New ‘In The Heights’ movie trailer teases prideful moment of Latino visibility, cast says
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By Nicole Acevedo of NBC News

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and film director Jon M. Chu are ready to bring Latinos the “Crazy Rich Asians” moment many have been craving.

Chu, who directed “Crazy Rich Asians,” one of 2018’s biggest blockbusters, partnered with Miranda and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes to adapt Miranda’s Tony-winning musical “In The Heights” into a film set to premiere June 18 in theaters and on HBO Max.

“This is a big movie musical,” Miranda said during a virtual event Saturday ahead of the premiere of the film’s newest trailers during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.

“We’re so used to asking for less, just to ask to occupy space. As Latinos, we’re like, ‘Please just let us make our little movie.’ And Jon, on every step of the way, he was like, ‘Nope, this is a big movie.’ These guys have big dreams, we’re allowed to go that big,” Miranda said.

“In The Heights” tells the story of a block that’s disappearing as gentrification begins to take hold of the predominantly Latino neighborhood of New York City’s Washington Heights, where the film was shot over two years ago and where Miranda grew up. The film centers on several characters dealing with issues of family, love and community — an ode to the original musical which was highly praised for countering Latino stereotypes.

One of the film’s main characters, Nina, is a studious and ambitious young Latina who goes to Stanford University as the first person in her family to attend college, and everyone in the neighborhood admires her as the “one who made it out.”

“The struggle of the first-generation American in the Latino community is not talked about a lot because it’s almost like a privilege, but there’s a lot of identity crisis that comes with it,” said Leslie Grace, the Bronx-born Dominican singer and actress who plays Nina. “I’m so blessed to have explored that with Jon, with Lin, with Quiara and all of the cast.”

Anthony Ramos stars as Usnavi, a bodega owner, after recently appearing in the Oscar-winning film “A Star Is Born” and originating the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in “Hamilton.”

“I’ve never seen anything where there’s 75 Latinos in the middle of the street dancing and singing about pride and where they come from,” Ramos said during the virtual event. “I get emotional when I’m thinking about this movie and what it means to me and the culture,” especially one that continues to be significantly underrepresented in Hollywood films.

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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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Rosalía Just Revealed An Espadrille Air Force 1 On Instagram And I Am Spiraling
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By Kelsey Stiegman, Yahoo Life

Yesterday, Rosalía gave fans a sneak peek at what seems to be an upcoming Nike collab starring the internet’s favorite shoe. The singer shared a video showing off the “AFI ESPADRILLE,” a Spanish take on the famed sneaker style.

Rosalía’s shoes combine the classic shape of an Air Force 1, with details taken from Spain’s traditional sandals, including a suede upper, ribbon laces, and a contrast stitch at the sole.

Inside the shoe, reads the phrase: “We just did it, Rosalía.”

As of now, Rosalía hasn’t expanded on her original post. It’s unclear whether these are a one-off design made custom for Rosalía or if these will soon hit Nike stories across the nation. That being said, the singer has been dropping hella hints on her Instagram over the past few months. First, there was this subtle shot of the espadrille sneakers…

A few days later, she posted a selfie, captioned: “Just did it.” In the pic, Rosalía wears nothing but a swoosh-printed sports bra.

Back in January, she even wore a Nike puffer jacket in the “Lo Vas a Olvidar” music video with Billie Eilish. (I’m not even including all the other Nike sneakers she’s worn because we’d be here all day.)

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Sofía Vergara Partners with Marc Anthony for the Upcoming Animated Film ‘KOATI’
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By Shirley Gomez, HOLA!

The upcoming animated film Koati has Hispanic talent all over it! Grammy-winner salsa superstar Marc Anthony and his Magnus Studios team join executive producer and lead actress Sofía Vergara in this feature comedy.

“I am thrilled to join Sofía in a project where for the first time a renowned team of Hispanic producers, music stars, comedians, and actors come together outside of Hollywood to create an animated movie set up in the Latin American rainforests, which I feel is really exciting and long overdue,” the singer said, as reported by Deadline.

