Benjamin Bratt's "Latino Americans"

Record 16.5% of college students ages 18-24 (2.1 million) were Latino in 2011 and more from Latino Loop

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: January 28, 2013

Benjamin Bratt's "Latino Americans"

Originally published at LatinoLoop. Republished by permission.

Arts and Entertainment

Benjamin Bratt will narrate "Latino Americans", a six-hour documentary series that will air on PBS in the Fall. The documentary will feature interviews with almost 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture.

Chilean cinematographer Claudio Miranda is nominated for his second career Academy Award for his work on "Life of Pi". His first nomination was for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".

Zoe Saldana will co-host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards alongside Chris Pine on Saturday, February 9th in Beverly Hills.

Man?í performed at the official Presidential Inaugural Ball this week.

Desmond Child, Rudy Perez, Jon Secada and Natalia Jimenez will announce the first five inductees to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame next week at a press conference in Miami. The five songwriters will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 23rd in Miami.

Fede Alvarez' film "Evil Dead" and "Spring Breakers", starring Selena Gomez, will both debut as part of SXSW's film conference in March. SXSW Interactive will host the lecture "Latinos y Mobile" on March 8th hosted by Kety Esquivel and Estuardo Rodriguez. SXSW's music offerings will include several Latino bands including Bajofondo, A Band of Bitches, Campo, Amaral, Afrobeta, Las Cafeteras and Sol Okarina.

Carlos Vives signed a recording deal with Sony Music Latin, with his upcoming album "Corazon Profundo" slated for an April 23rd release. The 360 deal was negotiated by Vives' manager, Walter Kolm, who was also heavily responsible for Cristian Castro's success in 2011.


Bolivian President Evo Morales announced that Hugo Chavez is undergoing physical therapy in advance of a planned return to Venezuela. Chavez is recovering in Cuba where he underwent surgery last month.

Major League Baseball is proposing a rule to allow foreign-born players to bring interpreters with them on the mound due to the large amount of players from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Asia. The rule, which would go into effect next season, was green lit by managers, but still needs approval from the players' and umpires' unions.

The Spanish city of Granada named a town square in honor of The Clash's Joe Strummer, who spent time in Granada and name dropped the city on "Spanish Bombs".


Town officials in Victoria Soto's hometown of Stratford, CT approved a measure to rename HoneySpot Elementary School after the school teacher that was killed in the Newtown shooting while trying to protect her students.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, a record 16.5% of college students ages 18-24 (2.1 million) were Hispanic in 2011.


Calle 13's Rene "Residente" Perez married Argentine actress Soledad Fandi??o.

Shakira and Gerard Pique welcomed a baby boy, Milan Pique Mebarak, on January 22nd in Barcelona.

Wynand Mullins was asked by a flight attendant to remove his "Princess Bride" t-shirt which reads "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die", after passengers unfamiliar with the movie complained that they found it intimidating.

Marketing and Media

The Latin Recording Academy has partnered with Yangaroo for a multi-year deal to digitize the Latin Grammy Awards submissions process.

Filming is set to begin for the Mexican offshoot of "Gossip Girl", "Gossip Girl Acapulco", a project produced by Pedro Torres and Warner Brothers International Television Production. It is set to premiere later this year.

ESPN Deportes launched #Redes, a new multi-screen viewing experience aimed at bilingual Hispanic sports fan. The show gathers content from around the web, following social media trends and delivering a mix of sports, pop culture news and music.

Voto Latino partnered with Moet & Chandon to host an intimate inauguration celebration in Washington DC. Among those in attendance were Voto Latino Co-Chairs Rosario Dawson and Wilmer Valderrama, Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, Dolores Huerta, US Treasurer Rosie Rios, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Sheila E., among others.

SBS Radio announced that Johanna Gomez will join "The DJ Laz Morning Show" co-hosting the show Monday through Friday from 6 AM - 10 AM ET/PT. The show airs on Miami's WRMA-FM DJ 106.7 FM and Los Angeles' KXOL-FM LA 96.3 FM.

Shine America has launched a Spanish-language division, Shine Hispanic & Latin America, that will produce and distribute original Spanish-language contect to the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces. The new division will be headed by BE-TV founder Cristina Palacio.

Benetton's new print ad campaign features Brazilian transsexual model Lea T, among other international models.

Joe Bernard was named SVP of Advertising Sales at mun2. He was previously VP of Sales for the network.

Thalia's radio show on Cumulus Media Networks will expand from weekends to Monday through Friday starting in March.

Juan Jose Alfonso was named VP of drama development at ABC Studios. Alfonso was formerly VP of program development at ESPN.

MundoFox switched affiliates in Miami to the full-power station WGEN, channel 8. It was previously carried on the low-power WJAN-CD.

Antulio "Kobbo" Santarrosa, star of the Puerto Rican program "Super Xclusivo", stepped down from his role on the show amidst pressure from a social media campaign demanding his removal. The backlash began after Santarrosa, via his puppet alter-ego La Comay, made comments suggesting that the brutal beating death of publicist Jose Enrique Gomez Saladin was his own fault for leading a sexually promiscuous lifestyle.

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