Ozomaztli: Musical Diplomats

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Published on LatinoLA: March 3, 2011

Ozomaztli: Musical Diplomats

"Ozomatli and the State Department: Cool Cultural Diplomacy" will be featured at SXSW on March 18th. The group will perform their TedxSF talk along with Josh Kun. Manager Amy Blackman and and Maura Palley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Professional and Cultural Exchanges will also be on hand to answer questions. Watch the TedxSF talk here.

Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party.

mun2 will premiere the second season of its fashion series "The mun2 Look" on March 5th at 3 PM ET/PT.

Toy Selectah's new EP "Mex Machine" comes out next week on Diplo's Mad Decent label.

LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) will hold several events throughout the year including over 100 workshops and keynotes by thought leaders like Google Head of U.S. Hispanic Operations Mark Lopez. For full schedule and info click here.

This week Juanes participated in the first Facebook Live Session in Spanish from the Facebook HQ in California. His P.A.R.C.E. Tour kicks off in Seattle next week.

Telemundo will debut the new late-night show "Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro" on March 5th at 12:30 AM ET. Paul Rodriguez, Rafa Marquez and Ximena Sari??ana are scheduled to appear on the premiere episode.

Burger King's EVP-Global Marketing Officer Natalia Franco has left her post, just 9 months after joining the company.

The WInter Music Conference will host the Latin Music Panel "To Remix... or not to Remix" on March 8th in Miami. Panelists include Leila Cobo (Billboard), Jorge Fonseca (Sony Music Latin Entertainment), Liliani Gonzales (Clear Channel), Aldo Gonzalez (Universal Music Latin Entertainment) and Jesus Salas (SBS Radio), among others.

Heineken, Fabrika and the Rhythm Foundation have partnered to present "Electropico: The New Sounds of Latin Electronica" in Miami during Winter Music Conference. The three-session series takes place between March 10-12 and includes performances by Quantic, Pernett, Jeremy Sole, Palenke Soultribe, Mexican Dubwiser and Mr. Pauer, among others.

Heavy rains in La Paz, Bolivia caused a landslide that destroyed around 400 homes. There were no fatalities reported, however at least 5,000 people were affected by the slide.

Spanish airport workers are threatening to strike during the Easter vacation season over negotiations to partly privatize the civil aviation agency AENA.

In a recent interview Vicky Pelaez, the New York-based Peruvian journalist deported by the U.S. to Russia on charges of espionage, claimed her innocence and stated that her husband hid his espionage from her until they were arrested.

Franklin Romero, owner of Aventura's label Premium Latin Music, was arrested in New York this week on charges of participating in a crime ring involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

25 of the Chilean miners were baptized in the Jordan River last week in Israel.

DEA and ICE authorities rounded up and arrested more than 500 people connected to Mexican drug cartels working in the U.S. as a direct response to the recent murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico. Similar sweeps were conducted in Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and Mexico.

Banksy's stencil take on the "Caution" signs warning drivers of crossing immigrant families in the U.S./Mexico border area was stolen from a wall in East Los Angeles.

Marcelo Rodriguez Fin confessed to Brazilian authorities that he pretended to be his girlfriend on MSN, sending messages to her family for about 2 months after he shot her in the head and set fire to her body after an argument.

Christian Aguilera and her boyfriend Matthew Rutler were arrested in Los Angeles this week for driving under the influence (Rutler) and public drunkenness.

A federal grand jury indicted Alexis Candelario Santana on federal racketeering charges for his connection with an organization selling drugs in Puerto Rico. The indictment also accuses Candelario Santana of 21 homocides between 1993 and 2009, however the charges do not include murder.

A mix-up gave credit to the wrong "Lalo" in the case of a Chilean man who saved more than 60 people from the tsunami last year. Lalo Gomez died during the tsunami and was hailed as a hero for his valiant efforts to save the victims, however it turns out it was actually Lalo Gomez' cousin, Lalo Gonzalez that actually conducted the rescue and was passed over for any recognition after his own family members did not reveal the truth right away.

CVS/pharmacy launched its "A Su Salud" program offering free preventative health screenings at more than 800 events in communities across the country including Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami.

Univision Radio reported revenues down for Q4 of 2010 over the same period last year despite having the #1 ranked stations in several markets including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.

Three girls, ages 12, 14 and 15, were shot and killed in Ciudad Juarez last week while playing in their front yard. Two of the girls were sisters and authorities said the attack was targeted at the girls' father.

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