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Boycott the Oscars!

The first time I remember being disappointed at the Academy was back in 1997.  Let me refresh your memory, the best picture nominations were: The English Patient, Jerry McGuire (Yes, Jerry McGuire, sigh), Fargo, Secrets and Lies, and ShineThe English Patient won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.  I was sure Shine was going to take it, and if you have not seen Shine with Geoffrey Rush you need to add that to your “to do” list.  I was not a professional up-and-coming amateur critic at that time, so I had not seen The English Patient.  I thought to myself, “Surely a movie that gets seven awards has got to be amazing” and so I rushed to rent it.  I erased that movie so quickly from the archives of my memory after watching it and wish I had my Blockbuster Video rental fee back to this day!  It was then that I realized that there are politics in everything, that “good” is subjective and that minorities did not win best actor awards, if they were even nominated at all (Cuba Gooding Jr. won Best Supporting Actor for Jerry MacGuire that year playing a football player).  Fast forward to almost twenty years later now, and it looks like we can’t even get nominated for a damn thing in the new millennium unless we are playing slaves, drug dealers, tyrants or thugs… what century are we in again?

Let me be the first to say that I can’t stand it when minorities overplay the race card.  Yes, there is inequality in this world and yes if you are a minority you have a tougher statistical chance at achieving the same level of success in many situations than somebody who is white in the United States.  However, the calling of a boycott of the Academy Awards for 2016 by many minority actors and directors is totally justified!  It is insulting to think that not one African American or Latino actor came close to the acting performance of some of the nominees this year.  Furthermore, have you even seen a trailer to Room, one of the best picture nominations?  I stay at the movie theaters and I don’t remember seeing when the hell this movie came out.  Don’t get me wrong, it looks like a hell of a movie, but shouldn’t people at least have seen the movies that are being nominated?  Furthermore, you mean to tell me that Matt Damon’s role in The Martian was equivalent to Leonardo DiCaprio’s role in The Revenant?  Matt Damon is my man, but homeboy ate potatoes to prepare for his role, Leonardo ate raw livers with Native Indians, there’s a reason the fool won a Golden Globe!

So which minority actors or movies should have gotten some kind of recognition are you asking?  I am so glad that you did!  First of all, it’s not like Hollywood has minorities crawling out of the woodwork in Academy worthy performances.  Just because you see Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman in just about everything when you turn on your television doesn’t mean that minorities get mad roles either.  But damn it, shouldn’t that make it easier to see what black and brown actors are standing out in the few really good roles?  Did you see Creed?  Creed was a great movie, but if you are going to give Sylvester Stallone a well merited nomination for Supporting Actor then what about my man Michael B. Jordan?  Did Stallone just knock it out of the ballpark on his own?  The movie was not great just because of Stallone, Jordan was amazing in it and the reason the movie kicks ass!

I am glad Benicio del Toro got an Oscar for Traffic back in 2001, and maybe that’s why he was snubbed this year for his role in Sicario, but if Tom Hardy gets nominated for best supporting actor in The Revenant, which I thought he did a good job in, then please give Benicio del Toro at least tickets to the Academy after party or something for his outstanding job in Sicario! I honestly have never seen a mo’ badder dude in a movie than del Toro in Sicario, but clearly I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about!

In conclusion, this is the list of black Americans and Latinos who have won Oscars in Hollywood during this century:  2000 Benicio del Toro – Supporting Actor Traffic, 2001 Denzel Washintgon – Best Actor Training Day, 2001 Halle Berry – Best Actress Monster’s Ball, 2004 Jamie Foxx – Best Actor Ray, 2004 Morgan Freeman – Supporting Actor Million Dollar Baby, 2006 Forest Whitaker – Best Actor Last King of Scotland, 2006 Jennifer Hudson – Supporting Actress Dreamgirls, 2008 Javier Bardem – Supporting Actor No Country for Old Men, 2009 Mo’Nique – Supporting Actress Precious, 2014 Lupita Nyong’o – Supporting Actress 12 Years a Slave.  Out of that list of ten which is not a bad list if you think about it, half of those roles have to do with drugs, psycho killers, tyrants, slavery or entertainment figures.  I am not by any means taking anything away from those actors or those movies, they truly are great movies, I just want you to see if you notice a pattern?  If you don’t see a pattern then maybe I am just looking too deep into this.  I’ll just end by saying I would love to see Don Cheadle win an Oscar for a role like in Hotel Rwanda and not for a future role as a pimp or a singer or a criminal.  And if the Academy is going to nominate Eddie Redmayne, who is a hell of an actor, for his role as a transgender in The Danish Girl, then maybe in the future someone like Will Smith can get nominated for playing, uhmm, I don’t know, something crazy like an African doctor!  As far as the Academy Awards this year, Will Smith, text me playboy and I’ll come over and chill with you and Jada, I’ll bring beer and tacos!

