<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:28:28 -0500 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:28:28 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Telemundo Unveils Plans for New HQ]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/021016+telemundo+artist+rendering.JPG

Florida Governor Rick Scott joined executives from Comcast, NBC Universal and Telemundo Enterprises to break ground and officially announced the building plans for Telemundo’s new global headquarters in northwest Miami-Dade.

“I am excited to announce that NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has chosen Miami as the best location to build their new global headquarters,” Scott said.

The new state-of-the-art broadcast center located at the Beacon Lakes Industrial park on 25th Street and the Turnpike will house all of the properties owned by NBCUniversal‘s Hispanic franchises including Telemundo Network, Telemundo Studios, NBC Universo (formerly Mun2), Telemundo Digital, NBCU International and Telemundo Internacional.

Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group said this investment highlights the company’s commitment to the Hispanic market in the United States.

“Our new global headquarters will fold all of our division offices and production studio spaces into one state-of-the-art facility that will help us do business in a more collaborative way,” Conde said.

The new broadcast campus a first of its kind in South Florida is expected to create approximately 3,000 construction-related jobs and generate an estimated $400 million in sales for Florida businesses.

Telemundo Enterprises hopes to have the 450,000 sq-ft facility up and running by the start of the 2018 World Cup.

<![CDATA[Latin Billboard 2016 Award Nominations]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:48:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/0203+latin+billboard1.jpg The Latin Billboard 2016 finalist announcements were made Wednesday morning live from the Gibson Theatre in Miami.

Photo Credit: Monica L. Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Latin Billboard 2016 Award Nominations to Air Live from Miami]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:53:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/AP347498161137.jpg

The much awaited nominations and host announcement for this year's Latin Billboard Awards will be announced Wednesday, Feb. 3, live from Miami's Gibson Theatre.

Telemundo's morning program "Un Nuevo Dia" and the award's website PremiosBillboard.com will carry the announcement live starting at 9 a.m.

Television hosts Ana Maria Conseco and Daniel Sarcos will host the event accompanied by a stellar line-up of Latin celebrities including actresses Aymée Nuviola, Jeimy Osorio, Kimberly Dos Ramos, Angélica Vale, Raul Gonzalez, Chiquis Rivera, Jorge Bernal, Nicky Jam, Zion y Lennox and many more.

Fans will also have a chance to catch the live action via Facebook Live and Periscope and able to participate by submit questions, reactions and comments about their favorite nominees by using the Twitter and Instagram handle @LatinBillboards and TeamTelemundo on Snapchat.

The Latin Billboards will broadcast live on April 28 on our sister station Telemundo.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[With Easier Travel to Cuba, Quinceañera Business Booms]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_408324385473-cubalead.jpg Now that travel to Cuba is easier than it once was, many girls are traveling back to the island to celebrate their Quinceañera, a trend that also has helped small businesses boom.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Welcomes Pro-Soccer Teams with Keys to the City]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:17:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011316+soccer+balls+generic.jpg

As David Beckham's fight to bring MLS soccer to Miami continues, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado in total support of the sport welcomed with open arms four top soccer clubs from Colombia Tuesday, who are in town to play a historic derby style tournament at FIU.

To highlight the popularity of the sport and the city's business relationship with the Americas, Mayor Regalado handed keys to the city to members of four teams representing the Cali, Colombia Cauca River region.

"We are proud and we welcome every nationality, every language, every color and especially every sport," Regalado said. "Colombian's are part of the soul of the City of Miami and we are honored they chose to play their tournament in this city."

"El Classico Vallecaucano" as it's known among Colombian soccer fans will match up for the first time in Colombian soccer history four of the top teams in one stadium for a pre-season exhibition tournament.

The soccer showdown between the rival teams from America de Cali, Deportivo Medellin, Atletico Nacional and Deportivo Cali kicks off Jan. 13 and 16 with double headers on both days at FIU's Ocean Bank Stadium.

Organizers of the derby expect a to fill the 20,000-seat stadium at FIU and say the loyalty of Colombian soccer fans in Miami is what drove them to bring the pre-season games to South Florida.

