"Ghetto Klown - Music from My Hood", a compilation of classic Fania tracks compiled by John Leguizamo will be released on March 22nd. The compilation coincides with Leguizamo's Broadway show "Ghetto Klown" and features tracks from Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, La Lupe and others.
New data from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that the number of Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census has been larger than expected in most states. New 2010 Census data shows that counts of Hispanics in 33 states accounted for 58% of the population growth over the last decade in those states.
Rita Guerrero, vocalist from Santa Sabina, died this week at age 44 from breast cancer.
Carlos Slim once again topped Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
Si TV announced that it will change its name to Nuvo TV on July 4th with a focus on the bicultural Latino.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced that the nuclear crisis in Japan has prompted Venezuela to halt its nuclear energy plans.
Univision President-CEO Joe Uva announced that he will not renew his employment agreement with the media conglomerate and will be leaving the company as of April 2nd. Univision has begun its search for a new CEO.
The National Council of La Raza has found a new home for the Alma Awards on NBC for 2011.
El Salvador's consul general in Los Angeles asked Charlie Sheen for an apology after Sheen commented that he'd rather move to El Salvador and sell shoes than battle his estranged wife in court for custody of their sons.
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) will hold its annual conference in Newport Beach, CA April 14-17th. www.nalip.org/thenewnow
Three judges in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico resigned this week after a general uproar ensued when a man accused of killing a teenage girl was acquitted. The same man was also accused of killing the girl's mother while she staged a protest over the murder of her daughter.
Don Francisco finally submitted to a paternity test in Chile after a 43-year-old man made claims that he is his son and according to Latin Gossip, test results came back confirming that Don Francisco is not the man's father. Earlier this week, a lab worker filed a complaint that people close to Don Francisco offered him a bribe to change the results. Don Francisco denies his paternity and also denies any attempt to bribe lab workers.
ASCAP will host its annual El Premio ASCAP awards dinner on March 24th in Miami. Alejandro Sanz will be awarded the Latin Heritage Award.
The Associated Press is suing retailers like Urban Outfitters and Nordstroms for using the iconic "Hope" image of President Obama created by artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey settled a previous lawsuit with the AP after basing his artwork on an AP photograph taken by Mannie Garcia without getting permission.
Gabriel Garcia was fined $25,000 by the FCC for repeatedly operating a radio station out of San Jose, CA without a license. Garcia was operating illegally on 3 different stations.
The Dodgers announced a Spanish-language radio partnership with Univision Radio Group for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. KTNQ 1020AM will broadcast all regular season games, eight Spring Training games and all potential postseason games.
Ten gang members and a police officer were sentenced to prison terms in El Salvador in connection with the killing of a French filmmaker back in 2009.
U.S. contractor Alan Gross was found guilty of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Cuban court this week.
Mexico's Multimedios Television has continued its expansion into the U.S. market with launches in several California cities through Charter Communications.
BMI held its annual Latin Awards gala last week in Las Vegas. Kike Santander received the BMI President's Award while Universal Music Publishing Group took home the Latin Publisher of the Year award. Horacio Palencia was named Latin Songwriter of the Year and Espinoza Paz' "Lo Intentamos" was Latin Song of the Year.
Saul Hernandez from Jaguares, journalist Lydia Cacho and DREAM Act advocate Luis Perez are among those slated to speak about human rights violations affecting women and migrants in Mexico and the U.S. at Amnesty International's Annual General Meeting. The meeting takes place in San Francisco on Friday, March 18th.
Mana will participate in the Billboard Latin Music Conference "Superstar Q&A". The conference takes place April 26-28th in Miami.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez was voted out of office this week by voters angry over an increase in property tax and salary raise for county employees.
"Ole & Play", a compilation of children's songs from "Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures" is set for release on April 19th. The compilation is produced by Grammy and multiple Latin Grammy winning producer Andres Castro and features vocals by Latin Grammy and Emmy nominated vocalist Adriana Lucia as well as Gaby Moreno.
PBS "Nova" will air "The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies" on March 30th at 9 PM tracing the journey of 100 million monarch butterflies to a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico.