Diseños Milagros, Book of Cut and Modern Sewing

by Milagros Martínez Machado

Diseños Milagros was made with the idea of sharing classes or workshops on clothing in general that is, for children, men and women and created with a simple to understand language. If the instructions are followed properly, you will get the perfect pattern, which in turn will lead you to achieve a good suit, which suits your figure with great style.

This project has been studied for many years. Throughout our study we realized that in this field of fashion there are few publications in Spanish, both in the school system and at bookstores throughout the country. On an international level publishers are searching for all types of literature in Spanish. This places a high level of interest, especially in the countries of Central and South America. This book of Milagros’ Designs, causes great interest for all those who promote the education of the minority class. For those who do not have a trade. This book promises to train great professionals in the field of fashion; men in particular have been great designers such as Valentino, Oscar De La Renta, and others who have great boutiques of exclusive clothes around the world.

My greatest inspiration has been my sons Henry Salinas and Richard Delgado and I dedicate this project to them, as well as to the women who have had to raise their children alone and who through this book can acquire the means to get ahead and have a lucrative profession and be successful.

Special thanks to my good friend Julia Zurita who believed in my idea and was always by my side as I made this dream a reality.

Milagros Martínez Machado was born in Havana, Cuba, on January 12, 1966. Daughter of Milagros Machado and Ricardo Martínez. Despite having been raised within the communist system of Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba, her childhood was very beautiful and humble with her four siblings, whom she always remembers very dearly.

Since she was little girl, she demonstrated her love for sewing and fortunately for her, in front of her house lived Mrs. Marta Alfonzo, a well-known seamstress in the neighborhood, who had graduated from the Elia Rodriguez Rocha system. Milagros began to receive cutting and sewing classes. Acquiring a lot of knowledge and learning how to transform patterns. Then while learning she did all the finishing work in the seams that Marta was making. Later, she attended a small course that the Cuban government gave in the Cotorro Municipality that was called Ana Betancour.

Years later, Marta died, and Milagros continued to be part of her work. She also received the qualification of Seamstress A in men’s clothing for a government factory in Cuba that was located in Alverro, Cotorro. When she began her studies at the university, on February 12, 1991, she traveled to the United States with a Humanitarian Visa due to health problems with her son, Henry Salinas. Who was a recipient of a kidney transplant that his father donated. The transplant was carried out at The University of Miami. During all that time she was helping with the household with her knowledge in sewing, making clothing for friends and acquaintances. She devoted herself to making wedding dresses for brides and their bridesmaids.

She became a Volunteer as a Public Relations Officer, for more than seven years she dedicated her time to promoting the myths and realities of transplantation in Hispanic communities and helped many families to receive information and support. She was featured on different television channels such as 51, channel 23 and channel 4 of Miami. She was invited to the programs of Don Francisco and Cristina. Then she appeared in different radio stations within Miami such as, Radio Mambí and the WBQA.

In 1997, her second son Richard Delgado was born, who brought both Milagros and Henry his brother, an immense happiness. Milagros continued taking care of her children while working at home. The family moved to Homestead where Milagros continued with her promotion in favor of organ transplantation, achieving that members of the group Los Tigres del Norte donate $5 of each ticket to the concerts in favor of organ donation.

At Florida International University she obtained her certification as a Nutritionist. She obtained a master’s degree in Psychology from the UNPI International Our Pact University. She continued her studies and successfully completed the studies of Theology at the Hispanic Institute of Theology, being a pioneer of the First Hispanic Lutheran Ministry of West Palm Beach. She also studied to work as a Volunteer Teacher of the Day Care Head Start Program. For health reasons she retired from the Ministry and but she still teach English classes she for Hispanics at Our Savior Church in Lake Worth.

Along with lawyers Irvin Gonzalez and Jose Lagos, she was an activist for the TPS Law for immigrants. She also collaborated with the Association of Cuban Art and Culture of West Palm Beach, making the costumes of all the presentations that the organization made. She was the Producer of the television program “La Pelota Infantil” on channel 12, local West Palm Beach. She also hosted her own radio show on 1340AM in Lake Worth. She ventured into producing and directing the “La Voz de West Palm Beach “talk show program in the mentioned radio station in Lake Worth, along with her son Henry Salinas.

