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The Premier Boxing Champions are bringing us another primetime boxing card of quality and intrigue to the Barclay’s Center tomorrow night on ESPN. The WBC, WBA Super, and Ring Magazine champion at 140 pounds, Danny Garcia, will be moving up to fight at Welterweight (147 pounds) for the first time. His foil will be Paulie Malignaggi, a former two division champion at 140 and 147.

For Danny Garcia, who has seven defenses under his belt, the last a tough decision over Lamont Peterson in the same arena he will be fighting Paulie, it’s a rare opportunity to train without worry over weight.

“For the first time in my life I can train just to get better.”

Garcia explained, “Not just to lose weight. I was able to eat the right foods and just focus on things like my defense and footwork.”

Garcia even channeled his inner Rocky by duplicating an old training method that made ESPN’s Top Ten videos. He pointed out the exposure helps boxing in general.

“We did something different for this training camp, we chased chickens.”

Danny laughed, “But being on Sportscenter is a good look for boxing to see where it’s going.”

Paulie Malignaggi is coming off a fourth round stoppage by Shawn Porter in his last fight but it’s not the losses but the victories that have defined him. Paulie knows what people say and he uses it to spring the occasional surprise. Although not known for power he is a quick and flashy boxer with a good chin and heart to match and that has been his go to talent, thus living up to the “Magic Man” moniker.

“It’s been an emotional camp because I find myself thrust back into the limelight of a major fight.”

Paulie shared, “I quietly and surely have had one of my best training camps. There is no excuse here. I love and relish these kind of challenges.”

Paulie is a Brooklyn kid and the irony of the situation is not lost on him. Where every fight is threatening to be his last as a relevant player in this sport, Paulie uses the vision of his dreams to bring something more out of himself. “From a personal and professional standpoint my career which started 14 years ago in Brooklyn, NY is the place where a lot of people think it’s going to end.” Maglignaggi pointed out, “I, like fans put myself into the conversation and ask my best vs Danny Garcia’s best, who would win? We have a chance to find out and I am very confident about Saturday night.” Garcia simple responded by predicting what we will see at 147.

“You are going to see a spectacular Danny Garcia.”

Mission Flirtation: Tom Cruise flirts with Latina Reporter at Red Carpet Event

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It’s not the first time Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has ever been smitten by a Latina. is one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors and it looks like his has set his eyes on a sexy Latina.

While promoting the latest film in the The Mission Impossible series, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the well-known bachelor allegedly became enamored with reporter Jessica Cediel from Univision while at an event held for the film in Times Square.

“She’s a Sofia Vergara-Penelope Cruz type, very good looking,” said a close source who was at the same event, and noticed Cruise’s focused attention on the Colombian-born, reporter.

Allegedly, the two chatted for about 10 minutes and it didn’t seem at all like it was an interview but a friendly conversation.

On Cediel’s Instagram, she posted several photos of herself and Cruise from the red carpet.

In one of the posts with the actor, she wrote in Spanish: “This was Tom Cruise’s face when I showed him my commercial for Mission Impossible! Hahahahahaha He congratulated me and he loved it!

Cediel also mentioned in the post that she had to record his laugh on her phone because it sounded “so pretty.

According to another insider on the carpet, Cruise had stopped doing interviews and asked his assistant to obtain Cediel’s number for him.

Whether or not that happened is unknown at the moment.

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What You Didn’t Know about Charlie Sheen

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The always controversial and sometimes tigerblood winning actor of Spanish and Irish descent, Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez. Growing up, his actor father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez also known as Martin Sheen, had bought him and his brother, Emilio Estévez, a Super 8 camera to make home films with their friends and other future actors Tom Cruise, Rob and Chad Lowe, as well as Sean and Chris Penn.

It wasn’t long before Sheen decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor himself. After a few uncredited roles in films that his father starred in, Sheen earned his stripes in films like “Platoon” and “Wall Street” in the 1980s and “Major League” and “Being John Malkovich” in the 1990s.

However, the Hollywood lifestyle started to plague Sheen and he fell into the trappings of drugs. By 1998, he was hospitalized for a cocaine overdose, which stalled his movie career. After going into rehab, Sheen started the 2000s strong by becoming an incredible television presence.

In 2000, Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox on “Spin City” and later won a Golden Globe for his role as Charlie Crawford. Shortly afterwards Sheen had his own sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” and he received several more Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. By 2010, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, making nearly 2 million per episode.

