Melissa Fumero Taking Part in NBCUniversal’s New “The More You Know” Social Justice, Equality and Equity PSAs

Melissa Fumero is helping people get in the know

NBCUniversal will launch a new series of its popular The More You Know PSAs that tackle systemic racism and speak up for social justice, equality and equity, with the 38-year-old Cuban American actress and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star among the artists taking part.

Melissa Fumero

Fumero joins a roster of NBC talent that includes Dulé Hill, James Roday Rodriguez and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

The campaign was developed in collaboration with social and racial justice organizations Fair Count, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the National Action Network and the National Urban League, and focuses on standing up against injustice, teaching children about equity, and the importance of voting and completing the census, especially for how it impacts the Black community and communities of color.

The campaign kicked off this week on NBC’s Today with a spot on teaching children about inclusion and acceptance. The campaign will be rolling out over the next few weeks, with spots now available on TheMoreYouKnow.com and YouTube.

The More You Know site also includes comprehensive resources and educational guides.

“For over 30 years, ‘The More You Know’ has sought to bring light to the nation’s most pressing social issues,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal, “and we hope this new iteration will continue to educate, encourage and inspire people of all ages to take an active role in improving the world we live in.”

In addition to Fumero, Hill, Roday Rodriguez and Clarkson, stars participating in the campaign include: Carlos Adyan (En Casa con Telemundo), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam), Notah Begay III (NBC Sports), Gizelle Bryant (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Victor Cruz (E! News), Dexter Darden (Saved by the Bell), Ester Dean (Songland), Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), Damon Hack (Golf Channel), Zuri Hall (Access Hollywood), Ana Jurka (“En Casa con Telemundo and Titulares y Más), Aneudy Lara (100 Días Para Enamorarnos), Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Organized Crime), Wendy Osefo (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Jeimy Osorio (Telemundo), Nina Parker (E! News’ Nightly Pop), Nichole Sakura (Superstore), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us”), Justin Sylvester (E! News’ Daily Pop), Elyfer Torres (Enemigo Íntimo) and Reno Wilson (Good Girls).

Victor Cruz to Co-Host E!’s “Pop of the Morning”

Popgoes the morning for Victor Cruz… 

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican former New York Giantswide receiver has joined E!’s morning news show Pop of the Morningas a co-host, E! has announced. 

Victor Cruz

Cruz will join the recently hired Lilliana Vazquezand Scott Tweedieon the 11:00 am weekday show.

“I’m excited for this new journey in life,” Cruz said in a statement. “I’m excited for you guys to see me in a different way.”

Cruz was an undrafted free agent in 2010 when he landed at the Giants, finishing the 2011 season with a single-season franchise record for receiving yards, and later becoming part of the Giants victory over the New England Patriotsin Super Bowl XLVI

He launched the Victor Cruz Foundationin 2014, which encourages children to become physically active, focuses on college readiness, financial literacy, and STEMprogramming.

E! News tweeted a brief video clip of Cruz announcing his new gig.

Cruz Makes Catch in First NFL Game Appearance in Nearly Two Years

Victor Cruz is back in the game…

The 29-year-old half-Puerto Rican New York Giants wide receiver returned to game action on Saturday night after 685 days away due to injuries.

Victor Cruz

Cruz had one catch in 30 snaps in the team’s 21-20 win against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Cruz had missed most of the past two seasons with knee and calf injuries. He was also sidelined for two weeks this summer with a groin problem.

“It felt great, man, just to be with my teammates and put this 80 jersey back on and to get the love of the crowd and the people again and go out there and be in position to make a few plays as well,” he said.

Despite being on the field for all of the Giants’ first-team snaps Saturday night, Cruz was targeted twice by quarterback Eli Manning. He caught his only pass on the first play of the second half — a quick 4-yard out — against the Jets’ backups.

Cruz said he escaped the contest “unscathed.” He accomplished his two goals: getting on the field with his teammates and making an impact.

“It did, it felt like old times,” Cruz said. “I caught the ball in the flat and tried to make something happen, but I got to feel a little bit of contact, which was a great feeling.”

Cruz’s only other target came on third down early in the second quarter when he got a step on cornerback Buster Skrine deep downfield. But Manning’s pass was underthrown and too far inside, and it was almost intercepted by safety Marcus Gilchrist.

On a night when the first-team offense managed three first downs and 56 total yards in two-plus quarters, the Giants can at least take solace that Cruz held up physically in his first game since tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee on October 12, 2014.

“A big step,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “[He] got back on the field, had a chance to win on a double move. We couldn’t get the ball off cleanly and [he] caught another ball and looked comfortable and confident.”

Cruz admitted earlier in the week that this wasn’t just a normal preseason game; given his journey and struggles, it meant much more. After exiting the tunnel before the game, Cruz went to the far end zone and took a knee. After several seconds to himself, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. came over and had some words for the well-respected veteran.

