President Trump vs. Mayor de Blasio

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President Trump has been in office just seven days and he’s already signed four executive orders, keeping up with campaign promises, one of which was taking a step further into deporting millions of undocumented immigrants as well as building that infamous wall (that’ll probably never be built). The order titled “Enhancing public safety in the Interior of the United States”, orders to what have been nicknamed as “sanctuary cities”, cities like New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more, to comply with any requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and threatens to cancel any federal grants to those that don’t comply. These cities appear to be targeted because they offer social services to its residents, regardless of immigration status. One service we know of here in New York City is the Municipal ID program known as IDNYC, not only offers free admission to a select number of the City’s museums but is also a great alternative to some form of photo ID for city resident who cannot otherwise obtain one through the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

So what are these sanctuary cities doing in response? NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS’s attorney general, and California legislators aren’t planning on complying with this executive order. Miami-Dade County, on the other hand, is a different story.

Mayor de Blasio, along with former mayor Mike Bloomberg, doesn’t see undocumented immigrants as such, but as fellow New Yorkers. According to DNAInfo, de Blasio acknowledges that “we have half a million New Yorkers who are undocumented and they are part of the fabric of this city,” and has already started to set aside a reserve fund in case those federal cuts do happen. As reported by the Daily Beast, Bloomberg stated during his tenure as mayor, “although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders or overstaying their visas and our businesses broke the law by employing them, our city’s economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported.” That Daily Beast article highlighted undocumented day laborers in NYC who simply look to make an honest dollar. The city receives an estimate of $7 billion from the federal government, which contributes to law enforcement and NYPD’s anti-terrorism efforts, social services such as NYCHA and other affordable housing, public assistance, child protective services as well as HIV/AIDS prevention programs, which is almost fully funded by federal dollars.

New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman outright called this executive order “unconstitutional”, noting the trust that has been built between immigrant communities and local law enforcement is vital to the safety of ALL citizens. He released a full statement on this, using the president’s favorite form of mass communication: Twitter.

 

 

According to the LA Times, California’s high court decisions have interpreted financial threats like this as an unlawful intrusion on the state’s rights. San Francisco officials have determined that since the wording of the executive order is rather vague, it may not even be applicable to them.

Miami, on the other hand, has given in to such demands. According to USA Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has refused for years to detain undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities but changed his mind upon the signing of the order since it would cut federal funding. Gimenez signed his own executive this week ordering the director of Miami-Dade’s corrections department to begin complying with any requests from ICE. Money talks, huh?

 

Couture fashion inspired by modern art: The legacy of Narciso Rodriguez

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By Daisy Cabrera

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami hosted an opening reception for their new exhibition, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism. This marks the first-ever museum solo exhibition by the Cuban-American fashion designer, Narciso Rodriguez, and the first time a major museum has presented an exhibition by a living fashion designer during the world-famous Art Basel season in Miami. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8.

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When I was approached about doing this exhibit here, I thought it would be a great opportunity to speak about how proud I am of my heritage, and for my extended Cuban family to see my work firsthand in a very different way,” says Rodriguez. Dressed entirely in black, with a sliver of white along his neckline, the Latino designer embodies the aesthetic. His masterful, minimalist designs are showcased as works of art, glorious sculptures elevating the sharply edited exhibit. He walks around the gallery, quiet and taking it all in.

Featuring nearly two decades of more than 40 couture designs, the presentation is co-curated by Alex Gonzalez, the Creative Director of ELLE Magazine and the museum’s curator Klaudio Rodriguez, who reveals, “This exhibition contributes to the discourse about fashion as art, because there are many parallels. Narciso redefines the processes of creativity, artistry, skills and personal expression to create his garments.

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Visual arts have influenced the famous designer. To illustrate this, Rodriguez’s modern designs on view – asymmetric tunics, geometric prints, bright bursts of colors – are perfectly paired with pieces by major artists such as Carmen Herrera (Cuba), Lygia Clark (Brazil), María Freire (Uruguay), Mira Schendel (Brazil) and Eugenio Espinoza (Venezuela).

When we started to talk about what the show would look like and how we would put it together, it was really an interesting exercise to go back to the archives and see things that I had done in the past,” Rodriguez shares. Throughout his career, he’s never strayed from what he does best: timeless silhouettes with an architectural yet feminine energy.

