<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSun, 26 Jun 2016 15:02:33 -0400Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:02:33 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deorro Taps Into His Latin Roots With EDM/Merengue Fusion]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:45:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/162*120/Coachella+2014+Friday+April+11+Artist+Photo+%2854%29.jpg

EDM rising star DJ Deorro is navigating into uncharted waters with his first collaboration with Grammy winning singer Elvis Crespo.

Their upbeat and catchy new track titled “Bailar” is a Merengue and EDM fusion that aims at getting everyone out on the dance floor this summer.

Deorro who has worked with such EDM super stars such as Diplo and Steve Aoki says his father who was a quinceañera DJ is who inspired him to collaborate with the Merengue star.

“My dad, he’s the one who created so many memories at so many parties and those memories contain Elvis Crespo,” said Deorro. “When I think of Merengue I can’t think of anyone else.”

Deorro’s love for Latin music drove him to study Merengue, he says the way this project came together with Elvis Crespo’s team was a dream come true.

“They reached out with so much love and support and eager to be part of the collaboration, it was an honor,” said Deorro.

This collaboration is the first of its kind for Elvis Crespo who rose to fame in the 90’s while being part of the famed Merengue group, “Grupo Mania” and later as a solo artist where hits like “Suavemente” and “Pinta Me” made him a household name.

Crespo says this new collaboration with a Deorro has given his music a new breath of fresh air.

“I feel blessed because this track gave me the opportunity to reach a new audience, a young audience, “ said Crespo. “

Deorro’s is currently promoting his new album which will include other collaborations such as Chris Brown and drummer Travis Baker from Blink 182.

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<![CDATA[Soccer Star Radamel Falcao Enjoys Vacation at Walt Disney World]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2016 18:26:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060116+radamel+falcao+disney.jpg

This week Colombian soccer star Radamel Falcao Garcia took a few days off his busy schedule to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Falcao along with his wife, Argentine singer Lorelei Taron and their two daughters, Dominique and Desiree visited Animal Kingdom Park, where just this week Disney launched their night-time show extravaganza titled, “The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic” where live singers, dancers and musicians come together to celebrate the epic Jungle Book story.

While at Animal Kingdom resort, Falcao and his family had a great time posing with Baloo, one of the charismatic Jungle Book characters.

The entire family including Taron’s parents also shared a delicious breakfast accompanied by several Disney’s characters including Goofy, Mickey and Minnie.

The soccer player and his wife took time to visit several of the park’s attractions including a very exciting ride on the thrilling Expedition Everest roller coaster.

This was not the first time Falcao and his wife visited the World Disney Resort in Orlando, just last year the happy couple enjoyed a visit at Magic Kingdom resort.



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<![CDATA[Colombia Wins 3-1 Against Haiti in Pre-Copa America Match]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 15:53:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/0531+COLvsHAITI_18.jpg

As expected, the Colombian national team without their star James Rodriguez managed to beat the Haitian national team 3-1 in a pre-Copa America friendly match at Marlins Park.

Scoring shots from Dayro Moreno, Roger Martinez and Juan Cuadrado lead the South American team to victory in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans dominated in part by bright yellow colored shirts.

Although Colombia was the favorite to win, coach Jose Pekerman expressed his discontent when Wilde Guerrier evened the score in the first half for the Haitian team.

“The Goal made by Haiti really bothered me because we have gone over that play many times, and we didn’t execute correctly,” said Coach Pekerman. “We have to continue working hard.”

Both teams utilized this match to prepare for the upcoming 100th anniversary edition of the Copa America tournament being played in the United States next month where Colombia is scheduled to play the USMNT in the opening game next Friday June 3rd.

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<![CDATA[Colombia Vs. Haiti in Miami]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 21:29:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/COLvsHaiti_1.jpg Colombia tops Haiti 3-1 in a friendly soccer match at Marlins Park.]]> <![CDATA[Colombia’s National Soccer Team Readies for Match Against Haiti Next Sunday at Marlin’s Park]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:15:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*126/COLvsHati+LOGO.jpg

The Colombian national soccer team is busy training in South Florida in preparation for their next match against the Haitian national soccer team at Marlin’s Stadium on Sunday May 29th.