Cruz then trotted to the sideline and patted his chest as the fans in the end zone cheered and chanted his name. The trademark “Cruuuuz” was back at MetLife Stadium.

“It was unreal. It kind of gave me goose bumps, especially that first walk out on the field,” Cruz said. “To have the fans do that, it was just humbling, and it really showed how much I mean to the fan base here in this tri-state area and to all Giants fans across the world how much they have anticipated this moment and how much I anticipated this moment to be back in front of them.

“And it was a pretty surreal moment for me, to say the least.”

Cruz Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Elaina Watley

Victor Cruz is saying goodbye to bachelorhood…

The 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican New York Giants wide receiver is officially engaged to his longtime girlfriend Elaina Watley.

Victor Cruz

Cruz proposed to Watley on Sunday, July 13 in front of their family, Page Six reports. The pair’s engagement took place following a “baby dedication” ceremony for their daughter Kennedy at the Love of Jesus Family Church in Paterson, NJ.

“The ring is beautiful – it’s a round stone with a pink diamond band,” Waitley told the site. The pair admitted that they had not planned the wedding, but they wanted to tie the knot in a destination wedding or “an iconic” New York ceremony.

Cruz and Watley met in 2003 when he was a high school student. They welcomed their daughter in 2012.

Cruz and his family most recently were seen attending the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards. The footballer was honored with “Party Like a Sports Star (Best Celebration)” award at the event, which took place at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles last week.

Wearing an all-white outfit which consisted of jacket, T-shirt and pants, Cruz cradled his daughter when receiving the award onstage.

Lopez to Pen Her First Book “True Love”

Jennifer Lopez is adding “author” to her already impressive resume…

Celebra, a division of Penguin Group (USA), has announced plans to release the 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and American Idol judge’s first book — titled True Love — on Tuesday, October 28.

Jennifer Lopez

A hardcover edition of the book will be published simultaneously in English and Spanish.

In True Love, Lopez will write about what is being described as “one of her life’s most defining periods – the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been.”

The book will include never-before-seen photographs and will be written like a personal diary with lessons and recollections.

“Writing True Love has been a deeply cathartic, personal, and vulnerable experience,” said Lopez. “If it were not for the love and courage given to me by my children, this story wouldn’t have been possible.  While I struggled with the decision of whether or not to release this book, I recognized that if it could touch even just one person then it would honestly become one of the most fulfilling endeavors of my life.”

A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to benefit The Lopez Family Foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children.

The news of her memoir comes a day after Lopez was honored with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Celebra publisher Raymond Garcia acquired world rights from Benny Medina at The Medina Co.

“Jennifer Lopez is a remarkable author who fully invested her heart and soul into every page of her book,” said Garcia. “She channeled her unparalleled work ethic, fearless honesty, perpetual creativity, and artistic vision to realize an absolutely beautiful story that will surely touch and inspire readers around the world.”

 

Celebra also is home other high-profile authors including Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Rita Moreno, Ricky Martin, Mario Lopez, Victor Cruz, La La Anthony, George Lopez, Soledad O’Brien, Juanes and Thalia.

Cruz Signs Lucrative Five-Year Contract Extension with the New York Giants

Victor Cruz has landed a giant-sized contract extension with the New York Giants

The pro football team has signed the 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican Giants wide receiver to a five-year, $45.879 million contract extension.

Victor Cruz

“I feel relief,” said Cruz, who is known for his salsa-dancing touchdown celebrations. “I feel I can just kick back and play football again.”

Contract negotiations between the team and Cruz reportedly dragged on for months, with both parties appearing far apart at several junctures.

The deal includes $15.6 million in guaranteed money, NFL.com reported.

“This is just another step to getting where I want to be at the end of my career,” said Cruz, who was one of the top receivers in the NFL the past two seasons, catching 168 passes for 2,628 yards, a 15.6-yard average, with 19 touchdowns.

 

Cruz started all 16 games in the 2012 season and led the Giants with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards, with 10 TDs.

“I love to do well for my team and do well each and every year and continue to prove myself and not feel complacent and not feel I’ve done enough. I want to continue to have catches and yards and touchdowns and help my team win and get to the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl,” said Cruz.

Cruz has gone from a virtual unknown to NFL star in the league’s biggest market in just three years.

The wide receiver, who signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010, has been one of the NFL’s feel-good stories the past two years.

“We are pleased to have this behind us,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. “Now Victor can focus on football. Training camp is approaching quickly, and we all have a lot of work to do to get back where we want to be.”

Miguel Nominated for Four BET Awards…

Miguel apparently has adorn-ing fans at BET

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter has earned four BET Awards nods, making him the most nominated Latino artist this year.

Miguel

Miguel, who will be performing at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, is nominated in the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
category. His single “Adorn” is also nominated for Video of the Year, the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
and the Centric Award.