Despite his professional successes, his home life was a mess and eventually threatened his career. After three broken marriages, losing custody of four children, a broken engagement and accusations of domestic violence and  drug abuse, Sheen had a public breakdown. In 2011, he called the creator of Two and a Half, Chuck Lorre, derogatory names after his third failed attempt at rehab resulting in him getting fired from the popular show.

After finding out that he was going to become a grandfather by his eldest daughter in 2012, Sheen started getting his life back on track. He scored another hit show with “Anger Management,” regained temporary custody of his twins from his third marriage and was allowed to visit his two daughters from his second marriage.

Not only has he refocused his life on his children, and grandchild, but he has been and continues to be personally involved in several charities. He has raised and given money towards AIDS research, he  hosted a charity for rescue workers of the 9/11 attacks and he donated money from his “Truth” tour for the Japanese Earthquake relief fund. Also he donated the largest cash sum to the USO ($1 million) and started to raise awareness and funds for The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support.

Fun Facts

  • Charlie Sheen is one of the few recipients of the rare Aids for Aids Angel Award (AFA Angel Award)
  • Sheen is a published poet
  • He has appeared on film with all of siblings, his father and ex-wife Denise Richards
  • He initially dreamt of becoming a shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Sheen is responsible for actress Winona Horowitz changing her name to Winona Ryder


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The Dominican Day Parade Inc. Announces Stellar List of Actors, Musicians, Personalities and Parade Grand Marshall



New York – Today the Dominican Day Parade Inc. will announce a list of honorees, the King and Queen, and the Parade’s Grand Marshall at a press conference at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at 11:00AM.  As New Yorkers and local visitors prepare for the end of summer, the Dominican American community is gearing up to march up Sixth Avenue on Sunday, August 9 to celebrate the best of Dominican and American pride. It’s the organization’s first press conference since announcing the board’s new leadership in April.

“We are excited to announce an all-star honoree list of accomplished Dominican Americans who will participate in this year’s Banquet Gala on July 30,” said Angela Fernandez, Chair of Dominican Day Parade Inc. “This year’s honorees embody the traditions of first and second generation Dominicans, and we are honored to celebrate their contributions to the communities where we live, both in the US and in the Dominican Republic.”

Among the names to be announced today, the king of the parade, an international music legend, the recipients of two lifetime achievement awards, and actors from the popular Netflix Series, Orange Is The New Black.

The organization will also reveal the Parade’s Grand Marshall.

In addition, the media will hear from multiple board members including Leonardo Ivan Dominguez, master of Dominican Folkloric tradition and the Parade’s Art and Cultural Committee Chair.

“This year’s parade is a manifestation of both carnival and daily cultural staples of Dominican identity,” said Mr. Dominguez. “The attendees should expect to see a procession of more than 500 young people from a variety of cultural institutions throughout New York City.”

The Dominican Day Parade 2015 is the kick-off to a year-long calendar of activities focused on the educational and economic empowerment of New York City’s Dominican community.


Grand Marshall:

Pedro Martinez, Baseball Player and Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee



Celines Toribio, Actress, Model and Television Personality



Johnny Ventura, Dominican Singer and Former Mayor of Santo Domingo

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Former United States Ambassador



Judge Rolando Acosta, Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court


Madrina Internacional:

Merijoel Duran, Univision 41


Padrino Internacional:

Eduardo Selman, Consul General de Republica Dominican

Isolda Peguero, Reporter, Telemundo

Sofia LaChapelle, Telemundo Network Correspondent



Jose Acosta, Dominican Writer and Author 


Andres Merejo, Dr. Andres Perejo, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo 


Sheila Garcia, Community Leader 


Jose Zabala, Digital Communications and Dominican Film Festival Organizer
Cacique:Cesar Romero, President of Instituto Duartiano



Ramon Anibal, Producer, Ramon Anibal TV Show 


Negro Santo, Director and Host “Santo Domingo Invita” 

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Johnny Pacheco, International Salsa Legend and Percussionist


Lifetime Achievement Award:

    Dr. Marilu Galvan, Executive Director, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano 

Lifetime Acievement Award:
Fefita La Grande, Prolific female accordionist

Rising Stars:
Jackie Cruz, “La Flaca” Orange Is The New Black
Jessica Pimentel, “Maria Ruiz” Orange Is The New Black
Laura Gomez, “Blanca Florez” Orange Is The New Black
Selenis Leyva, “Gloria Mendoza” Orange Is The New Black
Dascha Polanco, “Daya Diaz” Orange Is The New Black 

Special Recognition:

Francisca Lachapel, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015

Miguel Herrera, Manager of Mexico’s National Football Team Sacked

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On Sunday, July 26, Mexico beat Jamaica in football during the CONCACAF Gold Cup victory in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. What should have been a time of national pride has quickly turned to worry after Coach Miguel Herrera assaulted a reporter the day after the 3-1 win. Yesterday, Herrera was officially fired after an investigation into the incident.

