Ruben Hernandez

A place to kick back

A place to kick back

For Alex Redondo, Rocky Point– ‘gringo-ese’ for Puerto Peñasco, Sonora – was the scene of the most important rites of passage of his life. In the early ’80s, he took his girlfriend Cecilia there to romance her on Mexican moonlit beaches, spent his honeymoon in a loaned Las Conchas beach house when he married her, and […]

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Latino entrepreneurs draw on family values for business ethics

Latino entrepreneurs draw on family values for business ethics

In the Latino world, do business, family and ethics mix? In addition, a trend of the fast growth (64 percent) by Hispanic women-owned firms in Arizona since 1997 begs the question: Do Latinas bring their strong family values into the workplace? Studies by economic researchers and interviews with Valley business owners show that in most […]

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Cuban artist favors mythical images

Cuban artist favors mythical images

For Nelson Garcia Miranda, the concept of “Cubanidad” is both visceral and visual. It’s a personal style that weaves Cuba’s rural folklore, fables and themes of Cuban song and dance into his art. Deseo, an upscale restaurant at Scottsdale’s Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, is featuring the internationally known Cuban artist’s work in a gallery […]

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Big score?

Big score?

Champion football teams and big-name entertainers aren’t the only ones that will take center stage at Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008 in Glendale The National Football League awarded the event to Glendale four years ago, and since that time business and civic leaders have collaborated to help Arizona’s big and small businesses benefit […]

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Chicano artists ready to pass mantle on to younger generation

Will Chicano art survive the deaths of its practitioners? Arizona culturistas asked themselves just that after Cheech Marin’s visit to the Valley last month. Chicano artistas dotted the audience at Marin’s talk at Southwest Arts Conference. Luis Gustavo Mena, the Tucson muralist; Zarco Guerrero, Mesa’s contribution to the art world; Martin Moreno, Laveen-based printmaker and […]

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Native American ideas infuses designer’s fashions

Native American ideas infuses designer’s fashions

Arista La Russo’s personal vision of her fashion designs encompasses seeing herself and her vibrantly creative products as a “bridge” between evolving cultures. “Culture is never static,” she says from amid finished custom coats, dresses and vests. Still-to-be stitched bolts of sunset-hued fabrics fill her boutique in Phoenix’s Coronado District. “With the fast-changing lifestyles, with […]

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The New West

The New West

Marie Lopez was born in a migrant camp on Goodyear Farms in the West Valley in 1957. Five farm worker camps for Mexican American laborers were created in 1917 by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in the area of the Valley now named Litchfield Park. Lopez’s early memories were of hundreds of members of […]

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Author cites cultural baggage’ as wealth killers for Latinos

Author cites cultural baggage’ as wealth killers for Latinos

Are Latinos different from other Americans when it comes to creating wealth? There’s a recent book that says yes, Latinos are different in the ways that we think about making money and acquiring assets. This publication also discusses how our philosophies about money play into our concepts of self identity. The book is Think & […]

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Financial twists and tucks

Financial twists and tucks

Gymnasts Monique de la Torre and Victoria Esparza practice six hours a day inside Carter’s Gym, a slump-block warehouse in Mesa. Their 14-year-old bodies are hardened by countless drills on balance beams and uneven bars into sinuous muscles and disciplined minds focused on delivering peak performances at competitions. Both are among the top athletes of […]

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Proposition 300

Proposition 300

Silvia Rodriguez had a dream to graduate from Arizona State University, but after Proposition 300’s passage in November, her only chance may be another DREAM. The 20-year-old is a double-major sophomore. Two days after state voters passed the Public Program Eligibility referendum, Rodriguez and about 75 other ASU students demonstrated in front of Sen. John […]

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