Other Latino nominees include Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and New York Giants star Victor Cruz for Subway Sportsman of the Year.

The BET Awards will air live June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

Here’s a look at the full list of nominees:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Elle Varner

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel


Justin Timberlake
Usher

Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
Slaughterhouse
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz feat. Drake: “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne: “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake: “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz: “Mercy”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz feat. Drake: “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
Drake: “Started From The Bottom”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne: “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake: “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz: “Thrift Shop”
Miguel: “Adorn”
Rihanna: “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz: “Mercy”

Best New Artist
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weeknd

Best Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhané Wallis

Best Movie
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”
“Sparkle”
“Think Like a Man”

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis

Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
Drake: “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar: “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel: “Adorn”

Rihanna: “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”

Centric Award
Tamar Braxton: “Love and War”
Fantasia: “Lose To Win”
Miguel: “Adorn”

Nas: “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson: “My Love Is All I Have”

Cruz Earns First Pro Bowl Nomination…

He’s only been playing in the NFL for three years, but Victor Cruz has already reached a major career milestone…

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican New York Giants wide receiver has earned his first Pro Bowl nomination. Cruz will be joined by two of his teammates, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and guard Chris Snee.

Victor Cruz

“I’d like to thank all of you who voted for me for this years Pro Bowl. I’m honored to represent the New York Giants,” tweeted Cruz after learning he’d made the NFC reserve team.

Cruz, a second-team All-Pro selection in 2011 who held lead his team to victory at this year’s Super Bowl, holds the Giants franchise record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,536.

But Cruz wasn’t the only Latino footballer to earn a Pro Bowl nomination…

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was named to the NFC first team. It’s the 36-year-old part-Mexican American football star’s 13th Pro Bowl selection of his career.

Gonzalez is the Pro Bowl all-time leader in receptions (48) and touchdowns (6).

The 2013 Pro Bowl, the NFL’s all-star game for the 2012 season, will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Mars Pays Tribute to Newtown Shooting Victims on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

During his recent visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bruno Mars have a moving tribute to the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer, who recently reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, opened the show by performing “Count on Me,” a single from his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, complete with a ukulele.

Bruno Mars

Supported by a lone back-up singer, Mars flawlessly belted out the fitting tribute after a heartfelt introduction by DeGeneres, who decided to kick-off her show differently following the shooting that killed 26 people including 20 school children on Friday, December 14, a tragedy gripping not just the community in Newtown, but the entire nation.

“I think we can all agree right now we need a lot of love out there,” said DeGeneres as she introduced Mars.

It’s the latest in a series of tributes to the victims of the shooting…

On Sunday, New York Giants star Victor Cruz marked up his shoes with a special message to honor one of the young victims, who happened to be a big Cruz fan.

On Monday, Christina Aguilera and her fellow The Voice coaches joined the show’s hosts and contestants to perform a song to honor the victims while each holding a placard with the name of a victim.

Cruz Pays Tribute to Newtown Shooting Victim Jack Pinto

He’s known for his end zone salsa-dancing… But during his NFL game on Sunday Victor Cruz made headlines for his special tribute to one of the young victims of the heartbreaking Newtown, Connecticut school shooting…

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican New York Giants wide receiver wrote a personal message in honor of 6-year-old Jack Pinto, a fan of Cruz’s who was one of the victims of Friday’s shooting.

Victor Cruz II

“It was emotional. I was fighting back tears to do it,” said Cruz. “It felt good to honor a family that was going through so much and perhaps to think that messages go out to these athletes — and some athletes just brush them off. So, it felt good to be one of the athletes that listened to that family and did something to pay tribute to them. It felt special.”

Writing something on cleats is usually a fineable offense. However, according to a person informed of the league’s stance in this case, Cruz will not be fined. The person spoke to USA Today Sports on condition of anonymity.

“RIP Jack Pinto,” Cruz wrote. “Jack Pinto, my hero. This one is 4 U!”

Victor Cruz Cleats

He became aware of Jack after his Twitter feed started to blow up with talk that the 6-year-old had been one of his biggest fans. He instructed his publicist, Elaina Watley, to find the family, which took her about 20 minutes. She asked the family members if they wanted to talk to Cruz; and they did.

“I was in the hotel (in Atlanta) and as I was talking to them I was fighting back tears. You could hear everybody in the background crying as well. It was tough to listen to,” Cruz said.

He spoke to Pinto’s 11-year-old brother, who was obviously distraught.

“He could barely speak to me. I was just talking to him, telling him to stay strong, to stay positive and I’m going to help the family any way I can,’’ said Cruz.

Cruz was reportedly told by Jack’s parents that they were considering burying their son in a No. 80 Giants jersey.

He said after the game that he hoped to visit Jack’s family this week, “even if it’s just for an hour.” He added that he planned to bring the shoes and gloves with him as gifts.