<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSun, 22 Apr 2018 19:51:59 -0400Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:51:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Patience, Faith and Hope': 'El Puma' on Lung Transplant]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:10:11 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042018+el+puma+jose+luis+rodriguez.jpg

Renowned Venezuelan singer "El Puma" is speaking out for the first time since receiving a double lung transplant in Miami in December.

The performer, whose real name is José Luis Rodriguez, held a news conference Friday at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he underwent the procedure.

Rodriguez had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a type of lung disease that results in scarring of the lungs for an unknown reason. As his condition worsened, he was forced to perform with an oxygen tank to help him breathe.

"I remember my last performance on stage was in Barranquilla, Colombia, and I felt I was going to die," Rodriguez said. "My heart was beating really fast not understanding what was wrong with me."

The 75-year-old was referred to the Miami Transplant Institute, which is affiliated with Jackson, where doctors discovered that the disease had advanced to the point that his only chance for survival was the double lung transplant.

Rodriguez was placed on a waiting list before a donor match was made in December. He soon underwent the five-hour procedure.

"My advice to others going through something similar is that transplant is the answer," said Rodriguez. "It's like dying and coming back to life – it has been the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through but I overcame this with patience, faith, and hope."

Rodriguez said he hopes to sing again but his focus is on improving his health.

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<![CDATA[Cirque Du Soleil Returns To Miami With SEP7IMO DIA ]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:14:19 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/soda_0025.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Green Latino Gala Awards in Miami to Honor Al Gore, Maná]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:33:38 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041718+Gore+Mana.png

In honor of Earth Day, the Sachamama Organization is announcing their first annual Green Latino Gala Awards that will take place next April 21 at the Magic City Studios in Miami.

“It’s going to be an unforgettable night to celebrate our heritage and our commitment to protect our beautiful planet earth,” Sachamama Executive Director Carlos Zegarra said. “We are thrilled to be joined by those who are leading the way in sustainability and changing the future of all for the better.”

Aimed at activating Latino involvement in the subject of climate conservation, the special ceremony will feature a Legacy Award presentation to former Vice President Al Gore, who over the years has been a huge advocate and supporter in bringing forth climate change awareness all over the world.

“Former Vice President Al Gore has embraced and laid the cards on the table of what will be one of the greatest challenges of our generation,” said Vanessa Hauc, journalist and founder of Sachamama. “For him, conservation and sustainability have been a life mission and we are excited to celebrate his legacy and his vision.”

The benefit and fundraiser ceremony will include music by Mexican rock band Maná whose philanthropic work and contributions will also be highlighted with the Influencer Award.

“Over the years Maná has utilized their voices to send a strong and powerful message of conservation and leadership through their music and philanthropic work,” Hauc said. “Today we are lucky to count on them and honor their work as a trusted source of inspiration.”

Helping to spread the word on climate action and mobilization will be one of the key features of the night as celebrities and community leaders in attendance take part in spring boarding Sachamama’s social media campaign by using the hashtags, #LatinosPorLaTierra (Latinos for the earth) and #TonightWeTakeAStand.

Sachamama which means “Mother Jungle” in the Quenchua language spoken in the Amazon, is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Latinos to #ActOnClimate.

Just recently the organization provided training to more than 1,100 climatic leaders in the United States and equipped schools with solar panels the most recent in Mocoa, Colombia.

For more information on the Sachamama and how you can support their climate conservation movement visit them at www.Sachamama.org.

<![CDATA[Global Headquarters of Telemundo Network Opens In Miami]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:39:08 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Telemundo-Center-Doral-Miami.JPG

The massive state-of-the-art Telemundo Center in Miami that will serve as the network's global headquarters was officially unveiled Monday.

The $250 million, 500,000 square-foot industry-leading production and broadcasting facility sits on 21 acres with the capacity for 1,200 employees.

It houses a combination of offices and studios for Telemundo Network, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International, Universo Network, and serve as NBCUniversal International's Latin America headquarters.

The facility is equipped with the latest technology and world-class, multi-platform production capabilities, along with 13 highly adaptive studios, two digital labs, virtual and augmented-reality sets, and a state-of-the-art news hub.

"For us the opening of Telemundo Center is really just a wonderful recognition of the great support that we've received over many decades from our great audience and to bring this to fruition is something very special," said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. "We wanted to create the workplace of the future, we wanted to create the workplace that the future generations of this industry were going to be able to thrive in."

Employees will have access to a variety of amenities including an indoor courtyard, local barista, multi-stage food court, pantry rooms, training rooms, wellness rooms, viewing room, game room, and 60+ conference rooms, in addition to onsite car wash service, dry cleaning drop-off service, electric car charging stations, manicure/pedicure, and wellness/fitness activities including yoga, massage, meditation and aromatherapy.

