Hispanicize and DiMe Media Announce Finalists for the 2nd Annual Tecla Awards

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MIAMI, FL – March 23, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize and DiMe Media announced today the finalists of the 2nd Annual Tecla Awards, the most prestigious national honor highlighting the achievements of top Latino and multicultural content creators. From Beauty and Food Creators to Comedians and Live Video Broadcasters the 2016 Tecla Awards feature more than 100 finalists in 28 categories that represent an explosion of talent from across the U.S. Hispanic community. The finalists are being announced via the Hispanicize social media channels including Periscope, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook at 2 PM ET today.

Presented in partnership with TELEMUNDO, the star-studded Tecla Awards gala will take place on Thursday, April 7th during Hispanicize Week at Icon in South Beach and for the first time will be internationally live streamed.

Honoring excellence in U.S. Latino online video, blogging, media, marketing and those who create it, the 2nd Annual Tecla Awards reflect the growing state of original Latino programming native to YouTube, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, YouNow, Periscope, Pinterest, Twitter, blogging and virtually all types of social media platforms.

“The Teclas are a powerful statement of the growth and maturity of our digital creators community and the brands and media companies that are now part of this growing universe,” said Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Hispanicize Media Group partner and 2016 Tecla Awards Chair. “Coupled with our exciting co-hosts Jorge Bernal and Julissa Bermudez, a top musical talent performance and a slew of celebrity presenters, the Teclas will be a major highlight of Hispanicize 2016.”

This year the Teclas received more than 1,000 nominations, nearly three times more than for the inaugural 2015 competition, and represents a fantastic line-up of talented Latino and multicultural content creators.

Finalists were determined by a public nominations process and a Tecla Awards Nominations Academy. Winners of the 2016 Tecla Awards will be determined by a Tecla Judges Academy comprised of a blue ribbon panel of leaders shaping the future of U.S. Hispanic social media, entertainment and marketing. The judges include creators, senior brand executives, influencer network leaders, publicists and other experts in the online content development industry.

In addition to TELEMUNDO, to date 2016 Tecla Award sponsors include Toyota, Prudential Financial, Raydr and Burson Latino, who will be livestreaming the awards show.

Full List of Finalists

The full list of 2016 Tecla finalists are listed below:

Best Live Broadcaster

Kimra Luna (@KimraLuna on Periscope)
Mimi Davila (@MimiLuisaDavila on Periscope)
Lizza Monet Morales (@xoxoLizza on Periscope)
La Shoppinista – Stephanie Li Rivera (Facebook Live)
Amanda Oleander (@amandaoleander on Periscope)

Beauty Creator

Rocio Mora from RisasRizos
Rosy McMichael
Karol Zambrano from Makeup City Pop
Alejandra Rodriguez from Styled by Ale
Ada Rojas from Gypsy in the City
Laura Sanchez from Laura Makeup
Dani from Coffee Break with Dani

Comedy

David Lopez
Joanna Hausmann
Eddie G from OMG it’s Eddie G
Los Pichy Boys
Eh Bee
Lele Pons

Fashion Creator

Charlene Gonzalez from Lovely Chicas Blog
Claudia Felix-Garay from The Penny Closet
Paulina Mo from Lil Bits of Chic
Soraya Peña from Chic Flavours
Annie Vazquez from The Fashion Poet

Food Creator

Vanessa Mota Rosado from Smart Little Cookie
Adriana Martin from Adriana’s Best Recipes
Alejandra Ramos from Always Order Dessert First
Maria Sierra from La Cooquette
Maura Hernandez from The Other Side of The Tortilla

Health & Wellness

Cristina Ramirez from Triathlon Mami
Michelle Zambrana from Healthy Fat Chick Blog
Perla Sofia Cubelo from AgroChic
Carolyn Scott-Hamilton from The Healthy Voyager
Yisney Terrero from Mi Belleza Interna

Kids and Family

Mayra Rodriguez from Estilo Familiar
Reina Rivera from Soy Mamá en Casa
José Sánchez from PiccoloMondoPR
Lisa Quinones- Fontanez from Atypical Familia
Diana Limongi from Lady Dee LG

Latino News and Culture

Hola.com
Entertainment Affair
Media Moves
Camara Flash
Corriente Latina

Lifestyle

Sylvia Akamine from Latina con Estilo
Ana Cruz from Rollos de Mujeres
Yolanda Mason from Savvy Mujer
Carmen Alicia Civita from Life a la Latina
Ana Cristina Enriquez from Mami Glammy

Technology

El Pulso via Mashable
El Mundo Tech
Tu Tecnologia
Latina Geeks
La Chica Gamer
Gadget Girl

Best Agency doing Hispanic Social Media

Conffianz
Real People PR
Adarga Entertainment Group
Boden PR
Moore Communications Group
Fleishman Hillard

Best Broadcast or Cable Network doing Social TV

CNN en Espanol
MEGA TV
Telemundo
Univision
ESPN One Nacion

Best Social Good or Cause-Related Campaign

Rebeca Segebre – Vive 360
Meryland Cuevas – Otros $20 Pesos
Voto Latino
Denisse Montalvan – Changing the World One Orphaned Earring at a Time
Ford – Abróchate Por Amor

Best Sponsored Blog Post

“My #PAFW15 Makeup Look” – Annie A to Z
“Burlington Style Squad™ Holiday Dress up and Gifting” – Rossana Vanoni
“Easier Clean Up After Messy Holiday Recipes – Brite and Bubbly
“It’s Rum Time! Savoring Puerto Rico” – Metanoia Living
“Why Be A Cougar When You Can Be A Shark In Heels?” – Mommy Mafia