Players from the South American team began arriving at MIA last weekend and have been actively training and conditioning at FIU soccer field in Kendall.

The game against the island nation serves as a warm-up match as both teams prepare to play next month at the historic Copa America Centenario tournament taking place at various stadiums all across the United States and where Colombia will face the U.S Men’s National Team in the home opener.

At Tuesday’s training Santiago Arias who plays defense for Colombian and for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven acknowledged the Unites States is a tough team to beat.

“The Unites States is playing at home and we know is going to be a difficult game, they are going to give it their all to win the opening match, but we also have the capability and conditioning necessary to win that game.” Arias said.

Although it was previously mentioned that the 2014 World Cup’s leading scorer, James Rodriguez would play against Haiti here in Miami, the reality is that the Real Madrid mid-fielder won’t be at Sunday’s game due to the final Champions League match on Saturday where Real Madrid is going head-to-head against its rival, Atletico Nacional.

Sunday’s game will however feature top players from both teams like Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Carlos Bacca (Milan) and David Ospina (Arsenal) from the Colombian federation, while Jerome Mechack (Armada FC), Johny Placide (Stade de Reims), Jeff Louis (Sm Caen), Donald Guerrier (Wisla Krakow), and Kervens Fils (1461 Trabzon) lead the Haitian team.

CMN Sports, a division of Cárdenas Marketing Network, Inc., is the organizer of this match and its founder Henry Cardenas is said to be excited to be able to bring this international match to South Florida.

"We know Miami has a large community of both Colombian and Haitian soccer fans and are pleased to bring this exciting match to them," said founder and CEO of CMN, Henry Cárdenas.

The Colombia vs Haiti match takes place next Sunday May 29th at 5pm at Marlin’s Park, fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #COLvsHaiti to show their support on all social media platforms.

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<![CDATA[Latin Music Stars Host Ecuador Benefit Concert]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 05:34:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/051116+ecuador+aqui+estoy+interview.JPG

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16, Latino music stars and celebs are stepping up and saying "Ecuador Aqui Estoy"(Ecuador, Here I am) with an earthquake benefit concert this evening at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Some of the artists lending their voices for this noble cause are, Riccardo Perotti, Franco de Vita, Chayanne, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maluma, Carlos Vives, Willy Chirino, Amaury Gutierrez, Tommy Torres, Alexis Valdes, Jorge Villamizar, Donato Poveda, CNCO, Mariana Vega, Mirella Cesa with more expected to join this stellar line-up.

Miami resident and Ecuadorian singer Riccardo Perotti in conjunction with the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce were in charge of organizing the event with all proceeds being managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"It’s going to take at least a couple of years until this crisis is over and people can reconstruct their lives," said Perotti. "This is what this campaign is about, it’s a promise that we are going to be here for you."

The "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" campaign also includes an online and mobile donations platform where interested supporters anywhere in the world can make donations if unable to attend any of the "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" concerts.

Fans are urged to show support by join the conversation on Twitter at @ECUAquiEstoy and by using the hashtag #EcuadorAquiEstoy on all social media platforms.

The benefit concert takes place Wednesday, May 11th at 8 p.m. sharp at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

You can purchase tickets at the BankUnited Center box office or Ticketmaster and for more information and donations visit EcuadorAquiEstoy.

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<![CDATA[Pitbull, Prince Royce Tour Coming to South Florida]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 05:38:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prince+royce+pitbull.jpg

Pitbull and Prince Royce are headed out on the road together and their tour includes a stop in South Florida.

The Bad Man Tour kicks off June 30th in Milwaukee and includes 27 shows. Tickets go on sale this Saturday. The concert features Pitbull and Prince Royce as headliners with a not-yet-announced surprise special guests.

Be sure to clear your calendars on Sunday, July 31st when the duo makes a stop at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale.

For a complete list of shows and to sign up for a fan pre-sale code, visit the Bad Man Tour website.



