This Year’s ALMA Awards to be Broadcast Live on MSNBC

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and NBCUniveral have announced a partnership to air the 2013 ALMA Awards live on MSNBC with programming on MSNBC, mun2 and digital platforms including and

The ALMA Awards will be live for the first time since its inception in 1995.

ALMA Awards

The awards show, held during National Hispanic Heritage Month, will celebrate the contributions of Latinos in the entertainment industry with a look back at this year’s outstanding achievements; tributes to career excellence, outstanding causes and philanthropy; and inspiring music performances and acts.

The barrier-breaking awards show, which stands for the American Latino Media Arts, is the only nationally televised primetime English-language program celebrating Latino contributions to entertainment and media.

In addition to the live special, MSNBC will also present a one-hour news special discussing issues impacting the Latino community. The special will draw on the most important issues that the Latino community and the country are facing, such as immigration reform and education, as well as the causes featured by the honorees of the awards tributes.

The ALMA Awards will be broadcast live on Friday, September 27 at 10:00 pm ET on MSNBC.

Longoria Among This Year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees

She’s one of the Latino community’s biggest advocates… And, now Eva Longoria is being recognized for her efforts.

The 38-year-old Mexican American actress, who recently received a special award from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), has been named a Hispanic Heritage Awards honoree.

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The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) recently announced this year’s eight honorees, with the former Desperate Housewives star at the top of the list.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments,

Longoria will receive the Community Service Award, for her endless list of charitable and political efforts within the Latino community.

Here’s a look at the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees:

  • Actress Eva LongoriaCommunity Service Award
  • Musical Group Los Tigres Del NorteLegend Award
  • Chef Jose Andres, Design Award
  • Superintendant Alberto CarvalhoEducation Award
  • Voto Latino President Maria Teresa KumarLeadership Award
  • Actress and Singer LuceroVision Award
  • Actor/Director/Producer Diego LunaInspira Award
  • Race Car Driver Juan Pablo MontoyaSports Award
  • Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award

“The Hispanic Heritage Awards are proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the HHF. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history on America and the world and it’s an honor to be an organization established by the White House to recognize that impact.”

Longoria and her fellow honorees will be celebrated during the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The awards presentation will be broadcast on MundoFox on Sunday, September 15, at 6:00 pm EST.

Longoria to Guest Star on NBC’s New Comedy “Welcome to the Family”

She may be the executive producer of Lifetime’s hit series Devious Maids… But that doesn’t mean Eva Longoria won’t be back in front of the cameras again soon.

In fact, the 38-year-old Mexican American actress, who will be receiving a special award from the NCLR this evening, will guest star on an episode of NBC’s upcoming comedy series Welcome to the Family, which stars her onscreen husband from the long-running ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives, Ricardo A Chavira.

Eva Longoria

According to Longoria, Chavira called and asked her to come on the show and she agreed, adding that she’s very excited to be working with him again.

The Sony Pictures Television-produced series centers on a Caucasian and Latino family forced together by the unplanned pregnancy of their teen kids. Sparks between Longoria and Chavira will fly again as Longoria will play Ms. Nunez, the English teacher of Demetrio (Fabrizio Guido) who has a romantic history with the boy’s father Miguel (Chavira) from before he was married.

The series also stars Joey Haro and Justina Machado.

Longoria to Receive ‘ALMA de tu Mundo’ Award from the NCLR

Eva Longoria is set to receive a worldly award…

The 38-year-old Mexican American actress is set to receive NCLR’s ALMA de tu Mundo award during the 2013 edition of Premios Tu Mundo.

Eva Longoria

The ALMA de Tu Mundo award, presented by Telemundo and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recognizes artists who use their fame and talent to help the less-fortunate in society and create awareness of various philanthropic endeavors.

Handed out for the first time ever, the “ALMA de Tu Mundo” acknowledges the work of the former Desperate Housewives star, who has been engaged in many causes on behalf of the Latino community to help ensure a better future for Hispanic families through civic engagement, voting, education, and entrepreneurship.

But Longoria won’t be the only Latino celebrity receiving an award…

Daddy Yankee will be honored with the Poder Musical award.

The Poder Musical award is reserved only for artists who with courage, talent and innovative power revolutionize the world of music. Daddy Yankee was selected to receive the coveted recognition because of his unstoppable success that spans more than a decade. His unique innovating power has led him to place the urban music genre not only on the map but atop music charts around the globe.

