Six Groups Honored for Reaching Out to Help Others

I had the honor of speaking at the AARP North Carolina State Office Multicultural Outreach Awards Dinner on May 21 at the historic International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C. The event celebrated the contributions of six organizations that are giving “the most” to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians. I was moved by the commitment and monumental work each of the six organizations is doing to make a difference in the lives they serve. During …

The Latino Buzz on Hollywood

I have to confess that I am a film aficionado, particularly on films that center around the Latino experience in the U.S. With the film award season upon us, Latinos are being recognized for their talent and excellence on and behind the silver screen. And what a year it has been for Latinos in film. The Academy Awards nominees were announced yesterday with great news for Latinos. The Argentine-born actress Bérénice Bejo was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress category …

Remembering MLK’s Legacy

Yesterday, we celebrated that legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. For me, it was a wonderful opportunity to reminisce his dream for a just and equal society and being reminded about our personal responsibility to keep his vision alive. It was also time to reflect on this country’s turbulent history and be thankful for the sacrifices made by MLK and other visionary civil rights’ leaders. In large part, Latinos and women owe their freedom directly to the sacrifices made by …

Lowering your Carbon Footprint in 2012

In the Northeast, winter has finally kicked into high gear albeit late in the season. Our heavy, fluffy coats are coming out of the closet later than usual these days. Here at home, we Americans struggle with skyrocketing heating costs, which can put a real dent in our pockets. The environmental consequences of our carbon footprint ultimately make our wallets thinner and endanger our collective future. As world citizens, we need to acknowledge that our planet has finite resources. Accordingly, …

AARP’s Online Social Security Benefits Calculator en español

Happy 2012 familia! As promised, I’m starting this New Year with the best energies and sharing relevant information for Latinos. I want to kick off my first blog of 2012 taking about how applying for your Social Security benefits can potentially lead to a road full of twists and unknown turns. Fortunately, I’m here with great news for our community. AARP has unveiled a Social Security Benefits Calculator en español that helps you determine the best time to claim benefits. Part of AARP’s “Ready …

My 2012 Resolutions

The New Year is upon us and it is time to make a balance sheet for 2011 and work on our 2012 goals. This year has been like a roller coaster ride for millions of Americans. A slow-economic recovery, high unemployment rates and rising medical costs have prevented millions from enjoying their retirement and clouding what is supposed to be their “golden years.” These are some of the reasons why AARP works to help millions of our members and Americans …