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Katarina M. Boné-Tsokolati
I’ve been told that I should Americanize my name when I start auditioning and for a while it tormented me because sure my name is harder to remember than Stacy McGee but… my name gives me a reaction I enjoy and it always is a conversation starter, people become curious of my ethnicity… I want more people to know about my family’s roots than to get forgotten among the Robinson and Smiths in the world.
Remember my name.

Happy birthday, Tego Calderon!

Tegui Calderón Rosario (born February 1, 1972) is a Puerto Rican rapper, and actor.

Calderón was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of Pilar Rosario Parrilla, a schoolteacher, and Esteban Calderón Ilarraza, a government worker for Puerto Rico’s Department of Health. Moving at a young age from his native Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida, Tego attended Miami Beach Senior High. Here he was exposed to several different cultures, eventually studying percussion and working as a drummer in a rock band. The band would cover songs produced by artists including Ozzy Osbourne and Led Zeppelin.[3] He has noted that both of his parents were fans of Ismael Rivera, and that his father was also interested in jazz. He was influenced by both genres and incorporated them into his music, including songs such as Minnie the Moocher. He eventually developed a music style that combined elements of salsaplenadancehall, and hip-hop, focusing on aspects of urban life in his lyrics.

Although Calderón is a reggaeton artist, he claims to like “all types of music”. Evidence of this is seen both in his biography (he began his career in music in a metal band and attended a school for music as a drummer) as well as in his music, which incorporates “‘several musical tendencies’”, including sounds and rhythms from places like Africa, Colombia, and the Caribbean. He obtains the sound for his popular reggaeton music through “fusing an experimental reggaeton style strongly rooted in the working-class Caribbean aesthetics of classic salsa with a strong dose of hip-hop”. On The Underdog/El Subestimado, he collaborated with rap duo Anónimo Consejo to create a song entitled “Son Dos Alas” which eventually was shortened to an interdule without Calderón.

Calderón has also been praised for his lyrics, which are much more substantive and uplifting than the misogynist materialistic words that have come to define reggaeton as well as the majority of hip-hop music. Calderón has been described as “the reggaeton champion of an Afro-Caribbean working-class aesthetic” and is known for lyrics that are equal parts poetry and politics. A consistent link between all of his albums “are the social themes and the untouchable bravado that he usually transmits through his artistic outlook." According to Tony Touch, "Tego is someone who represents struggle, an underdog… He’s more of an MC, a product of late-'80s hip-hop.”

 

Anthony Ramos interview

With ticket prices upwards of $1,500 and advanced sales of $57 million last November, “Hamilton” is an official Broadway juggernaut. Helmed by certified genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical mixes rap, R&B and pop to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton’s ascent from penniless orphan to chief architect of the American financial system. The twist, if you haven’t heard, is that a person of color plays nearly every major character—including Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton, has said that “Hamilton” is “a story about America then, told by America now.” By casting people of color as the founders of our nation, “Hamilton” forces audiences to engage with bodies and voices that would have been categorically marginalized in colonial times.
“Hamilton” also sheds light on lesser-known figures of colonial America, including proto-abolitionist John Laurens. Laurens is played by Anthony Ramos, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican actor and singer from Brooklyn, New York. Ramos also plays Philip Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s eldest son. Here, in this edited and condensed interview, Ramos talks about making his Broadway debut in a blockbuster show and his journey from the tough Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick to The Great White Way.

What’s the significance of having performers of color tell the story of the Founding Fathers?

You ever look at a painting like, “Wow, that’s so good, but I really can’t wrap my brain around why this thing that is so obscure feels so right?” “Hamilton” is that kind of painting. No one’s ever seen anything like it, and I think it’s one of the boldest pieces of art ever to hit. It’s also honest because “Hamilton” looks like how we look like now.

Can you explain more?

Lin could have written a show and had the Founding Fathers be all White men, but at the same time, the show’s about Alexander Hamilton. A lot of people didn’t know whether or not Hamilton, who grew up in the British West Indies, was half [Black]. They had no idea. So it’s only right to have the rest of the cast embody that. Daveed Diggs, who plays Thomas Jefferson, is half Jewish and half Black. Phillipa Soo,* who plays Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, is Irish and Chinese. Lin and I are Puerto Rican. Having men of color play the Founding Fathers shows that anyone could have done what they did. This is showing our public what it would have looked like if things were different.

Tell me about the two characters you play.

