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Published on LatinoLA: June 6, 2003

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Latinas taking over the Universe? Amelia Vega from the Dominican Republic, was crowned Miss Universe 2003 in a ceremony this week in Panama. Amelia is the neice of Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra. Runner up for the title was Miss Venezuela (yes, another Latina), Mariangel Ruiz.

Congratulations to LATV, Urban Latino TV, and The Goerge Lopez show, which all brought home Imagen Awards last week. The Imagen Awards honor positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in the entertainment industry. Others recipients included NYPD Blue, Boomtown, Six Feet Under, The Brothers Garcia, Frida and many others. Keep up the great work!

Howie Dorough, of Backstreet Boys fame, will be working on a ?Latin flavored? solo album in the near future to include songs in both English and Spanish.

Immigrants accounted for over half the growth in the labor force in the US over the past decade, filling openings in factories and textile mills, restaurants and other blue-collar industries, as well as fields that required more education such as engineering firms and high-tech industry, according to a report released Monday by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University

Support a food cause - breast cancer survivor, Soraya, has contributed the song ?No One Else? to online breast cancer support group ?Living With It?. For a limited time, each download of the song through the http://www.livingwithit.org Web site will result in a one dollar donation to U.S. Latina and Hispanic breast
cancer educational programs.

PBS will premiere a new kids series ?The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel?, a comedy about the lives of 10-year old Latino Twins. The show will be broadcast in English and Spanish, and hopes to appeal to the same audience as Director Robert Rodriguez?s ?Spy Kids? movies.

Congrats to New York Latin-funk Collective Yerba Buena, as their debut album President Alien lands the #1 spot as the most played Latin Alternative Album at college radio on CMJ?s ? Alternative Chart.

The Latin Recording Academy recently held an e-Latin GRAMMY Carreras Y Musica event at Miami-Dade Community College, in which Latin music industry professionals shared their experiences with thousands of interested students in the audience and via satellite to 14 Tec de Monterrey campuses throughout Mexico and Colombia. Participating in the event where GRAMMY winners Bacilos and Kike Santander, as well as industry insiders Leila Cobo from Billboard, Jose Tillan from MTV Latin America and Muaricio Abaroa from Crescent Moon Records.

Our well wishes go out to Rafael Gil, President/CEO of EMI Records Latin America, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the company. Gil?s replacement has yet to be announced.

If you?re in LA, be sure to visit POCHARTE, a new gallery and production space in Santa Ana Artists' Village, which will be presenting original Pocho artwork, books and collectibles, and also featuring a retrospective of Pocho Bros. B-Movies. For more info, visit http://www.pocharte.com

Amazing, but true...Kids in the US hold massive consumer power in the food and
beverage industry - kids between the ages of 5 - 14 will directly control $10 billion in food and beverage spending this year, and will influence the vast majority of purchases made in this category, according to The U.S. Market for Kids Foods and Beverages. For more info, check out http://www.MarketResearch.com

Would you like Jose Jose to be considered for a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA? If so, you can write a letter of support to help him achieve this. Please address the letter to: Johnny Grant - President, Walk of Fame/ Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 7018 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. 90028, and mail to: Gabriela Aranda, BMG U.S. / Latin, 8750 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Did you know that the wealth of affluent Hispanics is growing faster than that of the general community? "The number of Hispanic households earning more than $100,000 a year grew 126% between 1991-2000, compared to 77% for the general American population," according to Merrill Lynch.

Support Latin film ? La Ley de Herodes (Herod?s Law), the Mexican comic fable directed by Luis Estrada and starring Damian Alcazar (El Crimen del Padre Amaro), debuts in Los Angeles June 13th at the Landmark Regent Theatre in Westwood, with wider release throughout LA beginning June 20th. For more info check out http://www.laleydeherodesmovie.com. Also be sure to catch Amores Locos, a story about a young professional Latino, Angel living in New York City. Directed by Gonzalo Aburto, the film debuts June 12th at Teatro Hecksher at El Museo del Barrio. For more info visit http://www.homovisiones.org

ASCAP will be hosting a free showcase at the Viper Room August 12 (artists TBA), just prior to the commencement of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in Los Angeles.

The 7th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by HBO, will be held from September 17-21, 2003 at Loews 34th Street in New York City. The showcase for films by African American, Latino and Asian filmmakers is currently accepting submissions through July 1, 2003 in the competitive categories of feature film, short film, documentary film and screenplay. For more information and to download submission forms, visit http://www.urbanworld.com or http://www.uwff.com.

Ren?n Almendarez Coello, ?El Cucuy de la Tarde?, (LA?s KSCA 101.9 FM) will host 60-hour Radio-thon,?VA POR GUADALAJARA!?, benefiting ?Ni?os de la Calle?, the street children of Guadalajara. The event will take place June 6th, 7th and 8th, next to the Grand Olympic Auditorium in LA.. Donations will be used to build a village for 300 children in Guadalajara that will provide shelter and education, as well as towards a refuge for 300 abused women with children.

This year's Verizon Music Festival, July 24-27 in Los Angeles will be a 4-concert series - a singer/songwriter event, hip-hop show, and a Latin concert, at various theatres throughout the city as well as a Smokey Robinson free concert in Old Pasadena's Central Park. The July 26 Latin event at the Wiltern Theatre will feature performances by Charlie Zaa, Pablo Montero, and Los Pinguos.

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