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LATINO LOOP for the week of September 23, 2016

Uruguay rejected the ultimatum of former Guatnamo detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been on a hunger strike for over a month demanding to be allowed to leave Uruguay so he can join his family in Turkey.  Dhaib gave the government until Sunday to respond to his request, but a government spokesperson said there was nothing concrete to offer him yet. 

Venezuela’s declining oil industry has forced the government to start buying oil from the U.S., who starting earlier this year began shipping more than 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day to Venezuela. 

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski addressed the UN General Assembly this week and expressed his concern about Venezuela’s social and economic situation.  

The body of Maria Villar Galaz, the 36-year-old niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar, was found in Toluca, Mexico this week following her kidnapping from the upscale Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City on Sept. 13th. 

Latin GRAMMY nominations were announced this morning with Julio Reyes Copello, Djavan, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy and Ricardo Lopez Lalinde leading the pack with 4 nominations each.  Other nominees include Shakira and Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias Juan Gabriel, Julieta Venegas, Pepe Aguilar, Alex Anwandter, The Chamanas, El Guincho, Esteman, Mon Laferte, Carla Morrison, Los Tigres del Norte, Intocable and many more.  The awards will air live on Univision from Las Vegas on November 17th. 

Hulu is featuring a lineup of programming in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, including next-day access to episodes of Univision content like “Despertar Contigo”, “El Color de la Pasion” and “La Banda”, as well as Estrella TV’s “Rica Famosa Latina”, and Fuse network shows including “Jennifer Lopez: Her Life. Her Journey”, “Los Jets” and “Pastport”.  

ESPN2 will debut “Nacion ESPN” on September 26th.  The interactive sports talk show will feature sports news and information tailored to young, bilingual U.S. Hispanic sports fans.

Telemundo has once again topped Univision in primetime ratings for the 9th consecutive week with adults 18-49, winning among total viewers for the season.  For the first time ever, Telemundo outperformed Univision and Unimás combined during Monday-Friday 8-11 pm among adults 18-49 during the week of September 12th. 

Brisk Iced Tea has launched the #BriskMode Accelerator Program in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, inviting aspiring artists to share what their heritage means to them through art, music and fashion design and compete to win a trip to ComplexCon.  Entries are currently being accepted through www.BriskMode.com.

PBS will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with programming that includes “Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice” (Oct. 3), the Oct. 21st premiere of “Hamilton’s America” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (Sept. 29) and more. 

Coca Cola is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its “Sabor a Casa” campaign, bringing nostalgic experiences of the "emotional connections between food and home", like in this short film:  http://bit.ly/2ctUK3W.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined the group of co-chairs for “RiseUp AS ONE”, a celebration of music and unity in America, taking place October 14 & 15th.  Watch a video with Miranda sharing a message of the unifying power of music here:  https://youtu.be/Uzmw9ZmDGQE.

Azteca America debuted “"¿Qué Hay de Comer?” this week, a new cooking show hosted by Omar Fierro, Marta Guzman and Joanna Vega-Biestro.  The hosts invite friends from the world of news, entertainment, health, sports, and technology to prepare  dishes that are easy to make and within reach of any budget. 

University of Texas El Paso President Dr. Diana Natalicio will receive the STEM Award at this years Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 22nd in Washington, D.C

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, currently NPR’s Brazil correspondent, will take over as weekend Sunday host for “Weekend Edition Sunday” starting in January.  The move comes as Rachel Martin moves to “Morning Edition”, taking over for longtime co-host Renee Montagne.

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