Kat Von D: Latina

Music, entertainment, politics and stuff from throughout the U.S. and Latin America on this week's Latino Loop

Published on LatinoLA: October 23, 2008

Kat Von D: Latina

LATINO LOOP for the week of October 24th, 2008

Kat Von D graces the cover of the latest issue of Latina magazine. In the issue, Kat Von D opens up about battling alcohol abuse, her life as a tattoo artist and her Latin roots.

Two major Spanish-language newspapers, Los Angeles' La Opinion and New York's El Diario/La Prensa, have announced their endorsement of Barack Obama.

The Premios MTV took place last week in Guadalajara. Juanes, Tokio Hotel, Belanova, Kudai, Caf?® Tacvba and Ximena Sari??ana were among this year's winners, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs received the MTV Legend award. The show also featured live performances by Julieta Venegas, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, Metallica, Katy Perry, Paramore, Tokio Hotel, Calle 13, Caf?® Tacvba and others.

At least 21 inmates died during a prison riot between rival gangs involving a gun battle and a fire in Reynosa, Mexico this week.

According to reports by US Weekly, Madonna and Alex Rodriguez are definitely romantically involved.

Maria Elena Lagomasino was elected to the Coca-Cola Company's Board of Directors this week.

Jimmy Smits accidentally stabbed a stuntman during a fight scene for the TV show "Dexter". Smits picked up a real knife instead of a prop knife and luckily, the stuntman was saved by a piece of plastic covering his heart.

The U.S. agreed to reduce Peru's debt payments by $25 million if that money is put towards conserving rain forests.

Season two of "Pitbull's La Esquina" debuts October 24 on mun2.

Ricky Martin became the first celebrity to partner with Postcards From the Stars, an online technology that allows users to send personalized e-greetings from celebrities. For every digital video greeting sent, a donation will be made to the Ricky Martin Foundation.

Mun2 announced Alex Alonso's appointment to VP of Marketing this week.

DirecTV will announce the launch of a new channel, Telecentro, featuring programming from networks in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.

An engine on Enrique Iglesias' private plane apparently failed during a flight to London this week. In spite of the failure, the plane was able to make an emergency landing.

This week "Oprah" viewers in Chicago, LA, New York, Miami, Houston and Dallas will be able to watch the show in Spanish using SAP.

A recent New York Times article examines the downturn in day laborer jobs in the New York City area as a result of the current economic climate. The article states that while the amount of money being sent by immigrants to Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to go up this year, when adjusted to inflation, the value will actually go down.

Julieta Venegas will perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in honor of 2008 laureate Martti Ahtisaari on December 11th. Diana Ross, Feist, Dierks Bentley, Seun Kuti and Marit Larsen are also scheduled to perform.

Telemundo announced that it will cut its workforce by 5%, or at least 85 jobs, due to a slowdown in advertising.

Raul and Fidel Villarreal, former U.S. Border Patrol agents, were arrested in Tijuana this week after being on the lam for 2 years. The brothers are charged with smuggling illegal immigrants across the border in their government vehicles.

SBS received two FCC fines related to a prank call on the morning show "El Vacilon de la Ma??ana". The victim of the prank call was told that her husband had been shot to death and her daughter had been run over by a car and died. The fines of $16,000 each were imposed because the woman was not told before the recording began that the call would be broadcast.

Omar Cruz debuted as the new host for this season of MTV Tr3s' "Pimpeando".

A recent AP article profiles Colombian radio personality Herbin Hoyos, known for his show "Kidnapped Voices". The show broadcasts messages from relatives of kidnap victims to their loved ones in captivity. Hoyos was awarded the Simon Bolivar prize for Journalist of the Year and the National Peace Prize this year.

Kike Posada has revived Latin alternative club night Fiestas BOOM at Miami's Tabu on Sunday nights.

Gloria Trevi's mother-in-law's Mexico City home was robbed this weekend. A group of men stole documents and family photographs.

Microsoft will sponsor the National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse for two years in order to promote opportunities for Hispanic entrepreneurs and businesses. Microsoft will provide monetary support as well as content and software solutions on the BIC website.

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