LATISM Feature Friday: Latinos Bringing On The Sabor!

Guest post by Gina Ruiz (@GinaRuiz)

Is there a week that goes by that we don’t have LATISM peeps making us proud?  Yo digo que no!  This week, we have a platter-filled serving of Latino Sabor. On the menu: Pizzas, a taste of Greek and Jew-Latina fare and even Vegetarian… [yes, you read it right, Latino Vegetarian!] Now read on already…

A huge congratulations to el caballero @RayBeckermann for his very richly deserved #ShortyAward finalist nod in #politics!!!  Ray works tirelessly to inform, educate and send some good music our way.  In addition to Ray’s legal work, he writes several blogs: “Ohio Election Fraud” (formerly “Fairness”), which deals with the 2004 presidential litigation in the state of Ohio, “Recording Industry vs. The People”, which chronicles the above mentioned lawsuits between RIAA labels and individual defendants, “Ray’s 2.0″, about social media, and “Fairness”, which deals with issues of social justice and human rights.

Maya Escobar - #DelValleMural featured in the Huffington Post! The multi-talented Maya is a performance artist, Internet curator, and editor. Her identifications as a Latina-Jewish artist, dyslexic blogger, fitness enthusiast, activist and educator are indexed by the blogs she keeps, the visual and textual links she posts, the books, articles, and blog posts she cites, the public comments she leaves, and the groups she joins. Maya has exhibited her work in Spain, Guatemala, United States, Germany, Venezuela, and Chile.

Pizza guy to the world, operating partner of six Domino’s franchises in Chicago, sought-after speaker and LATISM pride Ramon de Leon (@Ramon_DeLeon) delivered equal amounts of social media savvy and Latino flavor while representing #SMCChicago as the Keynote at #Gravsum. His special Social Media “sauce” was also featured this week in El País from Spain. Now that’s what we call a #RamonWOW…

What… latino vegetarians? As if! Well, yes, this week we give a big #LATISM welcome to a new blog: http://www.veglatino.com, a blog where people can learn about the latino vegetarian lifestyle. Veglatino is a venture started by Raul Colon (@rj_c), President & Co-Founder of CIMA IT Solutions, who has been vegetarian since 2006. His co-founder and partner in crime [and in life] Lucilla Feliciano (@lucymfel) provides most of the recipes posted on the site. Sandra Ordonez, Wikipedia’s first “professional” director of communications, and freelance online community manager, is also a Veglatino Contributor.

Our Jersey-born Colombiano, Eric Cortes (@navaja1cortes), who happens to be la voz de @PhillyTeAma, the Greek fraternity @GammaPhiSigma and @PPRA – was part of a panel at the “Social Media 201 Today & Tomorrow” event for the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. When he’s not tweeting under some organization’s guise, Eric blogs about “Los Latinos en el USA” for the Being Latino blog and at his own HisPanic 2050 blog.

Finally, LATISM’s own Vice-chair of Programs, Giovanni Rodriguez (@giorodriguez), spoke at both University of San Francisco and at Oxford Economics on how mass movements are made on the new social Web.  A noted consultant, author, and speaker on the impact of social technology on the new and emerging workplace, Giovanni is CMO at BroadVision (Nasdaq: BVSN) and co-founder of The Conversation Group, one of the first global consultancies to focus on social technology and business innovation.  Gio’s professional accomplishments are way too numerous to list here,  but needless to say, we’re so proud to have him on Board [literally]!

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Congratulations to all of you, you exemplify all the power of Latinos in Social Media [LATISM]!

Let us know who you’d like to see profiled! Or better yet if, like these folks, you embody the LATISM spirit [and we know you DO!] tell us what you’re up to. Who knows? Our next shoutout might just be YOU!

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