<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.com en-usFri, 19 Oct 2018 21:43:35 -0400Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:43:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pero Que Funny!: How Latino Content Creators Impact Society]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:18:47 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cell-GettyImages-536989145.jpg

If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve heard of these guys: LeJuan James, Jenny Lorenzo and the Chonga Girls.

Their hilarious viral videos reach millions of people every day. And they’re on the same mission: to entertain.

“I want people to relate to my content, I want people to feel nostalgic with my content, I want my content to bring people together. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to do that so far,” said Jenny Lorenzo, who is most well known for her Abuelita character.

Not only are they hilarious, but their content takes Latinos back to their roots.

“By doing what I’m doing, I’m able to give people an outlet to say, ‘Oh hey, that’s just like my mom, my father.’ What I want to do, the cool thing about the internet, it lives forever. Well beyond the moment I leave this earth, and then kind of inspire others to do the same and follow their dreams,” said LeJuan James, a content creator who reaches millions.

Whether their content reminds you of your abuelita, or your mami cleaning the house on a Saturday morning, or that girl you were afraid of in math class in the eighth grade, regardless (or should I say, irregardless), it’s content that takes you back and makes you feel good.

But it’s not all fun and games for them. In fact, it’s how they make a living – and they do quite well at it. Now, big brands are reaching out to them to collaborate.

Brands like Proctor and Gamble and NASCAR are reaching out to these content creators to advertise their products.

“It’s fun to do NASCAR as chongas because it’s something that chongas would never do. You would never see a chonga at NASCAR. What’s also cool is that what we’re doing is that we’re promoting their Latino driver, who is Mexican,” said Laura Di Lorenzo and Mimi Davila, who are also known as the Chonga Girls.

It’s no secret their content has an impact on Latinos. LeJuan James has more than 3 million fans on Facebook. His videos can easily be shared hundreds of thousands of times and get several million views.

“We’re all different. We have our nuances, different lingo and dialect. Whether you’re Argentinean, Mexican, from the Caribbean, South American, Venezuela, Colombia, we’re all very similar. By uniting us through this content is what I really want to do. I want to inspire, unite, come together as a community,” said James.

But despite their incredible success, they never forget their roots.

“I’m Cuban American, but not everybody who watches my stuff is Cuban American and they can still relate. So I do have Miami to thank for that,” said Lorenzo.

“What inspires our content is our nostalgia, our friendship, our childhood, where we’re from, Miami, and we love bringing memories to people,” said Davila.



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<![CDATA[The Impact of Latino Millennials on South Florida's Economy]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 09:04:50 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/100218+millennial+impact.png

It’s no surprise that Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States. This translates to a major voting bloc and a strong economy. Now, Latino millennials are playing a significant role in their own way.

Florida is home to the third largest Hispanic population in the United States. As a result, Hispanics are key to the growth of the state and especially South Florida.

“Hispanic businesses represent a significant portion of the business of the state of Florida. But it’s even more concentrated here in South Florida. Of all the Hispanic businesses in all of Florida, roughly 70% are here in South Florida,” said Michael Finney of the Beacon Council, an economic development organization for Miami-Dade County.

That segment of the population is key to the local economy.

“The employment numbers here in Miami-Dade are very strong. They continue to be strong and it’s a growing population and it’s led by the outstanding companies,” said Finney. “We have a very strong technology base here, we have food and beverage, especially for some of the millennials.”

Speaking of millennials, the amount of Hispanic owned businesses continue to grow. But does this new generation follow the roadmap to success of their predecessors?

“The millennials have an expectation that not only will they be successful in business, but they also want to enjoy all that Florida and Miami has to offer,” said Finney.

But does that expectation of success translate into the voting booth? It’s a known fact that the midterms will be key in Miami, and that Cuban Americans in South Florida carry a lot of voting power.

“There’s a few groups across U.S. history that have had that kind of an impact, both at the local level, nationally and even internationally,” said Eduardo Gamarra, PhD, a professor at Florida International University. “Generations do matter. One of the most important trends that we’ve seen, especially among Hispanics, is that Hispanics register as non-party affiliate.”

In Miami-Dade County, there are 41% registered Democrats, 26% Republicans and 31% of voters are non-party affiliate.

Gammara says, of the NPA’s, the majority are Hispanic and young.

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<![CDATA[How Latino Youth Activists Are Making a Difference]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:19:09 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DACAGettyImages-845463124.jpg

Millennial activists are hitting the streets like never before to advocate not only for themselves, but for something else that impacts a lot of Latinos – immigration policies.

From DACA, to TPS to family separations, Latinos are facing a host of ever-changing issues across our borders.

“We need to do something drastic and we need to standup,” said Julio Calderon of the Florida Immigrant Coalition and FLIC Votes.

Calderon is fired up. He can’t hide his passion to be a voice for Latino immigrants, as he’s been in their shoes himself.

“We had to cross the border as an unaccompanied minor,” said Calderon.

