Monday, October 30, 2006

Are Hispanics Just Remarkable Entertainers?

New York City will host, for the first time, the 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards which will air live on the Univision Television Network on Thursday, November 2, at 8pm Eastern - 7pm Central. New York City is home to many famous Latino stars past and present: Tito Puente, Los Panchos, Cuban salsa legend, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Fania Records Founder and singer, Johnny Pacheco, Yomo Toro, Eddie Palmieri, Hector Lavoe, Thalia, Placido Domingo, Johnny Rivera and Marc Anthony, to name just a few.

Nevertheless, this writer wonders how many in America view Latinos as anything more than entertainers? When we read and hear about Latinos in the news, often it involves illegal immigrants, political scandals, drug raids, hustlers, poverty and entertainment. I find this quite unfair and detrimental to the Latino image globally.

Latinos/Hispanics are not just fodder for admission tickets. We have a
legacy of Latino businessmen and women, politicians, scientists, activists and heroes as well. They need to be celebrated, admired and followed equally as our distinguished Latino entertainers.

They are the
shining example for our future generations.

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