Ricky Martin Hands Over Keys to New Homes to Three Hurricane-Devastated Families in Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin is making a special delivery on his native island…

Taking advantage of his time in Puerto Rico, the 46-year-old Puerto Rican superstar visited the town of Loíza to continue to hand over keys to new homes for three families left homeless by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María last year.

Ricky Martin Foundation

“Thanks to each of your contributions to our fund, we rebuild homes, provide protection and hope to hundreds of families,” Martin said in a press release.

The Ricky Martin Foundation, a nonprofit organization named after the superstar, has handed over homes that are being rebuilt after the losses. Identifying and reconstructing the homes began in March, and the goal is to give keys to some 225 families by the fall of 2019.

In the reconstruction project, there are over 30 Loíza residents working, and each recipient, apart from collaborating in the reconstruction of your home, choose the color of your paint, slabs and other elements. They also receive workshops at the Tau Center as part of this initiative.

Part of the funds have been raised thanks to the viral campaign selling a black shirt with the Puerto Rican flag stamped on it, which was designed by Martin twins, Valentino and Matteo.

The campaign has received the support of many superstars, including MalumaLuis FonsiBad Bunny, Will SmithMarc Anthony.

Manuel Turizo Signs with Performing Rights Organization SESAC

Manuel Turizo has new representation…

The 17-year-old Colombian urban recording artist has been signed to performing rights organization SESAC, according to a spokesperson for the organization.

 Manuel Turizo

At 16, the entertainer has released three major songs including “Vámonos“and “Baila Congo.”

The single “Una Lady Como Tú” has received more than 280 million views on YouTube since March and has been streamed over 9 million times on Spotify. The song entered Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and last week rose 46-39.

Represented in a management deal through La Industria, Inc., the deep-voiced Turizo has also worked with Nicky Jam who is represented by the same group. Both artists worked on “Una Lady Como Tú.”

“We are very excited to welcome Manuel Turizo to SESAC,” said Celeste Zendejas, creative services director, SESAC Latina. “At his young age he has already proved to be a very talented singer-songwriter, trendsetting a new wave in urban music. Down-to-earth and authentic, Manuel is the urban artist whose fresh, acoustic-framed style is winning over people of all ages.”

“Uma Lady Como Tú” reached the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s streaming charts in Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Paraguay. In Spain, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru El Salvador and Nicaragua, the song reached the Top 5 in addition to having received more than 45 million views on artist Valentino‘s song “Bésame.”

Alx Veliz to Join Nicky Jam’s Fenix Tour

Alx Veliz is ready to (Nicky) Jam

The Guatemalan Canadian signer has been added as a special guest on Nicky Jam‘s second leg of the Fenix Tour.

Alx Veliz

Veliz joins other special guests on the tour, including Zion Y Lennox, De La Ghetto and Valentino.

“I am so excited to join this mega superstar on his tour! Nicky Jam is breaking barriers in his genre and I am grateful to have the opportunity to bring my music to his fans in the States this summer,” the “Dancing Kizomba” singer said in a statement.

Veliz’s “Dancing Kizomba,” from his EP Love Has No Language, was recently certified platinum in Spain, and the Spanish-language music video has over 4 million views on YouTube.

The Toronto native will also be performing at the V Music Festival in Europe in August.

The Fenix Tour kicks off July 1 in Tampa, Florida, and will visit cities including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

See the dates and cities below:
July 1 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
July 2 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
July 7 – El Coliseum, El Paso, TX
July 8 – Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
July 10 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
July 15 – Axis Theater, Las Vegas, NV
July 17 – The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA
July 22 – State Farm Arena, McAllen, TX
July 24 – SAP Center, San Jose, CA
July 29 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
July 30 – Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ
July 31 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA

Blahnik to Receive Couture Council of Artistry and Fashion Award from the Fashion Institute of Technology

It’s a special first for Manolo Blahnik 

The 72-year-old Spanish designer and founder of the self-named, high-end shoe brand will receive a “career-crowning” Couture Council of Artistry and Fashion Award from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Manolo Blahnik

Blahnik is the first footwear designer to receive the prestigious international award for lifetime achievement.

Blahnik, who celebrated his namesake label’s 40th anniversary in 2012, became a late-career household name, thanks, in part, to Sex and the City, which name-dropped him reverently.

It’s one of the few international honors in fashion, decided by a committee of editors, retailers and journalists. In years past, it has been received by Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.


