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CNN: Carlos News Network?… uh no.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Welcome to the Carlos News Network

Welcome to the Carlos News Network

I recently drove down to Atlanta, GA from N.C. where I’m currently vacationing, and had the privilege of being interviewed by the wonderful and gracious (not to mention beautiful) Xanthe Tilden of CNN En Español about the diabetes storyline which ran in Baldo last week. We’re proud to have partnered up with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on getting the facts straight and the message out.

The interview was set up by the dynamic duo of PR and TV production, Carmen and Charlie Cruz of Effective Media Group. They even put us up for a night, took us to dinner and showed us around the Atlanta area. Xanthe even gave us a personal tour of the CNN studios.    Thanks guys! ;  )

We had a great time despite that fact I was all nerves (my Spanish isn’t at all the great). It made me realize just how far my Spanish had slipped and that I really needed to make a conscious effort to improve it beyond just casual conversation. I know I’m not the only one struggling with this issue. There are many second and third generation Hispanics who have a very weak handle on their mother tongue, if they still speak it at all.

Baldo on CNN En Español

Baldo on CNN En Español

Needless to say I’m watching more Spanish TV and making a conscious effort to speak only Spanish while at home. Besides, it’s better for my kids as well. I grew up learning two languages at once and never gave it much thought. I need to more consistent in enforcing the Spanish only at home rule with my own kids.

How about you? Have you or your children lost connection with your native language? If so, are you okay with that, or are you doing something about it. Let us know.

Having Some Fun with Xenthe Tilden

Having Some Fun with Xenthe Tilden

Carmen Cruz of Effective Media Group, myself and Xenthe Tilden

Carmen Cruz of Effective Media Group, myself and Xenthe Tilden

Nervous laughter as the thought of me single handedly screwing up her whole career flashes through her mind.

Nervous laughter as the thought of me screwing up her whole career flashes through her mind.

Hispanic Heritage Month Results in Gag Reflex

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

You know, sometimes it really amazes me as to how some people feel this uncontrollable urge to make comments, and take actions that are obviously meant to do nothing more than to tear others down.

Take for instance this recent email from a reader a few days ago. Unknowingly to me, it appears Hispanic Heritage Month is forcibly being shoved down peoples throats. Now I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard of any such mention in the news. Surely this can’t be good thing. (more…)