Dr. Miguel A. Cardona Helps CAA Launch K-12 Mentoring Program

Dr. Miguel A. Cardona is helping get U.S. students ready (set) for the new school year…

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) hosted an event this week at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles to launch the Ready Set mentoring program, with support from the 46-year-old Puerto Rican U.S. Secretary of Education, educator and member of the U.S. Cabinet.

Dr. Miguel A. Cardona

Ready Set, which highlights the nationwide need for tutors, is an online recruitment campaign that addresses the loss of learning and relational mentors among K-12 public school students in the U.S., particularly those who live in historically marginalized communities.

The campaign will run through September 2021 and build a strong volunteer pipeline for the academic year ahead.

“Ready Set was created to make it as simple as possible for tutors and mentors to volunteer to help kids,” CAA co-chairman and Ready Set advisory board member Richard Lovett told Variety. “In our 25 years of supporting public schools, the need has never been greater.”

Cardona and other leaders highlighted the importance of re-engaging students this summer, building America’s student support network and creating excitement around returning to in-person learning this fall.

“With the help of Ready Set mentors, we will help students recover this year,” Cardona said while speaking at the event. “To be a part of this important network, I’m asking folks to consider tutoring, mentoring, or serving with Ready Set. By volunteering, you can support students accelerate their learning to build strong relationships with caring adults.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Artists Offering Civic Lessons in Netflix’s Animated Series “We the People”

Lin-Manuel Miranda is giving a civics lesson…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and playwright, the mastermind behind the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton, lends his voice to the new animated Netflix series We the People.

Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Created by Chris Nee and produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, the 10-part series provides a range of civics lessons through three-minute music videos on topics that include the Bill of Rights, immigration and the courts.

In addition to Miranda, the series also features award-winning artists H.E.R., Brandi CarlisleBebe Rexha and others.

Miranda took on the topic of “The Three Branches of Government” episode, writing and performing the song “Checks and Balances,” alongside Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Daveed Diggs, Brittany Howard and Robert Lopez.

With its light hip-hop bear, the catchy number explains the checks and balances of the United States government.

Meanwhile, Jorge R. Gutierrez directs the immigration-themed episode, which features the track “American Citizen,” performed by Bebe Rexha.

The 46-year-old Mexican animator, painter, writer, voice actor, and production designer helms Rexha’s pop message that lets everyone know from the second they are born, they are an “American Citizen.”

The episode is full of visual treats showing how the country is one built from a nation of immigrants, as animated versions of Sofia Vergara, Steven Chen, Anousheh Ansari and Padma Lakshmi are all featured to illustrate the point.

We the People premiered on Sunday, July 4 on Netflix.

Eva Longoria Joins Coalition Set to Launch LA-Based Magnet School, Roybal School of Film and Television Production

Eva Longoria is helping “drive transformational change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities.”

The 46-year-old Mexican American actress, producer and activist has joined a coalition of industry leaders who are partnering with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner to found the Roybal School of Film and Television Production, a specialized academy housed within the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center.

Eva Longoria

In addition to Longoria, the project is also being spearheaded by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Don Cheadle, Kerry WashingtonMindy Kaling, Nicole Avant, Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd.

The Roybal School is set to launch in fall 2022 as a magnet school, providing LAUSD teachers with access to storytellers, industry professionals and experts, while supporting students with academic education and practical training.

The inaugural program will be overseen by Principal Blanca Cruz. Roybal will feature a curriculum designed to meet standards prescribed by the state of California and the University of California system. Students also will receive real-world experience through a dedicated internship initiative.

The school will launch with grades 9 and 10, and include grades 11 and 12 over the next two years. The pilot program could be expanded later to additional schools throughout the Los Angeles area.

“This effort will help open the doors of opportunity for a diverse group of students from underserved communities,” Beutner said. “This groundbreaking program will help prepare students for good-paying jobs in the film and television industry by integrating practical industry experience and internships for students into the curriculum.”

Beutner explained how industry lessons could be woven into the curriculum: “Physics is involved in the choice of a lens by a cinematographer, math is part of the foundation for a musical score in a film, critical thinking skills are needed to design a set, screenwriters need a foundation in literacy, and a make-up artist needs to know the chemistry of the different materials they might use – all of this will be tied into the curriculum at the school,” he said.

“Our aim is to better reflect the diversity of our country,” Clooney said. “That means starting early. It means creating high school programs that teach young people about cameras, and editing and visual effects and sound and all the career opportunities that this industry has to offer. It means internships that lead to well-paying careers. It means understanding that we’re all in this together.”

The founding members will serve on the school’s Production Advisory Board, lending expertise and support with the intent of building a more inclusive pipeline of career-ready talent for the film and television industry, according to the announcement.