John Laurens was from South Carolina. His dad was a slave trader. Laurens was one of the first abolitionists. He died fighting the British in the Revolutionary War because he hadn’t received word yet that his side had won in Yorktown. The British soldiers were retreating, but he still insisted on going after these guys. He actually died after the war had already been won. He was really zealous. which was so awesome to learn about Laurens. And he and Hamilton had this incredibly close relationship. Some people think they had something going on. I don’t know. I do think Laurens loved and was passionate about Hamilton, so I try to do my best to be true to that. There isn’t really too much about Philip, so I really got to play around with that character a lot.

Besides being able to put your own spin on things, what has been your favorite thing about playing Philip?

I love his confidence but also his passion for his dad. My father wasn’t around a lot, so when I do Philip’s rap when he’s nine years old I think about how his dad wasn’t there the entire time. When my dad was around, I really did my best to show him, like, “Yo, Pops, look at what I’ve done up until this point! Check out my baseball trophies! Check out, like, this new song I just wrote!” The first line in Philip’s rap as a nine-year-old is “Daddy, daddy, look!” I had the “Daddy, daddy, look!” mentality when I was a kid. That’s how I relate to Philip.

What about Laurens?

I appreciate how he was gung-ho about everything. My whole life I’ve been so passionate about making a better life for myself, having [grown] up in a pretty rough neighborhood. Hamilton and his [crew] had been through so much at such a young age, and I really relate to that.

So what first drew you to musical theater?

I mean, it was totally an accident. In high school, baseball was, like, my thing. I was sitting in class my junior year, and there was an announcement on the loudspeaker about an audition for this show called “Sing.” I had no idea what it was. I thought, “Maybe it’s a talent show.” So I go and sing for this talent show thing and they gave me the lead role in the show. I did it, and I fell in love, man.

How did you manage to transform yourself from a baseball player to a musical theater actor?

My high school director took me up under her wing because she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. She gave me a pamphlet [about] the one school that I auditioned for, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I wasn’t even going to go to the audition because I didn’t have the money to pay the application fee. But my teacher paid for it. After I got in, the school threw me these numbers and I was like, “There’s no way. I can’t even pay for this!” So my teacher gave my name to this scholarship fund. I told them my story, about how I came from the ‘hood and how my grades, which were not that good, weren’t a reflection of me. I told them, “All I need is one shot.”

You share the stage with several Broadway vets. What has it been like to work with them?

I’m not just learning more about how to be a performer, I’m learning about how to be a better person on the daily. I learned from Lin that you don’t have to stray from who you are. I remember one time I was cracking a joke, and I said, “Aw man, Lin, you know, I talk too ghetto sometimes. I should change the way I talk.” Lin said, “Papa, you don’t have to change the way you talk. You just have to make sure people understand you.” I will never, ever forget him saying that to me. He is the biggest example of someone who has not strayed from who he is to conform to the industry. He’s a hip-hop head, but he also loves musical theater.

What advice would you give young performers—particularly those of color—just starting out in musical theater?

Be a better listener than you are a speaker. Don’t put yourself in the box that other people put you in. You have more control than you think you do. And don’t try to be more than what you are. The perfect job will come when you realize you’re enough. Be OK with the way you’ve been created.

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Happy birthday, Don Omar!

Born William Omar Landrón Rivera on February 10, 1978, Don Omar is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and actor. He is sometimes referred to by his nickname El Rey.

Landrón Rivera is the youngest son of William Landrón and Luz Antonia Rivera. He was raised in Santurce, a barrio in the Villa Palmeras area of San JuanPuerto Rico. From an early age, he showed interest in the music of Vico C and Brewley MC. During his youth, he became an active member of a Protestant church, Iglesia Evangélica Restauración en Cristo in Bayamón where he occasionally offered sermons. However, after four years, he left the church to dedicate himself to singing.

His first public performance in a night club was accompanied by disc jockey Eliel Lind Osorio. Afterwards he appeared regularly on compilation albums from popular DJs and producers including Luny TunesNoriega, and DJ Eric. He also worked as a backup singer for the duo Héctor & Tito. One of the members, Héctor Delgado, helped him produce his first solo album.

Don Omar’s career rose to stardom with the release of his first studio album, The Last Don. Both the studio version and its live edition have been certified platinum by theRecording Industry Association of America. Worldwide, The Last Don: Live [CD & DVD] has sold over one million copies, according to his official website. He earned awards for Latin Pop Album of the Year and New Artist & Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year by the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2003. The Last Don: Live [CD & DVD] was also nominated for Urban Music Album at the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards.

