María Elena Salinas Named Recipient of Latinovator Award at Hispanicize 2012

Univision’s Emmy® award-winning journalist, María Elena Salinas, co-anchor of the national evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and newsmagazine “Aqui y Ahora”  (Here and Now) has been named the third recipient of the Hispanicize 2012 Latinovator Award. Hispanicize 2012 (, the annual Latino trends event, will take place in Miami, April 10-13.

“As one of the most recognizable and respected journalists in the U.S., María Elena Salinas connects millions of Hispanics to stories that both educate and inform their lives,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2012.  “It is a thrill for us to host Ms. Salinas at this year’s conference and to highlight both her professional achievements and community efforts.”

The Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievement are remarkable or inspirational.

In addition to Ms. Salinas, Hispanicize 2012 previously announced multi GRAMMY-winner Emilio Estefan and pet industry entrepreneur Cesar Millan as award recipients.  Each innovator will be presented with their awards individually at Hispanicize 2012 as part of a special general session where they will talk about their obstacles and road to success.  Ms. Salinas is slated to speak on April 11.

Now in its third year, Hispanicize 2012 (#HISPZ12) is the annual event focused on Latino trends and trendsetters in social media, entertainment, marketing and media.  The event is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Hispanicize 2012 Sponsors and Media Partners

Hispanicize 2012 sponsors include BlackBerry, Walmart, Univision Communications, Chevy, Sprint, Southwest Airlines, RadioShack, UnitedHealthcare, Clorox, Fox Hispanic Media, JetBlue Airways, Fox News Latino, Diageo, Herbalife, NBC Latino, Terra, Visit Orlando, The Axis Agency, JeffreyGroup, Transitions, Fleishman-Hillard, Newlink Americas, PR Newswire, Business Wire, Sensis, Critical Mention, Reyes Entertainment, elwiri and others.  Hispanicize 2012 media partners include Getty Images Latin America/Hispanic, Latin Heat Media, Billboard Latin Music, AdWeek, Hispanic Market Weekly, LatinVision, ArtesMiami, and the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

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  • March 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Latins = The original tribe of Latium near Rome (modern day Lazio area). Some of their desnendacts, combined with a partial Trojan ancestry per Virgil’s Aeneid, went on to build Rome. Later the term Latin was applied to all the territories of the Roman Empire which spoke a language derived from Latin. In their own languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, French), they call themselves Latino. The Italians are the closest modern relatives of the original Latins. In the Roman Empire, the others have lineage from Roman colonizers, but in Spain the people are also part Celtiberian, the French are also part Gaul, the Portuguese are part Lusitanii, but they all have a Latin lineage, and their culture is derived in some way from their Roman roots. It shows in the style of thinking, the family structure, the relationship with parents and elders, etc, sometimes in their physical similarity to Italians but not always. So I think of them as second-generation Latins.The next (third) generation of Latinos are the people in countries where the second-generation Latins explored and colonized. So French Quebec is Latin, and the Spanish-speaking areas of Central South America and Caribbean plus the Portuguese-speaking Brazilians are Latins. This is mostly linguistic. Many people there are genetically Latin by ancestry, but many are Native American instead and have their own culture. Some have combined lineages, and some descend from Africa or other immigrants from anywhere in the world. Nevertheless, the most Latin families in Latin America usually have ancestors from Spain and Portugal, and sometimes Italy. It reflects in the type of family and its relationships, its values, culture, etc.Among the Latinos, the Spanish-speaking subset are Hispanic (those who speak the language of Hispania). Again this is mostly a linguistic term rather than an ancestral one. Some may have true Hispanic and Latin heritage and some may not, or some are partial.So an Italian is definitely a Latin (the original). In Italian that would be Latino. In the US most people think of Latinos as people coming from Latin America, where many people are truly Latinos but there are many people with other ancestries that are totally unrelated. But they all officially speak Hispanic (Spanish) which is the legacy of the Spanish Empire, which in turn has the legacy of the Roman Empire, which in turn was initiated by the tribe of Latium.

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