World’s Largest Latin American Art Museum

Gary Nader is on his way to promote the world’s largest Latin American Art Museum.  Sources say that he has wanted to do this for about 30 years and is just now able to start the project.  It plans to open in 2018 in Miami, Florida, and will contain about 2000 pieces from 190 different Latino artists.

“The architect will be Fernando Romero, the son-in-law and same architect who designed Carlos Slim’s extravagant Museo Soumaya in Mexico City. Included in the design plans is a 1,600-seat performing arts theater conceived by Emilio Estefan Jr. and a “culinary experience” restaurant which would occupy 25,000 square feet of the ground floor.” -NBC News

To help fund the museum they will also be a hotel attached to it.  From the architecture, theater, and the hotel, it will be infused with Latino culture.  It is a massive global move.  It is a statement that the United States is moving towards an even more global mindset.  Historically, after decades of trying to suppress other cultures, it is a great statement for the United States to host this museum.


Rolling Stones rolling to Latin America

Rolling Stones perform at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Rolling Stones just announced their 2016 Latin America tour. Starting in February they will be rolling through Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Lima, Bogotá, and Mexico City.  This will be the first time in a decade that they will have made their way through the Latin American countries.  The recent tour of their legendary band did so well in North America that they could not deny another tour in Latin America.  Tickets are on sell now.

Pretty exciting that this is happening.  With the world becoming more globally minded, more bands and entertainment groups from all countries should tour between the others.  It expands everyone’s knowledge on cultures.

Pope and Miners

Pope Francis meets with some of the 33 Chileans who were rescued from the 2010 mining accident. The miners, who are in Rome promoting a new film about their ordeal, posed for photos and presented gifts to Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, October 14.

Five years later and Pope Francis meets the Chilean Miners who were trapped for two months.  The miners are in Rome visiting while promoting the new movie coming out soon telling their story.  It doesn’t seem possible that it has been five years since the incident, but it has.  The movie is called “The 33” and the miners are excited to promote the movie.  CNN gives a detailed report of the Chilean Miner’s visit to Rome.

Latin American culture in the United States

Is this an old or new phenomenon? Is Latin American culture infiltrating the United States? Is this a good or bad or neutral thing?

Well, whether it is or not is another question.  But this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you may want to spice up your dishes with a Latin American inspired dip.  It is no surprise that this has shown up on the recent Google searches for fall dishes.  The United States was made as a melting pot.  The fact that other foods are starting to infiltrate the traditional fall meals is exciting and showing the progressiveness of our society.

Economies in 2016

Interests rates are expected to rise for the central banks in Brazil for 2016.  Peru is expected to have a growth of 3% in 2016.  One of the highest estimates for the Latin American economies in 2016.  The slump in Latin American economies is expected to continue for the next couple of months.  Economists are unsure about when the slump will truly be over.  However, we cannot hate on economists too much, the economy is extremely difficult to predict with many different variables.

Baseball and The Big Red Machine

The Big Red Machine was a baseball team that operated like a machine.  This article was written by ESPN in order to tell a little bit of the history of Latino men being invited to play in American baseball.  Jackie Robinson not only opened the door for African American players, but also for Latino men to come play in the games.  To someone who does not know a lot about baseball history, it is interesting to discover how baseball was introduced to Latin American boys and how they then changed the game of baseball.

“A Literary Superagent with a License to Kill”

For writers coming of age during and after the Latin American Literary Boom, invoking Carmen Balcells became de rigueur, the ultimate literary credential, because it linked them to a special kind of origin story.

The New Yorker writes about the woman who was behind a literary boom in Latin America during the 20th century.  Carmen Balcells had a group of writers under her that she pushed and pushed to be and do and write the very best that they could.  She would proof and help the writers become published.  She wanted the Spanish people, the Latin Americans, to be heard in their writings.  Her students even wrote about her in their stories.  Always in a respectful way.  She helped to put them in high places in the literary world.  She saw the importance of teaching students to read and write.

What you did not know about the Pope

Seems like a trivial post.  Something that one would see on Buzzfeed or something, but I actually believe that some of the things listed in this article about the Pope is necessary to learn for those of us who are not Catholic.  Catholicism has a great influence on the Latin American countries and on the United States, so learning all you can about the Pope may be beneficial.

If anything, maybe this post will give you something to tell your friends on a Saturday night.

  1. El Papa is Spanish for Pope, however put la in front of that papa and you are talking about a potato.  I do not think the Pope would appreciate that so much.
  2. Pope Francis is from Argentina, but he is of Italian heritage.
  3. He loves some tango.
  4. He also loves Futball… Not American football.  He loves his hometown soccer club, San Lorenzo Football Club.
  5. While Pope Francis is in the United States, he will be speaking 14 of the 18 in Spanish.  Even took mass in Spanish.
  6. Pope Francis has a sweet tooth. But really who doesn’t?
  7. He will canonize a priest. The first in the United States. He’ll be canonizing Junípero Serra, an 18th century Spanish priest who founded missions in what is now the state of California.
  8.  He was a bouncer at a bar while in college in Argentina.
  9. He is affectionately called Papa Pancho.
  10. You shout this at the Pope, “Papa Francisco, ¡estamos contigo!” (Pope Francis, we are with you!).”

Now have fun and explore more about what the Catholic church does to better your own community.

Jewish Chilean leaves TV

I love this story.  The story of a man who has been on a famous talk show for 53 years.  He retires.  Just like any normal television host. But his story is so cool.  He is Jewish.  A jew born in Chile by German Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi persecution.  How amazing.  In the article he discusses his Jewish life in Chile along with how he got into TV.  Premiering in 1962, he has had over 10 million viewers at any given time.  Unless someone is just interested in Chilean or South American history, not many understand that Jews did flee to South America during the Nazi reign.  It is just pretty amazing to see that legacy still.  Now he is retiring, but his story is an inspiration.

Who are the minorities?

The Daily Eastern News interviewed a few Latino students about the very few Latinos who are university students.  They made the comment about how it is no longer the African Americans who are the true minorities in schools.  They out number the Latino population by quite a bit.

But what are the reasons? Money? Culture?

Many said in the article that it was the money, but how can we make this change? So many minority groups are offered financial aid.  It has to be more than just money.  If the free tuition happens like the government has been pushing, then what will be the reasons?