Omar’s May 2006 album King of Kings, became history’s highest ranking reggaeton LP in the top 10 US charts, with its debut at #1 on the Latin sales charts and the #1 spot on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Radio Chart cacahis single “Angelito”. Omar was also able to beat the in-store appearance sales record at Disney World’s Virgin music store previously set by pop star Britney Spears.

With the highest charting debut by a reggaeton artist, Don Omar's King of Kings entered at No. 7 with 74,000, beating Daddy Yankee’s No. 24 entry with 2005’s “Barrio Fino En Directo”. In April 2007, Don Omar received the Latin Billboard award for Reggaeton Album Of The Year for King of KingsBillboard recognized that King of Kings was the most successful album of the decade in Latin America, besides being the most successful in the history of the genre of reggaeton. Billboard estimated that the album sold over 4.1 million copies by the end of 2009.

The album’s track “Salió El Sol” is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The songs “Los Bandoleros” and “Conteo” were featured in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in the ending credits.

Don Omar participated in Gilberto Santa Rosa’s presentation in an event titled “Concierto del Amor”, presented in the Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2008. He closed the event and performed reggaeton themes.

Don Omar’s third studio album, iDon, was released on April 28, 2009. This album was dedicated to his cousin Cordell Brown. “Virtual Diva” became the most requested song on Latin radio stations. The second official single, titled “Sexy Robotica”, was released on July 6, 2009.

The album Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans was released on November 16, 2010. The album features the artists under Don Omar's Orfanato Music Group label and other reggaeton artists. The album includes the promotional single Hasta Abajo and the album’s lead single Danza Kuduro featuring Portuguese-French singer Lucenzo, as well as collaborations from Orfanato Music Group artists including Kendo KaponiSykoPlan B,Zion & LennoxYaga & Mackie and Danny FornarisDanza Kuduro appears on the Fast Five soundtrack and is the song played at the conclusion of the movie. He is signed to VI Music and Machete Music through Universal Music Latino.

The album Don Omar Presents MTO2: The New Generation was released on May 1, 2012. The album features newly signed to Orfanato Music Group Natti Natasha as well as many other signed artists and other reggaeton artists like Zion Y Lennox. The album includes the singles Hasta Que Salga El Sol, which won the award for Best Urban Song at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards, and Dutty Love featuring Natti Natasha, which was also nominated. The album also features collaborations with Juan MaganMims, Syko, Vinny el Vendito, and Yunel Cruz. The album has been well received as it won the award for Best Urban Music Album at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards and is a top seller on iTunes.

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Happy Birthday, Johnny Lozada!

Johnny Lozada Correa (born December 21, 1967 in Caguas, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, host, and television personality. He currently hosts Univision‘s breakfast television show ¡Despierta América!.

Lozada was a member of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo during its golden years, joining the group in 1980 until early 1984. After leaving Menudo, he formed Proyecto M with Rene Farrait and Xavier Serbiá, who were Menudo alumni as well. After the dissolving of Proyecto M, Lozada took on acting participating in several Latin telenovelas. In 1998, Lozada and other former members of Menudo formed El Reencuentro, to reminisce the years they had spent with Menudo. The concerts proved to be a success, and the tours extended for several years.

In 2010, Lozada joined Sal y Pimienta, a Latin gossip show, as a commentator. After two years, he left the show to host ¡Despierta América!.

Johnny Lozada Correa was born in CaguasPuerto Rico at the San Rafael Clinic. He is the only son of Ramón Lozada and Aracelis “Celita” Correa.

Lozada joined Menudo at the end of 1979, replacing original member Carlos Meléndez. Lozada spent the next four years with the group. During that time, he participated in albums like Más, Mucho Más (1980), Fuego (1981), Quiero Ser (1981), Por Amor (1982), and A Todo Rock (1983), among others. He also starred in the telenovelasQuiero Ser and Es por Amor, both based on the group. Finally, Lozada acted in the films Menudo: La Película and Una Aventura Llamada Menudo.

During this time, the group enjoyed success in all of America. According to creator, Edgardo Díaz, this installment of the group “opened a lot of doors in Latin America, and was very strong”. Among their achievements are four sold-out concerts at the Madison Square Garden in 1983, and record-breaking concerts in Brazil with an audience of 200,000 in Sao Paulo and 100,000 in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.

Lozada was considered the most emotional of the group, and his hits with the group included the classic “Clara”, “Mi Banda Toca Rock”, and “Señora Mia”.

In 1984, Lozada turned 16 and left Menudo, as was usual among its members. He was replaced by Robi Rosa. A farewell concert was held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Lozada was signed by RCA and recorded two solo albums: Johnny and Invítame. This last album was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 27th Grammy Awards, alongside José FelicianoPlácido DomingoJosé JoséMaría Conchita Alonso, and Menudo themselves.

