<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2017https://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, 19 Nov 2017 16:51:51 -0500Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:51:51 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Puerto Rico Hurricane Benefit Concert in Pembroke Pines]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:38:18 -0500 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 17:55:01 -0500 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 12:55:23 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Performance Preview: 'Evita' at the Actors' Playhouse]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:43:57 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rican Musicians Holding Hurricane Relief Concert]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:41:36 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA["I Love Venezuela" Foundation Hosts Benefit Dinner in Miami ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:10:58 -0500 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” 

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<![CDATA[JBalvin's "Energia Tour" Closes in Miami ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:49:05 -0500 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 21:30:33 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Justin Quiles Uses VR Technology in New Music Video]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:27:13 -0500 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.”

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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). 

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<![CDATA[On Your Feet Opening Night]]> Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:08:39 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[On Your Feet the Musical Debuts in South Florida]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:15:11 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Long-Lost Video of Selena Found in Camera Donated to Smithsonian]]> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:49:34 -0500 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 13:27:19 -0500 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.



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<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2017: Fashion ]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:13:22 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Premios+Tu+Mundo+2017+7.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo: Top Winners 2017]]> Sun, 27 Aug 2017 13:05:53 -0500 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

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<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo: Danna Paola, Majida Issa Stay Connected with Fans]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:11:01 -0500 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)

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<![CDATA[Famed Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to Teach at FIU]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:48:57 -0500 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.



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<![CDATA[Walter Mercado Hosts Estate Sale at his Miami Condo]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:32:41 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[On Your Feet! The Musical]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:57:46 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Talks Kennedy Center Nod]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:56:21 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Jencarlos Teases New Single With Don Omar]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:22:20 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA[Divine Delicacies Cakes Dishes on "JRod" Cakes]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:20:25 -0500 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

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<![CDATA[Rosalinda Rodriguez Chats About Role on 'Mariposa De Barrio']]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:50:20 -0500 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.

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<![CDATA["Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso" Celebrates New Season]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:42:29 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/183*120/072217+latin+beat.jpg

Telemundo kicked off the upcoming season of their hit series “Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso” (Without Breasts There is no Paradise) with a special screening at the Landmark Theater in Coral Gables.

The event included a special red carpet where cast members Carmen Villalobos, Catherine Siachoque, Carolina Gaitan, Majida Issa, Fabian Rios and the series writer Gustavo Bolivar had a chance to pose for photos and press interviews.

Following the red carpet, cast members and invited guests sat down to watch the very first episode of the upcoming season that airs to the general public next Tuesday July 25th at 9pm on Telemundo.

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At the screening Telemundo and Universo Network president Luis Silberwasser accepted a special recognition by the Hispanic Women’s Society Network of the South Florida Chamber of Commerce honoring Telemundo as an Outstanding Community Leader for bringing to light important women’s issues such as self-esteem and the value of inner beauty over outer beauty

The “Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso” series is based on the best-selling book “Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso” by Gustavo Bolivar that tells the story of how a young girl (Catalina Santana) from Pereira, Colombia becomes obsessed with getting breast implants in order to join the narco prostitution world as a way to escape poverty. 

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<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo Nominees Announced]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:20:16 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Premios_Tu_Mundo.jpg

The annual star-studded award show in Miami is back for its 6th year! The nominees were announced Wednesday and Roxanne Vargas tells us who they are.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Can't Stop Talking About Pitbull's Tucked Jersey]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:04:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071017+Pitbull+MLB+Home+Run+Derby.jpg

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull took the stage in the heart of Miami Monday for the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby at Marlins Park, and his ensemble garnered a lot of attention on social media.

Mr. Worldwide performed his hit songs, donning a Marlins National League jersey neatly tucked into crisp white pants. The artist also wore a slick pair of black gloves.

In a stark contrast, Pitbull performed onstage next to dancers in sparkly red bodysuits.

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The Twitterverse lit up with folks both criticizing and celebrating the performer's outfit of the day.

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<![CDATA[Eiza Gonzalez Chats About Her Role in New Film 'Baby Driver']]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:31:58 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062817+Eiza+Gonzalez+Actress.jpg

Miles per hour and music go hand in hand in “Baby Driver.” Roxanne Vargas sits down with Mexican actress Eiza Gonzalez, who plays “Darling” in the film.



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<![CDATA[Marc Anthony, Prince Royce Set For 'El Clasico' Appearance]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:43:32 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/marc-anthony-jennifer-lopez-0005.jpg

Marc Anthony and Prince Royce will perform at “El Clasico Miami,” a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona, next month at Hard Rock Stadium. More than 80 percent of tickets have been sold for the contest.

