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Carlos Santana: Person of the Year

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Published on LatinoLA: May 28, 2004


Carlos Santana: Person of the Year


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Carlos Santana has been named as the 2004 Latin Recording Academy ?Person of the Year?, honoring his numerous professional, cultural and social accomplishments. The award ceremony takes place August 30th at a star-studded tribute dinner and concert at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles, just days prior to the Latin GRAMMY awards show, which will be broadcast on CBS September 1st, 8 ? 10 pm ET/PT.

Director Guillermo del Toro is on board once again to direct the follow-up to the hit superhero flick Hellboy. The film has grossed more than $60 million domestically since April. Del Toro is currently working on a Spanish-language film, The Pan?s Labyrinth, set in Spain during World War II.

Congrats to TV personality, Elizabeth Vargas, who will take Barbara Walters? slot as co-anchor of ABC?s 20/20, opposite John Stossel. The switch takes place in September, at which time Vargas will relinquish her ?World News Tonight Sunday? anchor role.

Wanna catch a sneak-peak at the new Plastilina Mosh video, ?Te Lo Juro Por Madonna?? It?s tres cool, check it out at www.telojuropormadonna.com

The Coors ?Guey? spot we told you about last week is receiving some controversy after its initial airing. Latinos are abuzz over use of the word ?Guey?, which in its popular form today means "Dude", but which also could be an insult if used as its literal translation, ?Ox?, implying stupidity.

Univision unveiled its 2004 ? 2005 programming lineup. Additions include several new novelas; "Artistas", a comedy show about an unemployed actor; reality shows including ?Apostando al Amor?, a bachelorette type series and ?Lo Veremos Todod con Niurka y Bobby?, a newlywed reality show ala Jessica & Nick; a variety show called ?Viva Vero? starring Veronica Castro; a tribute to Selena; a Mexican import youth show called ?No Manches?; as well as a new talk show, game show, and some award-winning Spanish-language movies.

The LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) has partnered with CDman.com for the LAMC Battle of the Bands contest, a search for extraordinary talent. Past winners include Grammy and MTV VMA nominated act Kinky and LA?s Los Abandoned. Independent bands from all over the world are encouraged to submit music to LAMC by June 1st, for a chance to win 1,000 copies of their CD manufactured by CDman.com (with the runner up receiving 500 copies), a song inclusion on the LAMC compilation CD, a write up on the LAMC website, and the opportunity to perform at an LAMC showcase. For more info, visit www.LatinAlternative.com

Allstate launched the Hispanic ad series ?Asi Piensa Allstate? featuring Esai Morales. The Hispanic campaign includes print, television, newspaper, radio and out of home, and will run throughout 2004.

Angel Lopez, ex-Son By Four singer, is returning with his second album titled ?Re-Inventado?, set for release this June 22nd. The album features collaborations with Frankie J, who wrote and produced the first single ?Te Sigo Amando?, and features a tribute to famed salsero Hector Lavoe.

Congrats to La Banda Elastica, who where awarded Best Consumer Publication ? Music, at Western Publications Association?s 53rd Annual Maggie Awards. LBE also took home two 1st place awards for Outstanding Editorial Content and Graphic Design.

Latino music video and motion picture director, Jessy Terrero (Soul Plane), is directing the film ?Untitled Jamaica Queens Project?, which is loosely based on his short film of the same name, which was well received at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the NYILFF, Urbanworld and LA Short Film Festival. The flick is being compared to a Latino version of the comedy ?Friday?. Jorge Vergara (Y Tu Mama Tabmien) will produce.

Mun2 television is offering Latino singers and independent filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work on two if its new shows. La Familia Perfecta, a one-hour reality show that profiles the lives of six new artists, is casting singers between the ages of 18 to 25, while The Reel Project, a show that exposes independent filmmakers and their movies, is looking for up and coming talent as well.

Congrats to Julio Iglesias (Sr.), who will tie the knot with his girlfiriend of 14 years, Mirands Rijnsburger. The couple have 4 children together.

Jennifer Pe?a, winner of the Best Female Regional Mexican Performer at the 2004 Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards, released ?Seduccion? last week in the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Pena co-produced the album, which features a Spanish cover of the classic ?Can?t Take My Eyes Off of You?, as well as collaborations with producers such as Rudy Perez, Emilio Estefan and Kike Santander.

Another album in stores now is Diego Torres? MTV Unplugged, which was recorded in Buenos Aires recently. The album will include duets with Vicentico, singer of Fabulosos Cadillacs on the track ?Usted? and Julieta Vengas on the track?Suenos?.

Si TV, the English-language Latino network, announced three newly acquired shows, including PBS? American Family, Showtime?s Resurrection Blvd, and the WB?s Greeting from Tucson. The network also features five original shows including Urban Jungle, a reality series in which a group of privileged kids from the suburbs try to adapt to life in the barrio for a chance to win $50,000, premiering June 6th; I Can?t Believe it?s Cinema, in which campy Mexican movies are edited together with English voiceovers, produced by Moctesuma Esparza; Brought to You Buy?? a behind the scenes look at commercials and the people who make them; Inside Joke, profiling the lives of young comics; and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, featuring an inquiring comic host who interviews people at a variety of eateries around the country.

Be sure to catch Urban Latino TV this week, featuring Latino martial arts expert, David Ortiz; Tomas Cookman, manager behind some of Latin rock?s biggest names including Fabulosos Cadillacs and Grammy award winners, La Ley; artist and illustrator Justin Bua illustrates his urban experience on different canvases; take a tour of New York?s Dominican capital, Washington Heights; and dance to the tunes of Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper Ivy Queen.

SC Johnson Glade air-freshener brand is targeting US Hispanic households with its new cleaning product Glade Cleaner-Limpiador, which contains a bilingual label. The packaging for the product resembles Mexican brand Colgate-Palmolive?s Fabuloso product.

Russell Simmons and The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network present the first ever Latino Hip-Hop Summit in collaboration with the Bronx Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The summit's theme is Taking Back Responsibility: Redirecting, Protecting & Celebrating Our Community and will bring together talents from the worlds of Hip-Hop and Latin music to encourage empowerment in the Hispanic Community. Invited artists include Tego Calderon, Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, Vico C, Doug E. Fresh, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Wyclef Jean, Angie Martinez, Lumidee and others. The event takes place July 13th at Lehman College in New York.

Live 365, an internet radio network, and Terra.com, a US Hispanic portal, have teamed up to create an online radio service consisting of more than 30 stations featuring Spanish-language music and other content, programmed by US and international DJs.

Tyson Foods named Albert C. Zapanta to a newly created Board of Directors position, making Zapata the company?s first Hispanic board member.

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