In 1986, Lozada participated in a campaign to encourage youth abstinence from sex, in which he recorded two duets (“Cuando Estemos Juntos” and “Détente”) with Tatiana and music videos for them. This received much publicity in Latin America and even in the United States, where it was the subject of a report by John Stossel on 20/20.

In 1987, Lozada joined former Menudo alumni Rene Farrait and Xavier Serbiá in the group Proyecto M. The group enjoyed some success in Latin America and was invited to participate in the telenovela Alba Marina, alongside Venezuelan singer Karina. The group was together for 8 years and recorded four albums, during which Serbiá left and was replaced by Ray Reyes.

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Minority actors are held back, more than anything else, by the narrow range of roles we’re offered. As Viola Davis said last year, after she became the first black woman to win the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama series, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

For all the talk about “liberal Hollywood,” the film industry is as conservative as any other wealthy institution. If Hollywood were a U.S. state, it would be Alabama. It’s more conservative than TV. It’s more conservative than Broadway, which was the dinosaur of the media world not too long ago.


The hottest ticket on Broadway right now is Hamilton, in which a mostly Latino and black cast portray our country’s Founding Fathers, and a Puerto Rican actor plays Alexander Hamilton, our first secretary of the Treasury. And no one who’s seen this great show has interrupted it by shouting, “Wait a minute, why is Hamilton so tan?” No one objects to a show in which the cast resembles a snapshot of America.

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Esai Morales discusses Latino stereotypes in Hollywood films in HBO’s “Celebrity Habla”.

Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968), better known by his stage name as Marc Anthony, is an American record producer, singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actor and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammyand four-time Latin Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Anthony has won numerous awards, and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions. He was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair’s Award. He also received the “2009 CHCI Chair’s Lifetime Achievement Award” on September 16, 2009.

Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally by his stage name Marc Anthony, was born in New York City, to Puerto Rican parents Guillermina, a housewife, and Felipe Muñiz, a musician and hospital lunchroom worker from Guayama, Puerto Rico. Anthony’s parents named him after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz. Anthony grew up in East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, and is the youngest of eight surviving children. He was raised Roman Catholic.

Muñiz began his career as a session vocalist for freestyle and Underground New York house music acts. After changing his name to avoid confusion with his namesake, Anthony worked as a songwriter and backing vocalist for pop acts including Menudo and the Latin Rascals. His first album was a freestyle music record, “Rebel”, in 1988 on Bluedog Records. That same year he wrote and produced “Boy I’ve Been Told” for fellow freestyle artist Sa-Fire. Then in 1989, he sang backup vocals for Ann-Marie on the freestyle club hit, “With or Without You” produced by Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry. A year later, 1990, with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry, Marc wrote and whispered a duet with Chrissy I-eece, called “You Should Know By Now”. In 1992, still working with Todd Terry, he provided vocals for “Love Change” which is on the flip-side of a 12" vinyl released by Elan and The Powermachine titled “Here’s Your Hat”, production of Todd Terry. At the same time, he collaborated with music producer Little Louie Vega, who featured the singer on many another freestyle-flavored club hits “Ride On The Rhythm” and the “When The Night Is Over” album, which featured the Freestyle classic “Time”. In 1992, Vega and Anthony opened for Latin bandleader Tito Puente at New York's Madison Square Garden. After 1992, he changed his style from freestyle to salsa and other Latin styles.

Otra Nota (1993) Anthony was initially reluctant to become a salsa musician and declined an offer to make a salsa album when Ralph Mercado, president of RMM Records, asked him. Anthony was in a taxi when he heard Juan Gabriel’s hit song, “Hasta Que Te Conocí” which influenced him to change his mind and ask Mercado if he could record it as a salsa tune. Inspired by the music of Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Rubén Blades and Juan Gabriel, Anthony released his Spanish-language debut, Otra nota, in 1993. Anthony performed at the Radio y Musica Convention hosted by Alfredo Alonso. "Si Tu No Te Fueras", “El Ultimo Beso”, “Palabras Del Alma”, The album also included a cover of Bread’s song, “Make It with You”. Subsequent tours throughout the Americas, including an opening slot for Blades, established Anthony as one of the new stars in salsa. In 1994, he was featured in La India’s album Dicen Que Soy, on the song “Vivir Lo Nuestro”.

