Gloria Estefan Taking Part in the Paley Center’s Online Celebration of Latino Contributions to Television During Hispanic Heritage Month

Gloria Estefan is helping celebrate television’s Latino stars…

The 63-year-old Cuban Grammy-winning singer will be among the celebrities taking part in a month-long online celebration of contributions to television by Hispanics by the Paley Center for Media.

Gloria Estefan

Estefan joins a roster of participants that includes Alex Rodriguez and Eva Longoria.

The Paley Center’s tribute to the work of actors, journalists and other notable Latinos began this week and will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the first such event by Paley to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

The inaugural celebration will feature “conversations and events that spotlight critically acclaimed, groundbreaking, and culturally influential Hispanic personalities and rising stars who demonstrate the power of the community” and its cultural impact, the center said.

Maureen J. Reidy, the center’s president and CEO, called it a “a must-see celebration for the whole family that informs, educates, and entertains.”

A bilingual component with education programs, interactive trivia and other elements is available at paleycenter.org through October 15.

A Tribute to Hispanic Achievements on Television,” 8:00 pm Wednesday on Yahoo Entertainment. Estefan, Longoria, Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and George Lopez are among those participating, with Soledad O’Brien as moderator.

Alex Rodriguez in Conversation,” 8:00 pm Thursday, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo Sports. The baseball great discusses his career in and out of sports, with Natalie Morales as moderator.

Telemundo’s ‘La Reina del Sur: A Conversation with the Stars,” October 2, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo en Español. Series lead Kate del Castillo and cast members Isabella Sierra and Alejandro Calva join in a Spanish- and English-language panel about the hit telenovela and its upcoming third season.

Hispanic Voices in Media,” 8 p.m. Oct. 8, Yahoo News. Journalists Ana Cabrera, Ilia Calderón, Jose Diaz-Balart, Tom Llamas and Juan Williams discuss TV’s role in informing Hispanic Americans and issues including politics, the pandemic and immigration. Mariana Atencio is the moderator.

Kehlani’s “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t” Predicted to Be Her Highest Charting Album on the Billboard 200

Kehlani’s thisclose to achieving a personal best…

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter’s latest album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, is expected to debut in the Top 10 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.

Kehlani

Kehlani’s album is predicted to reach around 75,000 equivalent album units sold in the week ending May 14, putting it in the race for the No. 2 stop on the chart. 

And if the numbers hold up, Kehlani could capture her highest charting album, and best week in terms of units earned, with this latest release. Kehlani’s new album is supported by a small range of merchandise/album bundles.

Presently, her highest charting set is SweetSexySavage, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2017 with 58,000 first-week units (her biggest week, in terms of volume).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). 

The top 10 of the May 23-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Sunday, May 17. 

Thalia Among the Artists Featured on Billboard’s Latin Divas Spotify List

Thalia will have you dancing this Hispanic Heritage Month…

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15-October 15, Billboard has created a special Spotify playlist honoring the Latinas in music, including the 48-year-old Mexican singer.

Thalia

Billboard’s Latin Divasplaylist gathers the best songs from the best Latinas in music, including Thalia, Paulina RubioAnittaShakiraJennifer Lopez, Karol GNatti NatashaCamila CabelloBecky Gand more talented Latin female artists who are proud of their Hispanic heritage.

Check out the playlist below, and let us know who’s your favorite diva on the list:

Gustavo Dudamel Promotes Musical Dreams in Hispanic Heritage Month Video

Gustavo Dudamel is inspiring children to embrace the music in their hearts… 

The 36-year-old celebrated Venezuelan conductor and violinist joined the animated characters of Disney Jr.’s Latina princess series Elena of Avalor for a new Hispanic Heritage Month spot aimed at encouraging children’s musical dreams.

Gustavo Dudamel

“Music is my life,” the L.A. Philharmonic music director tells kids in the promo, which started airing on Friday in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. “The most important thing is that I have a chance to share with people.”

When asked by a young musician how he became a conductor, the orchestra leader said he would play pretend that he was a conductor when he was growing up, arranging his toy soldiers like orchestra musicians. “I was 11 years old and the conductor was late, and I went to the podium and I started to conduct,” Dudamel recalled, making it sound easy — yet, hopefully inspiring other aspiring conductors to take the podium themselves.

Cabello Pens Moving Essay About Growing Up an Immigrant in the U.S.

Camila Cabello is opening up about her immigrant background…

The 19-year-old Cuban singer and Fifth Harmony member, who was born in Cojímar, Cuba, has penned a heartfelt essay about growing up as an immigrant in the United States, explaining how it has shaped her personal drive and sense of self.

Camila Cabello

The piece was published Thursday (Sept. 15) by Pop Sugar as part of the publication’s Hispanic Heritage Month coverage and gives an account of Cabello’s move to the U.S.A. as a 7-year-old, having grown up in Havana, Cuba, and Mexico City.

In the essay, she recalls crossing the border with her mother and her siblings, leaving her father behind, saying goodbye to her extended family, and as a kid not understanding the significance of it all.

“Why were we packing up our stuff? Why was my grandma hugging me tighter than usual? Where were we going?” she writes. “‘We’re going to Disney World!’ That’s what my Mom told me when we were crossing the border. She packed a little backpack with my Winnie the Pooh journal and my doll, and we crossed the border from Mexico to the US, seeing my Dad become an ant in the distance as he stayed behind.”

