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LATINO LOOP for the week of February 24, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Mexico today and will be followed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly tomorrow to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto and other government officials to discuss border security and trade, among other issues.

According to recent reports, dozens of workers that participated in the Day Without Immigrants protest last week lost their jobs after participating in the protest.

Univision Communications will hold its annual upfront in New York City on Tuesday, May 16th.

According to new data from the National Survey of Living Condition, conducted by three of Venezuela’s universities, the number of people eating two or fewer meals a day went up from 11.3% in 2015 to 32.5% in 2016.   Over 72% of those surveyed lost weight in the past year, dropping an average of 19 pounds. Other results show that meat and chicken, which in 2015 were the fourth and fifth most purchased grocery items, were replaced by vegetables in 2016.

Renato Fernandez was named Chief Creative Officer at TBWA/Chiat/Day in Los Angeles.  He was previously executive creative director. 

The BPM Festival has postponed its Brazil edition following the shooting that killed six people at the festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico last month.

CNN Films and Content Media acquired the U.S. TV rights to a documentary about the story of five-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez, who became a symbol of strained U.S./Cuban relations back in 1999 and was the subject of an international custody battle between his father in Cuba and his relatives in Miami. 

Chef Aaron Sanchez has signed on as a judge, alongside Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi, for season 8 of “MasterChef”, which premieres this summer. 

Univision has partnered with Deezer to showcase up-and-coming Latin artists.  The partnership starts with “Va Por Ti” season two winner Nayi.  Deezer will offer an exclusive two-month extended free trial of Deezer Premium+ to Univision viewers by visiting PruebaDeezer.com and using the promo code "TuMusica.”

Romeo Santos kicked off a series of intimate Tidal and Sprint sponsored concerts this past weekend with pop-up shows in the Bronx and Los Angeles.   

Zoe Saldana and husband Marco Perego welcomed their third child this week, announcing the birth of a son, Zen.  

Aaron Carter was attacked by Haze Carvajal of Ill State for allegedly making a racist comment at a show in Bradley, IL last week. Carter reportedly made the comment “Bye Felipe”, a play on the phrase “Bye Felicia”, when Carvajal was being removed from the venue by security.  Carvajal, who found the comment racist and offensive, re-entered the venue and physically attacked Carter. 

Marc Anthony is reportedly dating 21-year-old model Mariana Downing. The relationship follows Anthony’s recent divorce from his third ex-wife, Shannon de Lima.  

Miami-Dade county commissioners voted last week to uphold Mayor Carlos Gimenez’ order to cooperate with federal immigrations officials. 

A record number of small fish in Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula have attracted  over a million penguins to this year’s breeding season.

Thousands of Mexicans gathered at the U.S./Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez/El Paso this past weekend, linking arms to create a human chain almost a mile long in protest of President Trump’s border wall plans.  

Phoenix’ new sheriff, Paul Penzone, ended an Arpaio-era policy that kept immigrants locked in jails past their release dates to give immigration authorities more time to process deportation proceedings.  

President Trump nominated R. Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary following the withdrawal of previous nominee Andrew Puzder.  Acosta is dean of Florida International University’s law school and, if confirmed, would be the first Hispanic in the President’s cabinet. 

Host/Personality Chuey Martinez has signed a development and talent deal with El Rey Network to host content for the network’s digital channels with shows like “Chuey Eats”, following Martinez’ food adventures in Los Angeles’ culinary scene. 

Univision’s “Premio Lo Nuestro a La Musica Latina” will air on February 23rd at 7 PM ET/PT, 6 PM CT.  This year’s featured artists include J Balvin, Julion Alvarez, Jesse & Joy, Prince Royce, Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos, Thalia and Wisin, among others.

Telemundo released a trailer for the upcoming series “Guerra de Idolos”, a  series about a Regional Mexican star and the behind-the-scenes drama of the music business.  http://www.telemundo.com/novelas/guerra-de-idolos

Ford announced that it will move forward with plans to build two new factories in Mexico, one in Guanajuato and the other in Chihuahua, after announcing last month it would abandon plans to build a new plant in San Luis Potosi.    According to Ford Mexico CEO Gabriel Lopez, the two plants will cost about $2.5 billion and employ 3,800 people. 

California label Burger Records announced a partnership with Doll Music in Chile to launch Burger Records Latam. The new alliance will showcase two Chilean bands at a Burger Records showcase next month at SXSW.  

Canadian authorities intercepted 22 people crossing into Emerson, Manitoba from the U.S. illegally over the weekend.   Local authorities report almost 100 people have crossed into the area illegally this year alone to make refugee claims. 

The Supreme Court will hear the case involving the shooting death of 15-year old Sergio Hernandez by U.S. border patrol agent Jesus Mesa in 2010.  Hernandez was on the Mexican side of the border when he was killed.  The Hernandez family sued Mesa for damages and the Supreme Court will decide if foreigners can sue for damages under the U.S. Constitution. 

Former NHCC (National Hispanic Corporate Council) President and CEO, Carlos Soto Quiñones passed away over the weekend.  In addition to his work with the NHCC, he was EVP at Comunicad and had previously served as Director of Corporate Affairs for Coors Brewing Company.  

Florida-based indie label Rich Music and roster talent Justin Quiles have signed a record deal with Warner Music Latina.

ChocQuibTown have signed a management deal with La Industria, home of Nicky Jam’s manager Juan Diego Medina.

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