Jake T. Austin—A Jake of All Trades
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By Sarah Mosqueda

If you are familiar with Jake T. Austin at all, you probably recognize him as sandwich-loving Max Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

As the family friendly wholesomeness of that role and subsequent roles suggests, Austin most certainly found a lane. But to say Austin is a “child actor” is a disservice to all the other things Austin is.

Austin is a voice actor, a television and film actor, and philanthropist who is dedicated to getting Latinos the representation they deserve in the entertainment industry and beyond.

If anything, he is a Jake of all trades.

“I started performing when I was really young,” Austin says. “I was in a skit when I was 4 years old…and it just so happened that skit was on The David Letterman Show.”

Austin was born Jake Austin Szymanski in New York to his Puerto Rican mother, Giny Rodriquez Toranzo, and his Polish/Irish father, Joe Szymanski.

Austin followed his debut on late-night television with a voice role of Diego on three episodes of Nickelodeon’s animated series, Dora the Explorer, which led to his breakthrough role of Diego on the subsequent spin-off series, Go Diego Go!

Austin was only 10 years old when he worked on the Go Diego Go! series, but the fact that he was playing a title character that was also a person of color isn’t lost on him.

“Thinking back to when the show premiered in 2005, conversations about race weren’t as pronounced in mainstream media like they are in 2021,” says Austin. “Now I understand that kids in the Hispanic community could see a person that ‘looked like them.’”

Austin says the visibility of a character like Diego is important for non-Spanish speaking viewers, too.

“To Anglo-European households, they could have their eyes opened

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 01: Actor/Youth Ambassador Jake T. Austin (R) visits the Ronald McDonald House on March 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

to other ethnic groups that may not be prevalent in their own schools or neighborhoods,” he says.

Diego was a bilingual character, and the show borrowed from the Dora format by sprinkling Spanish words into the English-language TV show.

“In 2018, studies estimated that 20–27 percent of the U.S. population were bilingual. So, think about 2005 and how unusual it must have seemed to have the hero be a person who spoke English and Spanish,” says Austin. “Diego was such a positive character: rescuing animals and talking about environmental issues. It’s humbling to have been an instrumental part of that show.”

The work the show was doing didn’t go unnoticed.

The series was commended for its bilingual Latino lead character and earned four NAACP Image Award nominations for “Outstanding Children’s Program” from 2008 to 2012.

Austin didn’t go unnoticed either.

He earned nominations for the Imagen Award and Young Artist Award for his role.

“It was such a great experience, and the show is still on the air on streaming platforms and people tell me how much they’ve learned from watching it,” he says.

He followed his success in voice work with a role on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, alongside a young Selena Gomez and David Henrie. The series, which followed three wizard siblings with magical powers, ran for four seasons and earned an Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Children’s Program” in 2009. When the show ended in 2012, an estimated 11.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the one-hour series finale, making it the most-watched finale for a Disney Channel Original Series.

Austin’s character, Max Russo, had a known Hispanic heritage and his mother (played by Maria Canals-Barrera) often tried to get the kids to learn about their Latino heritage.

Austin continued to juggle voice and acting work, and in 2009, he starred in the film, Hotel for Dogs opposite Emma Roberts. In 2011, Austin voiced Fernando, an orphaned Brazilian boy, in the animated feature films Rio and Rio 2 from 20th Century Fox. That same year, he was cast in the film New Year’s Eve, directed by rom-com veteran Garry Marshall. In 2017, Austin voiced the character of Alex in The Emoji Movie.

Balancing the two professions of actor and voice actor isn’t difficult for Austin. He sees both as forms of storytelling, which he takes very seriously.

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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) The Executive Producers and the cast of “Wizards of Waverly Place” Executive Producer Peter Murrieta, actors David Henrie, Maria Canals-Barrera, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Stone, Jake T. Austin and Executive Producer Todd J. Greenwald attend the D23 Expo presented by the Walt Disney Studios at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 13, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)

“Performing is an experience that, in some ways, is hard to articulate,” he says. “You’re taking words on a page and creating a walking, breathing character that the viewer experiences.”

And when he straddles the two occupations, Austin isn’t just working to establish himself as multifaceted. He is also hoping to help audiences see the Latino community as more than just one homogeneous group.

