Lovato’s One-Hour Documentary Airing Tuesday

Demi Lovato is opening up about her trials and tribulations in a one-hour MTV documentary and follow-up live appearance on the cable network.

The 19-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer’s special Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, which follows the Unbroken singer through her recovery as she hits the road again after canceling her tour with the Jonas Brothers in 2010 and seeking treatment for “emotional and physical issues.” Viewers will also watch her spend Thanksgiving 2011 with her family and revisit the Dallas treatment center.

Demi Lovato

Following the special, Lovato will make a live appearance in the network’s New York City Time Square studio to share her thoughts on the one-hour documentary.

Hosted by MTV News correspondent Suchin Pak, Lovato will do a live Q&A, share some deleted scenes from the documentary, and give viewers a first look at her appearance on MTV’s candid camera prank series, Punk’d.

The network encourages fans to take part in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #staystrong and by submitting questions to the @MTVNews and @MTV Twitter accounts with the hashtag #AskDemi.

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Demi Lovato: Stay Strong will premiere this Tuesday, March 6 at 10 pm ET on MTV, with Lovato’s live appearance at 11:00pm.

In addition, Lovato is set to perform on NBC‘s Today on Tuesday.

Snooki Shares Her Story in New Anti-Bullying PSA

Long before being punched in the face by a dude while partying on the Jersey Shore, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi had to endure years of taunting as a teen guidette in New Jersey…  And, now she’s opening up about the bullying in hopes of ending “digital drama.”

The 24-year-old Chilean-born reality television star has partnered with MTV to appear in a public service announcement for the network’s A Thin Line campaign, which aims to end sexting, cyberbullying and digital dating abuse.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Snooki admits that having to evade constant rumors about her promiscuity while a student at New York’s Malboro High School and dealing with her cruel haters helped give her a tough skin and make her a stronger person.

“As a freshman, I was bullied so much by the older girls. What I went through in high school made me who I am today: I’m very strong. [To] whoever talks about me, I’m like ‘Yeah, whatever,'” the reality star, who is reportedly expecting her first child, explains in the just-released PSA.

Currently filming her Jersey Shore spinoff with best friend Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Snooki hopes fans struggling with bullies will adopt the same philosophy that helped her not only survive but thrive as a teen.

“Do not live your life trying to please everyone else so they like you,” she says. “Just please yourself and if people doesn’t like you and they make fun of you, that’s their own problem.”

To learn more about how Snooki overcame her bullying, and to get involved in the A Thin Line campaign, visit AThinLine.Org.

Longoria Ready to Hit the Campaign Trail as Obama’s National Co-Chair

Eva Longoria is taking her role as a national co-chair on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign seriously…

“As soon as the show wraps, I’m going on the campaign trail and going to the swing states,” the Desperate Housewives star told The Hollywood Reporter at a pre-Oscar bash, which she co-hosted with Vanity Fair. “Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and I’m probably going to Florida as well.”

The 36-year-old Mexican-American actress, a loyal Obama supporter who hosted a special Latino fundraiser for the president in Los Angeles last year, says she’s planning to focus her campaigning efforts on influencing two key groups that hold close ties to her heart.

“Just really messaging to not only to the Latino community, but the female community,” she explained.

Obama may have won the Latino vote in 2008, but in recent years some activists have been disappointed in the president’s indecision on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. And, other one-time Obama-supporters have also started to think differently about their choice.

“I always find that really odd,” said Longoria. “Because he’s really made some bold promises and he’s kept them.” The actress went on to explain promises she believes the president has kept, including healthcare and “holding Wall Street accountable for their contributions to the economy.”

“There are so many things that he has delivered on that I find people overlook,” she continued. “And I think the rhetoric against him is so sharp from the primaries, that it’s dangerous for people to buy into the misinformation that’s out there.”

So what’s Longoria’s message to undecided voters?

“I think people really just have to educate themselves on what he has done, what he is still doing and what he is going to do.”

Longoria Named National Obama Campaign Co-Chair

She’s a longtime and unwavering supporter of President Barack Obama… And, now Eva Longoria is stepping up to help with Obama’s re-election campaign.

