Emilio Estefan Partners with Latino U.S. Senators to Help Designate May 2024 as “Latin Music Appreciation Month”

Emilio Estefan has partnered with two Latino U.S. senators to help recognize the impact of Latin music in the nation.

The 71-year-old Cuban musician and producer, who has won 19 Grammy Awards, teamed up this week with U.S. senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla) to have

Emilio EstefanMay 2024 designated as “Latin Music Appreciation Month” in the United States.

Lujan and Rubio introduced the bipartisan resolution.

The effort was led by award-winning producer Estefan, People en Español and political strategist and organizer Nathaly Arriola Maurice, after the group traveled to Washington, D.C. last December to meet with Senator Luján.

“As one of the only Hispanics in the United States Senate, I’m honored to introduce this resolution recognizing Hispanic and Latino achievements in music and culture,”  Luján said, according to People en Español. “The impact of Hispanic and Latino artists in the U.S. and around the world is immeasurable – from driving cultural trends to achieving commercial success – and it’s worth celebrating.”

Since kicking off his career in the ‘70s, Estefan has always focused on elevating Latin music and culture.

“The recognition of Latin Music Month marks a crucial moment to highlight the true story of our music, which carries a diversity of styles from all corners of the world,” he expressed. “These sounds have influenced many generations and continue to be the inspiration for the new ones.”

Gigi Saul Guerrero to Direct Biopic About the Late Jenni Rivera

Gigi Saul Guerrero is bringing a Mexican American icon’s life story to the big screen…

The 32-year-old Mexican Canadian filmmaker and actress will direct “Jenni,” a film about the life of the late Jenni Rivera.

Gigi Saul Guerrero The biopic, which is authorized by the late artist’s estate, will be produced by Los Angeles-based multimedia company Mucho Mas Media and De Line Pictures.

Developed by Guerrero and screenwriter Shane McKenzie, the movie follows Rivera’s rise as a Spanish singer who successfully crossed over to U.S. and global audiences, as well as her work as a women’s rights activist. She died in a plane crash in 2012 at age 43.

Rivera’s variety of banda, mariachi and norteño music made her one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists ever, with 15 gold and platinum records and top-drawing tours.

She produced multiple television series like “Chiquis & Raq-C” and “I Love Jenni,” and in 2012 she was named one of the top 25 most powerful women by People en Español. She also established charities like the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which supports single mothers and children who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Jenni will premiere on TelevisaUnivision’s premium streaming tier VIX+ and in select theaters throughout the U.S. and Mexico. A release date has not been announced yet.

Saul Guerrero was named by Variety in 2019 as a Latinx talent to watch. Since then, she signed a first-look deal with Blumhouse Productions after the debut of her first movie, Culture Shock.

On the acting front, she has voiced characters in “Supernatural Academy” and “Angry Birds: Summer Madness.”

Gurrero also created and directed the 2017 web horror series La Quinceañera and short film El Gigante, and she co-founded the Latin genre-focused company LuchaGore Productions.

McKenzie, a frequent collaborator of Saul Guerrero’s at LuchaGore Productions, wrote the screenplays for “El Gigante,” “La Quinceanera” and “Bingo Hell.”

Jenni Rivera Enterprises will executive produce.

“Gigi is so confident in her voice and storytelling and has an innate understanding of Jenni’s life.

Nazario to Serve as Guest Speaker at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

It’ll be all about “me” for Ednita Nazario in April…

The 61-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy-winning artist will be a guest speaker at the newly announced panel discussion “Me, Me, Me” at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Ednita Nazario

Other speakers on the panel, which will explore why Latin stars are a “hot commodity for memoirs and biopics,” include Creative Artists Agency agent Bruno del Granado, Luis Balaguer (CEO and co-founder — along with Sofía Vergara — of Latin World Entertainment), and executive producer and literary agent Raymond García (known for negotiating memoir deals for superstars like Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez).

Nazario is releasing her autobiography, Una Vida, on May 2, 2017 via Penguin/Random House.