At the age of 16, Calderon said he made the tough decision to leave the horrors going on in his homeland of Honduras. His mother was already living in the U.S., but could not petition for her kids to come. Calderon and his siblings spent 30 days by themselves crossing the Mexican border into the United States.

“There were a couple of instances where we had to walk a lot in the middle of the night where we had nothing to eat but just a little bit of tortilla and cheese,” said Calderon.

Since his arrival as an unaccompanied youth, Calderon has hit the ground running with his activism for immigration reform. He’s been working with the Florida Immigrant Coalition helping others like himself navigate recent changes in policies, as well as the emotional turmoil of the possibility of being sent back to an unstable situation in their native countries.

“For me, every change in policy hits home. Whether it’s TPS because my parents have TPS, whether it’s DACA, because my little brother has DACA, whether it is to the undocumented community because I am undocumented or those who need to vote because my sister is a U.S. citizen. We have a family of six and have four different statuses so that says a lot about the broken system we have in the U.S.,” said Calderon.

Around 300,000 Salvadorans and Nicaraguans are in limbo as the Trump administration decided not to extend their temporary protected status. Hondurans were given a waiting period of six months. The uncertainty of DACA legislation is also affecting undocumented students searching for a brighter future in the U.S.

Through his activism, Calderon is still fighting these battles to make sure immigrants are protected on the federal and state level.

“It is an urgency and we need to be able to fix this problem for more than 1,000,000 undocumented youth who are in limbo, who can be facing deportation,” said Calderon.

When it comes to activism, Calderon isn’t the only millennial taking charge trying to change the narrative surrounding immigration issues affecting Latinos.

Dr. Michael Lenaghan, a professor of social sciences at Miami-Dade College, has witnessed the civic engagement of his young students who have recently arrived in the United States.

“In America, anybody can make a difference. You just have to get organized and these newly arrived millennials got it quickly. I would describe them as an interesting combination of essentially self-motivated people who come not looking for something but looking to create value where they feel that value might be protected,” said Dr. Lenaghan.

Various conflicts across Latin America sparked South Florida’s diverse and young population.

“Young people of varying circumstances, not just rich people displaced by dictators or folks displaced by civil war, but other pressures like gang difficulties,” said Dr. Lenaghan.

As for Calderon, he has a message for other youth activists out there.

“I think that if we really want to build the future that we want to  see as millennials, we need to be in the spaces where we can represent ourselves and change policy the way we want to see it,” said Calderon.



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<![CDATA[Progress in the City of Progress: Hialeah Hosts Pride Parade]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:58:52 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CTTC110513135131_0512.jpg

A first of its kind celebration will make way in the heart of Hialeah. It’s a huge deal for the city’s LGBTQ+ community, which has felt shunned for years.

Empowerment, progress and unity are all part of the point of a pride party, a celebration of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come. This weekend, Hialeah Pride will come to the city of progress for the first time.

“Hialeah is the fourth strongest conservative city in the United States, right behind three in Texas,” said Karen Larrean, the organizer for Hialeah Pride. “So when DJ Citizen Jane came to me and told me about the idea, Hialeah Pride and that was her dream, I started thinking. We’re going to make headway, that means we’re going to dig the trenches, we’re going to go ahead, and like she said, leave a legacy and open doors. It was important.”

And it was especially important to DJ Citizen Jane, who was born and raised in Hialeah.

“I’m a Hialeah girl, this is my hood like I would say,” said Jane. “My parents still live here and I still come here and hang out here. This part still means a lot to me. I did my 15’s pictures here, came to a lot of events here.”

The event will be held Sunday at the historic Hialeah Park.

“When I first came out here in Hialeah, I felt like I didn’t have anywhere to go,” said Jane. “I would get looked at differently, you know, because it was very closed minded, and I had to move to Miami Beach. I’ve been moving away from Hialeah because of that, but I’ve been coming back and seeing a difference.”

And there is a difference. Karen and Jane were met with support instead of resistance from this mostly Hispanic Latino community that is Hialeah.

Speaking of breaking barriers – the term Latinx is a term that has been thrown around a lot recently. Wonder what it means? Look it up – in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It was added last month. It means relating to or marked by Latin American heritage, used as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina.

“It means a lot, when words make the jump from the mouths of people into anything standardized like a dictionary or a grammar book or broadcast news, then you know its gaining acceptance,” said Michelle Ploetz, PhD, a language expert.

It’s a linguistic innovation, a molding of the English language, led by groups of Latin people who didn’t feel like they fit … until now.

“I think it’s important because that’s how certain people associate themselves and it’s like saying, it’s respect for all, we’re all one family and everybody should feel the way they feel and be free,” said Jane.

That’s why the only label at Hialeah Pride is – one. Regardless of what letter or color of the flag you identify with, this inaugural celebration of unity and inclusion among all people in Hialeah is for everyone in our vibrant community.