The awards show will also feature electrifying performances by Natalia Jimenez, Aracely Arambula, Cristian Castro, Elvis Crespo, Tito “El Bambino” and Carlos Ponce.

The star-studded awards show will be broadcast live on Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 pm from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

See the full list of finalists at  The winners for each category will be announced at the awards show.

Cisneros to Chair the National Hispanic University’s Advisory Board

Henry Cisneros is ready to do his part to increase the number of Latino college students in the United States…

The 65-year-old Mexican American politician and businessman, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and first Hispanic mayor of a major American city, will chair the National Hispanic University’s newly formed advisory board.

Henry Cisneros

Comprised of prominent leaders from across the country, the board will provide guidance on overall strategy and serve as the university’s ambassadors to the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

“The National Hispanic University has a strong educational foundation, a proven track record for student success and, most important, a noble goal that I fully embrace — to increase the number of Latino college graduates,” said Cisneros. “I am honored to serve as chairman of the board and support the university and its mission and vision.”

Cisneros served as secretary of HUD in President Bill Clinton’s administration from 1993 to 1997. Prior to his cabinet position, he served four terms as mayor of his hometown, San Antonio. As the executive chairman of CityView, Mr. Cisneros remains actively involved in urban investing and building for community revitalization projects in large cities throughout the United States.

In addition to Cisneros, the advisory board includes:

Janet Murguia, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) — As president and CEO of the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Murguia often testifies before Congress about issues affecting the Latino community. She previously served as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues.

Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks — Conde is responsible for overseeing the Univision Network, TeleFutura Network and Univision Cable Networks, as well as Univision Studios, and has held a number of senior positions within the company. Prior to joining Univision, Conde was one of 12 White House Fellows (2002–2003) appointed by President George W. Bush and served as White House Fellow for then Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, president and CEO of the ASPIRA Association — Blackburn-Moreno has played a major role in shaping national education policy to benefit Latinos since assuming leadership in 1994 of the ASPIRA Association, the only national organization dedicated to the education and leadership development of Latino youth. A past chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, he has previously served on several advisory boards, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Ford Foundation. Blackburn-Moreno speaks nationwide on education issues.

Nely Galan, media entrepreneur/Latina advocate — Galan, a first-generation immigrant and self-made media mogul, was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network, Telemundo. She’s an award-winning producer of more than 600 episodes of television programming in Spanish and English, including the FOX reality series The Swan. She’s the founder of The Adelante Movement, which includes a national tour and a digital platform to economically empower Latinas in the U.S and connect them with financial opportunities. Galan has also recently gone back to graduate school. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is currently completing her doctorate.

“This esteemed group of nationally recognized leaders will be instrumental in advancing our university’s mission of increasing access to quality higher education for Latinos and others serving multicultural communities,” said Dr. David P. Lopez, president of The National Hispanic University. “As we continue to focus our efforts on expanding access nationally through on-campus and online programs, we will greatly benefit from the talents and unique expertise of this distinguished group of advisors.”

The National Hispanic University is part of The Laureate International Universities network, which includes more than 60 accredited campus-based and online universities worldwide, including more than 30 postsecondary institutions in Latin America. The university was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, who dedicated his life to making educational opportunities available to Hispanics and members of other underrepresented groups.

Aguilera to Receive Special Achievement Honor at the ALMA Awards

Christina Aguilera will soon be recognized for her giving alma

The 31-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer, who is preparing for her gig on the third season of NBC’s The Voice, will receive the National Council of La Raza Special Achievement Award at this year’s star-studded ALMA Awards ceremony.


Aguilera has been selected to receive the special honor because of her “incredible career and exceptional work in philanthropy.”

Aguilera, won has picked up three ALMA Awards during her illustrious career, has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009, where her participation has helped raise over $80 million for the World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies.

She also serves as an “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP and has traveled on relief trips with the organization to Haiti and Guatemala.

In addition, Aguilera continues to also fight for gay and lesbian rights, as well as helping victims of domestic violence.

Hosted once again by Eva Longoria and George Lopez, the ALMA Awards will be broadcast on September 21 at 8:00 pm ET on NBC. Celebrity presenters will include America Ferrera, Nicole Richie and Wilmer Valderrama.