Rodriguez’s polished designs have been featured in film, on stage and TV (hello, Sex and the City!). Top personalities have lined the front row at his fashion shows, and donned his signature garments on red carpets, at award galas and in magazines. These iconic A-listers include Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron and many more.

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One of the biggest names to wear his line is Michelle Obama, catapulting him to international fame as she dazzled during the 2008 inauguration of President Obama. The First Lady has worn his garments to a National Medal for Museum and Library Service ceremony, in Argentina and during the President’s final State of the Union address. But, Rodriguez’s first taste of White House royalty was creating Carolyn Bessette’s wedding dress when she married John Kennedy, Jr., the son of former president John F. Kennedy.

It’s easy to fall in love with Rodriguez’s exquisite creations. They feel like romantic poems whispering sweet nothings, giving you the feels, encouraging you to dream.

Looking back, the Jersey kid has come a long way. From an early age, Rodriguez showed a creative inkling – sketching, making art, sewing and designing. A graduate from Parson’s School of Design, he went on to design for Anne Klein, Calvin Klein and Nino Cerruti. Almost two decades ago, Rodriguez launched his women’s ready to wear collection and established a NYC atelier. When his first fragrance hit the market – a sensual blend of vanilla, orange blossom, amber, musky and veviter notes – it became an instant hit.

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Since then, he’s won endless awards: Vogue/VH1 Fashion Award, Hispanic Society Award, Council of Fashion Designers of America awards (twice), Pratt Institute’s Fashion Icon Award, ALMA Award, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award, El Museo del Barrio’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Vanidades’ Iconic Man of Style Award.

Even with this heavyweight list of accomplishments, the fashion powerhouse has never forgotten his Latin roots. “The part that I always see as being born to my heritage is the part that celebrates a woman’s beauty, having an appreciation for the body and a practicality, elegance and joy to creating these pieces that will be enjoyed by women,” Rodriguez adds. “Also, there is a pragmatism to the work that was given to me by my parents and my family.

The designer, who cooks up a mean congrí, was named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” (Time Magazine) and quoted, “For me, designing is such a personal thing. It’s really emotional—that’s part of my Latin upbringing.” (New York Times)

The Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism exhibit runs through Jan. 8 at Frost Art Museum’s Grand Galleries at Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17 Street, Miami.

AMARA LA NEGRA

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Famous for her hips movements, her huge afro and an imposing presence that quickly grab the attention anywhere she goes, Dana Danelys De los Santos, better known in the music world as Amara La Negra, is an urban artist who has earned the respect of millions of fans since she began singing professionally in 2013.

This artist, with her light-colored eyes and impressive beauty began her career in entertainment at the age at 4 years-old when she won a beauty pageant for girls in Univision’s “Sabado Gigante” TV show.

“I later was part of a segment where children would talk with Don Francisco. That taught me to be self-confident. Thanks to that opportunity, I became a dancer at the Latin Grammys, Premios Lo Nuestro and for many important performers,”

said Amara.

Born and raised in Miami by Dominican parents, from an early age she felt she had art and music in her blood.

“I live for the stage. The adrenaline I feel when I grab the microphone and see the audience can’t compare to anything else. I live for that moment. I live for music,”

said the exuberant singer of Dominican descent.

Despite her years of preparation in dance, acting and singing schools, the performer has closely encountered the ugly face of racism and the rejection of some media – Latino media in particular-for her skin color.

“They never consider that a woman like me can represent Latinas. They are always looking for someone like Shakira, Sofia Vergara or Jennifer Lopez. I am fighting to break this stereotype because I am proud of who I am, of my roots, of my “bad hair” and I know that many Latinas identify with me. “

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One of the most important moments in this 25-year-old artist’s career was having the chance to play Celia Cruz in a documentary about the life of the legendary salsa singer.

“To me, Celia Cruz was an inspiration for her charisma and things she was able to achieve. I grew up listening to Tina Turner, La India and Olga Tañon. These women gave me strength and inspired me to want to be like them.”

She said

On several occasions, Amara has been harshly criticized and deemed immoral due to her song lyrics and her sexy movements. This does not worry her, as she knows that the same people who attack her are the same people who later support and applaud North American stars such as Rihanna or Miley Cyrus who has a similar style.

The singer said to be grateful for her success, and told us that her mother has been her rock, her support in this challenging career.

“My mom is my other half, my heart; and you cannot live without your heart.”

She describes herself as fresh, daring and very bold.