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<![CDATA[Funk & Fusion: How Latino Millennials Influence Food & Music]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:48:21 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1002818+food+and+funk.jpg

Hispanic millennials are making a great impact in our community. They have carved a new identity and are changing what it means to be Latino in the United States. NBC 6 explored how this new generation has stirred up a subculture through food and music that makes South Florida so unique.

“We try and get the rhythms from the past to come to the future and be a music that you could actually listen to without it sounding out,” said Leslie Cartaya, the lead singer of PALO!

For more than a decade, PALO!, an afro-Cuban funk band, has been fusing percussion, vocals and the saxophone to create an infectious Miami sound.

“I think for a while, Miami has been a hotbed for what I call Latin fusion music,” said Steve Roitstein, the founder of PALO!.

“We’re trying to make you see that music that you used to dance to a whole bunch of years ago in another perspective,” said Cartaya. “So then sometimes, it’s easier with younger people because they can kind of understand it and they feel it that way too. Because the city that you live in today is not the city that it was 10 years ago.”

“We’ve created such a great and enjoyable fusion that I say it is a fusion of the past, present and future,” said Raymer Olalde, a percussionist for PALO!.

Now, a new generation of Latinos are also the changing the landscape of the restaurant industry. The Andrade family is just one example. “La Ventanita,” or the window, at Islas Canarias was founded in 1977 by Nancy and Luis Andrade. Their daughter Eileen took the Cuban restaurant concept and put a spin on it by opening Amelia’s 1931 in the very same shopping center as her parents in West Kendall.

Amelia’s 1931 was named after Eileen’s grandmother and the year she was born.

“I wanted to pay homage to her. One of the first restaurants my family opened up in Miami was called “El Teide” and she worked the counter. So you will see mainly counter seating at Amelia’s. The vibe is very Abuelita. You feel like you’re at your grandmother’s house,” said Andrade.

The cuisine at Amelia’s fuses Asian, Cuban and Peruvian food, which is similar to Andrade’s second restaurant, Finka Table and Tap.

“I love mixing spicy with sweet and counterbalancing flavors and cuisines so when you come here, you can have your traditional croquet, but you can also have malanga tots with a spicy aji amarillo sauce on top,” said Andrade. “I think that’s the new Cuban cuisine that we’re bringing to Miami, which is keeping traditional flavors but adding a spin on it because want to make it a little more modern.”

Andrade credits millennial’s love for fusion food because of South Florida’s vibrant and diverse culture.

“Miami is a melting pot and we’ve been surrounded by so many different cultures and cuisines that we’re almost selfish and don’t want to just try one thing,” said Andrade. “We kind of want to put a bunch of different flavors together and it creates a fun experience. It’s something different.”

From cafecito, to leche de tigre. Peruvian food has a large foot print in South Florida, too.

Chef Carlos Brescia was born and raised in Chiclayo, Peru. He moved to Miami in 2000. A little over 10 years later, he opened Doctor Limon in Kendall.

Brescia says he named his restaurant Doctor Limon because of his ability to cure … a headache of sorts.

“After a party night, the hangover, they used to call me ‘Doctor Cure My Hangover.’ I cure it with lime!,” said Brescia.

Like Andrade, Brescia brings a lot of flavor and cuisines into his food.

“We use a lot of ingredients. We bring them from Peru. We work with local farmers also. We make a lot of fusion. I try to do fusion between Peruvian and Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Spain. A little bit of everything,” said Brescia.

In typical Latino fashion, Brescia credits his parents for his skills in the kitchen.

“I remember everything happening in the kitchen in my house,” said Brescia. “My mom cooks, my father used to cook. We used to have a restaurant [in Peru]. And everything goes around food and cooking in my family.”

Whether you decide to eat at Amelia’s, Dr. Limon, or your favorite restaurant, chances are you’re leaving with a smile and a full stomach. After all, the saying is pretty accurate, “Barriga llena, corazon contento.”

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<![CDATA[“Evening of Art and Fashion” to Pay Tribute to Celia Cruz]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 06:11:42 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/famosos-murieron-por-cancer-celia-cruz.jpg

The Bacardi Women in leadership initiative is hosting their “Evening of Art and Fashion” next Saturday October 6th at the new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, and this year they are shining the spotlight on the “Forever Celia” exhibit as a way to honor the late Queen of Salsa’s fashion sense through out her musical career.

This special evening of cocktails and fashion at the museum will also serve as the official kick-off celebration for the 25th anniversary of “Dress for Success Miami” which provides professional support in attire and development to help women thrive in the work force.

“Bacardi is proud to partner with organizations like Dress for Success Miami that celebrates and empowers women to be the best version of themselves,” said Paula Glickenhaus, VP & global head of Women in Leadership for Bacardi.

Guests at the “Evening of Art in Fashion” will be the first to see the special Celia Cruz exhibit at Cuban Diaspora Museum before it opens officially to the public on October 18th.

“The Bacardi Women in Leadership initiative jumped at the opportunity to host an event that combines art and fashion, celebrates the spirit of a powerful female music icon, and reinforces our long-standing legacy and commitment to community involvement and philanthropy.”

