George Lopez: Choice Comedian

Entertainment, community, international news and note from Latino Loop, 8.13.09

Published on LatinoLA: August 13, 2009

George Lopez: Choice Comedian

George Lopez took home the Teen Choice Award for "Choice Comedian" this week. President Obama made a cameo on the pilot presentation of George Lopez' talk show in which Obama quips "George, you need to change late night. That's the kind of change I can believe in."

Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and its first Latina justice, this past weekend.

iTunes officially launched in Mexico last week.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was diagnosed with swine flu this week.

Pro skateboarder Paul Rodriguez took home Gold in the street competition at the X Games last week. Rodriguez is the first Hispanic to receive a signature shoe by Nike and is the first skateboarder signed to Nike SB.

MTV Tr3s' July ratings were the highest ever in the network's history, due largely in part to the premiere of telenovela "Isa TKM".

Chita Rivera received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama this week.

Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, the only Hispanic Republican in the Senate, stepped down from his post 16 months early.

Megan Fox, Premios Juventud, Nelly Furtado and Tamiflu were among Yahoo! En Espa??ol's most popular searches for July.

During his visit to Mexico this week, President Obama said that immigration reform would be a major focus for his administration next year, after other priorities, such as the passage of a new health care system.

According to a recent SEC filing, SiTV has raised $8.75 million in funding and plans to raise $6 million more.

Houston-based oil importer Trammo Petroleum returned $2.4 million to the Mexican government after Trammo's president admitted to knowingly buying and reselling petroleum stolen from Mexican government pipelines.

Space Shuttle Discovery is set to launch on August 25th with Jose Hernandez among the crew of seven astronauts aboard.

Wallace Souza, a state legislator and host of Brazilian crime TV show "Canal Livre", is being investigated by police for allegations of commissioning at least five murders featured on the show in order to boost ratings.

Silvia Raquenel Villanueva, a defense lawyer for high-profile drug trafficking suspects, was shot and killed in a street market in Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday.

Baby Gloton, a doll manufactured by a Spanish company, was featured on the Today show this week. The doll simulates breast feeding, making suckling noises.

Juanes is performing in Havana on September 20th.

Forever 21 opened its first store in Puerto Rico last week at the Plaza Las Americas Shopping Mall.

According to a statement by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the unemployment rate went down to 9.4% last month, however unemployment rates among Blacks and Hispanics did not change and showed the highest losses.

Aventura's "The Last" continues its #1 spot on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart for 8 consecutive weeks, the longest an album has held this position on the chart since RBD in 2006.

LATINA Style magazine will host the National LATINA Symposium in Washington DC on September 9th. The Symposium will provide a national platform for Latina entrepreneurs and professionals to address the status of the Hispanic woman in the U.S.

Nike awarded its Mexico soccer, running and sportswear marketing accounts to independent shop, Anonimo, a new shop headed up by former head of DDB Mexico, Raul Cardos and ex-Leo Burnett executive Marco Colin.

MTV Tr3s' Jose Tillan was profiled in "Broadcasting & Cable" magazine last week.

SBS' VP of programming Polito Vega will celebrate 50 years in the Spanish-language radio industry at the end of the month with two concerts at Madison Square Garden. The shows will feature performances by Laura Pausini, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Trevi and Enrique Iglesias, among others.

George Strait covers Jose Alfredo Jimenez's "El Rey" on his upcoming album "Twang".

"Heroes" actress Dania Ramirez has been chosen as the newest face of CoverGirl. Print and TV ads will debut in January 2010.

Puerto Rico's WMEG, Hartford, Conn.'s tropical station WRYM and California regional Mexican station KEXA were all added to BDS' Latin Format panel this week.

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