Beatriz Laura Parres

Beatriz Laura Parres, a native Spaniard living in the great state of Texas has the initiative to be an international reporter. As a journalist she has prepared herself for the rigorous journey of one day traveling the world and reporting live to a  journey of the unknown. As a senior in St. Edward’s University, graduation is soon aproaching for her great departure.

“My parents are supportive of my career, but they are worried I won’t be able to find a job to pay my bills.”

Upon arriving to the United States five years ago from Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain her and her family were determined to start a new life when her father announced the news that they were moving to Texas. “Texas? I didn’t know if I wanted to live around cows and ranches,” she chuckled.

“My dad is my step-dad… because of him we had the chance to come here. He was offered a new job and he took the opportunity to move here. He is now a professor for UT post-graduates.”

Y-Generation,  has taken a toll in today’s fast pace world of technology, entertainment, hook-up culture and parent’s acceptance of how distinct the world is seen today and in their past youth, but Bea, a social butterfly is a determined creature. Knowledge in whatever perspective is acquired through language and culture, Bea is the best of both worlds. A compassionate woman driven to change someones life in her soothing accent, she will be the leader in the service break experience L’Arche—an international organization, founded by theologian/philosopher Jean Vanier, that organizes and staffs communities for adults with mental and physical disabilities. She also commits twenty hours of her time in the school of humanities as a student worker. Bea, as a conservative yet creative individual has always been involved in the community and supportive of the less priviledged. Despite her extroverted personality she asserts she is conservative when she is involved with issues that are sincerely sensitive to her.

“The United States is a very comforting place to live in, but if I had the opportunity to have the advantage and get a job or marry with someone Spanish I would go back to Spain.”

Homage to Mexican Culture

Banda El Recodo

Banda El Recodo

Duelo

Duelo

Conjunto Atardecer

Conjunto Atardecer

Music is a very important part of Mexican culture and is always part of a celebration, whether big or small. The music of Mexico sings of love, country, passion, history, legend and oppression, among other things. The vibrant genre of traditional Mexican roots can be significantly seen within Norteño music.  Additionally, it is very much recognized amongst the Mexican community in Austin like flea markets or nightclubs such as Escapade 2000, Ok Corral, and Carnaval. As a native born Texan, acculturation, I feel is an important factor that is embedded within our communities. It enables people from all walks of life understand other cultures apart from what they have been taught all their lives. Along the same lines, being bi-racial has enabled me to appreciate and be mindful of other cultures apart from my own, Mexican music is one of them.  I have acculturated to their language (although Spanish, Salvadoran Spanish is
very distinct), work environments, music, dance styles, and food.

As an intern for Univision Radio - Austin, I had been able to cater to Mexican communities.

As an intern for Univision Radio – Austin, I had been able to cater to Mexican communities.

I first encountered Norteño music the year I turned eighteen years old, roughly four years ago. It is a style of music that does not only require a dancing partner, but like other genres such as trival and corridos steps are constantly changing. As a regular dancer of these clubs, it has not been a surprise to see various Anglo-Saxons, African-Americans, Asians, and even Indian people engage in what Mexican music is! Although it may be unusual for the Mexican people to see a Salvadoran, Chinese, American woman fascinated with their music I have been given the opportunity to meet and acculturate to a phenomenon of music that is rich in flavor.Barbacoa tacos from El Paisano in Dallas, Texas.

Wisin Y Yandel

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Recently teen idols, Wisin Y Yandel, released their latest debut “Hipnotizame” (Hipnotize Me)  featuring Daddy Yankee a day ago. A softly sweet  beginning to the song is then encountered with the fusion of Latin rhythms widely known as Reggaeton.

Wisin y Yandel are amongst the most important artists in the Latino entertaiment industry with the record for most number one on the Billboard “Latin Rhythm Airplay.” The top-selling Latin music and concerts worldwide, Wisin & Yandel, Juan Luis Morera and Llandel Veguilla respectively, began their career together more than eleven years ago in the island of Puerto Rico within the Latin music genre, Reggaeton, which began as a fusion of Jamaican dancehall with Panamanian reggae and rhythms has evolved to include Hip Hop, Pop, Rap and R & B. The dynamic duo have collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as 50 Cent, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly Furtado, Fat Joe, R Kelly, Eve, T-Pain, Aventura, among others, and are among the artists of Latin music’s most important time.

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For the past three years, I have followed the dynamic duo throughout tours given in the United States because of the influence they have had in my personal life. 34307_139752269385174_4178119_nThe experience of being able to be talked to through music has been life changing.

The Abyss of Professional Writing

As a child growing up, although, I lived in a very much “Americanized” country I never grew up with perfect English. With my parents broken language I was able to recognize the beauty in culture, customs, and norms, but not the American language. I am a native Spanish speaker, who was born in the Music Capital of the World, where we keep Austin weird, and say “y’all.” Though, I did not master the English language, I was fond of American schools and the value it held even if I lived in between two worlds. It was fascinating to me as a first-generation college student. I recall that as early as I was three years old I was tutored by an English teacher specialist, “A-a.. aaa… p-p-p….ppp.. l-l-l…llll.. e-e…ee.. apple.” I repeated after her each day until I finally learned the language necessary to be enrolled in a bilingual elementary school. Today, as a college student I feel and see professional writing everywhere—from my peers to my professors and even verbally as they speak I picture aspiring words  floating around me that I quietly mumble as they speak. It is a requirement and an ideal tool to take you beyond your imagination in future careers (at least for me). Additionally, it is inspiring to see words of expression that are not entirely absorbed or recognized by my vocabulary. However, I expect to one day be able to think and write English professionally. A thesaurus, dictionary, and visits to the writing center are my friendly reminders that enable me to daydream and strive to better my English writing. To those who want to pursue a career in entertainment journalist, I recommend taking a course with a Professor who is a journalist or an expert in the field. You are introduced to a phenomenon beyond writing text messages or e-mails. From personal experience, Michael Barnes, my Entertainment Journalism Professor and a journalist in the prestigious Austin-American Statesman has awakened in me a passion for social media and the creativity that comes with writing blogs. If you, sincerely, want to pursue a career in journalism be mindful of the little things in life because in the end it is most likely entertainment in ones eyes.