The new facility generated 3,400 construction jobs and $475 million in sales for Florida businesses. Over 20 years, it should contribute at least $360 million in Florida taxes.

<![CDATA[Latin Music Stars Shine at Ultra Music Festival 2018]]> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:15:28 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-516463684+%281%29.jpg

The Ultra Music Festival drew an impressive 55,000 people per day this year during its three-day weekend at Bayfront Park in Miami, but more impressive was the number of Latinos who took part this year during several of the musical sets by world renowned DJs like David Guetta, Steve Aoki and DJ Snake.

On Friday night, as DJ Steve Aoki finished playing his remix of J Balvin’s global anthem “Mi Gente” that got the crowd jumping he switched the pace down a bit when he mixed in a Reggaeton music favorite as he introduced its vocalist, Mr. Daddy Yankee onto the Ultra main stage.

Aoki’s EDM fans quickly recognizing the catchy tune began to applaud and sing along with the man responsible for putting Reggaeton music on the map in the late 90s with his hit song “La Gasolina”.

Yankee belted out a portion of the song that made him a house hold name followed by one of his latest singles “Dura” ending his first-ever presentation in front of EDM fans with his current collaboration with Aoki, Play N Skillz and Merengue music singer Elvis Crespo “Azuquita”.

Crespo excited about his first presentation as well, said he is extremely grateful for the opportunity to crossover musical genres.

“Impressive I feel blessed!” said Crespo. “I feel grateful that I’m able to make this crossover in genre and generations really, I feel blessed for the opportunity to reach new audiences.”

On Saturday night during DJ Snake electrifying set he surprised his EDM fans when he brought out current Colombian Reggaeton singer J Balvin onto the stage to sing live his crossover 2017 summer hit “Mi Gente” followed by Balvin’s collab with Reggaeton brother Nicky Jam, “X Equis”.

This was J Balvins first ever performance at Ultra and when NBC6.com asked him how he felt about his performance this is what he answered.

Finally on Sunday when we thought we could not get anymore surprises, DJ David Guettas surprised everyone one more time when he introduced Becky G and Jamaican singer Sean Paul to perform their latest collaboration “Mad Love”.

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<![CDATA[J Balvin Makes a Special Appearance at Ultra Miami 2018]]> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:21:14 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/161*120/032518+j+balvin.jpg

The Ultra Music Festival on its 20th year in Miami has become the biggest dance music festival of its kind in the United States and because of this every year more and more musical stars from various genres across the charts are making it a point to team up with Djs to perform for EDM fans across the globe.

One such artist is Colombian Reggaeton star J Balvin who surprised fans at the Ultra’s main stage Friday night during Dj Snake’s set. 

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Balvin performed his crossover 2017 anthem “Mi Gente” which he recorded with Beyonce and Willy William with EDM Dj Steve Aoki remixing the global hit. 

The Reggaeton artist who is a 12 time finalist for the Billboard Latin Music Awards next month also performed “X (Equis)” which recorded with his Puerto Rican brother Nicky Jam.

After his performance on the Ultra main stage Balvin said he would be willing to do it all over again next year.

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The Ultra Music Festival ends today and you can catch all the performances live on all the Ultra Music Festival main page. 

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<![CDATA[Daddy Yankee & Elvis Crespo Perform at Ultra With Steve Aoki]]> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:43:05 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/032418+steve+aoki.jpg

The Ultra Music Festival in Miami kicked off its 20th edition in Bayfront Park with an explosion of EDM music across its eight colorful and intricate stages featuring performances from world renowned DJs and  guest artists including Latino superstars Daddy Yankee and Elvis Crespo.

“This is incredible!” said Crespo. “I feel truly blessed with God that I’m able to live an experience like this in front of this crown as well as make a crossover in genres.”

As the sun set over the Miami skyline the energy reached full volume when Dj Steve Aoki introduced onto the Ultra Mainstage the man responsible for bringing Reggaeton music out of the underground and onto the mainstream, Mr. Daddy Yankee!

For his first ever performance in front of an EDM crowd Yankee treated EDM fans to the hit that made him a household name in Latin America, “La Gasolina” as well as two of his latest singles “Dura” and his collab with Dj Steve Aoki, merengue star Elvis Crespo and Play N Skillz titled “Azukita”.

“Wow this was amazing” said Yankee. “Beautiful another experience!”

“Azukita” released in early February is Aoki’s first-ever Spanish track and thus far the video has over 4 million views in YouTube.

