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Hello Street Talk Readers. I hope you are doing well and getting ready for summer; especially the students!
How did you spend your Memorial Day? Did you support any of the activities that took place in and around our community? Did you give thanks to the troops you saw? What about pay homage for all those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom?
I participated in the Paseo del Rio’s Armed Forces River Parade and the Brothers of Fallen Heroes Memorial Day Ceremony at the Alamo.
On Memorial Day, we celebrate the lives of those men and women who died while serving our country. They, and all military personnel, put their lives in the front line for our Freedom today. We should always recognize and remember those who serve, and have served, our country.
It was an honor to be one of the invited Guest Speakers in front of the Alamo. I was there with other dignitaries and special guests. It was our way of saying “Thank You” to our Military.
The day started with a caravan of about75 cars and motorcycles that begun at the BOFH Headquarters and ended at the Alamo.
As the caravan made its way through the Southside of San Antonio, I noticed so many people running outside their homes to wave and say “Thank You” to our Military. There were cars pulling over to salute and I noticed many of them were Veterans themselves. It touched my heart as they yelled out “Thank You” and “God Bless You!”
As we arrived in front of the Alamo the Ceremonies began with the Color Guard presented by The Boy Scouts. The National Anthem was sung by one of our Active Duty Heroes, and BOFH Queen. As usual it brings tears to my eyes along with the lump in my throat.
Isabelle Sanchez, San Antonio’s newest youth sensation sang “Hero,” and dedicated it to ALL of our military heroes. If you haven’t heard her sing – she has a golden voice. I could see people wiping tears from their face.
There was a lady there, looking at the Texas Wall Monument of our MIA’s and Fallen Heroes, who turned to me and softly said: “My son served eighteen months in Iraq, yet was killed in a motor cycle accident.” How sad the tragedy. He is still a hero in my eyes.
On another note, God brings us together to remember that we should help each other and our neighbors. This support is very important to me. I ask that you look deep into your heart and ask yourself if you support the community like you should.
I know we all get caught up in our busy schedules, but the tragedies in Oklahoma and West, Texas could happen to us at any time.
I am always grateful for what God blesses me with, and I thank him for the great people He puts in my path. I see the great things you do for our community without expecting anything in return.
I send a Special Thank You to the Zimmerle Family, Javier Covarrubias and the artists who gave their time for the relief concert and food/clothing drive to help. It was the best Sunday I spent out in a while and I was glad to attend. It was a Great Day!
We gathered boxes of clothing and delivered them to the Cadillac Bar and Restaurant. I pray that they will be of good use to many of the families. We don’t do this for the thanks, but knowing we help brightens my day.
So the next time you hear of an event like this, stop what you are doing and see if you can help. It may not be a huge concert, but it is a humble event that comes from the Heart!
And remember, today it was someone else, but tomorrow it could be you or your family in need!
Finally, I have decided I will be run for Riverwalk Queen for 2014. Like the Rey Feo, the one who raises the most money wins the Crown. This year we will have lots of fundraisers, parties and fun times.
We will start setting up the donation page on the Latin Fusion Tv website. Every dollar counts so we will need your help. I hope I can count on your support!
Finally, I want to say: God Bless America, God Bless Our Troops and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads! Spend time with your children and children – spend time with your fathers!
Make every day a great day; have a great summer and remember to “Walk by Faith and Not by Sight!” Brandy Lopez
Hello to our wonderful readers and fans! Now that September is here, autumn is just around the corner. It has been a Hot summer.
August was a busy and exciting month for me and many others, especially with the start of another school year. I want to share with you about embracing and celebrating community events and how easy it is to “Make a Difference!”
As I look forward into September and October and prepare for what God has in store for me, I look back at the blessings God presented me this past month.
I spent my time going to auditions, acting, and emceeing while helping within the community. In doing this, I realize how important our community is and how easy it is to get involved.
I had the opportunity to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for UTSA’s Alumni Scholarship Gala. It was an honor to be among so many of our leaders, including UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo and his beautiful wife, Dr. Harriett Romo.
It was a full house and as I gazed throughout the ballroom, I saw the commitment to education that each individual has given to be an inspiration for themselves, their loved ones, and for others.
The Mystic Knights held their annual School Supply Drive. This year they included their commitment to the SouthTown Lions by adding an eyeglass drive. The Mystic Knights have captivated my heart as they constantly reach out to help less fortunate children and families.
With the help of his family, local car clubs and community leaders, Carlos Martinez, Mystic Knights President (who also writes for Street Talk), collected supplies to ease the financial burden on families so the students can focus on education.
