Fergie is being recognized for the global impact of her music career and charity work, according to the network.
“I could not be more proud to be honored by Logo. This award is so incredibly special to me because of the tremendous love and support I have always experienced from the LGBT community,” said, Fergie. “Logo’s philosophy of acceptance with no barriers and no judgment is a message that we should all live by.”
Throughout her illustrious career, Fergie has established herself as more than a force in the music business. She’s also a powerful business woman and respected philanthropist. Raising money to fight HIV/AIDS has been an issue uniquely near and dear to Fergie’s heart, which has resulted in her working diligently with organizations like amfAR and The M.A.C Aids Fund.
“Fergie embodies what the Always Next, Forever Now Award is all about in everything that she does” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo. ”She continuously pushes boundaries, stunning us with her creative vision and ability to make a tremendous impact on pop culture.”
Past recipients of the Always Next, Forever Now award include Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga.
Fergie will be presented the award by comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler at the NewNowNext Awards on Monday, April 15th at 10:00 pm ET.
The late Cachao López has earned his place in U.S. history five years after his passing at the age of 89…
Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature, the 1957 work from the Cuba-born Grammy-winning singer who helped popularize mambo in the United States is one of the recordings chosen to be part of the National Recording Registry this year in recognition of their importance to the nation’s aural legacy.
Inspired by the all-star jam sessions that Norman Granz organized and recorded for his Jazz at the Philharmonic series, López — a titan of Afro-Cuban music — sought to accomplish something similar with his peers in Havana. He brought musicians into the studio for two early morning sessions, when they were still fully charged up from their evening’s work in nightclubs and ballrooms.
Rather than record Granz’s previous longform jams, the 12 musicians López recruited created 12 short, spontaneous “miniature” pieces, each of which highlighted key instruments and facets of Afro-Cuban music. The resulting fusion seamlessly blended African, European and American influences.
The album has had a lasting impact on Latin music, especially on the salsa style that emerged in the 1960s, and López organized many similar sessions for further albums both in Cuba and in America, where he settled after the Cuban Revolution.
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the library’s National Recording Preservation Board and input from the public, each year selects 25 recordings that are least 10 years old and “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
“Congress created the National Recording Registry to celebrate the richness and variety of our audio heritage and to underscore our responsibility for long-term preservation, to assure that legacy can be appreciated and studied for generations,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement.
The latest selections bring the number of recordings in this preservation hall of fame to 375.
Don Omar, Gerardo Ortiz, Michel Telo and Carlos Vives have also been named as performers at the awards show, which will telecast live from Miami’s BankUnited Center on April 25 on Telemundo at 7:00 pm ET.
The Latina television reporter at Atlanta’s WSB-TV has joined the network as a correspondent.
Machado will report for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino, and will be based in Atlanta, according to the network.
Machado previously worked at WTVD, the ABC station in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina before joining WSB, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta. She has also worked as a bilingual anchor and correspondent for WDJT-WYTU, the CBS and Telemundo affiliates in Milwaukee.
In addition, CNN announced the official hiring of George Howell, who has been freelancing for the network since 2011.
“George and Alina are multi-talented, and their passion for getting to the crux of the story comes through in their award-winning journalism,” EVP and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox said in a statement.
Forget Latin pop music… Diego Torres will be singing lullabies for the next several months.
The 42-year-old Argentine Grammy-nominated singer/actor announced Tuesday that he and Argentine model/television host Debora Bello are the proud parents of a baby girl.
“Nina is born, our daughter we have so been waiting for, at 1:16 p.m. today. Thanks for the messages! She’s perfect and beautiful!” said the artist via Twitter, where he also posted a picture with the baby’s footprint.
Local media said that the 37-year-old Bello gave birth at Otamendi Hospital in Buenos Aires.
Torres, known for such hits as “Color Esperanza” and “Tratar de Estar Mejor,” is preparing to resume his acting career and has already begun filming the telenovelaVecinos en Guerra, which will air this year.
He may be the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media”… But Perez Hilton will be just “Dad” to his newborn child…
The 34-year-old Cuban American blogger and television personality announced on Wednesday the birth of his son, whose name has yet to be revealed.
Hilton wrote on his website, “Dear Friends, I want you to hear this directly from me, right here. I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy – with lots of hair on his tiny head!”
The surprise revelation came with a photo of him holding his son, who was wrapped in white blanket and wearing a striped hat.
Hilton expressed his happiness, saying, “I am so humbled to welcome this little man into my life. And I am honored and ready for the challenge of guiding him through his. My family is overjoyed at this newest and most cherished addition.” He also thanked fans for the well wishes.
Some celebrities who congratulated the new father via Twitter were Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell and Paris Hilton, who wrote: “Congratulations on your new son. Such exciting news. So happy for you!”
Hilton didn’t reveal whether the baby was adopted or was born via surrogate mother. The blogger who openly declared that he was gay was spotted shopping for baby products in January.
Inocente Izucar didn’t win an Oscar during Sunday night’s Academy Awards… But she did take the stage and get a special shout-out on Hollywood’s biggest night.
Following the announcement that Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine’s Inocente had won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short, the film’s co-directors brought Izucar with them on stage for their acceptance speech.
“We want to thank this young lady who was homeless just a year ago and now she’s standing in front of all of you,” said Fine. “She’s an artist and all of you are artists and we feel like we need to start supporting the arts. They’re dying in our communities. And all of us artists, we need to stand up and help girls like her be seen and heard. It’s so important. Thank you.”
The Fines discovered the then-15-year-old artist in San Diego four years ago, while seeking out subjects for a documentary they wanted to produce about homelessness. Izucar and her family had moved some 30 times in the previous decade, changing places every three months or so. Her father, who’d illegally brought his family across the U.S./Mexico border when Izucar was a child, had been deported to Mexico, and her mother found it difficult to support her four children, holding down a series of low-paying odd jobs.
But it wasn’t her struggles that made Izucar a gripping subject; it was her incredible talent and indomitable spirit. She’s a promising artist who begins each day painting bright and extravagant makeup on her face, and after the filmmakers connected with her through a San Diego non-profit called ARTS: A Reason to Survive that supports at-risk youngsters, they spent the next two years documenting her life.
“I don’t even want to imagine where I would be if there wasn’t the documentary and everything that’s going on with it,” says Izucar. “I’m really thankful to Sean and Andrea.”
Since working on the documentary, Izucar, now 19, has moved into her own apartment — which she shares with her two adopted pet bunnies — and she had a successful art show in New York City in August, right before the documentary aired on MTV.
During Sunday’s awards show, she decided to tone down her makeup and leave her trademark red Chuck Taylor sneakers for a more red-carpet appropriate look.
“I wish I had my sneakers,” says Izucar, who wore heels. “But I was barefoot most of the time because they hurt. I almost tripped getting up there too, because of my heels.”
Following her introduction to the world, Izucar managed to garner the attention of Hollywood legends who recognized her from being on stage and asked her about her art. She had plenty of good news to share: she recently launched a website on which collectors can view and purchase her art, and she’s been invited to do an art show at the National Art Club in New York this summer.
“I want to do advocacy with the film and there are just so many things I want to do now,” says Izucar. “I want to a write a kids book. I definitely want to go to college soon but I’m not sure what for. I think college is definitely where you learn new things and it’s the place for experiences. I wish I could do everything, and maybe I can.”