<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 27 May 2017 06:38:59 -0400Sat, 27 May 2017 06:38:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Despacito' Becomes First Spanish #1 Song Since 'Macarena']]> Fri, 19 May 2017 21:09:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-674218682.jpg

Admit it, you can't get it out of your head! You blast it in the car, dance like no one's watching and hum it down the hallway! These days, everywhere you go, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee is playing. The song blew up even more with the release of the remix featuring pop crooner Justin Bieber.

Bieber’s clairvoyance led him to reach out to Fonsi’s team because he knew the song would be a hit.

“He reached out to his management, his reached out to us and they said, ‘Justin wants to jump on the remix’ and I said ‘yes!’" Fonsi recalled.

The Spanish up-tempo song has made history. This week, “Despacito” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This is the first time a Spanish-only song has hit that high mark since Los Del Rio’s “Macarena,” which dominated the charts back in 1996.

“Despacito” is the top song requested from Mack on Y100, which, by the way, is an English-language radio station.

“Especially on Twitter at Y100, Miami people are constantly tweeting us to play it,” said Mack.

The crossover continues as artists like Nicky Jam and JBalvin make their moves. Enrique Santos of iHeart Radio On-Air is excited about the shift, saying music has no boundaries.

“It feels great. Not only Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, but then Camilla Cabello with Pitbull and JBalvin and Nicky Jam are now singing in English on the "Fate of the Furious" soundtrack. Hearing Elvis Crespo's music on there as well, they’re all really proud moments for our people,” said Santos.

<![CDATA[JLO Steals the Spotlight at NBC Upfront Red Carpet]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 23:59:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051517+Jennifer+Lopez+NBC+Upfront.jpg All eyes were on Jennifer Lopez as she posed for photos on the red carpet at the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall Monday.]]> <![CDATA["Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste" Celebrates 15-Years On-Air]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:32:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*159/Maria+Celeste+Desk1.jpg

Telemundo’s entertainment news magazine “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” (Red Hot with Maria Celeste) is celebrating 15 years of programming focusing on news and entertainment and aimed at serving the Latino community.

“Fifteen years ago, we started this great adventure with a commitment to offer audiences a dynamic program full of compelling information,” said “Al Rojo Vivo” host, Maria Celeste Arraras. “We have been committed ever since to ensuring that each episode offers relevant and compelling news stories from around the world on a wide range of topics. That is why we like to say that ‘Al Rojo Vivo’ offers everything in one hour.”

To help celebrate this special milestone, award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras, and her team of show producers assembled a weeklong celebration that includes a star-studded lineup of special surprises and performances from Latino celebrities, as well a look back at fifteen years of “Al Rojo Vivo” show highlights. 

The special program kicks-off Monday May 15th with a series of unplugged concerts featuring several of today’s hottest Latino singing artists including Luis Fonsi, Nacho, Luis Coronel, Josh Favela, Regulo Caro and Ivy Queen.

On Tuesday May 16th, Arraras will broadcast live from the exact location in New York’s Times Square where her program made its debut fifteen year ago, and where she will receive a visit from special guests.

The program is expected to receive an official proclamation on Wednesday May 17th from the State of New York acknowledging their fifteen years on the air as well as their positive impact on the Latino community.

On Thursday May 18th Maria Celeste will recap her fifteen years on the air with special highlights and her best moments and celebrity interviews.

The show will end its weeklong festivities on Friday May 19th by gathering fifteen girls from low-income families who will join Arraras in her Miami studios to celebrate their 15th birthday in a dream “Quinceañera” show complete with a serenade from special guests. 

During its fifteen years on the air the program “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” has captivated Hispanic audiences by focusing and presenting innovative stories highlighting the human aspect.

Arraras is one of the best-known figures in Spanish-speaking television and has been a guest anchor on NBC’s “Today Show” and a contributor for “Dateline” and “NBC Nightly News.”

“Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” airs weekdays at 4pm/3p central time on NBC’s sister station Telemundo 51. 

<![CDATA[JLO Talks About New Show ' World of Dance']]> Mon, 08 May 2017 20:30:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*167/jennifer-lopez-latin-billboards-2017-001.jpg

Jennifer Lopez stopped by the Today Show to talk about her new dance competition show "World of Dance." NBC 6 in the Mix Roxanne Vargas reports.

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<![CDATA[FIU Presents 'Retro Couture' Film by Miami Director]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 16:14:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050817+retro+couture+movie+poster.jpg

Fashionable Tuesdays part of the ongoing “Hot Couture: Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene 1800 to Today” exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Florida is bringing the film “Retro Couture” for a special screening next Tuesday May 9th.

The 20-minute short film by Miami native Christopher Rapalo explores Miami’s history as a clothing manufacturer and it explores its future as the next fashion mecca in the world.

“Every screening of “Retro Couture” is a new journey for me,” said Rapalo. “I’m extremely blessed that the audience have been really supportive of the film.”

“Retro Couture” is Rapalo’s first documentary project and it premiere in 2016 at the Miami Fashion Film Festival where it took the Best Film “Audience Award” as well as the “Best Florida Short Film” award at the Key West Film Festival.

Following screenings in Panama, Brussels and Santiago de Chile the film also landed a Best Documentary nomination at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Film Festival.

At the screening Chris Rapalo will be joined by Madeleine and Richard Kirsh from C.Madeleine’s vintage clothing to discuss retro fashions.

