George Torres aka The Urban Jibaro is the man behind Sofrito For Your Soul
and creative force behind the Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase. George is a Theta chapter alumni from SUNY Old Westbury, and has been featured as one of the luminaries of Pepsi's YO SUMO Census campaign.
YO SUMO, is an initiative created to show the world the incredible contributions that Latinos have made to the United States. In the spirit of the 2010 Census, Pepsi is encouraging Latinos to go beyond being counted and begin "to count" by sharing the experiences that have helped shape the landscape of this great country.
To accomplish the YO SUMO mission, Pepsi partnered with renowned actress and humanitarian Eva Longoria Parker to produce and direct a documentary that presents the Latino identity from a fresh point of view. Longoria Parker has been widely recognized for bringing attention to a host of causes and projects important to the Latino community.
"I can attest to the unique ways in which we, as Latinos, enrich this country with our contributions and compel people everywhere to progress and succeed. As such, I'm honored to be a part of such an important and relevant project," said Longoria Parker. "I believe that every Latino has an impact, however big or small. Now more than ever, it's time to help tell the stories that make this community admirable, to inspire others to be seen, be heard and be counted."
Latinos from all parts of the country can be part of the documentary by simply sharing their story on www.pepsiyosumo.com. Longoria Parker will personally select the people who will be portrayed in the film and work with them to bring their story to life through her unique vision.
"Pepsi's YO SUMO program creates a space to celebrate the power of the Hispanic community, while shining a light on the beauty of individual people," said Frank Cooper, chief consumer engagement officer, PepsiCo Beverages Americas. "We are fortunate to have Eva Longoria Parker bring her vision, creativity and sense of purpose to this project."
To help spark interest and encourage the Latino community to participate in the program, Pepsi is also partnering with Telemundo Communications Group across all of its multi-platforms -Telemundo Network, mun2, Telemundo stations and its digital properties- to invite Latinos to join YO SUMO through its top national and local shows.
George's YO SUMO interview will air this week on Accesso Total on Telemundo. Check your local listings for showtimes.
for more information on YO SUMO and submit your story for a chance to be in the documentary.
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