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<![CDATA[The Best of the Billboard Latin Music 2016 Awards]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 17:04:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/BB+PAULINA+RUBIO+NUP_173530_2580+%281%29.JPG

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<![CDATA[2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards Fashion]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*130/billboardgallery17.png Photos from the 2016 Billboard Latin Awards]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Rehearsals ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/billboardlatinmusicawardrehearsals8.jpg The awards will broadcast live on NBC Universal’s sister station, Telemundo, on Thursday from the Bank United Center in Miami preceded by the red carpet show "La Alfombra de Premios Billboard."]]> <![CDATA[2016 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:35:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/042816+latin+music+conference.jpg

The 27th edition of the Billboard Latin music conference kicks off this week at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

The longest running and most prestigious conference dedicated to Latin music returns with four-days of jam-packed musical showcases, Q&A session, panels and one-on-one workshops featuring top industry artists and influencers culminating with the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming is scheduled to lead the conversation in several of the Q&A sessions including the “Iconic Songwriter Q&A with Reggaeton singer Nicky Jam” and the “Legends Session with Mexican superstar, Marco Antonio Solis.”

Billboard’s Latin issue cover boy Marc Anthony who just launched his media production company Magnus Media with headquarters in Miami, headlines the panel “Music That Stands the Test of Time” where he will discuss the secret behind his musical approach to creating hit songs.

One of the most anticipated panels this year is the “Clash of the Titans” featuring the reunion of reggaeton superstars Daddy Yankee and Dom Omar who will share secrets about their well-known musical rivalry and to talk about their upcoming tour The Kingdom.

The conference wraps up with the Billboard Latin Music Awards where this year performances will be ruled by an array of duets including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Juanes and Juan Gabriel.

The awards hosted by Telemundo’s Gaby Espino and Mexican singer, Pedro Fernandez will feature celebrity presenters such as Rafael Amaya, Adriana Lima, Angelica Vale and Don Francisco among others.

Honoring finalist based on actual sales, radio airplay, song streaming and social data updated weekly on the Billboard charts, the awards will broadcast live on NBC Universal’s sister station, Telemundo next Thursday, April 28 from the Bank United Center in Miami preceded by the red carpet show “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard.”

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<![CDATA[Tune Talk: Fonseca]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:58:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000023172847_1200x675_669165635867.jpg Four time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca talks to Kelly Blanco about his new single and album.]]> <![CDATA[Tune Talk: Fonseca]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:57:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000023172868_1200x675_669166147962.jpg Four time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca performs his new single 'Vine a Buscarte' on 6 in the Mix.]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Conference Reunites Two of Reggaeton’s Biggest Rivals]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:00:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/Daddy_Yankee_Don_Omar.jpg

Two of the most iconic names in the Latin Urban genre, Raymon Ayala and Omar Landron better known as Daddy Yankee and Don Omar, are putting aside their musical rivalry of years past and coming face-to-face at the 2016 Latin Billboard conference and awards.

The Puerto Rican artists who early in their careers collaborated musically and later became reggaeton’s biggest rivals will sit down at the Billboard Latin Music Conference's "Clash of the Titans" panel session April 27 at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach.

The panel moderated by Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin Content and programming, will give the audience and inside look at The Kingdom, Don Omar and Daddy Yankee’s upcoming tour twhere the reggaeton superstars go toe-to-toe in a musical boxing style battle.

Over the years, the reggaeton artists have placed 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, 28 top 10 hits on Hot Latin Songs and over 40 million combined views on their Vevo channels.

The Daddy Yankee and Don Omar will also be performing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards which air live from Miami on NBC Universal's sister station Telemundo April 28 at 8 p.m.

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<![CDATA[El Tucan Act Two]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:12:20 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/2acttucan_0001.JPG The seductive dinner and show experience, El Tucan just launched a brand new show Act Two. NYC Cuban band Chino Pons Y Group Irek bring the house down as the party continues at this Brickell hot spot. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Miami FC Re-Ignites Soccer Fever in the Magic City]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/MIAMI+FC+1.jpg

Miami witnessed the rebirth of soccer in its city Saturday night when the newly formed Miami FC played its inaugural match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Ocean Bank stadium at FIU.