The screening will take place at 7pm on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at the Jewish Museum of South Florida-FIU located at 301 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

Admission is free for museum members and FIU students with ID and $5 for non-members.

<![CDATA[Marc Anthony to Perform at El Clasico Miami Halftime]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 05:37:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/marc-anthony-jennifer-lopez-0007.jpg

"El Clasico Miami" just got even bigger when it was announced Wednesday that Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Marc Anthony would perform at half time.

IHeart media's Enrique Santos of Tu 94.9 FM welcomed Jorge Perez on stage, who made the mega announcement that Anthony would perform during halftime of El Clasico Miami when FC Barcelona takes on Real Madrid CF.

The singer said he's excited to share his music with the world.

Even though he's done this for years, Marc told NBC 6'S Roxanne Vargas he's nervous and will be nervous even two minutes to show time.

Roxy asked Anthony about sharing the stage with those who he's collaborated with like Gente de Zona or Jennifer Lopez but he said he only gets seven minutes and is still working on his set.

El Clasico Miami is set for July 29.

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<![CDATA[Luis Fonsi Talks Justin Bieber Joining 'Despacito' Remix]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 12:19:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Luis_Fonsi_confiesa_lo_que_le_gusta_mas_hacer_despacito.jpg

The catchy new pop/reggaeton remix by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee titled “Despacito” featuring pop singing sensation Justin Bieber continues to sore in the music charts since its release in late April.

The track recently broke the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it continues on the No.1 spot on the Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for the 15th week in a row, making this the first No. 1 for Fonsi since 2009.

On YouTube the video managed to generate over 20 million views during the first 24 hours of its premiere, and it is currently slated as the most played song on Spotify.

Pop singer Luis Fonsi spoke to NBC6.com’s Latin Beat at the Billboard Latin Music Awards where he explained just how Justin Bieber became interested in singing in Spanish.

“I would love to say it was my idea but he’s (Justin Bieber) the one who called us,” said Fonsi. “He heard the song, he liked it, he said ‘I want to do the remix, I want to sing in Spanish’ he did it all. “

Fonsi explains that while Justin Bieber was on tour in Colombia he went to a nightclub in the capital city of Bogota and was in awe when he saw the crowd’s reaction when the DJ played “Despacito.”

“He saw the crowd’s reaction and immediately said ‘I want to be on this track’ so he called his manager and his manager called me,” said Fonsi. “He wrote the verse and sang the chorus.”

Fonsi adds that he was very surprised when he learned that an artist of such high caliber would be interested in singing one of his songs in Spanish.

He also says he applauds Bieber for taking a chance to sing in Spanish.

“I think it’s important not for me or the song, but for Latin music because it’s important that artists of his magnitude can recognize the importance of the Latino audience.”

<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017 Red Carpet: Best Dressed ]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 10:18:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/BEST+OF+RED+CARPET+2.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards: Celebs Share Which Songs Made Their Playlist]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 05:52:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029303428_1200x675_933513795682.jpg

The Billboard Latin Music Awards brought Latino music stars to Miami from around the globe for an unforgettable night full of glamour and great music. On the red carpet celebrities spoke with Latin Beat to share what songs made their playlist this year.

<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017: Complete List of Winners]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:53:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/NICKY+JAM.JPG

It was an unforgettable night full of electrifying performances, worldwide premieres and unforgettable collaborations at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The three-hour broadcast featured reggaeton urban artist Nicky Jam who was the top winner with six awards including: "Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year," "Male and Latin Rhythm Songs Artists of the Year,Song."

The late Mexican singer Juan Gabriel came in second with five awards including the coveted "Artist of the Year, Solo" for his album "Los Duo 2" which also received "Top Latin Album of the Year" and "Latin Pop Album of the Year."

Enrique Iglesias received four awards including "Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo." His collaboration with Wisin "Duele el Corazon" earned three awards including "Hot Latin Song of the Year," "Vocal Event," "Airplay Song of the Year and Latin Pop Song of the Year."

Other winners of three awards include Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, CNCO, Gente de Zona and Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho.


Artist of the Year: Juan Gabriel

Artist of the Year, New: CNCO

Tour of the Year: Marc Anthony

Social Artist of the Year: Jennifer Lopez

Crossover Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber


Hot Latin Song of the Year: Nicky Jam, "Hasta El Amanecer"

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event: Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin, "Duele El Corazon"

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male: Nicky Jam

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female: Shakira

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizarraga

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year: Sony Music

Latin Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year: Sony Music

Latin Airplay Song of the Year: Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin, "Duele el Corazon"

Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music

Latin Airplay Imprint of the Year: Sony Music

Latin Digital Song of the Year: Nicky Jam, "Hasta El Amanecer"

Streaming Song of the Year: Nicky Jam, "Hasta El Amanecer"

Albums Categories Top Latin Album of the Year: Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2

Latin Compilation Album of the Year: Various, Las Bandas Romanticas de America 2016

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male: Juan Gabriel

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female: Selena

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year: Fonovisa

Latin Pop Categories Latin Pop Song of the Year: Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin, "Duele el Corazon"

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo: Enrique Iglesias

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: CNCO

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Latin Pop Album of the Year: Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2 Latin

Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo: Juan Gabriel

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: CNCO

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year: Fonovisa


Tropical Song of the Year: Deorro featuring Pitbull & Elvis Crespo, "Bailar"

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo: Prince Royce

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Gente de Zona

Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Tropical Album of the Year: Gente de Zona, Visualizate

