<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 21 Oct 2016 18:12:12 -0400Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:12:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at White House]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:56:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/heritageatwhitehouse.jpg

President Barack Obama marked the close of Hispanic Heritage month with a reception at the White House Wednesday.

The celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans is observed from September 15th until October 15th.

The president spoke about the gains the Hispanic community has made in education, income and health insurance during his time in office.

"Last year alone, Latinos experienced the fastest income growth and the biggest drop in poverty of any group here in the United States, and we've opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, which could not have been possible without the help of the extraordinary Cuban-American community,” said Mr. Obama.

And while President Obama admitted that there's more to be done, including immigration reform, he said that Americans can make progress by working together. 

<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Honored with Ohtil Award]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Gloria-Emilio-Estefan1.jpg

Music mogul Emilio Estefan was honored Tuesday with the Ohtli award by the government of Mexico.

It's the highest award given to a foreign civilian who's been an exemplary leader in the Latino community.

With the Presidential election weeks away, Estefan had a message for the Latino community.

"I'm not telling you who to vote for but the President of the United States needs to respect everyone including Latinos," said Estefan.

The Ohtli Award is granted once a year. The word Ohtil means "path" in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[Series Preview: 'Hasta Qué Te Conocí']]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025610761_1200x675_770371651593.jpg Kelly Blanco is joined on set by Carlos Yorvick who stars in the new Telemundo novela 'Hasta Qué Te Conocí' as the late Juan Gabriel.]]> <![CDATA[Latin Boy Band CNCO Celebrates Album Debut in Miami]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:32:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/170*120/CNCO+in+Miami+7.jpg

The International Mall in NW Miami-Dade was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of screaming teen-age girls were gathered at the entrance near Macy’s for the opportunity to see a special performance by Latin boy band, CNCO.

In celebration of their debut album “Primer Cita” (First Date) members; Christopher Velez, Erick Brian Colon, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesus treated their Miami fans to a free concert and a meet-and-greet opportunity with each of the five band members.

Lucky fans who made a purchase of $35 or more in the Macy’s Juniors Department received a free copy of CNCO’s first album and a speed pass to meet and take pictures with the guys.

At the meet-and-greet the Miami-Dade Mayor’s office on behalf of the Miami-Dade board of commissioners and all the Miami-Dade residents presented the group with a special recognition certificate congratulating the group on the release of their album.

The album “Primera Cita” (First Date) was produced by Urban artist Wisin with collaborations from Colombian singer Maluma and Spanish singer Abraham Mateo.

CNCO’s first single “Tan Facil” (So Easy) released in January 2016, landed the band on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart at No.25 and on the Hot Latin Songs chart at No.23, later peaking at No.1 on the Latin Airplay chart.

Earlier in the week, CNCO’s co-creator and mentor singer Ricky Martin who is in Miami shooting a video with singer Maluma dropped by CNCO’s listening party where he got a chance to check out the songs before the album’s official debut on Friday.

Gracias @ricky_martin por estar presente y por todo tu apoyo siempre! #PrimeraCita

A photo posted by CNCO (@cncomusic) on

CNCO was formed on December 2015 after its five members were chosen as finalists in a reality singing competition that formed “La Banda” (The Band) created by entertainment extraordinaire Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin.

Since January the band has been busy recording their album and touring as opening act for Ricky Martin’s “One World Tour” through Latin America, the U.S and Puerto Rico.

<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Wrap-Up and List of Winners]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:37:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Premios+Tu+Mundo+2016+Daddy+Yankee+Chino+Nacho+performance.JPG

The fans have spoken!

The American Airlines Arena was buzzing with excitement as winners made their way on stage at the 2016 Premios Tu Mundo 5th Anniversary show.

Topping the list of winners chosen entirely by viewer choice was actor Rafael Amaya, actresses Fernanda Castillo and Gaby Espino as well as duo Chino & Nacho and Reaggaton artist and Daddy Yankee who got the party started with an energetic performance of his latest single, “Shaky Shaky”.

Hosting duties were shared among six of Spanish television’s most popular stars like Rafael Amaya, Fernanda Castillo, Martiza Rodriguez, Carlos Ponce, David Chocarro and Aracely Arambula.

Famed tv judge, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, one of the most prominent and influential figures in Hispanic TV was honored with the special “Estrella de Tu Mundo” (Star of Your World) award in celebration of her 15 years in television.

Premios Tu Mundo also paid homage to acclaimed Regional Mexican music group Intocable with the special “El Poder en Ti” (The Power in You) award given to artists who use the unlimited power of their fame for good, through their art and generosity.

Singing for peace was Spanish-language television stars Carlos Ponce, Carolina Gaitan, Jeimy Osorio, Laura Flores, and Raul Gonzalez who joined voices on stage for a moving performance of the iconic song "Solo le pido a Dios" (I Only Ask God).

Legendary singing star Jose Feliciano’s treated the audience to powerful performance of “Aleluya” reminding the world that darkness will never be stronger than light, nor pain bigger than hope.

The night also included performances from Reik, Regulo Caro, Sin Banderas, Intocable, Farruko, Daddy Yankee, Chino & Nacho, Luis Enrique and El Mola and Cali y el Dandee featuring Dj Juan Magan among others.

