As I revisit the year, I think of all the great work we accomplished as a team at Variety Latino. Surpassing 1 million monthly uniques in four months was something I couldn’t have even imagined doing when we launched! One of my personal highlights was this on-camera interview with William Levy, who stopped by our studios to promote his film, “Addicted,” back in early October.
I had interviewed Levy before for the cover of Latina Magazine, so it was fun to catch up with him around the release of the movie, which ended up being a hit at the box office.
To date, this interview has been viewed more than 15,000 times on YouTube! Levy’s fans are dedicated.
News broke on Wednesday, December 17, that the United States plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The historic move came after the release of an American intelligence agent who had been in captivity in a Cuban prison for 20 years, and an American contractor, Alan P. Gross, who had been captive for five. In exchange, the U.S. released three Cuban spies who had been imprisoned in the U.S. since 2001.
Secret talks were held over the last 18 months between Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, encouraged by Canada and Pope Francis. Establishing direct contact between leaders of the two countries for the first time in half a century, Obama and Castro reportedly had a phone call on Tuesday to finalize the deal.
Calling the embargo on Cuba a failure, Obama addressed the nation in a televised speech Wednesday morning, stating: “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.”
Latina flew yours truly down to MIA to interview William Levy for the June/July Issue, tied to his new telenovela on Univision, La Tempestad.
Check out an excerpt on Latina.com, plus there’s a behind-the-cover-shoot video for you to enjoy, too…