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo: Marc Anthony

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Gente de Zona

Tropical Albums Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year: Sony Music Latin


Regional Mexican Song of the Year: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, "Solo Con Verte"

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo: Gerardo Ortiz

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year: Fonovisa

Regional Mexican Album of the Year: Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo: Joan Sebastian

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year: Fonovisa


Latin Rhythm Song of the Year: Nicky Jam, "Hasta El Amanecer"

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo: Nicky Jam

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year: J Balvin, Energia

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo: J Balvin

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year: Capitol Latin


Songwriter of the Year: Horacio Palencia Cisneros

Publisher of the Year: DEL World Songs, ASCAP

Publishing Corporation of the Year: Sony/ATV

Music Producer of the Year: Saga Whiteblack

Photo Credit: John Parra/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[JLo Stuns at Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:18:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jennifer-lopez-deja-panties-al-aire-billboard-002.jpg JLo stole the show on the red carpet and on the stage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[JLO Talks About New Music and A-Rod at Billboard Latin]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:21:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jennifer-lopez-habla-de-alex-rodriguez-en-billboard.jpg

Six in the Mix Host Roxanne Vargas talks to Jennifer Lopez about her Billboard Latin Awards performance and her new romance with A-Rod. Watch the interview in its entirety here.

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<![CDATA[Red Carpet Fashion at the Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:22:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/Kate+de+Castillo-roja-billboards-2017-021.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[JLO Stuns on the Red Carpet at Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:06:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*168/jennifer-lopez-premios-billboard-2017-018.jpg

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<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Take Over South Florida]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:45:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-525817082.jpg

The countdown has been on all week long leading up to today – as the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards take place live from the Watsco Center on the campus of the University of Miami.

It’s the show where the fan’s choice for music is honored and celebrated – and fans will get to see some of the top names in Latin music.

International superstar Jennifer Lopez is getting ready to release her first Spanish album in 10 years. The icon and star of NBC’s Shades of Blue is sharing her sound tonight on stage – where she'll also be honored with Telemundo's Star Award for her outreach off the stage.

With well over one billion streams on YouTube, Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" is the first Spanish song to sit atop the Billboard Hot 100 since "La Macarena" in 1996.

Tonight will be the first time the song, featuring Daddy Yankee will be performed live.

“We recorded the song a few months back, we released a video and it’s been crazy,” Fonsi said. “Four months of just promo and the song, thank God, is blowing up everywhere. Now we get to come home and celebrate it with our fans in the biggest Latin music show, so it’s going to be very exciting.”

Also exciting is that ‘Bieber Fever’ has crossed over into the Latin market as Justin Bieber was featured singing in Spanish for the first time ever in the song's remix.

So who made the first move - Fonsi or Bieber?

“It actually came from him. He was in Colombia - in Bogota doing his tour – and he went out one night to a night club and heard the song and he saw how everybody started singing the song and dancing and going crazy,” said Fonsi. “He said ‘wait a minute, I want to be part of this song’, so he talked to his management, his management reached out to us and they said he wants to jump in on the remix so I was like yes.”

Nicky jam tops the list of finalists with nine entries -- he's tied with Shakira, who also goes in with nine entries tonight.

Enrique Iglesias is a finalist in eight categories - including his song featuring Wisin "Duele el Corazon" for Hot Latin song of the year.

You can watch all the action starting with the red carpet arrivals on our sister station, Telemundo 51, at 7 p.m. and look for Roxanne Vargas’ live reports starting on NBC 6 News at 4.

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<![CDATA[Carlos Ponce, Kate del Castillo Discuss Hosting Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:06:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029234792_1200x675_929972291966.jpg

The Billboard Latin Music Awards air live on Telemundo Thursday April 27th at 8pm.

<![CDATA[Series Preview: 'Guerra de Idolos']]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:00:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029193925_1200x675_928308291967.jpg

Roxanne Vargas sits down with one of the stars of the new Telemundo series, 'Guerra de Idolos'.

<![CDATA[2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards & Conference]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:56:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029193903_1200x675_928308803866.jpg

Roxanne Vargas looks ahead to the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards and gives us an overiew into the conference happening this week right here in the 305!

<![CDATA[2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:54:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029199207_1200x675_928442947567.jpg

Miami Beach will be buzzing with excitement when the 28th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Conference kicks off at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach next April 24-26. Six in the Mix Host Roxanne Vargas has a preview.

<![CDATA[2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:17:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/PIC+1+BILLBOARD.jpg

Miami Beach will be buzzing with excitement when the 28th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Conference kicks off at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach next April 24-26.

The oldest and most exclusive conference dedicated solely to Latin music returns for three-days of jam-packed musical panels, superstar Q&A sessions, one-on-one workshops and an array of musical showcases featuring top Latin music industry artists and influencers.

One of the most anticipated events this year will be the first-ever social media panel featuring one of today’s rising reggaeton superstars.

Maluma, the charismatic self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” from Medellin, Colombia will take center stage at the “Socializing Maluma” panel where he will discuss the important role social media plays in his career, as well as the secret of how he has managed to become the top Latin male with the most followers on Instagram.

Current Billboard Magazine cover boys JBalvin and Nicky Jam will join forces this year when they headline the “Superstar Mano a Mano” panel.

The chart-topping reggaeton artists are expected to address the current state of Latin Music, artist social responsibility and the genre’s global domination.

