TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado “Speaky the Spanish” on NPR’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin”



I did the sign of the cross–en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo–and prayed that Manhattan would not break off and sink into the Atlantic Ocean, that my house in DC would not be ripped from its foundation and end up–with the Golden–in Kansas.  Those were my conclusions after watching the cables and networks’ histrionic non-stop coverage of Hurricane Irene (although French Friend’s son knew we were “OK” because Anderson Cooper was wearing a loose T-shirt–the tighter the T-shirt, the graver the breaking news story according to this urban, pop culture metric).

I even listened to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg haaaahhhblaaaaahhhhr españoooool.

And a star was born.

No, not Mike, but Miguel or @ElBloombitoMayor Bloomberg’s Twitter Twin who “speaky the spanish.”

Mayor Bloomberg's "Spanish-speaking" Twitter Twin @ElBloombito

Mayor Bloomberg's "speaky the spanish" Courtesy: @ElBloombito

Mayor Bloomberg is as shrewd a business man as he is a politician.  For public safety reasons, he did outreach to a large part of the city’s population–and voters–which receives information from the powerful and top-rated New York City Spanish-language radio and television stations.

This is one of the topics discussed on the Beauty Shop, the segment of NPR’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin” where smart women gather to talk hot topics.  In addition to discussing @ElBloombito, Michel, Danielle Belton of the political and pop culture blog The Black Snob, Michelle Bernard of Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and an MSNBC analyst, Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Jet, and I talked about the criticism lodged against Surgeon General Regina Benjamin for attending the Bronner Brothers international hair show to educate African-American women about exercise, health, and hair; inequality in the workplace demonstrated through former Vice President Dick Cheney calling Condi Rice and “crybaby,” and Beyoncé’s career being hurt or receiving a bump from her pregnancy.

Click below to hear “Beauty Shop”:

In 2011, why are women held to a different standard at work and home?

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