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CHiPs Gets a Facelift

By Movieweb.com

Photo by Movieweb.com

The classic 70s show, CHiPs, a police procedural following the lives of two California Highway Patrolmen will get an R-rated silver screen facelift next year.

Leading the new cast will be Michael Peña of Ant-Man (2014) and The Martian (2015) fame. Peña will take up the role of Frank “Ponch” Poncharello, the flirtatious and troublemaking motorcycle cop that was originally played by Erik Estrada.

The straight man to Peña’s Ponch will be Dax Shepard who starred in the television series Parenthood (2010-2015) and will be playing stick-in-the-mud Jon Baker.

Also in the film are Adam Rodriguez and Arturo del Puerto.

CHiPs will hit theaters March 24, 2017.

 

Lip Sync to 24K Magic

If you are a big fan of lip-syncing and Bruno Mars, you are in for a treat. Musical.ly, a social media video app will allow you to lip sync to Mars’ new hit song 24K Magic.

This comes just two days after the crooner’s new album flew off the shelves with its strongest numbers yet by moving 231,000 units and placing at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart on Nov. 28.

The album is also number one on the Top Digital Albums chart with 400 million streams so far.

Enjoy this clip of Bruno Mars lip-syncing to smash hit single below.

 

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Have No Love for Fidel

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

When it comes to politics, this year proved to be historic in many ways.

A businessman that had no experience holding public office became the president of the United States.

Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominee of a major party and Bernie Sanders  was the first Jewish candidate to receive serious backing for the highest office in America for the Democratic Party.

However, the Republican Party also had two Hispanic contenders that had a strong chance of becoming commander and chief of the United States in Cuban Americans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Earlier this year in March, President Obama also announced an end to the Cuban embargo, which has slowly been coming to an end, but that might very well change with Trump’s presidency.

Nothing has been more momentous than the recent death of Fidel Castro.

His timely passing comes after half of the Cuban-American population in Florida helped to decide who will become the new leader of their country after being angered by President Obama’s decision to start to lift the embargo, a right they would have been denied if in Cuba.

Of course, this led to many Americans across the country wondering what the two most famous Cuban political candidates in the United States most recent history had to say.

With both Cruz and Rubio having immigrant parents that fled Castro’s rule in Cuba, it wasn’t hard to guess.

Both were angered by Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s condolences to the Castro family and lack of acknowledgment to his political crimes.

Pathetic.”

That was one word that Rubio used to describe Obama’s statement to the Cuban people.

There are thousands upon thousands of people who suffered brutally under Castro’s regime. He executed people, he jailed people for 20 to 30 years. The Florida Straits…there are thousands of people who lost their lives fleeing his dictatorship.”

Rubio was not alone in his sentiments towards Castro, as Cruz tweeted his disgust towards both the dictator and Trudeau who praised el Comandante’s power as an orator over the island nation.

Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot — all evil, torturing murderers.”

Rubio also had choice words for the young Canadian Prime Minister admiration for Fidel.

Shameful and embarrassing.”

 

 

 

J. Lo and Marc Anthony back at it again

Photo by San Diego Info News

Photo by San Diego Info News

The divorced parents of the adorable twins Max and Emme, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, couldn’t quite get enough of each other and have made the decision to move forward and put aside their differences to make sweet, sweet music together of course.

The multitalented Lopez has plans on making a new Spanish album, and who better to executive produce it than Anthony, the King of tropical salsa who has five Latin Grammys to his name.

This will be her second Spanish album and her ninth overall. Her last album, A.K.A. was in 2014.

Currently, she is filming the second season of the drama Shades of Blue, which she stars and executive produce. Shades second season will most likely debut in early 2017.

Marc Anthony will be on his Vivir Mi Vida world tour from Nov. 7-Dec. 4 for his 13th album 3.0, which came out in 2013.

 

 

 

Aarón Sánchez : No Longer in his Mother’s Shadow

Photo by Naeisha Rose

Photos by Naeisha Rose

Chef Aarón Sánchez, of “Iron Chef” fame, may be one of the most celebrated Mexican-American culinary experts around the world, but it wasn’t until about a year ago that he decided to make dishes celebrating his Mexican roots.

Like many cooks, the Iron Chef’s love for cooking came from his family.

“My story is not so strange from many Latin families,” says Sánchez. “I grew up in a household where food is central. That is the way we commune,” says Sánchez.

Guests anticipating third course.

Guests anticipating the third course.

As a child, Sánchez’s family lived off the land and spent time taking care of animals on the isolated parts of Chihuahua, Mexico, and cooking became the pastime for his family.

“I had three aunts and they rode horses every day and they took care of cattle and my grandmother would cook. That is where the love of cooking was born, with my mom and my aunts,” says the television personality.

For the budding food connoisseur, home life in Chihuahua didn’t always remain idyllic, but things did change for the better.