The 36-year-old Mexican-American actress, who hosted a special Latino fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Los Angeles, has been named a national co-chair on Obama’s campaign.

Considered an indication of the incumbent’s strategic thinking as his campaign shifts into high gear, Obama’s appointment of Longoria and 34 other strategic supporters as “co-chairs” serves as a roadmap not just to where the president and his advisers see his support, but also to where they hope to strengthen or expand it.

The appointment of the Desperate Housewives star, who vigorously campaigned for Obama the last time around, recognizes Longoria’s personal loyalty to the president and shines a spotlight on the importance Obama and his strategists are attaching to Hollywood in this crucial stage of their reelection campaign. They’ll be looking to the entertainment industry for both contributions and high visibility celebrity endorsements like the ringing one provided by Longoria.

But Longoria isn’t the only Latina/o on the co-chair list… In all, seven of the appointees are of Hispanic descent.

The Latino vote went to Obama in 2008, but hard economic times have battered many communities of recent immigrants — like Los Angeles — and some activists have been disappointed by the president’s lukewarm engagement with the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.

This week’s appointments indicate that Obama’s reelection campaign is determined to shore up its Latino base with appointments ranging from San Antonio’s popular mayor Julian Castro to Los Angeles chief executive Antonio Villaraigosa and local labor leader Maria Elena Durazo of the AFL-CIO.

According to the Obama reelection campaign, the new co-chairs will act as the president’s electoral ambassadors with a special emphasize on getting out the vote in all 50 states.

del Toro Encouraging Puerto Ricans to Reject Domestic Violence

Benicio del Toro is encouraging people in his native Puerto Rico to love themselves and reject domestic violence.

The 44-year-old Oscar-winning actor, the official spokesperson of the “Aprendi a quererme” campaign, will give motivational messages along with the Christian pop rock group Sueño de Hormiga in the media, on Facebook and the campaign’s website.

Benicio del Toro Directorial Debut

“Who the heck said that to really love you have to put up with so many insults, shouting and humiliation. Get out of here … Learn to love yourself,” del Toro demands in one of the campaign’s television spots.

In addition to convincing people to love themselves, the campaign also hopes to teach people to avoid becoming victims of the pattern of mistreatment and for the aggressors to value their family and learn to keep their anger in check

Sueño de Hormiga’s Richie Dalmau added that the campaign is designed to get people to recognize that families need to instill positive values and family members need to treat each other with respect.

The campaign comes in response to the wave of violence on the island of Puerto Rico, where a record number of 1,136 murders were committed in 2011.

Villaraigosa to Serve as Chair of the Democratic National Convention

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is preparing to shine bright in the national spotlight…

The 59-year-old Mexican American politician has been tapped to chair the Democratic Party’s national convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who serves as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, announced in an email to DNC members that Villaraigosa will be nominated to chair the September convention.

Chairing the national convention, where Democrats are expected to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, will place Villaraigosa in a national spotlight. Overseeing the gathering will also place the Latino mayor front and center as Democrats attempt to woo Latino support for Obama and other candidates.

Wasserman Schultz tells DNC members that Villaraigosa has empowered people during his career and will encourage engagement from Americans across the country.

Meanwhile, Villaraigosa, one of the nation’s most prominent elected Latino officials, said he expected to play a role in the campaign’s outreach to Latino voters. The White House is counting on strong Latino turnout, especially in battleground states such as Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Florida. But the mayor said he planned to speak “to a broad cross section of people, not just to Latinos.”

Villaraigosa was elected mayor in 2005 and re-elected in 2009.

Sotomayor Holds Court on Sesame Street…

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is holding court on Sesame Street…

The 57-year-old Puerto Rican Associate Judge, the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court, heard the case of Goldilocks v. Baby Bear in a new video on the Sesame Street Youtube page.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Over a cup of coffee with her friend Maria, Justice  Sotomayor—who has served on the Supreme Court since her appointment by President Obama in August 2009—doled out some justice in the case.

