Latino Presence at the Presidential Inauguration

Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Jose Feliciano, Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno to perform, Richard Blanco is the poet

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: January 11, 2013

Latino Presence at the Presidential Inauguration

LATINO LOOP for the week of January 11, 2013 Originally published at LatinoLoop. Republished by permission.

Arts and Entertainment

"Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center" will take place on January 20th and will include Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Jose Feliciano, Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno.

Richard Blanco was chosen by President Obama as the 2013 inaugural poet and will compose an original poem for the president's swearing in on the steps of the Capitol on January 21st.

The Kennedy Center will launch a formal review into claims that Latinos have been largely excluded from the Kennedy Center Honors. The panel will include Debbie Allen, Yo-Yo Ma, Raul Esparza, Julliard School president Joseph Polisi as well as representatives from LARAS and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

Juanes will perform at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! on February 6th in Los Angeles. Juanes will perform along with high school students who have participated in GRAMMY student education programs.

PBS premiered "Reportero" this week, a documentary about reporters at Tijuana's Zeta newspaper who risk their lives, amidst threats from drug cartels, to report the news.


The U.S. Census is considering eliminating the question currently asking respondents if they are of Hispanic origin and instead combining it with a race question due to the large number of Hispanics that chose "some other race" in the last census. Currently Hispanic is considered an ethnic background rather than a race and the only race category choices are "white, black, Asian, American Indian and some other race".

According to a report from the Migration Policy Institute, the Obama administration spent almost $18 billion on immigration enforcement in 2012. This is more than the $14 billion that was spent on all of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies combined, including the FBI, DEA, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to Dr. James Tsai, chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee for the NEI National Eye Health Education Program, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among Hispanics. In 2010 there were more than 220,000 diagnosed cases of glaucoma in Latinos.

Taco Cid, a restaurant in South Carolina, has stirred controversy after having employees wear t-shirts with the slogan "How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant". The shirt depicts a box trap held up by a stick with two tacos as bait.

A petition has been filed by the estate of makeup artist Jacob Yebale, who was killed in the plane crash that also killed Jenni Rivera and several others. The petition seeks information from LearJet about the plane, owner, operators and maintenance most likely in advance of a lawsuit to seek damages.

Fat Joe, aka Joseph Cartagena, plead guilty to tax evasion in a federal court in New Jersey after failing to pay taxes on almost $3 million in income in 2007 and 2008.


Benicio del Toro and Kimberly Stewart baptized their baby Delilah over the weekend in Puerto Rico.

AB Quintanilla announced that he and his wife of one year are divorced.


Venezuelan lawmakers voted to postpone President Hugo Chavez' inauguration this week due to Chavez' extended stay in Cuba for cancer treatment. The inauguration was initially scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The Cuban government is cracking down on reggaet??n, recently prohibiting state-run recording studios and broadcasts from playing or recording music with questionable lyrics. The music is also off-limits in performance spaces subject to government control.

Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni's plane went missing last week during a short flight from the Venezuelan resort islands Los Roques to Caracas.

According to Agencia Reforma, the number of undocumented immigrants deported from Mexico rose by 30% in 2012 to 75,000, up from 57,000 in 2011. 98% of those deported were from Central America.

Marketing and Media

According to a new survey from Univision and AMG Strategic Advisors, Hispanics are more loyal to national brands than the general market. The study also revealed that Hispanics tend to shop together as a family and use media and technology to help with grocery shopping.

Carlos Vives will participate in a keynote Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference taking place April 23-25th in Miami.

Jennifer Lopez graces the cover of this month's Harper's Bazaar magazine. The magazine release two different covers featuring Lopez.

Target awarded its U.S. Hispanic account to LatinWorks.

Sao Paulo-based promoter T4F plunged 58% since the beginning of September due mainly to rival company IMX luring away Cirque de Soleil's South American business from T4F and weak demand for Madonna and Lady Gaga tickets that forced T4F to sell discounted tickets for those events.

Tecate and Tecate Light launched their national retail program featuring bilingual POS materials and promotions aimed at Hispanic football fans with the slogan "A Man Knows how to Choose His Team".


Four Puerto Ricans were on the ballot for this year's MLB Hall of Fame including Edgar Martinez, Bernie Williams, Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Roberto Hernandez. However an announcement today confirmed that no players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year because they did not receive the required 75% of the vote.

Lionel Messi received FIFA's Ballon D' Or as player of the year with 91 goals in 2012.

23-year-old lifeguard Dylan Smith, who was praised as a hero for his rescue efforts during Hurricane Sandy, died while surfing in Puerto Rico over the holidays.

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