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LATINO LOOP for the week of October 21, 2016

According to WikiLeaks, Ecuador has cut off the internet connection to founder Julian Assange, who is currently residing at the Ecuadorean embassy in London

New York’s Museum of Modern Art received a donation of over 100 works of Latin American art from Venezuelan-born collector Patricia Phelps de Cisneros this week.

ManĂ¡ launched their Ritos del Sol line of denim apparel last week. A portion of the profits from the line will support the band’s environmental charity, the Selva Negra Foundation.

Azteca America will debut “Rabia”, a new drama series on November 1st at 9 PM EST.  The show tells the story of a group of terminally ill people desperate to stay alive after an outbreak of rabies.  

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez refused to stay at a Trump-owned hotel during a playoffs trip to Chicago.  

Peru celebrates the procession of the Lord of Miracles this week, with tens of thousands gathering in Lima to follow the image of Christ crucified which is carried through the city.  

A Mexican judge who presided over several cases related to drug trafficking was killed this week near Mexico City.  

According to emails leaked by WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta wrote to Clinton asking her to call Latino politicians to ask for support with the subject line “Needy Latinos and 1 easy call”.  Among the leaders named in the email are former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Energy Secretary Federico Pena. 

The U.S. has extradited Zhenli Ye Gon to Mexico where he will face charges related to working with drug cartels.  The former head of Mexican company Unimed Pharm Chem, whom prosecutors allege imported chemicals used to make meth, was arrested in the U.S. after $205 million in cash was found at his Mexico City home. 

The Venezuelan government has postponed gubernatorial elections, that were scheduled to happen in December, until mid-2017 with President Nicolas Maduro stating that elections were not a priority and the country needs to focus on its economic recovery. 

Banda los Recoditos, Farruko, Ky-Mani Marley, Gerardo Ortiz, Laura Pausini, Prince Royce and Carlos Vives are among the first artists announced to perform at the Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place on Novmeber 17th in Las Vegas.  

Univision Communications named Lourdes Diaz as President of Entertainment and Adrian Santucho as EVP of Univision Studios this week.  Diaz joins Univision from Comedy Central, where she worked in Global Production and Development.  Santucho was most recently CEO of FremantleMedia Latino America. 

General Motors is moving forward with an $800 million project to revamp its plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. This comes in light of continued criticism by presidential candidate Donald Trump on Ford’s similar moving of jobs and production into Mexico. 

Aftercluv Dance Lab presented the KPTL SOUND FSTVL in Bogota last week celebrating underground house and techno sounds with performances by Groove Armada, Hot Since 82, Chris Malinchak, Kenny Larkin, La Femme, Sagan and more

Los Tigres del Norte, Angelica Maria and Vicente Fernandez will host an official Hillary for Nevada debate watch party tonight at Craig Ranch Park in Las Vegas in an effort to encourage Nevada voters to vote early.    

Debra Juarez was named VP of Digital for NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 in Miami.  She was previously news director for NBC 5 Chicago/ WMAQ.

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