According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 40.1% of Latinos in the U.S. were under the age of 21 in 2011, compared to 28.6% of the population as a whole.
Eva Longoria was named as one of the co-chairs of President Obama's inaugural committee.
According to estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center the population of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. as of March 2011 remained static at 11.1 million, unchanged from the previous two years.
Penn State posted an open letter to the university community on its official site addressing and condemning the Chi Omega sorority's Mexican costume party controversy.
San Diego millionaire Marc Paskin recently put up a billboard off Interstate 5 saying "All I Want for Christmas is a Latina Girlfriend". The billboard features a picture of Paskin and the email address ChristmasLatina@aol.com. Paskin's wife of 28 years passed away from diabetes-related issues in 2002.
Arts and Entertainment
Jenni Rivera died at age 43 in a plane crash near Monterrey, Mexico over the weekend. There were no survivors among the six other passengers and crew which included the pilot, co-pilot, Rivera's lawyer, makeup artist and publicist Arturo Rivera.
Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their pay-per-view boxing match this weekend.
ABC has put "Bastards" into development, a new drama-comedy produced by Salma Hayek and Silvio Horta about a Cuban-American family who discovers the family patriarch fathered a child with the family's maid 25 years ago.
"The Guayabera: A Shirt's Story" is currently on exhibit at HistoryMiami in the Miami Dade Cultural Center through January 13th. The exhibit traces the history of the shirt's evolution through Cuba, Mexico and the U.S.
Production is set to begin in March 2013 on Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's comedy "Birdman", which he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo.
MTV will debut its new reality series, "Washington Heights", on January 9th at 10 PM ET. The docu-series follows the lives of nine friends in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Watch the trailer here.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release "Gangster Squad" on January 11th. The film stars Michael Peña, alongside Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Emma Stone. Tattoo artist/muralist Mr. Cartoon created a mural for the film that is currently on display at Platinum Motorsport in Los Angeles.
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs' frontman Vicentico joined Tony Bennett on stage this past weekend during his Argentina and Chile shows to perform "Cold, Cold Heart" live. The duet is part of Bennett's latest duets album "Viva Duets".
Jason Ruiz' new animated series "Murder Police" has been greenlighted by Fox. Ruiz will also voice the lead detective character, Manuel Sanchez.
Hugo Chavez is recovering in Cuba this week after undergoing a fourth surgery to treat a reappearance of cancer. Over the weekend, Chavez acknowledged the seriousness of his condition and announced that if there are any complications he would like Vice President Nicolas Maduro to takeover as president.
Architect Oscar Niemayer passed away recently at age 104 in Rio de Janiero after being hospitalized for several weeks. Niemayer designed Brazil's capital of Brasilia in 1956. Niemayer also designed much of the UN Complex in New York City.
A judge in Guatemala ordered the release of antivirus-software millionaire John McAfee from a detention center and gave him 10 days to figure out his immigration status. McAfee was facing deportation back to Belize where he is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting death of his neighbor. A request for political asylum in Guatemala was denied, but he has filed an appeal.
Paraguayan soccer player Diego Mendieta passed away at a hospital in Indonesia's capital last week at age 32 after a battle with cytomegalovirus, a common infection spread by coughing or sneezing. Mendieta played for Indonesian soccer club Persis Solo and was unable to return home to his wife and children in Paraguay nor pay for proper medical treatment because he had not been paid his last four months of wages after his contract expired in June.
Tijuana architect Eugenio Velazquez was sentenced to six months in prison and six months under house arrest after attempting to smuggle 12.8 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. at the San Ysidro border crossing. Velazquez is a renowned architect having designed some of Tijuana's most prominent buildings in the last decade. Velazquez claims to have received death threats to his family if he did not transport the drugs.
A two month trial between the U.S and Mexican governments recently ended in which 2,364 Mexican nationals, nearly 2,000 of which had criminal convictions to the U.S., were flown from El Paso, Texas to Mexico City. The program was aimed at relieving Mexican border cities from the influx of deportees. Mexico's new administration and the U.S. have yet to decide if the program will continue.
Susana Trimarco received a human rights award presented by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez this week. Trimarco has dedicated the last decade to rescuing hundreds of women from Argentine prostitution rings after her daughter was abducted in 2002. Trimarco's daughter has yet to be found, but a verdict is expected this week in a yearlong trial charging 13 people with her daughter's kidnapping and holding her as sex slave.
Media and Marketing
A Turkish Airlines spot has gone viral online featuring FC Barcelona's Leo Messi and Kobe Bryant vying for the attention of a young fan during a flight. Watch it here.
Conde Nast announced that Glamour magazine will poly-bag a special Glam Belleza Latina supplement with its April issue as a quarterly insert. Hearst will also go quarterly with its Cosmopolitan for Latinas in April 2013.
Comcast is gearing up for the launch of Xfinity Latino, a new updated suite of video products and services for its Hispanic customers.
America CV Network held an upfront presentation in Puerto Rico last week revealing 2013 programming on America TeVe and MundoFox.
Telemundo rolled out a rebranding campaign this week including network executives ringing the NASDAQ opening bell, a takeover of Times Square, a flash mob dancing in the streets, a studio setup in the heart of Military Island and the premiere of a new anthem, "El poder de la T".
MTV Tr3s named Maria Badillo VP of Programming and Production. Badillo was previously at Discovery.
SMG Inc. was named partner marketing agency for LeaLA, the largest Spanish-language book fair in the U.S., slated for May 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Cricket and Muve Music announced their "12 Artists of the Holidays" campaign this week which include Thalia and Gerardo Ortiz, as well as No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Big Boi and RZA, among others. Fans can enter on the Cricket Wireless facebook page to win an autographed gift from their favorite artist including a signed hat and spurs from Ortiz.
Frances "Frenchie" Robles is leaving the Miami Herald this week after 19 years with the paper to join the New York Times as a national and foreign correspondent covering Florida and the Caribbean.
Nissan named Jose Muñoz as SVP of Sales and Marketing for its U.S. and Canada operations. Muñoz will takeover for current SVP Brian Carolin in March 2013, who is retiring after 28 years with the company. Muñoz is currently SVP of Sales and Marketing for Nissan Latin America.
"Radio Ink" named Univision Radio President Jose Valle as its Executive of the Year. Valle will be featured as the cover interview in the January 7th issue of "Radio Ink".
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