In their home opener, Miami's newest pro-soccer club had to settle for a 1-1 tie where Argentine striker, Dario Cvitanich made history by scoring the first official season goal for Miami FC with a corner kick in the 17th minute that brought the crowd to its feet.

"The crowd was fantastic," said midfielder Wilson Palacios. "Their energy gave us a great boost on the field, especially late in the game."

In attendance was also Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez who last year told the Miami Herald he was excited to welcome professional soccer to Miami-Dade County.

The mayor took time to pose with media and fans and even tweeted a photo posing with both team captains, referees and special guest Maluma.

The Miami FC is back in action Saturday, April 16, with a road clash against the Jacksonville Armada.



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<![CDATA[Maluma Set to Perform at Miami FC's Home Opener]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:29:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/El+episodio+fue+compartido+por+el+colombiano+en+su+cuenta+en+Instagram+Maluma.jpg

Colombian urban super star Maluma is in Miami to help kick-off the inaugural match of the newly formed professional soccer club, Miami FC.

The 22-year-old Grammy nominee is set to perform prior to the first whistle and then again during halftime at the Ocean Bank stadium at FIU where Miami FC will play for the first time against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Maluma who once thought about becoming a professional soccer player himself in his home country expressed his excitement and says he’s looking forward to performing for music and soccer fans at FIU.

"I cannot wait to join the team and fans of Miami FC for its home opener. Ever since I was a kid I've loved soccer, so I'm honored and excited to be able to perform at the game. It's going to be a special night and I'm looking forward to being on stage, singing in front of so many fans and seeing Miami FC win its home opener."

Together the Miami FC and the No. 1 Latin Billboard chart topper who boasts 10.7 million followers on Instagram hope to deliver a memorable and explosive performance for fans in Miami.

"It's fantastic to have the support of such an influential artist like Maluma for our home opener," said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC General Manager. "Tickets are selling fast and with Maluma joining us, we're expecting a great turnout for our historical home opener."

The announcement of the self-proclaimed Pretty Boy Dirty Boy's performance in Miami comes just days after the club's youth soccer program initiative set to provide complimentary tickets to all local registered youth soccer players for every home game at FIU.

The Miami FC soccer club invites fans of all ages to come celebrate this historic event at the Ocean Bank stadium at FIU this Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. with a special Maluma performance prior to the game. Tickets for the game start at $10 for adults and $1 for youth tickets.



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<![CDATA[Miami Pro-Soccer Team Debuts at FIU]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:39:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miami+soccer+team.jpg

While David Beckham’s Miami stadium struggles continue, a group of Italian investors jump ahead of Beckham dream project to launch their very own professional soccer club right here in Miami.

International media magnate Riccardo Silva and former Italian soccer star, Paolo Maldini have joined forces and are set to launch Miami FC next April 9 at FIU Stadium.

“As Miami moves forward in the world of business and arts, we feel that it’s a good time to also take a step further in the world of sports and soccer.” Silva said. “Soccer is the fastest growing professional sport in the USA, and Miami is a dynamic and multi-cultural city that is passionate for sports and has been longing for a marquee soccer franchise.”

As the Magic City’s sole soccer club, Miami FC’s joins the North American Soccer League (NASL) as their 12th professional soccer club and play their inaugural home opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

“Our home opener is something we have all been looking forward to since the start of Miami FC,” said Alessandro Nesta, Miami FC, Head Coach. “The Rowdies have done a great job in signing new players and we see them as one of the strongest teams in the league.”

Nesta who has been a South Florida resident for 10 years has built a team that includes a roster of world-renowned soccer players including Wilson Palacios, Dario Cvitanich and Matuzalem Francelino Da Silva including a couple of South Florida natives.

“I’m proud and excited to be part of this venture. I strongly believe in the growth of soccer in the USA, and this is the perfect project to develop a top-class soccer team in one of the most important cities in the world,” said Maldini.

