Archive for ‘Entertainment’

February 17, 2012

La Cuna Blanca: A homage to a friend gone too soon

Flashback Fridays
by Nelson Figueroa

I think it’s safe to say that we all have that one special song that reminds us of a loved one that has passed away. Whether it’s “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye”, “One Sweet Day”, or “Tears in Heaven”, these songs tend to provide a sense of comfort and in a way alleviate our grief, if for at least that brief moment. They serve as a source in which we’re able to vent and let out the built up pain caused by such a great loss. Some people take it a step further and put their feelings down to pen and paper.

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February 16, 2012

El sonero ha llegado

by Eileen Rivera

The first time I ever met Don Sonero, aka Gilberto Velazquez, was at the filming of the, eagerly anticipated, Being Latino PSA. After he read the cue cards, Gilberto started singing acapella and the hairs on my neck stood up. All I could think was, “This man has a voice on him!”

The second time I saw Don Sonero, there were a dozen women who agreed with me and kept trying to dance for him, while blocking my view. Naturally, I used what my Mama gave me and not-so-gently got them out of my way. That evening, he was singing cover songs, previously recorded by other Salsa greats, and I found myself looking forward to see what he would do with original material.

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February 13, 2012

A bit of Hawai’i comes to Philadelphia

by Eileen Rivera

Being Latino was recently invited to take a sneak peek at this year’s Philadelphia International Flower Show . The event was put together by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp and was held at the Eventi Hotel in midtown Manhattan. This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill press event and that was quite apparent as one walked down the hallway. We were about to enter Hawaii: The Islands of Aloha.

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February 13, 2012

Do villains only come in one color?

by Daniel Cubias

So I recently watched the horror-comedy Attack the Block, a British movie about an alien invasion of the inner-city projects. Yes, it’s as preposterous as it sounds, and while far from brilliant, it’s a fun ninety minutes.

However, I made a classic internet mistake after I saw the movie: I read other people’s comments on the film.

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February 10, 2012

Jimmy Sabater wants “To be with you”

Flashback Fridays
by Nelson O. Figueroa

This week’s edition of Flashback Fridays is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Sabater, who passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 75.

Jimmy Sabater was one the most admired vocalists in Latin music, having gained recognition as the lead vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet for over 20 years, known for crossing over various genres such as Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, R&B, and Boogaloo. He was also considerably talented as a Timbalero.

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February 9, 2012

Sonia Sotomayor brings justice to Sesame Street

You know the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Goldilocks goes into the Three Bears home and tries everything, until it fits “just right”. Well, Baby Bear wasn’t happy that Goldilocks broke his chair and runs to Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to help solve his problem.

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February 7, 2012

Latin Jazz artists plan own concert to protest Grammys

Photo amfmstudios.com

On Sunday, February 12, 2012, Ray Carrion and his Latin Jazz All Stars, John Santos, Bobby Matos, and Oscar Hernandez will be among musicians not attending the Grammy Awards Ceremony. Last year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the organization that controls the Grammy Awards) decided to reduce the amount of categories that receive awards.

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February 6, 2012

Missed the Super Bowl 2012 Ads? Here are ten of our favorites [video]

Whether you were cheering for the now Super Bowl champs, NY Giants or the New England Patriots, one thing most of the audience can agree on is  the fact that we all look forward to the Super Bowl ads. Here are some of this year’s favorites.

M&M: It’s That Kind of Party

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February 3, 2012

The rise and fall of the Queen of Latin Soul

Flashback Fridays
by Nelson O. Figueroa

This week’s edition of Flashback Fridays is dedicated to La Yiyiyi, La Tirana, The Queen of Latin Soul herself, Guadalupe Victoria Yoli Raymond AKA La Lupe. Her path to stardom began in 1954 when she skipped school one day to take part in a competition in which she sang Olga Guillot’s “Mienteme” and won.

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February 3, 2012

The day the music died

Every generation has its memorable moment in music. For some it was the British invasion, when The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, and others, crossed the Atlantic. For another it was the hair bands like Bon Jovi and Whitesnake. And then there was the envied generation (sarcasm noted) who got to grow up with the boybands like NKOTB and N’Sync. Those who grew up in the 50s actually saw the birth of Rock and Roll and the end of danceable music.

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