Bacardi’s “Evening of Art and Fashion” will feature an exclusive VIP fashion show featuring a Rene by RR collection from famed Cuban fashion designer and Miami International University of Art & Design alumnus artist Alejandra Estefania who hails from Ecuador.

Throughout the evening the museum will give away tickets to their star-studded opening night of the new exhibit, along with museum passes and merchandise.

Guests will also be able to take part in a silent auction featuring items from the Rene by RR collection.

Tickets for the Bacardi “Evening of Art and Fashion” are $75 per person for general admission and $199 per person for VIP entry. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Dress for Success Miami. For more information on how to attend visit Dress for Success Miami.



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<![CDATA[Oye! Estefans to Receive Library of Congress Prize]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:11:00 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-884602190.jpg

The Library of Congress said powerhouse couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan will be the next recipients of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Emilio and Gloria, married since 1978, rose to prominence with the success of Miami Sound Machine. Gloria joined the Miami Sound Machine, first named as the Miami Latin Boys, in 1977.

The Estefans and the Miami Sound Machine's most popular songs include "Get on Your Feet," "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Turn the Beat Around," "Oye!" and "Conga."

"The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent," the Library of Congress said in a statement on Monday.

Previous prize recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett.

“The music created by Emilio and Gloria Estefan makes you want to listen to the beat and get on your feet,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. “They are the creative force behind the popularity of music steeped in the Latino culture. This dynamic couple’s professional and personal journey truly mirrors the American dream and we are so pleased to honor their musical legacy.”

The life story of Emilio and Gloria, who've earned countless awards including Grammy Awards, was developed into a jukebox Broadway musical named "On Your Feet!"

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song "honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin," the Library of Congress said.

The Gershwin brothers were American composers who created classic songs and melodies of great influence, such as "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American In Paris."

“From the moment I started singing, I was drawn to the iconic songs of the immensely talented Gershwin brothers and have had the privilege to record several of them,” Gloria Estefan said in a statement. “I am deeply honored, along with Emilio Estefan, my beloved husband of 40 years, to be the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. ... We are profoundly humbled to have been chosen for this singular accolade.”



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<![CDATA[Colombia Beats Venezuela 2-1 in Friendly Match in Miami]]> Sat, 08 Sep 2018 22:56:27 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/090818+soccer+game.JPG

It was a hot and muggy Friday night in South Florida but a total of 34,048 soccer fans made their way to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens to see FIFA sweethearts, the Colombian National team play against the Venezuelan National Team.

Before things got heated on the soccer field, 23-year-old Venezuelan born and “American Idol” finalist Michelle Sussett had the honor of performing the United States National Anthem in front the yellow jersey filled stadium.  

Also making an appearance was Dante Aristizabal, son of Colombian superstar Juanes, who walked out holding Colombian player Carlos Bacca’s hand for the team’s national anthem presentation.

The game began with “La Vinotinto” taking charged with a goal from Darwin Machis (11) early in the first four minutes of the game. 

It seemed like Venezuela was overpowering the Cafeteros at times, but Colombia did not disappoint their cheering and enthusiastic fans, the team came back to tie the game in the second half with a goal from forward Radamel Falcao Garcia (9) in minute 55 and one from Yimmi Chara (17) in minute 90 giving Colombia the win.

Colombia now moves on to play Argentina in New Jersey next Tuesday, September 11th and Venezuela plays Panama on September 12th in Panama City.

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<![CDATA[Colombia and Venezuela to Square Off at Hard Rock Stadium]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:46:55 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/fcf.jpg

Now that the World Cup is over, soccer fans in South Florida will be able to enjoy some FIFA friendly matches right here in their own backyard, as teams begin preparations for the 2019 Copa America and the next World Cup in 2022.

Starting Friday, Sept. 7, the Colombia national football team will go head-to-head with "La Vinotinto" (The Burgundys), or the Venezuela national football team, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens starting at 8 p.m.

Since Tuesday, both teams have been training on location in South Florida -- Colombia at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, and Venezuela inside the Sawgrass Grand Hotel and Sports Complex.

Colombia's soccer federation released their roster via Twitter. Notably absent from the list are stars Yerry Mina, Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar and James Rodriguez who will be missing the team's next two games due to the muscle injury he suffered in Russia.

Another name missing is that of head coach Jose Nestor Pekerman, who on Tuesday announced he will not be returning to coach the team.

The Colombian Federation has yet to appoint a new head coach, but Sub-20 coach Arturo Reyes has been called up to coach in the interim.

The Venezuelan National team also released their roster on Twitter. According to this lineup, it's evident that coach Rafael Dudamel has selected fresh new faces to lead his team in the next two games against Colombia and Panama.

Friday's game at the Hard Rock Stadium marks the 17th time both teams have played a friendly match against each other. The last game was in 2010 when Venezuela beat Colombia 2-0.

