Blog Posts by Shine Latina editor

  • VIDEO: Celebs You Didn't Know Were Bilingual

    We know them for playing many roles on-screen, but turns out they also speak many languages. Whether they're foreign actors who master the English language for film or Americans we thought were just monolingual, find out which celebrities are linguistically talented when it comes to foreign tongues.


    Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro answers questions in his native Spanish during a press conference for his movie "Wolfman". It surprised us how soft spoken the Boricua actor (who's better known for his rough characters) becomes when he's off the movie set.



    Movie heartthrob Bradley Cooper speaks perfect French during a TV interview to promote his movie, "The Hangover". Cooper, who speaks the language fluently, spent time as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence.


    SLIDESHOW: Celebs Who Immigrated to the US

    Coldplay front man and Gwyneth Paltrow's other half, Chris Martin, speaks French during an awards show, doing a pretty good job at speaking the "langue" of Napoleon. Martin's wife

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  • Our Favorite Latina Brides

    With wedding season here, we've got bridal fever. You're cordially invited to take a look at our list of the most gorgeous Latina novias who were beautiful, dressed in white and very famosas.

  • Undocumented Immigrants Land TIME Cover

    A year ago, Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas surprised the world when he admitted to being an illegal immigrant in an essay published by the New York Times. Today, a photograph taken by Gian Paul Lozza featuring Vargas with 35 other undocumented immigrants became the cover image of the June 14th issue of TIME Magazine. In a poignant "Behind the Cover" photo gallery, Lozza shows individuals who identify themselves as "American Immigrants" sharing their future aspirations for themselves and their new country.

    Can Someone Tell Mis Papás that We Live in the U.S. Of A.?

    As an undocumented journalist living in the United States and writer of the TIME cover story, Vargas relates closely to the plight of the Latino immigrant and the lack of progress in immigration reform. Photographer Lozza wanted to open up the concept of illegal immigration in the American mind by making sure he included as many ethnic and cultural origins as can be represented among the

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  • Healthy Mexican Recipe: Fish Mixiote with Parsley

    Adapted from a blog by Otro Stylo for Yahoo! Mujer

    A mixiote is a traditional, pit-barbecued meat dish from Central Mexico which can also (luckily!) be prepared in an oven. It is usually made with mutton, rabbit or even chicken and seasoned with chiles and other spices including cumin, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, cloves and garlic. It is then wrapped in small packages made out of the tough, semi-transparent outer skin of the maguey (or century plant) leaves which give the dish a unique flavor.

    VIDEO: How to Grill Mexican-Style

    Even if you don't eat much fish, you'll want to prepare this easy, colorful and unique recipe as soon as you can. You can use tinfoil to wrap and cook the fish if you don't have access to maguey leaves. For a well-rounded and healthy meal, serve over a bed of brown rice and grilled vegetables.

    A mixiote is a traditional pit-barbecued meat dish from central Mexico.A mixiote is a traditional pit-barbecued meat dish from central Mexico.

    Yield: Serves 4
    Total time: 1 ½ hours
    Level: Easy


    Ingredients:
    1 ½ handfuls of parsley
    8 fish fillets
    Salt and pepper to taste

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  • Financial Myths to Avoid

    iStockphoto / We all know, money doesn't grow on treesThere are common mistakes about money that may be getting in the way of your monetary success. Financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez shares some "baby steps" for getting out of the financial hole.

    Whether you were born and raised in this country or immigrated from another part of the world, the importance of responsible financial planning in the midst of a troubled economy is probably not lost on you. In the process of trying to establish a stable income and reach ambitious goals, some are given false information or incorrect advice. We asked financial expert and creator of the Paz Financiera seminars, Andrés Gutiérrez, to help us divide fact from fiction to find out what it really takes to make our money work for us.

    Bounce back from a foreclosure

    Gutiérrez finds that first generation immigrants tend to be guided by three major misconceptions:

    • · MYTH #1 - It's easy to make money in the US: Most of us know by now that it takes hard work to become well off in this country,
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  • Mujeriegos: Hollywood's Most Infamous Playboys

    In English, they're called womanizers; we call them mujeriegos! They're handsome, rich, famous and elusive when it comes to commitment. Here are some of the most notorious Lotharios and their conquests.

  • Hola, My Name Is: Carlos Ponce

    This Yahoo! original series will introduce you to success stories, to the public figures who have crossed cultures and languages to leave a mark in the Latin and US markets. In this episode, get to know Carlos Ponce, the "Cuborican" actor/singer who has attained success crossing over, just by doing what comes naturally.


    Many may know him as the flamboyant yoga-instructor from "Couples Retreat", and your abuelita probably likes his music. And that was probably Carlos Ponce's plan all along; to reach as many people as possible no matter the generation, language or cultural background.

    Born Carlos Armando Ponce, Jr. in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, the actor considers himself a "Cuborican" and moved to the US in 1986. As a teen, her pursued the arts, and a part in school play made him realize he could turn acting into a dream career despite aspirations for the music industry.

    In his own words:


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  • Kim Kardashian Steals JLo’s Look

    Diva and multi-hyphenate Jennifer Lopez set the standard for style when she took Hollywood by storm, and it seems reality star Kim Kardashian has taken a page from the Boricua's book to model her own career. Whether it's flaunting her curvas or building a business empire, we think Kardashian has been paying homage to the star she considers a fashion icon. Who's copying whom? You decide!

  • Give Your Chips a Fresh Salsa

    iStockphoto iStockphoto As adapted from a blog by Aleida Arbona for Yahoo! Mujer

    It's been years since I've used store-bought salsa given how easy it is to prepare at home. Fresh salsa is an appetizer (bruschetta anyone?), side dish or complimentary sauce that everyone enjoys; I love to serve it as a snack, with tortilla chips or hard-shell tacos. My husband loves to eat it with burritos, and my children enjoy it with their cheese nachos.

    Spices that are good for you

    This particular recipe has a unique flavor you won't find in a jar since the tomatoes are roasted first, giving them a smoky and delicious touch. I got this tip from the owner of Cactus Cantina, a famous Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. where I lived for four years. The ingredients can be chopped in a food processor, just make sure they don't end up completely pureed. You want texture, not baby food. Finally, remove any excess liquid out so it has a thicker consistency. Although, the beauty in salsa is its customization; you

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  • Tips for Getting Better Glutes

    As adapted from Gabrimar Lascurain for Yahoo! Mujer

    JLo and Cameron Diaz show off their assets at the Oscars.I have some bad news which some of you might already know, and some of you might not want to accept: there's no such thing as getting in shape in one or two months. Sorry, but nothing related to fitness happens at the speed of light, as if by magic or with miraculous equipment. It requires a lot of effort, discipline, dedication, self-awareness and will.

    Let's talk about those of you who want to get a great butt in a couple of months or less, and let's begin with the actual anatomy of the area. The gluteal muscles are divided into the gluteus maximus muscle, gluteus medius muscle and gluteus minimus muscle. Therefore, there's no such thing as merely working out your glutes. You have to do three different exercises to work on those three muscles at the same time.

    Curvy and fit: Shape your body without losing it

    TYPES OF SQUATES

    Having nice glutes requires hard work, but it is possible to attain. I can't promise

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