October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past week.
In a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright called for people to donate supplies, food and money to Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
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.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am from Puerto Rico and right now Puerto Rico is suffering,” Martin said. “We were destroyed by a hurricane and it’s been very difficult right now. There is no water, there is no electricity, there is no food. There is no medicine. There is no diesel for the generators that will make the hospital work. People are dying. So, as a Puerto Rican, as the American that I am, I’m here to ask for your help. ”
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).
"Saturday Night Live" didn't waste any time going after President Donald Trump and the comments he made on Saturday regarding hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Now Lopez and Anthony have created Somos Una Voz (We Are One Voice), a humanitarian initiative bringing celebs together from the entertainment and sports worlds to use their considerable social influence to be a powerful voice of hope. These celebs are committed to rushing food, medicine, power, shelter, and communications to those in need due to because of the unforgiving hurricanes. The roster of artists is pretty impressive. This list includes Alex Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Luis Fonsi and more.
The cold open brought back Baldwin’s Trump in his typical blowhard mode, to arrogantly dismiss Melissa Villasenor as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as she attempted to ask for much-needed aid for Puerto Rico. “I know things are, as the locals say, Despacito,” he joked, referring to Puerto Rican native Luis Fonsi’s record-smashing pop song. (“Despacito” means “slowly” in Spanish. )
And suddenly, my excitement has become muted. Here they are, providing some much-needed Latinx representation, right? Going to all the trouble of creating an all-new character from scratch…and they go “immigrant with a connection to Mexican drug cartels. ” Really? REALLY?! That’s like a double whammy of problematic. That this was the go-to.
Wilson Cruz, the Boricua actor who rose to prominence as Rickie Vasquez in the 1990s teen angst drama My So-Called Life, gave his fans a sneak peek of the new character he’ll be playing on CBS’ digital-only reboot of Star Trek.
My cultural background has had a profound effect in shaping who I am, particularly my Mexican side. My mom has brown skin and she is very proud to be Latina. Everything she does, from the way she dresses to the way she dances, projects her strong sense of identity. I have inherited many of those traits from my mother, from my confidence and natural sense of rhythm and features to my curvy body type. I attribute all these strong and beautiful qualities to the Latina that flows in my blood.
in-Manuel Miranda has taken aim at President Donald Trump over his unjust attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. Cruz has criticized the federal government’s response to the devastation that Hurricane Maria caused in Puerto Rico. Trump hit back Saturday morning on Twitter, calling the mayor “nasty” and slamming her “poor leadership ability. ”
he festival makes its much-anticipated return to the Big Apple October 11-15, 2017 and will once again showcase a diverse slate, spanning all genres and formats. Notable stars and filmmakers include Emilio and Gloria Estefan, William Levy, Residente, Luis Guzmán, Vico C, and Yair Rodríguez
What is your advice to young Latino actors looking to break into Hollywood?In order to be successful, you have to study, read, and know about the story. You have to give it your all. Literally, for 4 years I didn’t go out or do anything, I just practiced and acted as much as I could. You have to be diligent.
Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for the Netflix series “Narcos” was found shot dead in Mexico, El País reported on Sunday.
Jonás Cuarón (Gravity, Desierto) is working with journalist Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a “Dreamer” and a DACA beneficiary to turn her upcoming book, Undocumented America into a TV Series. Cornejo Villavicencio, one of the first undocumented students admitted to Harvard’s undergraduate and Yale’s Ph. D. programs, has written several essays for The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New Inquiry and Interview Magazine.
What happened to Gina Rodriguez, leading Jane The Virgin? America Ferrera, in Superstore? J Lo, kicking ass in Shades of Blue? Or Sofia Vergara, still entertaining in Modern Family after all these years?