After years of going through coaches, El Tri, Mexico’s National Football team had found in Coach Miguel Herrera a stable, albeit fiery presence since 2013. During his tenure, Mexico had only seven losses, 11 draws and 18 wins. However, in the media there have been critics of Herrera’s skill as manager over the national team and the Mexican reporter who was attacked, Christian Martinoli of TV Azteca had been one of them.


Despite the win on Sunday, many commentators spoke on El Tri’s deficiencies as a team and how its win was very narrow. El Tri advanced to the final as a result of two knockout-round matches and late penalty kicks, calls that many thought were controversial.

Even Mexico’s Footbol Federation President Decio de Maria called into question how the team came to its win during its semifinal game, especially since most of its top players were missing.

We all saw what happened on the pitch…We won at the Gold Cup, but none of us like how it happened,” de Maria said.

When it came to the altercation between Martinoli and Herrera, TV Azteca released a statement about journalists having the right to express themselves without threats.

Our country needs brave journalists, who are able to share their opinions and who enjoy the freedom of doing so without being attacked…Mexico needs more liberty, more public debate and less violence.”

In 10 weeks Mexico will be up against the United States on Oct. 9th for the deciding game for which team will go to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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The New York Yankees had no real expectations of any kind when the roster was assembled for the 2015 season. After two playoff-empty seasons the reality had set in that the Yankees were in permanent decline. It was going to be a few years before the Yankees could blood a new batch of youngsters to return the winning tradition that many took for granted during the 1995-2013 run of five World Championships and playoff seasons in all but one during that stretch.

It easily could have been a third but for a few renaissance stories and young players who have raised their levels. Three who have been essential in the Yankee success thus far this season can be traced to three players who share the Dominican Republic as a major commonality. These three, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Pineda, and Dellin Betances are the backbone of this unit who has dragged the Yankees back to the elite. New York currently leads the A.L. East by 7.5 games as we move into August. Let’s take a closer look at what these three have done.



The man whose middle name is Emmanuel has lived up it this season by producing a miracle comeback from a lengthy suspension last year in the PED scandal. The Yankees tried to ignore him and stuck him at DH permanently. A-Rod responded by letting his bat do the talking. He has played 92 of 99 games and is hitting .279. But it’s the power numbers that have knocked people out of their seats. Alex has clubbed 24 dingers and driven in 60 so far. His slugging percentage is .545, only 13 points behind his career average. Alex should have been an All-Star but was shunned. He has 92 hits and some of his homers recently have been quite memorable. He hit one on his 40th birthday. Alex had a three homer game recently, and even agreed with the Yankees to give his six million bonus for reaching one of the homer milestones on his contract to charity. The Yankees don’t get here without those power numbers.



The starting pitching looked weak and quite average with injuries and free agent defections taking a mighty toll on the one area the Yankees were brilliant last year. But the 6’7” fireballer who took three years to get healthy and overcame a strange pine tar incident last year was excellent for all of the second half last year and carried the Yankees throughout the first half of this season and emerged as the Yankees best pitcher. The 26 year old is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA with 117 strikeouts while starting 19 games. He held the staff together until they finally got reinforcements with the returns of Tanaka and Nova.



The Washington Heights product finally lived up to the potential the Yankees hoped for four years ago but as a reliever. He emerged as the setup man to closers Dave Robertson last year and Andrew Miller this year and even serving in the closer role when Miller was injured. The 6’8” “bridge” with the big curve is now a two-time All-Star in 2014 and this year. Dellin is 6-2 with a microscopic 1.35 ERA with seven saves and 84 strikeouts. He is the shining star of the Yankees strength, the bullpen.

The three Dominican dukes of New York are also supported by other talents from the island. The return of Ivan Nova has been a shot in the arm of the starting staff. Gary Sanchez is the third catcher on the team. But it’s the big three that have been the story of the 2015 season and will be the primary reason the Yankees return to the postseason.

