Jada Pinkett Smith released the video "Nada", a Spanish-language effort to end human trafficking. The video was directed by Salma Hayek. www.dontsellbodies.org
The ACLU targeted the Puerto Rico Police Department, the second-largest police department in the U.S., calling it a "dysfunctional and recalcitrant police force that has run amok for years". Among the ACLU report's findings are routine use of excessive force and incidents of civil and human rights violations.
The Obama administration announced this week that it will end deportations for some undocumented immigrants that were brought to the U.S. as children. According to an estimate from the Pew Hispanic Center, the decision could potentially benefit up to 1.4 million children and young adults in the U.S.
Arts and Entertainment
mun2 will premiere the new series "Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis 'N Control" on Saturday July 28th at 3 PM. The new one-hour reality series focuses on Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis.
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" hits movie theaters on July 13th featuring performances by John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez and Piol?¡n.
Juanes will headline Lifebeat's "Beat Goes On IV" concert in Washington D.C. on July 26th during the International AIDS Conference.
Nominees for the 27th annual Imagen Awards were announced this week. The awards will take place on August 10th in Beverly Hills.
Gustavo Cerati's 18-year-old son, Benito Cerati, announced that he is working on his debut album under the artistic name Blank Tiger.
LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) announced its full lineup this week including an exclusive Q&A between the Latin Recording Academy's Gabriel Abaroa and Calle 13. Registration is open online through July 1st. www.latinalternative.com
Marketing and Media
June is Internet Safety Month and according to the Consumer Report State of the Net, 34% of Hispanic parents ranked Internet safety among its top 10 concerns for their kids.
Telemundo announced its plan to provide over 173 hours of Olympic coverage with the first-ever online and mobile live-streaming of Spanish-language Olympic coverage.
New York City unveiled a Spanish-language Twitter account @NYCGob.
MundoFox has lined up several advertisers in anticipation of its August launch including Toyota, T-Mobile and L'Oreal.
Marlen Esparza is the new face of CoverGirl in addition to being the first female boxer on the U.S. Olympics team and the first Hispanic Olympian to be the face of CoverGirl.
Starbucks partnered with Nacional Records to release "Cafe Con Musica" at Starbucks nationwide this week. The compilation features artists like Diego Garcia, Aterciopelados, Bostich & Fussible and Los Amigos Invisibles.
Mari Garcia-Marquez was named Executive Producer of Telemundo morning show "Levantate". Garcia-Marquez previously worked on Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo".
Phunware launched its new YouTube original channel 123UnoDosTres this week with the premiere of the documentary "123:POV Juanes".
Poncho de Anda will not return to "Despierta America" after Univision decided not to renew his contract with the show. De Anda had to undergo surgery for a herniated disc back in April and will be taking about a year off to recover.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in Ecuador this week at Ecuador's embassy in London after the UK's Supreme Court dismissed his application to appeal against extradition to Sweden.
Apple announced the release of a Spanish-language version of Siri.
Luis Enrique was robbed at gunpoint in Caracas with two assailants stealing the singer's watch.
A video showing police seizing three men from a hotel in Jalisco, Mexico surfaced on the internet and is causing a stir. The three men that were taken from the hotel were later found asphyxiated and beaten to death and the police were allegedly taking orders from criminals.
Venezuela revealed last week that it has made its first drone in partnership with Iran, Russia and China.
The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning last week for Americans traveling in Mexico warning of a possible violent retaliation for last week's arrest of alleged Zetas members in the U.S. The Zeta members were arrested in connection with money laundering through the purchase, training and racing of quarter horses.
Colombia's Congress passed a law last week, the Legal Framework for Peace, calling for soft sentences for FARC leaders if a peace deal is reached and if they confess their crimes and compensate victims.