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So, we must be doing right about our distaste for the silly name of the Tequila Party, since it appears that Dee-Dee García Blasé —the founder of the 2,000-member Tequila Party and the self-proclaimed Voice of All Latinos— is starting to share her thoughts about this blog and our positions.

In a message we received today, Dee-Dee’s true colors show in her criticism of this blog and LatinoRebels.com. Here is what she wrote:

For the record, the owner of the Latino Rebels who is against the name of the Tequila Party is Puerto Rican (Julio) , and we all know PR’s get automatic citizenship. I don’t think that Latino Rebels really feel what people of Mexican descent are going through right now and we have to be creative and controversial in a good way to get people to think about the importance of the latino vote to promote for pro immigration politicians. It’s too bad Latino Rebels wasn’t more like Rep. Luis Gutierrez for Illinois. Julio (Latino Rebels) asked me why we didn’t name the movement “rum party”, and I think it has something to do with PR’s and Cubanos liking ‘rum’ more so than the ‘tequila’.

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In an interview today with The Wall Street Journal, actress Zoe Saldana discussed the recent #ColombiaIsBeautiful campaign being waged to call attention to the movie COLOMBIANA. Por Colombia Nacional, an organization formed to educate people about Colombia’s history and culture, has appeared in several news stories about the campaign, and the WSJ now has Saldana on record discussing her thoughts about #ColombiaIsBeautiful. Saldana, who is Puerto Rican and Dominican, is a rising Latina Hollywood star.

WSJ: The nonprofit group PorColombia has launched a campaign against “Colombiana,” saying it portrays Latinos in a negative light. How do you respond?

ZS: Shame on them? I don’t know, I wish I knew how to address stupid unintelligent comments but I don’t, I’m not a stupid person. I’m sorry, I never like to get political but it’s just a shame that there are so many people out there that think so ignorantly. She could have been from Puerto Rico, she could have been from Goa, she could have been from China. But Luc Besson just wanted her to be from Colombia. Once you watch the movie, it has nothing to do with drugs, it has to do with violence. But violence lives in every city in every corner in every part of the world. So that said, PorColombia, are you kidding me? I’ve been trying to be diplomatic about it because I don’t want to be bitter. Why would you think that this was made in such a simple fashion?

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We will not be subtle about this: the self-proclaimed “movement” called the Tequila Party (which btw according to its organizers has only 2,000 members worldwide) is a farce, an insult and mockery to all Latino voters in the United States.

Our poll, which clearly shows that the vast majority of our readers think the name Tequila Party is just plain misguided and dumb, continues to get votes. The verdict is clear: over 80% of our readers think the name just does not work.

Now there are rumblings that Tequila Party spokesperson DeeDee García Blasé, who is making the rounds on mainstream media promotion an organization that quite frankly has no members (our Facebook page has more members that the TP), is just a puppet figure of a bigger (and strange) plan by the Republican Party to pander to Latino voters for the 2012 elections. In the next few weeks, we plan to expose this connect and quite simply, follow the money.

In the meantime, a new Facebook page called Stop the Tequila Party has been formed tonight by Facebook users and their mission is crystal clear. As their page’s mission states:

It is clear that the recent media lovefest with DeeDee García Blasé and the Tequila Party (which claims to have 2,000 people) is sad. Blase García is making a mockery of Latino issues in this country by using a stereotypical image of a Mexican drink to “represent” the Latino voices in the US. We respectfully disagree and are committed to show the hypocrisy of this so called “movement.”

Already a few members have joined the page and have said exactly what we are hearing from political insiders: Blase García is just a front of the Republican Party. Here is one post:

This is a FARCE of a group! A front! This group was started by a Republican for the purpose of getting the Hispanics to vote Republican. Typical of these Republicans. In this case, we have a woman that will say or do what she sees fit to fight against women’s rights and gay rights. She is an evangelical right wing nut job.

So, stay tuned as we begin to explore what the real political motive is about a “movement” that insults Latinos everywhere.

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This is a post I wrote for Latino Rebels, my social media company. It is very dear to my heart and I wanted to post it here as well.

It is said by many that if US Latinos could actually put aside their differences and celebrate all they can offer in this country, then and ONLY THEN will they truly be a force that could move mountains.

However, Latinos (remember we come from 21 countries) get into issues. Issues of coming from different countries, social issues, racial issues, economic issues, cultural issues, religious issues, and so forth. In general, Puerto Ricans mock Dominicans. Dominicans mock Haitians. All of Central America sees Mexico as a big arrogant neighbor. Chileans and Argentines drive each other crazy. White Latinos go against Black Latinos, and vice versa. And don’t get us started about Spain!