“Queen of Mariachi” Prepares New Album!

by Katherine Glen

If someone enjoys singing ranchero music that is THE QUEEN OF MARIACHI, (“La Reina Del Mariachi” in Spanish) Katherine Glen. The name that her audience baptized her with for many years! An artist born in the United States who interprets Mariachi songs for all Latinos and New Yorkers alike. A singer with a lot of Charisma that fills the audience with sold out shows. La Reina del Mariachi (The Queen of Mariachi) is also a writer, who has published 10 books of poetry, revealed details of the preparation of her musical album.

“There are 6 songs that I wrote with a lot of love for all my fans. I recorded at a studio where celebrities such as Mariah Carey and artists of the Sony Music caliber recorded”, explained. With Colombian parents, La Reina del Mariachi fell in love with Mariachi music since she was little, when her mother bought a record of this genre and decided to change the vallenato and salsa, by the songs of Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel and Ana Gabriel.

“The first song that is on my album of the released songs is titled” La Reina Del Mariachi” and then follows, “How Much I Miss You”, “Baby Kisses”, “You Played with My Love”, “I Want to Know” and “Like a Dove”. These are the themes that I wrote many years ago and that tell a story. I have sung many songs in the genre of Mariachi, but for me, these songs have been the hardest to interpret, said the star.

“The first year that I competed in the First Univision Mariachi Festival, next to Mariachi Vargas and in which Ana Bárbara was a judge, was with that theme and I was among the first six finalists”, the only Winner in the state of New York. I have many songs written, since I like to write and every day I get inspired more!.

She thanked all the community and followers for the support they have given her during her career.

“My followers are mostly Mexican, but I have fans from all over the world, although I am especially grateful to the Mexican community because throughout my career they have opened the doors”, she said.

Next week she will perform on a Telemundo Network program and then start her promotional tour.

“I have planned the promotion of the album in California, Miami, Mexico and Colombia; on radio and television, “concluded Glen, who has opened concerts for Juanes, Shakira, Marco Antonio Solís and many more!

Find her on youtube; La Reina Del Mariachi and on google play, iTunes Mazon and all digital platforms or you can go to her website at www.La-Reina-Del-Mariachi.com.

The dangers of living in an Echo Chamber

by David Alfredo Paulino

As a society, the internet has been regarded as the great equalizer, it allows us to acquire most if not all the information in the world in the blink of an eye. Now in 2018, while that is most certainly the truth there seems to have been some complications with the internet and the kinds of information that one can receive. The internet has been transformed into informational camps created to house different tribes. The most famous of the tribes are the right, the left, conservatives, liberals, progressives…etc.

One would have thought that as a society this kind of tribalism would have been left in the past, since I thought that we have come to the realization that tribalism leads to a rigid and homogenous kind of environment. To stay in a rigid and homogenous environment stunts growth, maturity, and learning. 22 years ago, in 1996, MIT researchers, Marshall Van Alstyne and Erik Brynjoflsson thought of the potential negative aspect of such a connected world, “Individuals empowered to screen out material that does not conform to their existing preferences may form virtual cliques, insulate themselves from opposing points of view, and reinforce their biases”. Both researches were able to foresee the kind of environment that would be created.

It seems that people are just too scared to just listen to others just for the sake of being proven wrong, because if they are proven wrong then that means that their way of thinking was wrong and so on and so forth. Social media has become this echo chamber where we only hear and see the same kind of information that we are used to already seeing. The danger of living in that kind of environment is that it creates a box that one hides themselves in, and it also supports the mindset that everything one needs is inside this box and everything outside of it is wrong. This kind of thinking does not support diversity if anything it fragments and divides us.

Currently, it seems that nobody can have a peaceful discourse without a giant uproar or a screaming match between two parties. We now speak to disrupt and get our point across rather than listening and understanding each other. Just because one listens and tries to understand the other parties does not mean that you necessarily agree with them. This is how conflicts happen and inevitably wars begin.