“I think the biggest stereotype about the Hispanic community would be the notion that we are a monolith,” says Austin. “People whose familial line is from Cuba are different than people with experiences from Peru, who is different from people in Argentina.”

Austin says pushing for more diversity in the storytelling we see in entertainment is critical.

“I’m a big believer in people sharing their stories and learning about other cultures, and the change I would like to see is more micro-communication of information about specific countries and regions, and not painting all Latinos with an overly broad and singular brush.”

And that can start with expanding the roles we see as “Latino characters.”

“I think about the movie New Years Eve,” he says, “I played the love interest of Abigail Breslin. She’s Caucasian and also a totally nice person and terrific actress. But the role I played wasn’t written as a ‘Latino’ boyfriend, per se.”

Just because a character isn’t defined as being a person of color doesn’t mean a person of color can’t play them.

“Across any realm, my message to the person in charge of casting in a movie, a hiring manager in an office or an authority figure in a medical building: Be conscious and go beyond your possible racial bias,” he says. “When there is a person in front of you, think about their skillset, enthusiasm and dedication. Freeing the candidate of the hiring person’s preconceived ethnic/racial assumptions would be the ultimate equalizer.”

During election season, many critics noted the way the Latino vote was courted by both parties, either by engaging with Latino voters as a stereotyped culture, or worse, not at all.

Austin worked to impart the importance of the Latino vote by working with Voto Latino, a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering young Latinx voters.

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Jake T Austin discusses career/life planning with teens at the Boys & Girls Club. @MITCHDAO.PHOTOS

“Voting is a fundamental of our constitutional republic and people, especially young people, should learn about the issues and make their voice heard at the ballot box,” says Austin.

He chose to align with the non-partisan organization because of how they encourage Latinos to exercise their rights and promote election-related engagement, like volunteering at the polling place.

“Regardless of race, we are Americans. So I think it’s great that Voto Latino is increasing awareness about the importance and the process of voting.”

When it comes to philanthropy, Austin says it’s about deciding what you are passionate about and committing to being a part of the change you want to see.

“I encourage people to think about causes that are important to them and see how they can get involved,” he says.

As a young person himself, Austin says youth-based services are close to his heart.

“My Friend’s Place is a great organization in Hollywood whose

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 17: (L-R) Founder of World Emoji Day Jeremy Burge, Director Tony Leondis, Producer Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Actors Maya Rudolph, Patrick Stewart and Actor Jake T. Austin of The Emoji Movie celebrates the Empire State Building Lighting With Cast Of The Emoji Movie, Girls Who Code And Oath For Good For World Emoji Day at The Empire State Building on July 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment )

mission is to end youth homelessness,” Austin says of the organization that serves 1,400 young people a year.

“I’ve also been active with the Boys & Girls Clubs, which operates over 4,000 clubs nationwide.”

At the start of the 20/21 school year, Austin paid a visit to the Boys and Girls Club Pasadena Slavik branch, which is located near Los Angeles.

“Many schools in Los Angeles County have been closed due to COVID and parents rely on those schools to provide child supervision while they’re at work,” Austin says. “BGC Pasadena has stepped up with a renovation to their facility that was funded by The Ahmanson Foundation, Helen and Will Webster Foundation, Pasadena Community Foundation, and Sahm Family Foundation.”

The updated Boys & Girls Club has structural improvements, computers for learning and homework assistance programs.

“COVID has disrupted many lives, and for kids, going to school is so central to learning and social interaction. It’s awesome that the Boys & Girls Clubs provides resources while we all get through this.”

Austin’s new film, Adverse, was pushed back from a September 2020 theater release to January 2021. Adverse will also be on Digital, On Demand and DVD on March 9.

Adverse is set in current day Los Angeles and tells the story of a rideshare gone wrong, and also stars Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Phillips and Sean Astin.

“It was great to work and learn from such experienced actors,” says Austin.

The film also addresses the effects of the opioid epidemic, another health crisis gripping America today.

“For me, the takeaway from the movie is that drug addiction affects the user and also their loved ones,” says Austin. “Prior to doing this movie, I didn’t especially think about the ripple effect that addiction has on the people around the addict. And with the opioids epidemic sweeping across the US, I think it’s the familial facet of that struggle that should be brought more into the light.”

