Inspira Webisode – Amelia Moran Ceja: Growing a Future, Happy Mother’s Day!

Today, we our happy to introduce Amelia Moran Ceja. From a family of migrant grape pickers to owner of Ceja Vineyards in Napa Valley, Amelia is the first Mexican-American woman to be President of a wine production company. She is also an amazing cook, a salsa enthusiast, and one dedicated Mother!

In honor of Mexican Mother’s day, we are happy to celebrate and share Amelia’s story with you, so grab a glass of wine, and hit play. We are sure she’ll inspire you to start your own company, to pair your favorite Latin American cuisine with Vino de Casa, and of course, to visit Ceja Vineyards on your next trip to Napa!

We raise our glass and in Amelia’s words say, “To new friends, family-friends, wine, and food. What else is there?”

Salud and Happy Mexican Mother’s day!

Emanuel & Gaby

To watch Inspira’s latest webisode featuring Amelia, visit Inspira 

Inspira on NBC Latino

A new Web series about Latino leaders hopes to inspire

According to a recent Pew Hispanic Center study, when asked to name the person they consider “the most important Latino leader in the country today,” nearly 64 percent of Hispanic respondents said “they did not know.” An additional 10 percent said “no one.”

This month the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) in partnership with Indigo Project Media is aiming to change that statistic by launching Inspira, a web series highlighting inspirational Latino leaders and role models across America.

Saray Deiseil, the creator of Inspira who is of Salvadoran and Mexican descent, says through Inspira’s multi-media platform (using videos, Twitter, and Facebook, etc.), she hopes to reach up to 20,000 to 50,000 subscribers through the Latino leaders featured, from young change-makers to more established opinion-makers who influence the community.

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Happy Holidays from Inspira!


The Holiday Season is officially upon us, and with it comes a flurry of gifts. For us, the holidays are early because we have been blessed with INSPIRA.

With the collaboration of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and iNDIGO PROjECT MEDIA, we have created a web-series that seeks to identify Latino leaders who inspire young Latinos to follow their passions and create positive impacts for our society. We have been listening to the stories of so many inspiring individuals, and it’s only the beginning! Take a look at our Newsreel, and let us know what you think. Do you recognize anyone? Who inspires you?

Click on the link to visit Inspira and watch the Newsreel:

We are excited to be part of this journey, and we hope you will join us today, and when we launch in January 2012!

Happy Holidays!

Emanuel & Gaby


We ask that you play a role in our future by considering INSPIRA and our mission in your holiday giving. We could not do our transformative work and influence young Latinos without the generous support of people like you. Please donate and together, we can inspire America.

Click to visit Inspira’s Fundly page and donate!


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rebecca Pleitez: or Saray Deiseil:


Who inspires you? We welcome you to submit names, bios, or a 2-5 minute video on you or someone that has inspired you to


This is your invitation to subscribe to Inspira and receive webisodes highlighting Latino leaders.



iPM is thrilled to update you on what’s going with NATIVE, the documentary. Last year we traveled to research our subjects and focus in on the real issues affecting reservations across America. As we traveled, we realized that NATIVE can go into many directions, but there is one thing that ties everyone together, not only on sovereign land but on our planet, and that is, the environment. Our land has been exploited and contaminated for hundreds of years and the need for us to reexamine how we carry ourselves on Earth is crucial in today’s time.

NATIVE is story of four American Indian tribes fighting for their land and inspiring action for a more sustainable future. This feature length documentary follows these tribes as they heal the threats of food and water shortages, energy crisis, pollution and lack of employment. The need for a new perspective on our environmental needs is shown through their efforts to tackle hundreds of years of exploitation with indigenous wisdom.