Just because you do not agree with somebody does not mean that that person should not be able to express their opinion. This is regarding to many talks having to been cancelled due to students organizing and causing disruptions. If anything, those that do not agree with said speaker should attempt to have a conversation about why they may think that they are wrong. Denying the other side is essentially part of the problem, it does not allow for the diversity and inclusion of the other. This is not to lay blame at a specific realm of thought, if anything having everyone’s reluctant to understand the other side is problem.

This homogenous environment stunts our growth and our potential prosperity as a society. I would love to continue this kind of conversation if any are willing through twitter, follow @Alfredo_David1, so that we may try to understand each other a bit more.

My name is David Alfredo Paulino. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a international studies major with a concentration in Global Political Systems and my minors are Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Asia and the Middle East. I was born in Manhattan, NYC, but I currently live in the Bronx with my Mother, little sister, and Stepfather. Although I was born here, most of my fondest memories come from my frequent visits to the Dominican Republic, and always being there. I even stayed there for a year. Due to my constant going back and forth, I grew to love the atmosphere there and sometimes I yearn for it more than the actual city.

Dominican Eggplant Casserole with meat

COOKING
by Suellen Pineda, RDN, CD

Pastelón (Casserole) is a layered or Lasagna-like dish that is most commonly made with sweet plantains. But, pastelón can also be made with yucca root or eggplant. One of the benefits of using eggplant in place of plantains or pasta, is that the overall carbohydrate content is reduced, which can help control blood glucose —sugars—levels, particularly important for individuals suffering from Diabetes.

photo courtesy of Suellen Pineda

Type: main course
Difficulty: easy
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Prep time: 25 minutes
Yields: About 9

Ingredients

1 lb. lean ground beef (Look for 93-95% lean)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 4oz. tomato sauce (not paste)
½ cup water
1 tsp. ground oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. ground cumin
4 medium size eggplants, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 ½ cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Sal and pepper to taste

Method

Pre-heat oven at 375F°
Season ground beef with salt, pepper and cumin.
In a large skillet or medium saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add meat and cook until slightly brown and liquid has evaporated.
Add onions, cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
Add tomato sauce, basil, oregano and water.
Lower the heat and cook uncovered until sauce has thickened (About 10 minutes). Remove from heat and reserve.
Line up a single layer of sliced eggplant on a previously oiled rectangular ceramic or ovenproof dish.
Cover eggplant uniformly with meat. Sprinkle shredded cheese. Continue layering with the rest of the eggplant, sauce and cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for about 40 minutes.
Remove foil and cook under broiler until cheese is bubbly and slightly golden brown.

Serving suggestion: serve with a light tossed salad.

Enjoy!

Suellen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in the Rochester, NY area. Connect with her at suellenpinedaRDN@gmail.com or follow her on Instagram at @Suellen_Pineda

“La Madrileñita”

“La Madrileñita”
by Ana María Ruimonte ©2018

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It was not a coincidence that my husband and I traveled in February to Savannah, the city of “Forrest Gump” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt, to attend a Copyright Congress in the Arts.

Savannah is a beautiful and mysterious city. I sat on a bench in the plaza called Chippewa Park and I felt as if I had woken up in the 18th century. The streets of the historic center were very little traveled. Walking, I arrived at a park that was a cemetery. There were some people sitting on benches. Others, they walked their puppy. Tombstones and obituaries told who the most illustrious personages of the city were.

People and souls coexisted in solitude accompanied. I read their stories: That young man whose name I can not remember who died during a duel to defend his honor; the founder of the first Savannah newspaper; Edward Greene Malone (1777-1807), recognized as the finest miniature painter in the United States; Hugh McCall (1767-1823), the author of the first treaty on the history of the state of Georgia at the time of the War of Independence and who said “We will never forget the blood poured out by the suffering patriots and the precious jewel that they bought with their blood will be cared for with courage and the last generations will remember them with gratitude”; and William Scarborough (1776-1839), a businessman and designer of the first steamboat that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1819. Beautiful historical and very well documented walk in the cemetery of the Historical Center of this city that provided so much information about the War of Independence and the War of the Secesión.