As he addressed the crowd, he mentioned that even a pencil can make a difference as it gives students something to write with. We were moved by his speech. The Knights are an inspiration.
The Ambassador Project SA, led by Professor Joe Michael Gonzales held their inaugural fundraiser to provide students with Scholarships. They raised $1,300 in their first attempt. Great Job Guys!
Jaime Martinez celebrated his 66th birthday at Pueblo Hall with about 150 of his closest friends. Jaime let me emcee his party, which included Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Commissioner Tommy Atkinson and many others. But the real gift was listening to Jaime play his trumpet with Little Henry and the Legends band. What a great night!
We helped the Latinos in Action Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame Induction raise money for scholarships. The inductees included SA Talon’s record-setting Quarterback Aaron Garcia; NFL Pro-Bowl Guard Max Montoya; High school Basketball Superstar Denise Forestier; and Dr. Henry Cisneros, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The LIA has presented more than $90K in scholarship monies in the last 18 years.
I am excited to say that I got an opportunity to play a part in an upcoming film. Filmed here in San Antonio, it included me acting with legends in the film industry. What an experience! I learned that if you just show up, great things can happen. Will keep you posted on the film.
On October 13th, I will receive an Outstanding Women Role Model Award from the Image De San Antonio. Proceeds will also go to scholarships. What an honor!
On October 6, from 3 to 8 pm, more than 25,000 Rubber Ducks will race down the San Antonio River to benefit Haven for Hope and Paseo del Rio Association! Adopt a duck for $5! Hope to see you there.
I want to wish all the students a great and successful year. You are the future so do your best, ask God for guidance and open your mind to learning.
Do not Bully. If you know of anyone being bullied, speak to your parents and your principal and stand up for the little guy. You have the right to be you, get an education and be an example to others.
As always, Saludos to all of the men and women who serve and have served our country in the military, you are our heroes.
Giving back to your community is a way to “Make a Difference!” Giving of time is as important as giving money. Big or small, fundraiser or community awareness events, these all give us an opportunity to build bridges and remove barriers.
God has blessed you with a gift – Please, let us give together, these gifts given so freely by Father God!
I thank you for your continued support, walking with me on my journey and ask you Make a Difference. And remember to always “Walk by faith and not by Sight!” - Brandy
Check out this candid interview with Latin Fusion Tv’s Brandy Lopez Despierta America’s Poncho de Anda as they discuss the joys of Fatherhood!
A Mother’s Love…Lasts Forever written by Brandy Lopez / Edited by Michael Arellano
Happy Mother’s Day to our Beautiful Moms! But more than mothers, you are Angels, Heroes and Blessed. A mother’s love goes a long way, has no end and lasts forever!
But first, let me share a little about the mothers in my life – my mother and grandmother. For those blessed to have a mother like them – you understand women with a heart of gold!
My grandmother helped raised me, so she was like a mother to me, but my mom is still my mom. My grandmother did a beautiful job with her daughters, because my aunts are loving, caring and beautiful mothers themselves.
They all share the Word of God with their children. They are teachers; they comfort; they encourage; they give us strength and showed us the respect we should always have for our mother.
I miss my “Abuelita.” It’s hard for me to mention her because my heart aches and tears roll down my face as I cry and write this. I miss you and love you, “mi ‘buelita:” “Feliz Dia De Las Madres!”
Now, about mom – when you walk into my mother’s home you become one of her children. She welcomes you with open arms and is always ready to feed you. Her heart is big, she does not judge, she is clean, enjoys company and loves her grandchildren.
My family always has gatherings at mom’s house, celebrating anything and everything just to be together, even though her health is waning.
Recently, at one of these gatherings, I saw her and one of her sisters dancing a Cumbia together. This is something I had not seen in a while and I enjoyed watching them.
She loves all of her siblings the same and doesn’t favor one over another. To me, this is what makes a real mom: the ability to love without favorites. Today, I love both my sisters the same – they are both beautiful moms and deserve “Mother of the Year” awards.
I recall my grandmother being the same as my mother is today. I guess, in her heart, (continue reading…)
Gibaro de Puerto Rico
Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
World-famous folkloric ensemble performed by Gibaro de Puerto Rico, will highlight the 14th season of the Main Stage Concert Series presented by Musical Bridges Around the World. The May 20th performance “Caribbean Express” creates an unforgettable journey through the history of Caribbean music from its roots to the present.
Artistic Director Anya Grokhovski calls the ensemble performance “fiery” and “dynamic.” There will be a “Meet the Artists” Chocolate Fountain Reception where guests can meet all the artists of Gibaro de Puerto Rico following the show. “We are excited to bring such shows like this to the city, it is my mission To produce one of a kind multicultural performances by the finest classical, folk and jazz musicians in order to educate, enlighten and develop new audiences” says Grokhovski, Founder of Musical Bridges Around the World, his tie to the city brings an immeasurable value to the show.