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Chiquis Rivera (daughter of Jenni Rivera) on Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine

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She’s emerged from behind her mother’s shadow and has finally come into her own; Chiquis Rivera gives LatinTRENDS her most open and honest interview yet. Rivera sets the record straight about issues like; not being the root cause of her mother, Jenni “La Diva de la Banda” Rivera and Esteban Loaiza’s divorce; her sexual identity; and her relationship with her fans. Rivera also discusses her new book, “Forgiveness” and her new album “Ahora.”

Leslie Grace is a rising star and she has no competition. In her interview with LatinTRENDS, Leslie Grace reflects on having achieved musical success while still in high school and why she chose bachata as a musical genre. She discusses her new EP “Lloviendo Estrellas,” one that marks Grace’s debut with Sony Music Latin.

He’s a household name, but Jorge Bernal details how he went from wiping cameras and sweeping sets to becoming the host of hit shows like “Al Rojo Vivo,” “Suelta la Sopa” and “La Voz Kids.”

This month, LatinTRENDS gets deep into issues affecting our culture. See our in-depth piece about the influence of Caitlyn Jenner on the Trans Latino community; the brutal tale of Liza Rios’ marriage to Christopher Lee Rios, also known as “Big Pun;” and a who’s who among Latino billionaires.

This issue also highlights fashion designers Iliana Quander and Martin Polanco and their dedication to eco-friendly fashion. In addition, our summer issue showcases travel to Cartagena, Colombia; the psychology of music; and summer super foods.

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Orange is not His new Black: Argentinian Arrest Warrant against Justin Bieber dropped!


Pity, it seems Canadian singer Justin Bieber will not face any jail time
Were he ever to return to Argentina due to a court within the South American country opting to revoke an arrest warrant that’s been issued against him.

Back in 2013, while on the South American leg of his Believe Tour the singer was quite active in breaking the law while touring the region.

From spray painting graffiti in Brazil & Colombia, exiting a brothel in Rio de Janerio, and being filmed in bed—asleep—with an alleged prostitute the Never Say Never singer earned himself the somewhat laughable title of fugitive due to his actions in Argentina.

Back in November 2013, the singer was allegedly involved in an assault of a photographer in Buenos Aires. While at a nightclub within the city, Bieber allegedly ordered two of his bodyguards to attack the victim waiting outside the club. While no one was arrested, Bieber was ordered to appear in court within 60 days to give his testimony.

It is when Bieber and his bodyguards opted out of not responding to the order that he and his two bodyguards were issued an arrest warrant back in April 2015 making a future traveling plans into the country non-existent.

However, the 21-year-old singer may not have to worry and could once again pop up in the country due to the Argentinian court notifying Interpol to withdraw the outstanding arrest warrant that’s been placed on him.

Although the warrant has been dropped, the case pending against Bieber and his bodyguards have not and they could still face legal action.

One other incident in 2013 that Bieber has become largely known for committing while in the South American country is when he rudely removed the Argentina flag from the stage. After fans tossed the flag onto the stage for the singer to take up and wave as sign of him being happy to be in the country, the singer opted to sweep the flag off the stage with his sneakers and the mic stand as though it was a dirty rag.

Bieber has apologized for incident claiming it to be an accident and that he didn’t know what the item was. Despite apologizing for the flag incident, Bieber has not returned to Argentina since his tour. Lucky Argentina.

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Pedro Martinez Shines like a Bright Star at his Historic Hall of Fame Ceremony

pedroMartinez stole the show during the ceremony. He gave an excellent speech, (see video below) he was smart, serious and funny throughout as he spoke for nearly 25 minutes. He spoke about hi playing career, and told some jokes, but kept coming back to how much the Dominican Republic meant to him. That led to a very touching moment where he and Juan Marichal held up the Dominican Republic flag in front of the fans.

“When you see me,” Martinez said, “you can see a sign of hope, of faith, of determination, of strength, courage, with dignity.”


pedro carDominican flags were everywhere in Cooperstown. hundreds of fans drove in from all over the east coast to be a part of the ceremony.


Martinez opted to wear a bright colored blue suit, not the more traditional darker (conservative  look) and on each shoulder of his suit jacket, Martinez wore a patch. The left shoulder was a bald eagle with an American flag, an homage to the country that made him rich and famous and where he eventually became a citizen. The other commemorated the D.R., his homeland, his lifeblood, his soul, the place that courses through him no matter how long he spends in the United States.

