Gary Acosta

Successful entrepreneur, investor and founder of today’s leading Hispanic business organization

Gary Acosta is the co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®) and a 25-year veteran of the housing industry. NAHREP is the nation’s largest minority real estate trade association with over 26,000 members and 52 local chapters. In his capacity as CEO of NAHREP, he created the Hispanic Wealth Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a strategic plan to triple Hispanic household wealth by 2024. Mr. Acosta also authored The Hispanic Wealth Disciplines, 10 principles that guide NAHREP members and supporters towards a career of wealth and prosperity. He is the creator of 53 Million and One®, a one of a kind, theatrical presentation that chronicles the true life story of Jerry Ascencio, and his journey from immigrant to successful real estate entrepreneur.

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Hamilton opens in PR

In one of the most feel-good stories of the week, Lin-Manual Miranda brought his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Hamilton the Musical to Puerto Rico, the hurricane-ravaged island of his father’s birth. He also returned to the role of Alexander Hamilton, the part he originated and made famous on Broadway. Miranda brought the show to the island…

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Holidays are for family

I was raised a Christian and celebrate Christmas, but I also believe that the holiday season belongs to other religions and cultures. In fact, to me, learning about how other families celebrate the holiday season is one of the best parts of the season. A favorite holiday movie of mine is Love Actually, a British…

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Television continues to evolve

I must admit, I like the way television has evolved in the last few years. With all of the formats and options available, the competition has driven more specialization and a higher quality product. There is truly something for everyone. Ironically, live sports are still the thing I watch most on television — which is…

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Grown Men with Backpacks

A few years ago, my family rented an apartment in New York City for a month during the summer. My kids were very active in theater at the time and were looking for workshops in the city to hone their skills. My daughter, Marisa was specifically looking for something comedy related. We found a company…

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Hamilton, The Musical Masterpiece

I finally got to see the musical, Hamilton, when it toured through San Diego in January. I went in knowing Hamilton is not an ordinary Broadway show. With my expectations high, it still managed to be even better than I imagined. Hamilton is nothing less than a remarkable achievement of creative genius. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the youthful composer who…

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I, Tonya

I saw the movie I, Tonya last week with my wife. It seems others agree that this movie about figure skater Tonya Harding was entertaining and well done. The Harding/Kerrigan drama was reality TV before reality TV was a thing. Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were skating rivals training for the 1994 Olympics when an assailant, hired by…

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The Runaways Get a Second Season

The successful series about a diverse group of teenage superheroes received the green light for a second season. While the world debates the virtues of multi-culturalism and political correctness, the groundbreaking television series quietly makes a place for itself for simply being a really good show. Allegra Acosta and her co-stars are on an upward…

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L’ATTITUDE

Moving forward, expect a good chunk of this blog to discuss updates and perspective on the world’s largest convention celebrating America’s New Mainstream Economy. L’ATTITUDE will take place concurrent with the NAHREP National Convention in San Diego on September 8-11. The convention will feature a music festival and film showcase that bookends a groundbreaking business…

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J.Lo and Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are on the cover of Vanity Fair this week. The article tells a flattering story about their relationship and discusses their astronomical success and formidable challenges over the last two decades. Whether you are a fan of the two of them or not, you can’t help but admire their resilience and work…

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SNL

Congrats to SNL for promoting their first Latina cast member, Melissa Villaseñor from featured player to full cast member. Although we have yet to see Villaseñor play more than a supporting role in any of the skits, I look forward to that changing this season. Meanwhile, SNL is enjoying record ratings due in large part…

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Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu

In a recent interview, Marvel Comic’s VP of Sales, David Gabriel, blamed the company’s lagging sales on diversity saying their fans were essentially rejecting female and diverse characters. Mr. Gabriel subsequently recanted his comments and reaffirmed Marvel’s commitment to diversity. The original comment justifiably stirred up some controversy and was contrary to a recent study…

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Mother – the worst movie ever

I consider myself a bit of an indie-movie fan. My wife and I used to frequent Landmark Theaters years before anyone knew about Sundance or Telluride. I like edgy movies that take on provocative themes and offbeat subjects, but there can be a fine line between creative and ridiculous. I was looking forward to seeing…

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