Five days of events will precede the July 29 match, starting Tuesday and Wednesday at the W Hotel in South Beach, where Italy’s Juventus and France’s Paris Saint-Germain will host meet-and-greet sessions. The two teams will play in the International Champions Cup match July 26.

From July 26 through July 29, Bayfront Park will host Casa Clasico, a free fan-fest that will feature youth soccer skills contests, autograph sessions with Real Madrid and Barcelona soccer players, food trucks, concerts and art exhibits.

Casa Clasico will also include an art walls contest and three youth soccer fields, where youth teams can kick the ball around.

On June 27, MMA fighters Abner “Skullman” Lloveras and Javier Fuentes will compete at Mana Wynwood.

CeeLo Green is scheduled to sing the national anthem and perform before the PSG-Juventus match. Flo-Rida is expected to perform at halftime.

“El Clasico Miami” will feature Prince Royce before the game and Marc Anthony during halftime.



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<![CDATA['OITNB's Jackie Cruz Talks About New Season, New Projects]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:31:03 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/062717+Jackie+Cruz+OITNB.jpg

Actress Jackie Cruz, otherwise known as “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales” on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” gives Roxanne Vargas the scoop on season five and what she’s up to during her off time.

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<![CDATA[Alejandro Chaban's New Book Makes NYT Best Seller List]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:45:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062617+latin+beat.jpg

Ex-actor and television host turned certified nutrition and wellness guru Alejandro Chaban returns to the stands with a brand new book titled “Think Skinny Feel Fit: 7 Steps to Transform Your Emotional Weight and Have an Awesome Life.”

“Think Skinny Feel Fit” (Atria Books) is Chaban’s second publication, and in less than two weeks since its release on June 6, the book has already made it to the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Chaban took to his Instagram account to share with his followers the great news.

"Family we did it!" said Chaban in his Instagram post. "We are in the New York Times Best Seller List Wow!"

In "Think Skinny Feel Fit," Chaban shares the steps and techniques that were essential in his quest to control his mind and emotional eating habits that led him to lose more than 150 pounds and more importantly maintain his weight.

“Inspiring others to transform their lives is my passion,” Chaban said. “I’m so excited to share the knowledge and steps that helped me overcome the physical and emotional difficulties of childhood obesity.”


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<![CDATA["Despacito": Luis Fonsi Bringing Tour to Hollywood]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:16:26 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-luis-fonsi-daddy-tankee-EFE-archivo-12892698w.jpg

He is the man behind maybe the most popular song in recent years – now, Luis Fonsi is bringing “Despacito” and the rest of his hits to South Florida later this year.

The “Love + Dance World Tour” will hit the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Friday, September 22nd at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m. and range in price from $30 to 105.

“The tour is called ‘Love + Dance’ which sums up the concept of the tour, a mixture between my most significant ballads and the up-tempo songs that feature my new sound like ‘Despacito,’” Fonsi said in a press release announcing the show. “The show is going to be highly energetic but also heartfelt. It’s a nice balance.”

The remix for “Despacito”, featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Beiber, has made history while topping the Billboard Hot 100 List for five straight weeks – the first Spanish language song to reach that position in two decades. The video for the original version has been seen over 1.9 billion times on YouTube.



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<![CDATA[Telemundo Host Adamari López Responds to Swimsuit Criticism]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:44:35 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/adamari-lopez1.jpg

Telemundo morning show host Adamari López said she will not stop showing herself “as I am” despite online criticism about her weight after she shared a photo of herself in a swimsuit. 

López, the Puerto Rican-born host of Un Nuevo Día who has also appeared in Spanish-language soap operas, celebrated her 46th birthday recently in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and shared on Instagram a beach photo with her partner Toni Costa, a Spanish dancer and choreographer.

“I am at ease and I will not stop showing myself as I am, because I am happy with myself,” she said in response to criticism over how she looked. 

She added that “of course” she would like to be thinner but said that the possibility of losing weight is not something that drives her crazy. 


“I believe that I have a lot of worth as a woman and that nobody has to be with me because I am fat or skinny,” she said. “And I am very calm and happy doing the things that I enjoy and showing myself as I am because I’m happy with myself.”

Read a Spanish version of this story from our Telemundo sister station here.

 



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<![CDATA[JLo Needs Help From Dancers After Dramatic Knee Slide]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:36:04 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jennifer-lopez-accidente-all-i-have.jpg

A video making its way around social media appears to show Jennifer Lopez struggling to stand up after dropping to her knees and bending over backwards during one of her "All I Have" shows in Las Vegas last Thursday.