The Club’s mission to connect with Miami’s communities through the sport of soccer has also allowed them to promote social-driven initiatives with the Play for Change Foundation to help provide opportunities for children from disadvantage homes.

“Play for Change shares our vision of empowering our community’s youth through soccer,” said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC general manager. “Working together to achieve this goal was a natural decision. Miami FC is a team that first and foremost belongs to the community.”

The first Miami FC game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will include a special performance by international reggaeton artist from Colombia, Maluma.

It all starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at FIU Stadium with ticket prices set at $10 for adults and $1 for children.

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<![CDATA[Colombia vs. Haiti Match Comes to Marlins Park]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:09:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451171064.jpg

Soccer fans get ready! The excitement of international soccer returns to South Florida May 29 when the Haitian and Colombian national soccer clubs square off in South Florida at Marlins Park.

As the Colombian national team continues its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and just months before the Copa America Centenario kicks off in the United States, organizers at Cardenas Marketing Network's sports division are excited to bring this exciting soccer clash to South Florida soccer fans.

"We know that in Miami the soccer communities of both Haiti and Colombia are enormous and we are delighted to be able to bring them this exciting match," said Henry Cardenas, president and CEO of Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN).

The friendly clash will mark the fifth meeting between Colombia and Haiti; in their last game in February 2009, the Colombian National team walked away with a 2-0 victory against the Haitian team.

For this match fans can expect the best players from each soccer club, including Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Bacca and David Ospina. While the Hatian team will have their best like Mechack Jerome, Johny Placide, Jeff Louis, Donald Guerrier and Kervens Fils Belfort.

Fans are encouraged to follow the excitement on social media by using the hashtag #COLvsHaiti.

Tickets for this match go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m. via tickets.com and marlins.com/soccer.



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<![CDATA[Nicky Jam Confirmed for Songwriter Session in Miami Beach]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:24:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/471724564.jpg

Puerto Rican-born Nick Rivera, better known as Nicky Jam, made his way to the top of the Billboard charts last Summer with his hit "El Perdon" (Forgiveness), and just this month his second hit "Hasta El Amanecer" (Until Dawn) entered the Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 1.

The multi-platinum Latin Urban artist who turned his life around after battling a drug addiction early in his career is now an accomplished songwriter, composer, singer and producer and will be the main guest a this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference's Songwriter session.

The event will be presented by Jorge Mejia from Sony/ATV and moderated by Leila Cobo, Billboard's executive director of Latin content and programming, and will feature an intimate glimpse at Jam's long road to stardom and will give attendees a first hand look at Jam's career highs and lows.

Nicky Jam is a finalist in 11 Latin Billboard Music Award categories including Artist and Composer of the Year. 

Jam's smash hit "El Perdon" written by Jam and recorded featuring Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias is up for a Latin Billboard award in five categories including, Hot Latin Song Vocal Collaboration and Song of the Year. 

Over 1,000 attendees and key industry leaders and music stars are expected at this year’s conference that takes place at April 25-28 at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach.

The Billboard Latin Music conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards which air live on NBCUniversal's sister station Telemundo.

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<![CDATA[#1 Hit Series “El Señor de Los Cielos” Season 4 Returns to Telemundo]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 18:14:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/latin+beat1.jpg

Following the success of its first three seasons, Telemundo’s super series “El Señor de los Cielos” (Lord of the Skies) season 4 returns to the small screen next March 28th on Telemundo.

Based on events in the real life of Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes, head of the Juarez cartel of the 80s and 90s, the series follows the fictional character Aurelio Casillas played by actor Rafael Amaya who seems to be really enjoying playing Casillas.

“I love it because of all the things that I can’t do in real life,” Amaya said. “Can you imagine? I drive cool cars around and I play with guns and wear expensive jewelry and clothes.”

Amaya has been playing Casillas for the past three seasons and just last year the series shot season three and season four back-to-back causing Amaya a health set back.

