Time Magazine Listened to Me! The 2012 Time 100

Last year I wrote a scathing Op-Ed criticizing Time Magazine for only including 3 Latinos (2 Latin Americans and 1 U.S. Hispanic) in the list of the world's top 100 influencers.  Click here to read  Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel.

I passionately argued that this Manhattan-céntrico and clubby view of the world doesn't "get" the social, cultural, political, and economic revolution occurring in the U.S. due to the Latino demographic boom and this group's contributions.  Time's navel-gazing perspective also outed a graver problem--a lack of diversity at the highest levels of that publication's power structure. Time is not unique.  This condition afflicts the mainstream media as evidenced by other "lists" such as Newsweek/Daily Beasts 150 Women Who Shake the World that routinely fail to open up the definition of success and impact beyond what appears to be the top brass' buddies.

¡Well, go compile your own list!  No.  We ALL have skin in this game called America, not just the anointed ones.  As it relates to U.S. issues, we all coexist and mutually strengthen each other with these "lists" bestowing a legitimacy on different points of view and others perspectives keeping the mainstream relevant.


Time appears to have heard my ¡psst!

Read the entire list by clicking here:

The 2012 Time 100 includes 9 Latinos: comedian Louis CK, Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R), chef, businessman, and philanthropist José Andrés, DREAMer and advocate Dulce Matuz, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, Brazilian Oil Exec Maria das Graças Silva Foster, FC Barcelona soccer living legend Lionel Messi, and President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.  South African double amputee and 2012 Olympian Oscar Pistorius and the next chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatuo Bensouda highlight this list's geographic, intellectual, and cultural diversity.  The passion for their work snuff outs despair with a torch of hope that shines brightly.

Other choices are questionable: Marco Rubio, why?  Is Time chief Richard Stengel running with the DC politico herd in thinking that Rubio can deliver the Latino vote just because of his name?  Does he fails to realize the diversity, uniqueness, and breadth of U.S. Hispanics Florida's junior Senator doesn't capture?  Does he not perceive that Latino voters are struggling to connect with Rubio based on his record?

Time get high snaps, although it got to the diversity, specifically the Latino party late.  But as I asked in last year's Op-Ed, how diverse are the decision making ranks?  That's when I'll award Time a medal.

Who is on your "list" that's missing from Time's?