At last, meet the Viva Latino Podcast…now on Spotify!

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So excited to share one of my latest passion projects: the Viva Latino podcast, now on Spotify!!!

It’s been so much fun to co-produce & co-host this with my fellow Spotifier, AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos. Together, we bring you that “arroz con pollo” flavor. Lots of fun conversations in Spanglish, music geekery, laughter, and yes, the “Oprah” teary-eyed moment. In one episode of Season 1 in particular, we all got a little emotional with one of the biggest names in Latin music.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Viva Latino podcast takes you behind the streams of Latin music’s biggest superstars, featuring insightful interviews and unique data stories behind today’s global Latin hits.
  • This is a unique, audio-driven brand extension of Viva Latino—Spotify’s biggest Latin playlist globally, which now features exclusive video content on a weekly basis. Or as we like to say, it’s the “cousin” of the playlist. 
  • Season 1 launched on Nov. 30, with Jennifer Lopez as the series premiere guest. YES. J.LO. JENNY FROM THE BLOCK. LA LOPEZ. I still can’t believe it. But yes, it happened. And now I can die happy. By the way, the JLo episode got a ton of coverage because she gave us so much, here’s one article in particular that does it justice in E!.
  • The podcast is currently available in the following territories: US, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay

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So check it out here, be sure to FOLLOW IT so you don’t miss a single episode!!! Enjoy the amazing line-up we have for Season 1.

Shout out to everyone who makes this possible: Natalie, Baron, Whitney, Andrew, Ayleen, William, Fred, Jack, and of course, Rocio for the opportunity.

Thanks for listening!!!

Selena Quintanilla’s Family on Jennifer Lopez’s Tribute at the Billboard Latin Music Awards: ‘She Owned It’

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It was the most talked-about moment of the night at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music AwardsJennifer Lopez onstage, singing a medley of Selena Quintanilla’s most beloved hits, including “Como la Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “No Me Queda Mas,” and “I Could Fall in Love,” dressed in a pale pink ensemble reminiscent of the late queen of Tejano music. The heartfelt performance came 18 years after Lopez’s indelible portrayal of Selena made her a household name. Backed by the original Los Dinos band — made up of Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla, sister Suzette Quintanilla-Arriaga, and widower Chris Perez – JLo delivered an emotional tribute to an icon whose influence is still felt, 20 years after her life was tragically cut short.

After the performance, the Quintanilla family opened up to Billboard about how it felt to be a part of such a special moment, where the idea for the tribute came from, and how they’re keeping Selena’s legacy alive.

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‘The Boy Next Door’ – How JLo Delivered a Box Office Hit to Blum & Universal

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UPDATE:

According to Variety, “The Boy Next Door” did not disappoint at the box office. It came in second after “American Sniper,” earning a solid $15 million from 2,602 locations. Its opening weekend audience was weighted toward females, who made up 71% of ticket buyers, and Hispanics, who comprised 45%.

“Basically, Jennifer Lopez is great, and people responded to her,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “She was the number one reason people wanted to see this movie.”

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Behold: Variety Latino’s ‘Power of Latinos: 20 Most Beloved & Influential Stars’ List

*I’m extremely proud of how Variety Latino’s first curated list came out. I really wanted to do something different than the usual lists and so we commissioned celebrity branding authority Jeetendr Sehdev to conduct this national survey for us. The celebrities really responded to it and shared it on their own Twitter, Facebook pages, which made me so happy. It was a big hit! And hopefully the first of many lists to come…

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Variety and Variety Latino have joined forces to launch the “POWER OF LATINOS: 20 MOST INFLUENTIAL STARS LIST, spotlighting the most successful Latino film and TV actors in Hollywood (10 men and 10 women). The special appears in the September 30th issue of print Variety.

But rather than focus solely on their professional accomplishments, we went one step further, and looked at how influential and appealing they are within their own community.

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Meet Glam Belleza Latina, Glamour’s gorgeous new beauty magazine & website!

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Do you remember the first time mami let you put on her makeup? I must have been around 7 or 8, and it was a very specific beauty product that I was obsessed with—the loose powder from Maja, the vintage Spanish cosmetics company. It had a flamenco dancer on the red-and-black packaging, and it smelled like roses, just like my mother. From her I learned that being “put-together” is important because it’s a projection of what’s going on inside. And it was never about looking like someone else; it was about loving yourself and then making an effort to be the best version of that—in every sense.

Fashion icon Isabel Toledo says it best in the inaugural issue of Glam Belleza LatinaGlamour‘s new beauty magazine, on select newsstands starting March 5. She said, “Discover your uniqueness—that is your very strength—and then highlight that.”

The first magazine of its kind dedicated solely to nuestra belleza, this is a celebration of Latinas’ unique beauty, a rainbow that encompasses so many different colors, textures, and shapes. How amazing is it that this is what America looks like?

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But it’s more than a magazine; it’s a love story. And who better to tell the first chapter of that story than the forever-glowing Jennifer Lopez? For this first issue, Glam Belleza Latina’s editor Veronica Chambers (a proud Panamanian!) sits down for an exclusive interview with our favorite multi-hyphenate, who, at 43, has never looked or felt better. Call it La Lopez’s ultimate beauty playbook. For instance, you might be surprised to learn that J.Lo gets some of her best beauty finds at the supermarket. Who knew?! Read the full story right here.

