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LATINO LOOP for the week of Feb 5, 2016

More than 50 members of the MS-13 gang in and around Boston have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including charges related to murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. Some are also charged with drug trafficking, firearm violations, immigration offenses and fraudulent document charges. The gang has more than 30,000 members internationally — mainly in El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala — and over 6,000 members in the U.S, according to the U.S. indictment.

The cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” will perform at the GRAMMY awards, airing live on CBS on Feb. 15th.   The Broadway musical is up for an award for musical theater cast recording.

Nominations were announced today for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards with Romeo Santos leading the pack with 12 nominations.  Enrique Iglesias, Nicky Jam, J Balvin, Juan Gabriel, Mana and Ariel Camacho y los Plebes del Ranco were also among this year’s most nominated artists.   The awards will air live from Miami on Telemundo on April 28th. 

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be the permanent home of the first Frida Kahlo painting ever sold. “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia)” was painted in 1928, three years after Kahlo's tragic trolley accident that left her with serious injuries and inspired her to take up painting. 

Univision has launched its dedicated election coverage, “Destino 2016”, that will span across all news programming on the network as well as its digital properties. 

USA Network will be the home of the English-language remake of La Reina Del Sur.   Queen of the South is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions and will star Alice Braga in the title role. 

The University of Kentucky is now offering an undergraduate course in tacos. “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the U.S. South” will be taught by Steven Alvarez, an assistant professor at the University.  Alvarez told Vice: “This class allows our students to explore the issues of immigration, inequality, workers, intercultural communication, and literacy through the prism of food,”

Hispanicize 2016 revealed this year's agenda for the 7th annual event taking place April 4-8th in Miami. Highlights of the event will include top Latino and multicultural creators headlining the Digital Influencers Showcase and inaugural DiMe Summit, as well as the second annual Tecla Awards. For full information on workshops, events, parties and more, checkout http://www.hispanicizeevent.com/

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the nominations for this year’s LA MUSA Awards. The composers nominated to enter the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame will be announced during the week of the Latin Billboard awards. The complete list of nominees for performers include Alejandro Lerner, Caetano Veloso, Juanes, Shakira, Chucho Valdes, Joaquin Sabina, Jose Maria Cano, Marco Antonio Solis, Los Temerarios, Ruben Blades, Draco Rosa and Vico C. Nominated as non-performers are Claudia Brant, Chico Novarro, Erasmo Carlos, Kike Santander, Jorge Luis Piloto, Alejandro Jaen, Jose Enrique (Chelique) Sarabia, Carlos Lara, Miguel Luna, Cheo Zorrilla, Luis Fernando Ochoa and K.C Porter. Voting is open to the public and open from now until March 15th. 

The BMI Foundation announced the opening of the 13th annual peermusic Latin Scholarship competition: a program for student songwriters and composers of original Latin music. BMI songwriter Prince Royce is serving as an honorary spokesperson for the competition which was established by music publisher Ralph Peer II and funded by peermusic. College students in the United States and Puerto Rico who are between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to apply and compete for a $5,000 scholarship.  

Mana will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and will perform on the outdoor stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 10th. 

Miami-based Magnus Media has named Pedro Bonilla as its new Vice President of Brand Initiatives. Bonilla previously served as an executive at Wasserman Media Group and William Morris Endeavor. Magnus Media is a entertainment company founded last year by Marc Anthony and talent agent Michel Vega. 

Derek Zoolander visited Real Madrid’s stadium during a recent press stop in Madrid for Zoolander 2. Penelope Cruz stars alongside Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and the film opens on February 12th. 

The Recording Industry Association of America has updated its certification standards for Latin Gold & Platinum Programs and is also creating its first-ever Latin Digital Single Award.  Like the standard Digital Single Award, the certification will include on-demand music streams at the formula of 100 streams being equivalent to one download sale. Effective immediately, the new thresholds for Latin digital single and Latin album certifications are Oro – 30,000 units, Platino – 60,000 units, and multi-Platino – 120,000 units (in increments of 60,000 units thereafter).

The first case of sexually transmitted zika virus was found in Dallas this week after the infected person traveled to Venezuela.  A statement from the county health department says: "The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present." 

Nickelodeon will produce an English-language version of the Colombian series “Yo Soy Franky”.  “I Am Frankie” will be the first show to come out of Viacom’s new International Studios hub in Miami.  

Michael Peña will play the lead in “The Worker”, an action-thriller produced by Jeremy Renner’s The Combine. 

The first season of Top Chef Mexico will premiere on NBC Universo on Thursday, February 18th. Hosted by actress Ana Claudia Talancón, the 13-episode reality competition will test the chefs’ flavors, technique, presentation and concept development based on challenge requirements. The chefs compete for a cash prize of $1,000,000 Mexican pesos and a feature in Travel & Leisure Mexico magazine.

Philadelphia-based Telemundo 62 Sports Anchor Jaime Becerril will travel to the Dominican Republic to cover the 2016 Serie Del Caribe, the 85th annual elite baseball competition that will feature teams from The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Venezuela. The 2016 tournament takes place in the Dominican Republic from February 1st through February 7th. Telemundo 62 is the only U.S. station to provide local coverage of the series. 

DramaFever, a Korean film and TV video streaming platform, saw a 250% increase in their Latin American audience in 2015. The jump from 80 million to 280 million monthly minutes of streaming is attributed to the launch of several local language apps as well as the hiring of several translators that were able to translate directly from Korean to Spanish and Portuguese.  Latin America now accounts for 30% of DramaFever’s total audience, making it the video platform’s second-biggest market after the U.S. 

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation announced the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will take place on December 22nd in Washington D.C.  The Awards recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic leaders in various categories while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America. Honorees will be announced in the spring. 

Univision, along with Amazon, Fox News and WWE, has joined T-Mobile’s Binge On, an optional service which allows users to stream videos without using their monthly mobile data allowance. 

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai will be the keynote speaker at the Hispanic Radio Conference taking place in March 22-23 in Fort Lauderdale.

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