“Does the Justice think it was right for Goldilocks to come into my house — uninvited, mind you — sit in my chair and break it?” Baby Bear asked Sotomayor, who replied, “I’m not sure” and said she needed to hear from Goldilocks.

Goldilocks led with an apology—hardly a strong defense strategy—before saying she “didn’t mean to break it” and adding that she “was tired and it was the only chair that fit just right.”

But the argument stuck with Sotomayor, who told Baby Bear that “it was an accident” that Goldilocks broke the chair. “And accidents do happen,” she noted. When Baby Bear noted that his chair was still broken, Sotomayor told Goldilocks to help him glue it back together.

The 42nd season of Sesame Street will focus on science, math and engineering education.

Banderas Speaks Out Against Child Sexual Exploitation

Antonio Banderas is speaking out against child sexual exploitation… And, he wants you to get involved.

The 51-year-old Spanish actor—who has received a Goya Award nomination for his starring role in The Skin I Live In—wants everyone needs to join the fight against child sexual exploitation, something that, he says, affects not only underdeveloped nations but everyone.

Antonio Banderas

“We have to take this very seriously and root it out,” said Banderas during a recent promotional trip to Cancun Mexico.

Banderas made the plea during the presentation of the book “Libro de Sueños,” prepared by UNICEF and the hotel chain Iberostar Group to make parents and their children understand the dangers and degradation of child sexual exploitation.

“Many of us associate the scourge with a single country, I’m not going to say which one but it’s in all our minds, an Asian country, but when we do that we’re making a little exercise in hypocrisy because we know that basically that is going on in many countries, including some that are totally developed,” he said.

Banderas seemed to be referring to Thailand, where child sexual exploitation is a prevailing problem.

“Libro de Sueños,” found in every room of the hotel chain, with versions in Spanish, English and German.

The story by Zaragoza writer Begoña Oro, author of books for children and teens, contains 16 pages of illustrations and interactive texts.

Cruz Bares Shoulder in New PETA Anti-Fur Ad…

Despite the bitter cold temperatures in New York City, Penelope Cruz isn’t afraid to bare arms, or in this case, shoulders for a good cause.

The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress gives fur the cold shoulder as part of PETA’s latest ad campaign.

Penelope Cruz's PETA Ad

Cruz, mother to one-year-old Leo with hubby Javier Bardem—is appearing on a 70-foot billboard that debuted near New York City’s Penn Station on Wednesday.

“Penelope has appeared on every ‘best-dressed’ list in the world, and the one thing you’ll never see her wearing is fur,” PETA’s Senior VP Lisa Lange tells Us Weekly in a statement of the animal rights group’s latest spokesmodel. “PETA couldn’t ask for a more fitting emblem of the modern, glamorous woman who knows that there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who has a look that kills without anyone having to die for it.”

Cruz—who is preparing to work on her second film project with Woody Allen, who directed her an Academy Award in Vicky Cristina Barcelona—joins the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Bethenny Frankel in supporting the cause.

Muñoz Named White House Domestic Policy Council Director

She’s served as the director of intergovernmental affairs and the President’s point person on immigration… But now Cecilia Muñoz is expanding her role in Obama’s administration.

The 49-year-old Bolivian-American, a longtime civil rights advocate, has been named the new director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Muñoz’s new position will now place her among the president’s top aides, overseeing policy making on issues like education, health care, and immigration.

Cecilia Munoz

In adition, the new role will elevate Muñoz, already the highest ranking Hispanic in the White House, to a publicly prominent policy position during a political year in which the Latino vote will play a critical role.

As the director of intergovernmental affairs, Muñoz has been serving as a liaison between the White House and mayors, governors, tribal leaders and other officials. But it is for her role as the Obama Administration’s point person on immigration that has garnered her the most attention.

Before working in government, Muñoz served as senior vice president at the National Council of La Raza—the nation’s oldest civil rights organization—where she focused on education, health care and immigration advocacy.

The child of Bolivian immigrants to the United States, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights.

“Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted advisor who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,” President Obama said of Muñoz in a statement. “Cecilia has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of middle class families, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same unwavering dedication to her new position.”