Just last year Steve Aoki collaborated in the “Mi Gente” Remix with Colombian Reggaeton star J Balvin.

The Ultra Music Festival continues through Sunday March 25th at Bayfront Park tickets are sold out but you can catch a livestream via all the Ultra website. 

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<![CDATA[Daddy Yankee and Elvis Crespo to join Steve Aoki at Ultra]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:19:26 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/165*120/GettyImages-911531184.jpg

Three weeks after releasing their video “Azukita”, Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, Play-N-Skillz and EDM Dj Steve Aoki will be taking on the Ultra mainstage on Friday.

Aoki who is scheduled to perform at Ultra’s 20th anniversary this year will be treating his EDM fans to a special performance of his latest colab with Yankee, Crespo and the Argentine/Venezuelan brother duo from Texas known as Play-N-Skillz right here in Miami.

Today, Aoki took to Twitter to make the announcement by posting a picture of him with Yankee adding the following caption, “Bringing out my brother Daddy Yankee to Ultra.”

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“Azukita” is Aoki’s first-ever Spanish track and it debuted on the Billboard charts on Feb 2.

Last year he remixed JBalvin’s global anthem “Mi Gente”, he told Billboard he is pleased to be working with Spanish music’s top artists.

“I’ve always gravitated to Latin artists,” said Aoki. “Whether Yankee or Balvin or Bad Bunny, I look up to what they’re doing.”

Tickets to Ultra are already sold out but you can catch their livestream on all their social media platforms all weekend long.

Aoki’s set at Ultra begins at 6:40 p.m. on Friday live from Bayfront Park in Miami.

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<![CDATA[Pitbull to Speak at United Nations About Global Water Crisis]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:27:16 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pitbull-y-telemundo-academy.jpg

Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull is heading to the United Nations to discuss the global water crisis on World Water Day.

The organization Clean Water Here announced on Monday that the international pop star will be named Clean Water Here Ambassador on March 22, when he visits the U.N. in New York City.

Pitbull also will receive the 2018 World Water Champion Award for his global humanitarian efforts. He is leading the celebrity-driven social media campaign dubbed "Clean Water Here Cause Flash," in hopes of raising awareness of the water crisis. Other participants include Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Monica and Juanes.

On March 22, U.N. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will launch a 10-year plan focused on sustainable development of water resources.

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<![CDATA[Jose Diaz-Balart, Jorge Ramos Break Down 'Rivalry Wall']]> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:06:49 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/RAMOS+DIAZBALART+PHOTO+2.jpg

The Telemundo evening news (“Noticias Telemundo”) concluded their news program on Monday March 12 with the much awaited sit-down style interview between Spanish broadcast leading male anchors Jose Diaz-Balart (Telemundo) and Jorge Ramos (Univision), an interview that according to them was way overdue.

“This is a meeting we’ve been postponing for 30 years,” said Ramos during the interview. “We should have done this a long time ago!”

The interview between the two most recognized figures in Latino journalism sent shock waves amongst those who have worked or done business with each of the fiercely rival entities they each represent, including the two veteran anchors.

“We’ve had a chance to share experiences in private and as friends, but it’s taken us too long to do something like this,” Diaz-Balart said during the interview.

“I think it’s important for Univision and Telemundo to be able to collaborate and normalize their relationship,” said Ramos.

The interview held at the Books and Books bookstore in Coral Gables was an idea conceived by Noticias Telemundo news president Luis Fernandez who along with NBC Universal and Telemundo stands behind the initiative to innovate and redefine the media landscape with a broader and more inclusive strategy.

“We at Noticias Telemundo understand that we need to go beyond our comfort zone to innovate and take risks,” said a Noticias Telemundo Spokesperson. “Diaz-Balart and Ramos were enthusiastic from the beginning. Indeed the feeling was that this was a long due conversation.”

During this unprecedented open dialogue the news anchors shared candid and personal anecdotes as well as a discussions about the present and future of the Latino community, the impact of the Trump residency, journalism, activism an Ramos’s brand new book “Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era” (Penguin Random House) where Ramos sets out to examine what it means to be a Latino immigrant in present-day America.

You can check out the entire interview on any of the Noticias Telemundo digital platforms including their webpage www.telemundo.com/Noticias.

<![CDATA[Immigration Enforcement Has Students Fearful: Survey]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:55:39 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/iceGettyImages-492659230.jpg

Teachers and educators across the country say President Donald Trump’s strict stance on immigration has created palpable fear in the classroom, with students missing classes, letting grades slip and exhibiting emotional and behavioral problems amid fear of losing family to deportation.

The findings were contained in a report released Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, which surveyed more than 730 schools in 24 districts in 12 states about the impact of the administration's immigration enforcement measures on teaching and learning.

