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Spotlight Latino: Recognition isn’t just for celebrities

For good or bad celebrities get all the attention. But we Latinos are so much more than Ricky Martin or Jennifer Lopez. Many of us are successful in our own rights, and many after overcoming many obstacles. We at Being Latino want to tell those stories. The stories of Latinos Doing Their Thing.

It is time to share our stories AHORA!

If you or someone that you know is a “Latino/a Doing Their Thing” submit your or their bio to us ASAP!

A Latino Doing Their Thing is someone who has gone above and beyond to represent Latinos in a positive light, serving as a role model for other Latinos to look up to.

Examples of a Latino Doing Their Thing:

  • A Doctor who was born and raised in the projects of  “El Barrio” on welfare and has had an amazing story in between.
  • A Social Worker who has dedicated their life and profession to help a community of individuals in need.
  • A successful business owner who has worked from the ground up, has faced adversity and has survived.
  • A poet who dedicated his or her words to help inspire the youth.
  • A musician who uses music as a channel to voice political concerns to inspire a group.
  • and more…

Non-Examples of Latinos Doing Their Thing

* A person looking for a cheap form of advertising to sell a product and or service to anyone.

* A person who is looking for a way to put themselves in the spotlight for the mere possibility for fame and/or attention.

* … You get the point.

We want positive, uplifting and motivational stories that do not have limitations to a definition of “success.”

We want to be able to tell these stories from OUR perspective.

This is a great opportunity to showcase those who deserve it. We ask that you please spread the word, by updating your Facebook status, Retweeting, and/or blogs and vlogs about this initiative.

Our team will also be identifying those whom we have seen are avid supporters of the Latino community and have been active with Being Latino — So be on the lookout, we’re watching to see who is doing what and supporters will be recognized!

We look forward to hearing YOUR story.



1) Submit a 1 paragraph or less biography on the person that you are nominating.

2) Give a brief summary of why you feel this person’s story stands out and is different from the norm.

3) Please include links and contact information of the person that you feel deserves the right to be recognized.

Once submitted, the suggestion will go through Being Latino’s panel for an approval process. If approved the person will be featured in our Spotlight Latino section.

Click here to submit.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. and Jessica Lopez organizing workers in San Diego and Orange County

  2. ANd VOTE Jeremy Rosado on American Idol! Go Jeremy!!

  3. Here is a great organization that was formed by young latinos doing thier thing in Chicago…

  4. Can I sent Uleed your bio! LoL!

  5. In our company we hear about Latinos succeeding all the time! There is no doubt that Latinos are becoming more successful and influential in the United States.

  6. I’m so glad BL is doing this. I’m tired of all the #MindlessCelebrityWorship that has taken over this country!!!

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