Tickets for the Sept. 7 match are still available by visiting the Hard Rock Stadium box office or on Ticketmaster.



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<![CDATA[Singer Nicky Jam Buys $3.4M Mansion in Miami Beach]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:56:17 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Nicky-Jam-Thumb.jpg Reggaeton superstar Nick Rivera, better known to his legion of fans as "Nicky Jam," has just purchased a sleek, brand new home in Miami Beach.

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<![CDATA[Maluma and Madonna Have Special Moment at the VMAs]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:13:14 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MALUMA+MTV+PHOTO.jpg

It was a huge night full of thrills and chills for Colombian singing superstar Maluma who gave a steamy and sensuous performance at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards stage Monday night.

A real dream come true for the 24-year-old Reggaeton artist who hails from Medellin, Colombia, and who was nominated twice over in the Best Latin category for his "Felices Los 4" anthem and for his collaboration with fellow Colombian singer Shakira in the song "El Chantaje."

Maluma, whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño, performed his hit song "Felices Los 4" and got everyone on their feet, making history in the process that night for being the first Latin solo artist to perform a song in Spanish on the VMA stage.

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"It was surreal to be able to perform at the legendary Radio City Music Hall and to be able to make history along with other artist I admire," said Maluma. "I grew up watching the VMAs in Colombia and I'm proud and honored to have performed and be able to highlight my culture and show who I am and where I come from in such an important event."

But the surreal moment for the singer came after he got off stage where he bumped into none other than superstar Madonna who was sitting next to Lenny Kravitz before they were scheduled to present on stage.

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Maluma's publicist Paola España took to Twitter posting the singer's special moment with the Material Girl, where you see Madonna with both hands on Maluma's shoulders as she spoke to him very lovingly while everyone watched in awe.

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Maluma on the other hand, took to his Instagram account where he posted a photo of him with Madonna up close and explained exactly what she said to him.

"She gave me her blessing and told me that I was ready for the next level," Maluma wrote. "Love you Queen you're such an inspiration @Madonna."

Maluma's performance at the 35th annual VMA Awards was evidence of his true global influence and reach.

"Felices Los 4" is one of eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart that has reached recognition in the United States.

Maluma was nominated for Song of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards this year.



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<![CDATA[Latinos Shine at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 06:36:17 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1020433490.jpg

It was a night to remember for Latin artist at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

MTV’s celebration of music and entertainment returned to the iconic venue where it all began in 1984 and at this year’s 35th Annual VMAs the Latino presence was felt like never before.

Kicking things off for the night was new mom and Rapper Cardi B who opened the awards show with a lively bit that showed her swaddling a pink blanket.

The singer who joked and soon revealed a wrapped up Moon Man took home the coveted statue for Best New Artist and Best Collaboration for her participation with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled in “Dinero”.

Budding singer Jesse Reyez who hails from Toronto, Canada was nominated for her song “Gatekeeper” in two categories; Push Artist of the Year and the Video With A Message category.

The outspoken singer who celebrated her Colombian roots while wearing a colorful yellow, red and blue bracelet during her performance on top of an embroidered note that spoke of her support in the MeToo movement and the immigrant kids separated from their families, came out empty handed but managed to deliver a memorable performance of her brand new track “Apple Juice”.

This year the return of the Best Latin category re-emerged at the VMAs for the first time since 2003 with a star-studded line-up of Lain nominees that included; Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato for “Echame La Culpa”, Daddy Yankee for “Dura”, Shakira ft. Maluma for “Chantaje”, J Balvin ft. Willy Williams for “Mi Gente” and Maluma for “Felices Los 4”

The Best Latin category winner this year was Colombian Reggaeton star J Balvin who was not present to accept his first-ever Moon Man for his summer anthem “Mi Gente” in which he collaborated with French DJ Willy Williams who did manage to accept the statue on their behalf.

Mexican-Cuban Singer Camila Cabello’s “Havana” collaboration with Young Thug was nominated in five notable categories that included Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Choreography of the Year.

Out of those five categories Cabello took home two trophies, one for Artist of the Year and the other for the big Video of the Year category, which she was presented by non-other than Madonna.

Making history this year for the first-ever solo performance in Spanish by an artist was Colombian singer Maluma, better known to his legion of fans as the “Pretty Boy Dirty Boy”.

The Colombian heartthrob whose name appeared in two categories (Video of the Year for “Chantaje with Shakira and Best Latin for “Felices los 4” delivered a sexy and sensuous performance for his hit song “Felices los 4”.

Amongst all the great performances and award presentations, arguably one of the must-see moments of the night came when dancer, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez was honored with the show’s prestigious Michael Jackson Vanguard Award.

The singer who was celebrated for her lifetime achievement in her 20+ year career gave an electrifying 15 minute performance where she sang all of the hits that have made her a household name all over the globe.

But Latin artists and their achievements were not the only things making waves last night at the VMAs. This year, Latino culture and issues were also front and center.