Said Avant, “Everyone involved with this effort understands the need to create points of access: access to resources, information, skills, and mentorship. It is our hope that every guild and company across the entertainment industry landscape joins our efforts to build a bridge to opportunity.”

Added Lourd, “We invite every interested and committed person and company in our industry to join this effort. We have the collective power to accelerate the academic and professional trajectories of so many students and bring about positive change.”

Carlos Vives Donates “Cumbiana: Relatos De Un Mundo Perdido” Book to Schools

Carlos Vives is an open book…

The 59-year-old Colombian singer has spoken with more than 75 students across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico about his book Cumbiana: Relatos De Un Mundo Perdido.

Carlos Vives

During this week’s virtual event, Vives talked about cumbia and its roots and described his experiences writing the book.

The institutions that were part of the talk with Vives were also recipients of a special donation:

Vives gifted schools located in cities like Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Mexico City and Yauco (Puerto Rico) with a copy of his book, in which he traces the origins of cumbia through a magical journey that interweaves the artist’s memories with historical facts.

The book is available on Amazon.

Juan Ernesto Regalado Morales Wins Guillermo del Toro’s Jenkins-del Toro Scholarship

Juan Ernesto Regalado Morales is celebrating a special honor…

The Mexican filmmaker is this year’s winner of the Jenkins-del Toro Scholarship, which is awarded through an agreement between the Jenkins Foundation; the board of trustees of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the University of Guadalajara, the University of Guadalajara AC Foundation and Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro.

Nendok entre lagunas,

With the honor, Regalado Morales receives a $60,000 scholarship.

Regalado received the honor in recognition of his first film Nendok entre lagunas, which was featured at Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s Ambulante Festival, and was described by the jury as “a work that demonstrates a transformative point of view, visual quality, a decisive capacity and commitment to his community and society.”

The film was selected by a jury that included del Toro, his longtime producer Beth Navarro, Mexican scream queen Issa Lopez, animator Jose Solorzano, film critic Silvestre Lopez Portillo and actor Daniela Schmidt.

Wagner Moura to Star in Netflix Movie “The Gray Man”

Wagner Moura is seeing gray

The 44-year-old Brazilian actor will star in Joe and Anthony Russo’s next big-budget action Netflix film The Gray Man.

Wagner Moura 

Moura is part of a list of new cast additions that ncludes Jessica HenwickDhanush and Julia ButtersRyan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana De Armas are already on board to star.

The Russos have been developing the project for some time at Sony, and when the package went back on the market over the summer, Netflix was quick to acquire it and set Gosling and Evans to star. The film will be the biggest-budget film in Netflix’s history on the feature side.

The Russos penned the script with a recent polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The Russos along with Mike Larocca will produce on behalf of AGBO along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Chris Castaldi through their Roth Kirschenbaum banner.

The Gray Man is based on the debut novel by Mark Greaney, published in 2009 by Jove Books. It also is the first novel to feature the Gray Man, freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry. The action thriller will follow Gentry (Gosling) as he’s hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the CIA. The film is based on the first installment of the series.

Moura is best known for his scene-stealing role as real-life drug cartel boss Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons of Narcoswhich earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He was most recently seen in the Netflix thriller Sergio.

Juanes to Finance Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation’s Next Prodigy Scholarship to Berklee School of Music

Juanes is supporting the Latin industry’s next musical prodigy…

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has revealed that the 48-year-old Colombian musician and singer-songwriter is set to finance the next four-year Prodigy Scholarship that will fully fund a student’s bachelor’s degree in music at Berklee School of Music starting in the Fall 2021.

Juanes

“When the Latin Recording Academy reached out with this opportunity, I felt great joy,” said Juanes. “It took me back to when I was just getting out of high school and I was obsessed with music but I didn’t have the money to study music. Actually, studying music wasn’t even a thing and back then, I didn’t really think studying music would do anything for my future. But now I understand the importance of a music education and that’s why it’s so beautiful to be able to give back.”

The scholarship, created six years ago, holds a maximum value of $200,000 and the application period will be open from December 14 through April 10, 2021. It’s traditionally awarded to an outstanding music student between the ages of 17-24, who demonstrate a passion for Latin music but face severe financial hardships while pursuing a college education.

“This next musical prodigy should be exceptional and I don’t mean that they have to extremely virtuoso but they should have special something,” Juanes adds. “But most importantly they have to love music and be passionate about the craft. Whether you’re studying, practicing, wiring songs, you have to be dedicated 100 percent.”

In addition to the Juanes scholarship there will be 43 other scholarships; three Gifted Tuition scholarships and and 40 Tuition Assistance scholarships for music students admitted to universities of their choice.

In previous years, the Prodigy Scholarship has been co-sponsored by Latin stars including Enrique Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra, Miguel Bosé, Carlos Vives, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Julio Iglesias.