She is certain that her career is on the rise and says that she can feel and taste success already. When the time comes to say thank you, she includes her “haters” for being a part of her success and for giving her the drive to do everything they say cannot be done.

“I’m not afraid of anything, I take a chance and jump and, what I don’t know something, I learn. And as my mother says, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

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What’s hotter than a scorching July in Miami? Miami Swim Week!

 

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By, Daisy Cabrera

Latinas love to make a fashion statement. It’s part of our cultura. Whether wearing a “barely there” bikini, sharp business suit or over-the-top ball gown – we dress to impress. At. All. Times. You know how we do! Now combine that deep-rooted love of fashion with extraordinary talent, and you’ve got yourself some powerful Latina designers making their mark in the industry. 

The annual “Miami Swim Week” was proof that Latinas are running this motha! The event took place from July 13-19 in the nation’s year-round bikini capital – South Beach!

The “Instagrammable” festivities included fashion shows in state-of-art tents, cool pop-up stores, swank satellite venues, exclusive trade shows and luxurious pool soirees. Droves of fashionistas, stylists, socialites and blogueras scored front row seats – snagging coveted swag, basking in the latest trends and dancing the night away at the after parties. 

It was quite the fashion fête, and Latina designers were front and center of it all. Time to suit up!

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Colombian designer, Andrea Gaviria, brought her OMG Swimwear collection (cover-ups, monokinis, bikinis) infused in striking fuchsia, sunflower, turquoise and emerald green. She shared, “I design pieces that create an illusion and highlight a woman’s curves, making her feel unique, sophisticated, and glamorous.” Celebrities who sport her sweltering designs include Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Selena Gomez!

Sisters Manuela and Amalia Sierra created their artistic swimwear line, Maaji, inspired by the charm, beauty and diversity of Colombia. Proceeds of the fashion-forward collection (cover-ups, swimsuits, resort wear, accessories) help plant native trees in their country.

Lumé, by Colombian designer Paula Daza, thoughtfully combines artist paintings with design. “You don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability,” she said. The line supports the Cartagena-based Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, helping pregnant youth with much-needed resources.

Argentina was in the house! Mariana Cortes presented her Juana de Arco line – an easy-to-wear, colorful collection of relaxed styles that combines movement and comfort. She creates her own patterns to design A-line tanks, slip dresses, harem pants, leggings and more. 

Mariana Lopez Osornio’s line, MLO Jewelry, is simply majestic! The Argentinean designer draws inspiration from eco-friendly, natural materials. She showcased her innovative “resort” jewelry collection filled with cow horn, brass, quartz, amazonite, turquoise and magnecite. 

Liliana Villalobos is the dynamic Peruvian force behind Aguaclara. Think custom-made, ultra exotic swimwear pieces rooted in Amazon and Andean influences. The sophisticated silhouettes (monokinis, flowing dresses, cover-ups) in exclusively designed prints are to die for.

Raffaella Raffo Porcari’s poolside line, Capittana, is delightfully fresh, spirited and youthful. The Peruvian’s resortwear (bikinis, one pieces, bags, accessories, shorts) is all made in Peru.

Accessories anchor an outfit. Just ask the talented Dominican designer Erika Peña. She creates magnificent tribal necklaces, and it’s no wonder Jessica Alba wears her signature pieces! “I was put on earth to enhance a woman’s beauty,” she said, sharing her passion for the elements of the earth – volcanic and semi-precious stones, sea glass, wood, brass, onyx and more. 

Puerto Rico, ho-oooooo! Former Miss Universe, actress, and TV host Zuleyka Rivera introduced her super playful, tropics-inspired line – ZK Swimwear, mesmerizing with its bright colors, romantic mesh embroidery and flirty silhouettes.

Lila Nikole’s self-titled collection, drawing inspiration from the aesthetic of native warriors, rocked the runaway with trend-setting monokinis, tangas, cover-ups and resortwear. The Boricua showcased custom prints in traditional African color palettes, and rich hues of red, orange, blue and purple.

On to Brazil! KRUZIN, the brainchild of Alessandra Gold, was all about sleek, street-inspired cool kicks. The ‘Sneaker Queen of Miami’ enjoys a celebrity following: Trina, Lil Wayne and Flo Rida.

Watching Brazilian designer Paula Hermanny’s line, ViX, luxuriating down the catwalk was a dream come true. Think St. Tropez meets Morocco meets Southeast Asia. The modern, warm hued resort wear – linens, cotton, silks wrapped in brass and gold accents – was a feast for the eyes. Count Gisele Bündchen and Jessica Alba among the charmed fans.

