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Young Latino Designer Using His Background To Create His Designs

Shayne Shayne Salinas' kooTH jackets are waterproof and have pencil holders sewn in, something that growing up on a ranch taught Salinas was important.  Photo Courtesy @Koothbrand via Instagram

kooTH jackets are waterproof and have pencil holders sewn in, something that growing up on a ranch taught Salinas was important.. Photo Courtesy @Koothbrand via Instagram

 

Growing up on a ranch in South Texas inspired designer Shayne Salinas to draw on the durable and functional workwear of his childhood to create kooTH, his latest clothing line.

“I package every order individually, including a personalized thank you note,” says Shayne Salinas, an up and coming Houston Fashion Designer and CEO of his own clothing line, kooTH Brand.

After completing high school, Salinas moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. He studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing in L.A. and launched his first business there.  He specialized in street wear, before moving the company to Las Vegas.

Salinas closed his business in Las Vegas to finally embark on his dream of …

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Latina Entrepreneur Opens Dulce Cupcake Café

Carmen Ellison, owner of Dulces Cupcake Cafe, is hoping to be open next week. Photo: New Britain Herald

Carmen Ellison, owner of Dulces Cupcake Cafe, is hoping to be open next week.
Photo: New Britain Herald

Carmen Ellison hopes her new bakery will become a daily habit with downtown businesspeople.

Ellison, owner of Dulce Cupcake Café at 50 West Main St. says her shop will sell cupcakes, muffins, brownies, cookies, bagels and bread, as well as American coffee and coffee imported from Puerto Rico.

“Coffee with a Latino flavor may be a little strong,” Ellison says. “But, people love it, and there aren’t a lot of places to get this coffee here in New Britain. Once people try it and my guava cupcakes, I know they’ll be coming back.”

Ellison and her husband, Michael, are calling their place Dulce, meaning “sweet” in Spanish. The Ellisons currently work for the city; she’s the assistant tax collector, while he’s a meter patrolman. However, they plan on retiring next year to …

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Hispanic, Black And Asian Employees Paid Less By Tech Industry

 

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Silicon Valley has a well-publicized diversity problem. But a new study says that when minorities are hired at tech companies, they’re paid less than whites for doing the same job. The research, conducted by the American Institute for Economic Research, assessed the most influential technology companies and examined their workforces, taking into account race, education, occupation, age, geography, gender and citizenship status.

On average, Hispanic employees bring home $16,353 less every year than non-Hispanic colleagues, Asians earn $8,146 less than whites, and blacks earn $3,656 less than whites, the study found.

“What this tells us is that race and ethnicity matter, and they matter a lot,” Nicole Kreisberg, the senior research analyst on the project, told USA Today. “Simply increasing diversity is not enough. We also have to talk about money.”

Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Google and a …

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