Don’t worry, JLo fans, her rep told NBC 6 the dance move is part of the show.

According to the performer's rep, Lopez did not injure herself and the scene has been in the show since its Vegas debut.

The international superstar is seen in the video sliding to her knees in the final counts of choreography. The 47-year-old singer remains there for several seconds before two glittery, orange-suited backup dancers pull her to her feet as she appears to grimace.  

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The "All I Have" production is the Latina superstar’s first ever headlining residency in the City of Lights, held exclusively in the Axis Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The show boasts performances of “explosive dance numbers to raw, personal moments.”

The "Jenny from the Block" singer is now a judge on NBC’s newest show, "World of Dance," which invites dancers from across the globe to show off their moves in front of expert judges including Ne-Yo and Derek Hough.



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<![CDATA[Retro Couture Screening For Miami Film Month]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:47 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029860039_1200x675_958794819588.jpg

Christopher Rapalo tells Roxanne Vargas about his new film 'Retro Couture' coming out for Miami Film month.

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<![CDATA[Between the Pages:"Faces and Voices of Cuba"]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 13:55:12 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029819599_1200x675_957101123554.jpg

Author Dmitry Zhitov talks to Roxanne Vargas about his latest book, "Faces and Voices of Cuba," and tells us where you can meet him!

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<![CDATA[Singer Yoli Mayor Reflects on "AGT" Audition]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 13:54:40 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/053117+yoli+mayor.jpg

Roxanne Vargas shows one of the most unforgettable moments of the night on the "America's Got Talent" season premiere. Miami's own "Cuban Adele," Yoli Mayor, also dishes to Roxy about her memorable audition.

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<![CDATA[Zoe Saldana Reunites With Cast at 'World of Avatar' Opening]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 04:35:00 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Zoe+Saldana+at+Disney.jpg

Actress Zoe Saldana dropped by Walt Disney World where she reunited with fellow “Avatar” cast members at the grand opening celebration of the much anticipated “Pandora-The World of Avatar” attraction at the Animal Kingdom Park in Orlando.

Saldana who played Na’vi character Neytiri in the 2009 “Avatar” film joined fellow cast members; Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Laz Alonso, Stephen Lang, Wes Studi, Joel David Moore as well as the film’s director, James Cameron who helped usher the special opening celebration.

Saldana and her co-stars were amongst the first guests invited to try out some of the attraction inside the new land of Pandora including the “Na’vi River Journey” and the 3-D thrilling adventure “Avatar Flight of Passage.”

Experiencing the fantasy world of Pandora at Animal Kingdom was a real dream come true for Saldana and her co-stars who feel they finally got to see and experience what Pandora was really like.

“Even though I was part of this movie and I shot it for eight or night months of my life I never really got to walk on Pandora,” Saldana said. “This park gives us that opportunity.”

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertaiment brought to life the mythical world of Pandora inspired by the 2009 blockbuster film, Avatar.

“Pandora-The World of Avatar” is now open to the public at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park.



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<![CDATA['Despacito' Becomes First Spanish #1 Song Since 'Macarena']]> Fri, 19 May 2017 20:09:59 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-674218682.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[JLO Steals the Spotlight at NBC Upfront Red Carpet]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 22:59:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051517+Jennifer+Lopez+NBC+Upfront.jpg All eyes were on Jennifer Lopez as she posed for photos on the red carpet at the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall Monday.]]> <![CDATA["Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste" Celebrates 15-Years On-Air]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 11:32:24 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*159/Maria+Celeste+Desk1.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[JLO Talks About New Show ' World of Dance']]> Mon, 08 May 2017 19:30:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*167/jennifer-lopez-latin-billboards-2017-001.jpg

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



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<![CDATA[FIU Presents 'Retro Couture' Film by Miami Director]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 15:14:05 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050817+retro+couture+movie+poster.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Marc Anthony to Perform at El Clasico Miami Halftime]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 04:37:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/marc-anthony-jennifer-lopez-0007.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

El Clasico Miami is set for July 29.



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<![CDATA[Luis Fonsi Talks Justin Bieber Joining 'Despacito' Remix]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 11:19:05 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Luis_Fonsi_confiesa_lo_que_le_gusta_mas_hacer_despacito.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017 Red Carpet: Best Dressed ]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 09:18:07 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/BEST+OF+RED+CARPET+2.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards: Celebs Share Which Songs Made Their Playlist]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 04:52:35 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029303428_1200x675_933513795682.jpg

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

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