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Obama speech Spanish media ratings bonanza, Houston activists capitalize on social media

Attendees at the United We Dream watch party address the media after Obama's immigration announcement.  Photo by Ray Ruiz

  As a volunteer for United We Dream, a national immigrant youth group, Ana Rodriguez joined about 16 of her fellow activists at the watch party they organized for President Obama’s Nov. 20 immigration announcement. “What brought me here today are the amazing people that I have been able to meet and organize with,” said […]

Journalism schools failing Latinos, media companies suffer


  Journalism schools across the country are failing Latinos – and creating a talent deficit for media companies in the U.S. The chaos of the Internet has wrecked on the industry and has left journalism schools scurrying to plug the digital holes in their curriculum, while universities ignore the Latino demographic tsunami that is moments […]

University of Houston basketball coach, Kelvin Sampson, gets big perks with new contract

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    The University of Houston released details of the contract new basketball coach, Kelvin Sampson, signed in April. The five-year deal, with a mutual option for a two-year extension, is worth at least $4.5 million, but it is his incentive package that is now under scrutiny. Salary According to documents obtained by The Venture, […]

Robert Gallegos fires back at Ben Mendez reported fundraising prowess in District I race

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    In one of the most hotly contested Houston City Council races, businessman Ben Mendez was able to utilize his February campaign start to out-fundraise his closest opponent, Leticia Ablaza, by over $67,000. “We have walked various neighborhoods and listened to the concerns of residents in District I. The one message that has been […]

Katy art teacher becomes social media star after Houston Texans masterpiece goes viral

Anthony Escamilla graduated from Texas A&M- Kingsville with a degree in fine arts. The El Campo native and teacher of the year is now using his talents to inspire Houston Texans fans.

  In December 2011, award-winning Katy ISD art teacher Anthony Escamilla, posted a picture of an empty woodframe on his Facebook page with the caption “Future Houston Texans Mural”. The posting kicked off what would become a two year project and turn Escamilla into a Houston social media sensation. Escamilla has been a die-hard Houston […]

Houston art community hosts Mariachi High screening

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    Houston Cinema Arts Society today announces that it is partnering with Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Latino Public Broadcasting, Houston Public Media, MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) and Houston Grand Opera to present a screening of Mariachi High, a one-hour documentary for that will take viewers on into the dreams and […]

Latino, pro-immigration activist organizations sound off on DREAM Act Lite

The youth leaders of United We Dream advocatees for access to higher education for immigrant youth.  Photo Courtesy: United We Dream

Latino advocacy organizations respond to Obama’s new executive order, who some are calling DREAM Act lite.

Young illegal immigrants not security risk, may get relief from deportation

In May, undocumented students from the Houston area publically came out at an event at UHD.  Photo Courtesy: FIEL Houston

  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into […]

MIB movie cars duke it out for Father’s Day


    When Father’s Day rolls around, men come to one stark realization: we’ve utterly failed in our quest to get our abs beach body ready for the summer.  That’s why Hollywood invented the big budget summer blockbuster.  We need movies with lots of action, tons of special effects and bad acting to keep our […]

Houston students to reveal undocumented status, increase pressure for DREAM Act

Houston students join others nation wide to "come out" as undocumented.

   Immigrant students will publicly declare their undocumented status at UH-D on May 17th. The event is part of the Right to Dream day of action initiated by the United We Dream campaign. The students and their supporters seek to gain relief from the increased deportations under the Obama administration and step up pressure on […]

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