Researchers found that 64 percent of the 5,400 teachers, administrators and other school personnel who responded said they had observed students who were concerned about immigration issues that may affect them, their families or people they know.

“We have one student who had attempted to slit her wrists because her family has been separated and she wants to be with her mother,” one Maryland teacher told researchers, who promised anonymity to respondents. “She literally didn’t want to live without her mother.”

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<![CDATA[Photos: Selena Gomez Puts Her Texas Mansion on the Market]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:19:17 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/selenaTLMDPORTADA.jpg Pop Star Selena Gomez puts her luxurious mansion in Fort Worth, Texas, up for sale for the third time.]]> <![CDATA[Dancing Beauty Queen Shines as Grammys Snub 'Despacito']]> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:31:26 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/Zuleyka+Rivera+Dances+At+Grammys.JPG

While it was the song that dominated the music scene for much of the second half of 2017, Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito” came up short during Sunday’s 60th Grammy Awards.

The song, which was certified diamond after selling over 10 million copies, was nominated for three awards – Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Fonsi along with Daddy Yankee as Best Pop Duo or Group – but didn't win any.

Fans got a chance to hear the mega hit again on Sunday during the ceremony inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden, as the duo were joined on stage by dancer and former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera.

The Puerto Rico native, who appeared in the video for Despacito, posted a video of herself after arriving on the red carpet and shortly before performing on stage.

The 2006 Miss Universe is a regular guest and special host for Un Nuevo Dia, broadcast mornings on NBC Universal sister network Telemundo.  Rivera also has a successful modelling career and owns her own clothing line.

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<![CDATA[Pitbull To Open 'iLov305' Restaurant in Miami Beach]]> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:01:36 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011118PB1.PNG

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<![CDATA[Mexico City Celebrates Three Kings' Day]]> Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:25:14 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/1618+three+kings.jpg

Mexico City celebrated the religious holiday known as Three Kings’ Day with a mammoth “king cake” provided by the city government.

Thousands of Mexicans gathered Friday night in the Mexican capital to enjoy a piece of the traditional treat.

The cake measured a staggering 47-feet long and weighed about ten tons.

According to reports, it was turned into a quarter of a million slices to hand out.

The celebration in Mexico City’s famed Zocalo Square honors the three wise men’s visit to the newborn Jesus.

That’s when Christians believe God was first revealed to the world in human form.

By local tradition, the cake is baked with plastic figurines of babies inside.

Those who get a slice of cake with a plastic baby are responsible for buying tamales in January.

<![CDATA['Forever Cuban': Bacardi Launches Havana Club Rum Campaign]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:25:55 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/010318+Havana+Club+rum.jpg

A new advertising campaign from Bacardi is declaring Havana Club rum "Forever Cuban," even though it's no longer made on the island.

The campaign, which launched last month, features a 60-second video that was written, produced and directed entirely by Cuban exiles in Miami. It features Cuban-American actor Raul Esparza, best-known for his roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Hannibal, and is available in both Spanish and English.

In the video, Esparza recites the poem "Island Body," written for the campaign by Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco.

"Forced to leave home, but home never leaves us, where exile takes us, we remain this body made of the red earth of our island," Esparza says. "Don't tell us we're not Cuban. Wherever the world spins us, home remains in us."

The campaign was launched in advance of the 59th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution on Jan. 1, and evokes the history of Havana Club and the family that lost the distillery after the revolution.

The Cuban government seized the Arechabala family businesses, including the Havana Club distillery, without compensation in 1960. Family members were jailed and later fled the country in exile, but were able to bring the rum recipe to the U.S. where it was given to Bacardi under an agreement.

Bacardi has sold Havana Club in the U.S. since 1995, but the Cuban government has also been producing their own Havana Club rum. Bacardi officials say Cuba is producing the rum under a stolen name and says it's an "imposter."

"We recently debuted the 'Forever Cuban' campaign to reaffirm our place as the true Havana Club rum," Ned Duggan, Vice President of Rums for Bacardi, said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[There's Many Ways To Make Coquito. Here's One.]]> Sat, 23 Dec 2017 16:53:45 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/%28122117%291.png ]]> <![CDATA[FIU Welcomes Over 200 Students from Hurricane-Ravaged PR]]> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:24:42 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/12617+fiu.jpg

It’s been months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. It destroyed homes and forced people to leave everything they know.

But on Wednesday, college students from the island are now one step closer to normalcy, as they prepare to start school in South Florida.

Grecia Cruz and over 200 other students from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are getting a chance to continue their college education through FIU.

