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Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

According to a new report, young Latinos in the U.S. spent $17.6 billion on mobile devices and more than $500 million on mobile apps in 2012. Other studies have also found Latinos rely more heavily than other groups on wireless devices for a variety of communications needs, including job searches and keeping connections with friends and family—as a result, there also the most vulnerable in a largely unregulated wireless market.

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The report - “Hispanic Broadband Access: Making the Most of the Mobile, Connected Future” - published by Mobile Future and the Hispanic Institute details how Latinos have embraced mobile technology. They’re 17 percent more likely than “non-Hispanic whites” to use mobile phones to access the Internet - and 20 percent more likely to watch video on them.

“Mobile broadband is essential for the economic advancement of Hispanics,” Gus West, Board Chair of The Hispanic Institute, said in a statement. “In today’s information age, the Hispanic community relies on mobile devices to stay connected for so many aspects of their lives - to do everything from interacting with public officials to paying bills to taking their prescriptions thanks to text-message reminders.”

Research shows people of color are more likely to surf the Internet, send and receive messages, engage social media and produce or publish media on their phones. The reason for that is simple wrote Colorlines.com’s Jamilah King in a story published in 2011. “It’s the most affordable way to access the internet. An Android and a data plan cost much less than $1,000 for a laptop computer and broadband connection.”

Below is an excerpt from King’s 2011 investigation on how telecom used smartphones to create a new digital divide: 

In an increasingly digital world, the relative affordability of smart phones have made them the bridge across the the Internet’s long-discussed digital divide. Nearly a fifth—18 percent—of African American wireless subscribers use only their cell phones to get online, as do 16 percent of Latinos. Just 10 percent of whites say the same. While 33 percent of white subscribers use their cell phones to surf the Internet, 51 percent of Latinos and 46 percent of African Americans do. […] 

There are, in essence, two Internets emerging in the United States. The first is the one that’s driven innovation and commerce for the past two decades: traditional Internet hookups that connect wires to desktop computers and allow users to work, play and explore from the comfort of their home. That Internet is regulated—loosely, but regulated—by the federal government, which has issued rules that prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with their users’ online access. Those rules exist as an implicit acknowledgement that the Internet isn’t just fun and games, but rather the central communication platform of the 21st century, an essential medium for everything from commerce to elections.


Anaheim Residents Continue Protests After Cops Open Fire at Women, Kids [Video]

Anaheim Residents Continue Protests After Cops Open Fire at Women, Kids [Video]

On Saturday Anaheim Police Department officers openly fired bean bags, pepper spray and released an attack dog into a crowd that included women and children protesting an officer involved shooting earlier in the day. If that isn’t shocking enough, about 24-hours later Anaheim police killed another man who was allegedly driving a stolen car.

(You read that right, demonstrators who were protesting police brutality became victims of police brutality themselves and after all that cops shot a second guy that same weekend.)

Demonstrators gathered Saturday afternoon to demand the police department explain why officers shot and killed an unarmed 25-year-old male. The OC Register explains what went down just before the shooting:

Police described Diaz as a “documented gang member,” and said he was shot after the officers saw three men near a car in the 600 block of Anna Drive, near La Palma Avenue and State College Boulevard. Believing the activity to be suspicious, the officers approached the vehicle, and all three men fled on foot.

“What exactly happened during the shooting we don’t know, we’re still investigating that,” Sgt. Bob Dunn told KCAL-9 News on Saturday. “But the shooting occurred and the male was taken to a local hospital. “

The shooting victim, Manuel Angel Diaz of Santa Ana, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Once they shot him in the leg and he went down the cops continued and shot him in the head, what is that about? My brother didn’t have a weapon on him at all,” the victim’s sister Correna Chavez told KCBS-LA on Sunday.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said Sunday his officers fired bean bags and pepper spray at the crowd after “some known gang members” threw bottles and rocks at officers.

Welter also said the K-9 police dog seen in the video above “accidentally escaped” from an officer’s vehicle and rushed into the crowd. The dog bit two demonstrators, including one man who was trying to unbuckle his 1-year-old baby from a stroller.

George Zimmerman Posts Bilingual Message Online

George Zimmerman Posts Bilingual Message Online

“Hola, les habla Jorge Zimmerman,” says the man who up until now has been going by George Zimmerman in the two minute video posted to YouTube Thursday.

