Dancing With J.R. Martinez

Iraq War vet wins mirror ball y mucho m?ís from Latino Loop

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: November 25, 2011

Dancing With J.R. Martinez

Arts and Entertainment

War veteran, JR Martinez won this season of "Dancing With the Stars"! Watch him here.

Former execs from RCTV, which was shut down by the Venezuelan government back in 2007, have partnered to launch the U.S. Spanish-language channel SOI TV based in Miami. The channel will be available as a digital subchannel on Telemundo owned and operated stations in 15 Hispanic markets.

"Dance Central 2" is now available for Kinect for Xbox 360. The game features music by Bruno Mars, Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull.

Adamari Lopez was crowned as the winner of this season's "Mira Que Baila" on Univision.

The AMAs took place this week in Los Angeles with Bruno Mars taking home the award for Favorite Male Pop or Rock Artist, Jennifer Lopez won for Favorite Latin Music Artist. The show also included performances by Lopez, Pitbull, Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias.


According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanic births accounted for nearly half of all the births in Texas in 2010.

Massachusetts fisherman Carlos Rafael caught an 881-pound tuna this week inadvertently while fishing for bottom-dwellers. The catch was confiscated by the authorities as Rafael did not have the proper permit to catch the tuna.

Manny Ramirez finally sold his Boston penthouse apartment six years after putting it on the market. It sold for $5.5 million dollars, with an asking price of $8.5 million.


Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the 21-year-old man that was arrested last week for firing shots at the White House has been charged with attempting to assassinate the President or his staff.

18-year-old Olivia Christina Ornelas was arrested and charged with drunk driving after she was found in her wrecked car in a ditch. Ornelas claimed to be extremely upset that her boyfriend did not take her to see the new "Twilight" movie as they had planned.

Jose Pimentel was arrested in New York City last week for plotting to kill U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and to blow up government buildings.


A 6.2 earthquake hit northern Bolivia this week. The epicenter, however was 331 miles underground, so no injuries or major damage were reported.

Mariano Rajoy was elected as Spain's Prime Minister by a landslide victory that also secured 186 of the 350 seats for his Popular Party in the lower house of Parliament.

Mexican authorites in Chihuahua plan to slaughter 50,000 wild boars that cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico to feed and have posted a threat to the local agriculture.

Horacio "Gamexane" Villafa??e, founding member of Argentine band Todos Tus Muertos and a pioneer of punk rock in Latin America, passed away. Villafa??e was rushed to the hospital in Mexico City 15 days ago after collapsing during a show and was later transferred to an intensive care unit in Buenos Aires.

Media and Marketing

According to new data from ComScore, Microsoft sites topped the list of the most visited sites in the U.S. Hispanic market during the month of September. Microsoft sites are followed by Google sites, then Yahoo Sites and Facebook.

Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj are the faces of M.A.C. cosmetics 2012 Viva Glam campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness and funds to fight HIV and AIDS.

Valoram?ís, a bilingual online membership club for U.S. Hispanics, launched this week offering over nine million products from 2,000 online retailers.

Carlos Santos has joined Rep??blica as VP of Communications for the Miami-based agency. Santos was previously GM of Corporate Communications for Latin America and the Caribbean at Delta Air Lines.

Telemundo will launch a Deportes Telemundo app sponsored by Miller Lite for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to offer fans access to news, scores, stats and live fames.

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