Video: THE N BEAT - Originally aired July 13, 2013
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Hosted by Theresa Gutierrez, with special contributions by ABC 7's John
Garcia, Stacey Baca, and Michelle Gallardo, THE N BEAT is a rich tapestry of
profiles highlighting the contributions of Chicago's Latino community. THE N
BEAT airs Saturday, July 13 at 6:00 pm with an encore presentation on Sunday,
July 14 at 2:30 pm. THE N BEAT is an Emmy Award winning series of special
programs produced by ABC 7 Chicago.
This edition of THE N BEAT profiles restaurateur Sylvia X'imenez, a first generation Mexican American who has taken the hospitality industry by storm in the Western suburbs by opening three restaurants. Sylvia talks candidly about her ascension to success, starting at the bottom as a dishwasher and climbing the ladder to become the proud restaurant owner she is today.
Then, Omar Duque, the President and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talks about how his organization has been working to grow Hispanic businesses in the Chicago area.
Salvador Sandoval launched Cityvida.com when he thought that Latino bands and entertainers were often overlooked by mainstream media. His website covers the full spectrum of Latino entertainment from concerts and community events to movie reviews. Sandoval publishes his site in English hoping to introduce Latino entertainers and events to a broader audience.
Next, Laura Sanchez talks about the concept behind SWATware, the "boutique" information technology company she founded five years ago. SWATware specializes in helping small business owners use technology to get their companies to the next level. Sanchez also tries to give back to the community by teaching free technology classes to small business owners in both English and Spanish.
THE N BEAT looks at the world of Salsa, Mambo and Tango through the eyes of Andres Meneses who began his career as a dancer and instructor. Born in Puerto Rico, music and dancing have always been a part of Meneses's life and after opening up Latin Street Dancing Studio in 1998, Meneses also launched his own recording label to help produce and promote Latin bands.
Finally, THE N BEAT profiles Juan Gabriel Moreno, who launched his own architectural firm, JGMA, in Chicago a few years ago. The mission for Moreno is to give those living in dilapidated neighborhoods a "beacon of hope" through his modern designs like UNO Soccer Academy in Gage Park and his re-design of Pilsen's Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy. His buildings are not only changing the face of Chicago but his work has left a mark around the world.
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"The N Beat" is produced by Rubye Lane and Holly Grisham.
Feeling that Latino bands and entertainers in Chicago were largely being overlooked by mainstream media, Salvador Sandoval launched Cityvida.com five years ago. He runs the Latino entertainment website himself, with the help of volunteer contributors who write about everything from community events and concerts to movie reviews. While you might expect a website with the name Cityvida.com to be written in Spanish, Sandoval says he hopes by publishing his site in English, that he can help promote Latino entertainers and events to an even broader audience.
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Laura founded SWATware five years ago.. it's a boutique Information Technology company that specializes in helping small business owners use technology to take their business to the next level. She has a staff of 10 programmers and designers that help SWATware be a one-stop shop for Web design, social media and IT consulting. She even gives back to the community by teaching free technology classes to small business owners, in both English and Spanish.
5228 West 51st Street
Andres Meneses/Latin Street Music
Born in Puerto Rico, music and dancing have always been part of Andres Meneses' life. In fact, Andres and his wife, Lisa La Boriqua, opened up Latin Street Dancing in 1998, to teach Chicagoans the Salsa, Mambo and Tango. While demand for their many classes grew, Andres noticed more and more people asking about the –bands- playing the classic Latin music. So, not long after opening the dance studio, he launched his own recording label and began producing bands like Angel Melendez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra. His work with Melendez even garnered him a Grammy nomination in 2004. These days, if live Salsa music is happening in Chicago, chances are Andres produced the event!
Latin Street Dancing/Latin Street Music
1335 West Lake St.
Juan Gabriel Moreno
All too often, largely Latino neighborhoods in Chicago are considered
dilapidated and rundown… but those notions will change, if Juan Gabriel Moreno
has anything to say about it. This native of Bogota, Colombia launched his own
Architectural firm, JGMA, in Chicago just a few years ago… and since then, his
passion has become giving the Latino community what he calls a 'beacon of hope'
through his modern UNO Soccer Academy in Gage Park… and his re-design of
Pilsen's Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy. And while his buildings are
changing the face of Chicago, he has designed projects all over North America,
Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
218 South Wabash
Sylvia Ximenez, Restauranteur
As the the proud owner of three restaurants and counting, Sylvia talks candidly about how she started from the bottom as a dishwasher and worked her way up the restaurant ladder to become the proud owner she is today.
30 S Prospect Ave
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Omar Duque, the President and CEO of Illinois' Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talks to us about how his organization hopes to develop the growing number of Hispanic businesses in the Chicago area. Business Owner, Rolando Madrid takes us on a tour inside his company that has been helping educate Hispanics for the past eight months.
855 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60607
5342 W Cermak Rd
Cicero, Illinois 60804
Every year, a number of rising stars debut their clothing line during Chicago's Latino Fashion Week. The show gets up close and personal with two Rock Star Fashion Designers Noelia Cruz and Claudia Urrutia for a sneak peek into their collections that have taken runways by storm.
40 East New York Street
Aurora, IL 60505