EASY 93.1 is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15th through October 15th, we’re recognizing the contributions people of Hispanic heritage have made to American society and culture. This includes honoring different Hispanic professionals, artists, and community leaders that have enriched and made a difference in our lives. Presented by Sedano’s, find the flavors and savings you love at a Sedano’s nearest you ... and El Dorado Furniture., proud of its Hispanic Roots!
Here are some of the amazing people of Hispanic Heritage we are highlighting. Please check back daily to learn new information about upcoming honorees. And be sure to visit our Events page to see special Hispanic Heritage Month events taking place through South Florida.
It’s true, we had soccer in South Florida before Lionel Messi arrived. But when you have a club - Inter Miami - co-owned by soccer superstar David Beckham, and then you get World Cup winner, Lionel Messi to join the team - well, we’ve reached a whole new level of excitement about ‘futbol’. Even though Messi will have to return to his native Argentina periodically to play for his national team, there’s no questioning the increased level of interest he’s brought to Major League Soccer in the States. Thank you, #10!
When you want to know what’s happening in the Hispanic Community, Calle Ocho News is your starting place. Founded in 1998 as a publication aimed mostly at Miami’s Cuban readership, Calle Ocho News has evolved to connect all Hispanic communities and build cultural bridges along all nationalities. Family-owned and operated, we credit Editor-in-chief, Rosie Rosell for staying true to her family’s mission.
Rosario Dawson was born in New York, but she learned about and embraced her Hispanic roots from her mother, who is Afro-Cuban / Puerto Rican. Rosario has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, starring in hit films like ‘Rent’ and ‘Men in Black II’. She’s currently part of the Disney + / Star Wars family, starring as ‘Ahsoka’ in the original cable series. Outside of her career, Rosario has been a passionate political activist, founding ‘Voto Latino’ to encourage Latino youth to become active in the political process.
You can check in with Rosario’s latest ventures any time on Facebook or Instagram: @rosariodawson.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and he graduated the American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy. With that kind of resume, it’s no surprise that Felipe Pinzon has devoted himself to working with non-profits. He started working with Hispanic Unity of Florida in 2002, and 20 years later he was named President / CEO of the organization. He’s dedicated to their mission of empowering immigrants and others to become self-sufficient, civically engaged - and to live THEIR American dream.
***By the way, Hispanic Unity of Florida is offering free extended tax preparation services until October 14th in Spanish, English and Kreyol. You’ll find information and the schedule here.
Maybe you haven’t heard of Clara Pablo before. But you’re certainly familiar with many of the artists whose careers she’s helped promote: Juanes, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and more. Clara was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, then came to Miami and graduated FIU with a Communications Degree. She pursued her career relentlessly, working her way up through Universal Music Group’s Latin Division, before becoming an Artist Manager at Univision. Her work was noticed by the ‘big guns’, and in 2018 Clara was hired as VP of Marketing at Walter Kolm Entertainment, one of the largest Latin artist management firms. Their roster is essentially a who’s who of Latin Grammy Award winners.
In addition to conquering career goals, Clara conquered his biggest health challenge. She is a breast cancer survivor, and with her class, wit and eloquence, she became the first Latin Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
There’s so much to say about Marc Anthony. He’s an award-winning singer, a compelling actor, and an ambassador of Latin music and culture. Marc has stayed close to his Puerto Rican roots, even while racking up awards for both his English and Latino recordings. He’s involved in multiple charities and is quick to become involved in humanitarian efforts. His charitable work includes co-founding Somos Una Voz, to provide humanitarian aid to the Southern U.S. and Caribbean after natural disasters. It’s no surprise that this year he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In what seems to have become an annual event, Marc will close out the American portion of his ‘Viviendo’ tour in Miami. He’ll take the stage at the Kaseya Center on November 17th and 18th. Tickets are available through the link on his website, here.
Did you know that Ana de Armas learned to speak English by watching episodes of ‘Friends’?
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ana wanted to act in America, but she couldn’t speak English. She taught herself the language, with the help of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Chandler. It worked, and she’s steadily been cast in more prestigious films, including ‘Knives Out’ with Daniel Craig; a stint as only the 2nd Latina Bond Girl in ‘No Time to Die’, right up to her first Oscar Nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’. So, So, how do you beat that? Ana’s got it all worked out. She’ll star in the first John Wick spinoff, ‘Ballerina’ - with Keanu Reaves appearing in the film - due out next June. (And, by the way, thanks to the inspiration from Keanu, Ana does her own stunts in ‘Ballerina’. )
Frank, aka Paco Maristany has given more than 40 years of his life to teaching Spanish to English speakers and English to speakers of other languages. As both a teacher and Principal in Miami-Dade public schools, and now an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, Senor Maristany has gifted his love of Hispanic Language and Culture to thousands of students locally, in the process, becoming many student’s most beloved and memorable teacher.