Eva Longoria’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie is finally a go
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By Lillian Stone, Yahoo! Life

The world’s been waiting with bated breath since 2018, when Fox Searchlight announced a biopic about Richard Montañez, the creator of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Now, Flamin’ Hot is moving forward with Eva Longoria set to direct and actors Jesse Garcia and Annie Gonzalez slated for the lead roles.

Longoria is an experienced TV director, with credits including Devious Maids, Black-ish, The Mick, and Telenovela. Now, she’s entering a feature directorial era with the Searchlight project, focusing on the story of Richard Montañez. Variety explains that Montañez, the son of Mexican immigrant farm workers, started as a janitor at the Frito-Lay factory in Rancho Cucamonga, California, before inventing the wildly popular snack food.

As Newsweek explains, Montañez invented the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto after a broken machine on the Cheetos assembly line produced a batch of plain, undusted Cheeto puffs. Montañez took the Cheetos home and dusted them with chili powder, an idea inspired by elotes street vendors. He then pitched the recipe to Roger Enrico, the company’s CEO at the time. Now, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are a junk food staple.

Longoria told Variety that it was her “biggest priority to make sure we are telling Richard Montañez’s story authentically.” She went on to comment on the actors, saying: “I am so happy to have two extremely talented and fellow Mexican Americans on board in these pivotal roles. Jesse and Annie have a deep understanding of our community and will be able to help tell this story of great importance for our culture.”

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Latin music star Prince Royce on early roots and returning to the Bronx for a show highlighting Hispanic culture
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By , BX Times

Latin pop superstar Prince Royce recently returned to his native Bronx for a live (and live streamed) show.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Royce says that he got his start by singing in the shower. Both of Royce’s parents were born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and growing up Royce became no stranger to the music of his cultural background.

“My mom would encourage me a lot in my singing,” said Royce. “In the Bronx and Washington Heights, we’d listen to a lot of bachata, merengue, especially in my household. That drew me into getting into the rhythm, giving it my own little New York American Dominican style into the genre.”

Royce started to record his own music when he was 16 years old out of a friend’s studio in the Bronx. He started to develop his own style of music based off of what he heard growing up but put his own New York City twist to the performance.

“When I go to school or am talking to friends or brothers and sisters, we talk Spanglish. In my concerts, I sing in Spanish and talk to them in English. That was really how my music is, sometimes I sprinkle a little English in,” said Royce. “That’s who I sing for, I sing for people kind of like me that grew up in the states and love Latin music. I love Latin music but I also listen to hip hop, stuff like Usher and Jay Z. I think that’s what my music is. I’m singing mostly in Spanish but I sprinkle in a little New York flavor, and I think that with the Dominican style works.”

Now, with six albums under his belt and multiple #1 hits, Royce has certainly made a name for himself in the genre. However, Royce admits that it didn’t click for him that music was going to be sustainable for him until he was well into his career.

“I think it was late in because in the beginning when I was on the radio and making money from music, there’s still an uncertainty. You start to think, one if this is a one-hit-wonder kind of thing? What if after 2-3 years I’m still not here?” said Royce. “I think like 7 years in, I was like, ‘Man i’m still here!’ I’m still connecting with the people, it’s another #1 hit, 14-15 platinum hits. I think, ‘Man, this is dope, I could do this another 10 years.’ That’s when I felt really good about myself and really confident and solid.”

Royce recently partnered with Presidente beer to participate in Reventón de Verano (hosted by Anheuser-Busch), a one-day music festival that took place over livestream with artists across the globe. For the first time in over a year and a half, Royce hit the stage for an intimate show in the Bronx to celebrate Hispanic culture.

For Royce, the partnership with Presidente was a no-brainer — in addition to having worked with the brand in the past, Presidente is something that Royce says is very close to his Dominican culture.

“El Presidente is a Dominican beer that kind of was there in my upbringing and when I go to the Dominican Republic,” said Royce. “When they approached me about doing this show, I liked it because it’s something that culturally, every Dominican knows about this beer, growing up it’s a brand that we know always look for. It’s close to my family and upbringing.”

More importantly to Royce, he wanted to do something for his fans, and Presidente was the perfect partner for him to get it done.

“It’s about the fans as well. I haven’t sung in front of a small audience in a year and a half since my tour got canceled,” said Royce. “I think that there’s a bunch of stuff that’s all for the people, and this beer has always felt like it was for the people.”

