Jennifer Lopez: Icon

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Published on LatinoLA: May 8, 2014

Jennifer Lopez: Icon

Arts and Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez will be awarded the Icon Award at this year's Billboard Music Awards on May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lopez is also among this year's performers at the awards, which will also include performances by Pitbull and Ricky Martin.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival kicks off on May 9th in Los Angeles. In addition to the film events, this year's festival will include "La Gran Parrillada," an event where award-winning chefs from Mexico will cook and showcase the best of Mexican cuisine at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles on May 17th.

Mexican Institute of Sound and Toy Selectah are currently recording an album together at Red Bull Studios all around the world including Los Angeles, New York, Kingston, London and Sao Paolo. The album will include over 60 collaborations with artists like Gogol Bordello, Kool A.D. (Das Racist), Helado Negro, Kita Klane and Nina Sky, among others.

Juan Formell, founder of Los Van Van, passed away last week in Havana at age 71.

NPR's Alt. Latino partnered with Fusion Live to present the online video series "Mi Casa Es Tu Casa" where Alt. Latino host, Jasmine Garsd meets up with musicians in Mexico City. The series will live online at NPR Music and is also being featured on Fusion Live every Thursday at 5 PM ET through May 15th.

Los Angeles' Fiesta Broadway set a new attendance record, gathering 200,000 people at Downtown LA's Grand Park.


David Duckenfield, president of Balsera Communications, was appointed deputy assistant secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Duckenfield started his new position this past Monday, May 5th.

?üngel Mart?¡nez-Ramos, a Navy SEAL who worked in Central and South America, was arrested and plead guilty, along with his wife, to conspiring to smuggle drugs into the U.S. The couple was arrested at the Miami airport with 10 kilograms of cocaine on a flight from Colombia.

Carlos Arnoldo Lobo, aka "El Negro Lobo", will be extradited to the U.S. from Honduras to face drug trafficking charges. Lobo, who worked for Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, was captured in Honduras in late March and $25 million in assets were seized by Honduran prosecutors. He is the first case to face extradition since Honduras passed a law in 2012 to permit the extradition of wanted drug traffickers.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in the case Keller v. Fremont, regarding an ordinance that prohibits landlords to rent to illegal immigrants in Fremont, Nebraska.

Jack Ag??eros, Puerto Rican community activist, antipoverty official, and former director of New York City's El Museo del Barrio, passed away Monday night at age 79.


Uruguay became the first country to have a system regulating legal production, sale and consumption of marijuana after publishing its marijuana regulations this week. The government has created the Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannibis with the proposed price to start at about 87 cents per gram and allowing people to purchase up to 40 grams per month at state-licensed pharmacies.

According to a new report by Humans Right Watch, dozens of Venezuelan protesters have been victims of physical and mental abuse, systematic human rights abuses by government security forces and have also been denied access to legal counsel.

Colombian shaman Guillermo Mavisoy is not taking responsibility for the death of a 19-year old British teen during a tribal ritual in which the teen fell ill and later died after consuming ayahuasca.

After closing down for five years (for what was originally to be a two-year renovation), the Picasso museum in Paris will reopen in September of this year, according to France's culture ministry. The delays have been a cause of concern for Picasso's son, Claude Picasso, who has expressed worry about the future of the museum and urged the government to open the museum in June, which had been announced by the gallery's president earlier this year. The renovation has cost around $71 million and will double the museum's exhibition space.


California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, won the 140th Kentucky Derby in Louisville this past Sunday.

The city of New York honored former Yankee Mariano Rivera by renaming River Ave. Rivera Ave. The new sign was unveiled this week at a ceremony in front of Yankee Stadium.

Ca?¡n Vel?ízquez, Mexican American Mixed Martial Art (UFC) Heavyweight Champion and winner of The Ultimate Fighter 1st season, was awarded the "Achievement in Athletics Award" at the 2014 Latino Spirit Awards on Monday.

Marketing and Media

Ruben Mendiola was named president of mun2 this week. Mendiola was previously SVP and General Manager at Comcast Cable.

Sof?¡a Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Diego Boneta, Bruno Mars, and Genesis Rodriguez are featured amongst People en Espa??ol's "50 Most Beautiful".

Mun2 received its first nomination to the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards for "mun2 News Special: Hecho en Am?®rica" in the Outstanding Special Class Category.

According to a report issued by Nielsen, marketers should consider targeting Latinos on radio since close to 40 million Hispanics listen to radio each week. The top music format among Hispanics is Regional Mexican and the top radio market for Hispanics is Los Angeles, followed by New York.

Sony Pictures Television and Televisa have signed a 5-year deal to co-produce 12 series which will be produced by SPT in Mexico using Televisa talent and broadcast in Mexico. The series will also air on Univision's UniMas network in the U.S. SPT will distribute the content in Latin America with Televisa handling distribution in Europe and the two companies will jointly distribute the series in the rest of the world.

?íHOLA! TV, a Spanish-language entertainment and celebrity news/lifestyle channel, made its debut on DirecTV channel 430 in the US after launching in Latin America last fall.


Voto Latino is accepting applications for the VL Innovators Challenge, a tech competition for Latino innovators ages 18-34 where $500,000 grants will be given to 10-15 projects. The competition consists in coming up with creative, tech-ideas to solve community issues. Apply here: http://bit.ly/1lSZvTL

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