Leading the conversation over at the “Pop + Urban = The Perfect Marriage” panel will be iHeart Radio’s star DJ Enrique Santos who along with guests, Wisin, Reik, Ozuna, Silvestre Dangond and ChocQuibTown’s Tostao will be discussing the urban/reggaeton/pop fusions phenomenon that is currently dominating the Billboard Latin Music charts

Television host Jorge Bernal will also be at hand to moderate “The Life of Jenni Rivera” panel where Rivera’s daughter Chiquis and sister Rosie will give attendees an inside look at how the upcoming bio-series about the beloved Queen of Banda music came to be.

Glenda Pacanis SVP of Programming and Content for Telemundo will join Chiquis and Rosie Rivera to discuss just how the family and producers are working together to create an authentic look into the life of Jenni Rivera.

Other superstars joining the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference’s famous Q&A panels are Spanish singer/songwriter Miguel Bosé, Calle 13’s co-founder El Residente, Becky G and Jackie Cruz among many others.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference wraps up on Thursday April 27th with the Billboard Latin Music Awards show which airs live on NBC6’s sister station Telemundo at 8pm/Eastern.

<![CDATA[Tune Talk: Don Omar, Ivy Queen Release New Single]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:53:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029099145_1200x675_923689539946.jpg

Mariana Rodriguez of Telemundo 51's Acceso Total chats one-on-one with the king and queen of reggaeton, Don Omar and Ivy Queen, on their new single.

<![CDATA[Top Stars Hosting 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:58:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/kate-carlos-us.jpg.imgo.jpg

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards are just around the corner and Telemundo just revealed the names of the two celebrities who will be guiding the star-studded festivities taking place April 27th live from the University of Miami’s Watsco Center.

Sharing hosting duties this year will be none other than internationally acclaimed actress Kate del Castillo who will be working alongside renowned actor, singer, songwriter and TV host Carlos Ponce.

Del Castillo who is currently starring as the fictional First Lady of Mexico in the Netflix original “Ingobernable” returns to Telemundo following her successful streak of novela super-series like “Reina del Sur” (Queen of the South) and “Dueños del Paraiso” (Paradise Owners). She has also appeared in various American programs such as Weeds and Jane the Virgin.

Charismatic and beloved heart-throb Carlos Ponce is perhaps one of today’s most multifaceted Latin entertainers. He has made his mark in both English and Spanish language entertainment as a film and television actor, singer, songwriter and Television Host. His latest film include the role of Matthew Wright in “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Rose Byrne.

Joining Ponce and del Castillo will also be an all-star line-up of musical artists, actors and television personalities who will take the stage as presenters including Colombian hip-hop and alternative music band ChocQuibTown, Mario Kreutzberger better known as Don Francisco, Puerto Rican songstress Ednita Nazario, Fanny Lu, Juan Luis Guerra, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez just to name a few.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, in addition to its re-carpet pre-show will air on NBC 6’s sister station Telemundo live from the Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

<![CDATA[Justin Bieber Sings in Spanish on Luis Fonsi's New Song]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:12:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029083633_1200x675_923038787557.jpg

Two star singers surprised their fans with their latest project released Monday. Latin singer Luis Fonsi dropped a remix of his latest hit, but it's the artist he's collaborated with that's trending. Fonsi featured crooner Justin Bieber on the hit record and Bieber belted out some Spanish lyrics.

<![CDATA[Video Shows JLO Rehearsing with Ex As A-Rod Looks On]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:09:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/arodlopez.jpg

Alex Rodriguez appeared to keep his cool as his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez shared the stage with her ex Marc Anthony at a theater in Dominican Republic.

Footage obtained by TMZ showed the former couple rehearsing at an historical amphitheater Saturday as Rodriguez watched from the VIP section.

Rumors swirled that JLO and Anthony rekindled their romance, but it appears A-Rod is still in the picture and keeping close to Lopez.

The couple kept quiet about their romance for some time until Rodriguez opened up on The View in late March.

"We're having a great time," A-Rod said. "She's an amazing, amazing girl. One of the smartest human beings I've ever met and also an incredible mother."

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<![CDATA[Pandora Presents 'Noche de Musica' Pop-Up Concert in Miami]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:39:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041617+noche+de+musica.jpg

The much-awaited fourth Edition of Pandora’s pop-up concert style “Noche de Musica” (Night of Music) returns to Miami next April 25th at the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami.

Headlining this year’s “Noche de Musica” will be none other than Puerto Rican Reggaeton superstar Nicky Jam and straight from Colombia the revolutionary alternative hip-hop group, ChocQuibTown.

These two electrifying performances by two of Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists is free for fans 21 and over who must RSVP by visiting the Pandora Noche de Musica website. (Note: RSVP doesn’t guarantee entry, as space is limited in a first come first served basis.)

Pandora’s unique ability to determine which artists will resonate best with local listeners by analyzing musical preferences, stations created and thumbed-up songs allows them to extend invitations to listeners who have demonstrated an affinity for their identified artist.

Past “Noche de Musica” concerts have included Yandel, JBalvin, Plan B, Leslie Grace, Frarruko, Tony Dize, Sofia Reyes and Justin Quiles to name a few.

The Ice Palace Films Studios is located at 1400 N Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

<![CDATA["Cuban Adele" Belts Soulful Ballad on 6 In The Mix]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029045052_1200x675_921405507937.jpg

Singer Yoli Mayor, also known as "The Cuban Adele," joined Roxy on set Friday and brought the house down with a soulful performance. 