At last night’s Emmys, not a single Latino actor, director, producer, or writer was nominated for any of the ceremony’s big awards. (The only one to break through was Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for a stint hosting Saturday Night Live. ) The last time a Latino American actress won an Emmy was 10 years ago
Actress, comedienne and self-appointed common sense guru Lydia Nicole is back and hotter than ever with Season Five of her celebrated vlog series, Common Sense Mamita, premiering on September 26th, the all-new episodes kick everything up to ‘caliente’ as the Common Sense Mamita brand branches out with a wide range of fresh– weekly– features:
Franco Noriega, a Peruvian chef who went viral for being both ridiculously good looking and for posting instructional cooking videos in various states of undress, has brought his talents to TV. The Baby Brasa owner is currently a contestant on the fifth season of Mira Quien Baila. This season kicked off on September 17, and in the second week, he danced to J Balvin’s “Ginza” shirtless and in white pants.
There's one memory of his Aunt Joanne that Jai Rodriguez will never forget. His aunt took him to his first audition when he was a young kid growing up on Long Island. She was a "very theatrical, fun-loving person," Rodriguez said, and pushed him to pursue acting. And because auditions are professional events, little Rodriguez showed up in a suit.
Dominican-American filmmaker Ramon Hamilton and Mexican-American actress Denisse Bon are going big by going small in The Thread, which viewers are describing as a modern day War of the Worlds. The online experience is unlike anything social media users have seen before. The Thread is part one-woman show and part serialized crime drama as it engages the audience through a real-life simulation on social media.
attle of the Sexes actress Natalie Morales is fighting back against a photographer who purposely took a photo up her dress at the premiere of her latest movie. In a thread posted to Twitter, the Cuban-American star explained she was asked to comment on a “wardrobe malfunction” she presumably had at the film’s debut. Said malfunction was anything but. Instead, the photos were images shot up the slit of her dress, exposing her underwear.
Given that the photo was for the Mexican edition of the magazine, some took "hip hop your asses over the fence" to be a reference to the U. S. -Mexico border and are calling her out over the racial implications of this comment. "As a Mexican, the last line was so inappropriate," one Instagram commenter wrote. Another commented, "The last line was totally unnecessary and it literally destroyed the entire message. " People are responding on Twitter as well.
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?
Rihanna criticized President Donald's Trump response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, suggesting that the President is not paying enough attention to the disaster occurring on the island.
The reality star, 36, announced on Twitter on Thursday that proceedings from her cover of Vogue Mexico would be going to help victims and survivors who were displaced across the South American country. ‘My VogueMexico cover comes out today! Proceeds of the magazine sales will be going towards Mexico earthquake relief through Project Paz,’ she tweeted on Thursday alongside a photo of the cover.
The streaming service Kanopy, founded in 2008, offers over 30,000 titles from a variety of studios and multiple genres. Users can stream the titles via the Kanopy website or through a multitude of different electronic devices including Chromecast and Roku. All that’s needed? A library card from either your public or university library gets you free access to the site. Yes, free movies for the price of a library card!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Felipe, you should know a few things about him. He has an amazing story, starting on the streets of Boyle Heights (East L. A. ) and moving all the way to sold-out comedy shows and being on television. He has never really spoken about his overall career and personal life in an in-depth interview. In his new special he speaks openly about being an immigrant and his family’s travels into the U. S. all with laughter.
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)
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. ”
Riding on the success of Entre Nos: Part 1, comedians Vladimir Caamaño, Frankie Quiñones and Shayla Rivera will take the stage in the 30-minute stand-up comedy show Entre Nos: Part 2 when it premieres on Friday, October 13th at 9:30pm EST exclusively on HBO LATINO®. In the hilarious English-Language special, the three comedians are joined by host and comedian Ben Gonzalez at Los Angeles’ El Portal Theatre for a laugh-out-loud night of stand-up. Directed by Joke Yanes and Adolfo Nowake, Entre Nos: Part 2 will air across all of the channel’s platforms including HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and affiliate portals.
We’ve discussed Latino media stereotypes before, but a reader pointed out to us that the examples were a little male heavy. So, we thought we’d put together a greatest hits compilation of some of the stereotypes about Latinas. Why should racism be misogynistic? Latinos in movies are nothing new. From the beginning of cinema, Latino men have been popping up in roles as diverse as the bandito and the Lothario. Latinas have also been popular staples in movies ever since the days when Katy Jurardo and Rita Hayworth played sexbombs and prostitutes. Things have definitely gotten better for Latinas in Hollywood, thanks to the work of ladies like Salma Hayek, Rita Moreno, and Michelle Rodriguez. Still, you definitely still see these images quite often. Old habits are hard to break.
