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Eva Goes to College ... Again

Arts, entertainment, community, politics and more from Latino Loop, 9.30.09

Published on LatinoLA: September 30, 2009


Eva Goes to College ... Again


Eva Longoria Parker recently told TV Guide that she is enrolled at Cal State-Northridge for a Masters Degree in Chicano Studies and Political Science.

According to new data from the Pew Hispanic Center, 6 in 10 Hispanic adults who are either citizens or legal permanent residents lack health insurance. The report also cited that 20% of Hispanics who are citizens lack health insurance.

In a move to reverse the removal of civil liberties of the Honduran people after large-scale protests last week, new President of Honduras Roberto Micheletti apologized to the Honduran people. He suggested that civil liberties would be restored and dissident television and radio stations would re-open by the end of this week. Micheletti also pledged not to attack the Brazilian Embassy, where ousted President Manuel Zelaya has been stationed for the last week.

A Guatemalan immigrant entered a police station in Massachusetts last week and asked to be deported after 13 years living in the U.S., confessing that he could no longer make ends meet or afford to return to his home country on his own.

Julieta Venegas was named a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in Mexico City, working for children's rights. She is the second Mexican after Cesar Costa to receive the honor.

Diageo, announced this week that it is switching the agency that works on its Don Julio account to WPP's Grey in New York. Diageo has slashed its U.S. marketing budget over the last year, from spending $160 million in marketing in 2008 to $44 million in the first half of 2009.

MTV Tr3s will air Los Premios MTV 2009 at 10 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 15th. The show will be hosted by Calle 13's Residente and Nelly Furtado with performances from Wisin y Yandel, Alejandro Sanz, Paulina Rubio, Panda, Jessy and Joy, Cobra Starship and Fall Out Boy among others. If you are in the Los Angeles area and interested in free tickets to the award show, email your name, age and phone number to LosPremiosAudience@GothamCasting.com.

According to a recent Nielsen Media Research report, Telemundo is the fastest growing broadcast network, regardless of language, for the 2008-2009 television season.

HBO Latino premiered its "Habla" series this past week. This season features Lin Manuel Miranda, Soledad O'Brian, Charo and Rosie Perez among others who speak up about their experiences living in the United States.

On October 8th, the Hispanic Public Relations Association will be holding its 25th Annual Premio Awards and Scholarship Gala in Hollywood, honoring Roxana Lissa, Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr. and McDonald's.

UNESCO named "tango" as part of the world's cultural heritage and granted the international seal of approval that Argentina and Uruguay have long sought. Both countries will eventually be eligible to receive financial assistance from a special fund for safeguarding cultural traditions.

A recent Cucu Diamantes performance at a New Jersey high school was canceled this week after pressure from the local community due to her performance at the Paz Sin Fronteras concert in Cuba last week. 85% of the local community are Cuban immigrants.

Following Sony and Fox, Universal's Telemundo bought a 40% stake in Radio Television Interamericana S.A (RTI), a Colombian TV production firm. Producing mainly soap operas, Telemundo would then broadcast the shows in the U.S. The company will offer the shows all over the world, according to president Don Browne.

Sony Music Mexico announced that it will not release an album of unreleased songs by Alejandro Fernandez this fall after an agreement was reached between the artist and his former record label. Fernandez is currently prepping the release of two albums under his new label, Universal.

The 13th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival [LALIFF] will kick off on October 13th with Pedro Almodovar's highly anticipated new film, "Broken Embraces." Almodovar will also be receiving a GABI Lifetime Achievement award during the opening night gala. Past recipients include Gustavo Santoalalla, Antonio Banderas and Rita Moreno. For more information, visit: http://www.latinofilm.org

According to SoundScan, Nelly Furtado's "Mi Plan" is the highest selling Latin pop album debut this year, moving nearly 13,000 copies in its first week. The single "Manos al Aire" remains at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

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