Zach and More Musicians Boycott Arizona
Everest climb, Guinness record, Cannes festival, Pulitzer board and more on Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: May 28, 2010
Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha has started The Sound Strike, a boycott on the state of Arizona over the controversial SB1070 immigration law. Cypress Hill, Ozomatli, Los Tigres del Norte, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Kanye West are among the artists that have signed on. www.thesoundstrike.net.
Lori Berenson, a U.S. citizen who has been in jail in Peru since 1995, was granted a conditional release this week. Berenson was convicted of aiding leftist rebels in an attempt to overthrow Peru's Congress.
Junot Diaz, Dominican-American novelist and author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", was elected to serve on the Pulitzer board.
Univision held its upfront presentation last week in New York, announcing over 20 new programs for Univision, Telefutura, Galavision and Univision Interactive Media.
General Gary Prado Salmon, best known for capturing Che Guevara, is under house arrest for allegedly plotting to bring about the secession of Eastern Bolivia.
13-year-old Jordan Romero became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest this weekend. Romero is from Big Bear, CA and climbed Everest with his father, father's girlfriend and three Sherpa guides.
Polish priest Marcin Michael Strachnowski is in police custody in Brazil facing sex-abuse charges against a former altar boy. Strachnowski is accused of handcuffing the then 16-year-old boy to a bed (three years ago), and threatening to kill him if he spoke of the abuse.
Argentine guitarist Guillermo Terraza set a new Guinness record for playing the guitar for more than 100 hours straight. The performance was part of a benefit to aid victims of the Chilean earthquake.
A second-grader from Maryland made headlines last week after asking First Lady Michelle Obama if the president was going to deport her mother because she doesn't have papers to be in the U.S. legally. Watch the video here.
Mexican federal police arrested Gregorio Sanchez, the mayor of Cancun, this week on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime.
Jose Pol was arrested in Puerto Rico this week trying to board a flight with a stun gun, switchblade knife and four box cutters.
Fox News announced that it will launch a new website, www.FoxNewsLatino.com, this Fall to provide original news and features focused on the Latino community.
Zoe Salda??a is in talks to play the lead role of an assassin in the film "Colombiana", written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.
Javier Bardem won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in "Biutiful" in a tie with Italian actor Elio Germano for "La Nostra Vita." Mexican film "A??o Bisiesto," directed by Michael Rowe, won the Camera d'Or award.
Univision secured the TV and digital rights for Mexico's national soccer team matches leading up to the 2014 World Cup, previously held by Telemundo. Reports value the deal somewhere between $25-$75 million.
MLB player Jose Lima died on Sunday at age 37 after paramedics found him in his Pasadena home in full cardiac arrest.
Former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman returned to Los Angeles after being held for questioning in Mexico regarding the death of his wife in Cancun.
Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez was robbed at his home in Guayama, Puerto Rico last week. Masked men tied up Rodriguez and his wife and made off with cash and jewelry worth $500,000.
V-me will be taking its upfront presentation on the road in the coming weeks featuring new primetime entertainment with shows like "El Quinto Mandamiento", "Rex", "Hay Alguien Ahi" and "Desafio en Himalaya". Other programming includes "V-me Cocina", "V-me Planeta", "En Pantalla" and "Estudio Billboard".
NBC Universal, Telemundo and Starcom Mediavest released finding from their year-long "Beyond Demographics Latino Identity Research Initiative", an in-depth look at 12 U.S. Latino identities. The findings show that there is a 'fluidity' in language preference, assimilation grade, economic status, political affiliations, cultural retention, religious beliefs, spiritual practices, artistic endeavors, urban versus rural biases, career and ambition levels, among others.
ESPN launched its "90 minutos no son suficientes" multi-platform marketing campaign for its coverage of the World Cup featuring on-air spots, online video banners, radio, print and viral spots. The spots tout the fact that the actual 90 minutes of game time is not enough to fully experience the World Cup.
Former La Ley frontman Beto Cuevas is reportedly dating his "La Mujer de Mi Hermano" co-star, Barbara Mori. The pair was seen canoodling at a party in New York.
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