“Many people will be surprised by some of the anecdotes,” Nazario tells People en Español. “Some were evident, others not. What I want to do with the book is let them discover that part that I kept private. “

The Billboard Latin Music Conference will kick off April 24 in Miami with other panels like “Superstar Q&A’s” and marquee sessions like the “Urban Music Panel,” the “Divas Panel” and “How I Wrote that Song, the New Generation.”

Colombian superstar Maluma was previously announced as a panelist taking center stage at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference on the new panel, “Socializing Maluma.”

The chart-topping artist and also a seven-time 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist will give the audience an inside look on how he works his social media.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach. To register, visit www.billboardlatinconference.com.

Daddy Yankee to Receive People En Español’s 20th Anniversary Award

Daddy Yankee is celebrating a career milestone…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton star will be honored with People En Español‘s 20th Anniversary Award at its annual festival during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee will receive the special award to celebrate over two decades in the music industry — his first album, No Mercy, was released in 1995.

“His influence on our culture and on millions of people across the globe is emblematic of our brand’s mission to unite and inspire,” said People En Español‘s publisher, Monique Manso.

“Festival People en Español is a truly unparalleled experience in Hispanic culture,” Manso adds. “Celebrating the brand’s 20th anniversary during the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month will make this a momentous occasion for our community.”

The fifth edition of the two-day festival, which falls this year on October 15 and 16, will feature music performances, meet-and-greets with Latin stars and panel discussions — all at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Currently a judge on Telemundo‘s La Voz Kids, Yankee is also performing across the U.S. this summer with Don Omar on the pair’s Kingdom Tour.

Rodriguez: 2014’s Top Trending Athlete on Google

James Rodríguez is a Google god…

The 23-year-old Colombian footballer, who plays for Real Madrid and the Colombian national team, top’s Google’s year-end list of Trending Athletes.

James Rodríguez

In his first opportunity to shine on the world soccer stage, Rodríguez managed to become Colombia’s golden boy. Searches for him grew more than for any other player during this year’s World Cup.

Rodríguez finished as the World Cup’s top scorer, making the FIFA All-Star Team, before landing a move to Real Madrid. He went on to be named 2014’s El Hombre Más Sexy by People en Español.

Here’s a look at the Latinos who made this year’s Top 10 list of Trending Athletes on Google.

No. 1 James Rodriguez
No. 4 Luis Suarez
No. 5 Neymar
No. 8 Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña

To see all the lists, simply visit Google.com/2014.

Rodriguez Named People en Español’s El Hombre Más Sexy of 2014

His impressive performance at this year’s World Cup earned James Rodriguez international acclaim… But it’s his handsome looks that have turned him into a sex symbol.

The 23-year-old Colombian soccer star, who earned the Golden Boot at this year’s World Cup for being the tournament’s top scorer, has been declared as 2014’s El Hombre Más Sexy by People en Español.

James Rodriguez People en Espanol

Rodriguez appears on the cover of the TBD issue of the Spanish-language magazine wearing a blue button-down shirt. But he’s also seen in green and a black shirt in a video shared by the magazine. The 20-second spot features Rodriguez posing for the camera, and though he doesn’t say a word, it does show his personality. At one point, he’s very concentrated on posing, but when he sees the camera, he cracks a smile and gives a thumbs up.

For it’s must-read feature on Rodriguez, the magazine called on the soccer star’s wife, Daniela Ospina, to offer insight on her handsome husband. She said he’s “a very attractive man. But what I most like is the way he is, his personality. It’s what I really love.”

James Rodriguez People en Espanol

Even though his powerful performance at the World Cup led to Real Madrid acquiring him from French-league club AS Monaco this summer and signing him for six seasons, his wife says he hasn’t let fame go to his head.

“He’s still the same. What really characterizes him is his humility,” the player’s mother, Maria del Pilar Rubio, said in a statement to the magazine, adding that Rodriguez “hasn’t let himself be impressed” by those contracts worth millions.

Becky G to Perform at the People en Español Festival

Becky G is heading to Central Texas…

The 17-year-old Mexican American singer/rapper is the latest addition to the lineup for the annual People en Español Festival, set to take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, August 30 and 31.