As I grew up we moved from Mexico to Texas and I really started to grasp how important food was for us as a family. My mom became a caterer and social worker, divorced my daddy when I was three and took me and my twin brother in the catering van to El Paso. With just an opportunity and a job, she ended up becoming the most recognized Mexican chef in the country, all through hard work and recreating the food she grew up eating as a child.”

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Despite being inspired by his mom, Zarela Martinez, as she transitioned from a caterer to a chef and then restaurateur of the famous Café Marimba in New York, Sánchez knew he had to fly the coup to seek out his own path in the food world.

As a young man, I felt the absolute need to separate myself from my mom’s shadow. That is why I started to embrace other Latin foods like Peruvian, South American, and Caribbean dishes. That became a lot of my focus so I could establish my own identity culinarily. I remember that being an early motivation early on in my career, and that is why I worked in the kitchen at Patria with Douglas Rodriguez right here in New York. It was the first Latin restaurant to ever get three stars and I was a part of that.”

After traveling throughout the United States and abroad Sánchez felt that he was finally ready to make food from his home country of Mexico.

“I guess when I moved to New Orleans a year ago…and studied enough, I felt it suffice for me to tackle Mexican food as a genre. I didn’t want to tackle that food unless I was prepared, and now that I’m in my 40s I felt like it was time,” says Sánchez.

quail on table2- Naeisha Rose

As a chef, trying out new and different ingredients to put a spin on an old recipe have been one of Sánchez’s favorite things to do, and that is why his collaboration with Grapes from California, a community of grape growers, remains a fruitful one.

This is the second year that Grapes from California worked with chef Aarón. It is always our mission that we find chefs that not only have a passion for cooking but a passion for grapes. It’s very evident whenever we work with chef Aarón, that it is more than just a dish that he is creating, he is creating a meal,” says Jeff Klitz, a representative with the California Table Grape Commission.

Jeff Klitz, California Table Grape Commission

Jeff Klitz, California Table Grape Commission

It is not only Sánchez’s mission to make great meals but to use food picked according to proper labor laws.

“As parents, we always struggle to find fresh food in the cold months…Grapes from California are actually available from May to January,” says Sánchez. “I’ve seen how these grapes are grown and the practices behind how they are harvested, which is important to me, so they are just doing it the right way, you know,” he adds.

In Soho, Chef Sánchez made scallop ceviche with red grapes, Yucatan-styled red snapper with green grapes and grilled quail with black grapes for guests.

Ceviche and Red Snapper

 

“He is finding nuances with every ingredient. It is a great pairing because Grapes from California are very versatile and you can use them as snacks, in salads, in meals, but he finds ways that we haven’t even thought of because he is chef Aarón,” says Klitz.

When asked which meal was his favorite, Klitz responded, “that’s like what do you like better, winning the lottery or having immortality.”

To get the recipes to Chef Sánchez’s three meals you can go to www.grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Star Wars Casting Update

Photo by Televisa.com

Photo by Televisa.com

The name and description of Diego Luna’s Star Wars character have finally been revealed.

The stunning Mexican actor will be playing Captain Cassian Andor, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Luna’s casting in the franchise adds to the diversity of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast and further increases the presence of Hispanic actors in the rebooted intergalactic franchise.

As Andor, Luna will be the straight shooter that has a bit of an edge to him. During his leadership, he will try to be the one that calms Felicity Jones’ protagonist, the reckless former thief turned Rebel soldier, Jyn Erso, and help her steal the plans for the Death Star, which is seen in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

In addition to being steady, Andor is described as world-weary and strategic, which isn’t surprising considering the 19 years of battle he would of have to survive to become a captain between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

 

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company’s Grand Opening

Picture provided by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

Picture provided by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

On Saturday, July 30th on 70th East 4th Street,  the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company will have a grand opening.

Alpha Omega has been providing a platform for dancers and choreographers of color to showcase their love of the art for over 44 years. However, since 1972, the dance company did not have its own studio, until now. Thanks to new leadership under its new Artistic Director Enrique Cruz DeJesus, the company was able to raise over $ 4 million dollars towards having its own building.

We use to rent space from different locations. We were a struggling organization that tried to do good for the community, for kids and we are a professional dance company,” said DeJesus.

After joining the Fourth Art Block, a 13 organization art coalition, the different members were able to set aside seven buildings for their different programs.

We did an average of two to three fundraisers a year, we wrote grants to the Department of Cultural Affairs, Rosie Mendez, Margarita Lopez, and the Mayor’s Office,” he adds.

At the new studio, choreographers will teach salsa, Argentine tango, and musical theater. Wellness classes include yoga and pilates. There will be educational classes for kids and teens. There will also be something for adults that want to become professional dancers too.