Rio Olympics silver medal gymnast Danell Leyva, Miss Universe runner up Ariadna Gutierrez as well as Reggaeton singer Karol G were among the long list of presenters.

Premios Tu Mundo 2016 Winners:

  • Favorite Super Series: El Señor de los Cielos IV
  • Favorite Novela or Series: Bajo El Mismo Cielo
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Super Series: Rafael Amaya
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Novela: Gabriel Porras
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Novela: Danna Paola
  • Favorite Protagonist with Bad Luck: Rafael Amaya
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Super Series: Rodrigo Guirao
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Novela or Series: Luis Ernesto Franco
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Super Series: Maricela Gonzalez
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Novela or Series: Erika de la Rosa
  • Favorite Actress in a Super Series: Sabrina Seara
  • Favorite Actor in a Super Series: Lincoln Palomeque
  • Favorite Actress in a Novela or Series: Carolina Gaitan
  • Favorite Actor in a Novela or Series: Alejandro Speitzer
  • Perfect Couple in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo and Rafael Amaya
  • Perfect Couple in a Novela or Series: Danna Paola and Eugenio Siller
  • Revelation of the Year: Gala Montes
  • Favorite Daily Show: Caso Cerrado
  • Favorite Weekend Show: ¡Que Noche! With Angelica and Raul
  • Favorite Entertainment Host: Adamari Lopez
  • Favorite Specials or Realities Host: Gaby Espino
  • Favorite Regional Mexican Artist: Calibre 50
  • Favorite Pop Artist: Gloria Trevi
  • Favorite Tropical Artist: Chino & Nacho
  • Favorite Urban Artist: Daddy Yankee
  • Favorite Party-Starter Song: "Andas en mi Cabeza" by Chino & Nacho
  • "I'm Sexy and I Know It": Gaby Espino
  • Fan Club of the Year: #DYArmy

Photo Credit: John Parra/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Blue Carpet Fashion ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:39:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/DSC08817.jpg

Photo Credit: Monica L. Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Up Close and Personal with Jose Diaz-Balart]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:57:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024789134_1200x675_734828611525.jpg NBC6’s Kelly Blanco had the chance to get up close and personal with Telemundo Network news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart who this year celebrated 32 years as a television journalist.]]> <![CDATA[Jose Diaz-Balart Lands Permanent Spot on NBC Nightly News]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:03:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_foto_jose_diaz_balart.jpg

Award-winning journalist Jose Diaz-Balart is stepping down as host of his MSNBC morning program “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart” and picking up a new role as Saturday anchor at NBC Nightly News all while continuing his duties as anchor at Telemundo Network.

“This is a significant moment for the broadcast and a true testament to Jose’s many talents,” said Janelle Rodriguez, SVP of Editorial at NBC News. “We are thrilled that he’ll officially join our top-notch lineup with Lester Holt on weeknights and Kate Snow on Sundays.”

This new role puts Diaz-Balart in the position of being the first journalist to deliver the news in both English and Spanish, on two main television networks.

“He will now hold the historic distinction of occupying preeminent anchor positions on two major broadcast networks in two languages,” Rodriguez said.

But this is not the first time Diaz-Balart makes it in the history books, in 1996 he became the first Cuban-American to host the CBS Morning News.

Excited about his new venture the ex-WTVJ alum took to his various social media platforms to share the news with his followers and to express his gratitude about joining NBC Nightly News:

The 55 year-old news anchor already part of the Nightly News rotating cast of anchors since November 2015 starts his official day as permanent Saturday host on August 6th at 6pm

You can also catch Jose Diaz-Balart on the Telemundo Network News Monday thru Friday at 6:30pm and on Sunday at 12 noon on the public affairs program Enfoque.

Telemundo and NBC Universal are both owned by Comcast Corp.

<![CDATA[MegaRumba Colombia 2016]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:46:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/MEGARUMBA_1+DSC07701.JPG

Photo Credit: Monica L. Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Alexander Ospina Making His Mark in the Comedy World]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:15:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Alexander+Ospina.jpg

In three short years funny man Alexander Ospina has gone from obscurity to being a social media sensation.

The 32 year-old Miami resident who posts corky parodies under the handle @TeAmoHijoTV has achieved an impressive following on all his social media platforms including many celebs like singers Nicky Jam, JBalvin and Maluma.

“It’s an incredible feeling and a dream come true when I see celebrities liking and even sharing my posts,” Ospina said. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something right and that support gives me motivation to continue with what I’m doing.”

The project originally set up as a tribute to his first son began as an outlet to make his friends and family laugh is now turning Ospina into a household name and a promising stand-up comedian who above all remains humble in the midst of his newfound fame.

“I feel extremely grateful to all the people who have supported my project, “ he said. “There is nothing better than the feeling of someone telling you that one of my videos made their day or when they ask to take a picture with me.”

Ospina’s witty humor and personality are at the center of his various reoccurring characters and he says he often draws from his own life to create his funny sketches.