My “Hispanic Heartbeat”

Throughout this fall semester as an Entertainment Journalist for St. Edward’s University, I have not held such an adrenaline rush as a social media geek. It has not only enabled me to explore my curiosity in filtering brands for homework assignments but what the next blog should be about. I have been granted the honor to be treated as a journalist, but it has also been an eye-opening experience for me. In the near future I want to understand that my greatest challenge has also fed fire to my greatest achievement. I want to recognize that the critiques and suggestions given to me were to benefit and make me a strong writer despite it being my weakness. As mentioned previously, growing up with my parents not so American accent, writing and speaking in English is not only intimidating, but foreign to me. It is my “Hispanic Heartbeat,” as Univision expresses, and Asian morals that remind me that in being born in the United States, acculturation is a must. As a young adult, I much aspire to be a great writer as my Professor, a journalist widely known by professionals in all spectrums of Austin, Texas. However, I believe that a challenge does not consume you until you are struck with hard-work, rejection, and disappointments. This has allowed me to make use of my parents old customs and the perseverance needed to succeed in the brutal realities of the world economy. I want to refer to this post in the future and smile to know that I am and will be a better writer tomorrow.

Ninoska Lor

“Life is better when your laughing.” Demi Ninoska Lor said. A young, exuberant, and charming mini-me that aspires to one day own her photography studio in Austin, Texas. Demi, like my father and mother is a humble hard-working nine-teen year old who immediately establishes the maturity of my mother if she’d like. While conversing a few years ago we realized that all along we shared a part of our life-long dream together. It marked both our lives for I was an Undeclared major for three years and she was puzzled to even make sense of her career path. However, as we both expressed interest in the media industry, Demi declared her major in Graphic Design. My best friend and sister, is the mirror shining back at me that reflects all the possibilities out there in the world for me. We communicate and color our world for the days to come. Not surprisingly, we want to be mentally inseparable even if it means that we may have to slowly drift to another city.

“I want to provide for myself and be as independent as my mother has always taught me, my brother, and sisters to be.” As a full-time student at the Cedar Park – Austin Community College , she also has two jobs that will ultimately guide her through her career path and spoil her family, she expresses.

Demi, not surprisingly, holds the prime example of what a Austin weird or hippie is, wearing unusually strange combat boots with lively colored scarves from Cambodia. She also initiated an interest in modeling for the Barbizon modeling agency at the age of seventeen. She found motivation in being “girly.” Consequently, she also began to practice photography like her parents. It was then that she discovered a sincere passion for photography,

“A tremendous curiosity that makes me feel rejuvenated, calm, and happy to show other’s happiness from a glimpse of the past is… beyond words that I cannot clearly explain.”

For the past two years, Demi has had the honor as she emphasized to photograph a wedding, Quinceañera, birthdays, high school graduate portfolios, and aspiring models in the Austin area with the help of her personal business cards.

Although not a professional, she recognizes, studies, and researches on a daily basis how she can become the person she day-dreams of one day becoming tomorrow.

Going somewhere

Recently, on the New York Times, an article “Keeping Loved Ones on the Grid,” by Farhad Manjoo began with an intriguing expression – although a cliché – it made me wonder why we should “keep our eyes on [things]” that are meant to let go, even if it means that we love them. As the article followed, I became fascinated, when Manjoo began to describe a distinctive device. This device is widely being used within our community–an Amber Alert GPS on lanyards. He was very descriptive in explaining the benefits as well as the downfalls in using such gadget, but it also allowed me to think about technologies advancement nowadays. It isn’t a surprise anymore to have the strangest, most unusual objects to help us function in our daily lives. And as many will argue, such devices allow “easier” and much more “accessible” ways of interacting with the world around us. The Amber Alert GPS allows us to determine where a family member, such as a child, or a pet is when caught in exhausting locations. However, when and where should the boundary be established within privacy and freedom? Amber Alert’s are a great way to determine where a loved one is, but it is also a difficult circumstance to think about. While many may urge to use it for its main purpose, protection, I was able to acknowledge how other people might make use of this device. Although, striking, many woman and even men may use this device in order to be aware of where a significant other is and if there is any sign of infidelity. This example  derived from the personal experience the Manjoo expressed in the article. Also, it may be used to help locate missing belongings that are misplaced regularly. Whatever the case may be, the Amber Alert GPS on a lanyard is a tool that can significantly help us in our daily lives in protecting the things that are most important to us whether an object or a person.

 

“Russell Thornton, a businessman, lost his 3-year-old son at an amusement park. After a frantic 45-minute search, Mr. Thornton found the boy hiding in a play structure, but he was traumatized by the incident, and it spurred him to build a device that would help other parents avoid that fate.” An incident that could impact anybody can be a sensation we can all benefit from. When will you let go of your loved one?