Sinesia Karol’s sparkling couture collection stole the spotlight! The Brazilian’s line, which celebrates women with impeccable designs, includes cover-ups made with luxe silk and chiffon. The fabrics feature the art of Brazilian talent Ana Paula Castro. 

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz and her sister Monica co-designed the L’Agent by Agent Provocateur collection of chic, edgy and seductive pieces with carefully placed zippers, colorful lace and intricate embroidery. 

And, what’s fashion without a little sabrosura? Vikina Lopez, born to Cuban and Ecuadorian parents, is a force to be reckoned with! The talented singer performed a rich fusion of reggaeton, urban bachata and Latin pop onstage. The show was LIT! 

Until next time, Miami Swim Week! And, bravo!

ALEXIS Y FIDO CALL OUT ATHLETES AND POLITICIANS ON ZIKA

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MIAMI, FL – APRIL 28: Alexis y Fido perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Bank United Center on April 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)


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, Latin-Urban artists, fresh off a successful deal with ESPN, which featured their song called “Si No Tiene El Swing,” which will be seen on various ESPN MLB production spots throughout 2016 were in the spotlight again as they were quite outspoken about the misperceptions of Puerto Rico and the Zika virus.

They expressed their opinions on politicians and sports stars who have shared opinions on the Zika situation.

“They have to be careful with their comments because it influences the people and also can effect Puerto Rico,”

Alexis pointed out.

This is also in response to the negative connotations raised by many that Puerto Rico has a crisis and the Zika virus is out of control on the island. MLB recently cancelled two games planned to take place in the island and moved them to Miami, Florida in response to the fears that athletes will contract the virus and spread it to the rest of the United States.

“Comments like that that say they get sick here has no basis or foundation because no one in the world is exempt from it biting them,”

Alexis replied.

Alexis was quick to share the fact that Miami is no different in this regard and that Puerto Rico is being singled out.

“In Miami, there are a lot of cases reported of the virus as well,”

Alexis shared,

“What bothers me most is that people do not know what has happened, or the reasons,”

Alexis explained.

Well, the Reggaeton duo, known as the Pitbulls, surely came out as such in defense of their home nation. The damage that words can do when spoken without accurate information does more damage than the virus itself. Puerto Rico is a case in point.

CELIA CRUZ WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON

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Telemundo did something quite unique. They produced a drama series that on Tuesday, October 13th, topped the adult 25-54 market, beating out The Voice, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, and Jeopardy, among others.

The series is “Celia” which was inspired by the life of the “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz. Cruz, who made a career in an era when female singers didn’t even make the stage is played by Jeimy Osorio in her young years. Aymee Nuviola plays the older Cruz.

It also includes Pedro Knight, her husband and manager, played by Modesto Lacen as the young Knight and Willie Denton as the older Knight. Directed by Victor Mallarino and Liliana Bocanegra, along with Nelson Martinez as executive producer and screen play based on script by Andres Salgado and Paul Rodriquez, Fox Telecolombia and RCN licensed Telemundo was confident enough to release the first three episodes on digital platforms before the linear premiere.

It worked. On Facebook the first night,it drew 993,238 viewers, and Video on Demand and Telemundo Now saw over 177,000 between them. The promotion for the series on Facebook reached 2.3 million global fans. The cumulative audience reached 2,375,000 total viewers, while ranking number one in Miami and New York in the 18-49 adults in its time slot. Celia Cruz, according to the numbers, remains the Queen afterall.

CAMILA LUNA: FROM COLLEGE TO THE LATIN GRAMMY’S

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On the 19th of November, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 16th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards will be presented. The landscape of the music industry favors those artists who are self-motivated and willing to think out the box to attract attention from labels. Camila Luna, 21 years of age has broken down the walls of the fort called Music Elite with her voice, a guitar, and an I-phone.

Luna, a Puerto Rican artist based in Miami, Florida spent 2014 working on her album “Flamboyan” writing all the songs on this most personal of projects. At the same time she was a student at the University of Miami, Florida.

Camila surprised the music world by gaining her first ever nomination for this album in the “Best Pop/Rock album of the year” category at this year’s Latin Grammy’s. She will be matched against industry giants like Mana, El Cuarteto de Nos, and Moderatto.