Savannah, city of mansions, streets and phantasmagorical squares.

I kept walking and saw a sculpture of a family of blacks that narrated how they had been separated from their country of origin, separated from their families and finally treated in subhuman conditions as slaves of wealthy families working hard in the fields of peanuts, tobacco and cotton.

A thick greenish river, very large and flowing, which was fed by tributaries to increase in strength and volume, crossed Savannah to reach the Atlantic Ocean a few miles away. I looked around and saw the beautiful promenades full of giant trees from which green blue ferns hung. It is said that they are the beards of the Spaniards whose ghosts advance among the trees gliding in the search of the beloved one that they persecute.

The Pink House was a beautiful mansion, and in one of the most intimate rooms was the engraving of “El Glorioso”, the famous Spanish galleon and triumph of the English navy. The ship looked very beautiful and impeccable with a lion that seemed to roar in the prow and with a flag of the crown of Castilla y León. A small English flag on this along with some lines indicated that the English settlers were very proud of this important naval conquest.

It was not that night but the next day when La Madrileñita and I met. And where was she going to be waiting for me if not in a museum so we could look each other in the eyes? She hung on the wall of a high-ceilinged living room of a beautiful mansion in the company of other paintings and sculptures. She looked straight at me, her eyes wide open but calm and curious. Her mouth ajar and relaxed as if she was still breathing from the same air as me… How beautiful she was! Her hair, gathered from behind with two red ribbons to match her lips and her dress with half sleeves with very wide, flared and transparent straps marked by a golden bow bracelet with big red ribbons on her shoulders. A neck to the vies showed its bust discreetly on which it shone a gold medallion of apical form with three gears of white pearls. In the center of the dress, ornaments with green bows in fine lines as if they were flowers with long stems, which gave the optical sensation of centrifugal force, as if the Madrileñita was about to dance. Dotted gold as snowflakes fell down her dress tailored to the waist. She stood firm in balance and sat with one hand on her hips while the other arm rested on her skirt, showing two delicate golden bracelets. Her fine, elegant fingers met at the end and her nails showed the natural color of her skin.

How beautiful was waiting for me La Madrileñita! We both stared at each other… When our eyes looked at each other, I asked her… – “Who are you?” And she replied: – “I am you”… I read her inscription as I did with her soulmates in the park’s cemetery… La Madrileñita by Robert Henri, 1910 …

– “How is it possible that you stay so beautiful, so impeccable during all these years, my me?”
So many years waiting for me with open eyes to finally see me… so that I could tell her with my eyes, with my deepest interior that was of me, what I was doing, how I was doing with my music and my songs throughout the world … Suddenly, she confessed to me:

– “I am a dancer, and you are a singer. The two Madrilenians. We were both born for art and we will live for it. Do not give up, for you too will triumph. Go ahead, beautiful and attentive, as I am”.

I continued walking, but I said goodbye again and when I looked at her again she confessed: – “I will always wait for you. Come back soon to Savannah and sing for me. Your voice is magic and I, with the air, will dance with your music. We have finally reunited, my me.”

I bought her postcard at the museum reception and brought her with me. When I look at her, I say: – “Thanks for joining me.”

Everyone who sees her knows that it’s me. I know it too.

“La Madrileñita” by Robert Henri is located at the Telfair Museum in Savannah.

Using select text from Shakespeare

R.Evolución Latina and Pregones/Prtt’s Raul Julia Training Unit Partner in an Interdisciplinary Professional Training workshop

by Katie Rosin

The Beyond Broadway Workshop Series (BWS), an interdisciplinary (acting, dance, music) professional development workshop and outreach program with professional teaching artists from Broadway, Film and TV, was started by Luis Salgado and R.Evolución Latina (RL) an organization that utilizes the arts to empower the Latino community. Now in their tenth year, RL is partnering with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT) and their historic Raúl Juliá Training Unit for this year’s BWS, offering excellent, affordable training, combined with rehearsal and performance opportunities, training students to face challenges, building their self-confidence while cultivating the leadership skills necessary to unite and inspire.

