Published On: Sun, Sep 23rd, 2012

Sunday Sofrito: The Week In Review

Que Pasa Mi Gente!

So much is happening, I would not be a good Jibaro if I did not restart my good old Sunday Sofrito recaps to highlight anything you may have missed this week on Sofrito For Your Soul.

Words cannot express what the last week has been like, but I am going to try anyways… It has been an amazing week full of just cool stuff happening everywhere. First off on a personal note… my youngest kids.. the twinz, (Jibarita & DJ. Tommy Tunez) celebrated their 18th birthday yesterday and are already 2 weeks deep into their college experience at their respective universities. I cannot express here how proud my wife and I are of their personal accomplishments and what awaits them… Happy Birthday Kids!

On the health front: I am also happy to report that I am kicking Diabetes ass as per my latest blood work and I have enrolled in the Living with Type 2 program from the American Diabetes Association. Stay tuned to the health section of our site as I continue to share details about my battle with Diabetes., especially if you are as confused as I was when I got my diagnosis. Special thanks to Radames, Juan, Elba, Vivian, Laura, Bianca and Helene for the pamphlets, cook books and resources you have been so kind to send me, I will use them well… and pay it forward.

This week I was  invited to join the National Advisory Board for the Hispanicize 2013 conference that will be held in Miami next April alongside and amazing who’s who in the Latino media circle. I am happy to announce that I have accepted the invitation and I am already packed even though the conference is 6 months away. Visit the Hispanicize Event site today to get the info

Then on Monday we kicked off the Trailblazing Latinos video series in partnership with Being Latino, Best Buy, HP, Panasonic, XBox and Sirius Radio. We recognized Ana Maria Martinez, Daisy Martinez, Angel Franco, Dr. Belisa Vranich and Bolivar Arellano this week. This series is running daily… every week day for Latino Heritage Month.  So stay tuned for a new Trailblazer every morning at 10:15am on Facebook, Twitter and here on Sofrito For Your Soul.

On the partnership front, we decided to take action and assist Voto Latino, an initiative started by Rosario Dawson to help Latinos in our communities register to vote. We are and will continue to completely abstain discussing politics in favor of any party or candidate but recognize the real importance of having our voice heard via our vote, regardless of what that voice says. We have put a Voto Latino widget that will allow you (or someone you know) register right here on our website.

The favorite post of the week, had to be – Unsung Souls: 5 Visual Artists You Should Discover This Latino Heritage Month! in which we shared the ecclectic works of Alexander Reynoso, Derek Santiago, Mia Roman, Olga Ayala and Sienide for all of you art lovers out there. I will remind you again that all of these artists are available for commission and have works available for sale. Check them out now… by clicking here.

We also welcomed a new blogger, La Pecosa Preciosa who shared her first post where she Talks Plus Size Fashion… we are anxiously awaiting more from this fresh new voice.

When it comes to some of my favorite Blogueros and Blogueras… we celebrated Carol Cain’s rebranding of the NYCity Mama blog to her brand new Girl Gone Travel that will share a more mature look at her adventures as she and her family lives their dreams thru travel. Then our good friend, Rich Villar (Acentos Founder) rants online (and threatens to smack someone with a book) when someone makes a comment to him that Latinos simply do not read, these comments on the heels of a story that a local book chain had to be shut down after it became overcrowded during a Junot Diaz signing of his new book “This Is How You Lose Her”. Then we heard from our good friends Ana L. Flores and Roxana A. Soto from Spanglish Baby who are in the midst of promoting their first book… Bilingual is better, a big step in the Bilingual Movement in the United States(psst.. you can buy the book here)

On the local side of things in NYC… Rich Villar‘s Acentos Foundation in association with La Casa Azul Bookstore, Latino Rebels  and the Sangre Viva Alliance hosted “50 For Freedom Of Speech” to defend Multicultural Education, Latino Literature and MORE in support of Teachers and the ever-growing and powerful Librotraficante Movement! This event featured Martin Espada , our Capicu Compadre Papo Swiggity, our good friend Bonafide Rojas, NYCLWG and so many more great poetic and literary voices in NYC.

Thanks to our Padrino, Jaime “El Maestro” I have a slide show so that YOU can see first hand the power of the Latino community in NYC.

What’s next? 

On tomorrow’s Radio Capicu online radio broadcast – join me and my special co-host La Boricua Goddess sitting in for La Sensacion Del Bloque as we will be discussing “How to Successfully Date A Latina Professional in NYC” with our special guest, the Lovestyle Coach herself… Lisa Velazquez..  Do you have some pointers of your own? We invite listeners of BOTH genders to call in and share. Show airs at 9pm, Monday night , here is the link to Radio Capicu.

This Saturday night, Join Capicu Poetry in collaboration with XMental Inc in Brooklyn for a very special Back-To-School charity event benefiting the children serviced by the Coalition For The Homeless! Cover for this event will be either $10 or a donation of school supplies totaling at least $10 and all of the proceeds go towards making sure that these children are not deprived of the education that is rightfully theirs! Will you help us stand as a community and do the right thing to help our most vulnerable population BEAT THE ODDS? All the details can be found here… RSVP NOW!

Special thanks to this week’s advertisers and partners for enabling us to bring you your#DailySofrito. We strive to partner with people and companies that love Latino culture as much as our readers.  This week’s sponsors are Flaco Coquito, Art by Mia, Hispanic Kitchen, Rice and Beanz, Voto Latino, One Travel and Capicu Cultural Showcase. Find out how you too can partner with Sofrito For Your Soul by emailing us here!


If something special is happening by you, or if you know ordinary people doing extraordinary things that promote Latino culture, we want to hear from you… email us now at – Share your sofrito with us!

See you next Sunday with a review of what is happening with nuestra cultura.


Buen Provecho…

George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

Cultivando Cultura since 1997…
Social Media | Branding | Event Management
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Sunday Sofrito: The Week In Review