Latinos on a Star Trek

And on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential, and more on LatinoLoop, 5.7.09

Published on LatinoLA: May 7, 2009

Latinos on a Star Trek

The Star Trek movie opens on Thursday and features various Latino talent including Zoe Salda??a as Lt. Uhura, Clifton Collins Jr. and Mexican born co-writer/executive producer Roberto Orci.

Time Magazine published its list of the 100 Most Influential people in the world. Penelope Cruz, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Gustavo Dudamel, Carlos Slim and Rafael Nadal were all included in the list.

According to new data from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics, 44% of the 1,046,539 new U.S. citizens in 2008 were Latino.

Opposition leader Ricardo Martinelli of the Democratic Change party was elected as President of Panama this week.

Mexico began returning to normalcy this week with businesses opening and universities and high schools scheduled to reopen on Thursday. The government is spending $15 million for detergent, bleach and soap to clean public buildings like schools.

Sabino Montanaro, who served as Interior Minister under ex-dictator Alfredo Stroessner, returned to Paraguay this week where he faces several trials for disappearances and murders during the 1970s and 80s. Montanaro spent the last 20 years in a self-imposed exile in Honduras.

SESAC Latina recently held its annual awards ceremony in Miami. Claudia Brant received the Songwriter of the Year award, while Brant's publishing company Nana Maluca Music shared the Publisher of the Year award with Sony/ATV Sounds.

The Supreme Court ruled that federal prosecutors must be able to prove that defendants knowingly used ID numbers that belonged to real people, therefore limiting the prosecution of undocumented workers under identity theft law.

Mr. Panama, Ryan Oliver, was stripped of his title this week after pornographic photos emerged of Oliver posing for a website for gay men. Oliver had just won the title over the weekend.

Betsy Perry resigned from her post at the New York City Commission on Women's Issues last week after making several remarks about Mexico in a Huffington Post article such as Mexico should "get a grip on its banditos" and the best image of Mexico right now is the movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua".

According to Nielsen Media Research data, Telemundo had its best April performance yet with 16% growth in the Monday through Sunday prime over April last year and 21% growth in the Monday through Sunday prime.

Jackie Bird, former president-CEO of Winglatino, has launched Redbean Society, an agency that will target Latinas.

LATV announced a strategic shift towards focusing on solely Spanish-language programming and also debuted two new shows this week from Colombia, "Nadie es Eterno en el Mundo" and "Mu??oz Vale x 2".

Twelve federal police officers were detained by Mexican authorities on charges of leaking information to hit men in a failed attempt to free Jeronimo Gamez, of the Beltran Leyva cartel, from prison.

Cyloop.com has partnered with MSN.com to launch MSN Cyloop as an online music platform in Mexico and Brazil.

According to Nielsen's Hispanic sample, ESPN Deportes was the highest-rated and most-watched Spanish-language sports cable network in the U..S. and the second most-viewed network among Spanish-language cable networks.

According to new data analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, last year's Presidential election was the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history with whites making up 76.3% of voters and blacks 12.1%, Hispanics 7.4% and Asians 2.5%.

Editor & Publisher Magazine named ImpreMedia Chairman & CEO John Paton as Publisher of the Year.

In light of the swine flu outbreak, Bogota cancelled all events involving Mexican artists, athletes or business people in May and June including a Caf?® Tacvba concert and a soccer game between Chivas and San Luis as part of the Copa Libertadores de America.

Telemundo.com's coverage of the Billboard Latin Music Awards drew over 700,000 unique vistors, almost 3 times more than last year, and 18,900,000 page views, a 700% increase over last year.

The Chicago Latino Film Festival and Cinelatino announced the winners of the 2009 Cinelatino Audience Choice Awards. Spanish director Gerardo Herrero won Most Popular Feature with "Que Parezca un Accidente". Venezuelan director Alexandra Henao's "Cunaro" won Most Popular Short and "Nuestros Desaparecidos" from Argentine director Juan Mandelbaum won Most Popular Documentary.

Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo and the Free Radio Alliance held a panel discussion in Washington D.C. this week. One of the main topics discussed was the effects of a performance tax on the Spanish-language radio community. Amador Bustos of Bustos Media, Univision Radio President/COO Gary Stone and SBS VP/GM Frank Flores were among those on the panel.

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