Javier Muñoz to Perform at This Year’s Arthur Miller Foundation Honors Benefit for Public School Arts Education

Javier Muñoz is celebrating the arts in our schools…

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star, who performed in the Tony Award-winning musicals In The Heights and Hamilton, has joined the line-up of performers for the annual Arthur Miller Foundation Honors celebrating public school arts education.

Javier Muñoz in Hamilton

Muñoz will perform alongside his friend and castmate Mandy Gonzalez, the 42-year-old half-Mexican American Broadway star who has appeared in In The Heights, Wicked and Hamilton.

The third annual gala celebration is set to stream virtually on November 16, and will also include performances by husband-and-wife duos like Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr. and WaitressNicolette Robinson; and Hamilton‘s Phillipa Soo and Bridges of Madison County‘s Steven Pasquale.

The evening will include a special appearance by Chiké Okonkwo and performances by New York City public school students impacted by the Miller program.

Additional performers and appearances to be announced at a later date.

Sasha HutchingsHamilton original cast member and Foundation Master Artist Council member, will host. She also co-produces along with Arthur Miller Foundation Executive Director Jaime Hastings. Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg are event co-chairs alongside Rebecca Miller, Sandi Farkas, Janine & Michael Smith.

The event is presented by Broadway.com and directed by Paul Wontorek. The Foundation will honor Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud) with the Arthur Miller Foundation Legacy Award, and will recognize exceptional NYC public school theater teacher Lisanne Shaffer with the Arthur Miller Foundation Excellence in Arts Education Award.

The celebration will raise funds for the Foundation’s theater education programs.

Neon Acquires Rights to Michel Franco’s Diego Boneta-Starrer “New Order”

Diego Boneta is bringing some Order to the U.S.

Neon has acquired the North American rights to Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco’s latest feature New Order, starring the 29-year-old Mexican singer and actor.

Diego Boneta

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize.

Conceived six years ago, Franco’s timely class conflict drama sees a high-society wedding interrupted by the arrival of unwelcome guests as protests rage on the streets..

Neon intends a theatrical release that’ll be announced at a later date. The film will next play at BFI London Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. It also played at San Sebastian Film Festival and made its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Written, produced and directed by Franco, the film features an ensemble cast comprised of Boneta, Naian González Norvind, Darío Yazbek BernalLisa OwenFernando CuautleMónica Del CarmenEligio MeléndezPatricia Bernal, Roberto Medina, Enrique Singer and Gustavo Sánchez Parra. 

 

 

Manny Marroquin Among Music Talents Taking Part in the Grammy Museum’s Virtual “Grammy Career Day”

Manny Marroquin’s ready to talk shop with the next generation of musicians…

The Grammy Museum has announced plans to host eight Grammy Career Day events for the remainder of the year, with the 39-year-old Guatemalan mixing engineer and nine-time Grammy winner among those professionals participating.

Manny Marroquin

The career days, which launched on September 24, will take place on Thursdays at 6:00 pm ET starting through November 19.

The education program will be hosted virtually via digital conferencing for the first time.

But Marroquin isn’t the only Latino taking part in the program…

Mike Elizondo, a 47-year-old Latino producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and Grammy winner, will join Marroquin

Grammy Career Day is a nationwide education program focused on career mentorship for middle- and high-school students in music programs.

In addition to Marroquin and Elizondo, this year’s participants include music director Rickey Minor, who is coming off his second Primetime Emmy win for his work on The Kennedy Center Honors, and music supervisor Julia Michels. The line-up also includes Grammy-nominated artist Paul Jackson Jr.

Here’s the full schedule:

Sept. 24: Engineer Manny Marroquin and producer, songwriter and musician Mike Elizondo

Oct 1: Jonathan Azu, founder and CEO of the management firm Culture Collective, and music supervisor Julia Michels

Oct. 8: Jeff Greenberg, owner and CEO of The Village Studios, and Henry Alonzo, chief creative officer at Adarga Entertainment Group

Oct. 15: Songwriter, producer and video director Madison Beer and artist/bassist Sekou Bunch, who is the CEO of Ibis Music Entertainment, LLC

Oct. 22: Loretta Muñoz, assistant vice president, membership group at ASCAP, and entrepreneur and music manager Orly Marley

Oct. 29: Kiara Lanier, singer/songwriter and CEO of Hits For LifeNov. 12: Film and television composer Amanda Jones

Nov 19: Bass player, composer, producer, and music director Rickey Minor and musician, educator, and recording artist Paul Jackson Jr.

Middle school and high school students and teachers across the U.S. are invited to join these Grammy Career Day sessions. If schools want to participate, they can register via the online form.

There will be another series of virtual Career Day events in spring 2021.