October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past week.
"Despacito" was just the beginning. With Beyoncé on board, the reggaeton revolution just jumped to a whole other level. What Justin Bieber's remix of Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" did for reggaeton's international growth is nothing compared to what's about to happen after Beyoncé released a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente. "
William “Bill” Marín, the promoter, manager and label executive who for years was associated with the most successful era of salsa in the United States, died September 15 following a car accident. Marin’s wake will be held today, September 29, at St. Therese church in Alhambra, Ca. He was 68.
It’s official: the era of Cardi B has arrived. After a long journey – from stripping to Love & Hip-Hop to the VMA stage – Billboard just announced that beloved Bronx rapper Cardi B has finally reached no. 1 on the Hot 100. The Dominican-Trinidadian artist, who became famous for her acerbic wit and sly sense of humor on social media over the past couple of years, has been battling Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” for the top chart position over the past five weeks, when Swift first released the lead single of her upcoming album Reputation.
56 (or 25 percent of all) first-time hires in the 2016-17 season were ethnic minorities, up from 24 (15 percent) in the 2015-16 season;* 73 (32 percent) were women — up from 38 (24 percent) the prior season, and 18 (8 percent) were female minorities, up from 6 (3. 8 percent);
The Latin Grammy Academy has announced the nominations for the 18th Latin Grammys, and to the surprise of few handicappers, the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's smash hit "Despacito" has snagged nods in the two top song categories, record of the year and song of the year.
National Public Radio’s Friday morning discussion of Beyoncé’s verse on the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy William and J Balvin did not go as planned. The song’s title translates to “My People” and the “g” is pronounced as an “h. ” NPR’s Windsor Johnson on Morning Edition pronounced it “mee jhawn-tay. ” And Twitter was NOT happy about it.
After 11 years at AEG Presents / Goldenvoice, Rebeca Leon is leaving her post as senior vp of Latin talent to focus full time on her own management company, Lionfish Entertainment. Lionfish already manages two major names in Latin music -- Juanes (who she has managed for the past five years) and J Balvin -- and has recently signed emerging acts. Leon will also focus on non-music content projects including film and TV.
Mendes, who jumps 19-5 on the Social 50 dated Oct. 7 with a 359 percent boost in overall reactions, wrote on Instagram that his “deepest condolences are with those affected by the earthquake in Mexico today,” promising that he “will be back” after announcing the Sept. 20 concert’s cancellation. Mendes has also donated to relief efforts.
Sofia Vergara is best known for her role on the hit TV series "Modern Family. " But she has another job on the side: businesswoman. The Colombian actress has played a starring role in a series of businesses going back decades, often addressing a social issue that is close to her heart.
Trap’s exclusion from the nominations is significant, given how quickly the genre has swung toward the Spanish-speaking world and hypnotized listeners with its sludgy, Atlanta-bred beats over the past year. Bryant Myers, Anuel AA, Noriel, Fuego, Farruko, and Bad Bunny make up the tight core of trap powerhouses who have emerged from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the U. S. to rack up millions of views on YouTube and Spotify. The trap wave has also extended into Spain and South America. Last year, Trap Capos: Season 1 became the first trap compilation to hit no. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Albums, and Univision launched both radio programming and a new channel to keep up with demand for the genre.
The song is her first foray into singing in Spanish in several years, but it is far from her only musical venture in the language. In fact, there was an entire period of Bey’s career where it was clear she was reaching out to her Spanish-speaking fans around the world, and that she was looking to leave her mark on the Latin music industry, just as she had been doing to the English sector for over a decade. At the time, it seemed to go only so-so (especially by typical Beyoncé standards), but this time around, she may enjoy the success she was looking for all along. A decade ago (almost exactly), she dropped her only Spanish collection, Irreemplazable, an EP that initially served as part of a deluxe edition of her album B’Day, and which was eventually sold on its own. The 8-track release featured mostly Spanish reworkings of a handful of her hits—“Irreemplazable” (“Irreplaceable”), “Bello Embustero" (“Beautiful Liar”) and “Oye” (“Listen” from the film Dreamgirls)—as well as a few remixes and an additional collaboration with Alejandro Fernández.