Singer Logic who often sings about strong social issues used his time on stage to shine a light on the current immigration issue in the country.

Logic in protest of President Trump’s immigration policies sang his single “One Day” while wearing a black t-shirt with the words “F*ck the Wall” written across his chest.

The singer brought with him on stage members and children from the National Domestic Workers Alliance, United We Dream and Make the Road New York who by the way wore t-shirts wit he words “We Are ALL Human Beings” on them.



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<![CDATA[Janet Jackson's Single With Daddy Yankee Debuts on Fallon]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:54:34 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/081918+janet+jackson.jpg

On Friday, following a 14 year absence from late night television, iconic R&B, dance and pop singing superstar Janet Jackson marked her return with a memorable performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” featuring none other than the man who put Reggaeton music on the map, Daddy Yankee.

Yankee, who hails from Puerto Rico and whose real name is Ramon Ayala, joined Jackson for the special debut of their first-ever collaboration titled, “Made for Now."

Looking like an African princess in full Afro prints and embellishments, Jackson brought the party to NBC’s Studio 6B in New York City along with Afro drummers and dancers for a lively performance choreographed to the mix of African and Reggaeton beats in “Made for Now."

Following the performance, Daddy Yankee took to his Instagram account to share a snippet from the accompanying “Made for Now” music video for the single that now has over 10 million views on YouTube in just two days.

In his post Yankee wrote, “It has been an honor working with the queen Janet Jackson. Our mission is to unite the world through music.”

He also included a quote from the song’s chorus, “Arriba la raza, estamos en la casa,” to loosely indicate and celebrate the crossover of Latinos into the mainstream.

The saucy and colorful video shot all over New York City and Brooklyn features dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad and the United States.

Daddy Yankee’s vocals in both English and Spanish together with Jackson’s sensual sound serve up a a unique yet perfect combination made for today’s demanding cross-genre game.

“Made for Now” is Jackson’s first single since her 11th studio album “Unbreakable” from 2015.

Daddy Yankee’s latest collab with Latin pop ballad singer Luis Fonsi went global after the pair joined forces with singer Justin Bieber for the remix of “Despacito” in 2017.

CORRECTION (Aug. 20, 2018, 3:52 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this story stated the wrong year Jackson's “Unbreakable” album was released. It was 2015.


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<![CDATA[Maria Celeste Arraras Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:19:55 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MCA+DEGREE.jpg

Telemundo anchor and leading figure in Spanish journalism Maria Celeste Arraras has been awarded an Honoris Causa degree from the Universidad Central de Bayamon in Puerto Rico.

The 'Al Rojo Vivo' show anchor, whose career spans just over three decades, was given the honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities in recognition for her arduous philanthropic work in causes such as animal protection, planet conservation and more recently, for her efforts in bringing aid to several communities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria's devastating aftermath.

"Maria Celeste Arraras has been able to elevate Puerto Rico's name to a higher ground," said Dr. Lilliana Negron Colon, Universidad Central de Bayamon President. "She is one of the first people who, from the beginning, spared no effort in bringing aid to her brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico by leading 'La Flota de la Esperanza' (Fleet of Hope) into the island, and for us it's an honor to present her with this distinct award."

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"Today I received one of the most exciting recognitions of my life," wrote Arraras on her Instagram account. "95 percent of the students at Universidad Central de Bayamon live under the poverty line and all of them graduated in spite of the adversities they lived due to Hurricane Maria. They are a true example of tenacity and I admire them all. I feel honored with a capital 'H.'"

A total of 253 graduating students received their degrees from Universidad Central de Bayamon. Twenty-seven associates, 156 bachelors and 70 master's degrees were awarded.



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<![CDATA[J Balvin, Nicky Jam Get Down With Fallon on 'Tonight Show']]> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:58:08 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/TONIGHT+SHOW+PIC+Photo+credit+Andrew+Lipovsky+NBC.jpg

Top Reggaeton artists, J Balvin and Nicky Jam brought their Latin flavor to the "Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" where the show's host got down with the two artists onstage for a special dance performance of their most recent collaboration titled "X."

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"Yet another dream come true," wrote J Balvin on his Instagram account after he and his long-time pal Nicky Jam shared the Tonight show stage for the very first time since their careers began.

Before bringing out Jam on stage, Balvin got a chance to treat the audience to a solo medley performance of his mega-hit "Mi Gente" which he collaborated with French DJ Willy William and the Queen Bee herself, Beyoncé.

During their appearance on the Tonight Show, the two singers also participated in a game of "Truth or Challenge" where Nicky Jam sang like SpongeBob SquarePants and made animal sounds.

Both Nicky Jam and J Balvin currently sit front and center in their musical genre cranking out hit after hit and breaking streaming records with their music.

J Balvin who is featured in a YouTube "Artist Spotlight Story" is gearing up for his 27-date "Vibras" tour which will take him all over the United States this Fall.