“It’s really big and it’s really clean. It’s like a happy environment,” said Cruz.

“We invited them here for a semester to take classes while their universities are recovering from Hurricane Maria,” said Jody Glassman, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions for FIU.

Wednesday’s orientation is a part of FIU’s ongoing effort to support students affected by the devastating hurricane season. The university is able to fund the program for the students through grant money. They were also able to provide housing for some students.

“We want to make sure that they have their opportunity to continue their education,” said Glassman. “We are not going to leave them behind.”

For Cruz and her mother, the opportunity to continue her education means a lot and will play a major role in her future.

“I hope that she could make it here at FIU. We are grateful for the university to receive visitors from Puerto Rico,” said Dr. Daisy Goytia, Cruz’s mother.

“There are so many opportunities, so many experiences that I really want to take advantage of,” said Cruz.

<![CDATA[Gloria Estefan Receives Kennedy Center Honors]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:51:14 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-884602190.jpg
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<![CDATA[New Citizens Take Oath at Hialeah Ceremony]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:26:59 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/New_Citizens_Take_Oath_at_Hialeah_Ceremony.jpg

NBC 6's Julia Bagg talks with several people who became the newest Americans at a ceremony Thursday.

<![CDATA[Healthy Cooking with Goya]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:32:10 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Healthy_Cooking_with_Goya.jpg

Add a little Latin flavor to your Thanksgiving day dinner table with a little help from Goya.

<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Hurricane Benefit Concert in Pembroke Pines]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:38:18 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/111017+performers+2.jpg Hundreds gathered at the Pembroke Pines City Center to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. ]]> <![CDATA[Oye! Que Pasa, U.S.A.? Returns To Miami in 2018]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:55:01 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/1109_quepasa_0012.JPG The return of "Que Pasa, U.S.A.?" is real and it's happening here in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center this upcoming May 2018. Taking place 40 years later, the new generation of the Peña family face new challenges and a new future.

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<![CDATA[Nayib Estefan Keeps 35MM Alive at Nite Owl Theater]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:55:23 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nayib.JPG

Roxanne Vargas talks to Nayib Estefan about the frighteningly fun things happening at Nite Owl Theater.

<![CDATA[Performance Preview: 'Evita' at the Actors' Playhouse]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:43:57 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Performance_Preview___Evita__at_the_Actors__Playhouse.jpg

The seven time Tony Award winning Broadway show is on stage now at the Actors's Playhouse in Coral Gables. The stars joined Kelly Blanco on set to talk about the show.

<![CDATA[Puerto Rican Musicians Holding Hurricane Relief Concert]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:41:36 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/110617+PR+Concert+2.jpg

It's been more than six weeks since Hurricane Maria made its devastating landfall in Puerto Rico. To help the island recover, musicians are preparing for a relief concert in Pembroke Pines on Friday.

"We need to do everything possible to help them out," musician Carlos Oliva said. "We're going to try and rock the house a little bit."

The Viernes Social in Pembroke Pines – Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Concert will be held at the Charles F. Dodge City Center starting at 8 p.m. on Friday. There will be a pre-concert party at the City Center Plaza starting at 6:30 p.m., which includes a donation drive and music.

Tickets for the event begin at $25 each at the concert hall that seats about 2,600 people.

Puerto Rican artists who will perform include Nestor Torres, Tito Puente Jr., Michael Stuart and Bobby Rodriguez Y La Compañia.

Net proceeds will be sent to the AARP Foundation Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to help disaster victims. AARP will match up to $250,000 in donations.

"I'm praying for a full house," Rodriguez said.

<![CDATA["I Love Venezuela" Foundation Hosts Benefit Dinner in Miami ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:10:58 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/101517+rodner+figueroa.jpg

Renowned television host and personality Rodner Figueroa along with co-founders of the “I Love Venezuela Foundation,” Geraldine Pulido and Santi Chumaceiro hosted a benefit dinner at The Temple House Saturday night in Miami Beach.  

+ Gallery: I Love Venezuela Foundation Benefit Dinner

Figueroa spoke to NBC 6 to talk about what the “I Love Venezuela Foundation” is all about and to talk about his new gig with NBC Universal’s sister station Telemundo where just last week he made his television return by joining the top rated entertainment and magazine program “Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste Arraras” 

<![CDATA[JBalvin's "Energia Tour" Closes in Miami ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:49:05 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/lb+004+101417.jpg

American Airlines Arena was the place to be Friday night as Colombian reggaeton superstar JBalvin closed his “Energia tour presented by Buchanan’s Whisky” right here in the Magic City.  