Using select text from Shakespeare, integrating music and dance, the BWS will culminate in a devised piece of theatre, developed by the RL creative team supported by PRTT’s Raul Julia Training Unit, and will be performed at the Harlem School for the Arts. In order to constantly grow as artists and activists, those selected to be members of BWS’s Class of 2018 will have performance and outreach events throughout the workshop and throughout the year.

Luis Salgado, RL director, states, “This year’s thematic focus is “language”, “going beyond” and “embracing your tribe” through the words of Shakespeare.” He is excited that “participants will not only move beyond their fears and the realities of society as artists and/or immigrants, but they will also share their truth, their humanity, and their own artistic contributions. We believe that it is opportunities like this one that build a greater community. We seek artists that are dedicated to growing and giving back through their art.”

“Partnering with R.Evolución Latina’s Beyond Workshops Series is a coherent, exciting step for our Training Unit. We have a common goal and commitment to rigorous arts training, and to creating exciting opportunities for growth and impact in our communities,” states Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director Pregones/PRTT.

RL has provided approximately 30 scholarships between Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and beyond, to continue to inspire young professionals and expose them to an overall artistic experience in NYC.

Press Release provided by Media Representative: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR. For more information go to
http://revolucionlatina.org/

Emotional Intelligence for Men

Eight Emotionally Intelligent things Men can do Immediately to End Abuse
by Tyrone Dixon

Copyright © February 2018 / All rights reserved.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a Workshop with some extremely intelligent gentlemen. The workshop centered on what we as men can do to help end domestic and sexual violence, as well as address the issue of “toxic masculinity.”

At the end of the workshop each of us made a commitment, my commitment was to advocate on behalf of both men and women and not sit back and watch abuse take place rather physical, emotional, or verbal.

As a first step in the keeping my commitment, I present the following 8 tips, adapted from Author, Educator Jackson Katz’s 10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence:

1. Understand that this is not only a women’s issue! We as men can be advocates by speaking up, and confronting abusive peers. 90% of domestic and sexual violence is committed by men; chances are you know/have hung out with someone who was physically or verbally abusive. Speak up!

2. If you associate with individuals (friends, brother, coworker, etc.) who are disrespectful or abusive to females, don’t remain silent. Stop the abuse, and then recommend they seek professional help with dealing with unaddressed trauma in their lives.

3. Have the self-awareness to look at the way you live your life. Question your beliefs and attitudes towards women, without becoming defensive. How might the way we live inadvertently perpetuate sexism and violence? When you are able to take an introspective look at yourself, you can begin to change bad habits.

4. If you suspect someone you know is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, kindly ask them if there is any way you could help. Please don’t become aggressive/threaten to assault the perpetrator, this is not the support the person close to you needs in the moment.

5. If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past. I invite you to seek professional help because you may have suppressed trauma that is preventing you from being your true self.

6. Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence. Attend rallies and other public events to show your support. On March 23rd, 2018 Vera House Incorporated will be holding its “24th Annual White Ribbon Campaign” to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence, this would be a great way to get involved and become an ally.

7. Educate yourself and those around you by attending programs, watching videos online, and reading articles about causes of gender violence. Understand that larger social forces affect the conflicts between men and women.

8. Mentor the next generation of young men about how to be a man in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing women.

Peace and Love,

Tyrone Dixon works as a Certified Professional Coach in the Syracuse Community through his business ArozeThrough Concrete Coaching. He was born and raised on the South and West Sides of Syracuse. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo. It is his pleasure to be a “writing contributor” for CNY Latino, and write about the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EI). He loves the City of Syracuse and believes that exposure to Emotional Intelligence can help change the direction of the individuals living in some of our “high poverty” areas. Can you imagine how much better our city would be if people were taught how to manage their feelings without hurting someone? Or if we could teach people to be proactive in identifying situations they are not comfortable in?.