Add to the mix that US Latinos might not be in general the most bilingual of people and you get problems. All these problems speak to what is wrong: in an effort to get our voices heard, we unwittingly trample those around us. Our egos become bigger than our hearts, when it fact it is our hearts that will save the day.

There is a running joke that Latinos are jealous of success, especially when it comes to other Latinos becoming successful. We find that sad, quite frankly. Instead of celebrating our accomplishments, we fall into traps, the same traps that were engrained into our cultures for centuries.

In the end, we claim unity and the mainstream media tell us that we are a social force, but the truth is that we are divided and resentful. Last time we checked, that won’t get us anywhere.

Here at Latino Rebels, we try to be unique. We are 30 people strong and our mission is a simple one: to use media, comedy, commentary, analysis, satire, discussion, debate, and community to TRULY UNITE LATINOS. Do we do a good job? You tell us. In the end, we will continue to do what we do and be ourselves.

When we see silly things — like the Tequila Party “national” movement, which we feel belittles Latino unity with a stupid name — we will say so. We will try to do so with respect and integrity, even though we know we have our detractors. Some of those detractors call us “losers” and “rejects.” We say, “AWESOME!” Here is to the losers, since history has proven that it has been those losers and rejects who have changed the world.

Oc course, we are not the ONLY Latino-themed company on the Internet today (there are thousands of them!), and in fact, there are so many groups that share the same vision of Latino unity that it actually gives us hope. Some groups have more followers and more numbers, while other groups are just starting and getting a fan base.

Here is our point: NUMBERS TO “PROVE” SUPERIORITY AND EXCELLENCE MEAN NOTHING when it comes to social media. Like our founder said so long ago when he was actively engaging in social media, it’s all about the QUALITY, baby. The numbers will come if you do the following: post great content and engage with your fans. If you truly want to say who was the first Latino community group, you need to go way back and maybe say it was those forums at Univision.com of the late 1990s.

Take this for example: what would you rather want? 30,000 followers on Twitter or Facebook or 10 followers? Before you answer that question, what if we said those 10 followers are the President of the United States, the President of Mexico, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Shakira, Carmelo Anthony, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Antonio Villaragosa, and the head of ABC, and those 10 followers gave you TRANSPARENT ACCESS to everything they do and they would actively promote what you do 24/7? That is what matters.

Good content also matters. Most bloggers we know in the Latino blogosphere are great people and write some great content. However, when we come across posts that we feel are strange, stereotypical, and offensive, we will let that group know. We aren’t hating, just expressing our concern. Hell, we have been lambasted for our own posts and understand that disagreement is part of being a media company in the 21st century. Most of the times, these types of situations can get a bit messy, but we find that public apologies and genuine concern go a long way. What we don’t try to do, unless of course the comments and posts are directly harming someone, is delete the post and try to ignore the problem. And if we do delete the post, it is because it starts getting too ugly and personal. That’s not good for anyone.

It’s best to just address it and it’s best to be united.

With that said, we will say this: ANY LATINO PAGE online that shares our vision is PART OF OUR FAMILY. We will ALWAYS promote content that speaks to the nirvana of Latino Unity. That is the end goal here. That is how we will move mountains.

Soon, the Rebels will be producing a new show called Seamos Sociales on Mundo Hispano TV, which will be a nationwide Spanish-language cable network by Latinos and for Latinos. We will use our show to share our universe with our viewers. We will promote other groups and causes with no expectations. We want to help anyone who wants the promotion. And yes, we will also have a blast doing the show!

So as we move into the next exciting phase of Latino Rebels, we take a moment to shout out those pages that we have grown to love. ¡Que viva la unidad latina!

Drum roll, please:

Sure, there are other pages that do the same thing, and no one page is better than the other. We leave the pissing contests to the egos. In the end, by having thousands of pages collectively producing good content and authentically connecting with people and each other, by working together instead of against each other, we will achieve that dream that has eluded us for so long. Will we be up for the challenge? Will you?
Now if the Tequila Party organizers can just change their name….
¡Que vivan los latinos!

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Transitions. They happen all the time. Hell, I have gotten so used to transitions lately, I just roll with it now.

Today, I left Being Latino as a Contributor and Twitter Strategist. My reasons were simple ones: TIME. The TIME to focus on new exciting publishing and media ventures that quite frankly, have me excited and passionate again. Yes, yours truly, is going to be doing things (and getting an actual salary) that will blend my 20 years in the business world into one very “once in a lifetime” opportunity. I cannot fully disclose it yet, but I can say things: my next chapter in life will combine my experience in education, publishing, politics, journalism, social media, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, operations and business ownership. So TIME is limited, so I had to say goodbye to a great bunch of wonderful people.

So to all the gente in Being Latino, thanks so much for the love and inspiration. You guys rock and I wish you all the best in the world.

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