The 32 year-old artist who hails from Medellin, Colombia and whose real name is Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin treated fans to a high energy filled show that included several surprises from some of his closest friends in the music biz like, Carol G, French Montana, BIA, Zion y Lennox, Bad Bunny and superstar DJ Steve Aoki. 

+ Gallery: JBalvin's Energia Tour Closes in Miami

With each performance Balvin amped up the crowd as he belted out all of his signature songs among them; “Safari,” “Bobo,” “Te Sigo Extrañando,” and “6 AM” only to slow the pace down when he sang his sexy and romantic hit “Snap Chat” to an accompanying and impressive sea of phone lights inside the arena.

The lively two hour performance included the famed “ABC” backup dancers from Cartagena Colombia, as well as an array of colorful graphic displays, pyrotechnics, a DJ and a full live band, all which helped keep fans on their feet and dancing non-stop.

The multi-platinum reggaeton star dialed up the energy one last time for the grand finale by bringing out famed Dj Steve Aoki to join him as he performed his current global Hot 100 chart topper, “Mi Gente” which features Willy Williams and Beyonce.

Before thanking his mother and grandmother who flew in from Medellin, Balvin thanked the fans for the support they have shown him during the span of his career that kicked started it all for him right here in Miami.  

“I remember that I used to come to Miami to perform at nightclubs-who could have imagined that I was going to be standing here in front of all of you today?” said Balvin.

A picture perfect moment for Balvin came at the end when close friends and guests hopped on stage to celebrate the end of a successful tour all while friend Steve Aoki served the reggaeton star with his signature “cake on the face” move as it’s costmary at each of his EDM concert performances.  

The U.S leg of Balvin’s “Energia” tour took the artist across the United States where he had seven sold out shows including one at New York’s Madison Square Garden before the grand finale right here in South Florida. 

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<![CDATA[Meet the Actors Leading the 'On Your Feet' Tour]]> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:30:33 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/100717+oyf.jpg

On Your Feet is now on the road – taking the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan around the country, and the tour is kicking off in South Florida.

“It’s extremely exciting, especially being from Miami, being born and raised and being Cuban American,” said Christie Prades, who is playing Gloria Estefan.

Mauricio Martinez plays Emilio and is from Mexico. But despite their cultural differences, they’re proud to tell the Estefan’s story.

“I’ve always said it. There’s three leading characters: Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and Miami. She’s the other leading lady. We’re bringing it back home. We’re bringing it to the place where they met, where they fell in love, where they fought for their music and sound,” said Martinez.

On Your Feet tells the story of the trials and tribulations Gloria and Emilio faced while climbing to super stardom. But Christie and Mauricio say this goes beyond Gloria and Emilio – it’s a story that all Latinos face.

“Taking this message during these times is important to remind people that the American dream is possible,” said Martinez, “We’re immigrants or sons or daughters of immigrants, and we’re pursuing the American dream. This show is a beautiful message.”

“We’re coming to individuals who are getting a lesson into how the Cuban people are, the Latin people are and Gloria and Emilio are,” said Prades.

Christie says that playing Gloria isn’t much of a challenge, as it’s mainly her reality.

“I feel as I’m interpreting Gloria, I’m interpreting myself,” said Prades. “It correlates with the life I lived. Not the super star part, but that’s amazing.”

Mauricio says it’s pretty much the same for him.

“I’m playing myself, pretty much,” said Martinez, “It’s an honor and a big responsibility. A dream. It’s a privilege to represent such an important man, a beautiful man inside and out who fought so hard and crossed barriers and frontiers to defend his passion.”

On Your Feet is playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. Tickets are available by clicking here and will run through October 15th.

<![CDATA[Justin Quiles Uses VR Technology in New Music Video]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:27:13 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/100817+latin+beat+adriana.jpg

On Friday, Reggaeton artist Justin Quiles premiered the video for his catchy new tune, “Ropa Interior” (Under Garment) in front of a packed audience at the Social Hive in Miami.

In this new production, director William Graydon from Cinema Entertaiment sets Quiles apart from the crowd by producing a video like no other in the Latin music world that implements 360 Virtual Reality technology.

 “We are pushing the limits in our videos,” said Quiles. “We want to leave the audience in a state of shock with the design and the way our videos are presented.”

In the video, Quiles is seen in four different sensual scenarios interacting with four different women who, as the song suggests, appear to leave their undergarments behind as a way to make their lover (Quiles) remember them fondly. 

The concept and approach used in the video gives the audience the option to view the four scenes separately, up and down or together as each scene plays simultaneously.

“The concept is something never seen before in the Spanish music market, I love to try new things and I feel this video is going to set new precedent in the way music videos are shot.”