Royce is currently working on new music, but he looks forward to the days when the pandemic is finally behind us and can perform and hang out with his family without risk.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ Debuts Colorful Teaser Trailer & Announces Move to Netflix
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Set in Havana, Cuba, the upcoming animated feature film Vivo will give Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton) another stage to play on.

Vivo tells the story of a kinkajou, a tropical rainforest mammal also known as the “honey bear,” who entertains people in Havana Square by playing music alongside his owner Andrés (Juan de Marcos González of the Buena Vista Social Club). When Andrés has to make a trip to Miami, Vivo must get help from a high-spirited tween girl (Ynairaly Simo) to deliver a message to Miami before it’s too late.

In the first teaser trailer for the film, Andrés is seen pushing out a small street organ into the center of Havana and introducing “the one and only Vivo” to the crowd who has gathered there that day.

Vivo, who is voiced by Miranda, hops out from behind the curtains wearing a Fedora-style hat and takes his place atop the cart where a set of percussion instruments await. From there, we watch Vivo do some acrobatic moves as the Cubans in the area dance to the song Andrés is belting out. “Is this thing on?” Vivo asks, using one of his maracas like a microphone.

On Tuesday (April 28), it was announced that Vivo, which was supposed to have a June 4 theatrical release, would now debut on Netflix. A new release date has not been set.

“Bringing Vivo to life has been an incredible artistic journey,” Miranda told Variety. “I’m so excited Vivo will have a home at Netflix, where kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the film’s songs and adventures again and again.”

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Jennifer Lopez was ‘miserable’ with Alex Rodriguez over ‘trust issues’ before SHE ended it… as J.Lo pops up in his birthday tribute to daughter Ella
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By BRIAN MARKS, DAILYMAIL

Jennifer Lopez was reportedly wracked by trust issues with her fiancé Alex Rodriguez before she decided to end their relationship for good.

The 51-year-old actress was ‘miserable’ in the final days of their relationship and ‘didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex,’ People quoted a friend of hers on Wednesday.

Despite the difficult separation, Jennifer was still featured in a tribute video her ex Alex posted to Instagram on the same day celebrating his daughter Ella’s 13th birthday.

According to Jennifer’s friend, she was in the driver’s seat when it came to ending the relationship, which they officially announced on April 15.

‘She insisted on it. There are too many issues that are unresolved,’ they said.

Although Alex, 45, flew to the Dominican Republic — where she is filming the comedy Shotgun Wedding — to try to repair the fissures in their relationship, he couldn’t over her lack of ‘trust.’

‘She has been pretty miserable,’ her friend continued, ‘and didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex.’

The high-profile couple made a splash when they appeared together at the inauguration, but their loved-up demeanor belied problems that popped up after months of living in close proximity during the pandemic.

‘They both liked spending more time together as a family, but it was difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day,’ another source said of the two.

It didn’t help that the Hustlers star was away in the Dominican Republic on her film set once rumors of A-Rod potential infidelities began to surface.

Although the cheating rumors were not the reason for the breakup, ‘whether or not he has cheated doesn’t matter,’ said an insider connected to Jennifer’s music career. ‘She won’t tolerate the fear of it in the air between them.’

The split has also been difficult for their children, who had been living together at various points with the couple.

Jennifer shares twins Emme and Max, 13, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Alex has daughters Natasha, 16, and Ella, 13, with his ex Cynthia Scurtis.

‘They’re especially sad for the kids since they are all so close,’ Jennifer’s friend added. ‘It’s not a good situation but inevitable.’

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Meet Alice Braga, the Latina Protagonist of ‘Queen of the South’
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While USA Network’s “Queen of the South” gained the attention of millions of viewers, its leading character, Teresa Mendoza, put Brazilian actress Alice Braga again on the radar.

After five seasons, “Queen of the South” has become one of the top-rated shows in the country, especially for its focus on examining femininity within both narco culture and the Latino community, according to IndieWire.

The series has looked at human trafficking, sex work, and rape within the confines of the cocaine business but has also cast an eye on the culture of misogyny that often pigeonholes women into being nothing more than obedient, happy wives. As Braga describes her to IndieWire, Teresa is a survivor: a naive girl transformed into the boss she was always meant to be.