<![CDATA[Versailles Celebrates Milestone with Free Cafecito Wednesday]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:08:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041117+espresso.jpg

Living in South Florida requires one to fuel up on cafecito just to get through the day -- and the traffic.

Miami's iconic restaurant Versailles is helping Cuban espresso lovers get over hump day with free cafecito!

The Little Havana hangout is inviting folks to La Ventanita or the walk-up coffee window Wednesday for the pick-me-up to celebrate its social media milestone.

Versailles launched its Facebook page in recent years and quickly gained a huge following, reaching 20,000 followers.

At a time when gaining followers on social media is top priority for many, Versailles' Facebook achievement is a cause for celebration.

So, if you need to get rid of the mid-week blues on Wednesday, you can head over to the Miami landmark where the cafecito will start flowing at 8:30 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Hispanicize 2017: Laurie Hernandez]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028860190_1200x675_913843267703.jpg

Olympic medal winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez stops by the 6 in the Mix set to talk about her medal winning performance, why she's in Miami and what her plans are post Rio.

<![CDATA['El Capo' Remake Comes to Telemundo Starring Mauricio Islas]]> Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:30:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/EL+CAPO+PIC+2.jpg

The remake of the worldly popular Colombian narco series “El Capo” is coming to Telemundo next April 4th.

Shot completely in Aztec territory, this brand new version based on the fictional book “El Capo,” is a production of Tele-Mexico Studios and it stars award-winning Mexican actor, Mauricio Islas.

In his return to Telemundo, Islas will portray Jose Vicente Solis (El Capo) an idealist and ambitious man whose early life struggles led him to a life of violence and resentment.

In this action packed series, “El Capo” will unleash chaos in the lives of his enemies who are looking to settle their outstanding debts from the past.

The story of “El Capo” was developed by renowned Colombian author Gustavo Bolivar who also wrote such hits as “Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso,” “Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso,” and “La Viuda Negra” and it was directed by Cuban director Lilo Vilaplana

“El Capo’s” stellar cast of actor includes Plutarco Haza, Roberto Mateos, Isabel Burr, Mauricio Rousselon, Julio Bracho, Alejandro de la Madrid, Valentina Acosta, Ari Brickman, Pablo Cruz, Veronica Merchant, Danny Perea, Guillermo Quintanilla and Gustavo Sanchez Parra among others.

The series debuts on Tuesday April 4th at 10P/9C on NBCUniversal’s sister station Telemundo.

<![CDATA[Hispanicize 2017: Jencarlos Canela]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:13:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028781818_1200x675_910387779692.jpg

Hispanicize 2017 kicks off next week in Miami. Local celebrity Jencarlos Canela is nominated for a Tecla Award for Best Latin Music Artist creating social content. He stopped by the 6 in the Mix set to tell Roxanne Vargas all about it.

<![CDATA[Bayside Celebrates 30th Anniversary of 'Locales Festival']]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028738876_1200x675_908399683615.jpg

Chef James Tahhan and DJ Irie join Roxanne Vargas on set to preview Bayside's 30th Anniversary celebration 'Locales Festival'.

<![CDATA[Series Preview: Ingobernable]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:19:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028666976_1200x675_904991299975.jpg

Roxanne Vargas sits down with Kate del Castillo to talk about her new Netflix series "Ingobernable', which premiers tomorrow.

<![CDATA[Maluma to Headline Panel at 2017 Latin Music Conference]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:31:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032717+Maluma+BB+Photo.jpg

Juan Luis Londono better known to his legion of followers as Maluma, will be leading the first ever social media panel at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference being held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Miami Beach April 24-26.

The self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy Dirty Boy” from Medellin, Colombia who currently holds the title as the most followed Latin male on Instagram, will take center stage at the “Socializing Maluma” panel to discuss the importance of social media in his career as well as his approach to keeping all his 45.5 million followers hooked.

At just 23 years-old, Maluma has achieved unparalleled success over the last few years, he is the sixth act—and the youngest ever-to concurrently hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Latin Airplay chart with his “Sin Contrato” and “Chantaje” he has had five No.1’s so far on the Latin Airplay chart, including “Borro Cassette” and “El Perdedor”.

Over 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the Billboard Latin Music Conference which every year features Q&A session and panels with top artists, label, radio and music executives.

The Billboard Latin Music Conference 2017 culminates with the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards which airs live on April 27th on NBC’s sister station Telemundo.

<![CDATA[A-Rod Flexes Muscles As New Owner of UFC Gym in Miami]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:29:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/jennifer-lopez-alex-rodriguez-002.jpg

Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez is reportedly flexing his entrepreneurial muscles in South Florida.

The New York Yankees legend told the Miami Herald he has purchased UFC GYM Kendall and development rights for the UFC-branded gyms in Miami-Dade County.

A-Rod has a successful gym business in Mexico, which caters to a high-profile clientele. The UFC gym is a brand extension of mixed martial arts leader UFC; it will offer fitness classes and training.

The Miami gym is located on Kendall Drive and 107th Avenue. A-Rod told the Miami Herald, "As a Miami native, I am thrilled to now expand the UFC GYM brand across Miami."