His 1995 follow-up, Todo a su tiempo, won Anthony a Billboard award for Hot Tropical Artist of the Year. The album was also nominated for a Grammy with songs like “Te Conozco Bien”, “Hasta Ayer”, “Nadie Como Ella”, “Se Me Sigue Olvidando”, “Te Amare”, and “Llegaste A Mi”. The album has sold more than 800,000 copies and has become established gold in the US and in Puerto Rico.

Anthony’s next Spanish language album, Contra La Coriente, was followed by the television special Marc Anthony: The Concert from Madison Square Garden, broadcast on HBO onValentine’s Day 2000. The special was nominated for Music Special of the Year from TV Guide. The album’s song “Y Hubo Alguien” became his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Chart and the first by a salsa musician. The album became the first salsa album to enter the English language Billboard 200 chart. After an ongoing battle with RMM, he severed ties with Ralph Mercado and left the label in 1999.

Anthony subsequently recorded the duet “No Me Ames” with Jennifer Lopez on her album On the 6, giving her an assist in her Spanish language crossover attempt.

In 1999, riding the crossover wave of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin in the Anglophone market, Anthony, working with producers Walter AfanasieffCory RooneyDan Shea, and Rodney Jerkins, released an English-language, self-titled album with the US Top 5 single “I Need to Know”, and the Spanish version, “Dímelo”. His song “You Sang To Me” was featured in Runaway Bride. A dance version was remixed by Dutch producer Rene Van Verseveld. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard album chart, and six weeks later went platinum; it eventually was certified triple platinum.The song “I Need To Know” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In June 2004, Anthony released a Latin pop album, Amar Sin Mentiras. The following month, he reintroduced its songs with a danceable salsa rhythm in another album, Valio La Pena. The song “Escapémonos” was a duet with Jennifer Lopez. In the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, his Amar Sin Mentiras won best Latin Pop Album of The Year, and his Valió La Pena won Best Tropical Album of the Year. Lopez and Anthony performed “Escapémonos” at the 2005 Grammy Awards.In 2001, he debuted another salsa album, Libre, which was certified gold with songs like “Celos”, “Este Loco Que Te Mira”, and “Viviendo”. The album spent 14 weeks at the number-one spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The year after that, he made another English-language album, Mended.

On December 2012, it was announced that Anthony was recording a salsa album alongside with longtime producer Sergio GeorgeVivir Mi Vida, a Spanish adaptation of Khaled’s song “C'est la vie”, was released as the lead single on April 25, 2013. In July 2013, Anthony released 3.0, a salsa album including his song “Vivir Mi Vida”. Since the release, the album has been certified Platinum. In addition to the new album, Anthony announced his Vivir Mi Vida World Tour, and plans to travel across 15 countries on 3 continents.On July 11, 2006, Anthony released Sigo Siendo Yo, a Spanish greatest-hits album. On May 2010 he released Iconos, a tribute to old Latin songs by artists such as José Luis PeralesJuan Gabriel and José José. In 2012, he released a new song called “Cautivo De Este Amor.” In the same year, Anthony was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

Anthony played supporting roles in projects including 1995's Hackers, and 1996's Big Night and The Substitute. He appeared with Rubén Bladesand Puerto Rican pop singer Ednita Nazario in Paul Simon’s 1998 stage musical, The Capeman, which ran for 68 performances. He had a role inMartin Scorsese’s 1999 drama Bringing Out the Dead, and in 2001, opposite Salma Hayek, was in the film In the Time of the Butterflies. In Man On Fire (2004), Anthony, opposite Denzel Washington, played a wealthy businessman who hires a former U.S. Marine to protect his daughter from kidnappers in Mexico City. In 2007, Anthony starred in El Cantante, a biographical drama about the life of salsa music legend Héctor Lavoe, who died in 1993 from AIDS complications. Anthony’s then-wife, Jennifer Lopez, narrated the story and portrayed Lavoe’s wife. The film, released in August 2007, received strong reviews. In 2010, Anthony guest-starred in two episodes of the TNT medical drama “HawthoRNe” as a detective and the title character’s (Jada Pinkett Smith) love interest. He was later named the executive music producer of the show. Anthony worked with ex-wife Lopez and director-choeographer Jamie King in late 2011 on a Latin talent series created by Simon Fuller, called Q'Viva! The Chosen. It follows Lopez and Anthony as they travel across 21 countries to find new talent. In 2012, Anthony guest mentored on Season 2 of The X Factor (U.S. TV series).