Alice Braga began her career in film by starring Angelica in the acclaimed “City of God” (2002). After making a name for herself on the Latin American independent film circuit, Braga rose to international fame after appearing with Will Smith in “I Am Legend” (2007) and has been a familiar face in Hollywood ever since.

Her filmography includes “Repo Men” (2010), “Predators” (2010), “The Rite” (2011), “Elysium” (2013), and “The Shack” (2017).

While her most recent work includes such gems as HBO’s “We Are Who We Are,” it has been “Queen of the South” that has allowed her to explore her performative skills on other levels.

“Lending my way to Teresa’s life and Teresa’s way of being, I’ve never experienced this in my life with any other character,” Braga told IndieWire.

Based on the original novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, iconic Spanish war journalist and historical novelist, “The Queen of the South” follows the arc of Teresa Mendoza, a poor woman from the barrio of Jalisco, Mexico, who falls in love with a member of a successful drug cartel.

The ups and downs of love, plus the murder of her boyfriend, force Teresa to flee to the United States, where she ends up setting up her own drug empire and becomes one of the richest women in the world.

Taking on the role in such a powerful story was a priceless opportunity for Braga.

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Eva Longoria to Direct & Executive Produce ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ Comedy Pilot for HBO Max
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Eva Longoria is set to direct and be an executive producer of new Latino comedy pilot The Gordita Chronicles for HBO Max. The Gordita Chronicles follows the life of a preteen Dominican girl who is having trouble fitting into a very opulent and extravagant Miami, in the 1980s no less.

Zoe Saldana along with her sisters will serve as producers on the show.

The family comedy is based on the childhood of Latina journalist Claudia Forestier (who will also serve as a producer and writer for the show). Forestier also is an executive story writer for Selena: The Series.

As for the cast, Juan Javier Cardenas and Diana Maria Riva will star in the pilot. Cardenas is mostly known as Dante in The Walking Dead. And Riva is most known for her role as Detective Perez in Dead to Me.

Longoria isn’t a stranger to television directing. She has more than a dozen credits ranging from Grand Hotel, Black-ish, and The Mick. Eva, however, is making her film directing debut with Flamin’ Hot. The biopic is about the Mexican janitor who invented the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Longoria made the announcement on instagram earlier this month.

“I’m BEYOND excited & honored to announce my part within this brilliant team of women coming together to create ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ 🎬💪🏽.” She went on to say, “The lack of representation and diversity in Hollywood continues to be a major focus, rightfully so, and I’m so honored to be a part of the change!”

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Cardi B says she will launch haircare line to teach people about ‘Afro-Latina’ hair
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Cardi B has said she will launch her own range of haircare products, in an attempt to teach people about “Afro-Latina” hair.

The rapper said she was inspired to work on the products after receiving offensive comments about a video she posted about her natural hair.

“This year I will be coming out with a haircare line,” Cardi B wrote on Instagram. “I think [it is] time for people to educate themselves on nationality, race and ethnicity.”

She added: “People [are] thinking every Hispanic is Mexican or something and must have the same hair texture, colour and features.

“Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long, don’t make your skin light [and] don’t make your face features slim especially [if you come from] Latin countries from the Caribbean islands … DNA has something to do with your hair not your nationality.”

In another tweet, Cardi B wrote: “Hair texture [doesn’t] make you a race, however I am Afro-Latina.”

Cardi B said the haircare line was something she had been working on for herself and for her daughter’s hair. It is not known if the line will contain a hair mask product, a recipe for which she shared online last year. The mask included avocado, argan oil, mayonnaise, black castor oil, olive oil, two eggs, honey and banana.

In 2020, Latino consumers under 35 spent $663m on beauty products, with hair care, hair colour and nails dominating, according to Nielsen.

Juvan José Amaya, a partner at Juve consulting, said the Latin beauty market was in transition.

“We are slowly shifting the idea that Latinas have nice hazel or green eyes, or look ‘exotic’,” he told WWD. “As a generation we hate the word exotic, that’s a big ‘no’… [beauty is] starting to become a little more … inclusive and accepting of natural features, such as curly hair.”

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Eva Longoria Named to Television Academy Foundation Board of Directors
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Cris Abrego, chair of the Television Academy Foundation, TODAY announced two new chair appointees to the Foundation’s board of directors: Eva Longoria, actress, director and CEO, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and Ivana Kirkbride, Global Director of Content Strategy and Programming, Facebook Inc.