In-between recording, touring and promoting her line of perfumes - led by Rojo, a scent dedicated to empowering women; Shakira has dedicated herself to helping children. At just 18 years old, she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in her native Colombia, dedicated to improve education, nutrition and health for children. That focus has continued in her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, advocating for access to education for children worldwide. It’s only fitting that she was recognized this year with 9 wins at the Premios Juventud Youth Awards.
Ana Maria Reyes is nothing, if not busy. She’s a motivated artist and entrepreneur, founding and acting as CEO of two marketing & design firms, Bee Socialite and Hive Deco. In what spare time she has, she works as Director of Promotions and Public Relations for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, where she’s the energizer bunny behind the massive annual festival that is Carnaval Miami and the Calle Ocho Festival.
It’s impossible to mention Gloria Estefan without including her family, because that’s what she’s all about. Gloria and Emilio Estefan Jr. just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and they continue to work together and support each other. Last year they released the Estefan family Christmas album, featuring daughter Emily and grandson Sasha, following in mom & dad’s footsteps in the music industry. Emily has also learned the value of charity work, honored last year by the Human Rights Campaign; not long before Gloria was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Ruben Blades is not your typical entertainer. Yes, he writes his own songs - more than 200 of them; plays instruments, sings - and has been honored with 22 Grammy awards … he’s also an actor, who you may recognize from his 8 years on Fear the Walking Dead. He’s also an intellectual, with a degree in Law and Political Science from his native Panama; and a Masters in International Law from Harvard Grad School. He’s so passionate about his birth country, that he ran for President, coming in 3rd of 7 candidates .. as he says “Your actions should match your words and public service is a duty.
Cuban born Susie Levan, has impacted the lives of countless women in South Florida through her philanthropy, leadership and business acumen. She founded Balance Magazine, dedicated to helping women balance their career and work life.. She and her husband, Alan are long-time ambassadors at Nova Southeastern University, recently helping to found the Levan NSU Broward Center for Innovation. Whe;n Susie is not leading her Women’s Wisdom Circle, she works with United Way, most recently with #ProjectRefresh, helping to make over the home of a local veteran.
He’s still a little on the shy side, but Manuel Garcia Rulfo is just getting used to being a LatinX TV and Movie star. (Born in Mexico, Manuel came to the U.S. to study learn English.) He’s acted steadily since his breakout role in ‘Bless Me, Ultima -(you’ll recognize him in The Magnificent Seven, Goliath and A Man Called Otto.) But the role he’s truly loving is as Mickey Hollar in the Netflix series, ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’. He loves playing a character with Mexican roots who is also a hot-shot successful professional. Manuel is close to his own Mexican roots, and when he wants to escape and relax, he goes home to Guadalajara and spends time as a lime farmer.
Colombian-born actor, writer, producer and comedian, John Lequizamo has one big connection to Miami. His first TV role was on Miami Vice. Since then, he’s become one of the most outspoken artists on Latino equity. His award-nominated MSNBC docu-series, ‘Leguizamo does America’ featured Miami as one of the most thriving Latin communities in the country … and the series has been renewed for a second season.
At just 20 years old, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has broken through as the clear leader in the next generation of tennis stars, and is racking up the records to prove it. At the age of 19, he became the youngest player to reach number 1 in the rankings, he won his first Masters 1000 title here at the Miami Open, and was the youngest player since Pete Sampras in 1990 to win the U.S. Open Grand Slam in New York. Alcaraz followed that up with another Grand Slam at Wimbledon this year, and has already reached his 100th career win.
Actress, model & businesswoman Eva Mendes was born in Miami to Cuban parents. Because of their heritage, Spanish is Eva’s first language, English her second. Despite success as an actress and brand representative, Eva knows her priorities. After meeting partner Ryan Gosling while filming ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’, she stopped acting to raise their two children. She didn’t stop working though, designing a line of bed linens & dishware for Macy’s, a clothing line for New York & Co, and founding Circa Beauty - a line of high quality makeup products that are priced affordably for the average woman.
Jon Secada lived in Cuba until he was 10. When his father, a political prisoner, was released, the family came to Florida and settled in Hialeah. After graduating from Hialeah High, he earned both his Bachelor and his Master’s Degree at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Not long after graduation Jon found professional success as a singer and songwriter, with his own records and writing hits for superstar artists like Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin. Jon is a believer in ‘giving back’, not only as a teacher at Barry University, but through his ‘Jon Secada Charities’, focusing on children and education. His giving goes even further, with the Jon Secada Music Scholarship he created for the University of Miami. Don’t miss ‘An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada October 14th at the Casino at Dania Beach!
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