Dancer-creator Chachi Gonzales is bringing her acting chops to YouTube Red. Gonzales, 21, who rose to fame for winning the MTV‘s America’s Best Dance Crew in 2011, will star in a romantic comedy series for the subscription service called Long Distance. Produced by the Latino-leaning digital media company Mitú, Long Distance is about the struggles of a long distance relationship between a Los Angeles social media manager (Gonzales) and her Chicago-based boyfriend (played by the actor Cayden Boyd).
Last Tuesday, the Latin American Music Awards announced this year's nominees and today they're giving us a little sampling of who's going to take the stage on the big night. Chris Brown, Prince Royce, Alejandra Guzman, Bad Bunny, Natalia Jimenez, Abraham Mateo, Angeles, Banda MS, Christian Nodal, Gente de Zona, Gloria Trevi, Jesse & Joy, Manuel Medrano, Pablo Alboran, and Spiff TV are all slated to perform and more announcements will soon be made.
Latinx creators are absolutely killing it! Two years ago, none of the top creators on this list had crossed the 100,000 subscriber milestone but all have shown fast growth in YouTube subscribers. These creators have dominated the comedy, beauty, and vlogging landscapes, gaining hundreds of thousands or, in some cases, millions of new subscribers along the way. Do you follow them?
Mediaversity was launched this past April as a passion project by Li Lai, a New York-based visual designer, who originally posted her reviews to Tumblr in December 2016. The site’s contributors review popular film and TV around 80 percent of the time, and lesser-known indie shows around 20 percent of the time. Lai, whose family is from Taiwan, tells The Verge that her social awareness is a result of “simply being alive for 32 years in this world as a woman of color and growing up with LGBTQ friends. ”
The track had already become the first all-Spanish language song to hit No. 1 on Spotify's Global Top 50 chart. Now it's taking on a new life, thanks in part to a certain 5-year-old tastemaker. On Thursday evening, Beyonce shared a 20 second video on Instagram announcing she had joined a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's hit "Mi Gente" and would donate all her proceeds to disaster relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other recently affected Caribbean islands.
Superstars like Camila Mendes, Gabriel Iglesias, Dasha Polanco, Wilmer Valderamma and many more are on their way to fully securing their Hollywood legacies
Organizers of Hispanicize L. A. and Oi2Go, a U. S. Hispanic provider of streaming films, TV series and podcasts, today unveiled the Latino Filmmakers Showcase of the Oct. 4th event that features celebrities, producer sessions, networking, and two screenings. The multi-industry Hispanicize L. A. (www. HispanicizeLA. com) event will take place at L. A. ’s The Line Hotel.
Music panels, great speakers, live music and a karaoke happy hour converge to create the ultimate Hispanic Heritage Month celebration —— Event to be hosted by LA Native, Music lover, singer and super host, Jessica Flores
Danay Suárez’s love of music is innate. From an early age, she knew she would become the MC she is today. What she didn’t know, was how she was going to get there. Born in Havana, Cuba, Suárez had no formal music education, nor was she privy to any connections in the industry that might help her make a way.
Mexico's beloved celebrity mother-daughter duo, legendary star Angélica María and actress and comedian Angélica Vale, have teamed up with Juanita's Foods and The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes to launch Vive la Tradición – a new campaign that highlights the importance of preserving Mexican culinary traditions from generation to generation and draws attention to delicious menudo, the traditional soup made with beef tripe and hominy popular at Mexican family gatherings. During a celebratory event held today at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, stars and guests enjoyed tastings of Juanita's menudo and pozole, a Mexican-themed breakfast buffet prepared by students of The Art Institute, and a friendly conversation with both Angelicas about the role of food as part of Mexican identity.
“Unidos pero jodidos”: united but fucked. No better tagline for the return of Netflix’s soccer comedy hit. It’s taken three seasons, but fans of Club de Cuervos will finally get to see Chava (Luis Gerardo Méndez) and Isabel (Mariana Treviño) put their differences aside and work together to help their team succeed. Well, we will get to see them try, at least. And judging from the recently released trailer, that’ll turn out to be harder than either would have anticipated.