He most recently performed at Coachella with Beyoncé and Ultra Miami with DJ Snake. His rendition of "Positivo" was played all over the air on Telemundo this summer as the official song for the Network's World Cup coverage.

Nicky Jam, on the other hand, made global news a few weeks ago, after his hit performance at the World Cup closing ceremony in Russia with none other than Will Smith.

He continues performing all over Latin America and collaborating with Telemundo on the release of his upcoming bio-series titled "El Ganador" ("The Winner") where Jam will have a chance to tell the story of his early troubles before becoming one of the leading figures in the current Reggaeton movement.



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<![CDATA['Te Amo Mamá': Actress Shares Story of Own Family Separation]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:04:18 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-965620008.jpg

Actress Diane Guerrero took the stage Saturday at D.C.’s Families Belong Together rally to share her own experience of family separation and demand change for the children being "irreversibly damaged" at the border today.

Guerrero’s mother and father were deported back to their native Colombia when she was just 14 years old. Her older brother was later deported as well. The 31-year-old actress, known for her roles in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” has written an adult and children’s book about her divided family.

“Once my family was taken, I became fully aware that my community matters less to some people,” Guerrero told the crowd in D.C. “That we are treated differently because of the color of our skin or where our parents were born.”

Guerrero, who was born in America, first spoke publically about being the child of undocumented immigrants in a 2014 Los Angeles Times op-ed. She detailed her life after their deportation and wrote that "not a single person at any level of government took any note of me. No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat." Though "the parents of friends graciously" cared for her, she said she lived a "rocky existence." Guerrero recounted the singing recitals and graduations her family missed.

Standing on the D.C. stage and at times speaking through tears, Guerrero admitted that she was “lucky enough to have people in my community take me in... to be able to continue school… to find work or to go to college" following her family's deportation. However, she acknowledged that “that kind of luck is one in a million.”

“I wouldn’t have been so lucky if I had been among today’s generation of children who will be irreversibly damaged by our government's actions,” Guerrero said. "I would have had a much different story to tell if I had been imprisoned after being separated from my family, without a warm bed and only the cold faces of ICE agents and the crinkling feeling of a Mylar blanket."

She railed against the administration's zero-tolerance policy that separated more than 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Guerrero was one of the thousands of people in cities across the country who protested Saturday and demanded the administration reunite divided families.

“It’s a denial of children’s humanity to say that because they were born in a difficult or dangerous place at the wrong time that they don’t deserve a second chance, that they shouldn’t ask for refuge,” Guerrero shouted. “How many more children are we willing to subject to a lifetime of pain?”

She encouraged her listeners to “remember in November” the administration’s policies and to enact change. She implored the crowd not to “be blind to the blatant disregard of human life.”

“When we march to the polls, remember our anger, the outrage and the desire to act. Remember in November that the end to these cruel policies starts with us.”

“As one who has seen first hand, I have taught myself to have hope,” Guerrero added. “I have to believe that this is an opportunity for us to rise above the tyranny, the ignorance, the malpractice, and believe in change. This is the chance for us to come together as a nation and rise above division and fear. Only then can we stop the separation of families and stop the policies that place children in cages.”

Guerrero concluded: “Te amo, mamá, papá, hermano. Te amo, and I miss you every day.”



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<![CDATA[iHeart Radio Fiesta Latina Lineup Announced]]> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:01:21 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/iHeart_Radio_Fiesta_Latina_Lineup_Announced.jpg

Enrique Santos from Tu 94.9 hasthe scoop on all the stars who will be at the AmericanAirlines Arena on November 3rd for iHeart Fiesta Latina!

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Power Co. CEO Resigns Over Salary Blowup]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:22:35 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/power-lines2.jpg

An outrcry over a promised $750,000 salary for the CEO of the indebted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority prompted him to quit less than 24 hours after assuming the position, along with four members of the board.

Rafael Díaz Granados stepped aside instead of taking a pay cut ordered by Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

Díaz Granados' predecessor, Walter Higgins had resigned as head of the power authority, known as PREPA, on Wednesday, after only four months in the job.

The controversy erupted as Puerto Rico is trying to privitize the power company, which is $9 billion in debt after Hurricane Maria.

Díaz Granados' expected $750,000 salary exceeded the $450,000 that Higgins earned. Rosselló ordered an income adjustment, saying the number was in no way proportional.

"PREPA must temper the salary to what I am proposing or, alternatively, the members that are not willing to do so must resign their positions," he said. 

Díaz Granados said that it was a sacrifice to take this position for $750,000. 

"I am making a sacrifice on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico, because every day I am in Puerto Rico is a day that I can't be somewhere else where I could be earning a lot more," he said in a radio interview.

By the end of the day, the governor had replaced two of the board members.



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<![CDATA[Gloria Estefan To Star In Netflix's 'One Day At A Time']]> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:13:10 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474685358.jpg

The Netflix show "One Day at a Time" will soon see a familiar South Florida face: Gloria Estefan.

