Thursday, March 14, 2013


By Mary Velazquez

Hello friends it’s about that time again to bring you the best in Hollywood’s Movie Releases hope you are all having a great week and enjoy one of these releases.

Oz the Great and Powerful: (PG)
Directed by Sam Raimi this movie was released  Friday March 8, 2013, a movie that entails the story of a mischievous magician whom obtains the wisdom to become a powerful ruler in a magical land. When arriving to this magical land he has to fight off three witches who will challenge his strongest powers. The witches influence him with a power that he possesses which would completely destroy the entire kingdom and become the greatest leader even if this means he will no longer be The Wizard of Oz. With actors James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weltz, Joey King and others, this movie will bring you action, adventure and fantasy.

Beyond The Hills: (Not rated)
this movie develops a great story that is more common in our society than what we think. Starts off in Romania in an isolated orthodox orphanage which is now abandoned but memories of two friends remain.  Two friends who once lived together in the orphanage reunite after many years one of them now devoted to faith and religion and the other one trying to escape and relocate and convince her friend to leave the convent. In this attempt she is accused of being possessed and corrupt leading this to a chaotic twist in the story.  Cristina Flutur, Cosmina  Stratan, Dana Tapalaga will bring you a very action filled movie in theatres since last friday.

Dead Man Down: (Rated R)
Directed by Neil Arden Oplev this movie filled with action, sexual content, and explicit language with keep you glued to your seat. Two strangers cross paths and become attached by the same desire to seek revenge and the story escalates into a trail of violence. With one of the greatest actors Colin Farrell as well as Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Hooper this movie is sure to be a success and a favorite pick amongst movie lovers.

The ABC’s Of Death: (Horror)

A movie that am sure to catch since I like the thrilled, horror movies that keep me jumping from my seat and biting my nails, directed by Directors: Jake West, Angela Bettis, Simon Rumley, Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura The ABC’s Of Death will not let you sleep at night. With 26 different directors and 26 different stories written by directors from different countries who wrote a distinct story of how to die, the world’s leading talent in contemporary genre film unites their talent and creates this movie.  Ivan Gonzalez, Ingrid Boise Berdal, Kyra Zagorsky are some of the actors who will play the roles in this interesting movie.

Hope you all enjoy one of these movies.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Mayor and Ambassador Leaves a Legacy of Public Service

Raymond L. Telles (photo L.A. Times File)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MALDEF mourns the loss of Mexican American leader and pioneer Raymond L. Telles. Telles was the first Mexican American mayor of a major city and is credited with opening the path to high political offices for other Latinos nationwide by running the city of El Paso successfully during his two terms.

Born in El Paso on Sept. 5, 1915, Telles served in the Army and the Air Force, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. Telles worked at the United States Department of Justice for eight years. Telles was El Paso County clerk for four terms. Before he became mayor, whites had dominated El Paso politics. He was elected with the support of a grass-roots effort based on registering Mexican American voters and getting them to the polls. Telles' election as the first Mexican American mayor of El Paso in 1957 was a groundbreaking event in the history of El Paso and in the history of Mexican American and Latino politics in the United States.

Telles was a trusted advisor to several U.S. presidents. He was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as Ambassador to Costa Rica and served in that post from 1961-1967. In 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Telles chairman of the U.S.-Mexican Border Commission. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed him chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the United States. Telles died on March 8, 2013 in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 97.

Thomas A. Saenz President of MALDEF
President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, issued the following statement in response to the passing of Raymond L. Telles:

"Among the Mexican American leaders whose achievements in elected and civic service continue to make possible our Latino community success today, no one looms larger than Raymond Telles. Elected to lead a major United States city in an era when a mayor of color was scarcely even imagined anywhere in the country, Telles went on to break numerous other barriers through a career of public service in local and national government, and in international relations. The recognition of Latino political power after last November's election can ultimately be traced back to Telles' pioneering efforts in El Paso, Texas. MALDEF mourns the passing of a true civil rights pioneer."
Funeral services for Raymond L. Telles, a former ambassador to Costa Rica and the first Mexican-American mayor of El Paso, have been tentatively scheduled for Saturday in El Paso.
A family member said Telles' body is being flown to El Paso from California, where he died Friday after spending many years in failing health. He was 97.
Telles will be buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

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