Best Sponsored Video

“Get ready to make unforgettable memories together at Walt Disney World Resort Vacation” – Joscelyn Campbell
“Jack Daniel’s Mas Ruido Que Nunca #HazLoQueNunca” – Brown Forman
“Mis Vengadores / Avengers Toys” – PiccoloMondoPR
“Tipos de personas en el Drive thru “Los Pichy Boys” McDonalds” – Los Pichy Boys
“¡En la casa de los Sardiñas se toma leche!” – Alberto Sardiñas

Best use of integrated social media and digital advertising buy

Boden PR & McDonald’s USA
Coca Cola 2015 Jersey Exchange
Ilean Harris & Facebook Ads
Las Recetas de Laura & The Good Dino
Telemundo & Cover Girl

Best Latino Facebook Page

McDonald’s Latino
TVyNovelas USA
Flama
Disney World Latino
La Shoppinista – Stephanie Li

Best Latino Pinner on Pinterest

Michelle’s Party Plan-It
Alejandra Ramos
Jesenia @ The Latina Homemaker
Monica Benavidez
Ilean Harris

Best Spanish Language Creator

Adriana Carrera from La Familia de Broward
Rory Lassanske from Mamá Contemporanea
Yadira Ambert from El Club de las Diosas
Romina Tibytt from Mamá XXI
Dania Santana from La Familia Cool

Most Admired Latino Celebrity on Social Media

Ximena Duque
Eva Longoria
Lejuan James
Gaby Espino
Adamari Lopez

Most Influential Latino on Twitter

Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess on Twitter)
Antonio Arellano (@antonioarellano on Twitter)
Project Enye (@projectenye on Twitter)
Domenica Mena (@domenicamena on Twitter)
George Torres (@urbanjibaro on Twitter)

Best Musician/Band/Group on Social Media

Nicky Jam
Tercer Cielo
Daddy Yankee
Natalia Jimenez
Yandel

Cover Songs Performer

Karen Rodriguez
Vazquez Sounds
Boyce Avenue
Saak Mx
Evan Craft

Breakout Creator

Hijos4Ever (Hijos4Ever.com)
La Sketcheria (La Sketchería on YouTube)
Latina Cool Magazine (LatinaCool.com)
Becky Boricua (Becky Boricua on YouTube)

Instagram

Natalia Lugo (@nataliavlugo on Instagram)
Adriana Martin (@adrianamartinfit on Instagram)
Mexican Gueys (@mexicangueys on instagram)
LeJuan James (@lejuanjames on Instagram)
Luisa Fernanda W (@luisafernandaw on Instagram)
Alexander Ospina (@teamohijotv on Instagram)

Snapchat Storyteller

Shaun Ayala (shaunayala on Snapchat)
Spoiled Latina (LatinaInHtown on Snapchat)
Lorraine Ladish (LorraineCLadish on Snapchat)
Jose Resendez (JoseResendez on Snapchat)
Hector Castillo Zuniga (itsHECTORNOW on Snapchat)

Viner

Maya Murillo (@mayainthemoment on Vine)
Oscar Miranda (@TheOscarMiranda on Vine)
David Lopez (@davidlopezfilms on Vine)
Las Gringas Blog (@LasGringasBlog on Vine)
Jay Mendoza (@MrJayMendoza on Vine)
Louis Giordano (@LouisGiordano)

About Hispanicize 2016

Hispanicize 2016 Week features a record-breaking 220+ speakers in 100+ sessions, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2016 also features the first annual DiMe Summit, the 3rd annual Positive Impact Awards gala, the 2nd annual Tecla Awards and the 1st annual Diversity Tech Showcase.

The final schedule can be accessed at http://hispanicizeevent.com/schedule/ or via the smartphone apps of iTunes, Android. To purchase a pass to attend the event REGISTER HERE. To reserve a hotel room visit http://bit.ly/20wa0iM. See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2016 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys3_h5m8V6s)

In the spirit of its theme #PowerInUnity, this year’s event is being produced in collaboration with Geoscape, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Latino Startup Alliance and BlackTech Week.

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

Sponsorship information are still available by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779.

In addition to Prudential Financial, as of today, announced sponsors also include: Amazon, Best Western, Unilever, Carnival Corporation, Facebook, Toyota, Que Rica Vida, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Home Depot, ViveMejor, JCPenney, Wells Fargo, State Farm, JetBlue Airways, KOA, Stitch Fix, Riboli Family Wine Estates, Nestle’s La Lechera, Dominican Republic Tourism, MSNBC, NBC News, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Comcast, Savings.com, Comcast, Pinterest, USA Network, The Miami Herald Media Company, CNN en Español, Diario Las Americas, Fox News Latino, Kelley Blue Book, , Visit Philly, Burson Latino, StudioB, Alma, República, Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology, Sensis, BTL Network, IZEA, Paco Collective, BodenPR, Newlink Americas, Pinta, American Heart Association, the Calvert Foundation, Juan La Iguana, Raydr and the Jackson Health Foundation.

Additional media partners include: The Latino Startup Alliance, BlackTech Week, Hispanicize Wire, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Black Enterprise, Media Moves, Geoscape, iBlog Magazine, SAG-AFTRA, Digital Trends en Español and Creative Juice Online.

Now in its seventh year, Hispanicize 2016 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz16) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2016 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s InterContinental hotel, April 4-8, 2016.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent), Twitter and Periscope (@Hispanicize).

About The Tecla Awards
The 2016 Tecla Awards highlight the nation’s top Latino and multicultural content creators by way of more than 23 content categories as well as recognize the best digital marketing campaigns featuring social media influencers. From the top Latino LIVE broadcast storytellers on a variety of platforms from Instagram to Periscope and YouNow to the creator of the year or the best cover songs performer using social media, the Teclas honor content creators and sets the bar higher for the exploding industry.

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