LATINO LOOP for the week of January 18, 2019

According to a recent report by the Rudd Center, junk food advertising comprised 86% of ad spending for African-American targeted programming and 82% of spending on Spanish-language television in 2017. 

17-year-old Rachel Zegler will play the role of Maria in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story. Zegler was chosen from 30,000 applicants after responding to a casting call for Latino and Latina actors in January 2018.

According to recent reports, 22 people have been murdered in Puerto Rico so far in 2019.

According to the testimony of Colombian drug trafficker Alex Cifuentes during the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman this week, Guzman allegedly made a $100 million bribe payment to former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Anuel AA will sit down for an exclusive one-on-one interview during Billboard's 29th annual Latin Music Week. Registration is now open for Billboard’s 29th annual Latin Music Week, which returns to The Venetian in Las Vegas on April 22-25. More info here

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon visited Puerto Rico this week. The episode features Fallon performing with the cast of Hamilton, leading a parade through the streets of San Juan performing with Bad Bunny, riding a zip-line, talking to chef Jose Andres about his efforts to feed people recovering from Hurricane Maria, and a performance by Ozuna and Jose Feliciano. Clips from Fallon’s visit to the island can be seen here.

Draco Rosa will receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award and Milly Quezada will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award at this year’s ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 5th in Puerto Rico.  

Angela Villela Chavez is suing Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) for an alleged sexual assault when she was a teenager and is asking the House to open an ethics investigation. Chavez alleges that Cardenas groped her in 2007 while driving her to the hospital after she collapsed while playing golf with the congressman.

Billboard’s Leila Cobo and Warner Music’s Iñigo Zabala will be honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation’s annual dinner in Miami on February 20th. Cobo, Billboard VP and Latin Industry lead, will receive the Music Industry Trailblazer Award and Zabala, Warner Music President for Latin America & Iberia, will receive the Estefan Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through September 30, the Pentagon announced this week.

Stricter ticketing policies went into affect on January 1st at Machu Picchu, limiting tourists to visiting at specifically scheduled times. 

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has abruptly expelled a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission that had in 2015 investigated then-President Otto Perez Molina. The commission was in the middle of investigating Morales for illicit campaign financing.

A former commander of Colombia's Farc rebel group, Iván Márquez, has released a video six months after going into hiding. In the film, he accuses the government of betraying the terms of the historic peace agreement signed in 2016. 

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma took home 4 Critics’ Choice Awards over the weekend for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign-Language Film.

After over a year of preparation, Hamilton opened in Puerto Rico for a 17-show run with Lin-Manuel Miranda returning to the show to reprise the starring role. 

Former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, officially announced his 2020 presidential bid in San Antonio over the weekend.  

The Netflix animated series reboot of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? will be available to stream on January 18th, starring Gina Rodriguez as the voice of Carmen. 

Consumer confidence among Hispanics in the U.S. improved in the fourth quarter of 2018 as optimism continued to grow about their financial situation as well as the economic outlook for the U.S., according to a new national consumer sentiment index conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative. 

Lionel Messi achieved his 400th Spanish league goal against Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as La Liga's all-time top scorer. 

Juanes will perform his new single “La Plata” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow night, January 17th. 

Concord Music’s Craft Recordings announced the launch of Craft Recordings Latino, which will be based in Miami and run by former Fania GM Bruce McIntosh as VP, Latin Catalog. 

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for a second six-year term last week. The US and 13 other countries in the Americas released a statement that they would not recognize Maduro's presidency.

Las Vegas police issue a warrant for a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their investigation into the rape allegations made against him. Ronaldo denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Following the announcement of his divorce, it was revealed that Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos is dating former news anchor Lauren Sanchez. Sanchez is a former Good Day LA anchor who has appeared on Extra and The View.

Kevin Fret, one of Puerto Rico’s openly gay trap artists and outspoken LGBT advocate, was murdered early Thursday morning in San Juan.

Estrella TV premiered the Colombian series La Mamá del 10 this week. The series tells the story of an aspiring soccer player and his journey in becoming a professional player.

SBS and MegaTV news anchor, Mario Andres Moreno, received "The Journalist in Excellence of the Year Award 2018” at the U.S Minority Chamber’s XXII year Gala Awards Banquet held last week in Miami. 

Netflix’s Remastered documentary series explores the killling of Victor Jara by government forces during Chile’s dictatorship in Remastered: Massacre at the Stadium. Watch the trailer here

Ozuna makes his acting debut in Que León, opening in theaters on January 25th.  

According to Nielsen Music's year-end numbers, Latin music videos accounted for over 18% of the total video streaming marketplace and racked up almost 70 billion audio and video streams in the U.S., a 37% increase from 2017. 

Nominees were announced for the inaugural Premios Tu Musica Urbano, taking place March 21st in Puerto Rico. Nominees are led by Ozuna with 19, Bad Bunny with 14, Daddy Yankee with 10, and J Balvin with 9.  

Record store owner and salsa promoter Rafael Viera died this week at age 90 in Puerto Rico.

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