The video uploaded to YouTube by user a called Riendsofgz is meant to thank Zimmerman’s supporters—in both Spanish and English.

“This is our website. It is not my website,” Zimmerman goes on to say looking in to the camera. “It is your website where you can personally communicate with me and I hope to be your website to provide facts.”

Zimmerman first delivered the message in English then continues on to deliver the message in Spanish.

The video comes just one day after Zimmerman told Fox News host Sean Hannity he identified as a Latino man pointed out English was his second language.

“I think that people assumed I was white because of my last name. My father is Caucasian, my mother is Hispanic,” Zimmerman told Hannity.  “But English was my second language, believe it or not. My grandmother and my mother raised me when my dad was in the Army and he wasn’t home for a lot of my infancy. So it’s — I consider myself, first of all, an American, but a Hispanic American, and I don’t know — I think it’s fair that they rush to judgment to assume that.”

Beyoncé Gives Snuggie ‘Countdown’ Video a ‘Brilliant’ Blessing

Beyoncé Gives Snuggie 'Countdown' Video a 'Brilliant' Blessing

We posted the “Countdown” video created by a young Beyoncé fan on Wednesday and it’s been shared over 2,000 times on our site alone. So here’s an update: Queen Bey herself has seen the video and declared it brilliant.

“I think he did this video better than I did,” Beyoncé wrote in a short blog post titled “Brilliant” on Beyonce.com.

We still don’t know too many details about the creator of the video. Several publications have reached out to kkpalmer1000, the YouTube user who uploaded the video, but no responses yet.

Few New Mexico Police Agencies Keeping Up With Anti-Bias Policing Law

Few New Mexico Police Agencies Keeping Up With Anti-Bias Policing Law

Three years after New Mexico took a stand against racial profiling and bias-based policing by passing a law called the Prohibition of Profiling Practices Act of 2009 which prohibited the practice, it turns out that a mere fraction of police agencies across the state are barely complying with the terms of the law. That’s what Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New Mexico State Conference NAACP found in a new report they released Thursday.

The review conducted by the groups found that when it came to meeting basic requirements for the law, just two agencies out of the state’s 97 could say they were in compliance. The findings elsewhere were disappointing, as well, according to a press release:

The initial review included all law enforcement agencies in the state (n = 97). Half of the agencies have a written policy on biased-based policing, but less than a quarter (22%) of all the agencies surveyed have updated policies with a clear definition of biased-based policing and listed all of the protected classes, as is required by the 2009 Act. 33% of the agencies surveyed do not have a written policy at all. And 24% refused to provide information about their policies after multiple verbal or written requests; a clear violation of the Act and potentially, the Inspection of Public Records Act.

Jeremy Lin Becomes Highest Paid Asian-American in NBA History

Jeremy Lin Becomes Highest Paid Asian-American in NBA History

Jeremy Lin has signed a three-year $25.1 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, becoming the’s highest paid Asian American in NBA history.

Lin now joins the ranks of other history making Rockets like Yao Ming, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Lin says he wishes he could’ve stayed in New York but the Knicks chose not to match the Rockets’ offer.

Lin told Sports Illustrated’s Pablo Torre, a former Harvard classmate, that Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald contacted him at 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday night to inform him the club would not match the $25.1 million offer sheet Lin signed with Houston.

According to Lin, Grunwald said: “We wanted to keep you, but it couldn’t work out. Tell your family I say hello, and good luck the rest of the way.”

Barbara Walters Flew to Zimmerman but Declined to Interview Him Due to His Demands

Barbara Walters Flew to Zimmerman but Declined to Interview Him Due to His Demands

On Thursday morning Barbara Walters explained to viewers of “The View” that she flew down to Orlando, Florida with a camera crew to interview George Zimmerman but that ultimately ABC News declined to interview the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Walters made the announcement during the “Hot Topics” segment in the beginning of the hour long show and 10-minutes before the show ended Zimmerman’s lawyer was calling to grant a live interview over the phone. They were rejected.

Walters didn’t say what the conditions that Zimmerman demanded were but added that he is “desperate for money.”

However, the NY Post is reporting Zimmerman demanded ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month:

Barbara Walters walked away from an interview with Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman after the former neighborhood watchman demanded at the last minute that, in return for the chat, ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month, a source told Page Six.

An ABC News spokesman told to the NY Post Walters “went down there with every intention of doing an interview, but Mr. Zimmerman made a demand at the last minute that we could not and would never agree to,” the rep said.

