Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have questions about our site or our company. We do love to get email, although it might take us a few days to respond. Sorry if we don’t respond promptly, since our days get a bit busy with deadlines and other company commitments.
LatinoRebels.com is a web property of Latino Rebels, LLC, a private company registered in Delaware (File #4972019). It became an official LLC on April 21, 2011, although our founder Julio Ricardo Varela has been developing independent content since 2008 under JulioRVarela.com. We have also created a new non-profit organization called The Latino Rebels Foundation. Our plan is simple: to help fund Latino Rebels Foundation. That is why we do this. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Our ideas for Latino Rebels came from watching way too many Daily Show episodes, being on social media way too long, listening to too much punk music and devouring the biographies of Zapata, Martí, Albizu, Menchú and so many other Latino Rebels from Latin American history. After the success of JulioRVarela.com, Julio decided to invite a group of Rebeldes who shared the same vision. This link names some of the Original Rebeldes.
Latino Rebels LLC is 100% owned by Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77 on Twitter), however it is run by many people. The Latino Rebels are a collective of social media influentials, bloggers, journalists, poets, writers, producers, photographers, and marketers. We all have day jobs and we run this site collectively. The vast majority of our pieces are written collectively by us after we talk about them, share them, and pitch them to ourselves. We also take pitches from our community. No one else tells us what to write about. We are not in any special partnerships with companies or organizations. We are us, and us alone.
We use humor, commentary, opinions, independent stories, cross-links to others blogs, and our social media platforms to share our universe. We do this for the love of the game and to elevate the issues that matter to us and our community. We do compensate contributors, and we don’t make money off this site. Any compensation given to contributors comes from the LLC. Yes, we think paying people is important.
Questions always arise about us. Here are the most common ones:
Do you get paid for posting stories?
No. We do not accept any money for posting of stories. We never have and we never will. No one, we repeat, no one, directs us what to write.
What are your politics?
We are all over the place. We also disagree amongst ourselves. Did we mention that no one pays us or tells us what to write about?
Are you 100% independent?
Can you prove it?
Can you share some of that proof?
Sure, what would you like to see?
Some of your members work for other outlets? Isn’t this unethical?
Actually no. Since LR doesn’t pay the group (we just pay our contributors), all our members have day jobs. They help run this site on a volunteer basis. We also have our own editorial policy, which is simple: the Rebels decide what to publish on this site. No one else.
But how do you do it? Why have you gotten such attention in national and global outlets?
Hard work. Dedication. Writing good stories. Being ahead of what people are saying. And maintaining one of the most engaging Latino social media communities around. We engage our followers authentically and respect them.
So how do you make money?
What you might not understand is that the site does not make money.
Some blogger says that you guys are a bunch of frauds and that you are just misleading your readers because you have a “marketer” who founded the site?
Oh, you mean the anonymous guy who is spreading lies about us? Yeah, all lies and baseless accusations. We reported him to all the social networks where his content violated these networks’ terms of service. In fact, some of it is libelous, which isn’t that nice. He manipulated personal information, claimed we work for bigger networks, and that we are fooling the public. All false. As for our founder, he started his career as a journalist, went into the world of education, started using social media in 2008 to promote his brother’s music, and now is a journalist again. It’s that basic. There is no hidden agenda, even though the conspiracy theorists are still trying to prove that something is up. It isn’t. And by the way, our founder is pretty transparent about what he does, so feel free to email him [email protected]. Here’s his LinkedIn, too (yeah, the same LinkedIn profile the anonymous blogger manipulated).
We are a new media site that reflects the world views of about 20 like-minded Rebeldes. We are a site about us. We are independence and mayhem.
We are also one of the thousands of independent Latino sites out there, and we would love to hear from you if you like what you see. We will support any page that shares our vision and our vibe. Also, any of our editorial content can be used or reused, as long as you include attribution to our original link and website.
Again, feel free to email us at: [email protected]