“It was really exhausting we taped the third and fourth season together with no vacations. It was 11-months of hard labor,” said Amaya. “I’m never doing that again! I don’t recommend it because it’s not good for your health.”

The highly acclaimed narco series is an original production of Miami based Telemundo Studios in conjunction with Argos Communications and created by the Venezuelan script writer Luis Zelkowicz.

In 2014 the series was awarded the International Emmy in the category of Best Non-English Language US Primetime Program and last year concluded its third season ranking #1 in its timeslot outperforming the English-language networks in the 10pm hour including CBS, and ABC among adults in the 18-49 age categories.

Season four of this exciting series brings new characters to complement the already successful plotline that over the year has managed to capture the audience’s attention and catapult Amaya to super stardom in the Spanish market.

“It feels good!” said Amaya. There’s a lot of people associated with this beautiful series that has changed my life,” said Amaya. “I feel committed and I feel very grateful and very blessed.”

The success of “El Señor de los Cielos” has inspired parent company NBC Universal into developing an English-language version of “The Lord of the Skies” for the USA network an effort the company hopes will help in cross-promoting content among its properties.

“Developing this hugely popular telenovela allows us to not only showcase the great plotlines and stories that have captured Spanish-speaking audiences in an English-language adaptation, but it gives us the great opportunity to work hand in hand with our NBCUniversal partners at Telemundo,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

“El Señor de los Cielos 4” premieres Monday March 28th at 10pm on Telemundo. 



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<![CDATA[$1M Makeover Planned for Calle Ocho]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:30:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/031716+calle+ocho+generic.jpg

The heart of Miami's Cuban-American neighborhood is about to get a makeover.

Calle Ocho needs some polish and people who live and work there say it's about time.

El Parke Del Domino, which means Domino Park in English, is the hub of Little Havana. Much of the area has already been renovated but more renovations are on the way.

Over the years Little Havana has become a hotbed of tourism, one of the most popular in Miami, with busloads of people taking in the Cuban culture.

At a news conference Thursday, Miami mayor Tomas Regalado said now is the time to make the street shine.

New planters and trees will line a stretch of Southwest 8th Street from 4th to 27th avenues. Sidewalks will be widened.

The roosters, a symbol of the Cuban culture, have already been spruced up. Artist Eva Ruiz did that.

"They got repainted and they got new looks," Ruiz said.

Even the garbage cans are getting a fresh look, painted with vibrant colors, offering a Cuban flair. Noted Cuban-American artist Ninoska Perez did a few.

"I'm so excited because it's one way to get our art to millions of places where every tourists come and they take pictures and you'll see them on social media," Perez said.

Transforming Southwest 15th Avenue into a pedestrian-friendly plaza is the most ambitious part of the upgrade, creating a larger gathering place for celebrations and conversations.

"I really think it's important to look at what's happening in other parts of Little Havana in terms of transportation, pedestrian safety, beautification and things like that as well," resident Corinna Moebius said.



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<![CDATA[Little Havana Celebrates Calle Ocho Street Festival]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-466437018.jpg

It's Calle Ocho Street Festival weekend!

Since 1978, Carnaval Miami has celebrated Latin culture by filling the streets of Little Havana with food, fun and of course, the world-famous Calle Ocho Festival.

The 39th annual Calle Ocho Street Festival kicks off Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. This year's Calle Ocho Festival will take place on Southwest Eighth Street from Southwest 27th Avenue to Southwest Eighth Avenue.

Motorists should anticipate tons of traffic, and take alternate routes if possible.

Here are a few tips on getting around this Sunday:

  • Starting on Saturday at 11:30 p.m., all eastbound traffic on Southwest Eighth Street from Southwest 27th Avenue to Southwest Seventh Avenue will be CLOSED. If you're traveling eastbound on Southwest Eighth Street, you'll be detoured either north or southbound on Southwest 27th Avenue.
  • Southwest Seventh Street will remain OPEN headed westbound until Southwest Eighth Avenue, then detoured north.
  • Residents who live in the area will be allowed access via "local traffic only" to Southwest Seventh Street on the north side, or on the south side of Southwest Ninth Street
  • If you take a Miami-Dade Transit Bus that normally travels along Southwest Eighth Street, you WILL be detoured! Be sure to check with Miami-Dade Transit for further information on how to get around

Miami Police officers will be stationed along the closure areas to help drivers get around the closures.