AARP: Black and Latino Seniors Losing Homes at Twice the Rate of Peers

African American and Latino seniors are each nearly twice as likely as their white peers to be facing down foreclosure, according to an AARP poll released today. The racial disparity mirror that seen in other age groups.

AARP’s poll found that 1.5 million seniors have lost their homes. Another 3.5 million people over the age of 50—or 16 percent of homeowners in that age group—are underwater on their mortgages. The problem is most critical among homeowners who are older than 75; one in 30 in that age group are facing foreclosure, according to the poll.

Previous research on the foreclosure crisis has found that African American women and seniors were particularly at-risk, because homeownership rates were highest among these groups in the black community. Contrary to an oft-repeated idea in news media, subprime lending to African American and Latino borrowers focused on refinance loans. Borrowers who had owned their homes for years—in some cases, generations—were cycled through expensive refinance loans that spiraled up debt and led to foreclosure.

Sofia Vergara May Be Highest Paid Actress But Few Latinos Roles on TV

Sofia Vergara May Be Highest Paid Actress But Few Latinos Roles on TV

“Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara is the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on Wednesday.

The Colombian-born Vergara took the No. 1 spot on the Forbes list thanks to her Emmy Award-winning role on “Modern Family,” her clothing line with K-Mart and her partnership role in an entertainment company that Forbes says “was poised to become a new media powerhouse.”

sofia-vergara-forbes.jpgA bit more from Forbes.com story “Sofia Vergara’s Rich Little Secret: A Multi Million Media Empire:”

Thanks to her Emmy Award-winning ABC sitcom (which averages 12 million viewers an episode in its third season), a clothing line and endorsement deals, FORBES estimates the Colombian-born star made $19 million over the past 12 months from her fame, making her the top-earning actress on U.S. television.

There’s more, though. With little fanfare outside the insular Latino media community, for 16 years she and partner Luis Balaguer have shrewdly built up their company, Latin World Entertainment, from a Miami talent-management firm into a licensing, marketing, production and new-media powerhouse. A source inside the firm pegs 2011 revenues at $27 million—with a healthy profit margin near 20%. Clients include Disney and Paramount; their YouTube channel, NuevOn, premiered in April and immediately sold out ad inventory to Procter & Gamble through 2013.

Don’t confuse the state of Vergara’s success with that of the number of Latino actors on television.

According to the latest numbers from the Screen Actors Guild less than 6% of lead roles go to Latino actors, compared to 74% for white actors. The number of Latinos is supporting roles is slightly better but still dismal at 7.4%.

What’s in Your Wallet? Capitol One’s Predatory Lending, Apparently

Capitol One Bank wins the race for first to be held accountable by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yesterday, the CFPB announced its first public enforcement action, fining Capitol One $210 million for targeting credit card holders who are unemployed or have low credit scores with deceptive marketing.

The bureau found that call center agents hired by Capitol One told its most cash-strapped borrowers that a list of add-on products, such as payment protection and credit monitoring, were mandatory or free. They were neither. CFPB Director Richard Cordray had strong words to go with the fine: “We are putting companies on notice that these deceptive practices are against the law and will not be tolerated.”

Trayvon Martin’s Dad: ‘I Don’t Understand What God’ Zimmerman Worships

Trayvon Martin's Dad: 'I Don't Understand What God' Zimmerman Worships

George Zimmerman made his first television interview appearance on Wednesday night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Zimmerman apologized for killing Trayvon Martin but then also he did not regret any of his actions because what he did was all God’s plans.

“My wife and I don’t have any children… I love my children even though they aren’t born yet, and I am sorry that they buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily,” Zimmerman said.

When asked if he regrets anything that happened that February night, he said, “No.”

Zimmerman‬ said he had no regrets that he got out of his car or for carrying a gun. It was all God’s plan he said.

“I feel that it was all God’s plan, and for me to second guess it or judge it,” Zimmerman shook his head.

Civil Rights Groups File Suit to Block Arizona’s ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Provision

Late on Tuesday a coalition of civil rights groups asked a federal court to stop the “show me your papers provision” from Arizona’s SB 1070 from going into effect. Of the four primary provisions the Supreme Court considered, it is the one which in its ruling last month, was not blocked.