“I’m incredibly emotional about my album being entered in this category,”

Luna shared,

“I’m very grateful to the Latin Recording Academy for this nomination. It’s an honor for me to share this with famous artists such as Mana.”

It’s even more amazing that she graduated from the University in May of this year and now four months later will be competing with the best in music through a project produced by Jose Luis Pardo, the former guitarist of Los Amigos Invisibles while utilizing mostly her vocals and trusty guitar.

Camila doesn’t stop there as the video for “Flamboyan” was filmed in areas which represented her childhood in San Juan. This is accomplished by using only her I-phone. Camila Luna shows that at the core she is a true artist with creative abilities that far outstrip any fully financed venture that any label can produce. Her accomplishments are flamboyant indeed.

¡Pa gozar! Your inside scoop on Miami’s Latin music clubs

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Photo courtesy: Hoy Como Ayer

 

By, Daisy Cabrera

Ahh, glorious South Beach. Tourists flock here to bronze under the blazing sun, break waves on rented jet-skis, throw back some fruity cocktails, “watch me naenae” in mega clubs and relish under tall palm trees swaying to the ocean breeze. It’s a year-round chancleta paradise!

Miami is also an explosion of Latino culture, and the 305’s live music scene is no joke. But, here’s the thing mi gente – you’ll have to get off the Beach (yep, you read that right) and do it up local style. Dust off those dancing shoes, and get ready for some sabrosura.

In the heart of Little Havana lies an iconic, bohemian little gem called Hoy Como Ayer where you can groove to everything from salsa and Latin pop, to rock en español and flamenco. Named after Benny Moré’s hit song, Hoy Como Ayer has been entertaining folks with live music for the last 15 years. You’ll be bumping hips up in here ‘cause it’s a standing room only affair. Don’t miss the happening Thursday night ¡Fuacata! party, a Latin funk percussive soirée courtesy of Spam AllStars’ weekly residency. ¡Tremenda descarga! Famous talent who’ve graced their stage include Willy Chirino, Diego el Cigala, Albita, Pavel Nuñez, Los 3 de La Habana, Isabel Iñigo, Ana Maria Perera, Aymeé Nuviola and many more. Hoy Como Ayer is located at 2212 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135. http://www.hoycomoayer.us

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Don’t put away the guayabera just yet! A favorite haunt for many is the historic Ball & Chain (circa 1935), a gorgeous venue also located on Calle Ocho. The Friday festivities begin early with a live salsa music/lunch hour set at noon, followed by the quite popular happy hour at 4pm. At 6pm, behold the tunes of live jazz and stay for the icing on the tres leches cake – the “Miami Boheme” party – when a full band hits the outdoor Pineapple Stage at 10pm for a serious Latin music jam session. Tito Puente Jr., Nil Lara, Conjunto Progreso, Calle Sol, Tony Succar, Edwin Bonilla, Locos Por Juana, BARRIOACTIVO and countless others have performed here. Ball & Chain’s address is 1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135. http://www.ballandchainmiami.com

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On to Saturday night, where the place to be is La Covacha. Head over to Doral for this major nightclub that is all about dancing. Think big. Think jam-packed. Think major sound system. Think crazy fun! Since 1988, this has been the go-to joint to hear an array of music: rumba, merengue, cubatón, samba, vallenato – de todo, un poco. Party hard inside, or take it on back to the patio area where national musical bands move the masses ‘til the wee hours. Prominent musicians from across the globe who’ve rocked this house include Calle 13, Frankie Negron, Los Amigos Invisibles, Diva Gash, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Kinky, Hombres G, and Osmani Garcia. Visit La Covacha at 10730 NW 25th St, Doral, FL 33172. http://www.lacovacha.com

Next time you’re in the MIA, you know what spots to hit up! El que sabe, sabe.

NBA Going to Cuba Got Miami Heated

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The professional basketball team, Miami Heat, is not happy with the National Basketball Association for not informing them of a planned basketball clinic in Cuba.

Now that the United States and Cuba relations are getting a little better (still a long way to go, but…) the NBA decided to take advantage of the positive rapport and together with FIBA (International Basketball Federation) they will host a four-day developmental camp in Havana, Cuba, April 23-26.

Yet, the Miami Heat is the only team – out of 30 NBA teams – that apposes the trip. Why, you ask? Well, the Heat’s small but very loud Cuban fan base in Miami don’t appreciate any association with the Castro-led Cuba that forced them out of their homeland.