This theatrical voyage will set sail at 3:00pm, Sunday, May 20th at the McAllister Auditorium, on the campus of San Antonio College, located at 1300 San Pedro. The first half will explore the influence of Taíno, Spanish, and African cultures, through Puerto Rican folkloric music that will make you sing and dance in your seats. The second half of the concert, Gibaro de Puerto Rico will bring us to the present time, with Caribbean mambo, merengue, plena and salsa.
Gíbaro de Puerto Rico is the top folklórico dance company on the island. They are known for reflecting the island’s soul in their performances. Since 1973, they have employed close to 70 artists yearly in an effort to honor and keep alive Puerto Rican folklore and culture. They have won countless awards for their work. Gíbaro de Puerto Rico has participated in hundreds of dance festivals and events throughout the world in more than 40 countries. Some of the most notable performances have been opening the ceremony for Grandes Ligas (a soccer tournament), opening for the Miss Universe pageant in 2001, and performing on Good Morning America.
Musical Bridges Around the World is a 14-year-old nonprofit cultural and educational organization. Our concerts feature classical, jazz, and ethnic folk musicians in one-of-a-kind cross-cultural pairings that showcase San Antonio’s vibrant cultural heritage. MBAW events appeal to both seasoned concertgoers and curious new listeners.
Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices begin at $25 and senior, military, and student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased at musicalbridges.org, or online at jivetickets.com.
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Después de convertirse en disco de platino en la Unión Americana, hoy toda la gente de México podrá disfrutar el nuevo disco de INTOCABLE en una versión Deluxe.
Los Angeles, Ca (May 9, 2012) – Hablar de 17 años de carrera se dice fácil, pero los 2 Grammys Americanos, 4 Grammys Latinos, ser nombrados como “El Grupo de la Decada” por Billboard, entre otro sinnúmero de reconocimientos es algo que no cualquier agrupación puede presumir y que en el caso de INTOCABLE es una realidad.
Hablar de 17 años de carrera se dice fácil, pero los 2 Grammys Americanos, 4 Grammys Latinos, ser nombrados como “El Grupo de la Decada” por Billboard, entre otro sinnúmero de reconocimientos es algo que no cualquier agrupación puede presumir y que en el caso de INTOCABLE es una realidad.
Hoy el grupo originario de Zapata, Texas, está de regreso en el mercado mexicano con el lanzamiento de su nuevo material titulado de manera homónima “ Intocable 2011” y el cual fue lanzado a mediados del año pasado en Estados Unidos, convirtiéndose en todo un suceso dentro de la industria musical, pues logró un disco de platino por más de 100, 000 copias vendidas, además resultó multinominado en todas las entregas de premios en la Unión Americana y sus sencillos ” Robarte un beso” y “Llueve”, se colocaron en las listas de popularidad como uno de los temas más pedidos por la gente en todas las estaciones de radio.
Un plus que INTOCABLE decidió incluir en este disco para el público mexicano es que es una versión deluxe que incluye un cd en el que además de los … temas de la versión original, también podemos disfrutar 2 remixes de … y un dvd con 7 videoclips de presentaciones en vivo del grupo.
Con 14 discos en su carrera y después de que desde el 2008 INTOCABLE no lanzaba un nuevo disco, hoy podemos disfrutar una producción en el que no sólo se muestra su sonido tradicional, caracerístico e incomparable, sino que también es notorio la calidad y producción del grupo que no por nada es considerada la máxima agrupación de música norteña en estos tiempos.
Sin lugar a dudas, así como “Intocable 2011″ se convirtió en todo un éxito en Estados Unidos, estamos seguro que correrará con la misma suerte en México, en donde son grandes consentidos del público que siempre está pendiente de cada nuevo proyecto de INTOCABLE.
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New Year Resolution – Follow Your Heart! By Brandy Lopez
Happy New Year everyone! May your dreams and endeavors come true in 2012 – may you be prosperous and may Father God find favor on you. It is a time of New Beginnings!
But first, I want to thank you all for your prayers last year as my family and I went through a difficult time in our life. We almost lost our daughter Diamond due to illness. (continue reading…)
Happy New year – Please check out our latest wild track on the Latin Fusion TV Front Page (www.latinfusiontv.com)!
Some video of Chuckee Cheese and the Chik Fil A cow in a dance off and a quick shot of some fun rides in the United States Military Veterans Parade.
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Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings mon!