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Breakthrough Pr]]>
<![CDATA[Iglesias, Nadal Open New Restaurant on South Beach]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:41:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032017+iglesias+nadal.jpg

Miami is hungry not only to meet crooner Enrique Iglesias and tennis legend Rafael Nadal, but to take a taste of their duo’s restaurant, Tatel Miami, which finally opened on Miami Beach Monday.

It was media mayhem as two of Spain's biggest stars arrived at the restaurant they've partnered to bring to Miami from Madrid.

Iglesias who calls Miami home says he’s happy to finally have a taste of his homeland here.

“Spanish food is here in Miami. I've missed [it] since I was little kid. I think Tatel is a place where people are going to have fun but they're most importantly going to have good Spanish food,” said the singer.

A menu suggestion from Iglesias?

“For me, it's Tortilla Trufada, is my favorite,” said Iglesias.

World-renowned tennis star Nadal took a break from his Miami Open preps for opening night of Tatel Monday.

“We didn't expect that many people today,” said Nadal.

NBA star Pao Gasol, who was not at Monday’s grand opening, wraps up the trifecta of Spanish superstars bringing España to South Florida.

Tatel opens to the public Tuesday.

It’s located at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach at 1 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull Announce Tour With Stop in Miami]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:07:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/102932949.jpg

For the second time in the last three years, two of the top pop artists in the world – both who reside in South Florida – will be hitting the road for a North American tour.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull will co-headline the 16 city trip, beginning on June 3rd in Chicago. The duo will make two stops in the Sunshine State – including one on June 23rd inside the American Airlines Arena.

The opening act will be the boy band CNCO. Tickets go on sale starting this Friday.

The two stars last toured together when they crossed North America in 2014 and 2015. This year’s tour will include stops in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta before closing out July 6th in Toronto.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Michael Loccisano]]>
<![CDATA[Maluma Fan Becomes a News Sensation After Kissing Singer]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:54:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/193*120/MANUELA+MALUMA+PIC+1.jpg

Miami resident Manuela Alvarez never in her wildest dreams imagined the video she posted on her Instagram account of Urban artist Maluma kissing her on stage could bring her so much international attention as well as media coverage.

@maluma me cambio la vida❤🇨🇴

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The video of her unplanned encounter on the Fillmore stage that casually ended with a steamy kiss from the reggaeton artist has now been viewed over 200,000 times on Instagram with an equal number of views and shares on all other social media sites.

“I think is great!” said Alvarez. “I never ever imagined that something like this would bring so much attention from people and the media”

Last Monday her noteworthy lip smack with the self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy” made entertainment news all over Latin America and landed the 21 year-old FIU marketing student on several live Spanish network programs and interviews with entertainment magazines as far away as Argentina.

Manuela who hails from Medellin, Colombia is also an aspiring model who can’t stop thanking the heavens for the amazing experience that was granted to her.

“The kiss with Maluma was amazing and it meant the world to me!” Alvarez said. “But I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason.”

As a marketing student Alvarez is aware of the endless possibilities that exist with gaining such attention. She says because of this experience she is a changed woman and feels motivated to dream big.

“This experience has changed me in the sense that I’m feeling extra motivated to keep fighting for my dreams.”

As of yet Manuela hasn’t landed any modeling contracts but she feels there are good things to come out of this wonderful experience.

When asked what she would tell the reggaeton artist about everything that has happened to her so far she simply said, “I would just say thank you!”

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Estefans Meet Fans From All Over World at CongaBash 2017]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:18:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/Gloria+Estefan+CongaBash.JPG

Fans from all over the world traveled to Miami on this weekend to attend CongaBash 2017, where they were welcomed by the Estefans.

These "Conga Bashers" traveled from New York and as far from Chile, UK, China, Belgium, Finland and Denmark for a special meeting on the beach with Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

"As artists, we're very fortunate to earn the love and support of our fans when our offerings are hot off the presses and our songs are topping the charts," Gloria Estefan said.

The Estefans attended an auction for their foundation on Saturday where they met and spent time with fans.

"But the word fortunate pales when describing a loyalty that spans decades and is unconditional every step of the way...I want to express the deepest and most heartfelt thanks to you, my tried and true Conga Bashers...you who come from all over the world to show me, time and time again, your special and undying love that I treasure and carry with me with each step that I take on this amazing journey," she said.

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<![CDATA[Actresses Chosen to Portray Jenni Rivera in the Series]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/278*120/MDB+6_MAIN-1.JPG

Spanish Network Telemundo has kick-off production of the much anticipated Jenni Rivera bio-series titled “Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio,” (Neighborhood Butterfly) an inspiring and moving story based on Jenni Rivera’s autobiography “Unbreakable.”

Network executives announced the three actresses chosen to portray Rivera in different stages of her life will be Regina Orquin, Samadhi Zendejas and Angelica Celaya.

Regina Orquin who is 9 years old, will portray a young Dolores Rivera (Jenni Rivera’s real name) who was born and raised by her immigrant parents in Long Beach, California and where she was first introduced to the sounds of traditional Mexican music.

Rosie Rivera who is Jenni Rivera’s sister says Orquin is already a favorite with her nephew Johnny (Jenni’s youngest son) because he is getting the opportunity see a portrayal of his mother as a child.

“Johnny is in love with Regina,” said Rosie. “He has yet to meet her but I think he says he loves her because he is getting to know his mother through Regina’s portrayal of his mother (as a little girl) and if Jenni’s son feels like that, I just know the fans are going to love her too.”

