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LATINO LOOP for the week of October 20, 2017

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Alex Rodriguez have raised more than $35 million in donations, pledges and contributions to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.  The “One Voice: Somos Live!” benefit concert held over the weekend raised $9 million. 

“Despacito” became the first video to reach 4 billion views on YouTube.  J Balvin and Willy Williiam’s video for “Mi Gente” surpassed 1 billion views last week.  

Juanes joins Logic on a new, bilingual version of “1-800-273-8255”.  Listen here

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes' “In the Heights” is asking the Weinstein Co. to release its claim on the movie rights for the musical.  

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Tent City Jail” in Phoenix officially closed down last week.

Serena Kerrigan published this article in Refinery29 tackling the challenge of identifying as Latina while not fitting a cultural/physical stereotype of a Latina woman.  http://www.refinery29.com/2017/10/175965/white-latina-cultural-identity-fitting-in

U2’s Bono surprised churchgoers in Colombia recently by attending and receiving communion at a service at Bogota’s Gimnasio Moderno.  

OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano resigned from his post last week after refusing to lay off employees at the publication.  Arellano said he had presented a proposal, which was rejected, which didn’t involve laying off staff. 

Thousands of farm workers have been affected by the fires in Northern California’s wine country as the harvest season comes to an end.  Authorities in Sonoma have tweeted out in Spanish that immigration status will not be checked at shelters. 

An NPR report last week cited that only 16% of Puerto Rico has electricity, meaning that 84% are still without, and it could cost upwards of $5 billion to repair the island’s power grid. 

A letter from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to 32 top technology companies, including Apple, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Uber, demanded more hiring opportunities for Hispanics as employees, vendors and consultants.  Latinos comprise 6% of employees in the Silicon Valley tech sector and nationwide make up 8% of employees and 3% of executives

Candidates representing Venezuela’s ruling socialist party won the majority of the country’s governorships in a recent election, taking 17 of the 23 state governorships in the country, despite projections that opposition candidates were going to win. 

Cypress Hill percussionist Eric Bobo has forged his way into the Argentine TV industry, writing the theme song “El Baile de la Vida” for the TNT/Underground-produced show “Un Gallo para Esculapio”.  Listen here

The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana launched a rebranding campaign for Carnaval Miami, including a redesigned logo and brand identity.  The new icons were painted by local graffiti artist Atomik.  http://www.carnavalmiami.com

Univision Arizona took home 14 Emmy Awards by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).   

Former “ER” star Vanessa Marquez accused George Clooney of helping to “blacklist” her from Hollywood after she reported being harassed on the set of the show.  Clooney responded to her claim stating: “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted. I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t. “

Inka Kola held its 4th Annual Luis and Lourdes Charity Gold Classic to benefit Friends of Lead Free Children.  The organization funds services for underprivileged children and pregnant women in the Dominican Republic.  

Rapper Bodega Bamz, aka Nathaniel DeLa Rosa, makes his acting debut in the Showtime series SMILF.  

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos reappeared this week, making an appearance on Ellen Degeneres' show, after disappearing last week just before he was scheduled to give several cable TV interviews.  Campos was shot by Stephen Paddock after going up to the 32nd floor to check on an open stairwell door alert, and his account has become key in the timeline of events surrounding the mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

Several Latinas in the film/TV industry, including Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera and Eiza Gonzalez, among others, got together for a lunch last Sunday.  Rodriguez posted a pic of the group on Instagram with the hashtag #LatinaPower.  

Somos Productions, Boomdog, Piñolywood Studios and Endemol Shine Latino have partnered to produce a scripted drama series about Menudo.  “Subete a Mi Moto - The History of Menudo” tells the boy band’s story from its formation through to its global success.  

According to a new Nielsen report "State of the Media: Audio Today 2017", 98% of U.S. Hispanics listen to the radio each week, with Hispanic radio listeners growing from 39.5 million to 42.4 million between 2013 and 2017.  Audio streaming among Hispanics grew 29% in 2016.

Telemundo will present special on-air programming and interactive coverage of next week’s Latin American Music Awards.  Pre-awards viewers can check out “La Alfombra de Latin AMAs” and post-show can watch “Latin AMA’s: Acceso VIP” with behind-the-scenes coverage of the awards.  The Latin AMAs will air live on Telemundo next Thursday, October 26th at 9 PM/8C.   

Walmart has launched a Puerto Rico Relief Fund and will match every $1 donation with $2 now through October 31st.   https://give.miamifoundation.org/walmart

America Ferrera shared her story of being sexually assaulted at age 9 as part of the #MeToo social media movement that took off in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Selena Quintanilla was honored with a Google doodle this week, marking the release of her first studio album “Selena” on October 17th, 1989. The project was led by fellow tejana Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles, who worked with illustrator Kevin Laughlin for the past two years to create the doodle. https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-selena-quintanilla

Verizon pulled Univision’s signal from its FiOS and mobile platforms this week as part of a carriage dispute. 

An interview with “El Gordo and La Flaca” turned violent last week when telenovela star Eduardo Yañez ended up slapping the reporter on the red carpet.   The slap came after the reporter asked Yañez about his strained relationship with his son, Eduardo Jr. Watch the incident here

California’s state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced that he will challenge fellow Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein in her bid to win another Senate term.   

The Associated Press published the first public recording of the sounds that could be linked to the attacks on U.S. Embassy workers in Havana.  Listen to the recording here

Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Roselyn Sanchez and Luis Guzman are among the artists that have joined Voices for Puerto Rico, a grassroots initiative to support and create awareness about the economic and humanitarian crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria.  voicesforpuertorico.com

J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente” featuring Beyonce, took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart, replacing  “Despacito” which had spent 35 consecutive weeks at #1.  

75-year-old Carmen Berriz was one of the victims of the deadly wildfires ravaging Northern California.   Flames surprised the family, who were vacationing in a rental home in Santa Rosa, in the middle of the night.  The rest of the family successfully evacuated, but Armando and Carmen were trapped by a fallen tree in the driveway and ended up spending hours in the pool overnight - an ordeal which Armando survived and Carmen did not.  

Guatemalan police arrested MS-13 leader Angel Gabriel Reyes Marroquin, aka “Blanco”, just west of the capital city last week.  

Conserve Energy SoCal and Mexican actor Omar Chaparro will host an event in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 25th to show kids and families how to conserve energy and save money.  The free event will feature a special book reading by Omar Chaparro followed by a fan meet and greet as well as a book giveaway on how to stay energy friendly and free passes to the Pacific Park amusement park at the Santa Monica Pier.   RSVP here. 

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing has launched its Job Center to connect employers to cultural marketing specialists with the right expertise and the right experience at the right level. ahaa.org/job-center

T-Mobile announced that as of November 12th it will cap it’s no-extra-charge LTE data to a max of 5GB for customers traveling to Canada or Mexico.   There will be no extra charges if you go over, but speeds will slow down once the allotment is reached.  

César Lozano, recently launched his new book, “Actitud positiva: ¡Y a las pruebas me remito!” in the U.S., following its release in Mexico. The book was published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial under the imprint Aguilar and is available in stores nationwide.

Winners of the U.S.Hispanic Idea Awards were announced this week by Circulo Creativo.  This year’s winners include Diageo’s “Keep Walking America” by Anomaly for Johnny Walker.  Netflix’ “Narcos” Season 2 promo spot “Spanish Lessons” by Alma, MLB’s “Ponle Acento” campaign by LatinWorks, Volvo’s “Volvo Survivors Sales Agents” by We Believers and Pepsi and Burger King Argentina’s “Rejected” by We Believers. 

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