Mota: 2014’s Most Searched For “Fashion Designer” on Google

She may be a teenager, but Bethany Mota is already garnering major attention in the fashion world…

The 19-year-old half-Mexican YouTube vlogger and fashionista, a contestant on the most recent season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, was the most searched for “fashion designer” of 2014, according to Google.

Bethany Mota

Mota, also known by her username Macbarbie07, rose to fame in just a few short years with beauty tutorials, fashion lookbooks, and “haul” videos, gaining nearly 8 million subscribers in the process.

In December 2013, the teen sensation partnered with tween retailer Aeropostale to launch her own clothing and accessories line for the brand.

The eponymous line consists of teen staples, including graphic tees (some featuring Mota’s face, $16), oversized skull tote bags ($24), and scented body shimmer ($12).

Since the unveiling, the successful collaboration has led to seasonal collections as well as a bedding collection (particularly popular is the “Motavator” bed in bag set, $109).

Mota beat out some big names on Google’s list, including Kate Spade, Alexander Wang and Valentino, as well the late greats Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott and Edith Flagg.

Rubio Takes Her Seat at “The X Factor” Judges’ Table

Paulina Rubio has taken the hot (pink) seat on Fox’s The X Factor.

Following Monday’s announcement that the 41-year-old Mexican singer has joined the judges’ team on the network’s singing competition, Fox has issued the first photo of Rubio and her fellow judges.

Paulina Rubio and Demi Lovato on The X Factor

Dressed in a hot pink Roland Mouret dress paired with Valentino shoes and Piumelli gloves, Rubio is seated in L.A. Reid‘s former chair. To her right, in Britney Spears‘ old spot, is Demi Lovato followed by former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell.

For her part, Lovato dons a pair of Paige Jeans, Heather Lawton blouse, Jen Meyer jewelry and Yves Saint Laurent shoes.

The photo of the four judges was taken at The X Factor’s first round of auditions for its upcoming third season at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Meanwhile, sources say Rubio will be earning approximately $1.5 million for serving as a judge on The X Factor.

Rubio also earns a judge’s salary for La Voz Kids, a Spanish-language kids version of The Voice for Telemundo.

It’s believed Lovato asked for double her fee after her well-received debut on the show last season. She previously earned approximately $1 million.

Rivera: The Best-Dressed Latina at the SAG Awards…

Naya Rivera didn’t pick up The Actor at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, but she did earn best-dressed Latina honors…

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer turned heads on the red carpet at the Shrine Exposition Center at Sunday’s SAG Awards.

Naya Rivera

Rivera, nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series along with her Glee co-stars, rocked a Donna Karan Atelier black gown with a sheer exposed inset that not only showcased her ample cleavage, but added geometric appeal to her neckline with its intricately designed corset.

Rivera completed her look with Stuart Weitzman shoes, Neil Lane jewels and a Judith Leiber clutch.

But Rivera wasn’t the only Latina wearing a Donna Karan Atelier gown…

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara, who beat out Rivera and her castmates to claim her third consecutive SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with her Modern Family co-stars, proudly displayed her curves in a skin-tight Donna Karan Atelier white lamé gown.

Vergara, who just received a pilot order for her Killer Women project from ABC, finished off her show-stopping look with white platforms and a million dollars worth of Neil Lane jewels.

Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin, nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with her Homeland co-stars, resembled a proud peacock in her Basil Soda dress, which featured a feather-like print and a leg-revealing slit. The 33-year-old Brazilian American actress completed her look with giant Jacob & Co. earrings.

Alexis Bledel

Mad Men’s Alexis Bledel left red carpet watchers green with envy at the SAG Awards. The 31-year-old Argentinean and Mexican American actress, best known for her starring role on Gilmore Girls, rocked an emerald green Rena Lange pleated dress that helped highlight her eyes.

Bledel, who walked the red carpet with her boyfriend and Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser, topped off her looks with House of Lavande vintage jewels and an Amanda Pearl clutch.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele proved to be pretty in pink on the red carpet. The 26-year-old half-Spanish actress, nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series along with her Glee co-stars, wore a strapless fuchsia Valentino dress, Jennifer Meyer jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes and Fendi bag.

Martin Shares Adorable Father’s Day Photo on Facebook

Father’s Day isn’t until Sunday… But Ricky Martin is already celebrating el Día de los Padres…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Evita, just released an image of him with his twins, Matteo and Valentino, on his official Facebook fan page.

Ricky Martin

In the photo, Martin is seen looking into the camera, while his 3-year-old sons interact with him.

In addition to sharing the adorable family portrait, Martin’s Facebook page includes a link where his followers can send their photos and a congratulations message to the singer. The submissions will later be shared with the public.