Get Wise Latinas

Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood

Let’s Buy Rick and Gina Linn a Cup of Coffee or a Drink

In this critically acclaimed comedic memoir, Rick Najera tells the story of being a Latino in Hollywood and what it takes to be Latino, a hyphenated American, and to make it in Hollywood. With humor, with candor, and with an honesty that comes from those who have stared death in the eye and beaten it, Rick’s book is a raw look at growing up Almost White, not quite brown, and not black in America. He recalls his stories, his childhood, his ancestors, and his experiences growing up in La Mesa, California. He recalls what is expected of you in terms of compromises, selling your soul, holding onto your soul, and in the end, being who you are.

Rick shares with us how to make it in Hollywood as a Latino and still keep your Latinidad, still keep your spirit, still make your grandfather proud. This book is a must read for all Latinos searching for identity, searching for who they are, and wondering about how to make a difference. In these pages, Rick lets us see how he chose to make a difference, stand up for himself, and be the person his parents and grandparents could be fiercely proud of.

This now AWESOME book is being made into a stage production by Gina Linn Espinoza. As the founder and UpLatino, she is dedicated to bringing the Latino/a story to life and weaving them into mainstream American life. She wants others to know and understand what it means to be Latino in the United States today. She wants to tell our stories for other Latinos/as to see themselves on stage and on the big screen and for mainstream America to see who we are and understand our history as well.

When Gina Linn asked Rick to be her “first” project and to take this event nationwide, he replied,  “…when a Latina asks you to do something, you better do it.”

Now, let’s do this and help Gina Linn and Rick raise the funds they need for this AWESOME opportunity. They open Friday, April 11, 2014 at CASA 101. Here is their Indiegogo Campaign link for a donation. They are asking that we buy them a cup or coffee or a drink!!!

Con un pan y cafecito,Gina Linn
Seguimos Adelante,
Zulmara Maria


Gems of Wisdom, joyas de consejos, y nuggets de oro from the RiseUp Leadership Series

RiseUp Leaders LOVE Themselves!!!


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Organizational skills;

Compassion for others;

Past, Present, and Future Successes;

Attitude of Gratitude;

Ability to laugh;

Intelligence, I learn easily;

Perseverance, I never give up;

Matriarch, I keep my family together;

Great boss;Olivia Rios

Awesome friend;

Loved & Lovin;

I’m a dreamer

I live for my family;

I fix things I am not happy with;

I am easily inspired;

I’m creative;

Good taste in music;

I look good without makeup;

I’m fair;Gina Linn

I’m open-minded;

I’m ambitious;

I’m motivated;

I am visionary;

I have potential;

I’m inspiring;

I’m confident;

I’m friendly;


I’m compassionate;

My body;

I’m kind to others;

I’m a Latina!!!!

What are the things you LOVE about yourself??

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Gems of Wisdom, joyas de consejos, y nuggets de oro from the RiseUp Leadership Series

Gina LinnGina Linna Espinoza: The Leader in You

January 25, 2014

Gems from Don Martinez: – Focus 2014 – Embrace Who You Really Are

It is about changing the quality of people’s lives

Stay real, be who you are by being focused…

ASK: What can I do to make a difference?

I had an opportunity to dream

I had a gift, getting to know people…

What is your gift?


Why are you in business?


Looking for high education and dollars you can contribute…

Showing up is half the battle

The key is to start

There are no mistakes…just opportunities

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Why people succeed:

  • Purpose
  • Goals
  • Beliefs
  • High Energy
  • Self Esteem
  • Clarity


Set goals with certainty and clarity

Be in a state of allowing…and BELIEVE

See the money in your account, see yourself signing the check

Be careful of how you speak about your dreams, you can crush them

If you are taking yourself off course, then you better check yourself and get a coach.

Why do I do what I do?

To help change the quality of people’s lives

Book Recommendation: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

The RiseUp Leadership Series is a collaboration of Latino owned businesses…UpLatinoREO

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Zulmara Maria

The Latina Mastermind Group

The Latina Mastermind Group



This is a private group of Latinas who are all in the process of starting growing businesses, so I will not mention them by name.

Many of us attended the Adelante Mujer Coca-Cola conference and then went to the Pitch Parties for Count me In. From that interaction, we got to know each other and one of the members, set up this Mastermind group. I was so honored to be asked to be a part of it and to participate in it.

We have met sporadically for two years and we support each other endeavors, events, and causes. We are there for each other to offer advice and to be a catalyst for change, support, and love. We are comadres y madrinas, who count on each other.

The group is small, but powerful and we have truly been blessed to have each other to share the journey with. We not only support each other businesses, but we enhance each others lives. Many of my Mastermind Latinas have contributed to my Gratitude Journal: Transformando tu vida con la gracias, check it out.

Mujeres, you know who you are, mil gracias por tu presencia en mi vida.

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Zulmara Maria



Chant the Chant…Reclaim Your Divinity!!!



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Divinity Chant

  • I am reclaiming my divinity

  • I honor my ancestors

  • I am the change the world needs to see

  • I celebrate my life

  • I am guided by positive energy

  • I believe in the magic

  • I am vibrating inner peace

  • I claim my place at the center of the universe

  • I am DIVINE!!!

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Zulmara Maria

Some of My Favorite Gratitude Quotes

 Gratitude and Appreciation

Appreciation and self-love are the most important tools that you could ever nurture. Abraham Hicks

Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important, and by far the most life-changing.  Zig Ziglar

Being truly grateful for what is already present in your life will automatically and effortlessly attract more good into your life. Make a conscious decision to appreciate and acknowledge all that you have already been blessed with. These emotions are of the highest vibrational frequency, and through the Law of Attraction they will attract even more to be thankful for. Jack Canfield

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.  Kahlil Gibran

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy

And my personal favorite:

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.  A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Zulmara Maria


Launch Party Link

Launch Par-tay: See it HERE!!!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning I had a great chat with Gina Linn Espinoza, founder of UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas and I have to say, we had fun. It was a great party and I hope all of you will join us again next week for part 2 of the launch party.

If you missed it, no worries, here is the link. Please have a listen and let us know what you think and join us for the upcoming events online and in Southern California.


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Zulmara Maria

Launch Party Topics

Launch Party Topics


Tomorrow Gina Linn Espinoza and I will be hosting a Launch Party for my new website using Google on Air.  As the founder of Roots and Wings, I am so honored and pleased to be collaborating with the founder of Get Wise Latinas and UpLatino.

Our organizations compliment each other and it is very gratifying to have this opportunity to share with all of you the different opportunities out there for Latinas.seis

We will be discussing all things Latino and our projects and upcoming events. Specifically, we will be discussing my vision for my business and new website, LATISM 2013, and what is in the works for Get Wise Latinas and UpLatino. So join us by going to HERE to sign up, you will get an email with the login information. If you cannot make it, please stay tuned for the post once we have completed our chat.


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Seguimos Adelante,

Zulmara Maria



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