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Ximena N. Beltran
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Ximena N. Larkin, is a digital strategist who specializes in using social media for public relations campaigns to create offline engagement. Based in Chicago, she is the founder of C1 Revolution. Ximena has worked on public relations, social media and marketing campaigns for companies like Walgreens, Chicago White Sox, Clear Channel and DePaul University. Along with the Huffington Post, her writing has appeared in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Chicago Sun-Times, Business Insider and Refinery29.

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Best Advice for Undergrads? Don't Wait Until Graduation To Gain Work Experience

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 12:47 PM

It's graduation season and right now there's plenty of new grads who have no clue what they're about to do next. Sure there's a few who probably have a job lined up, but many more are probably asking for help and beginning the process of setting up coffee dates to...

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The Tastiest Chicago Burgers of Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:14 PM

May is national burger month which means for the last three weeks, people have been going crazy on Instagram. The month's not over but I can't wait, it's time to round-up the best burgers in Chicago thus far:

1. Grange Hall Burger Bar

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A Gourmet Guide to 420 in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Last week I received an email from a friend detailing the Trenchermen's upcoming burger specials. The one that immediately made my mouth water was their 420 burger. I figured that if a classy/foodie place like TM was serving up stoner snacks, there had to be other places in the city...

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What a Nuestra Belleza Latina Contestant Has to Say About Being Latino

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 9:16 AM

A year ago a friend suggested I should interview Nicole Suarez for my bilingual/bicultural blog Mismore. The site is now defunct but from there, a friendship with Nicole grew.

A week from now she'll be competing on Univision's Nuestra Belleza Latina -- a reality tv...

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A Visit To Space, Seafood Boil, Karaoke and Other Fun Ways to Ring in The New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 9:16 AM

New Year's Eve is tough. Overhyped parties and overpriced bar packages are enough to make anyone stay in - especially in Chicago when weather (ice storms and freezing temps) are a deciding factor on whether to stay in or not.

That said, we're not getting any younger and life...

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The Best of Star Wars Themed Food in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 11:38 AM

The force is strong with these Chicago bars and restaurants that are pumping out creative concoctions to celebrate the release of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens. These chefs and mixologists are going beyond the basic (Darth Vader shaped cookies) to create truly interesting creations inspired by everything...

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Chicago's Top 10 Creative Food Twists on Thanksgiving Classics

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:43 PM

My love for Chicago, food and food pics has no bounds. Combing the three with a round-up of the best food ideas I've seen in the weeks leading up to arguably the largest food holiday. Enjoy!

1. Thanksgiving dinner in gelato. Cafe Spiaggia hosted a one-night-only Thanksgiving feast...

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Ludacris on The Fast And The Furious, Social Media and Making a Minority Focused Film

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Ludacris shares advice he'd give his intern self, how the 'Fast and Furious' grew to become one of the largest franchises and the role social media plays in entertainment; in this episode of #TheRevolutionaries.

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How a Multiracial Cast Lead to "Fast and Furious 7's" Success

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 12:23 PM


On May 27, 2013 I submitted an op-ed to the New York Times arguing the "Fast & Furious" is a major coup for ethnic audiences like Latinos, African-Americans and Asians because it depicts them as humans instead of...

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Why Attending a College in a Big City Is the Fastest Way to Grow Your Career

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:26 PM

College is an important decision.

That idea is instilled in many Americans at an early age. We're told that where we go and what we study will determine the life we will lead.

When I volunteer with Future Founders Foundation, a Chicago non-profit that empowers low-income...

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Thinking About Starting Your Own PR Business? Here's What You Need to Know

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Deciding to start a business is a lot like standing on the edge of a cliff and deciding to jump with the hope that you don't hit the water down below in a way that causes permanent damage (in this case, to your career growth).

You see people you know...

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Snowed In: The At-Home Winter Workout

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 5:26 PM


Snowed in but determined to stay on track with your summer bod?

Let the inches pile up on the ground and not on your waist with a customized home workout from celebrity trainer Noah Neiman.

"Time based callisthenic/plyometric circuits for...

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Entrepreneurial Advice From Stay-at-Home Mom Turned Millionaire

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:06 PM


Not even Alli Webb, creator of Drybar, the blowout-only hair salon, imagined her hobby would grow from a mobile business to more than 30 locations across the U.S.

No cuts or color in sight on the Drybar menu...

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Education Will Help Save Youth From Gun Violence

(74) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 9:16 AM

More than 1,000 people gathered to mourn the death of the young rising star. A person who had already begun to commit their life to change, and was making a difference in their community.

Their death has caught the president's attention and is being labeled a symbol of escalating violence...

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