For more information on the festival, visit Carnaval Miami.

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<![CDATA[Award Winning Journalist Maria Celeste Celebrates Milestone]]> Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:27:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/latin+beat.jpg

Emmy award winning journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás celebrated her 30th on-air anniversary with a trip down memory lane on her Telemundo program ‘Al Rojo Vivo’ this week.

Arrarás, who began her career in 1986 in her native Puerto Rico, kicked off a three-day celebration last Wednesday with the much-anticipated on-set reunion with her ex-Univision Network cohost and friend Myrka Dellanos.

“We both have goose bumps, but you are not seeing things!” Arrarás assured her audience on the show.

The reunion is a real dream come true for fans of the charismatic duo who through the 90s captured the hearts of the Hispanic television audience in the United States and Latin America with their daily news magazine program ‘Primer Impacto’, until Arrarás’s exit from Univision in 2002.

“So many people have been asking to see us on camera together, this was the perfect opportunity to do that,” Dellanos said.

When Dellanos, who now lives in Los Angeles, was proposed the reunion idea by producers of ‘Al Rojo Vivo’ she immediately set aside her schedule for the exciting opportunity to fly to Miami to celebrate with her friend.

“First of all, I wanted to honor Mari and then to reunite on-set in a live show was icing on the cake!” Dellanos said.

14 years is a long time, but neither time nor distance has broken their on-air magic fans so fondly remember, and more importantly their friendship has remained intact.

“You had to be here because you were my friend and colleague for one-third of my career and I’m grateful you are here” Arrarás told Dellanos on-air.

At the request of producers Dellanos took over the program to usher in some surprises for her friend Maria Celeste, including a special visit and performance from reggaeton artist Farruko.

During the span of 30 years Maria Celeste Arrarás has become one of the best-known figures in Hispanic television. She serves as editorial director of her daily program ‘Al Rojo Vivo’ and also co-anchors the Telemundo network news alongside Jose Diaz-Balart.

She has interviewed leading figures in the world of politics, culture and show business and was named one of the 20 Most Powerful women of the Next Generation by Newsweek in 2009.

When asked by Dellanos what she would tell her younger self about what life was going to be like in the future, Arrarás responded, “I would tell her that an exciting life awaits and that her hard work would yield success and most importantly to do exactly what I did.“

Congratulations to Maria Celeste!



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<![CDATA[Fmr. 'Sabado Gigante' Host Don Francisco Coming to Telemundo]]> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:35:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/fotos-don-francisco-001.jpg

Legendary television personality Don Francisco, the former host of Univision's long-running Saturday night variety program "Sabado Gigante," has sealed a deal with rival network Telemundo.

According to various media outlets, including Variety, Francisco - whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger - will join the network as a senior news correspondent.

Kreutzberger signed off from "Sabado Gigante" last September after 53 uninterrupted years on the air, including three decades in the U.S. on Univision.

“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.

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

The show is also responsible for helping to launch the careers of many notable personalities, including NBC 6 South Florida anchor Jackie Nespral who began her TV career as a spokesmodel on the show 1987.

Kreutzberger's new Telemundo deal is twofold. In addition to his new role as a senior news correspondent, Kreutzberger will also help launch a joint production company to develop and product content across multiple platforms.

According to reports, Kreutzberger fielded several offers from numerous outlets, including Univision, before ultimately settling on the deal with Telemundo.

Kreutzberger, who turned 75 in December, splits his time between Miami and his native Chile.

Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, is owned by NBC Universal, the parent company of this site.



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<![CDATA[Cuban Artist Jailed for Artwork Displaying Work in SoFla]]> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:43:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022516+cuban+artist+exhibit.jpg

A Cuban artist, who was recently released from a Cuban prison for his controversial artwork, is now showing his work in Miami Beach.

