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LATINO LOOP for the week of March 23, 2018

According to a recent NPR story, various studies have shown that Black and Latino children are often overlooked when it comes to autism. They are often diagnosed later in life into adulthood giving them less of an opportunity for proper intervention and treatment.

Last year, avocados accounted for 15 percent of total fruit-import sales, which were a record $18.1 billion.   That’s $200 million more than the amount consumers spent on bananas in 2017 and $800 million more than the amount they spent on avocados in 2016. The growth is largely due to increased imports of avocados from Mexico.

BMI celebrated its annual Latin Awards last night with “Despacito” taking home the award for Contemporary Latin Song of the Year and Luis Fonsi honored with this year’s President’s Award.  Other winners include Horacio Palencia, J Balvin, and Residente who received the first ever BMI Champion award.

The Trump administration has issued an executive order banning Venezuela’s cryptocurrency, the petro in the US.

PBS will air The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo documentary about lawyer, activist, and counter-cultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta this Friday, March 23rd. The film by Philip Rodriguez and executive produced by Benicio Del Toro, will provide a look into the life of the radical Chicano icon. 

The Center for Investigative Journalism in Chile is reporting that authorities intercepted and spied on phone calls, WhatsApp, and Telegram messages between five journalists and their sources targeting leaders of the indigenous Mapuches without judicial orders to do so.

Police have identified the six people who died when a pedestrian bridge crumbled Thursday west of downtown Miami, Florida. The victims were Alexa Duran, Navarro Brown, Rolando Fraga Hernandez, Alberto Arias, Brandon Brownfield and Oswald Gonzalez.

Media and civil organizations are uniting across Mexico under the hashtag #Verificado2018 to fight fake news ahead of the July 1st general elections. Members of the social media movement include AJ+Spanish, The Huffington Post, El Universal, Newsweek-Spanish and Political Animal.

Four-time Grammy winner Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd will unite with top Pop, Latin, and Urban artists for a special bilingual album slated for release in April. Titled Poo Bear Presents Bearthday Music, the album will include collabs with Jennifer Lopez, Juanes and J Balvin, among others.

Univision will launch the Sixth Annual Teleton USA on March 23rd and 24th. The 32-hour fundraising special will include a first-ever two-hour simulcast with Teletón México, and Live Segments from Plaza Mexico in Los Angeles, Times Square in NYC and CRIT-USA in San Antonio, Texas.

The Latino Donor Collaborative launched thepowerofall.us campaign to share the facts of the economic value of the Latino community in America.  The campaign includes print ads, one of which ran in the Wall Street Journal last week.

Ruido Fest  announced the lineup for this year’s festival in Chicago on June 22-24th, which includes Caifanes, Panteon Rococo, Ana Tijoux, Kinky and Los Angeles Azules, among many others. http://ruidofest.com/

United 2026 have announced their formal bid to host the World Cup in 2026. The bid includes 23 host cities across Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

City councilwoman Marielle Franco was murdered in downtown Rio de Janeiro in what has been described as a political assassination. Franco was a human rights activist whose political platform included campaigns against pervasive police violence, corruption and extra-judicial murders of the city’s residents.

Civil rights defense groups asked Massachusetts’ highest court Thursday to stop federal agents from arresting immigrants targeted for deportation at courthouses. The petition filed in the Supreme Judicial Court cites immigrants who are too afraid to enter state and local courthouses out of fear of deportation.

Thousands of women from across the world converged in Zapatista territory in the southern state of Chiapas over the weekend for the First International Political, Artistic, Sports and Cultural Gathering of Women That Struggle.

Daddy Yankee’s latest single, “Dura,” has reached 465 million YouTube views hitting #1 on the YouTube Music Global Top 100.  The song is also the #1 in nine Latin American countries and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has announced the winners of its research and preservation grant program. Henry Durante Machado and Ysrael Gonzalez won preservation grants and Marco Antonio Juan De Dios Cuartas and Agustin Arosteguy won research grants.

EstrellaTV has launched a new station in Miami. WGEN-TV began airing Spanish-language programming on March 16th.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with free film screenings. The screenings will be held every Thursday at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles beginning April 5th through May 24th. http://holamexicoff.com/

Menudo will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a tour, which currently includes 10 original members.  The 40th Anniversary Tour will begin in Mexico before moving on to the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Oswaldo Diaz of Entravision Communications Corporation and host of El Show de Erazno Y La Chokolata was honored with the 2018 Medallas de Cortez Award for National/Syndicated Personality of the Year. The awards were announced at Radio Ink’s 9th Hispanic Radio Conference in Miami.

EstrellaTV has hired Gino Del Corte and Maria Elena Araya to host a pair of midday TV shows. Del Corte will host “iTestigo” while Anaya steps in for “En Vivo.”

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