Penelope Cruz: Hollywood Star

Anderson Cooper: Compa??ero; Heather Hodges: ex-U.S. ambassador; Latin Alternative: out y mucho m?ís from Latino Loop

Published on LatinoLA: April 7, 2011

Penelope Cruz: Hollywood Star

Penelope Cruz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.

Anderson Cooper will be honored with the 2011 Compa??ero Award at the Latino Commission on AIDS' annual fundraising gala Cielo Latino. The gala takes place on May 10th in New York.

According to new census data, the number of Puerto Ricans identifying themselves as black or American Indian has gone up 50% in the last decade.

Ecuador expelled U.S. ambassador Heather Hodges in response to a diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks in which Hodges alleged that President Rafael Correa was aware of supposed acts of corruption by now retired police chief Jaime Hurtado Vaca.

Comcast announced that is will add 10 new, independent, minority-owned and operated channels over the next 8 years. Comcast is accepting proposals now for the first three, with the first channel - to be operated by American Latinos and in English - set to launch in July 2012. For more info visit: www.comcast.com/diversityproposal,

Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato tied the knot last week in Buenos Aires. According to news reports, the couple's Buenos Aires home was burglarized during the festivities.

Spanish police arrested Jose Carlos Serna, who escaped from police custody twice after his wife sent fake faxes ordering his release. Serna was discovered by authorities in his home in Madrid hiding in a hollowed out sofa.

The GRAMMY Awards announced the restructuring of several categories for the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012. Among the Latin categories, Pop, Rock and Urban have been combined to form one category with Alternative disappearing from the mix. Regional Mexican and Tejano have been combined to form one category and Banda and Norte??o are together. Best Tropical Latin Album remains unchanged. For more information visit: www.grammy.com/announcement

News Corporation, Fox International Channels and Fox Global Networks announced the launch of Fox Hispanic Media.

Two U.S. citizens were killed by a gunman in Tijuana just half a mile from the San Ysidro border crossing. Kevin Romero, 28, and Sergio Salcido, 25, lived in Tijuana and commuted to work in San Diego.

Billboard announced finalists for the First Annual Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards. Awards will be given at The Marketing Exchange hosted by Telemundo and mun2 on April 26th in Miami as part of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Universal Music Latin, CMN, Terra Networks, Tr3s: MTV, Nacional Records/Heineken and Alma DDB are among the finalists.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his wife Eloisa Maturen welcomed their first child, Martin Dudamel Maturen, last week.

Diego Garcia (former frontman of popular indie rockers Elefant) has just released his debut album 'Laura." Diego has been getting heavy spins on KCRW 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' and the single "You Were Never There" is the iTunes Latino 'Song of the Week.' Download it here.

State Farm launched its new bilingual Facebook page, www.facebook.com/statefarmlatino with the focus of the launch on the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards.

NBC Universal announced its new initiative to connect marketers with Hispanic consumers. Hispanics at NBCU aims to create custom marketing efforts across its properties including custom ad packages spanning broadcast, cable and online.

Mexico's Attorney General, Arturo Chavez, resigned from his post last week citing urgent personal reasons. Marisela Morales will replace him becoming Mexico's first female attorney general.

According to his family and friends, Daniel Hernandez, the 21-year-old intern that rushed to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords side after the shooting in Tucson, has withdrawn emotionally and not opened up to anyone in his family about the event.

Aureo Baquiero, BMI's Marissa Lopez, Tomas Cookman, KBUE's Pepe Garza, Perez Hilton, Digital Girl's Rocio Gutierrez, Sebastian Krys and Univision personality Tony Dandrades are listed among Billboard's Twitter 140: Music Characters you need to follow.

Natalia Jimenez is featured in the new Spanish-language campaign for AT&T's high speed internet offerings. The campaign was created by Dieste and coincides with the release of Jimenez' first solo album "Natalia".

As part of the Feria del Libro en Espa??ol en Los Angeles, LeaLA, la Fundacion de la Universidad de Guadalajara and Cultura UDG will present a series of concerts at the Nokia Theatre including Lupillo Rivera and La Original Banda el Limon on April 29th, Pedro Fernandez on April 30th and Molotov and Kinky on May 1st.

Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas has partnered with SUBWAY restaurants to give viewers a chance to meet Wisin y Yandel backstage during their "Los Vaqueros: El Regreso 2011 Tour" and interview them for a "Lo Que Te Pica" news segment.

Newlyweds Eduardo Cabra, Vistante from Calle 13, and Cuban singer Diana Fuentes, are reportedly working on a new album together.

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