Not the End of the World

Obviously, the world did not end on December 21, 2012.  Instead, another complex mathematical cycle of thousands of years passed in the Mayan Calendar. The day was celebrated in the Mayan world, and in the night skies over places such as Antigua, Guatemala, glowing kites majestically soared in the dark air.  The rich heritage of the Mayan civilization has only recently been unlocked, as late 20th century scholars began to understand the sophisticated pictograms that the Mayans used for writing.  (Please see August 11, 3117 BCE for more information on the Mayan Calendar.  Image of the flag of the Mayan Nation, Creative Commons)

A Day the Music Died 2012

December 9, 2012 was the day the music died for millions of Latino fans of Dolores Janney Rivera, when the young, beloved entertainer was killed in a fiery airplane crash.  Known as Jenni Rivera, the Mexican American singer, songwriter, television producer and entrepreneur was born in Long Beach, California in 1969.  Rivera became pregnant at age 15 with the first of her five children.  In the determination and verve that characterized her life, Rivera earned her GED at a continuation school and graduated as valedictorian. Rivera’s musical style was characterized as banda, a traditional regional Mexican music, to which she brought a deeply personal and contemporary panache. Rivera sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated at four of the annual Latin Grammys.

National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week

The US Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) celebrated the 2012 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week award winners on December 6, 2012.  The annual awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and entities that made a major impact on the growth of minority business enterprises.  Among the recipients was Congressman Silvestre Reyes, a driving force of economic growth in his district of El Paso, Texas.  Two Latino organizations were among the awardees: Accion, a non-profit organization that assists in providing business credit and training for entrepreneurs, and the Economic Development Bank for Puerto Rico (EDBPR), which offers development and financing opportunities to small and medium sized local enterprises.

El Show con Tony Benitez

To applause and laughter, “El Show con Tony Benitez” premiered on GENTV in Miami on December 3, 2012.   The premier included Tito Puente, Jr., son of the legendary mambo musician, and a special performance by the cast of the Broadway Musical STOMP.  A director and co-creator of the show summarized its comedic mission as, “Our creative inspiration draws from the Golden Age of Comedy, ranging from Syd Caesar all the way to present day late night icons like Conan Obrien, yet immersed in our Hispanic roots and brought to life with the extraordinary talent of Tony Benitez and his cast.”