Her father joined the family a year later in Miami, but both her parents had to work from the ground up. Her mother had been an architect in Cuba, but none of her training meant anything in America. Her parents took jobs at Marshalls stacking shoes and washing cars at a mall and eventually worked their way up, eventually starting a construction company together.

“I learned from my family that if you work hard enough and you want it badly enough, you can do the impossible,” Cabello writes.

It was this drive that inspired her to audition for The X Factor and led to her career as a singer in Fifth Harmony. And it was this experience that has shaped her belief on immigration in our country.

“I am so proud to be Cuban-Mexican,” she writes. “This country was built on immigrants. People who were brave enough to start over. How strong we are to leave behind everything we know in hopes of something better. We are not fearless, we just have dreams bigger than our fears. We jump. We run. We swim, we move mountains, we do whatever it takes. And so next time, when anybody wants to tell you they want to build a “wall” on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall, could be the next cure for cancer, the next scientist, the next artist, the next drummer, the next anything they work hard enough to become!”

Read the full essay on Pop Sugar.

Daddy Yankee to Receive People En Español’s 20th Anniversary Award

Daddy Yankee is celebrating a career milestone…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton star will be honored with People En Español‘s 20th Anniversary Award at its annual festival during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee will receive the special award to celebrate over two decades in the music industry — his first album, No Mercy, was released in 1995.

“His influence on our culture and on millions of people across the globe is emblematic of our brand’s mission to unite and inspire,” said People En Español‘s publisher, Monique Manso.

“Festival People en Español is a truly unparalleled experience in Hispanic culture,” Manso adds. “Celebrating the brand’s 20th anniversary during the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month will make this a momentous occasion for our community.”

The fifth edition of the two-day festival, which falls this year on October 15 and 16, will feature music performances, meet-and-greets with Latin stars and panel discussions — all at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Currently a judge on Telemundo‘s La Voz Kids, Yankee is also performing across the U.S. this summer with Don Omar on the pair’s Kingdom Tour.

Aguilar to be Honored at the Hispanic Heritage Awards

Pepe Aguilar is preparing to celebrate an extra special Hispanic Heritage Month…

The 46-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter is among the Latino luminaries being feted at this year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 18.

Pepe Aguilar

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has announced that Aguilar, among others, will be honored at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., with PBS airing the awards show as a one-hour special on September 29.

Aguilar, a four-time Grammy winner and four-time Latin Grammy winner, will receive the Master of Arts award in recognition of his thriving career in the music industry.

In addition to Aguilar, the 2014 honorees include the Hayden High School Robotics Team (Education), Bernie Williams (Sports), Carlos Vives (Legend), Henry R. Munoz III (Leadership), Zoe Saldana (Vision), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (Science Technology Engineering Math) and a special recognition for the 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army, “The Borinqueneers.”

“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history, and we are proud to recognize that impact. Beyond celebrating our past success, we are focused on the future. Now more than ever, Latinos will play a vital role in moving America forward.”

The Hispanic Heritage Awards were launched in 1987 by the White House as a way to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

The awards receive support from about 40 national institutions who co-host the program.

Vega to Be Honored at This Year’s El Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega Show

This upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, Polito Vega will have extra reason to celebrate.

The 76-year-old Puerto Rican radio personality, El Rey de la Radio in New York, will be honored on September 21 during a concert at Madison Square Garden featuring performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Juan Luis Guerra, Don Omar, Chayanne and Carlos Vives.

Polito Vega

El Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega show, presented by MEGA 97.9 FM, will celebrate Vega’s 30 years of service to the Hispanic community in a showcase that will also feature J’Martin, Don Miguelo, Alex Sensation, DJ Lobo and DJ Aneudy.

The third edition of this concert will celebrate a career arc that spans more than five decades for Vega, who moved to New York in 1952 to work in radio and went on to have major influence in Latin music across the U.S.

“It’s a great pleasure and honor to have a celebration this summer in New York with major artists,” said Lucas Piña, senior VP, SBS Entertainment, the company producing the event.

Vega has for decades been a popular personality on radio and has beat the competition consistently through Mega 97.9FM and AMOR 93.1FM.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15.

Alvarez In Talks to Direct “Dante’s Inferno.”

Fede Alvarez’s career is on fire

The 35-year-old Uruguayan filmmaker is currently in talks to direct Dante’s Inferno.

Fede Alvarez

Universal Pictures is setting Alvarez, the man behind the Evil Dead remake, to helm the live action adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game, which is rooted in the famous literary work.

The protagonist, Dante Aligheri is a knight who with the help of the poet Virgil ventures into the nine rings of hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. In the process, he becomes an

unwitting pawn in an ancient war between heaven and hell. Rights to the video game were won by Universal several years ago in a bidding battle.

The game was released in 2010 for Xbox and PlayStation.

Prince Royce to Give Hispanic Heritage Month Performance at White House

Prince Royce will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House

The 24-year-old Dominican American singer-songwriter will join Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval and other musicians to bring their Latin sounds to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next week.

Prince Royce

The latest “In Performance at the White House” program will be taped on Monday and will showcase Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15-October 15.

In addition to Prince Royce, Estefan and Sandoval, the White House says Ricky Martin, Lila Downs, Raul Malo, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz, Natalie Cole and Marco Antonio Solis also are expected to join President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, to help highlight a variety of styles of Latin music.

The first lady also will host a workshop for area students on the history of Latin music on Monday afternoon.

The entire program will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov on Monday. It will be also broadcast by PBS stations nationwide on October 8.