The FIU Stadium is one of the top venues most sought after by soccer promoters, it has played host to the CONCACAF Gold Cup twice in 2009 and 2011 which featured a number of national teams from across North American and Central America including Canada, and Jamaica.

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<![CDATA[World Class Soccer Tournament Returns to Sunshine State]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:19:23 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/162*120/strikers+socer.jpg

The second edition of the Florida Cup soccer tournament returns to the Sunshine State with a stellar lineup of world class soccer clubs including South Florida's very own Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The Strikers join teams from Brazil, Germany, Spain and Colombia in an 11-day tournament being played at various locations in Central and South Florida.

Nine teams in total are set to dispute the 2016 Florida Cup including two-time FIFA World Champion SC Corinthians (Brazil)  and Champions League club Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany).

A special treat for soccer fans will be the return of Brazil's soccer legend Ronaldinho who is scheduled to come out of retirement to play with Fluminense FC.

The tournament will also feature several marquee soccer super stars such as Mexico's National team player, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez whose current team,  Germany's Bayern Leverkusen will square off against Colombia's South American Cup Independiente Santa Fe.

South Florida's own Fort Lauderdale Strikers will open the Florida Cup at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando when they play against German powerhouse Shalke 04 on Jan. 10 facing Colombia's Santa Fe one week later when they play at FAU's stadium in Boca Raton.

Other matches in South Florida include Schalke 04 vs Atletico MG and Fluminense vs Inter at Lockheart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale and the match between Atletico MG vs Corinthians at FAU in Boca Raton.

The Florida Cup starts Sunday, Jan. 10 through Jan. 20 with an All-Star Game being played on Saturday, Jan. 20 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Primetime Preview: America Ferrera]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:36:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000021589001_1200x675_595399235830.jpg Roxanne Vargas talks to America Ferrera about her new NBC series, 'Superstore', the growing number of shows featuring Hispanic leading ladies and how her show connects with fans.]]> <![CDATA[Miami's Origianl Cuban Consulate Coming Back to Life]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071715+cuban+consulate.jpg Villa Paula sits on North Miami Avenue.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: The 33]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:20:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000020887236_1200x675_566330435729.jpg Roxanne Vargas talks to Antonio Banderas about his latest film 'The 33' which tells the story of the Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.]]> <![CDATA['On Your Feet' Debuts on Broadway]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 05:39:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/110515+on+your+feet+debut.jpg 'On Your Feet,' the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband, debuted on Broadway in New York City. NBC 6's Roxy Vargas was there for the grand opening.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Rep. Castro: Introduces Bill to Strike 'Alien' From Federal Laws]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:32:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490733086.jpg

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro wants the federal government to drop the word "alien" from its laws and other official documents, NBC News reported.

Castro, a Texas Democrat, has introduced a bill to strike the word and use the term "foreign national" in federal law. The proposed bill, which Castro dubbed the CHANGE Act, also would remove "illegal alien" from federal law and replace it with undocumented foreign national. In addition, the bill would make sure no executive branch agency use "alien" or "illegal alien" in signage or literature.

"America is a nation of immigrants, yet our federal government continues to use terms that dehumanize and ostracize those in our society who happen to have been born elsewhere," Castro said.

<![CDATA[Novela Celebrates the Life and Talent of the Iconic Queen of Salsa ]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 13:39:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/168*120/celiacruz2.jpg

Celia Cruz the undisputed Queen of Salsa comes to life in the most anticipated bio-telenovela set to air this Tuesday October 13th on NBC Universal’s Spanish network Telemundo.

The series about the internationally renowned musical icon is produced, written and directed by a Colombian production company under the direction of actor and director Victor Mallarino and Liliana Bocanegra with a script written by Paul Rodriguez and Andres Salgado who previously wrote the hit series “El Joe La Leyenda” based on the life of Joe Arroyo one of Colombia’s most iconic singers.

The Celia Cruz series is made up of 80 one-hour episodes, which chronicles Cruz’s life from her humble beginnings in Cuba to the rise and fame of one of the world’s most recognized salsa singers.

Filming locations in Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico were turned into 1950s Havana, Cuba where Cruz grew up and became the lead vocalist for Cuba’s famed salsa group “La Sonora Matancera”.