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Find out what stars had to say about the controversy… via US Weekly


On The Cover: Jennifer Lopez #JENuary #JLoYear

This year will be very busy for the Puerto Rican superstar, Jennifer Lopez. January has become #JENuary, with her new series Shades of Blue premiering and also the beginning of her Las Vegas residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood, for her new show Jennifer Lopez – All I Have.

In JENuary J. Lo will also be part of the final season of American Idol, The Farewell Season premieres on January 6th.

Looks like it’s J. Lo’s world!

Shades of Blue premieres on January 7th. Check her out on the cover of January’s  TV Guide Magazine.

@tvguidemagazine Cover! #ShadesOfBlue #PremieresJanuary7th

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She will also be in January’s AMERICAN WAY: 

Early look at the January cover of American Way Magazine! #JLoVegas #AlliHave #ShadesOfBlue #AmericanIdol

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… And in February don’t miss her on the Cover of InStyle Magazine:

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Eva Longoria back on TV with TELENOVELA

Last Sunday, NBC and Eva Longoria hosted an exclusive event on behalf of the upcoming comedy, TELENOVELA at Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Invited guests from Latino advocacy group MALDEF and the Dolores Huerta Foundation were treated to a special, two-episode screening of TELENOVELA. After an introduction by MALDEF’s President, Thomas Saenz, and a brief commentary from Gabriela Zabalúa, VP of multicultural marketing for Frontier Communications, the NBC comedy played to a cheering crowd.

Immediately following the screening, the cast of TELENOVELA (Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, Amaury Nolasco, Diana Maria Riva, Izzy Diaz, Jadyn Douglas, Alex Meneses and Jose Moreno Brooks) gathered for a Q&A session moderated by TV and Radio host, Elizabeth Espinosa. The evening concluded with a cocktail reception where the cast and guests celebrated and Longoria was able to catch up with civil rights leader and activist, Dolores Huerta.

Check out the one-hour Premiere of Telenovela on

Read the LA Times review here: Workplace sitcom ‘Telenovela’ shows promise

After a little initial stiffness, the show relaxes and becomes quickly compelling, in a sitcom way — that is, the absurdity of the situations and the extravagance of the characters do not keep you from fretting on their behalf. Some of this is just a show emerging from its pupae, or pilot stage. But it does feel, from the second episode on, that an executive decision has been made to invest in the vulnerability of the characters — a larger ensemble than is indicated here, and an able one — and what binds them together rather than what gets between them. The common joke is that behind whatever masks of glamour or machismo they wear on and offstage, they are goofy and basically powerless. Ana Sofia doesn’t understand Spanish; she can’t dance; she hates spicy food.

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Photos courtesy of NBC

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Sofia Vergara Talks Fairy Tale Wedding on Ellen

In case you missed Sofia Vergara on Ellen DeGeneres this week, check out these videos from Ellen Tube. The feisty Colombian let Ellen have it for not showing up to her wedding. Sofia even joked with her that she gave away her gift bag to one of her family members. Sofia’s wedding was an intimate gathering, only family and close friends were invited, 400 of them! Party went on until 6 a.m., it wouldn’t be a latin celebration without an after party.

The two friends also joked about working together on the Cover Girl photo shoot.

“They make her look pretty and make me say the important information” – Sofia Vergara

Watch: 5 Second Rule with Sofia Vergara



Jennifer Lopez on new NBC series ‘Shades of Blue’ (Trailer)

Jennifer Lopez debuted the trailer for her upcoming police drama Shades of Blue which premieres January 7th on NBC. In the series, Jennifer plays a corrupt cop who is forced to become an FBI informant and betray her boss and mentor, played by Ray Liotta.

Watch the trailer above!




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Trump appears on SNL, only funny part was Larry David claiming his $5,000

I decided to watch some clips of Trump on SNL so I could respond to this question we received on instagram:

@corrientelatina How do you guys feel about Donald Trump being on SNL tonight? I can’t fathom why they would even have him on after all his racists antics. Or maybe I could considering who the shows audience caters to.

I would most definitely prefer not to see his face on any show, but I also think having him on SNL doesn’t mean Saturday Night Live or NBC are promoting his views or the racist comments he made. They’re doing it for ratings, people are anticipating what this clown will do or say next. Like it or not, he is an official candidate and if any network gave one political party more airtime than the other everyone would also be screaming injustice. Leave that to networks like fox, they’re great at it.

In my opinion his SNL appearance didn’t make him anymore likable or reinforce anything he stands for. If anything it further mocked the presidential candidate and gave us more material to back up our dislike for him. There are many people like John Leguizamo who plan to permanently boycott SNL for having him on, but for me that seems a bit rash. The whole ‘guilt by association’ is running rampant in our society, the belief that if Donald Trump is given airtime on a popular show it means he represents the views of said show, is ridiculous. Although John has very good points, I don’t think it’s the job of the media to censor Trump. I think the job of the media is to show us everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly, so we can then form our own opinion.

