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Latino HistoryLatino History 101

Book offers an "everything you wanted to know about Latino History" education.

How did Puerto Rico become a U.S. commonwealth? Is chocolate really Mexican? What caused the Cuban Missile crisis? What is La Mantanza?

The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the very useful book, "Everything You Need to Know About Latino History." Author Himilce Novas has compiled what might be considered a mini encyclopedia about the history and culture of Latino Americans of all races-Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Domincans, and Central and South Americans. Written in a handy question and answer format, "Latino History" covers everything from Montezuma to Jennifer Lopez and everyone and everything else in between! It's a great way to get a crash course on the Latino histories that you might not know so much about. If you want to impress your friends with some new-found knowledge of Latino history, then buy this extremely informative book!

Los 'Visiones

Five honored for their contributions to the Latino/a Lesbian, QV, Bisexual, Transgender Community.

NEW YORK-Movies have the Oscars, music has the Grammys, television has the Emmys. And Latinos, well, we have the HoMoVISIONES! On June 24, the annual HoMoVISIONES 1999 QV Pride Awards honored five individuals who through their life, work, and leadership, have fostered the well-being and advancement of the Latino/a Queer communities. The event, held at La Nueva Escuelita, one of New York's oldest and most famous Latino QV and lesbian nightclubs, attracted hundreds of people.

This year's honorees were Marga Gomez (A lesbian performance artist and comedienne), Andres Duque (Director of Mano a Mano, a NY agency that provides services for Latinos/as), Rossana Rosado (Editor-in-Chief, El Diario/La Prensa, NY's largest Spanish language daily newspaper), and Carolina Cordero-Dyer and Raymond Constantino (Co-chairs of the 1998 Northeast Regional Latino/a LGBT Conference, Pa'Fuera, Pa'lante). In addition, a posthumous award was given in honor of legendary transgender performer Lady Catiria.
Gamalier de Jesus, Executive Director of HoMoVISIONES, commented, "We are acknowledging and celebrating the strong leadership and vision present in our community that is often not recognized."

Launched in 1994, HoMoVISIONES (HV), is the first and only television program about Latina/o lesbian, QV, bisexual and transgender life. It has since produced hundreds of shows that tackle issues such as racism, sexism and homophobia. For more information about HV, please visit the HV website at www.homovisiones.org or call (212) 724-2464.

Latino Publications Galore!
A plethora of magazines for Latinos of every style are on newsstands everywhere!

Latino MagsThere you are, browsing around at your local newsstand to get your latest dose of chisme in the National Enquirer, when all of a sudden something different catches your eye. You look a little further down the aisle, and to your surprise, you see a barrage of magazines displaying beautiful Latino faces.

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you! It's the new millennium-the Latino era-and no longer are Hispanic and Lowrider your only Latino magazine choices. Today, right along side qvMagazine, you'll find a wide variety of Spanish and English-language Latino publications to meet your every need. Latina and Estylo cater to the Latina sisters, while Latin Style and People en Español keep us in touch with the Latino celebrities. Banda Elastica is just right for rock en español fans, while Latin Beat swings to the Latin Jazz and Salsa style. Hispanic Business keeps Latino entrepreneurs up to date on the latest business news, while Latin Heat serves as the trade publication for Latinos in the entertainment biz. And for the Chicanos and Chicanas out there, we can't forget Frontera, which recently reinvented itself with a new larger-size format.

The newest magazine on the block is OYE, a publication "For the Modern Latino Man." Published in Los Angeles, OYE looks and feels like a Latino version of GQ and Esquire with fashion, politics, celebrity interviews, and more filling up its pages.

Another growing Latino magazine is Urban Latino. Published in New York, Urban has a more hip-hop vibe to it. In its pages, you will find men's and women's fashions, music, poetry, and more-all done with a dope "urban" feel.

Last, but not least, is Mía, which has been making big headways on the stands. Targeted to "Latinos and the People Who Love Them," Mía covers entertainment, music, sports, advice columns, astrology, and fashion for both men and women.

So enjoy your next trip to the corner newsstand because now you can pick up a little more cultura with your chisme!

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