Two South Florida actresses were chosen play Cruz at two different stages of her life.

Playing Cruz during her 20s and 40s is South Beach resident actress and singer (originally from Puerto Rico) Jeimy Osorio who has starred in “Fast and Furious 5” and several telenovelas among them “Una Maid in Manhattan”

Osorio says taking on the role of Celia Cruz is a big responsibility but she is extremely happy for the opportunity.

“I’m more than honored because through her story I represent the Cuban people, the Latin American people and all those who have been oppressed in one way or another due to the color of their skin,” Osorio said.

Bringing Celia Cruz to life during her later years is Cuban actress from Miami Aymée Nuviola whose singing talent has earned her nominations for both the Latin Billboard and Latin Grammy awards.

Nuviola says is a dream come true being able to play one of the biggest musical icons in the Latin culture.

“Playing such an iconic figure has been a challenge but above all it has been an honor, “ Nuviola said.

Puerto Rican actor Modesto Lacén will portray Cruz’s husband Pedro Knight, a role he mastered in the off-Broadway theatre production “The Life and Music of Celia Cruz”, while Cuban actor Willy Denton will portray Pedro Night in the later years.

Dubbed the “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz recorded over 50 albums, won 7 Grammy awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In spite of her tremendous vocal abilities Cruz faced racism and sexism during the start of her career but managed to breakdown all stereotypes of what a black woman musician could achieve in the 1940s and 1950s.

Celia Cruz died after battling brain cancer in 2003 at the age of 77.

You can catch the series starting this Tuesday October 13th at 8pm on NBC South Florida’s sister station Telemundo. 

<![CDATA['Latin American Music Awards' to Debut on Telemundo]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:37:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1006+latin+american+music+awards+2015.jpg

The very first installment of the "Latin American Music Awards" will debut this Thursday on NBC Universal's Spanish network Telemundo.

The newly created Spanish-language spin-off of "Dick Clark's American Music Awards" airs live from Hollywood's legendary Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set to follow the AMAs classic award show format with an A-list of Latin performers like Daddy Yankee, Yandel, Farruko, Gloria Trevi, Paulina Rubio, hosted by Latin America’s sweetheart actress and singer from Mexico Lucero.

The Latin AMAs honors the year's most influential and iconic Latin artists as voted by the fans. Included in the nominations are Reggaeton's Nicky Jam and JBalvin, Bachata artist Romeo Santos, and Latin-pop artists Enrique Iglesias, Selena Gomez, Ricky Martin, Mana and Calibre 50.

A special tribute to the late Celia Cruz will highlight and commemorate the Queen of Salsa's career with special singing contributions from Colombia's urban singer Maluma, Puerto Rico's salsa singer India, Mexico's 80's pop superstar Yuri and singer and actress Aymée Nuviola who portrays Cruz in Telemundo's bio series "Celia" set to air on Oct. 13.

The "Latin American Music Awards" will air live Thursday, Oct. 8 on NBC 6's sister station Telemundo broadcasting simultaneously on NBC Universo cable channel (previously Mun2) with a one-hour red carpet pre-show starting at 7 p.m.

<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Debuts "We're All Mexican" Video]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_160135247346.jpg

Grammy-winning producer Emilio Estefan has released a video for, "We're All Mexican," celebrating the achievements of Hispanic people in the United States.

The song and video were released in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage month, and features an all-star artist list including Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Whoopi Goldberg, Perez Hilton, Rita Moreno, Carlos Ponce and many many others.

"As immigrants, we have a love and appreciation for this country and for the freedom that it represents. We need to lift up our pride and show the world all the great things we're doing," said Estefan in a release. "I wrote and produced this song to communicate a message of uniting all immigrants, not dividing them."

In a Facebook post, Estefan said the song carries with it a message of unity. "It's about love and the love we feel for this country."