Click here to view music video 

The video released just three days ago now has close to half a million views on YouTube and it joins just a handful of 360 VR videos already on the platform, among them Avicii’s “Waiting for Love”, Björk’s “Stonemilker” and Crown’s “Run the Jewels”.

Quiles who has previously worked with reggaeton heavy weights such as Maluma, JBalvin and Daddy Yankee recently signed with Warner Music Latin and gearing up for his upcoming tour through Latin America. 

His next production includes a collaboration with Farruko and Nengo Flow titled “Juraste” (You Swore) as well as song with Nacho titled “Romance” (Romance). 

<![CDATA[On Your Feet Opening Night]]> Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:08:39 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/oyf_0001.JPG At the star-studded 'On Your Feet!' National Tour Opening Night at Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami on October 6, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jipsy Castillo]]>
<![CDATA[On Your Feet the Musical Debuts in South Florida]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:15:11 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/On_Your_Feet_the_Musical_Debuts_in_South_Florida.jpg

6 in the Mix Host Roxanne Vargas sits down with Gloria Estefan to talk about her 3musical opening in South Florida.

<![CDATA[Long-Lost Video of Selena Found in Camera Donated to Smithsonian]]> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:49:34 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/Selena7.jpg

A long-lost video of an interview with late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla has surfaced after 20 years.

The footage of the "Queen of Tejano" was found in a television camera donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's Spanish-language television project by Univision.

The video shows Selena on the TV show "Tejano USA" in an April 1994 interview. It was recorded at Hemisfair Park in San Antonio shortly before Selena performed at the "Texas Live" Music Festival.

The rising star recalled being in awe at all the celebrities present at the 1994 Grammys and how excited she and her band, Los Dinos, were to just be nominated.

"When they first told us that we were nominated we all freaked out, we couldn't believe it. The first thing, I promise, the first thing that came to mind is that I need to take a camera to take pictures with all of these stars. It didn't hit me till later when I thought, 'Oh my God. What if we win?'" the singer said. "They didn't let me take my camera in, that's one of the things. I didn't get to take pictures until afterward."

She was fatally shot less than a year later on March 31, 1995 by the former president of her fan club, 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar. Selena was just 23-years-old.

Photo Credit: Univision/Smithsonian
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<![CDATA[Exhibit Honors Spanish Language TV, Including Telemundo 51]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:27:19 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/100317+smithsonian+telemundo+exhibit.JPG

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will chronicle and honor the contributions of Spanish language television – including features from South Florida based talent and members of the NBCUniversal family.

Items that were donated to the exhibit as part of the “American Enterprise” exhibition that opened in 2015 include artifacts from the Telemundo network owned stations, including South Florida’s WSCV-TV Telemundo 51, a sister station of NBC 6.

“Telemundo has a deep and long-standing commitment to celebrate, promote and preserve Hispanic culture,” said Mónica Gil, EVP, Corporate Affairs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “Spanish-language television is a way of life for the Hispanic community. We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian to bring awareness to the important role it has played in American broadcast television history and to collaborate in this effort to capture our rich legacy for future generations.”

Some of the items donated include credentials from events covered by Telemundo nightly news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, a former WTVJ anchor who also is the Saturday anchor for the NBC Nightly News, as well as scripts, photographs, microphone cubes and a Florida Emmy Award for Marilys Llanos, longtime political reporter at Telemundo 51,

For more information on the exhibit, click on this link.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History]]>
<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2017: Fashion ]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 05:13:22 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Premios+Tu+Mundo+2017+7.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo: Top Winners 2017]]> Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:05:53 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/DSC011701.jpg

The 6th edition of Telemundo’s award program “Premios Tu Mundo” (Your World Awards) brought out the best in television and Latin music for an unforgettable evening last Thursday night at the American Airlines Arena.

The program hosted by Telemundo personalities, actresss Carmen Villalobos, (Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso), television host Daniel Sarcos (Un Nuevo Dia) and actress Fernanda Castillo (El Señor de los Cielos) featured an array of categories including “The Perfect Couple”, “Best Fan Club”, and “Best Actress”.

Top winners include Best Actress Aracely Arambula and Ricky Maritin’s boy music group, CNCO who took home “Best Pop Artist” and ”Favorite Party-Starting Song” for “Hey DJ” featuring Reggaton artist Yandel and “Best Fan Club of the Year”.