Now, the civil rights coalition, which includes the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, is arguing something that the federal government studiously avoided; that SB 1070 and this provision in particular, discriminates against Latinos and those of Mexican origin. The coalition says it is armed with evidence which shows that legislators like the now-ousted Russell Pearce used inflammatory anti-Latino language in their communications about the law.

Section 2(B) of SB 1070 compels law enforcement officers to demand a person’s papers if during the course of a valid stop police have “reasonable suspicion” the person is undocumented. Those who are arrested are allowed to be held in custody until police verify their immigration status.

“In a state that’s more than 30 percent Latino, requiring police to act as immigration agents is an invitation to racial profiling on a massive scale,” Omar Jadwat, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement. “Police chiefs and communities know these laws don’t work, and we hope that the courts will continue to block them from going forward.”

Without action from the courts, the provision could go into effect in a matter of days, the civil rights coalition said.

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Jasiri X Flips Biggie’s ‘10 Crack Commandments’ to the ‘10 Frisk Commandments’

Jasiri X Flips Biggie's '10 Crack Commandments' to the '10 Frisk Commandments'

The creator of “This Week in Blackness” Elon James White and rapper Jasiri X have teamed up to flip Biggie Smalls’ “10 Crack Commandments” to the “10 Frisk Commandments.” Jasiri X says the song goes out to people of color in places like New York, Pittsburgh and the Bay Area “who get harassed just walking down the street.”

“Make no sudden moves, don’t you know these bad boys use violence to silence,” Jasiri Z says in the video directed by White.

White told Colorlines.com that he often jokes about how his knowledge of what to do when he’s stopped by police officers all stems from Jay Z’s “99 Problems.” He explains how the partnership with Jasiri X came about:

A few weeks ago at Netroots Nation I was hanging out with Jasiri X and it hit me. I run up to Jasiri and say “Dude! You should flip Biggie Smalls “10 Crack Commandments!” Make the #10FriskCommandments! What to do when you’re stopped and frisked!” Jasiri thought for a moment and said “That could work.” I was so excited about the idea of it and how great Jasiri is as an artist I offered to direct and shoot the video in Brooklyn on the spot. He brings this issue to light with such passion and clarity that I was glad to be apart of the project. And lets be honest. his verses are FIRE.”

Out of 685,724 NYPD stop-and-frisk stops reported in 2011, 87% percent of those stopped were black or Latino, and nine out of ten persons stopped were not arrested, nor did they receive summonses.

George Zimmerman to Make First Media Interview on Hannity Show Tonight

George Zimmerman to Make First Media Interview on Hannity Show Tonight

George Zimmerman will appear on The Sean Hannity Show tonight for a full hour in his first media interview on the killing of Trayvon Martin, TVNewser reports.

More details from TVNewser:

Zimmerman will discuss what happened on the night of Martin’s death. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, will also participate in the interview and will address rumors circulating about bail donations and hidden money, FNC says.

Hannity has been pursuing a Zimmerman interview for several months. The pair had an off-the-record phone conversation in April. Yesterday, GlobalGrind posted an article claiming that Hannity offered to pay Zimmerman’s legal fees; a spokesperson for Fox News told TVNewser Hannity has never offered to pay “any legal fees or any fee associated with George Zimmerman.”

The Fox News show airs at 9 p.m. ET.

New Romney Ad Pushes Mexican Roots with Grandpa on Horseback Wearing Cowboy Hat

New Romney Ad Pushes Mexican Roots with Grandpa on Horseback Wearing Cowboy Hat

In a new Spanish-language TV ad called “Country of Immigrants” (or, “País de Inmigrantes”) Mitt Romney’s son Craig says his father values “that we are a nation of immigrants” and says: “My grandfather George was born in Mexico.”

It gets even better. As Craig says “my grandfather George was born in Mexico,” images of him wearing a cowboy hat on horseback appear on screen. As if Latino voters will connect more now that they think the Romneys are racheros.

Craig Romney, 31, spent two years as a Mormon missionary in Chile and speaks Spanish fluently. He delivered the message flawlessly. That is of course, if you don’t consider Mitt Romney has said before that calling himself a Mexican would be disingenuous.

“My dad was born in Mexico, and I am proud of my heritage. But he was born of U.S. citizens who were living in Mexico at the time, and was not Hispanic,” Romney told Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “He never spoke Spanish, nor did his parents. So I can’t claim that honor.”

This isn’t the first time Romney uses the power of imagery to connect to the interests of Latinos in his ads that he may not necessarily support.