To watch the full video, click the player below:

Photo Credit: Greg Allen/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2015 Blue Carpet Fashion]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:15:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*239/premios1.png Premios Tu Mundo 2015 Blue Carpet Fashion

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo Celebrates Latin Pop Culture]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:40:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Premios+Tu+Mundo+2015.png


Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards) rolls out their blue carpet this Thursday August 20th at the American Airlines Arena for the 4th annual pop-culture celebration honoring fan favorites in Latin entertainment and sports. 
The three-hour youth awards show airing live on Telemundo will include a star-studded line up of nominees and presenters and will feature an electrifying array of performances from rising Latin Urban artist Nicky Jam, Farruko and JBalvin as well Latin Pop divas, Paulina Rubio, Lucero and Fanny Lu among others.
Fan vote will decide winners in all categories including Best Telenovela, Best Couple, Best Pop Song, Best Fan Club and Best Influencer.
A special tribute to Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger) will highlight his long-standing contribution to Latin television as well as his international humanitarian efforts during his 53 years in the television industry.
Hosting duties at this year’s awards will be shared among six of Latin television most recognized talents like Telemundo’s newcomer actress and comedian Angelica Vale, longtime television host Raul Gonzalez, actors Gabriel Porras, Rafael Amaya and two outstanding leading ladies, Carmen Aub and María Elisa Camargo.
To enhance viewer experience Premios Tu Mundo will be providing fans with a unique digital backstage access on all social platforms including Twitter, Vine, Snap Chat, Facebook, and Instagram. In addition Periscope and Meerkat robots will be roaming the venue offering livestreams behind the scenes access throughout the night.
You can catch Premios Tu Mundo airing live on NBC’s sister station Telemundo this Thursday August 20th starting with the blue carpet show at 7pm.

<![CDATA[“Cuando Sea Grande” Monologues Debut in Miami]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:24:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cuando+sea+grande+072615.jpg

The “Cuando Sea Grande” (When I Grow Up) monologues, produced and staged by ex-television reporter Leda Santodomingo, debuts in South Florida Sunday, July 26 at Miami’s Flamingo Theatre, following a successful run in both Chicago and Barcelona, Spain.

Packed with humor and wit, the one-woman show features excerpts from Santodomingo’s first book by the same name about the life experiences of the now 61-year old former Venezuelan television anchor and ex-Telemundo reporter.

“The monologues are a glimpse in the life of a woman who enters mid-life when she is suddenly faced with the inevitable question of… now what? What’s next in my life?” said Santodomingo. “We experience this scenario many times during our life time but many people are afraid to leave their comfort zone so they avoid change.”

During the course of the 60-minute stage production, Santodomingo highlights several key moments of her personal and professional life, including the time she chose to reignite her career in the United States after she held the highest rated investigative program in Venezuela.

The monologues inspire growth as well as raise awareness about the issue of divorce and domestic violence.

“Change is necessary and we have to be okay with that in order to grow no matter how hard or painful that change may be,” she said.

“You can catch the “Cuando Sea Grande” monologues this Sunday, July 26th at 6 p.m. at the legendary Flamingo Theater Bar, located at 905 Brickell Bay Drive in Downtown Miami.

<![CDATA[Miami's Original Cuban Consulate Coming Back to Life]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:22:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071715+cuban+consulate.jpg

The white, Neo Classical building looks imposing. It's a monument to a time of ornate architectural details, lush gardens and high ceilings. Called Villa Paula, it was built in 1926 on North Miami Avenue.

"So many buildings have been lost, and we don't want to see this building also fall. There's a lot of history, it's a cultural landmark," said Dominick Tubito.

The Cuban government built Villa Paula as its consulate in 1926 with Cuban labor, and all-Cuban materials.

Forgotten for years, now it's being restored to its former glory.

"I felt the atmosphere and the incredible architecture and I was just hoping that the building could stand, that some developer wouldn't knock it down, because so many great buildings have been lost in Miami," said Martin Siskind, one of the building's owners, describing the moment he first walked into Villa Paula. 

Siskind bought it in 2003, and finally felt the time was right to renovate the building. So far, he's installed a new roof, air conditioning, and he's re-conditioning the original window shutters, doors, and Cuban tile. For Siskind, it's a labor of love, an appreciation of historical value.

"As long as I'm alive, this building's gonna stand here," Siskind said. "I'm doing everything possible to make sure that when I'm gone it will stand as a historical monument."