Anthony is a Democrat and performed the National Anthem at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Anthony also sang “God Bless America” at Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in New York on July 16, 2013. While Anthony is an American cit­i­zen, born and raised in New York of Puerto Rican descent, numer­ous offen­sive tweets made the rounds, say­ing “shouldn’t an Amer­i­can be singing God Bless America?” under the mistaken belief that Anthony is actu­ally from Mex­ico or Cuba. The Anti-Defamation League spoke out against the offensive tweets.

In 1994, Anthony’s ex-girlfriend Debbie Rosado, a NYC police officer, gave birth to their daughter Ariana.

Marc married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000 in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Cristian Anthony Muñiz (February 5, 2001) who Anthony named after the Mexican singer Cristian Castro, and Ryan Anthony Muñiz (August 16, 2003). There were many problems in the marriage, and the couple separated in early 2002. They later reconciled and renewed their vows in a formal ceremony on December 7, 2002 at San Juan’s Cathedral in Puerto Rico. The rocky marriage came to an end in October 2003 with Dayanara filing for divorce in January 2004. To help in her recovery from the divorce, Dayanara traded her engagement ring for a diamond-encrusted Cartier watch and wrote the book Married to Me: How Committing to Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce.

When his divorce proceedings began, Anthony was spotted with long-time friend Jennifer Lopez. Prior to his first marriage and her second, they had briefly dated. Lopez and Anthony married on June 5, 2004, less than a week after his divorce was finalized. Guests had been invited to an “afternoon party”, unaware they were attending a wedding. Lopez gave birth to their children, twins Emme Maribel Muñiz and Maximillian David Muñiz on February 22, 2008. People (magazine) paid $6 million for the first photos of the twins. In 2009, Anthony and Lopez purchased a stake in the Miami Dolphins. They joined several personalities in buying small stakes in the club, including Gloria and Emilio EstefanVenus and Serena Williams, and Fergie. They bought two houses in Brookville, New York but Anthony and Lopez announced their separation in July 2011, with Anthony filing for divorce on April 9, 2012. Their divorce was finalized on June 18, 2014, with Lopez winning primary custody of the children.

Happy Birthday, Ismael Cruz Cordova!

Ismael Enrique Cruz Cordova (born April 7, 1987, Puerto Rico), known by his stage name Ismael Cruz Córdova is a Broadwaytelevision, stage and film actor who gained national attention playing Mando on Sesame Street. Cordoba was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. At age fifteen, Ismael began working locally in commercials, TV and film shortly after joining his High School Drama Club. In 2006 he decided to further pursue his dream and moved to New York City where he studied at NYU’s Tisch Shcool of the Arts. in NYC Ismael has been recognized for his acting work with several awards and critical acclaim named one of the 25 Leaders of the future by Latino Leaders Magazine, and awarded a VOCES de Ford Award by Ford Motors, which is given to trailblazing exemplary Individuals in the media and entertainment Industry. He has had roles on shows such as CBS’s “The Good Wife” (as Jimmy Patrick), and various films, like “In the Blood”, “White Alligator”, “La Loteria”, “Chaser”, “La Edwin”, “El Cuerpo de Delito”, and “Silver Bullet 2”.

Luis Raúl Martínez Rodríguez (March 6, 1962 – February 2, 2014), better known as Luis Raúl, was a Puerto Rican actor and comedian. He was known for his stand-up comedy shows and for his various characters. He also hosted Univision‘s talk and variety show Anda Pa'l Cará from 2001 to 2003 and Telemundo's game show Pa’ Que Te Lo Goces in 2006. He died early in the morning of on February 2, 2014 from a renal failure which in turn led to cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Luis Raúl was born in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. As a young child, he showed interest in acting. During school, he would frequently participate in plays and shows. After graduating from Dr. Pila High Schoolhe enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez to study chemical engineering. After two years, he transferred to Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and majored in Business administration, taking electives in theatre. In 1980 he graduated from Ofelia D'Acosta’s School of Dramatic Arts.

In 1981, he moved to San Juan where he held several jobs to make ends meet. Among them, he worked by selling pop corn and hot dogs in two theaters, Cine Teatro and Teatro Royal. In the meantime, he studied at the Acting Academy of Ofelia D'Acosta’s acting academy and started performing at weekly shows. In 1983 he debuted in the play Los Títeres de Cachiporra. In 1985 he had his first starring role in Un Mismo Corazón (One Heart), a play that dealt with the subject of AIDS, something that was taboo at the time.

