October 1, 2004

Gloria Trevi Free!

El Chente, Fat Joe, J.Lo and more on this week’s Latino Loop

This week, Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi and two back-up singers were acquitted of all charges of rape, kidnapping and corruption of minors and ordered to be released from prison. The singer had no comments for the media packed courtroom, however prosecutors have five days to appeal the verdict.

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Cox Communications launched Paquete Latino, its new digital cable package specifically tailored to meet the preferences and needs of Hispanic consumers, combining both Spanish and English language programming appealing to multi-generational Hispanic households. Consumers can access up to 35 Spanish-language channels, as well as multiple channels of HBO and local broadcast channels. Some of the networks offered in the package include Discovery En Espanol, ESPN Deportes, CineLatino, MTV Espanol, VHUno, Azteca America, and others

Nuyorican rapper Fat Joe’s new album, “Things of That Nature” is due out November 30th. The album includes a track which talks about how to be successful as a Hispanic music artist, in which he jokes about Menudo and Ricky Martin.

Jennifer Lopez will receive the first annual “Noche De Niños” award, to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The award honors Lopez for her humanitarian efforts for the hospital, and will be presented to her by Leonardo Di Caprio. The evening will be hosted by Antonio Banderas at the Beverly Hilton on October 2nd.

Ely Guerra’s highly anticipated 4th album “Sweet and Sour, Hot y Spicy” hits stores this week. The 12-track CD, whose first six tracks convey the Sweet & Sour element - with the latter tracks evoking the Hot y Spicy, features collaborations with Cafe Tacuba’s Emmanuel del Real and Control Machete’s Toy Hernandez.

iCaramba U Magazine hits the stands this week at 100 colleges and universities, including Yale, Harvard and UC Berkeley. The magazine is specifically targeted to college-age Latinos, and will feature profiles of students, Q&A and fashion sections and articles written by students and graduates.

Congrats to the winners for this year’s Americas Award, given by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs for books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the US, are Yuyi Morales for her picture book “Just a Minute: a Trickster Tale and Counting Book”; and Judith Ortiz Cofer for her novel for high school and adult readers, “The Meaning of Consuelo”.

Cristina Saralegui is getting into the furniture biz. The talk show host will unveil her new line “Casa Cristina” next month.

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