After being swept under the rug of history for so many decades, the question now becomes, what does the future hold for Villa Paula?

"We want to get it out from under the rug," Tubito answered.

For the time being, he and Siskind, who is an art dealer, are turning it into an art gallery and museum. Siskind has it stocked with Picassos, a Renoir sketch, a painting by Alexander Calder, and many pieces by Cuban artists. 

Supposedly, a ghost is enjoying the building's renaissance. Paula Milord, the wife of the Cuban consul and namesake of the villa, is buried in the backyard. Twice a year, someone sneaks into the property and puts flowers on the grave.

"They bring them, they leave them, and they're gone, and how they got there, we don't know," Siskind said. 

Paula's ghost is said to do strange things. For example, the resident artist who works in the building recently broke his leg. One day an old, antique cane fell out of a tree in the back yard, right in front of him. How did the cane get into the tree? Why did it fall just then? The artist, Joe Chirichigno, thinks maybe Paula was trying to lend him a hand.

Whether the building is haunted by a ghost is certainly debatable. There's no question, though, that anything connected with the brutally repressive Castro dictatorship is haunted by decades of scorn and fury in this community.

The owners would love to see history come full circle here and the property once again be used as the Cuban consulate, but they know that’s not likely to happen. At least they're giving Villa Paula a new lease on life.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[At The Rik Rak And Bobbi Brown Beauty Event]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:18:55 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rr_bb_jipsy_0001.JPG With some of Miami's bloggers and models for an afternoon of beauty for a night out at Rik Rak Salon in Brickell. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Barcelona In Miami With Estrella]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:20:50 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/barce__j_000001.jpg Estrella Damm selected several restaurants in Miami to participate in their Chefs Choice meal to be paired with the Barcelona Beer. We stopped by the Miami Beach hot spot Barceloneta for their dishes. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[A New Vaudeville Show At Bianca]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:19:03 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bianc__vaud_0001.JPG Bianca at Delano is now hosting a new dinner and a show evening with legendary drag performer Adora with DJ Smeejay providing the sounds of the night. Live music, comedy, surprise drag performers, a delicious prefixed menu and lots of socializing for this new Wednesday night in Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Wine Bar War In Miami]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:30:46 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/winewars_jj_0001.JPG Wines of Chile and the Guild of Sommeliers present the second annual “Wine Bar War,” in Miami At The Moore Building where guests partake in wine tasting and a chance to win a trip to Chile. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[A Not So Standard Wynwood Tour ]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:24:34 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/standartss_ji_0001.JPG The Standard Hotel took their members on a walking art tour headed by local artist Ryan The Wheelbarrow and street artist Atomik. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[The Ghost Of Dirty Art Performance]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:49:09 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/art_jips___0001.JPG The small art show had some of Miami's best characters in the art and film scene for the performances by Ghost Of Dirty, The President and Huffer Collective. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Oui Oui, A Look At Villa Bagatelle]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:25:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bri_ji___0001.JPG Inside the luxurious Villa Bagatelle in Miami Beach. A luxury property near the ocean for any style of vacation. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Hialeah Art District]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:58:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000018217470_1200x675_446230083763.jpg Roxanne Vargas takes viewers to the streets of Hialeah and its growing art district.]]> <![CDATA[La alfombra roja de los más bellos de People en Español]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 09:48:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/paulina-vega-50-bellos-peop.jpg Muchas estrellas se congregaron este martes en Nueva York en la alfombra de los 50 más bellos de People en Español. Te mostramos algunos.

Photo Credit: GETTY]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Pursuit Hits Theaters with Spicy Latina Sofia Vergara]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 18:32:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/162*120/AP408420236323_0_CountryMusicAwardsArrivals.jpg

Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon were in South Florida recently, talking about their new film "Hot Pursuit." While this paradise is no stranger to Sofia, Reese got a true taste of South Florida. "I love it here because I  have access to a lot of Colombian restaurants, which I don't have in Los Angeles," said Sofia, "I brought Cuban coffee to Reese this morning." "She brought me Cuban coffee," acknowledged Reese. They then took to social media to post the cafecito break. The picture got over 70,000 likes on Instagram!