Becky G

Becky G will perform as part of the “Chicas Poderosas” (Powerful Girls) concert, presented by Disney, and also featuring Zendaya, among other acts.

This year’s fest is focused on the new Latin generation, and the theme is reflected in the musical performances, which also include appearances by Gabriel Coronel, Las Fenix, Priscila Angel and Mexican singer Mane de la Parra.

Also performing is Christian singer Jaci Velasquez, who has recently forayed once again into the Latin market. Other celebrities taking part in the two-day family fest include boxer Saul Canelo Alvarez and TV personality Don Francisco.

Last year’s People en Español fest included performances by Prince Royce, Gloria Estefan and Wisin & Yandel.

Telenovela Producer Estrada Honored by Los Angeles City Council

She’s one of the leading telenovela producers in Latin America… And, now Carla Estrada is being recognized in the City of Angels for her industry impact.

The Mexican telenovela producer was honored on Friday by the city of Los Angeles for her audiovisual work and her support of the Hispanic community in the United States.

Carla Estrada

“The city council’s tribute to Carla Estrada is at the same time for the entire Hispanic community, because for people who speak both English and Spanish in Los Angeles, she has taken our culture to the next level with her telenovelas,” said Jose Huizar, councilman for Los Angeles’ 14th District.

After receiving the honor, Estrada said she was accepting the recognition “in the name of all Latinos who, with effort and dedication, have been able to survive here in the United States.”

“Through my work, what I’ve sent them on television is a little of their native land, a bit of its colors, its flavors, and I join them in the faraway love they have for so many relatives, for so many people they cannot have near them,” she said.

Estrada, who once appeared on People En Español‘s list of The 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the world, has worked as an executive producer on more than 20 telenovelas, as well as other entertainment programs for Televisa in her more than 30-year career.

Notable among her productions are 1987’s Quinceañera starring Adela Noriega and Ernesto Laguardia, 1993’s Los Parientes Pobres with Lucero and Laguardia, 2003’s Amor Real and 2009’s Sortilegio.

Amor Real shocked the world by having higher ratings than all of the other television shows in America; placing Univision ahead of American networks like NBC and ABC.

“When I started working on the production of shows in Mexico 35 years ago, only men were in charge of production and direction,” Estrada recalled.

“But the biggest obstacle I had were the women, because many of them refused to take orders from another woman, and they made me cry and want to throw in the towel…but I didn’t leave, which is why I’m the first woman telenovela producer in Mexico,” said Estrada, who saw the Mexican government place a statue of her in one of Mexico City’s most important parks back in 2005.

Levy Starring in Three Upcoming Lionsgate Projects

William Levy may be in desperate need of a vacation in the near future…

The 32-year-old Cuban American actor and telenovela star has signed on for three Lionsgate movie projects.

William Levy

Levy, who set hearts aflutter on Dancing with the Stars during the last season, has been cast In Tyler Perry’s latest project Single Mom’s Club.

People en Español’s “El Hombre Más Sexy”  will portray a character named Manny in the film, which is set to start shooting after Thanksgiving.

Levy has also been cast in Addicted, a film that will be directed by Billy Woodruff. He’ll play Quentin Matthews in the film, which is based on the novel Zane’s Addiction.

And last but not least, Levy will star in the horror-western Rio Sangre. He’ll portray Brujo in the Chris Wyatt-directed fillm.

Rio Sangre will co-star Alex Vegas in the film.

Levy most recently guest-starred on VH1′s Single Ladies and previously starred in Univision’s Sortilegio and the telenovela Triunfo del Amor.

Behind the Scenes at Levy’s “Sexy” People en Español Cover Shoot

It’s full steam ahead for William Levy… at least when it comes to steaming up the cameras…

The 32-year-old Cuban American telenovela star and Dancing with the Stars contestant was named “El hombre más sexy del 2012” last week by People en Español.

William Levy

And, now the Spanish-language magazine is sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Levy’s “sexy” photo session, which took place at a mansion in Los Angeles.

Whether he’s flashing his pearly whites or playfully lifting his shirt for the camera, it’s hard to resist Levy’s charm.