Demi Lovato is putting herself out in the open with a documentary that will soon be available for YouTube viewers. Simply Complicated, which follows Lovato as she continues to carry on her career as a singer, will premiere on the world’s top video site on October 17.
Latin Hollywood Films in association with JEAR Entertainment is making history launching America’s first mobile talk show “Kiki Mobile” every Sunday on FYI. Award-winning comedian, Kiki Melendez (creator of Showtime’s “Hot Tamales Live”) travels to various locations filming unique, one-of-a-kind segments in a custom-designed RV. The segments and interviews are filmed on locations. It also features exclusive set visits and red carpet events, making “Kiki Mobile” the new source for entertainment and celebrity interviews. Watch this Sunday at 12p/11c (Check Local Listings)
Just more than a month ago, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” first entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, edging into eighth position behind “Despacito” (the undisputed song of the summer) by Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi (and an assist by Justin Bieber), some other songs you have probably already forgotten, “Closer” by the Chainsmokers and Halsey, and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. Since then, Taylor Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do” and did everything in her power to keep Cardi B out of the top spot, despite “Bodak Yellow”’s inexorable rise (including discounting the price of her single to $0. 69)—until finally, on this day, September 25, 2017, “Bodak Yellow” was announced as the top song on the Billboard Hot 100.
A story that will leave audiences scandalized. A kiss that paralyzed a nation. Canal SUR is shaking the screen with the most defiant, controversial and outrageous telenovela in recent memory. A wide-open challenge to the taboo and the conventional that will seduce you from the very first chapter.
Puerto Rican rapper Residente's first solo album post-Calle 13 has received a leading nine nominations for this year's Latin Grammys, including for record, song and album of the year. Colombian sensation Maluma follows him with seven, Shakira's comeback gathered six, and Juanes, Mon Laferte and producer Kevin Jimenez ADG received five nominations each
Now the director is once again showing us his impressive talent with his new film, Shine. Shine, showcases a tale of two brothers, Jr. (Gilbert Saldivar) and Ralphi (Jorge Burgos), once renowned salsa dancers, who after the death of their father alienated each other. We caught up with Nardolillo to talk about how he got started as a filmmaker, gentrification in Latin neighborhoods and much more.
Rhimes spoke to Latina. com about the lack of diversity onscreen. “It is a bit embarrassing to me that media and the industry hasn’t grown past itself,” she said. “Interestingly enough, what I find most shocking is that financially it’s just a giant mistake on the part of TV and movies and products to not portray, or reach out to a multitude of cultures, instead of just thinking of one kind of person and one kind of interest. ”
The Modern Family star has clothing lines, three fragrances, furniture with Rooms to Go, a SharkNinja coffeemaker and a lucrative CoverGirl contract in her portfolio. And she’s constantly adding new opportunities. Yesterday, in one of NoMo Soho’s swank penthouses with a jaw-dropping view of New York City, she launched her latest venture, EBY, a subscription-based underwear box, with business partner and fellow Colombiana Renata M. Black.
I had the great pleasure of catching up with Otmara Marrero at the Sony Studio Day, part of the Summer TCA. We talked about the roller coaster experiences of the characters in season one and what we’ll expect to see in the new season of StartUp. I really enjoyed my conversation with Otmara and you can listen in by clicking the audio box.
Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Hector Elizondo, and Jorge Ramos Among Celebrities Featured From The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
Recently, the platform launched two original video series entitled, “For The Cultura” and “Todos Somos” featuring top acts, such as Yandel, Luis Fonsi, Juanes, C-Kan, Residente, Becky G, Feid and more diving into music, culture, global immigration and much more. In addition, as part of the TIDAL On Air podcast program, fans can listen to shows hosted by Stefi Chacon (“En La Mira”) and Luis Jimenez (“Luis Jimenez”) that feature interviews with outstanding Latin/urban artists and provide a unique, humorous perspective to cultural events.
Not only did the Love & Hip-Hop alum just become the first female rapper to reach #1 on the Hot 100 since Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998, she became the first Latina rapper to EVER top the prestigious chart!