On Thursday evening, people will begin filing in at the Market Gallery for Cuban artist El Sexto. He's premiering "Pork," the first exhibition of his work in the United States.

Two pigs painted with the words: Fidel and Raul. This is the performance art that landed Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto, in a Cuban jail.

He said he spent 10 months in jail for painting pigs with the names of Cuba's communist leaders. He was locked up without trial in Cuba's Valle Grande Prison. On Thursday, El Sexto hopes to do the performance that landed him behind bars.

He said his art is for people in Miami to see the realities of Cuba. His work caught the attention of the Human Rights Foundation and Cuban rock band Gorki, who campaigned for his release from prison.

El Sexto said "Pork" will display pieces he's done in the United States, raw sketches he created in prison, as well as secret photos and videos inside jail.

He also freely criticizes President Obama's normalizations with Cuba. He said it's strange that a president would legitimize the Castros as a government. But he said he is thankful for the opportunity to share his images freely.

El Sexto's exhibition will run from Feb. 25 through March 19 at South Beach's Market Gallery.



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<![CDATA[Shakira Visits WDW's Animal Kingdom to Promote 'Zootopia']]> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022516+shakira+zootopia.jpg

Following a hiatus, 39-year-old Colombian Grammy Award-winning singer Shakira returns to the spotlight lending her voice in Disney's animated flick "Zootopia" as the sassy and curvy singing giraffe Gazelle.

The mother of two dropped by Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge where she had the chance to pose with Mickey Mouse, as well as talk about how much she loved being part of this project.

"I've always loved Disney movies and it's cool that I can now brag to my son about my connection to Mickey Mouse," Shakira said.

The Colombia songstress admits she found the theme of the movie very inspiring and said she also found a lot of her personality in many of the characters especially her character Gazelle, a pop-singer and model in the world of "Zootopia."

"When the director first presented me with Gazelle, I felt identified with her because she's opinionated like me," Shakira said. "When they told me about Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), the bunny who is a little creature with big dreams, it reminded me a lot of my own story."

The animated, kid-friendly thriller tackles on the issues of identity and race in a modern day mammal-centric metropolis where no matter what species you are you can be anything.

Besides giving life to Gazelle, Shakira also lends her musical talent on the film's soundtrack with her latest single "Try Anything," which highlights the central message of the film.

"Zootopia," already a hit in Spain and Latin America, as well as several cities in Europe, debuts in the United States Friday, March 4.



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<![CDATA[Telemundo Unveils Plans for New HQ]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:16:44 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Latin Billboard 2016 Award Nominations]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:48:02 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Latin Billboard 2016 Award Nominations to Air Live from Miami]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:53:22 -0400 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.



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<![CDATA[With Easier Travel to Cuba, Quinceañera Business Booms]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:46:31 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Welcomes Pro-Soccer Teams with Keys to the City]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:17:45 -0400 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 06:19:23 -0400 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.



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<![CDATA[Primetime Preview: America Ferrera]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:36:17 -0400 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 12:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071715+cuban+consulate.jpg Villa Paula sits on North Miami Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: The 33]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:20:18 -0400 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 06:39:27 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rep. Castro: Introduces Bill to Strike 'Alien' From Federal Laws]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:32:28 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Novela Celebrates the Life and Talent of the Iconic Queen of Salsa ]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:39:21 -0400 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. 

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<![CDATA['Latin American Music Awards' to Debut on Telemundo]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:37:12 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Debuts "We're All Mexican" Video]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:40:32 -0400 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:



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<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2015 Blue Carpet Fashion]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:15:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*239/premios1.png Premios Tu Mundo 2015 Blue Carpet Fashion

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<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo Celebrates Latin Pop Culture]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:40:48 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[“Cuando Sea Grande” Monologues Debut in Miami]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:24:46 -0400 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.

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<![CDATA[Miami's Original Cuban Consulate Coming Back to Life]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:22:14 -0400 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.



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<![CDATA[At The Rik Rak And Bobbi Brown Beauty Event]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:18:55 -0400 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]]>