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LATINO LOOP for the week of June 24, 2016

A police crackdown has left nine dead and over 100 wounded in Oaxaca, where teachers were protesting against education reform and the arrests of two union leaders. It is reported that the governor of Oaxaca requested the intervention of federal police, who joined the efforts of the state police, and gave orders to open fire against the protestors. 

Two Scottish men have erected Mexican flags in their Aberdeenshire properties, which sit adjacent to a Donald Trump owned golf club. Trump has unsuccessfully tried to acquire their land for years, even calling one of the men a “disgrace”. David Milne says the hoisting of the Mexican flag is "to show solidarity with the Mexican people, and everyone else that Trump has derided, insulted and intimidated.”

Lionsgate will release season one of Netflix' “Narcos” on DVD/Blu-ray on August 23rd. 

Javier Muñoz will takeover as the lead in “Hamilton” on July 11th, following Lin Manuel Miranda’s departure from the Broadway show.  Muñoz was understudy for the Alexander Hamilton role.  

Rio de Janeiro’s interim governor Francisco Dornelles has declared a “state of calamity” just weeks before the Olympic games stating that the state’s government is bankrupt.

Nestle SA's Nespresso announced it will be the first company to import coffee from Cuba into the United States in more than 50 years.  In April, The U.S. State Department added coffee and other products to its list of eligible imports produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs, which opened the doors for the sale and export of Cafecito de Cuba, a premium espresso roast. 

Telemundo is now on Apple TV. NBCUniversal said the launch will offer access to full seasons, current and past episodes, clips and other programming from the Spanish-language network.

The Carlos Slim Foundation has launched Aprende.org, a free online platform offering educational, cultural and job training content aimed at improving people’s job opportunities by earning diplomas free of charge through an arrangement with Mexico’s Department of Education. 

Univision’s Story House release an animated teaser for it’s upcoming El Chapo series: https://youtu.be/d88AydsBFOs

SESAC held its annual SESAC Latina Music Awards last week with Luciano Luna taking home Songwriter of the Year, and Nicky Jam’s “El Perdon” winning Song of the Year. SONY/ATV Sounds LLC was named Publisher of the Year and Saga WhiteBlack won the first ever Producer of the Year award. 

Jose Manuel Figueroa, Joan Sebastian’s son, will play his father in an upcoming mini-series based on the late singer’s life. “Por Siempre…Joan Sebastian, El Poeta del Pueblo” will premiere on June 27th at 10 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. CT) on Univision. Livia Brito will play the role of Maribel Guardia.

J Balvin recently premiered the new single “Safari” featuring Pharell Williams singing in Spanish.

Schramm Marketing Group announced the launch of Fantástico, a free, mobile-optimized site that provides Latino consumers with a ticket-purchasing experience entirely in Spanish from homepage to checkout. The website will launch first in the New York metro area at www.Fantastico.nyc.

Adrian Posse, composer, producer and industry exec who for years led the A&R departments at BMG and EMI Latin, passed away last week of pulmonary fibrosis at age 67. 

“TrafficKing", the new book by Cuban American author Conchita Sarnoff, is the first book written about the notorious pedophile, Wall Street billionaire and registered level-3 sex offender, Jeffrey E. Epstein, who allegedly trafficked more than two-dozen underage girls for sex. Sarnoff, executive director of The Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, first broke the story more than a decade ago. 

“The Voice Mexico” contestant Alejandro 'Jano' Fuentes, died in Chicago this past weekend from a gunshot wound he suffered in an attempted carjacking.   The singer had just celebrated his 45th birthday with friends. 

The 13th annual edition of Los Premios Juventud will air live on Univision on July 14th at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central) and will include musical performances by Maluma, CNCO, Anahí, J Balvin, Farruko and Prince Royce among many others. 

Univision Deportes’ ratings for the Copa America quarterfinals averaged 3.9 million Total Viewers 2+ and 2.2 million Adults 18-49 per match, making it the most-viewed Copa América quarterfinal round in history, on any network, regardless of language. Through 28 matches, the Copa América Centenario tournament is averaging 2.9 million Total Viewers 2+ and 1.6 million Adults 18-49 per match.

Selena Gomez is the new face of Louis Vuitton's Series 5 campaign - her first major fashion campaign. 

This year’s NALIP Media Summit will include the NALIP Latino Media Awards on June 25th in Los Angeles, to highlight Latino talent deserving of Hollywood's spotlight.  This year’s awards include Academy Award-winning Director Juan José Campanella with the Industry Pioneer Award, Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza with the Lupe Award, Queen of the South leading actress Alice Braga with the Outstanding Achievement Award, Legendary actor Tony Plana with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and visionary leader Lisa Garcia Quiroz and Time Warner Foundation with the Media Advancement Award. The ceremony will take place this Saturday June 25th in Los Angeles. 

Latin Grammy-winner Gaby Moreno has been tapped by Disney to provide the theme song and additional music for the upcoming Disney series Elena of Avalor. In addition to the theme song, which will be released on an EP the same day as the series' July 22nd debut, Gaby Moreno will also voice a character and provide additional songs in a future episode.

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