Here is what John Leguizamo said in an interview with Yahoo.

“I won’t watch ‘SNL’ anymore,”… “I just find it unacceptable.”

“I’m all for freedom of speech, [but] this is different,” Leguizamo said of Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration. “What he says doesn’t even fall into the category of PC.

“It is hate-mongering,” he added. “I find it hurtful and insulting, and you’re celebrating someone who has said some horrible things. “If [Trump] had said those things about any other ethnic group, he would not be on ‘SNL.’ ”

If I lived my life with that belief I couldn’t do business with anyone. I would also have to boycott two of my favorite people on this earth, Sia and Larry David, for agreeing to be on a show with him. And that is not going to happen!

Eva Longoria also had something to say about Trump on SNL…

Watch the clip above and draw your own conclusion. Do you think SNL was wrong in having him on the show?

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‘Sabado Gigante’ with Don Francisco comes to an end

Many first and second generation Latinos in the US grew up watching Sabado Gigante. I tuned in with my family every Saturday to see Don Francisco’s super variety show. It might have been a little bit more special for me than for the average Hispanic since I was born in Chile, same as Don Francisco. Coming to the US in the 90s was a major culture shock for me at the age of 9, but Don Francisco not only made everyone laugh, he brought a piece of home to us in the states. I can even say he saved me from some bullying. Yes, bullies that would laugh at me and call me the Mexican Chilli Pepper!

It’s pretty funny now but back then when there was no google search or maps at our fingertips people had no clue where Chile was or what we were about. Thank goodness for my Puerto Rican and few Dominicans in Brooklyn at the time, they would say “Oh Chile. Like Don Francisco.” And there, the feeling of being strange or different was gone, these people kinda knew me. I had found my clique! Thank you, Don Mario!

You can see the last episode of Sabado Gigante tonight, September 19, 2015 on Univision.

12 Things you Probably didn’t know about ‘Sabado Gigante’ and Don Francisco.

  1. Don Francisco’s real Name is Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld.
  2. Mario’s Jewish parents fled from Nazi Germany.
  3. Mario Kreutzberger was born in Talca, Chile.
  4. In 1959 Mario Kreutzberger came to New York to become a tailor and follow in the footsteps of his father but he returned to Chile with the idea for a show based on what he had seen on American variety TV.
  5. In 1960 Kreutzberger’s Sunday Variety show was 8 hours and got cancelled twice.
  6. After two failures the 3rd time was the charm, in 1962 Sabado Gigante was born in Chile.
  7. Kreutzberger only missed one show back in 1974 when his mother passed away.
  8. In 1986 Sabado Gigante started filming in Miami on (SIN) Spanish International Network, now know as Univision.
  9. Sabado Gigante was a hit in Chile, Latin America and Europe and was broadcast in more than 40 countries.
  10. Sabado Gigante has been on TV for 53 Years and has never had a single rerun.
  11. Sabado Gigante is the longest-running variety show in television history.
  12. We now have a Don Francisco Boulevard at 168th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights!


Sabado Gigante’s Legacy will live forever in those who grew up watching the show with our families, because no matter where we were there was always a show on Saturday nights that the whole Hispanic family could watch.

Get nostalgic and watch some videos of ‘Sabado Gigante’ throughout the years, via Univision.


La Banda

“La Banda” Hits Univision Sept 13

La Banda

International music superstars Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz join forces to find the Ultimate Latino Boyband. Ricky Martin has also been named executive producer and teams up with producer Simon Cowell and Saban Brands in the music-based reality entertainment competition “La Banda,”search which took place earlier this year. La Banda auditions were open to boys 14 and older and took place in Major US markets such as Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Houston, Chicago, New York and Miami. You can now view all the auditions and more behind the scenes videos and picture of La Banda on  WWW.UNIVISION.COM/LABANDA.


“I am very excited to be a part of this innovative program, together with Simon Cowell,” said Ricky Martin. “Our community needs musical projects in order to cultivate its talents; which is why I feel it’s the perfect moment for a show like ‘La Banda.’ There is so much talent to be discovered and I’m sure we’ll find the next musical phenomenon with the help of not only the judges but also the fans.”

The winners will form “La Banda”, they will have none other than Ricky Martin as their manager and a dreamed record contract with Sony Music Latin.

Follow the journey starting September 13, 2015. “La Banda”, will be hosted by popular Univision Network personality Alejandra Espinoza, will also have performances and special appearances from various top Latin artist, For sure a show to watch!

Follow “La Banda” on social media:

@LaBanda on Twitter, at or on Instagram at or @LaBanda.