonstrate critical mass to entice advertisers.

For the last six years, Mayor League Soccer (MLS) has put all of their eggs in one basket and money too ... David Beckham.

He is leaving after his next game.  FINALMENTE.

By Jorge Mercado - Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications - Americas / Prisa Digital Another AHAA conference has come and gone and all in all, I feel that Roberto Orci, Horacio Gavilan and the entire team stepped up to the challenge.  There was definitely some headroom made with this year's conference.  It was great to see some of the familiar faces as well as several new ones.

The AHAA Conference began this week in Miami and I assume you have heard that they have expanded their Board of Directors and added an Advisory Board that include clients, media and research executives, besides just ad agency executives.
They also do not want to call the organization the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, they want to be called AHAA - The Voice of Hispanic Marketing. A new COMPASS! I have high HOPES. This new change will impact the scope and breath of AHAA as we lead into 2013.

Last month I attended one of the best parties in L.A.  No, I'm not talking about the Oscars.  I'm talking about the Brisk Bodega-Star Wars Cantina party, presented by Brisk Tea. Now ostensibly the party was intended to present and offer party-goers samples of Brisk Tea.  But by partnering up with LucasFilm, Brisk was able to offer another element of intrigue at its party: an exhibition of art conceived by emerging, young artists, and based on the iconic characters from the "Star Wars" film.
 

As many of you have seen in the movie 2012 and have heard from scholars based on their interpretation of Mayan culture and the Mayan calendar, the world will end December 2012. Doomsday is upon us in 355 days on December 21, 2012.

On December 14, organizers of one of the nation’s premier live music events, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, revealed the lineup for its 2012 extravaganza. Presented by Shell, “Jazz Fest” has become a two-weekend celebration of the best in American music. It has far outgrown its own name, and over the years has welcomed headline rock acts to the big stages.

'm still not sure why Ad Age felt compelled to give a voice to hate. I mean, how else do you explain their decision to invite a bona fide prophet of hate to their upcoming "Media Evolved" conference?  Glenn Beck may be doing something interesting in media (according to Ad Age) but he's still a racist.

  Carat USA and Aegis Media - Multi-Cultural Marketing released the finding of their new Hispanic Consumer Connections research study that according to them reveals that 90 percent of Hispanic media budgets

  I have never been so insulted in all my life! I CANNOT believe that in this day and age, Latinos are still being discriminated in such a blatant and obvious manner.

  Those who know me well know that I enjoy celebrating the interaction of cultures.  So last night was a remarkable one and it was all due to the nation's oldest black fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.

OK, so I digress.  I'm listening to "Vogue" as I write this.

Everything I know about marketing I learned from the Material Girl.

  I am amazed by the number of Hispanic professionals and non-Hispanic professionals that accept that Soledad O’Brien is representative of our Latino Experience in the USA.  I have been wanting to blog about this specific issue for a while, but

   Mexican art directors, account managers and staff who work at the multicultural advertising agency, Adrenalina, New York, will march in support of immigrants and workers rights and to voice opposition to Arizona's new immigration law at a rally and march today at Union Square, 14th Street and Broadway.

Adrenalina personnel, including the ad agency's creative, account management and strategic teams who have visas to work in the U.S., are legal residents and who are U.S.-born Hispanics, will wear white T-shirts conceived and designed by their colleagues bearing the phrase “I Look Illegal.”

   As I write this blog entry with just a few days to go until the NGLC Conference, I'm remembering the last piece I wrote about five years ago entitled "Time to Bake a Bigger Pie."  It touched upon the importance of our industry embracing

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