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Another First: San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists Gala

26 Jul

On July 20, 2012, I joined the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists at their 14th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala which commemorated 25 years of the organization. The goal of SAAHJ is to help newsrooms better reflect the diverse population of Texas. The organization is comprised of local journalists, public relations professionals, students and others interested in the communications industry. (SAAHJ)

The event caught my attention when an online friend checked in on Foursquare and noted that she was at a planning meeting for the Gala. I thought to myself “that sounds like a great place to be.” … the Gala, not the planning meeting! I’m a professional in the communications industry (social media and public relations).  So, I asked how to attend the event, she encouraged me to get my ticket, I did and there I was. It turned out to be a fantastic night of inspiration, encouragement, friendship and fun.

Even when I wasn’t working in the communications field, I’ve always been drawn to it. Once upon a time, I wanted to be a reporter. As a young girl I would take my cassette tape recorder and record my own ‘news’ and then play it back just to hear myself ‘reporting’. (I’m pretty sure I have NEVER told anyone that I’ve ever done that.) I entered college pursuing journalism and completed my B.A. in Mass Communications (General Studies). Nonetheless, the SAAHJ Gala was an incredible time to meet so many Hispanic journalists, particularly las mujeres. Growing up in a small West Texas town, I don’t recall seeing any brown-skinned reporters or any with Latino surnames. However, at the Gala, there were plenty of San Antonio’s Latina journalists whom I have admired while watching the local news.

The organization honored KSAT-12’s Jessie Degollado with the Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism. Jessie’s reporting was described as trailblazing. In 1995, she received the award for best series from the Associated Press for “Chiapas Revolt – One Year Later.” In a tribute video, Jessie’s colleagues referred to her as the Energizer Bunny of KSAT-12, incredibly professional, genuinely interested in others, an icon in San Antonio, and one who has paved the way for Latinas and women in general. I am always moved to see someone being honored for their life work.

The other Latina journalists I had the honor to meet were the funny and beautiful News 4 WOAI Reporter Laurie Salazar; News 4 WOAI Anchorwoman Elsa Ramon, the Mistress of Ceremony and KSAT-12 News Anchorwoman Isis Romero. You can see all my photos on my Facebook page. Psst, I even got to meet Mayor Julian Castro! Yep, I get geeky about stuff like that.

The night also included honoring Father David Garcia with the SAAHJ Community Service Award. He is currently the director of the Old Spanish Missions of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and told the funniest joke about what happens to a Senator when he reaches the gates of heaven. (You’ll have to find me or him to tell you another time!) Father David challenged the group to not lose the value of their culture and reminded us that we’re all in this together.

SAAHJ awarded $25,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing degrees in communications. For a list of their names and more information, visit www.saahj.org.

The evening left me inspired and smiling. So, instead of recording on my cassette tapes, I will type on my keyboard and ‘report’ to my readers the stories from the desk of ¿Qué Means What? Thanks for reading y’all!


Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

27 Jun


Remember that great restaurant that I mentioned my husband loves in my Customer Service post?

This is one of their desserts!

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Dos Pocitos: A Play in San Antonio

23 Jun

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

It’s 2026 in “Texaco”, the ungoverned, lawless territory formerly known as South Texas. Here a few struggling residents remain, constantly embattled with drugcartels, military and occasional interlopers. With a nod to the past, and an eye to the future, Dos Pocitos is a comedy about this place, and the place it represents for all Latinos. – www.dospocitos.com

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Uile (played by Rupert Reyes) is the wise beekeeper who stayed behind and keeps hope that his lost son, Salvador, is still alive. His insight and metaphors of “Raza Bees” set a tone of what this place means to Latinos today. Bees are like Mexican people, they are expected to make life better. Worker bees work all day long. And no one cares as long as they get the honey. (Paraphrased)

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Adam (played by Mateo Barrera) and Abel (played by Mario Rivera) travel back to “Texaco”. Abel is a Latino scholar who is researching what happened in Texaco.  Adam is his ‘alpha-male’ cousin tagging along in hopes to visit their hometown “Dos Pocitos”. To them it was home, a place that holds all their childhood memories and their innocence. Traveling there isn’t just a trip down memory lane and fun like Adam had hoped. They must deal with reality of what is there today and all those that are not there. They question if they even belong there anymore. Together, Rivera and Barrera are talented and captivate the audience with their humorous banter and intense dialogues. Plus, they do a great rendition of Def Leppard’s  “Rock of Ages” 🙂

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Zulema and her husband are two of the few people that did not leave Dos Pocitos. They are firm in that this is their home and no one will make them leave. They will do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs, especially their tienda that  is there for no one to shop because they’ve all left Dos Pocitos.  Any married couple will see bits of their own marriage in this comedic couple. Zulema, played by Erica Saenz, is fantastic in her role and shines as the only female. She is funny, sexy and strong in the I-am-Latina-hear-me-roar kinda way!

Raul Garza’s writing provokes thought about universal themes of not belonging, protecting what is yours and mourning the loss of what once was. Just as important, Garza looks at what could happen to South Texas if nothing changes in the drug wars in Mexico.

I asked Raul, “Why did you choose to write this story in the future?”

“You can’t debate about the future. There are people that I have seen and met and I wonder what would they think about what’s going on in 20 years. … I also hope it’s a lesson to pay attention to what it is we are letting go of today.”

The play is performed in English and Spanglish and un poquito Español. My good friend who doesn’t understand any Spanish could follow the storyline perfectly and she gave the work two thumbs up.  As do I. ¡Bravo!

This humorous and intense production is directed by Estevan J. (Chuy) Zarate; written by Raul Garza; and is a production of Atta Girl Productions.

Show times and dates are:

June 21 – July 1 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Say Sí Theater, 1518 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio Texas, 78204.
For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255072 or call (210)535-4641

Special Thanks to NewsTaco. They offered free tickets to opening night. I registered on their website to receive those tickets.

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