At the same time, he started appearing in several local telenovelas and other TV shows. In 1987 he joined actor Edwin Pabellón in producing the radio show Algo Mejor (Something Better). He also had sporadic appearances at the show En Serio con Silverio hosted by Silverio Pérez. After that, Perez recruited him for a new show called ¿Que Es Lo Que Pasa Aquí? Ahh! (What’s Going on in Here? Hmm!!!), a show dedicated to political and social satire. It was this show that established Luis Raúl as a comedic figure.

In 1992, Luis Raúl retired from the program with the intention of moving to Los Angeles and seek success there. In Los Angeles, he performed at several Hispanic commercials and shows, and also participated in various stand-up comedy and improvisation shows. However, he traveled to Puerto Rico constantly to perform his stand-up comedy show successfully around the island. In 1997 he also had his own show titled Pa’ la Cama con Luis Raúl (To Bed with Luis Raúl) produced by Luisito Vigoreaux.

In 2000 he officially established himself back in Puerto Rico and started another show called En Casa de Luis Raúl (At Luis Raúl’s Home) in Televicentro. In 2001 he was hired byUnivision to replace long-time friend Silverio Pérez as host of their popular late night show Anda Pa'l Cará upon Perez’s departure. Luis Raúl hosted the show with Gricel Mamery until retiring in 2003. In 2002 he adopted two children calling Angel and Janet.

In 2008, Luis Raúl kicked off a farewell tour called “Chiquito Pero Juguetón” (“Little But Playful”) with the intention of retiring afterward. The tour was highly successful in Puerto Rico and one of the venues where the show was taped was released as a film in theatres in the island titled “Chiquito Pero Juguetón: Da Muvi”. After a brief hiatus, he returned in 2009 with another tour titled “La Cosa Está Peúla 3D” (“It’s Hairy 3D”). In 2010, he started a new tour called “Con Los Huevos a Peseta” (“Eggs at a Quarter Each”). In 2011 he had another tour of Stand-Up Comedy called “Que Clase 'E Lengua” (“What A Tounge”). On March 5, 2012, he will have a special program called “The Trail” for Telemundo. What will drive along with Maritza Baiges. His penultimate stand-up comedy was titled “A Cuero Pela'o” (“Bare Skinned”) and ran from Autumn 2012 to Spring 2013.

His last stand-up comedy show was a one night only performance titled “Que OJOnes” (“What BIG EYEs”) at Puerto Rico’s renonwed Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, where Luis Raúl became the first comedian to perform at the venue on September 14, 2013. This performance marked the final show he performed before his death.

Franky G (born Frank Gonzales; October 30, 1965), is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Xavier in Saw II and Wrench in the 2003 remake of The Italian Job as well as other various roles such as Lupus in Confidence and Detective Cruz in Wonderland.

Gonzalez’s parents immigrated from Puerto Rico to Williamsburg, BrooklynNew York City. Gonzalez was born in the borough of Brooklyn and later moved to the borough of Queens. Before acting, he played semi-professional football, worked as a bouncer and security guard in New York clubs. He studied criminal law in college. Gonzalez replied to an ad for Manito (then called Cruel World) in Back Stage magazine; three weeks later he was called to read the script for director Eric Eason. The film played in 50 festivals in 2002. The following year he was cast at the last minute for the role of Wrench in The Italian Job. In 2005, he played Jonny Calvo in the short-lived Fox Network television show Jonny Zero and played Xavier in the horror film Saw II.

Happy birthday, Erik Estrada!

Henry Enrique “Erik” Estrada[1] (born March 16, 1949) is an American police officer and actor, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 United States police television series CHiPs. He later became known for his work in Spanish language telenovelas, and in more recent years, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Adult Swim series Sealab 2021.

Estrada was born in East HarlemManhattan, New York City, the son of Carmen, a seamstress, and Renildo Estrada. He is of Puerto Rican descent.

In 2000, Estrada was named the international “Face” of D.A.R.E. which is a campaign against drugs. He also speaks out for the American Heart AssociationThe United Way, and the C.H.P. 11-99 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides benefits and Scholarships to California Highway Patrol family members as well as funeral expenses for fallen officers. Estrada’s experience in C.H.I.P.S led him to become a reserve officer for the Muncie Police Department in Muncie, Indiana. Estrada became spokesperson for the C.H.P.’s “car seat inspection and installation” program. He has made numerous appearances supporting automobile child-seat safety checks across the country. He appeared in Española, New Mexico May 28, 2009 to promote the “100 Days and Nights of Summer” traffic safety and anti-DWI campaign that involves the New Mexico State police.

Estrada’s career

Happy birthday, Chayanne!

Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 28, 1968), best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo albums and sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

Elmer Figueroa’s nickname “Chayanne” was given to him by his mother, in honor of his love for the 1950s television series, Cheyenne.