Premios Tu Mundo 2017 Winners:

  • Best Super Series: El Señor de los Cielos
  • Favorite Series: La Doña
  • Best Evil Female: Majida Issa
  • Best Evil Male: Jose Maria Galeano
  • Favorite Influencer: Johann Vera
  • Best Couple: David Chocarro and Aracely Arambula
  • Lead Actor with the Worst Luck: Carolina Gaitan
  • Best Protagonist: Rafael Amaya
  • I’m Sexy and I Know It: Carmen Villalobos
  • Favorite Actress: Carmen Aub
  • Favorite Pop Artist: CNCO
  • Favorite Protagonist: Aracely Arambula
  • Best Party Starting Song: Hey DJ-CNCO
  • Best Fan Club: CNCOwners
  • Artista Favorito Urbano: Maluma
  • Actor Favorito: Juan Pablo Urrego
  • Programa Favorito: Un Nuevo Dia
  • Best TV Host: Jorge Bernal
  • Best Tropical Artist: Prince Royce
  • Best Regional Mexican Artist: Gerardo Ortiz

<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo: Danna Paola, Majida Issa Stay Connected with Fans]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:11:01 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_100000001296093_1200x675_1031502915883.jpg

Telemundo actress Danna Paola, from the hit super series “La Doña” and a nominee for Favorite Actress, along with "Sin Senos Si Hay Parasio" star and Best Female Villian nominee Majida Issa talk about how they make sure to stay connected with their fans. Catch both tonight at the Premios tu Mundo awards starting at 7 PM on Telemundo. (Video Credit: Gabriela Catalano/Adriana Correa)

<![CDATA[Famed Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to Teach at FIU]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:48:57 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081717+Rochard+Blanco+Heads+to+FIU.jpg

Famed Miami poet Richard Blanco, who served as the poet at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, will guide young minds at his alma mater this upcoming school year.

Florida International University announced that Blanco will return to campus as a professor for its English department. Beginning this fall, the Cuban-American poet will teach Poetry as News and Writing Occasional Poetry. He will also join forces with senior instructor John Bailly to teach Poetry, Art and Community, according to FIU’s news website.

“He captures the essence of who we are, our dreams and our failures. His guidance as a professor will reveal through reflection the cultural and humanistic beauty and tragedy of Miami,” Bailly said.

Blanco recited his poem “One Today” at President Obama’s second swearing-in ceremony in 2013. The poet also read his work at the ceremony marking the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana in 2015.

Mike Heithaus, the dean of the FIU College of Arts, Sciences and Education said bringing Blanco to FIU was a unique opportunity.

“The fact that he is an alumnus makes this opportunity especially rewarding for our university,” said Heithaus.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Walter Mercado Hosts Estate Sale at his Miami Condo]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:32:41 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_walter_mercado_470.jpg

Celebrity astrologer Walter Mercado is having an estate sale at his Miami condo, as he is preparing for a big move to New York City.

All contents inside of his home at The Grand in Downtown Miami are being sold “for a fraction of its original cost,” according to the listing of the estate sale.

Elaborate furnishings such as a 19th century bed, Chinese sculptures, antiques, large amethyst geodes, and much more are all up for grabs.

Mercado is a popular television personality from Puerto Rico, known for delivering horoscopes in his signature style.

For information on how you can participate in the estate sale, you can click here.

<![CDATA[On Your Feet! The Musical]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:57:46 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/On_Your_Feet%21_The_Musical.jpg

Roxanne Vargas talks to Emilio Estefan about his life being protrayed on stage for the highly anticipated "On Your Feet!" musical.

<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Talks Kennedy Center Nod]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:56:21 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Emilio_Estefan_Talks_Kennedy_Center_Nod.jpg

Music mogul Emilio Estefan talks to Roxanne Vargas about his wife Gloria Estefan's prestigious Kennedy Center Honors nod.

<![CDATA[Jencarlos Teases New Single With Don Omar]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:22:20 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jencarlos_Teases_New_Single_With_Don_Omar.jpg

Roxanne Vargas tells us about a sneak peek of exciting new music posted by local and singer Jencarlos Canela from his new single with Don Omar.

<![CDATA[Divine Delicacies Cakes Dishes on "JRod" Cakes]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:20:25 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Divine_Delicacies_Cakes_Dishes_on__JRod__Cakes.jpg

When Jennifer Lopez searched for something sweet to celebrate her and beau Alex Rodriguez's birthdays, she found Divine Delicacies right here in the 305! Laura Candeau of Divine Delicacies Cakes dishes on the cakes came

<![CDATA[Rosalinda Rodriguez Chats About Role on 'Mariposa De Barrio']]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:50:20 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mariposa_De_Barrio.jpg

Based on the book, “Unbreakable,” the series “Jenni Rivera: Mariposa De Barrio” airs on Telemundo 51. Actress Rosalinda Rodriguez tells Roxy about playing Jenni Rivera’s mother, Rosa Saavedra De Rivera, in the series.