“My videos are based on everyday life, relationship problems and thing that happen in the streets,” Ospina said. “I do this because it is also a good way to see the things we do wrong in life and with humor we can perhaps give our own lives a twist in the right direction.”

To check out Alexander Ospina’s funny sketches go to @TeAmoHijoTV on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChap and Facebook or at www.TeAmoHijoTV.com.

Alexander Ospina will also be emceeing and performing his comedy today Saturday July 16th at MegaRumba Colombia at Tamiami Park.

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Patty Manterola Visits Disney]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/PattyManterola+2.JPG

This week Mexican singer and actress Patricia Manterola spent some quality time with her family at Walt Disney World Orlando.

The singer, who is also a vocal coach on Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids” celebrated her twins third birthday at the resort accompanied by her husband, sister and her mother.

Manterola along with Reggaton artist Daddy Yankee and Regional Mexican artist Pedro Fernandez are set for tonight’s “La Voz Kids” Season four finale which airs on Telemundo starting 8pm.

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[MegaRumba Colombia Bash Returns to Tamiami Park ]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 16:03:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/mega+rumba+photo.jpg

Colombianos seldom need a reason to party and “el Dia de la Independencia” or Independence Day is no exception!

The party atmosphere for the event commonly known as “El Veinte de Julio” will be in full swing next Saturday July 16th when hundreds of Colombian and non-Colombian citizens are expected to flock to Tamiami Park for the biggest Colombian Independence Day celebration in South Florida.

The now traditional MegaRumba Colombia will include an all-day Colombian heritage celebration fit for all ages featuring a wide range of traditional food and drinks, arts and crafts as well as folkloric performers from the South American country.

Comedian and social media sensation Alejandro Ospina will be at hand to emcee the primetime events on the main stage with a lineup that includes special guests like world renowned salsa music group “El Grupo Niche”, Reggaeton artist “Reykon”, “ChocQuibTown”,” Locos Por Juana” and vallenato idol Jorge Celedon just to name a few.

Mega Rumba Colombia starts at 12noon and it runs through 11pm on Saturday July 16th at Tamiami Park, located at 11201 SW 24th Street in Miami with free parking included.

For more information on the event and to find out where to buy tickets visit www.MegaRumbaColombia.com.

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Pitbull To Be Honored With Star in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 14:41:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Pitbull-EFE.jpg

Cuban-American Rapper and business man Armando Christian Perez better known globally as Pitbull is about to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In recognition of Mr. 305 remarkable entrepreneurial work and talent the Hollywood California Chamber of Commerce announced it will unveil Pitbull’s Walk of Fame star under the category of “Recording” in a special ceremony set for next Friday, July 15th in Hollywood, California.

Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez says the Hollywood Chamber is delighted to welcome Pitbull to the world’s most famous landmark.

“The world is fascinated by Pitbull’s story and his remarkable talent. The Hollywood community welcomes him with open arms and applauds him for his work by placing him on one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor Mr. Tony Robbins and the man better known as “Uncle Luke” from the rap group “2 Live Crew”, Luther Campbell will be at hand to help emcee the special ceremony.

Mr. Worldwide rose to fame in 2004 with his album M.I.A.M.I and during the span of his successful career has landed No. 1 hits in over 15 countries worldwide.

The Miami born artist’s relentless work ethic has transformed him into a Grammy-winning international superstar, visionary entrepreneur, fashionista and successful actor.

You can catch the ceremony live via www.walkoffame.com on Friday July 15th starting at 2:30pm eastern time.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[Soccer Star James Rodriguez Sizzles in New Look While Vacationing in Miami]]> Sat, 02 Jul 2016 15:13:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*161/JAMES+6.png

Colombian soccer star James Rodriguez landed in Miami for much needed break following his team’s third-place win in the 100th edition of the Copa America tournament held all across the United States last month.

The 24-year-old who also plays along side Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrid soccer club enjoyed some fun in the sun in Miami Beach along with wife Daniela Ospina and three-year old daughter Salome.

Sporting a brand new do, the athlete was spotted playing volleyball in the sand and taking a dip in the ocean with his wife and daughter.

When they were not playing in the beach the couple also enjoyed retail therapy and even took time to experience the Miami nightlife with friends.

Great dinner. Gran cena con amigos.

A photo posted by James Rodríguez (@jamesrodriguez10) on

Little Salome was also treated to a trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom where the tot posed with several of her favorite Disney characters.

Las princesas ! ��

A photo posted by Dani ��Salomé (@daniela_ospina5) on

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Deorro Taps Into His Latin Roots With EDM/Merengue Fusion]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:49:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024122976_1200x675_708618307585.jpg EDM rising star DJ Deorro is navigating into uncharted waters with his first collaboration with Grammy winning singer Elvis Crespo.]]> <![CDATA[Deorro Taps Into His Latin Roots With EDM/Merengue Fusion]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:48:17 -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.

<![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.

Photo Credit: Gregg Newton/Walt Disney World]]>
<![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.

<![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.

<![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.

<![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.

Photo Credit: GETTY]]>
<![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

Photo Credit: John Parra/Telemundo]]>
<![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.”

<![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.

<![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.

<![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.

<![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.

<![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.

<![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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