Playing Rivera in her most tumultuous stage will be Samadhi Zendeja who will give the viewers an inside look at the difficult times Rivera had to face beginning at age 15 when she became pregnant with daughter Janney Marin also known as Chiquis.

Zendeja says is a dream come true to be able to give life to Jenni Rivera, she has spent several months with the Rivera family trying to come up with Rivera’s true essence.

“I’m very thankful to Jenni’s family for opening up and sharing things that are very painful,” said Zendeja. “All of these things have helped me with my process of becoming Jenni Rivera in this series,” said Zendeja.

Giving life to the music diva in her adult stage will be Mexican-American actress Angelica Celaya who has starred in various television projects including the high rated super series “Señor de los Cielos.”

Celaya said she feels honored to have been given the responsibility to portray such a talented and strong woman.

“I am thankful for the character that is Jenni Rivera because through this portrayal we will all learn what is like to be a fighter,” said Celaya. “I hope Jenni’s fans can accept this beautiful homage we are doing with great love for all of them because the Queen of la Banda will live on all the way to Long Beach baby!”

In addition to the stellar lineup of actresses, the production also features a talented supporting cast that includes Gabriel Porras as Don Pedro Rivera (Jenni’s father), Rosalinda Rodriguez who will play Doña Rosa (Jenni’s mother), Stephanie Arcila as Rosie, Marcela Alcaraz in the role of Chiquis and Uriel del Toro who will bring life to the role of Juan Rivera (Jenni’s brother).

“We feel blessed to be working with Telemundo on this story honoring the life of my sister, Jenni,” said Rosie. “Our partnership with the network has allowed us to be involved in every aspect of the series and to contribute details and recommendations that only we, her family could.”

Jenni Rivera was a singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and single mother of five whom despite her difficulties and tragedies worked tirelessly to achieve success for her family.

Rivera was admired and loved by million for her strength and determination, her life was cut short by a tragic plane crash on December 9, 2012.

<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Invite Fans to Attend for Free]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:22:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/Nicky+Jam+Latin+Billboards.jpg

From the red carpet to the audience, the Billboard Latin Music Awards show wants you to attend – for free.

The awards show tapes live in Miami on April 27, and is offering free tickets for Latin music lovers to attend as red carpet and pit fans, as well as seat fillers.

Actress and model Gaby Espino has been announced to host the awards show, and confirmed performers include Nicky Jam, CNCO, and Banda MS.

For more awards show details and to apply for the once in the lifetime opportunity, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Calle Ocho Festival Turns 40!]]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:53:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028446259_1200x675_895004739909.jpg

The world's biggest block party turns 40 this year! Roxanne Vargas gives us a preview of Calle Ocho and tells us more about the milestone year for the festival.

<![CDATA[World Champ Competing in Calle Ocho Croqueta-Eating Contest]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:28:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/tlmd_526819_10151347927965732_150921157_n.jpg

The top-ranked eaters from around the nation are coming down to Carnaval Miami to scarf down some croquetas.

Professional eaters from the Major League Eating will be in Miami on Sunday competing in El Croquetazo At Calle Ocho, the league's first ever sanctioned croqueta eating contest.

And leading the wave is perhaps the most notable professional eater— world champion Joey Chestnut. The 33-year-old holds the world hot dogs eating record— an incredible 73.5 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

But Chestnut will face some fierce competition in the form of impressive newcomer Carmen Cincotti, who is currently the number-three-ranked competitive eater in the world. Both competitors will vie to set a world record in Sunday's croqueta battle.

Festival attendees can also get involved in the action, El Croquetazo will feature an amateur contest that will award the first place winner $300. A celebrity contest will also take place.

You can register for the amateur contest here.

El Croquetazo At Calle Ocho will take place at Carnaval Miami at 1 p.m. on the Calle Ocho stage located near the corner of SW 8th Street and SW 14th Avenue, near the McDonald’s along Calle Ocho in Little Havana.

<![CDATA[36th Edition of Carnaval Miami's Cooking Contest]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:03:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030817+carnval+miami+cooking+contest.jpg

The 36th edition of Carnaval Miami's Cooking Contest was held Tuesday evening. Six in the Mix host Roxanne Vargas emceed the event.

The contest offered a culinary stage to students, vocational and general public chefs of the future.

There were three rounds of tastings and a final round to crown Leslie Gonzalez from the General Public category as the overall winner.

She not only earned bragging rights for her salmon burger but a $500 cash prize, too.

Mariana Rodriguez, host of Acceso Total on our sister station Telemundo 51 was one of the night's judges.

Carnaval Miami is a key fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The foundation supports the Latin community of South Florida all year long.

<![CDATA[Performance Preview: Fuacata]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:58:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028403862_1200x675_893177411829.jpg

Elena Maria Garcia joins Roxanne Vargas on set to talk about her one woman show, 'Fuacata', which is on stage right now at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

<![CDATA[Estefans Open Fine-Dining Cuban Eatery in Design District]]> Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/030317+estefan+kitchen.jpg

There's a new spot in South Florida to indulge on vaca frita.

South Florida's power couple and Latin music icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan have opened a new fine-dining Cuban restaurant in the swanky Miami Design District.

The restaurant called Estefan Kitchen brings Cuban cuisine to mix of posh restaurants in the arts district. Estefan Kitchen is located in Palm Court and will feature live music and performing servers and bartenders.