Longoria and Kirkbride will work alongside Abrego and Foundation board members to help further the nonprofit’s work promoting inclusion within the television industry and providing educational and professional development programs for students with diverse backgrounds. The Television Academy Foundation’s signature programs include a renowned annual internship program, media faculty conference and the College Television Awards, in addition to an extensive archive of oral histories of television legends, The Interviews.

“We are thrilled to welcome two exceedingly accomplished, inspiring and engaged trailblazers to the Foundation’s board,” said Abrego. “As leaders in their respective fields, their expertise and thought leadership will help drive the Foundation’s initiatives and champion the advancement of aspiring professionals from underrepresented communities to ensure a more inclusive, next-generation television talent pool.”

Having worked consistently in Hollywood for over 20 years, Eva Longoria has cemented herself as an industry staple known for her work both in front of and behind the camera. An award-winning actress, director, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist, Longoria has been leading the charge of diverse and female representation since her starring role in the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. Through her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria has become one the most significant trailblazers and recently renewed her overall deal with Twentieth Television. Founded in 2005, the company actively chooses purposeful projects that accurately represent the stories of the Latinx and other underrepresented communities. It was also recently announced that the company will partner with ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth Group for their First Time Directors program highlighting BIPOC and women filmmakers to produce 50 films across the group’s portfolio of networks and streaming services.

Longoria has directed countless hours of television and is currently preparing to direct three feature films-the biopic Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight, workplace comedy 24/7 for Universal Pictures in which she will executive produce and star opposite Kerry Washington, and female action comedy Spa Day for Sony Pictures. Recently named by People magazine as one of the Women Changing the World, Longoria is a dedicated philanthropist and activist who has consistently lent her voice to the issues she is passionate about, ranging from immigration to STEM education. Committed to empowering Latinas everywhere, Longoria established the Eva Longoria Foundation (ELF) in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through educational programs, scholarships, mentorship and entrepreneurship. She is a founding member of TIME’S UP and co-founder of Latino Victory Fund and Momento Latino. Longoria has also been the face of L’Oreal Paris for over 15 years.

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Selena Gomez ‘Thrilled’ to Land First No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Chart With ‘Revelación’
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It’s the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since 2017. Plus: Gomez is the first woman to concurrently lead Top Latin Albums & Latin Airplay in over a decade.

Selena Gomez makes a splashy entrance on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as her Revelación EP debuts at No. 1 on the March 27-dated survey. Her first-ever Spanish-language effort arrives with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 18, according to MRC Data — marking the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since 2017.

“I never go into anything expecting a No. 1 so I do not take it for granted,” Gomez tells Billboard. “It’s always a bit nerve racking before releasing any music because as artists we put so much of ourselves out there. For this EP specifically, I was the most nervous I have been in a long time because my heritage means so much to me and I have been talking about doing this for over 10 years. I wanted it to be perfect. I am thrilled to see the response from my fans and also from people who might not have listened to my other music.”

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

Biggest Week for a Latin Album by a Woman Since 2017: The seven-track Revelación was released March 12 via Interscope/IGA. Of its starting sum of 23,000 equivalent album units, album sales comprise 14,000 and the bulk of the remainder are SEA units (equaling 12.21 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs). Selena’s debut Latin project boasts the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman in nearly four years, since Shakira’s El Dorado started with 29,000 units in its first week (chart dated June 17, 2017).

“Without a doubt the most challenging aspect was having to do all of the sessions over Zoom,” Gomez adds. “We started recording the EP right before Covid shut everything down. In the beginning there were times I ended up canceling sessions because I found it so uninspiring not to be in the same room with everyone. I eventually was able to get past it and am extremely happy with how the music came together. [Producer] Tainy was very patient with me while I worked through my frustrations.”

First Album by a Woman at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Since 2017: Revelación is the first album by a female act at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums since Shakira’s El Dorado spent its fifth and final nonconsecutive week atop the list dated Aug. 5, 2017.

Highest Debut by a Female Solo Act Since 2016: Gomez also notches the highest debut by a female solo act since Jenni Rivera’s Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey likewise debuted atop the list in November 2016. In between Rivera and Gomez, a collaborative set by two women launched at No. 1: Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman’s Versus in July 2017.

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