Lopez and Toledo are in good company in this first issue. The list of super-talented contributors includes renowned yoga instructor and our natural beauty expert Hilaria Thomas Baldwin, Cuban-American designerNarciso Rodriguez, celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez, Emmy-winning journalist Lynda Lopez, and Today show anchor Natalie Morales. Then there are all the experts, artists, and bloggers who shared their knowledge and passion for all things beauty.

But the most important person in all of this is you, our muse and the source of our daily inspiration. Tweet us @glamlatinamag and visit us at glamlatina.com on March 11, where we’ll be bringing you the latest in celebrity beauty, hair, makeup, skin, and nails, as it relates to you and your life.

This story was originally posted on Glamour.com

Being Becky G: This right here is a #beaster movement

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By Becky G, as told to Angie Romero

Just like the strong, powerful women I’ve grown up watching and loving – Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez – I’ve always known that this is about more than just the music. I want to create a movement. I was really young when I started thinking that way, like 12, 13, which is kind of weird, cause I’m still young. But at that time, I already had ideas for a fashion line.

At the time, I started talking to people on Twitter, getting what I thought was a cool fan base of like 2,000 followers, and then it got to 5,000, and that’s how the little Beaster movement began. Then the Cody Simpson stuff started happening and the Cher Lloyd song “Oath” came out and now I’m at 60,000 followers, which is a pretty big number compared to what I started out with.

The way I came up with Beasters as a nickname for my fans is because people call me B for short. I feel like a little beast when I’m onstage, and I feel like my fans have that little beast inside of them, too, this hunger for life. It’s also an expression, like “That’s beast-mode!” so I thought it was a cool name for the whole movement.

Read the rest of this blog post on Fusion (ABC/Univision), where it was originally posted.

Frankie J dishes on his upcoming tour with J.Lo & Enrique

I can’t think of a more deserving person to join Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias on tour now that Wisin y Yandel pulled out than smooth crooner Frankie J. I caught up with him backstage during rehearsals for Premios Juventud and even got him to do a little accapella which he does so well!

Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez on what their marriage was like

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In what turned out to be one of the last interviews Marc Anthony and J.Lo gave as a couple, both husband and wife talked candidly with me about their marriage, their kids, and their life in and out of the spotlight.

The interviews, which were conducted separately just a few weeks ago, were for a planned upcoming story in Latina magazine around their many collaborations, including their Kohl’s line.

Here are some highlights from the exclusive interview:

On What It’s Like At Home:

Marc: Nothing floats and there are no lights or fans or smoke.  Jennifer loves to cook, loves family time, loves when we eat together—all of us, the kids, just everybody. The house is awfully loud with the pitter-patter of their feet. It’s very Puerto Rican—salsa playing in the background and kids in the pool. ‘Max, watch out!’ You know, just real normal stuff when we’re home.

Jennifer: I do cook, I do lay out Marc’s clothes, I do pack him when he’s about to go away. I do care, I do do things that are going to make their lives better, easier. I do hold them [Max and Emme] when they’re crying—all those things that you do as a mother and a wife are so much more rewarding than anything else in life. I do get a lot of joy out of that.

A Timeline of Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez’s Love

On Making Time for the Family:

Marc: We could take any job and any responsibility, but the biggest one we have is to our family.  That’s the biggest job of all.

Jennifer: You can have tons of success and all of that is so great and I would never downplay that; I love the fact that I get to do everything that I do; but my biggest joys in life are being able to be a good mom, the moments when I can say, ‘Ah, I was a good mom right there! I did something right for my kids. Or you know what, I’m a good wife.’

On What It Takes to Make a Marriage Work:

Jennifer: I mean it’s about time, it’s about making the time for each other; it’s about being there for each other for the good moments and for the bad moments, you know, it’s just about caring. To say how to care for somebody is a long list, but that’s really what it takes.

Marc and J.Lo’s Kohl’s Line to Hit Stores, Regardless of Split

On Their First Time Working Together:

Marc: My favorite duet is the first one [‘No Me Ames,’ off Lopez’s debut album, On The 6, in 1999] because of the way it was born. We had just met and it was such a hopeful time. There were a lot of things that we hadn’t seen yet in life—not being together, and we sort of dated a little back then and it was just a magical time. That song gave me an excuse to be around her.  And she gets the title of [People’s] ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World.’ I’m like, ‘You think I didn’t know that?’ I mean, I went all in seven years ago. I’m like, ‘Finally, world, you’re just catching up!’

Jennifer: I’ve always been a fan of his music— seeing him work on his music for me was something that I always felt was very sexy. To see where his music came from and when he sang and recorded, kind of those private moments where I felt him to be powerful and confident and easy and not trying— it was just a very sexy thing.

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez on Why She and Marc Were “A Good Combination”

On How Being Puerto Rican Helped Their Relationship:

Jennifer: I think it’s definitely something that helps in a relationship when you have a similar upbringing to the person that you’re with and you have a shorthand. You understand the same things, you were brought up in the same ways, you have the same beliefs, and the same things are important to you. There’s just a shorthand that comes with that that makes it easier.  

On How They Made Each Other Better:

Jennifer: We do make each other better. Because we have respect for each other, we’re able to listen to each other’s, I wouldn’t say criticism, but critiques of each other, and take them as a constructive thing, not as something that’s meant to hurt you, and we’re able to grow from that. I can say to him, ‘You know, I think it would be better if, when you’re onstage, you had this back-up singer’ or whatever, and he can listen to me and not say, ‘Well, I don’t think so.’ We really do listen to each other’s opinions knowing that the other person really wants to help you.

This post was originally posted on Latina.com