In fact, the Heat didn’t know about the trip until they read it in the newspapers. The Heat said they were surprised that the NBA – knowing of their fan base – did not first speak to them, at least out of courtesy. “The NBA never consulted with us. This was undertaken unilaterally. The minute we found out we registered our vehement objection to the league office. Neither the Heat nor any personnel will be participating,” a team executive said to the Miami Herald.

Heat owner Micky Arison and team president and NBA Hall of Famer Pat Riley declined to comment.

“In the continued effort to strengthen our national federations, it is extremely gratifying to see Cuba serve as the center of a development camp of this magnitude,” said FIBA President Horacio Muratore during the NBA’s first Cuba trip announcement.

“This is a country that loves basketball and we are proud to work together with the NBA on this historic venture.”

ARTURO SOSA HONORED AS “PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR”

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Miami, FL. (March 5, 2015)—Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (Nasdaq:SBSA) today announced that it was honored with three Medallas de Cortez Awards at the Hispanic Radio Awards hosted by Radio Ink in Dallas Texas. SBS’s Albert Rodriguez, the COO was honored with the “Broadcaster of the Year” award and EL ZOL 106.7FM WXDJ-FM received the “Station of the Year” accolade. Program Director (PD) Arturo Sosa, from WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9FM & Amor 93.1FM, received the “Program Director of the Year” award.

SBS winners for the 2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards are:

· Broadcaster of the Year: Albert Rodriguez – Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

· Station of the Year: WXDJ-FM- El Zol 106.7FM- Miami- Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

· Program Director of the Year: Arturo Sosa- WSKQ-FM- Mega 97.9FM- New York- Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Key members of SBS were present among the prestigious group of speakers and panelists speaking at the event including Jesus Salas, Executive Vice President of SBS- Multiplatform Coordinator, respected DJ Personality Alex Sensation, Jack Hobbs VP of Aire Radio Networks (SBS) celebrating our bing wins and discussing the future of radio in the diverse panels in which they participated.

“SBS has a long history of providing the best content to our listeners and, with stations in the top 50 fastest growing U.S. Hispanic markets, we are well positioned to continue to entertain and inform Hispanic audiences for years to come,” said Albert Rodriguez, COO of SBS. “We are thrilled to be honored among this prestigious group of Spanish-language broadcasters. Congratulations to the entire SBS Radio Division, Arturo Sosa, and the staff of WXDJ-FM EL ZOL 106.7FM, as well as all of our stations and employees who were nominated this year. We are proud of all of their hard work, dedication and service to our local communities.”

“Being awarded three Medallas de Cortez’s is a testament to the dedication of our SBS team who delivers the best in the market each day. Our team continues to produce quality radio and I am proud of their untiring commitment to keeping our community informed and entertained,” said Jesus Salas Executive Vice President- Multiplatform coordinator of SBS. “We were pleased with receiving a record number of nominations, and now we are truly honored by receiving 3 plaques, including the prestigious “Broadcaster of the Year” and “Station of the Year” award. Special thank you’d to Radio Ink Magazine.”

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“On behalf of our SBS Radio family, I am proud to congratulate Albert Rodriguez, Jesus Salas, Arturo Sosa, Alex Sensation, the entire El ZOL 106.7 family, Mega 97.9, and 93.1 Amor here in NY for the dedication and involvement in our industry, and community,” said Eric Garcia Revenue Chief & SBS New York General Manager. “Our voice, commitment and charisma have been an integral part of our efforts to serve the passion points of U.S. Hispanics across all of our markets.”

The Medallas de Cortez awards were created by Radio Ink Magazine to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the Hispanic radio marketplace. The awards are named after Raoul Cortez, a pioneer in Hispanic radio in America.

The Hispanic Radio Awards were held as part of Radio Ink’s Hispanic Radio Conference, in Dallas Texas.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.:

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment Company in the United States. SBS owns and operates 20 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Tropical, Mexican Regional, Spanish Adult Contemporary and Hurban format genres. The Company also owns and operates MegaTV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live concerts and events and owns 21 bilingual websites, including www.LaMusica.com, a bilingual Spanish-English online site providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. The Company’s corporate Web site can be accessed at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

About Radio Ink Magazine

Radio Ink Magazine is the radio broadcasting industry’s premier management and marketing trade magazine. Radio Ink is published by Boynton Beach, Florida-based Streamline Publishing, Inc. The bi-monthly magazine celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2012. For more information, visit www.radioink.com.