Thirty years ago, before DeJesus became the artistic director of Alpha Omega he was just a young man that was encouraged to go to one of their dance classes by a friend.

I was a short order cook working at a restaurant, the Bonfire Grill in Forest Hills, and my friend named Lamont was a dancer,” says DeJesus.

After joining dance classes with Lamont, DeJesus knew that he was meant to be a dancer. Since that first dance class, he has been in shows like “Jesus Christ Super Star, ” and toured in “Dreamgirls.” As a choreographer, he has created over 60 pieces. He was even nominated for a Drama Desk award.

Artists art not born. They are chosen. They are chosen in a way that you see this as the thing that you are going to be doing. I’ve been a part of that community, I’ve been a part of that family. I feel that I have found my calling and I have not ever looked back since.

DeJesus and his dance company will continue to make waves this summer by closing out the first ever Jamaica Dance Festival in Rufus King Park on August 13th. The festival is free and open to the public.

 

 

SHOBOY IN THE MORNING – The Latin touch that was missing in New York morning radio

Originally published in the May 2016 of Latin Trends Magazine

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Totally happy in his new city, Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo wanders through the streets of New York as if he has lived here all his life. It is hard to imagine that, just a year ago, this popular radio personality was the host of one of the most popular radio shows in Dallas, TX, “Shoboy en la Mañana”.

He tells us about the afternoon he received the call that would change his destiny; a proposal to have his own radio show in English in one of the most important markets in the world.

“When I was asked to do the show, I almost fell backwards. It was amazing. It was something I wanted to do for some time, especially in the number #1 market in New York. At first, it was a difficult decision because my show in Spanish in Dallas was about to be syndicated nationally. My wife and I were happy in Texas, but we came to this city because we base our decisions on faith, not fear,” he says.

But Sotelo’s success is no surprise. This young man grew up at radio stations with his popular brother, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, one of most the renowned radio announcers in Spanish radio. He worked in promotions, pasting stickers and helping in everything that was needed at the station.

Despite being born in Jalisco, Mexico, and arriving to the United States when he was five years old, Shoboy speaks English and Spanish with such perfection and professionalism that he is able to brilliantly connect with his listeners in both languages.

“Shoboy In The Morning” is a new radio show that entertains and informs his English-speaking listeners, but of course, he always adds his Latin spark and throws and occasional word in Spanish. The audience that tunes into 92.3 AMP Radio from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. in New York City is already used to hearing phrases like “que rico” and other common words in “Spanglish”.
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Sotelo is fun, casual and sometimes a little crazy, and his listeners adore him because he is able to make his guests play all his games, such as convincing Justin Bieber and Chris Brown to dance the famous merengue “Culiquitaca”. Laughing out loud, he tell us:

“I told Justin and Chris that they would increase their potential to get Latina girlfriends if they learned how to move their hips.”

Despite having received major awards for his radio career-raising over a million dollars to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and being invited to the White House by President Obama, Shoboy is a young man that reflects great humility, passion and a genuine desire to proudly represent Latinos.

His greatest goal is to positively impact the community. When asked how he see himself in the future, he stares at us and answers with a big smile.

“I see myself with more wrinkles from laughing so hard and thanking God for all the beautiful blessings he brings to my life.”

Here’s the Links to some of Shoboy’s most popular youtube videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_mS5mS7cDQhttp://

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dv9KNXyN70://

April Hernandez-Castillo -Actress, speaker, author to co-host 2016 Trendsetter Awards

 April Hernandez-Castillo -Actress, speaker, author to co-host 2016 Trendsetter Awards

The Fourteenth Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, a landmark celebration of excellence in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership, will be held at on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 6-10 P.M. at The Symphony Space Theater in New York City. The event is sponsored in part by New York Presbyterian Hospital, Inca KolaCUNY . Media (sweepstakes) partners, La Mega 97.9 & Amor 93.1 and presented by LatinTRENDS. It will commence with a VIP red carpet reception, attended by awardees, influencers and media.The award presentation will be partially open to the public and special guest and will start at 8PM.  It will feature a musical performances by Frankie Negron , a multi-cultural dance performance featuring tango, flamenco, salsa and bachata music. Emerging urban Tropical musician, Doñé, will perform live as well.

The Event will be co-hosted by Actress, speaker and author, April Hernandez Castillo ( see photo below) and Luxury Real Estate Broker and star of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, Luis D. Ortiz

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Get to know April
In her new book, Your Voice, Your Choice, actress April Hernandez-Castillo recounts her personal experience growing up in crack-ridden inner-city America during the 80’s and 90’s in a Puerto Rican family (Bronx, NY – September 14, 2015) – In her new book, Your Voice, Your Choice, actress April Hernandez-Castillo recounts her personal experience growing up in crack-ridden inner-city America during the 80’s and 90’s in a Puerto Rican family, and being Latina. Although not privileged, her father’s strong messages to her about ethnic pride, heritage and his wish for his children to have better lives were instilled in her at a very young age.