Romney doesn’t support the DREAM Act but that didn’t stop his campaign from flashing images of young Latina graduate wearing a cap and gown while Craig delivered a line about how the U.S. is the land opportunity where everything is possible.

Craig Romney is currently an advertising music producer at the advertising and design agency mcgarrybowen.

Judge Terminates Detained Mom’s Rights, Allows Missouri Couple to Adopt

Judge Terminates Detained Mom's Rights, Allows Missouri Couple to Adopt

On Wednesday a Missouri juvenile court judge terminated a Guatemalan woman’s rights to her 5-year-son because they believe she abandoned her child when she was imprisoned after a 2007 immigration sting at a poultry processing plant.

Encarnacion Romero, the mother of the child, cried as she was leaving the courtroom, according to the Joplin Globe. Romero’s attorney say they will appeal the decision.

The case garnered National attention when ABC’s “Nightline” covered the story in February 2012.
    

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Nightline’s “Stolen Babies? Controversy in Missouri” segment that aired February 2012.

“This is a sad and outrageous outcome in this case, intolerable really,” said Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and publisher of Colorlines.com. “All of our systems need to change the way they deal with children and parents affected by deportation, including the family courts.”

A 2011 investigation by Colorlines.com found that there are currently at least 5,100 children in foster care as a result of their undocumented parents being detained or deported.

President Obama acknowledge the findings in a subsequent briefing with reporters and said it was a real problem.

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) has introduced legislation to address the rising number of children in foster care as a result of immigration enforcement. The “Help Separated Families Act of 2012” introduced earlier this month intends to keep children of detained or deported parents united with their families.

Map Shows NYPD Finds More Guns Away From ‘Stop-and-Frisk’

Only 770 guns were recovered from 685,000 NYPD Stop-and-Frisk stops across the city last year, according to WNYC. And those guns are not showing up in the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.

In February the NYPD released stop-and-frisk statistics to the City Council that revealed the highest number of stops ever recorded in one year. Out of 685,724 stop-and-frisk stops, 87% percent of those stopped in 2011 were black or Latino, and nine out of ten persons stopped were not arrested, nor did they receive summonses.

An NYCLU analysis showed that black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 24 accounted for 41.6 percent of stops in 2011, though they make up only 4.7 percent of the city’s population. The number of stops of young black men exceeded the city’s entire population of young black men.

Young Asian Fan Recreates Beyoncé’s ‘Countdown’ Shot for Shot

Young Asian Fan Recreates Beyoncé's 'Countdown' Shot for Shot

Everything about this video is impressive. The dance moves, editing, special effects and everything else. Even that Snuggie looks good.

Michelle Obama: ‘We Cannot Continue to Let Families be Broken Apart’

Michelle Obama: 'We Cannot Continue to Let Families be Broken Apart'

First lady Michelle Obama discussed a wide range of issues on Univision’s “Al Punto” this past weekend. The large part of the discussion centered around Latinos and immigration reform.

“There is nothing more critical than keeping families together and that is why Barack has been fighting so hard for comprehensive immigration reform,” the First lady said in the interview. “For the shear fact that we cannot continue to let families be broken apart. That is at the heart of the success of any community.”

A 2011 investigation by Colorlines.com found that there are currently at least 5,100 children in foster care as a result of their undocumented parents being detained or deported.

White Mormon Editor to Women of Color: ‘Can We Be Part of Your Group?’

White Mormon Editor to Women of Color: 'Can We Be Part of Your Group?'

Jeanette Bennett of Utah Valley Magazine has finally responded to the buzz generated by her controversial headline recently. Turns our Bennett is the editor who was responsible for writing the headline “Women of Color” beneath a photo of her all-white staff dressed in colorful outfits. Here’s her letter, and it’ pretty awful:

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She knows what it’s like to be black:

Although I’m not a minority in my valley, I’m a religious minority in the United States. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are headline news in 2012. The media have published a mix of accurate and inflammatory articles about what we believe. Having Mitt as a member has elevated the interest level and the attacks toward our church. So in a small way, I can understand minority groups feeling misunderstood and misrepresented by the media.

She only wants to be able to sit at the black lunch counter like everybody else.

I’m hoping readers can see that my recent article and photo weren’t intended to demean black women. If anything, we are saying we WANT to be women of color. Can we be part of your group? Can we sit at your lunch table?

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