“I will leave no stone unturned on the music being authentic and celebrating the amazing story and message of Koati. It’s time to show the world and share what we Latinos have been enjoying for years in a very fun, inspirational film,” Marc Anthony added.

The New York-born Puerto Rican will executive produce the soundtrack of the movie alongside songwriter Julio Reyes Copello. Koati will include ten original songs, all from influential Latinx artists.

The film follows the story of three heroes — Nachi, “a free-spirited coati,” Xochi, “a fearless monarch butterfly”; and Pako, “a hyperactive glass frog” — who embark on an adventure to avoid an evil coral snake named Zaina from destroying a hidden rainforest of Latin America, “The Land of Xo.”

⁠According to the official Instagram account of the movie, the feature is “a gift from Latin America to the world.⁠”

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Bad Bunny Wins Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album at 2021 Grammy Awards: ‘I’m Very Happy’
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Bad Bunny walked away with his first-ever Grammy award on Sunday night (March 14).

The Puerto Rican superstar won best Latin pop or urban album for his chart-topping YHLQMDLG, where he was the only urban album in the category against pop gems such as Camilo’s Por Primera Vez, Kany Garcia’s Mesa Para Dos, Ricky Martin’s Pausa, and Debi Nova’s 3:33.

“I’m very happy, very proud,” he said during his acceptance speech. “I want to thank every person in the world that listens to my music, and supports my career and ideas. It’s very special to achieve my dreams by simply doing what I love.”

Bunny nabbed the award just moments after his head-bopping, club-transporting performance of “Dakiti” alongside Jhay Cortez.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Cortez told the Associated Press ahead of his performance. “It’s not the Latin Grammys, it’s the official Grammys, and coming from our little island Puerto Rico and being here on the stage with other superstars is a dream come true.”

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HBO Max Launches Latino Audience Initiative HBO Max Pa’lante!
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The name is Spanish slang for “forward.”

HBO has rebranded its Latino outreach platform as HBO Max Pa’lante!, taking its name from the Spanish slang for “forward.”

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“For more than a decade we’ve been developing creative, audience-first campaigns that strategically engage Latinx, Black, Asian American and LGBTQ+ audiences,” WarnerMedia senior vp multicultural marketing Jackie Gagne said in a statement. “With the launch of HBO Max Pa’lante!, we are creating a home for Latinx viewers and a community committed to nurturing Latino voices and sparking provocative conversations.”

HBO Max is promoting its new brand in a variety of ways, starting with an animated Tapiz (tapestry) Manifesto illustrated by Katty Huertas, Daniel Moreno, COVL and Carolina Lopez Corominas and narrated by Cristela Alonzo, as well as a sizzle reel featuring Latino representation in its content:

Alonzo will also join HBO and HBO Max’s Latino talent in the recurring editorial series Pa’Lante Pa’Mi (“for me”), in which talent including comedian Aida Rodriguez, Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto, Jesse y Joy singer Joy and Orishas frontman Yotuel Romero will explain what the concept of pa’lante means to them. And on March 25, HBO Max will celebrate the launch of Pa’lante! with virtual events that will include a keynote address, storytelling panels and musical performances.

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DC Universe’s Latina ‘Supergirl’ makes history
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By Sonia Ramirez

Sasha Calle was in tears when she got the news from director Andy Muschietti that she had landed the coveted role of Supergirl for the upcoming DC movie “The Flash.”

The 25-year-old Colombian actress was visibly emotional as Muschietti shared the news through Instagram, asking the actress, “Can you fly?”

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Through a video conference, Muschietti brought out the Supergirl cape and told Calle, “You’re Supergirl,” to which Calle asked, “Can I freak out for a second?”

Calle, who is known for her role as Lola Rosales on “The Young and the Restless,” shared the news on her Instagram and wrote, “Una latina súper héroe?! En que planeta?! Pues en este planeta!! (“A Latina superhero?! On what planet?! Well, on this planet!).

Calle was chosen from more than 425 auditioners, according to D’Alessandro.

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