Shakira Goes to UCLA

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Published on LatinoLA: October 23, 2009

Shakira Goes to UCLA

In a recent interview, Shakira revealed that she avoided being recognized at the UCLA Introduction to Western Civilization class she took this summer by wearing a cap and a big backpack.

The NBA is launching "EneÔÇób?®ÔÇóa", a multiplatform campaign including media, events, grassroots and merchandising programs aimed at growing the NBA's Hispanic fan base.

The White House held the "Fiesta Latina" in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Gloria Estefan, Thalia, Marc Anthony, Jose Feliciano, Sheila E and Aventura were among the performers.

The Premios MTV 2009 took place last week in Los Angeles. Wisin y Yandel, Zoe and Panda were among this year's winners. Morrissey presented Caf?® Tacvba with the "Leyenda" award.

Univision will relaunch New York's WXNY 96.3 FM with a rhythmic hits format. The Luis Jimenez show will remain as the morning show at the station, which will cover New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Penelope Cruz will appear in the "Sex in the City" sequel as a romantic rival for a man that Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is interested in.

Puerto Rican officials cancelled a scheduled Calle 13 Halloween concert at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. The action was in response to Residente from Calle 13's politically charged criticism of governor Luis G. Fortu??o and the proposed government layoffs at the Premios MTV 2009 last week. Residente sported several politically-charged t-shirts at the awards, including one criticizing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and another comparing Honduran interim leader Roberto Micheletti to former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Drug traffickers shot down a police helicopter Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, killing two officers and injuring four just two weeks after the city was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Ten suspected drug traffickers were also killed during the gunbattle in a shantytown, along with two bystanders, officials said.

Target, Walgreens and eBay have all pulled a contraversial illegal alien Halloween costume from their websites and stores. The costume depicts an alien wearing an orange prison jumpsuit with the words "illegal alien" printed across the chest and holding a green card.

Chile will host a joint military exercise this week involving the U.S., Argentina, Brazil and France to practice repelling an enemy invasion. The exercise, which is slated to take place in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, has caused tension with Chile's neighbor to the north, Peru.

Puebla, Mexico has launched a pilot program, the Pink Taxi de Puebla, featuring bright pink taxis driven by women that are only for females. If the program is successful in fending off inappropriate advances by male taxi drivers, it may expand to other cities.

At least seven people were killed and 20 more injured when gunmen opened fire on a crowd of revelers at the reopening of a neighborhood bar in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. A fued between drug traffickers appears to have caused the shooting.

Miguel Trujillo has left his post as managing director of Sony Music Mexico and Central America, yet will continue to freelance with the label on certain projects.

Performers for this year's Latin GRAMMY Awards were announced with Calle 13 set to perform with Ruben Blades. David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Grupo Montez de Durango, Espinoza Paz, La Quinta Estacion and Alejandro Sanz are also slated to perform.

Revolucion took home the Hispanic Public Relations Association Award for Campaign of the Year for its work with the American Heart Association Program, partnering with the AHA and "In the Heights" to create the awareness campaign "Hearts in the Heights"

SBS announced that it will start selling airtime to labels and artists as part of its "Monthly Rotating Infomercials" program. The infomercials will air between 11 pm and 6 am Monday through Friday and between 11 pm and 10 am on weekends.

David Bisbal's new album "Sin Mirar Atras" went double platinum in Spain just hours after its release.

Telemundo took first place at the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Marketing Awards for its grassroots marketing campaign comprised of the six market talent tour for "Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso".

Alejandra Guzman was released from the hospital this week, leaving in a wheelchair, after suffering complications from a botched cosmetic surgery.

Colombian drug kingpin Diego Montoya was sentenced to 45 years in prison after he pled guilty in a Miami court to charges of trafficking, murder and racketeering.

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