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So Latino comic and Emmy winner Mike Robles just couldn’t resist. You all remember his rant about CNN’s Latino in America on YouTube?’

Emmy winner Mike Robles

Well, Mike is back again, this time providing his take on the TOP GEAR controversy. His tone is a bit, how shall we say it, classier? (HINT: Mike has some special British guests on this video.)

The segment in question is this one, which broadcast on the BBC on January 30:

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We love the Shorty Awards, a great way to honor and recognize some of the best people and organizations on Twitter and social media. In its third year, this user-generated awards event is a great way to honor those who “get” what makes a strong social media profile.

From ShortyAwards.com

@Raul_Ramos, @BeingLatino and @Latism

This year, we would we like you to consider nominating three very cool Twitter accounts we hold dear in our hearts. We think that is we can rally our social media network to submit nominations now, we can get these three profiles into the top 6 and into the next round of public voting in February. So here are our three:

  • Raul Ramos y Sanchez: Raul is the award-winning author of AMERICA LIBRE and A HOUSE DIVIDED. He is a true gentleman, a talented writer, and named of the the Top 2011 Latino Writers to look for by LatinoStories.com. He shares all the time on social media and is a model of how an author can market his works effectively. To nominate Raul in the #author category, just click here or on the image below:
     

    Nominate @Raul_Ramos in the Shorty Awards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

  • Being Latino: The largest and most active community of online Latinos on Facebook. Founded by Lance Rios, this group has over 52,000 members on Facebook. Being Latino promotes a collective world where Latino culture, news, art, politics and other topics can be shared and discussed. To nominate BeingLatino in the #culturalinstitution category, click here or click on the image below:

 

 

 

 

  • LATISM = Latinos in Social Media: The BEST online Twitter community ever. This group is always sharing, always connecting and always supporting. More profiles on Twitter need to be like LATISM. A first-class example of what social media should be for everyone. To nominate LATISM in #socialmedia category, click here or click on the image below:

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In the digital age, the printed word has its challengers and one of the biggest ones of all is YouTube. So, without question, as authors share and market their works with others online, video is central to any social media marketing strategy.

As part of the plan to spread the word about Franky Benítez, I created a YouTube channel for the novel. The hope is to share videos related to the stories mentioned in the book and even include some appearances from me and other guests.

In the meantime, we did a quick 30 second intro about the novel with some photos and iMovie (oh, yeah and The Beta Band). The photos are family ones that inspired some of the characters in the novel. Yeah, I do write about what I know, but a lot of what I have included is fiction.

Let me know what you think?

And don’t forget to follow the novel on Twitter and Facebook.

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