The dynamic duo shared an awkward on camera kiss, and they say it was kind of fun to shoot. "It was very exciting for her," said Witherspoon. Vergara responded with, "It was fantastic. I wanted to do that for a long time. I knew that making out with an Oscar winner was going to bring my Hollywood stature - I needed it." But the fun didn't stop there -- Witherspoon said she had no idea Vergara was going to pull her hair, while Vergara got a handful while grabbing Witherspoon's backside.

Vergara says it wasn't all fun and games on set, saying she struggled as a Latina actress. "There's not as many opportunities like for example for her. Her accent is perfect, she looks the way she looks. There's more roles for American girls than Latin girls. It's a challenge because there's not as much material.  I think it's gotten a lot better than years ago, so we shouldn't be complaining. IT's now in the minds of the producers and the writers." Witherspoon chimed in with, "I think it's good when someone like Sofia is in a movie like this. People go see the movie, the studios understand there's an audience for that in films and it's a huge audience."

But for now, Vergara is just one of the many powerhouse Latinas taking over Hollywood. Hot Pursuit hits theaters May 8th.

Hasta la proxima, Brandon Lopez


Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Chipotle Unveils Guacamole Recipe]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 14:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/476810321.jpg

Yes, everyone knows the guacamole costs extra – but now it doesn’t have to.

Chipotle has gifted us all with the secret recipe for their worth-every-penny guacamole, one day ahead of Cinco de Mayo celebrations on May 5.

The company says it starts with getting the best ingredients possible – but it only takes 7 simple steps for a batch made in heaven.

What you’ll need:

• 2 ripe Hass avocados (In the restaurant, we use 48 per batch, multiple times per day)
• 2 tsp lime juice
• 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
• 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
• 1/2 jalapeño, including seeds (finely chopped)
• 1/4 tsp kosher salt


How to do it:

1. Choose the right avocado. It should feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand), and be a nice dark green color on the inside.
2. Cut the avocado in half and the remove the pit (carefully!)
3. Scoop the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
4. Toss and coat with lime juice.
5. Add the salt and using a fork or potato masher, mash until a smooth consistency is achieved.
6. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
7. Taste the guacamole (over and over) and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fashion at the Billboard Latin Awards]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 09:27:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*277/billboardla1.png Fashion at the Billboard Latin Awards

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 08:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jennifer-lopez-premios-billboard-2015-telemundo.jpg Roxanne Vargas has all the highlights of the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Preview]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:51:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017970883_1200x675_436436547519.jpg Roxanne Vargas previews some of the performance we can expect to see at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards Show.]]> <![CDATA[Fabulous Food: The Chimney House]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:51:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017970956_1200x675_436456515628.jpg The Chimney House in Ft. Lauderdale will be one of the featured restaurants taking part at the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival.]]> <![CDATA[J Balvin Returns to South Florida as Latin Billboard's 2015 Breakthrough Artist]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:02:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/184*120/estrellas-cantan-premios-billboard-2015-jbalvin-2.jpg

Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin aka J Balvin is this year’s Latin Billboard breakthrough artist.

The 29 year-old Urban singer, who recently concluded his run opening for Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on their “Sex and Love” tour, returns to South Florida as a 12-time nominee in 11 categories at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards show.

It's an amazing feat for the artist who turned his failure to break into the music business in Miami back in 2004 into opportunity when he moved back home to Medellin, Colombia, where he has single-handily revolutionized the Latin Hip-Hop genre known as Reggaeton.

Over the last couple of years, Balvin’s top record sales in Colombia and other Latin American countries have turned him into one of the most sought-after voices, allowing him to record Spanish remixes for hits like Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and “The Way”, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines" and Maroon 5’s “Maps”.

The release of his third album “La Familia” (The Family) helped set the momentum globally for Balvin, whose hit singles “6AM” featuring artist Farruko and “Yo Te Lo Dije” (I Told You So) earned him three Latin Grammy Nominations in 2014.

His latest hit “Ay Vamos” (Still Hanging On) is part of the soundtrack for the blockbuster movie “Furious 7” starring Vin Diesel, The Rock and the late Paul Walker.

