Latin Jazz vs. The Grammys

Don Omar, Ximena Sari??ana, not so-Fat Joe, Man?í, Alejandra Guzman y mucho m?ís from Latino Loop

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: August 7, 2011

Latin Jazz vs. The Grammys

Arts and Entertainment

Several Latin jazz musicians, led by Bobby Sanabria (pictured), filed a class action lawsuit against NARAS (Grammys) this week demanding the immediate restoration of the Latin Jazz Grammy category.

Don Omar's "Danza Kuduro" surpassed 200 million views on Youtube/VEVO this week.

Ximena Sari??ana is featured this month as VH1's "You Oughta Know" artist.

Fat Joe debuted his new slimmed down look after dropping over 100 pounds. The rapper was motivated to lose the weight after losing seven friends to heart attacks last year.

A recent LA Times article profiles Rodolfo Vazquez, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of Beatles' memorabilia. Vazquez has opened a museum in Buenos Aires to display his collection.

Man?í will perform live on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on August 12th.

As part of its acquisition agreement with NBCUniversal, Comcast is expanding the carriage of eight Hispanic networks (Azteca America, Galavision, HITN, LATV, mun2, Telefutura, Telemundo and Univision) by a combined 14 million subscribers.

Alejandra Guzman will celebrate her 20 year career on August 8th with a series of screenings of her latest concert, filmed with Mexican rock band Moderatto, in movie theaters across the country. The live concert film will be screened in Los Angles, Tucson, Phoenix, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas, among other markets.

Robi Draco Rosa issued a statement this week regarding the progress of his treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma stating that his condition is improving and he plans to continue with the Vagabundo por el Mundo tour in November.

SBS received notice from NASDAQ on July 26th that it regained compliance with the $1 minimum closing bid price requirement and the company will continue to be listed.


A recent New York Times article profiles the slew of changes expected by Cubans preparing for the legalization of buying and selling homes as promised by the government before the end of the year.

The U.S. Coast Guard seized 15,000 pounds of cocaine from a submarine off the coast of Honduras.

Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation teamed up with boyfriend Gerard Pique's team, FC Barcelona, to present the "Soccer for Youth Development and Healthy Living" campaign. The partnership includes the construction of sports venues and recreational facilities in Colombia and Miami.

Latino Hollywood

Dominic Colon's screenplay for "Crush" won the 2011 HBO/NYILFF (New York International Latino Film Festival) Short Competition. Colon received $15,000 from HBO to complete a short film based on his script that will be screened at the NYILFF.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), is in talks to direct the yet-to-be-titled feature film about the life of Pablo Escobar.

Jennifer Lopez' first interview since the announcement of her split from husband Marc Anthony will run in Vanity Fair's September issue.


Jesus Lara announced his departure as SVP of Music and Talent/Artists Relations at MTV Latin America and MTV Tr3s after 7 years with the company to pursue "entrepreneurial interests". Lara's post will be taken over by MTV's Marc Zimet.


The Huffington Post will launch HuffPost Latino Voices on August 11th. The English-language site will address the issues important to bilcultural and U.S.-dominant Hispanics featuring blog contributors like Gov. Bill Richardson, Shakira and Father Alberto Cutie, among others.

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