The legendary singer and actress will be guest starring on the show's third season, Estefan announced on her social media accounts.

"So excited to announce that I'll finally be guest starring on @odaatnetflix," Estefan wrote on Instagram. "I'll be playing Mirtha, Lydia's baby sister and arch-nemesis. I'm coming for you, Alvarez family!"

The show, which premiered January 2017, follows the story of a single Latina mother who is raising her kids "with the 'help' of her old-school mom," according to Netflix.

Rita Moreno, who plays grandmother Lydia, said she "CAN NOT WAIT" for the collaboration on Twitter.

"One Day at a Time" is a remake of the 1970s Norman Lear sitcom, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The reboot features the experiences of three generations of a Cuban-American family, as they encounter social issues like gender identity, PTSD and racism.



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<![CDATA[Telemundo Academy Celebrates First Graduating Class]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:19:45 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/062118+telemundo+academy+graduation.PNG

On June 5th Telemundo Academy students presented their final projects to a panel of judges made up of Telemundo executives and staff who served as lecturers and mentors in the company’s newly created educational institution dubbed as, Telemundo Academy.

The partnership that launched last March between Telemundo, SLAM Academy and Doral Academy gave a total of thirty students, with interest in media careers, the opportunity to enroll in a 16 week program offering them a complete curricular experience focused on the process of creating original television productions.

“We are committed to empowering and educating the next generation of leaders,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “Telemundo Academy is the vehicle to jump-start their careers, unlock their innovative spirit and deliver the competitive edge for their futures.”

Telemundo Academy is the first-ever multimedia educational institution of its kind, and according to internationally renowned recording artist Armando Christian Perez aka “Pitbull”, one of the key goals in this partnership with Telemundo is to empower and educate the next generation of media leaders.

“We are changing the game in education by changing how we educate students,” said Pitbull. “This partnership will give students hands-on industry experience. We‘re excited to partner with Telemundo to engage students in a world beyond the classroom.”

Powered by Telemundo’s “El Poder En Ti” (Power in You) corporate initiative, the Telemundo Academy program walks students through a diverse range of subjects related to media production, including Digital and Social Media, Production Elements, Research and The Power of Storytelling.

This year, students enrolled in the Telemundo Academy were asked to present a 60-90 second video campaign to members of Telemundo’s leadership where they were able to showcase all the elements they covered during the program.

The award for this year’s pilot program went to a group of six students from SLAM Academy who presented the campaign titled “Mamá” (Mother).

In “Mamá” the students highlighted how soccer served as a bridge to connect a young girl and her dead mother, an outstanding soccer player who passed away after giving birth to the young girl.

In this piece the students were able to convey the emotional significance of the World Cup tournament to the audience. The students were recognized for its storytelling elements, script and production value.

To learn more about future programs with Telemundo Academy please contact Telemundo’s Community Affairs Manager, Daniela Alzuru at Daniela.Alzuru@nbcuni.com for more information.



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<![CDATA['Que Pasa USA: Today' Returns to the Arsht Center in Sept.]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 07:56:09 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Que_Pasa_USA_Stars_Feel_Excluded_From_New_Play.jpg

Back by popular demand, the live stage play based on PBS’s “Que Pasa USA” is coming back to the Adrienne Arsht Center later this year.

“Que Pasa USA Today … 40 years later” has added four more shows in September.

The live stage adaptation, which was wildly popular among South Floridians who grew up watching the popular TV show, includes original cast members like Ana Margo, who plays Carmencita, Steven Bauer, who played Joe, Barbara Ann Martin, who plays Sharon and Connie Ramirez, who plays Violetica.

The show also got some help from new cast members, like Tania Guzman, who plays Barbarita, and Rodolfo Jaspe, who plays Joey.

The show is set to run at the Arsht Center from September 28th through the 30th.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday at noon on the Arsht Center’s website.

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<![CDATA[Teen Holds Quinceañera Outside California Detention Facility]]> Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:54:50 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/RichmondQuinceanera.PNG

A Bay Area teenager on Saturday used her quinceañera to send a message about immigration by holding the celebration outside a detention facility in Richmond while her father remains detained.

Alexa Lopez is a United States citizen, but her father Raul Lopez is an undocumented immigrant who has been detained for the last 15 months.

The teenager celebrating her 15th birthday with the traditional ceremony admitted it has been "sad and hard" for her to both grow up without her father for the past several months and enjoy the coming-of-age celebration without him.

"I was really hoping that my dad would be here with me by this time and me dancing with him, but instead my cousin's going to be representing him," Alexa Lopez said Saturday.

It is not clear when or if Raul Lopez will be deported or allowed to return to his wife and four children.

Alexa Lopez's quinceañera came as part of a larger event. Community and faith leaders were also in attendance outside the detention center, spotlighting the ongoing issues that have resulted in the separation of immigrant families.



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<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards 2018: Fashion]]> Sat, 28 Apr 2018 22:55:57 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/042818+AOKI.JPG

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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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