The interior of the eatery is inspired by 1950's Cuba, paying homage to the vibrant design, culture and warmth of the era. The menu offers a new spin to classic Cuban dishes like vaca frita, paella and lechon cripsy moros.

The Estefans also own the acclaimed Larios on the Beach and Bongos Cuban Cafe.

Estefan Kitchen opens to the public on March 4, serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m.

<![CDATA[Celebrate Latin Culture at Carnaval Miami 2017]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:56:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/030217+calle+ocho+festival.jpg

The biggest Latin cultural celebration is underway in South Florida. Carnaval Miami 2017 kicked off in February and runs through March and there are plenty of events for you and your family. The celebration culminates with the biggest street party, the 40th Annual Calle Ocho Festival. 

March 4-5

19th Annual Carnaval on the Mile

The festival takes place in Downtown Coral Gables at Alhambra Circle. Bring your family along to enjoy art, jazz and funk music, food and kids' entertainment from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

March 4-5

2nd Annual Cork & Fork

The food and wine tasting festival takes place at the Pavilion Tent at Alhambra Circle and Salzedo. For two days, local chefs will offer savory tastings and cooking demonstrations. The event will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are selling fast. Click here to get your tickets.

March 7

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest

The competition will be held at the La Palma Restaurant at 6 p.m. You can meet the aspiring chefs and celebrity judges. RSVP here

March 8

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament

The popular tournament goes down at the Domino Park in the heart of Little Havana from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 200 contestants will battle for the Domino crown.

March 9

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Golf Classic

The tournament benefits the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation's scholarship awards. Meet up with local VIPs at the Melreese Golf Course at 12 p.m.

March 12

40th Annual Calle Ocho Festival

This party has been dubbed the world's largest Hispanic festival. Calle Ocho goes down on Southwest 8th Street from 12th to 27th Avenue with live performances on every block. The street bash begins at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

<![CDATA[Carnaval Miami 2017: The Artist Behind the Poster]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:26:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028288071_1200x675_888003651973.jpg

Carnaval Miami is underway and featured as this year's poster artist is South Florida-born artist Alexander Mijares. NBC6 in the Mix host Roxanne Vargas takes us to Mijares' creative space for a look at the piece he created for Carnaval Miami.

<![CDATA[Agua de Violetas: A Familiar Fragrance With An Untold Story]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:57:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/202*120/022417+agustin+reyes+royal+violets.jpg

If you grew up in Miami and are of Hispanic descent, chances are high that you smelled like violets as a baby and sometimes beyond your childhood years.

The tradition started in Havana almost 90 years ago when a man named Agustin Reyes developed the first violet-scented cologne in Cuba.

The fragrance was not intended to become a baby cologne but the light, fresh scent became popular among Cuban mothers, who doused their infants in the mixture.

"It was difficult. Sure, at the beginning people didn’t understand it.  You know, it was ‘what is this? What do you use it for?  Perfume for babies," said Agustin Reyes III, who currently runs the business his grandfather established, from a plant in Hialeah.

A year after Castro's revolution took effect, the Reyes family fled the communist island with the formula covertly in hand.

Once settled in Miami, they reestablished the business with the fragrance that had brought them success on the island nation.

Word of mouth quickly spread among the Cuban exile community and Agustin Reyes, Inc. enjoyed newfound success, picking up on a tradition that went on to become iconic in the Cuban culture and beyond.

Decades later, the shelves at most Miami drug stores remain stocked with more than ten brands of the fragrance.

"Very few fragrances are that timeless. You can count them on one hand, you know, how many of those 1920s fragrances, by the most famous fragrance companies in the world are still around," said Reyes III. 

Cuban-American celebrities such as Gloria and Emilio Estefan purchase the bottles by the case, according to Reyes III.

The actress Eva Mendes has also repeatedly mentioned the product in her lists of favorite things and many “Miami girls”, even some in their teenage years, continue splashing on the scent before school or after soccer practice.

Agustin Reyes III prides himself on continuing to develop the scent in-house, as opposed to most fragrance houses, while using the original formula his grandfather created nearly nine decades ago.

Reyes says, he does this in order to maintain the authenticity of the product and the tradition.

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<![CDATA[Hialeah Ranked the Least Diverse US City]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:48:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hialeah+politics1.jpg

When you think of Hialeah, you think of a melting pot of people from Latin America. Because of that, Hialeah is one of the least culturally diverse cities in the United States, according to WalletHub.

The folks at WalletHub compared 501 of the largest cities in the country across three key indicators of cultural diversity. They examined each city based on ethnicity and race, language and birthplace.

Hialeah is ranked the fourth least culturally diverse city after Watertown, SD, Clarksburg, WV and Parkerburg, WV.

When it comes to ethnoracial diversity, the South Florida city had the highest concentration (95.64%) of Hispanic or Latino and the lowest concentration in White (Not Hispanic or Latino).

Hialeah had the lowest number of English speakers and ranked the highest for Spanish speakers.

If you were wondering about Miami, the city ranked as the 175th culturally diverse city. The most culturally diverse city is Jersey City, NJ.

<![CDATA[South Beach Wine and Food Festival: Aarón Sánchez]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:50:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028157269_1200x675_882675267894.jpg

Chef Aarón Sánchez will once again be serving up 'Tacos After Dark' at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Aaron joined Roxanne Vargas on the 6 in the Mix set to give her a taste of what he has planned and the perfect wine to go with it.