Monday, July 10, 2017

National Council of La Raza Changes Name to UnidosUS

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino advocacy organization, is changing its name to UnidosUS.

The change was announced by NCLR during its annual conference in Arizona, where it traces its roots. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía was expected to officially announce the change in a speech scheduled for Monday night, July 10, 2017.

Unidos, which translates to united, is meant to show unity among Latino communities but also help NCLR transform into a group that joins all communities, according to Murguía. The Spanish word with US attached was intended to make sure "people understand we are an American institution."

For more information, click on the NBC News article by clicking here.

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Mônica Steuer, shown at right, is starring in the Robby Ramos play Alpha66. Directed by Jake Turner, the play will be presented in July at T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre, located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Marina CatalánAlicia Cerón, and Julissa Román were highlighted in the New York daily newspaper El Diario/La Prensa, as a result of them starring in the LaMicro Theater production of Leonardo González's play Nanas. Produced by Berioska Ipinza and Pietro González (also featured in the article), the recently shuttered play was directed by Tatiana Pandiani and took place in June at IATI Theater, located in Manhattan's East Village. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here. [Clockwise from above left in the image at left: Catalán, Cerón, Román, González.]

Raquel Almazán, shown at right, was recently featured in The Huffington Post, where she was interviewed about her Latin is America play cycle and recent activist work with La Paloma Prisoner Project. To read the blog, click here.

A.B. Lugo was interviewed by Rhina Valentín on her talk show "Open" (BronxNet), where he talked about his recently published book of poetry Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar (La Casita Grande), and his upcoming book release party, scheduled to take place at Friday, July 14, 2017 at Word Up Community Bookshop, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To see the interview, click on the video below.



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