If you’re in New York, you might want to stop into the Official Latino Short Film Festival. Founded in 2015 by Panamanian-Mexican-American Danny Hastings, the fest will include 128 films, panel discussions and a section of shorts written, directed, and produced by women. This year’s crop of movies feature several from directors in the United States and the international community.
From flashing full-frontal on an Instagram live session to rocking some serious underboob during Fashion Week, the Cubana has some serious confidence. So we're not surprised Thorne's IDGAF attitude landed her on the cover of GQ Mexico. On Thursday, the 19-year-old took to social media to share some photos of the risque photo shoot, while revealing she asked the magazine not to photoshop any of the images. The cover shows the actress laying in a bathtub rocking a sexy sheer gown while seductively looking at the camera.
Comedy saved Felipe Esparza’s life. Mexican-born, Los Angeles-bred Esparza was fascinated by comedians as a child, but a troubled adolescence threatened to put his comedy aspirations — and his life — in jeopardy.
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.
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.
The magic between illusionist Criss Angel and his Latin pop-star fiancée, Belinda Peregrin Schüll, is over!Troubles between the “Mindfreak” magician and the stunning songbird surfaced when a Mexican talk show reported Criss was cheating on Belinda.
“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.
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);
Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Hector Elizondo, and Jorge Ramos Among Celebrities Featured From The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
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.
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.
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.
Fernanda Castillo, one of the stars of El Señor de Los Cielos, took to Instagram to do just that. The 35-year-old actress' cousins were among those killed by the deadly quake.
While most stars are twirlin’ on red carpets or announcing their every move from their fave breakfast smoothie to their famous dinner companions, Becky G knows that sometimes you gotta make money moves (to quote Cardi B) quietly.
Camila Cabello brought her A+ game to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with her first performance of "Havana. " While on the show, the Cuban-Mexican singer talked about her new album and revealed why this song is so close to her heart. "This song was really special to play for [my grandmother] because I had such a big part of her culture so for me to integrate it with the current things that I listen to was really cool," she explained to Fallon during the interview. "I played her 'Havana' and there's this part when the beat drops and she was like, 'Ay, Dios. '"
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.
Superstars like Camila Mendes, Gabriel Iglesias, Dasha Polanco, Wilmer Valderamma and many more are on their way to fully securing their Hollywood legacies
The Mexican American playwright and screenwriter debuts “Fade” at Victoria Gardens Theater.
Eight Primetime Emmy Award-winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” will soon be available in Latin America, thanks to Paramount Channel Latin America, which grabbed the exclusive Pay TV and VOD rights for the show in the region.
Raquelitas Tortilla Factory will make its world debut on the popular kids show during the upcoming season when the program will also introduce a new muppet who's obsessed with food. The character will serve as a foodie tour guide and show kids around the world exactly where the food comes from -- and not just aisle six of the grocery store.
John Leguizamo is finally opening his new Broadway show and he also has a new look. The actor and social justice activist is debuting “Latin History for Morons” on Broadway after it played at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Public Theater earlier this year. But everyone knows, when you’re on Broadway you have to make a splash, and Leguizamo is no different. Yesterday the Colombian-American arrived on the streets of New York City to present the marquee to his play and we were left with our mouths open.
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.
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.
(CNN)Musician Daddy Yankee, who guest stars on the smash international hit "Despacito," is appealing for help for his native Puerto Rico after the island was battered by Hurricane Maria. "A lot of people don't know I'm from Puerto Rico," he told CNN on Monday. "I have my family there, I have my wife, my daughter, and I live there still . . . and we really need your help. "
A stand-up comedy that tries to explain with humor the particular female behavior and the relationship that women have with beauty and the ideal body. It explains why women take so long to get ready, why it costs so much money to be a woman and why women, day by day, push ourselves to be better. In “Forever Talla 2” men will understand a little more what it means to be a woman.
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. ”
A new dramedy titled Giving Me Life: In the Land of the Deadass will showcase the lives of six Black and Latinx (gender neutral term for Latinos) in New York City. The series will premiere on YouTube on November 6.