November 14, 2011 |
Chicago native Carmen Marron was working as a guidance counselor in Phoenix when she decided to make a film addressing the experience of Latino teenagers. "Go For It," the dance drama that she wrote, directed and produced herself, was released earlier this year by Pantelion Films, a division of Lionsgate. It comes out on DVD Sept. 27. We caught up with Marron by phone from her home in L.A. to talk about her film projects and the state of Latino film. Why did you feel that it was important to set "Go For It" in Chicago?
April 19, 2012 |
Can you guess my ethnicity? Go ahead and cheat: Take a look at my picture next to this column. My name also should serve as a clue. My mom is fair-skinned and originally from central Mexico, while my dad is a dark-skinned native Texan. I grew up on the border of two countries and speak both English and Spanish. So I'll ask again: What am I? If you said Latina, you'd be mostly right. If you said Hispanic, you'd be mostly wrong. These are two terms that have been used to describe someone of my ethnicity in an interchangeable manner for as long as I can remember.
November 2, 2011 |
When Cesar Rolon Jr. founded Latino Fashion Week five years ago, he had zero experience in the field, but he wanted to showcase designs from the community. "What really means a lot to me is supporting local artists," said Rolon, who works in community affairs, marketing, promotions, planning and development. "I don't think there's enough of that in Chicago. Even though I did this for my community, I really can't say enough about how much amazing talent there is in this city.
November 2, 2011 |
Zoe Damacela just might be the most famous fashion designer you've never heard of. The Northwestern Student has posed with President Obama in the Oval Office. She has been featured on Oprah's Angel Network. And last month, the editors of Seventeen magazine splashed her across the cover of the October issue. She counts Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model" fame among her mentors and clients. But at 19 years old, Damacela has been in the game for fewer seasons than "Project Runway," which, for the record, caps its ninth cycle Thursday with a very special "Behind the Seams" episode.
March 4, 2012
Chicago rockers Vanarays answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? We play loud and hard--the way it's supposed to be. We also work hard to translate our studio sound to the stage. Describe your sound in five words or less. Catchy, loud, schizophrenic pop music. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant. All the band members are Latinos from the southeast side of Chicago, but we promote our music in a faceless manner.
May 22, 2012 |
Are you super-sensitive to the sun, or is your skin ultra-tolerant to its rays? Everyone is at risk, but Lisa Richman, executive director of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, offers five notable facts you might not know. It's in the genes Eye and hair color, as well as sun risk, are genetic factors that help determine one's skin tone. Light-blue-eyed redheads are likely to be more at risk to harmful sun rays, while those with black hair and dark brown skin run less of a risk.