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LATINO LOOP for the week of August 26, 2016

Peru’s interior ministry found that a “death squad” in the Peruvian National Police was responsible for at least 20 extrajudicial executions of criminals between 2011 and 2016 across several towns.   

Netflix released the trailer for season 2 of “Narcos”, which will be available to stream on September 2nd.  Watch it here: https://youtu.be/E7q6tIlb82w

The CDC released a warning for pregnant women in Miami Beach after several cases of Zika were confirmed in the area.

Thousands of Pokemon Go players gathered in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park over the weekend to celebrate the app’s arrival in Mexico, which received unrestricted access in the country at the beginning of August. 

Following her Olympic gold medal win as part of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Laurie Hernandez - the first U.S. born Latina to be on the Olympic gymnastics team since 1984, has signed on as a spokesperson for Crest’s Orgullosa campaign.

An investigative report last week accuses Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of plagiarizing close to 30% of his law degree thesis.  

Emily Estefan, daughter of Emilio and Gloria, signed a distribution deal with RED through her indie label Alien Shrimp Records. Estefan will release a new single in September and an album in 2017. 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began a Latin American tour this week starting in Cuba, and will also visit Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela.  

Nely Galan’s New York Times bestseller “Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant and Rich in Every Way”, will be released in Spanish on August 30th. 

MillerCoors announced plans to release an alcoholic beverage inspired by Mexican aguas frescas called Zumbida. 

Azteca America has partnered with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute to host three voter forums, entitled “Red, White y Tu”, to engage Hispanic millenials and students.  

Jesse & Joy, Sin Bandera and Gloria Trevi will headline this year’s Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions.   The concert series will take place on September 21st in Los Angeles with Sin Bandera, October 12th in Dallas with Gloria Trevi and October 25th with Jesse & Joy in Miami

A report released this week by UNICEF shows that in the first six months of 2016 almost 26,000 unaccompanied minors and almost 30,000 families were apprehended at the U.S. border.  Most of those detained were from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

HBO Latino will air the one-hour special “Habla y Vota” on September 16th.  The special will air in English with Spanish-language subtitles across all of the channel's platforms including HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand, as well as affiliate portals. The show will share compelling and inspiring stories from Latino celebrities and personalities about the impact of voting on their lives and in our community, including stories from George Lopez, Jorge Ramos, Prince Royce, Maria Celeste Arraras and Cristela Alonzo, among others. 

Donald Trump plans to meet with Latino and African American activists from the Republican Leadership Initiative this week in New York City.  

This week Nielsen released the report “From the Ballot Box to the Grocery Store: A 2016 Perspective on Growing Hispanic Influence in America”.   A few of the report’s key findings include: the Hispanic/Latino population is expected to comprise 24% of the population by 2040 and 29% by 2060 and in 2015 Hispanic/Latino buying power rose to $1.3 trillion - an increase of 167% since 2000. 

“Hands of Stone”, the film telling the story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, opens in theaters on August 26th.  The film stars Edgar Ramirez, Robert Deniro and Usher and was produced by Fuego Films.  Fuego Films is also currently developing a biopic about baseball player Roberto Clemente. 

Univision Communications has promoted Silvia Garcia to the post of SVP of Media Planning and Multiplatform Strategy.  

Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment has signed a two-year, first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures for “My Daughter’s Quinceañera”, a movie that will tell the story of a single father’s struggles planning his daughter’s quinceañera.  

Two Latina professionals from GM received 2016 HENAAC Awards for their work in STEM fields. Alba Colon received the Pioneer Award for her work as Program Manager for the Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Club and Olga Carbajal received the Luminary Honoree award for her work as Manager of Unified Communications, Engineering and Operating Services for General Motors.

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