Disney’s First Latina Princess Will Debut This Summer

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Yes you read that right. Disney has a new princess they are debuting this summer, her name is Elena and she will be the franchise’s first official Latina princess. The Latina Disney princess first made headlines in 2015 when Disney announced that they were adding a new princess.

The news of a new Latina princess came years after the release of princess Sofia of ‘Sofia The First’ who was initially thought to be Disney’s first Latina princess. Disney took a lot of heat for it because many Latinas felt they did not identify with Sofia appearance wise who was fair-skinned with a red-auburn hair color.

This is a ground breaking move for Disney as once again they are expanding their brand as culturally diverse. The story will focus on princess Elena’s journey as a young heiress to throne and learning all she needs to know pertaining to her culture and kingdom.

Actress Aimee Carrero a Latina of Dominican heritage, voices the first Latina princess for Disney and could not be more proud. “By introducing a heroine whose background resembles their own — whose brown locks and brown eyes look like theirs — young girls can now properly identify with a princess.” Carrero said following a statement she made that it was a little harder for young Latinas to identify with the blonde hair blue-eyed Elsa in the mega-hit Frozen because they look nothing like her. Continuing her clear expression of pride she went on to say “They can quite literally see themselves in this new character of Elena, and that is monumental.”

Disney has been promoting and preparing for the launch of princess Elena Of Avalor this summer. She has her own series coming out soon in the earlier part of the summer, princess Elena dolls were released in February, and Princess Elena will debut in Disney parks in the later part of the summer to early fall.

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Sesame Street Has a New Latina In Town

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Sesame Street welcomes a new Latina character to the iconic children’s show and her name is Nina. The character is the latest in a number of new faces added to the long running children’s program. Nina is a college student working several jobs to fund her education. She is able to pay for school working at the shop, laundromat, and babysitting Elmo.

The young Latina character is bilingual and “uses her wit, compassion and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas, providing a positive role model for preschoolers,” according to the Sesame Workshop.

“Sesame Street is constantly evolving and has a long-standing history of modeling a diverse community,” as stated on the character description for the official site. “As producers took note of changing demographics in the United States, it was important to represent this diversity in the new addition to the cast.”

Nina is portrayed by 26-year-old Miami born Cuban-American actress Miamian Suki Lopez who is no stranger to diversity in her life and filled with pride to represent Latinas in her role as Nina. “Its funny-you’re so proud to be Latina. I’ve never met somebody who’s so proud” Lopez recalled in a phone conversation with New Times. Lopez responded politely with confusion “Why wouldn’t I be?”

The Cuban-American hopes her Latin pride is clearly seen on the show. “I want to make sure that [my acting] comes cross that I’m proud to be Latina and [that if you’re Hispanic] you should be too,” Lopez said, according to the News Times. Lopez joined the cast for the 46th season. The new addition follows the departure of the beloved first Latina character Maria who exit in 2015 during the 45th season after being on Sesame Street for 44 years.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin who created the petition for Sesame Street to have a college attending Latina on the show said this when speaking of the positive affect it could have “a great opportunity to highlight a millenial Latina who is pursuing a college or graduate degree, or who’s running her own business.” Dr Perez-Litwin believes sending Nina to college will inspire an entire generation of children to do the same.

You can watch Suki Lopez as Nina on Sesame Street daily on PBS’s KLRN at 1pm and on HBO/HBO Latino Sundays at 9am.

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The “threat of terrorism to the country is real,” said President Obama On the San Bernardino Shooting

From the White House, President Obama addressed the nation on the San Bernardino shooting that occurred last Wednesday in California, “it was an act of terrorism.” Mr. Obama said and remarked that the “threat of terrorism to the country is real.”

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The president’s objective was to bring calm to the nation after the attack that left 14 dead last week in California. Obama said that his government will do its best to win against the terrorist threats from the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

Obama tried to calm the state of paranoia that many may have against ISIS considering the Paris attacks that occurred last month. He said that the war against the Islamic State doesn’t “depend on tough talk or abandoning our values or giving in to fear. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless.” He also urged people not to have prejudices against the Muslim community, because that will only help to grow the propaganda used by ISIS.

 

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NYC Ads Target Reckless Drivers

The Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that while traffic deaths are down, pedestrian deaths have increased almost 16% since 2011. According to NYS DMV data, reckless drivers are both a danger and menace to society. There are three types of reckless drivers: distracted drivers, speed racers, and those not following traffic rules. This results in innocent pedestrian and bike-rider fatalities.

The DOT has since then launched a new ad campaign after The Post has reported a spike in pedestrian deaths in the city this year. This campaign features two heartbroken New Yorkers standing at the tragic place where their loved ones were struck and killed by vehicles. The advertisements show a Queens mother and a Bronx fiancée holding photos of the victims.

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The ads will be placed in locations known for high rates of reckless driving. They will be featured on bus shelters, ad billboards, and on the streets, as well as be reinforced by radio and other social media. Keep an eye out and please drive safe!

The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book

The traditional way of publishing books is good for some, but not for others. Many new authors are self-publishing their books because it’s more quicker, and you get to keep your rights. This article from PBS’s Mediashift states that: ” Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, then formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it.” “The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book” gives you the layout out of what service you will need in order to publish your book and how much that service will cost.

 

Late Night Cash

From the us magazine

“The Tonight Show”  will be bringing more than laughs when it relocates to New York City. The move, from California, will create 400 new jobs – 100 new jobs directly tied to the show and 300 in spinoff work, according to a NBC rep.

“This will be great thing for New York and symbolizes the attractiveness of New York as a location for television and film production,” NBCUniversal General Counsel Rick Cotton told CNN.

A study from Ernst and Young found that the show will generate more than $100 million annually in economic benefits for New York State. New York State gives tax credit equal to 30% of production costs to companies producing movie or new TV series in New York.

When the legislature passed the state budget in late March, it included the “Jimmy Fallon tax credit” – a provision to expand a $420 million film production tax-credit program to cover talk and variety shows that relocate to New York.

Kathryn Wylde, president of business coalition New York City Partnership, believes “The Tonight Show” will mean big bucks for the city.

“Brining it back is a big boost and that, in turn, translate into tourism numbers that go up and an enhancement of the new York brand that make people want to come here,” Wylde told CNN.lition New York City Partnership, believes “The Tonight Show” will mean big bucks for the city.

“The Tonight Show” will be returning to its Empire State Roots. The show left New York in 1972.  NBC also announced that “America’s Got Talent” would be moving from Newark to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

The show will be shot on 30 Rock starting 2014.

New York Non-Profit is Awarded Pulitzer Prize.

A small non profit underdog was bestowed with the honor of taking home one of the most prestigious awards in journalism, the Pulitzer prize in national reporting, Last Monday.

InsideClimate News, a Brooklyn based, web only non-profit publication which focuses on environmental causes and ecological threats were honored with the award for their investigative coverage of the shortcomings and dangerous flaws found within our nations pipeline regulations.

Notably, their coverage of the Enbridge spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and their coverage on diluted bitumen, which is a ecologically harmful and controversial form of oil.

This non-profit, funded mainly by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, has no office and eight full time reporters, but their mission, “to produce clear, objective stories that give the public and decision-makers the information they need to navigate the heat and emotion of climate and energy debates.” proved successful. Proving, you don’t need the budget and resources of a large, high end, established publication to create great journalism.

Alongside marquee names like The Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, InsideClimate news got the recognition they deserved, which will likely increase their potential to do even more.

Score one for the little guys at this years Pulitzers.