In the categories of Hot Latin Song of the Year and Hot Latin Artist of the Year, J Balvin is up against musical giants Enrique Iglesias with 19 nominations, and Bachata king Romeo Santos with 21 nominations.

He will also go head-to-head with Reggaeton artist and producer heavyweights Don Omar, Winsin and Yandel in the category of Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year.

To see who wins, and to catch J Balvin’s first-ever performance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards live from the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, tune in to our sister station Telemundo on April 30th at 8 p.m.

Photo Credit: JBalvinOficial / Facebook ]]>
<![CDATA[Earthy Celebrations At 1 Hotel]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:53:01 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/earth_j_0001.JPG At the new 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach for the unveiling of the hotel’s new lobby mural in collaboration with Plant the Future and Artist Andrew Antonaccio for an Earth Day celebration. Photos by Jipsy

Photo Credit: Jipsy Castillo]]>
<![CDATA[DJ Afrojack Brings EDM to Latin Billboard Awards]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:02:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/SproutingImage-139.jpg

Heating up the Latin Billboard Awards stage for the first time in its history is international EDM rock star DJ, Nick van de Wall, better known to electronic dance music fans as Afrojack.

The globetrotting 27-year-old DJ from the Netherlands joins a star-studded line up of Latin performers that includes Bachata King Romeo Santos, Carlos Santana and Jennifer Lopez.

The celebrity DJ wrote and produced Pitbull’s hit song “Give Me Everything” which reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2011. He will perform for a Latino audience, bringing his special blend of EDM and pop sounds from his album “Forget The World” that debuted at No. 2 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in 2014.

Known for its originality and innovation, the Latin Billboard Music Awards will highlight for the first time on Spanish-language television the growing musical wave of Electronic Dance Music.

The Latin Billboard Awards show is one of the longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world.

You can catch Afrojack and many more performances starting next Thursday, April 30th, live at 8 p.m. from the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

The Latin Billboards Awards show is being produced and broadcast by our sister station Telemundo.

Photo Credit: Samaria Daniel]]>
<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: Eduardo Verástegui and Jakob Salvati Pt.2]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017868752_1200x675_432336451916.jpg Roxanne Vargas continues her conversation with the stars of the film, 'Little Boy', Eduardo Verástegui and Jakob Salvati.]]> <![CDATA[Box Office Preview: Eduardo Verástegui and Jakob Salvati]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:55:28 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017868737_1200x675_432337987533.jpg Roxanne Vargas talks to the stars of the film, 'Little Boy', Eduardo Verástegui and Jakob Salvati.]]> <![CDATA[Box Office Preview: Little Boy]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017868732_1200x675_432334915958.jpg Roxanne Vargas previews the inspirational film, 'Little Boy', out in theaters this Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Red Carpet Recap: Little Boy]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:53:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017868723_1200x675_432332867582.jpg Roxanne Vargas recaps the red carpet action from the South Florida premiere of 'Little Boy'.]]> <![CDATA[Univision's "Sabado Gigante" Ending After 53 Years]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:15:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sabado+Gigante.jpg

After 53 years, Univision's popular "Sabado Gigante" (Giant Saturday) will be ending on Sept. 19, the network announced on Friday.

The variety show is hosted by Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco.

Univision says Francisco will continue to contribute to the network with new projects and specials.

“Mario is one of the most beloved and legendary entertainers in the world and has been an innovative and inspirational force in the television industry throughout his career," said Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content for Univision.

Francisco is expected to discuss the show's departure on April 18. He thanked Univision in a statement.

"There is no doubt that they have been fundamental in my professional development and in my personal and family life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Channel 13 of the Universidad Católica de Chile gave me as I was starting out, to Univision in the United States and also to the Televisa Network, which allowed us to bring our ‘Sábado Gigante’ into the homes of millions of families in the United States and the world every week," the statement said.

The show received a Guinness World Record in 2012 for longest-running variety show on television, broadcasting since 1962.

NBC 6 South Florida's Jackie Nespral began her TV career as a spokesmodel on "Sabado Gigante" in 1987.

