. Latino Loop

LATINO LOOP for the week of Nov 27, 2015

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from the United States and Mexico, more Mexicans are leaving the United States than coming in. From 2009 to 2014, one million Mexicans and their families, including U.S.-born children, left the U.S. for Mexico, while census data for the same period shows an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals left Mexico to come to the U.S.

Argentineans elected opposition leader Mauricio Macri as president following a runoff election over the weekend. Macri defeated rival Daniel Scioli, a close ally and chosen successor of  incumbent president Cristina Fernandez, on promises to address economic problems, to shake things up regionally, and lift unpopular controls on the buying of U.S dollars in order to eliminate a booming black market for currency exchange.

Mana and Los Tigres del Norte performed  “Somos Más Americanos”  together on stage during the Latin GRAMMYS.   At the conclusion of their performance, they pulled up a banner that read “Latinos Unidos No Voten Por Los Racistas!”.   Both artists joined forces with Voto Latino to launch SomosMas2016.com, a voter registration effort. 

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation teamed up with Ford Motors, Luis Alfonso (Poncho) Lizarraga and La Banda El Recodo to present Rancho High School in Las Vegas with $20,000 in musical equipment as part of the Latin GRAMMY in the Schools program. 

Hillary Clinton apologized for using the term “illegal immigrants” at a campaign event earlier this month and vowed not to use the term in the future during a Facebook chat hosted by Telemundo this week. 

Thirteen passengers aboard an American Airlines flight from Cancun to New York’s JFK airport skipped going through customs upon their arrival in the U.S. The passengers were inadvertently directed to a domestic terminal area, according to the airline. 

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced his plans for a “humane” immigration system which would allow all undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least five years to stay in the country.  

Natalia Lafourcade was the big winner at the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, winning four out of the five categories for which she was nominated, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Alternative Song and Best Alternative Album for “Hasta La Raiz.”  Juan Luis Guerra won for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Tropical Album. Other winners included Banda El Recodo, Monsieur Perine, Diamante Electrico, Vicentico, Tego Calderon, Alejandro Sanz, J Balvin, ChocQuibTown, Ruben Blades and Sebastian Krys, among others. 

Sofia Vergara tied the knot with Joe Manganiello last week at a ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida. Guests included Vergara's Modern Family costars, Reese Witherspoon and Channing Tatum.  In lieu of gifts, the couple asked guests to send a donation to one of two charities, St. Jude Children's Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez won the highly anticipated bout against Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas over the weekend. The Cotto-Canelo fight will be replayed on HBO Sports on Saturday Nov. 28th.

Hispanic lawmakers met last week with top executives from MSNBC and NBC news to discuss diversity at the network as well as Donald Trump’s appearance on SNL, but the meeting created more hard feelings rather than smoothing things over.  NBC News President Deborah Turness described undocumented immigrants as “illegals” during the meeting.  In regards to Trump’s SNL hosting gig, which was widely protested by Latinos,  NBC news executives said during the meeting that they could not comment as they represented the news side of NBC, not the entertainment side.   

Last week, General Motors met with the HACR (Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility) Board of Directors in Detroit. The agenda included presentations by GM executives, including GM CEO Mary Barra, who reported on the company's progress in the recruitment of Latinos, support for the Hispanic community, and the promotion of Hispanic education and empowerment.

J Balvin topped the Facebook trending topics after his opening performance at the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, performing Ginza and Lean On (Latin Remix) with Major Lazer, MØ and Farruko. 

DDB Worldwide, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., has acquired Grupo ABC, the largest independent advertising and marketing communications group in Brazil. The transaction, valued at $270 million USD, is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the first quarter of 2016.

Univision has launched the online streaming service Univision Now, available for iOS and Android. Univision Now is available for $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.  

U.S. Hispanic shop Zubi Advertising launched the Latino Emojis app, which can be downloaded free from iTunes or Google Play.   The emojis, created for Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela,  include a Colombian steaming cup of coffee, Cuban mojitos, an emoji version of Celia Cruz and many more.

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