Ricky Martin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.
Aeromexico accepted a $249 million takeover bid this week by an investment group led by
Citibank‘«÷s Banamex, who reaffirmed its promise to invest $240 million in the carrier in the next 90 days. Jose Luis Barraza will serve as chairman of the company.
The Premios MTV Latin America took place last week in Mexico City. Among this year‘«÷s winners is Belinda, who won for Video of the Year and Best Solo Artist. Mana won Best Group or Duo and Artist of the Year. Julieta Venegas won for Best Pop Artist and Babasonicos for Best Rock Artist, while Daddy Yankee took home the Best Urban Artist award.
Adelfa Volpes, an 82 year-old woman who recently married 24 year-old Reinaldo Wavegche, passed away over the weekend in Argentina. The couple married in late September and had recently returned from their honeymoon in Brazil.
As fires rage across Southern California this week, several Mexican firefighters from border cities like Tijuana and Tecate have joined in the efforts to fight the blazes.
Adweek Media will no longer publish Marketing y Medios, but will now directly integrate its Hispanic marketing coverage into the Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek publications.
Alejandro Sanz' show in Caracas is back on, after being canceled by the Venezuelan government due to Sanz' criticism of leader Hugo Chavez. The show, which was originally scheduled for November, will now take place on February 14th.
The film "Love in the Time of Cholera", based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, comes out on November 16th and stars Javier Bardem, Catalina Sandino Moreno and John Leguizamo.
PBS has appointed Haydee M. Rodriguez to the post of director of the PBS Diversity Initiative. Rodriguez was previously the executive director of the Maryland Governor‘«÷s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. As part of her new role, Rodriguez will identify opportunites for PBS to encourage and expand diversity at the network.
Antoinette Zel left her post as Senior Executive Vice President at Telemundo last week.
Juan Luis Morera, aka Wisin of Wisin y Yandel, was hospitalized this week with what doctors think is dengue fever. He is currently receiving care in Puerto Rico.
Peru conducted a controversial census on Sunday with President Alan Garcia ordering everyone in the country to stay at home for 10 hours. Student volunteers went door-to-door to collect data about income, marital status, education level, etc. The census was a reaction to a 2005 census report stating that half of the Peruvian population lives in poverty or extreme poverty, which Garcia claims is inaccurate. A key business group in Lima predicted $83 million in losses due to stores, malls, and tourism destinations being closed.
Manu Chao will be digitally re-issuing much of his solo back catalog on November 20th through Nacional Records. For the first time, the albums Proxima Estacion: Esperanza and Radio Bemba Sound System Live will be available digitally. A special CD & DVD re-issue of the titles will follow in late January and feature bonus video content.
Suzuki is sponsoring a nationwide animation contest, ‘«£Animate! La vida Suzuki‘«ō, in conjunction with the New York International Latino Film Festival and Cinedulce.com. The contest runs from October 15th through February 29th and the winning animation will be featured at the NYILFF in July. Submission guidelines are on www.cinedulce.com.
Bodas USA La Revista, a Spanish-language bridal magazine, launches in January on newsstands throughout California. The magazine will also be available via subscriptions and in digital format.
President Bush urged Congress to approve $500 million in aid to Mexico to fight drug trafficking and $50 million to fight drug trafficking in Central America. The $500 million would be the first installment in a $1.4 billion aid package to Mexico and would fund helicopters, surveillance aircraft and drug-sniffing dogs for Mexican customs among other things.
AOL Latino has relaunched its site with a redesigned look and new features allowing users to customize their homepage in addition to a Games section and Blogs Community.
Zune will launch a limited-edition Wisin y Yandel device on October 29th. The player, which will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, will come pre-loaded with the reggaeton duo‘«÷s new album ‘«£Wisin vs. Yandel Los Extraterrestres‘«ō prior to its release in stores and online. It will also feature an exclusive bonus track, music videos and concert footage.
UC Berkeley released a report last week, ‘«£Migration, Health and Work: The Facts Behind the Myths‘«ō. Among its findings, it show that one in four workers in California are Latino immigrants, Eight out of 10 agricultural workers in California are Mexican immigrants and 94% of Mexican immigrant men in the U.S. are actively employed.
Procter & Gamble has signed on to sponsor the full-length telenovelas that Yahoo!Telemundo will start streaming on the site this week. The novelas will be available online the day after they air on Telemundo.
American Latino TV will explore the impact of Afro-Latinos on U.S. Latino culture in its episode airing November 3rd and 4th. The episode will feature an interview with Lucas Silva ‘«£Champeta Man‘«ō, a filmmaker and owner of a record label dedicated to Afro-Colombian champeta music, a fan‘«÷s shrine to baseball legend Roberto Clemente and a look at Panamanian culture and Palo Dominicano.
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