latin culture 2.0
A New Tool to Stay Cool
Looking for You Tube clips of the latest hot salsa
band? Want to find the best Panamanian restaurant in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Chicago, or Miami? Fans of Latin culture in the
U. S. now have a handy online information source.
Remezcla.com is a unique cultural calendar listing
Latin-oriented events in each of those cities, ranging
from film festivals to book readings and concerts.
The one-stop-shop source, which was launched in
New York in 2006, relies on information posted by
an expanding network of contributors and bloggers from around the hemisphere, and is powered by partnerships with Microsoft’s Zune and
MySpace Latino. Remezcla’s comprehensive coverage is helped by its agreement with city governments to provide content for summer event guides in the five cities where it now operates.
Co-founder Andrew Herrera says the site was created to introduce second- and third-gen-eration Hispanic immigrants to the diversity of Latin American contemporary culture. “The
more you know about your culture, the more you’re empowered,” says Herrera, the son of Ecuadorian immigrants. “It’s cool for me to see a kid who listens to Daddy Yankee and introduce him to some funky Colombian electronic band.” He’s clearly on the right track. Remezcla’s success has fueled plans to add several Texas cities this year.
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from hemispheric politics to urban
renewal to the film industry.
You will find clever analysis and insight from
writers, scholars, academics, and journalists on the
scene. two members of our
online team include Liz Harper
and Anastasia Moloney. based
in DC, Liz is a senior editor for
public affairs and communica-
tions with the U.s. institute of
Peace, and previously covered
foreign affairs and defense for The NewsHour with
Jim Lehrer. Anastasia, a freelance journalist based
in bogotá, is a contributor to the Financial Times
and a contributing editor for the washington-based
website World Politics Review.
in the next few months, be sure to check out AQ
online as we unravel ecuador’s April 26 elections,
explore the changing dynamics of U.s.—Latin American relations under President obama, look ahead to
Mexico’s July 5 legislative contests, and more.
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