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LATINO LOOP for the week of September 22, 2017

Mexico continues its recovery efforts following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Puebla and has caused over 200 deaths in central Mexico, toppling dozens of buildings including a school.  The quake hit on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 Mexico City quake.  

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico hard today with the entire island without power this afternoon.

The Latin Recording Academy has postponed this week’s announcement of the Latin GRAMMY nominees “as an outgrowth of the terrible and tragic recent natural disasters affecting Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Houston, and Florida, the homes to many Hispanic communities.”

Selena Gomez revealed that she had a kidney transplant as part of her ongoing battle with lupus.  The kidney she received was donated by her close friend, Francia Raisa, an actor and daughter of radio personality Renan Coello “El Cucuy”.

Diego Luna and Selena Gomez will star alongside Liev Schriber, Elle Fanning and Jude Law in an upcoming Woody Allen film.  

Apple Music is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with dedicated content highlighting Latino artists both on Apple Music and iTunes

Stingray has named Mariana Ferreira as its business development director for Latin America. Prior to joining the multi-platform music services and digital experiences provider, Ferreira was senior director of business development at BLU Products. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscars) will host a free public symposium “How do Latinas Experience Hollywood” as part of its PST:LA/LA program, “From Latin America to Hollywood”.  The symposium takes place in Los Angeles on September 23rd  

Google celebrated what would have been Amalia Hernandez’ 100th birthday this week with a Google doodle.  Hernandez was founder of the Ballet Foklorico de Mexico.  

Six DACA recipients filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in a San Francisco court this week over its decision to end the program.  

LIdo Pimienta’s “La Papessa” received the Polaris Music Prize for Canadian album of the year this week at a ceremony in Toronto.  The award winner receives a prize of $50,000 CAD ($41,000 USD).  

Despacito co-writer Erika Ender spoke at the Social Good Summit as part of the UN Summit this week, where she talked about giving back through the power of music. 

Location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot and killed in a rural area outside of Mexico City while looking for locations for the fourth season of Netflix' “Narcos”.  

The Hispanic Heritage Awards took place in Washington DC last week and will air on PBS on October 6th.  This year’s honorees include Luis Fonsi, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rudy Beserra, The Latin Recording Academy and Alba Colón.  

Estrella TV premiered the 17th season of “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento” this week, the longest running Spanish-language talent competition.  This season’s judges include Ana Barbara, Pepe Garza, Joss Favela and Don Cheto.

American Greetings Entertainment and Bilingual Children’s Enterprises have partnered to launch the interactive bilingual app for kids, “Care Bears & Amigos in NYC”.  The app introduces early learners to Spanish and English through videos, gaming and storybooks.  

According to a recent article in Billboard magazine and new data released by Pandora in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin music genres on Pandora vary greatly by city.  Spanish-language Christian music is the top genre in New York and Miami and Cumbia Sonidera tops the list in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco.  Rock en español follows cumbia sonidera as the second biggest genre in Los Angeles.

According to new data from the Pew Research Center, more Mexicans view the U.S. unfavorably than any time in the last 15 years, with 65% of Mexicans expressing a negative opinion of the U.S. (up from 29% two years ago).  94% of Mexicans oppose President Trump’s border wall.

Tribe Releasing, a new U.S. Latino theatrical distributor, launches on October 13th with “Como cortar a tu patán” opening in theaters.  The film is produced by Mexico’s Traziende Films, directed by Gabriela Tagliavini and stars Mariana Treviño (“Club de Cuervos”). 

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute held its 40th annual gala last week in Washington D.C. where Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cástulo de la Rocha both received a CHCI Medallion of Excellence Award.  During the gala, Texas Rep. and chair of the CHCI, Joaquin Castro, made mention of one prominent figure that was not invited to the gala this year: "This is the part of the program that is normally reserved for the President of the United States - but he was not invited this year. ”

Michael Peña and Zoe Saldana are among the actors that will lend their voices to the upcoming “My Little Pony: The Movie”, which opens in theaters on October 6th.

TuneIn announced the launch of its first in-house curated Latin music station, Latin Hits.  The station will feature bilingual programming in an effort to appeal to both English and Spanish speakers. 

NALIP (the National Association of Latino Independent Producers) will present its first annual Latino Media Fest on September 26-27 in Los Angeles.  The program features panels, workshops, screenings, showcases and more.  http://www.latinomediafest.com

Buchanan’s has partnered with J Balvin’s Energia Tour to spotlight Los Imparables  (The Unstoppables) - the new generation of Latinos who are positively influencing and shaping mainstream culture in cities around the country.  Creators, artists, musicians and fashionistas over 21 years old have the opportunity to be featured on Balvin’s Facebook page by sharing their work on Instagram with the hashtags #Imparables and #EsNuestroMomento, and tag @BuchanansWhisky.  Balvin will choose and highlight the winners on his social media channels throughout his tour. EsNuestroMomento.com

For the 25th consecutive season, Univision continues its reign as the No.1 Spanish-language network in primetime during the 2016/2017 season while also claiming the No. 1 Spanish-language network ranking across all dayparts. Univision is set to end the 2016/2017 season among the top five broadcast networks in primetime, regardless of language, for the 14th consecutive time.

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the seventh annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards to recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.  Each award recipient will be recognized at a game or event in their local NFL market.  With support from Nationwide, each recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation. www.NFL.com/HispanicHeritage 

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