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As many of you have seen in the movie 2012 and have heard from scholars based on their interpretation of Mayan culture and the Mayan calendar, the world will end December 2012. Doomsday is upon us in 355 days on December 21, 2012.

On December 14, organizers of one of the nation’s premier live music events, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, revealed the lineup for its 2012 extravaganza. Presented by Shell, “Jazz Fest” has become a two-weekend celebration of the best in American music. It has far outgrown its own name, and over the years has welcomed headline rock acts to the big stages.

It’s Ho! Ho! Ho! time, party time and looking to next year.  So with that said, here are my Top 10 pet peeves for 2012. 1- Professionals in our Industry need to understand the need to return calls and e-mails.  It is just proper business etiquette, even if there is not an opportunity to do business.  People need communication and have to deliver communication back to their people.  Two-way street.  Return your own calls, don't have you assistant do it.  Nobody, and I mean nobody is that important or that busy.

'm still not sure why Ad Age felt compelled to give a voice to hate. I mean, how else do you explain their decision to invite a bona fide prophet of hate to their upcoming "Media Evolved" conference?  Glenn Beck may be doing something interesting in media (according to Ad Age) but he's still a racist.

TV can do a lot of great things for brands but it can also make you impotent--and I can assure you that I did not intend to spell "important."  And that is what one is led to conclude after reading some of the reports coming out of last week's beer distributors' convention in Las Vegas.

  Carat USA and Aegis Media - Multi-Cultural Marketing released the finding of their new Hispanic Consumer Connections research study that according to them reveals that 90 percent of Hispanic media budgets

  HBO is doing it right.

The channel that brings you "Boardwalk Empire," and brought you "Entourage," is once again bringing you "How to Make it in America."  Season Two debuted last night.

It's September 29...generally believed to be the birth date of the Grand Poobah of Spanish literature, Don Miguel de Cervantes.  Happy 464th!  Vamos Sancho!

After seeing Carlos Mencia's show in Las Vegas on September 16th (Mexican Independence Day), I don't expect him to get an invitation from Don Francisco.

While much of the marketing and media world--Spanish-language and English-language--still struggles with blatinos, the comic strip world keeps making big splashes.

  I have never been so insulted in all my life! I CANNOT believe that in this day and age, Latinos are still being discriminated in such a blatant and obvious manner.

  John Leguizamo, the comedian and actor who will serve as ambassador to the upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York, got a surprise scolding from his father on Friday.

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