U.S. Latino Voters Shaking up 2012

Video of Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar speaking at TEDx Washington Heights y mucho m?ís from Latino Loop

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: November 17, 2011

U.S. Latino Voters Shaking up 2012


Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar recently spoke at TEDx Washington Heights about U.S. Latino voters shaking up 2012. View here.

A & E

Calle 13 was the big winner at last week's Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking home 9 Grammys for a total of 19 career Grammy wins.

Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released "Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution" on DVD this week. The DVD features extended versions of the six-episode series that aired on Comedy Central in October as well as a previously unreleased seventh episode, 40 minutes of new stand-up material from Gabriel Iglesias and the music video for the show's theme song "Hey It's Fluffy" (performed by Ozomatli).

Sofia Vergara stars in the upcoming sequel "Happy Feet 2", playing the Latina penguin Carmen that wins the heart of Ramon (Robin Williams). "Happy Feet 2" premieres in theaters on November 18th.

Diego Luna stars in Katy Perry's new video for "The One That Got Away".

Zoe Salda??a and fiance Keith Britton have parted ways after 11 years together.

Racing videogame "Need for Speed The Run" was released this week with a soundtrack featuring "La Calle" off of the new collaboration album between Cypress Hill's Eric Bobo and Chilean DJ Latin Bitman with the participation of Psycho Realm's Sick Jacken and Ana Tijoux.

La Comunidad will debut a new short sitcom "El Spooky Show" on Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas and Comedy Central Latin America. The series is based on an MTV World Cup commercial from last year starring the hamster Spooky.


According to Mexican officials, thick fog was the likely cause of the helicopter crash last week that killed Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora and seven others.


Over 3000 Brazilian police and soldiers gained control of the Rocinha shantytown as part of an effort to increase security in Rio before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas over the weekend. The decision was hotly contested.

21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested as a suspect in last week's White House shooting. One bullet hit a window and was stopped by bulletproof glass and another bullet was found on the exterior.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped outside his family's home in Venezuela last week and was later rescued by police. Eight suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the abduction.

Puerto Rico's homicide rate is on track to be the island's deadliest yet with 995 murders to-date in 2011. According to local authorities, 70% of the killings are drug related.

Narcocorrido singer Diego Rivas was shot and killed in Culiacan, Sinaloa while hanging out with friends. Two other men were killed and three others injured in the shooting.

The 21-year old nephew of "Mujeres Asesinas" producer Pedro Torres, Jorge Torres McGregor, was shot by 40 bullets and killed while leaving class in Coahuila, Mexico.

Mexican newspaper El Siglo de Torreon was apparently attacked by armed men this week, who set fire to the building facade and opened fire at the paper's sales offices.

Marketing and Media

Lopez Negrete was named "Best Hispanic Agency Using Social Media to Reach Latinos" at LATISM's 3rd annual awards gala in Chicago last week.

Heineken created a flash mob experience at the Latin GRAMMY Awards last week in Las Vegas. Watch it unfold here..

The Coca-Cola Tour: Adelante will kick off with a day-long forum for Latinas in Los Angeles on December 3rd. The tour is a partnership between Coca-Cola, entrepreneur Nely Galan and Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence and consists of a series of forums intended to empower Hispanic Women.

mun2 has signed a long-term, cross-platform production deal with Jenni Rivera including the renewal of the reality series "I Love Jenni" and the development of an untitled project for her daughter Chiquis.

Stephen Espinoza has been named EVP and GM of Showtime Networks' Sports and Event Programming. Espinoza was most recently a partner at law firm ZIffren Brittenham LLP where he represented clients including Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya and Shakira.

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