Watch the trailer:

We plan to begin production next summer, please help us reach that goal by donating to NATIVE:

Read about our journey on Tribal Travels – Exploring Native America

Contact Saray for sponsorship opportunities and further information:

Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Saray – MY TWO NEW LOVES

We’re nearly halfway through the year and I’ve been doing a lot more riding than writing. Frankly, that was my New Year’s resolution and I hope that it also made into your regimen for life. I have been extremely excited about my evolution in cycling as those who know me I’ve been on a Cruiser for many years and I won’t ever let that baby go. I think the only bike that has been collecting dust is my electric bike, which I know I’m a neglectful mother, but I prefer my legs being the only source of power. Plus I’m missing a pedal on that bike and I haven’t made it over to the kitchen yet, but really I have no use for it right now.

I have been enjoying road bikes with a passion lately and have signed up for the century ride at Tour d’Organics in Sonoma County, which is happening this year in August. I’m super amped and immediately called my good friend, Edwin, and told him I need to train! On average I ride about 10 + miles on my cruiser around town with minimal incline on hills and not sure if you’ve ever been to Sonoma County, but there’s a lot of rolling hills. I will be honest; at first I wasn’t sure if I had the endurance and muscular strength to finish 100 miles within half a day. However, I do love challenges and we’re a couple of months away, so my confidence has not depleted. I don’t currently own a road bike I would take to the Tour d’Organics ride (saving up), so I’ve been renting and borrowing Specialized bikes and boy am I sold. Those babies are lightning fast! I instantly fell in love with the first pedal forward. Which brings me to my two new loves…

My first new love: The Road Bike!

When I’m on the road bike I feel like I’m flying and at times I think I might be able to take off into space. A little over the top I know, but I never knew one could ride so fast. I’ve committed myself to riding every weekend for at least 30 + miles on Saturday and I’m slowly implementing it into Sunday as well. It’s been going very well, not only am I flexing different muscles, taking pleasure in the outdoors but I also get to learn a lot about cycling; Edwin, my riding partner is somewhat of a bike guru. I know he might not like me saying this since he’s very modest, but to me he is. While riding with him I’m learning about the bike itself; the components, how and when to shift gears (remember I’ve only been on a cruiser), bike terminology, races and tours going on in the world and other fun cycling factoids and opinions….(read more)

Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Saray – Freedom Ride

Days before the remembrance and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., members of Black kids on bikes and Treats and Beats, two LA bike groups, received a Facebook invite to the MLK Parade Ride with a stern reminder to meet at the corner of King and Normandie at 9am, with an added note “and this don’t mean we off that CP Time!” Well, I’m already pretty militant, so when you tell me 9am, I’m there at 8:30am, which means I’ll be hanging with the crickets before everyone starts to trickle in. It wasn’t too shabby though, I got to film the incoming of every one rolling in on their sweet rides, from cruisers to fixies. For the most part everyone arrived by 9am and we actually had a lot more down time before the parade started to pass around hugs and get to know each other better.

I’m on the invite list for this event because not only do I consider myself a freedom rider in my own right, but I think I officially can call myself a Black Kids on Bikes – Freedom Rider after a couple more rides. I’m on my 3rd ride, and I think once you do five you’re IN for commitment’s sake I guess, and only after a special initiation process. Kidding, there isn’t any initiation; well at least I don’t think so. Guys? Before finding BKOB, I had been reading up on other bike groups and doing some ride-hopping trying to find the right group to mesh with. I remember Jeremy Swift talking about this ride a couple of years ago. First time I met him was at the Bikestyler Customs shop, when we (iNDIGO PROjECT MEDIA) featured them on PLANET PROGRESS in our transportation topic, and I fell in love with his work, style and the way his words carried his passion.

Jeremy Swift along with Pedro Balugo and James Spooner organize Black kids on bikes every last Sunday of the month with different routes taken every time. This ride has a heart pulsating within a body of true riders. Not in it to get drunk or cause a ruckus, but for the simple pleasure of enjoying a bike-ride on a Sunday afternoon. (read more)

Check out the video from the MLK Parade and read more by visiting iNDIGO PROjECT MEDIA’s Wheelin’ and Dealin’ with Saray blog:

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