The Imagen Foundation held its Annual Awards Ceremony last week in Los Angeles with Lou Diamond Phillips and Gina Rodriguez winning for Best Actor and Actress in a Feature Film for their performances in "Filly Brown". Diego Luna won Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his role in "Casa de Mi Padre" while Cierra Ramirez took home Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film for "Girl in Progress". Jenni Rivera received the President's Award and mun2' "Black and Latino" won for Best Web Series.
Kentucky Derby-winning Puerto Rican jockey John Velazquez was among six inductees into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame last week.
Don Omar came in at #3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, joining Justin Bieber and RIhanna in the Top 3 this week.
Lady Gaga will make her acting debut playing the role of Lady Chameleon in Robert Rodriguez' forthcoming "Machete Kills".
"El Quijote de La Musica" an autobiography by Latin music vet Kike Posada, is now available on Amazon.com's Kindle Store.
KCRW launched "Sonic Trace", a multi-platform story-telling experience, last week in Los Angeles.
HBO Latino will premiere the new Spanish-language series "Profugos" on September 24th. "Profugos" is the story of a failed drug trafficking operation that started on the border between Bolivia and Chile, the four men who met to carry it out and the real actors behind the business.
The Obama administration initiative to defer deportations goes into effect today granting two-year deportation deferrals and work permits to illegal immigrants under the age of 30 brought to the U.S. as children. The program is estimated to benefit up to 1.7 million people.
TSA officers from Boston's Logan Airport provided 32 written complaints stating that the airport's "behavior detection" program has crossed the line to racial profiling targeting Middle Easterners, blacks, Hispanics and other minorities.
Daniel Castillo managed to penetrate JFK airport's $100 million, state-of-the-art security system last week after his jet ski stalled in Jamaica Bay. Stranded, he swam towards the runway at JFK, climbed the perimeter fence and walked across two runways into the terminal. The airports Perimeter Instrusion Detection System did not alert airport security.
Mexican poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia's Caravan for Peace has kicked off a tour of 26 U.S. cities across the U.S.-Mexico border and will continue north up to Chicago, New York and end in Washington D.C.
Uruguay's government introduced a bill to Congress that would allow the state to grow and sell marijuana in an effort to cut crime associated with illegal drug trafficking.
Subways in Buenos Aires reopened this week following a 10-day strike that ended with Metrovias agreeing to a 23% pay hike for employees.
Salsa composer and founder of Grupo Niche Jairo Varela died at his home in Cali, Colombia this week from a heart attack at age 62.
Filming of the Chilean reality show "Amazonas" halted last week, with cast and crew leaving the Peruvian jungle location of Loreto under threat of being expelled by local authorities, after a series of offensive remarks aired on the show about the Bora indigenous population.
Gunmen opened fire in a strip bar in Monterrey, Mexico this week killing eight people in what is suspected to be a drug cartel-related dispute.
Fireworks stored in a bell tower in the Spanish town of Elche were struck by rogue fireworks and launched prematurely, sending sparks and burning material raining onto a crowd of spectators. More than two dozen burn injuries were reported.
Marketing and Media
MundoFox launched this week in 50 cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Houston and over 50 advertisers including Toyota, L'Oreal and T-Mobile.
Luminair, the first "big data" analytics and modeling provider focused specifically on connecting marketers with U.S. Latino consumers, launched this week.
UnivisionFarmacia, the leading prescription discount program for Hispanics, announced the addition of Rite Aid to its pharmacy network, with Rite Aid stores nationwide now accepting the UnivisionFramacia card.
SBS EVP of Programming Jesus Salas was cleared of all charges by the Miami-Dade Circuit and County Court. Salas was arrested on July 4th following a domestic dispute and faced charges of assault, aggravation and possession of a firearm.
Verizon Wireless is accepting entries for the Verizon Latino Entrepreneur of the Year. One winner will receive a $15,000 grant and 4G LTE Motorola smartphones. www.verizoninsider.com/negocios.
MTV Latin America will debut its new psychological thriller telenovela "Ultimo Año" on September 3rd, airing on MTV Tr3s at a later date. MTV has partnered with the NGO, Population Media Center (PMC), to integrate issues like sexual health, contraception, gender equality, bullying and STDs in an effort to raise social awareness amongst the audience.
Telemundo News anchor Jose Diaz Balart will receive the 2012 award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television at the Tenth Annual Hispanic Television Summit on October 3rd in New York City.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional launched its Tradicional Mural Project 2012 inviting artists to compete for the opportunity to win $15,000 by submitting an original mural painting inspired by their passion for Latin culture and the Jose Cuervo Tradicional bottle. www.Facebook.com/LosAmigosDeJose
Ramon Escobar has joined CNN Worldwide as VP of talent recruitment and development. Escobar was previously VP of networks news at Telemundo.
Diego Tamayo has been appointed VP of On-Air Promotions at Telemundo. Tamayo was most recently Director of Telefutura's promotion department.