In the late 1970s, he auditioned for Menudo, but the producers told him that he was too young to be in the group. He joined another group, Los Chicos, they produced several hit recordings, including “Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos” and Ave Maria.

After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.

In 1988, Chayanne released the eponymous second self-titled album, Chayanne. This album included several hit singles including Honorio Herrero’s “Tu Pirata Soy Yo”, José María Cano’s “Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha”, and “Este Ritmo Se Baila Así”, composed by Pierre-Edouard Decimus, Jacob Desvarieux and Roberto Livi. At the same time, Chayanne became a spokesperson for Pepsi, with the airing of the first Spanish speaking advertising spot broadcasted on national television coast to coast during the 1989 Grammy Awards telecast.After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album featured a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula for which Chayanne would be famous. It featured two hit songs, the ballad “Peligro de Amor” written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track “Fiesta en America” written by Honorio Herrero.

In 1990 he released the album Tiempo de Vals, featuring some of his best-selling singles such as the title track, composed by José María Cano, “Completamente Enamorados”, composed by Piero Cassano, Adelio Cogliati, and Eros Ramazzotti, and “Daría Cualquier Cosa”, composed by Luis Gómez Escolar and Julio Seijas. He followed it with the album whose title track would eventually become Chayanne's signature songProvocame (1992). That album also featured the hit El Centro de mi Corazon (#1 U.S. Hot Latin, 1992), and was nominated for Pop Song of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993, while Chayanne was listed for Male Pop Artist. Two years later, he released the album Influencias(1994), which was a tribute to some of his musical influences. In 1996, he released Volver a Nacer.

In 1998, he received his second Grammy nomination with the album Atado a Tu Amor, which featured his first number-one hit since 1992, “Dejaria Todo” as well as a long-lasting hit in the title track. The hot streak continued in 2000 when Chayanne released Simplemente with the top-ten hit “Candela” and the number-one hit “Yo Te Amo”. In 2002, he releasedGrandes Exitos, a greatest hits album with a few new tracks. One of those new tracks, “Y Tu Te Vas”, was the number-one song of the summer in 2002. The next year, Chayanne released Sincero which featured two number-one songs, “Un Siglo Sin Ti” and “Cuidarte el Alma”. In 2005, he did a tour along with Mexican Alejandro Fernández and fellow Puerto Rican Marc Anthony. That same year, he released two albums. First, a second greatest hits album, Desde Siempre with the new song “Contra Vientos y Mareas”, followed byCautivo with hits such as “No Se Por Que”, “Te Echo de Menos”“ and "No Te Preocupes Por Mi”.

Chayanne’s 13th album Mi Tiempo was released April 2007. The album debuted at number two on the Top Latin Album chart selling 17,000 copies in its first week of release. The first single off the album “Si Nos Quedara Poco Tiempo” reached number one on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Following the album’s release, Chayanne began an international tour to promote Mi Tiempo. Among the places visited early in the tour were Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States. On August 24, 2008, he began a series of presentations in Spain. When interviewed he noted that the concert would be fluid “like a musical”, and “more Latin” than his previous presentations, being composed of “more pop, Brazilian, Caribbean and reggae rhythms” which he would use to “dance constantly”. He also gave a special performance in Miss Universe 2003 pageant.

On November 3, 2009, Chayanne released a new single titled “Me Enamoré de Ti”, serving as the theme song for the 2009 soap opera “Corazon Salvaje”. This single is featured in Chayanne’s 2010 release, No Hay Imposibles.

In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series Generaciones with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career, which he considers his priority.

In 1998, he starred in his first Hollywood role, playing a Cuban dancer along with Vanessa L. Williams in Dance with Me. He also made a guest appearance on Ally McBeal.

In 1994 he played himself in Volver a empezar along with Yuri. That same year, he also starred in Linda Sara opposite former Miss UniverseDayanara Torres. The film was written and directed by famous Puerto RicanJacobo Morales. More recently he has starred in other projects like the Argentine soap opera Provócame, for which he made the soundtrack of the same name.

In 2008, Chayanne played the title role in a television series titled Gabriel: Amor Inmortal, who is a vampire. To familiarize himself with the concept he adopted a different daily schedule, sleeping during the day and working at night. He noted that the production wanted to “make things look as real as possible”, but that the adaptation process was hard. The series debuted on September 28, 2008, on Mega TV.

Chayanne lives in Miami and is married to attorney and former Venezuelan beauty queen Marilisa Maronesse. They have two children, Lorenzo Valentino and Isadora Sofia.