The Dominican flag flew everywhere in Cooperstown, invading the city for the first time in 32 years. Dominican players have been in baseball since Ozzie Virgil joined the New York Giants in 1956, and only Juan Marichal has made it to the Hall of Fame.

After about 25 minutes of speaking in English, Martinez finally transitioned to Spanish. “Today,” he said,

hoy, es el dia de los padres en la Republic Dominicana.”


It was Father’s Day in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, which made Martinez chuckle, because on Jan. 6, the day he found out he’d been elected into the Hall on his first ballot, it was Three Kings Day, a holiday for children in the D.R. Martinez’s father, Pablo, died seven years ago Friday, so he instead took it upon himself to honor a forefather.

“I would like to do something that will probably break the protocol,” he said into the microphone, “but I want to give my people the opportunity.”

Martinez pulled out a Dominican flag. He invited Juan Marichal to the lectern. Pedro held the right side, Marichal the left of the Dominican flag… There they were, two generations of baseball royalty.

What You Didn’t Know about Carlos Santana


Carlos Santana is a music legend. Born in Mexico, he became involved in music at a very young age. Growing up the son of a mariachi musician he learned to play the violin and the guitar. As a youth he was inspired by rock pioneer Ritchie Valens, who made rock’n’roll music with Spanish songs.

By the time Santana was in his teens his family moved to San Francisco. After deciding that school was not for him, he made a living during the hippie movement of the 1960s by busking and washing dishes. It was during this time he was exposed to other styles of music like folk and jazz. After seeing his musical idol B.B. King play live, Santana decided to no longer work for little to nothing and dedicate himself into becoming a musician.

His chance in the spotlight was serendipitous. When blues singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield was too drunk to perform at the famous rock venue Fillmore West, which he often went to watch shows, Santana’s manager was able to convince concert promoter Bill Graham that the guitarist should play. Suddenly, Santana was part of an impromptu group making music and no longer just a witness to great music.

Shortly afterwards, Santana created a group with fellow street musicians,  David Brown, Marcus Malone and Gregg Rolie. Starting off as the “Santana Blues Band” and then just “Santana,” the group was able to get a record deal riding off of the guitarist’s momentous debut at Fillmore West, a memorable performance at Woodstock and the new sound they were able to bring together from their different backgrounds.

In 1969 the world got to listen to the “Santana” album. It was a blend of African rhythms, blues, jazz, salsa and Latin-infused rock. The group produced the hit song “Evil Ways” and went on to have a triple-platinum album.

As the band released more albums throughout the drug-addled 1970s, the lineup changed and Santana was eventually the only original member of the group, as well as its star. However, he quickly became disenchanted with the rock’n’roll lifestyle and decided to seek spirituality within himself and his music.

While he remained with his band in the 80s, he also made his own music. In 1986 he released his first solo album, “Blues for Salvador,” which was a critical success and garnered him his first Grammy award for Best Instrumental Performance.

Santana would later tour extensively, and in the 1990s he had his own label, “Guts and Grace.” One of the first albums on the label was with his younger brother Jorge and nephew Carlos Hernandez, titled “Brothers.” This helped him achieve his second Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Performance.

While Santana continued to achieve critical praise mostly on his own, he never forgot how he started, with his band. He went back to basics by re-signing the band with its first producer, Clive Davis and in no time his 35th album, “Supernatural” put him and his group at the top of the music charts once again. The album sold over 10 million copies worldwide, earned the group nine Grammy nominations and they won eight, the ninth award went to the songwriter of the band’s hit song “Smooth.”

In the 2000s, Santana was a Lifetime Achievement recipient from the Billboard Latin Music Awards. In 2013 he was a Kennedy Center Honoree and in 2014 he released his first ever Spanish-language album, “Corazon.” On his 68th birthday, July 20th, 2015, Santana was announced to have won an American Book Award for his 2014 memoir, “Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.”

Today he is performing in the United Kingdom and he will be bringing his tour back to the United States on August 14.

Fun Facts

  • The band “Santana” is the first group to name itself after a guitar player
  • Santana proposed to his second wife Cindy Blackman during a concert in Illinois
  • For the “Supernatural” album, Santana tied Michael Jackson for the most amount of wins in a single night
  • You can play as Santana on the video game “Guitar Hero 5
  • His grandfather and great-grandfather were musicians too

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