However, her positive family upbringing and strong self-esteem were not enough to sway her from being sucked into an abusive relationship.  April courageously describes in chilling detail suffering unmentionable violence at the hands of her abusive boyfriend.  Ashamed and embarrassed, April hides the abuse for years, until…..

April’s true account of her struggles on the crack-ridden streets of the Bronx doesn’t compare to her first person account of teen dating violence and her struggle to break away. Your Voice, Your Choice is a lasting portrait of a young girl’s resilience and fight for her life.

There seems to be a misinterpretation about Teen Dating Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence in America when it comes to cultural and social understanding.  There is no discrimination when it comes to Domestic Violence. April’s hope is that Your Voice, Your Choice will encourage and give hope to those in abusive relationships and to help heal from invisible wounds, but most importantly bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence.   April is also a vocal activist and travels the United States and internationally speaking and empowering youth and women with her story.

 

About April Hernandez-Castillo:

Reaching critical heights in her portrayal of Eva Benitez in the award-winning movie, Freedom Writers, earned her recognition and critical acclaim confirming her status as one of the more talented up and coming actresses.  Now displaying the talent and drive to parlay success into a career as a respected actress, April garnered roles in the FOX pilot Blue Blood and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, CBS‘s Person of Interest, ER, 30 Rock and received a SAG Award nomination for her role as Officer Cira Manson in Showtime’s award winning drama Dexter, a role in J Anderson Mitchell’s sci- fi comedy Future Folk , guest-starred as Danny Pino’s sister on NBC’s drama Law & Order: SUV, and on 2 episodes of FOX’s hit show The Following.  You can also catch her recurring on the new show Feed the Beast on AMC starring David Shwimmer this spring.

 

 

About LatinTRENDS
LatinTRENDS is a multi-media and marketing company that connects with the acculturated Hispanic community via its flagship monthly print magazine, weekly e-newsletter, daily content on LatinTRENDS.com and events. The brand’s content is bi-lingual, covering the latest trends in entertainment, travel, technology, wellness, business and cuisine, including featured Hispanic professionals & entrepreneurs.  Content also covers exclusive interviews with celebrities and innovative people that influence trends in pop culture.

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The 14th Latino Trendsetter Awards Recognizes artist and illustrator – Dennis Calero

The 14th Latino Trendsetter Awards Recognizes artist and illustrator – Dennis Calero

About the event

The Fourteenth Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, a landmark celebration of excellence in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership, will be held at on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 6-10 P.M. at The Symphony Space Theater in New York City. The event is sponsored in part by New York Presbyterian Hospital, Inca KolaCUNY . Media (sweepstakes) partners, La Mega 97.9 & Amor 93.1 and presented by LatinTRENDS. It will commence with a VIP red carpet reception, attended by awardees, influencers and media.The award presentation will be partially open to the public and special guest and will start at 8PM.  It will feature a musical performances by Frankie Negron , a multi-cultural dance performance featuring tango, flamenco, salsa and bachata music. Emerging urban Tropical musician, Doñé, will perform live as well.

The Event will be co-hosted by Actress, speaker and author, April Hernandez Castillo and Luxury Real Estate Broker and star of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, Luis D. Ortiz

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Dennis Calero was raised in Miami Beach, Florida and attended the New World School of the Arts high school, and the prestigious Pratt Institute, where he studied architecture before smartening up and switching majors to illustration and film.

He started writing and drawing comics and his client list includes Marvel and DC comics, Time/Warner and Sony Entertainment as well as doing Stand Up in New York City.

He helped develop “Xmen Noir” for Marvel Comics and his first novel, “You Aren’t the Captain of Me” is being developed by Calero and Lisa Bruce, producer of “History of Everything,” into a feature film.

With writer and actor Todd Stashwick, Calero co-wrote the pilot script “Clandestine” for SyFy.

Dennis is currently writing and drawing “The Suit” for Dark Horse Comics. “The Suit” is a comedy-action series about a Wall Street assassin in the early 1980s.

 

 

About LatinTRENDS
LatinTRENDS is a multi-media and marketing company that connects with the acculturated Hispanic community via its flagship monthly print magazine, weekly e-newsletter, daily content on LatinTRENDS.com and events. The brand’s content is bi-lingual, covering the latest trends in entertainment, travel, technology, wellness, business and cuisine, including featured Hispanic professionals & entrepreneurs.  Content also covers exclusive interviews with celebrities and innovative people that influence trends in pop culture.

For more information, see other winners and to purchase tickets (limited amount),clickhere: http://bit.ly/21fgLWf 

Subscribe to our free weekly e-Newsletter http://bit.ly/1BcjOjX