Photo Credit: 'Sabado Gigante'/ Univision]]>
<![CDATA[Alerta: mensaje en WhatsApp esconde fraude ]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:05:37 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/whatsup03.jpg

Acaban de lanzar una alerta sobre el servicio de mensajes por teléfono WhatsApp, ya que los usuarios pueden acabar siendo estafados.

Según explica el reportero de Telemundo Alonso Castillo, el procedimiento usado por los criminales es sencillo:


El usuario recibe un mensaje que lo invita a reenviar un link a por lo menos 10 de sus contactos asegurándole que si lo hace se activarán las llamadas gratis de su celular.


[Batería carga teléfonos móviles en un minuto]


Sin embargo, una vez que se reenvía el link, el usuario y sus contactos caen en peligro inmediato.


Los criminales "usan una conexión remota de país en país, lo cual eventualmente les permite completar transacciones bancarias ilegalmente", dijo a Telemundo el ingeniero en electrónica Steve Rivas.


Los piratas cibernéticos toman control del teléfono y obtienen de allí la información personal de los contactos. 



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Armados con esos datos, los piratas buscarán la forma de entrar a las cuentas bancarias de sus víctimas, o de simplemente robarles su identidad.

Por su parte, la empresa WhatsApp ha enviado alertas a sus usuarios para que tengan cuidado con estos mensajes que ofrecen llamadas gratis si se reenvía link.


Es importante aclarar sin embargo que la última versión de WhatsApp ya cuenta con un servicio de llamadas gratis, pero para activarlo el usuario deberá primero recibir una llamada de alguien que ya lo tenga, y no un mensaje.

<![CDATA[Ft. Laud. Stadium Readies for Pre-Copa America Match]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:03:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/soccer_ball.jpg

Soccer fans get ready!

The Venezuelan and Peru national soccer teams are here in South Florida prepping for a friendly match being held at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium Tuesday night.

The warm up game between the two South American countries serves as preparation and a chance for coaches to polish their game plans ahead of the Copa America (Americas Cup) tournament being held in Chile this summer.

Making his debut with the Peruvian team right here on American soil is Argentine native Ricardo Gareca who was recently appointed head coach for the team.

Gareca will be in charge of guiding Peru through this year’s Copa America tournament and the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

"This is the most important challenge of my life. We have a hard and complicated task ahead of us but it is not impossible. Nothing is impossible when you are united." Gareca said.

On the other hand Venezuela’s lead coach Noel Sanvicente who is looking forward to the opportunity to play against their Group C rival ahead of the Chile games, says his main focus right now is on his defense.

“Building pressure is a challenge, the intensity I ask of my defenders takes time and to develop a team who plays as one depends on all the 11 players,” Sanvicente said.

Peru and Venezuela form part of what many are calling “the group of death” in the Copa America tournament.

Both teams face top World Cup rivals Colombia and Brazil who are hungry and looking for a win in this year’s Chile games.

The friendly match at Lockhart Stadium takes place Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 8:30pm in Fort Lauderdale.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez Talks New Single]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017380771_1200x675_415444547575.jpg Leading Latina Jennifer Lopez is a hot momma to two beautiful children, who happens to dish out hit after hit in Hollywood. She talks about her new single, "Feel The Light," and lending her voice to "Lucy" in the upcoming funny family film, "Home."]]> <![CDATA[Carnaval Miami 2015: Calle Ocho]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Festival-Calle-Ocho-Miami-foto.jpg

You've never experienced a block party quite like this!

This past Sunday, Carnaval Miami came to an end with one of the biggest street festivals in the world - Calle Ocho!

Mirrored after a traditional Latin street festival, Calle Ocho closed off 24 blocks of Southwest Eighth Street in Miami's historic Little Havana neighborhood for a block party featuring food, drink and 30 stages of live music and entertainment.

This party isn't just about fun and food. The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, the oldest regular meeting Latin club in the country, says Calle Ocho is all about supporting the growing Hispanic community in the United States.

This year, Latin Grammy and Latin Billboard Award winners Chino y Nacho were the Kings of Carnaval Miami 2015.

For more information, visit the official Calle Ocho website.