This week in Culturegeist: Gabriel García Márquez, Selena Gomez’s 50 shades, Bieber fever in Mexico, & more!
We ran into some interesting characters at this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.
By ANGIE ROMERO
This week, there were multiple reports stating that Lance Armstrong had been doping himself for years. The evidence, if convincing, could prove devastating for a man who has worked hard to earn the hero title, among many others.
Then, in an NYC nightclub, Team Breezy seems to have gotten into it with Team Drizzy – I say seems because I wasn’t there. But there sure was a lot of broken glass. And somehow I ran into these disturbing “sexy” photos of the Octomom – which I wish I’d never seen.
The Internet is full of dark corners…
Speaking of photos I wish I’d never seen, remember those awful photos of the Miami cannibal victim, Ronald Poppo, right after the attack? Well, this week, we saw the beginning of what will surely be a long and painful process: the reconstruction of that poor man’s face and life.
Here’s to starting fresh. As Don Draper tells Lane Pryce in “Commissions and Fees,” the second to last episode of this unbelievably thrilling fifth season of Mad Men, “I’ve started over a lot. This is the worst part.”
Keep it moving,
— Angie Romero, Senior Editor, Entertainment & Culture (email@example.com)
Check out our interview with the Mexican heartthrob and star of the new movie-musical Rock of Ages. We just had to quiz his knowledge of all things totally 80s. He did well, considering he skipped the entire decade!
Music website Panamerika.fm documented the hysteria that was Justin Bieber’s free concert at El Zócalo with photos depicting Bieber’s crazy fans holding up even crazier signs.
In a storyline straight from a movie, gymnast John Orozco beat out Danel Leyva, the defending U.S. men’s all-around champion, by just five-hundredths of a point at the U.S. men’s gymnastics championship on Saturday, earning his spot as part of the U.S. team heading to the upcoming London Olympics.
It appears that life is imitating art as the father of magical realism himself falls victim to memory loss.
Four Latin American cities ranked among the 50 most expensive in the world according to Mercer’s Cost of Living report. Brazil contributed with three cities while Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, ranked fourth.
Hard to believe it’s already been four months since she left us. Commemorating the anniversary of the late, great Whitney Houston’s death, producers of the Grammy Awards released a short documentary revealing how they were able to pull it all together in the wake of the tragedy.
You can learn so much about a person by what they’re reading. Here’s what we’re flipping through this summer.
Does any street party measure up to this one? We think not. Check out some of the colorful characters we came across.
Add this one to your list of summer outings: Céu, a.k.a the Brazilian Norah Jones, has teamed up fellow Brazilian sensation Curumin for a North American tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, and will wrap up on June 30 in Montreal.
If you didn’t get to attend the second Vimeo Festival + Awards, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
SAY WHAT? A round-up of our favorite soundbites from all over:
“I don’t think so. I know I’m taking risks, but I don’t know if I could do that! That would be a little too much for me. I think someone older should do that part.” – Selena Gomez to MTV News about the chances she would play the female lead in the erotica-charged Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. Oh well – there’s always our casting choices.
“so now because I am engaged I can’t have a friend of the opposite sex? Can’t have a friend help me out while I’m working alllll day? #dumb.” – Miley Cyrus on Twitter in response to rumors that she was cheating on fiancé Liam Hemsworth with best bud Cheyne Thomas.
“I love Woody. I love spending time with him. I love listening to everything he has to say. Such an inspiring person and somebody that I have admired so much all my life – since I was aware of what cinema was. I remember the first time I watched one of his movies… I wanted to see and read every movie he had ever done. I feel very lucky that he gave me this opportunity.” – Penelope Cruz to Access Hollywood at the recent Los Angeles premiere of To Rome with Love. The Spanish actress stars in Woody Allen’s ensemble comedy.
“@Drake @ChrisBrown if there’s beef settle it in the ring @GoldenBoyBoxing I can promote it and all the money’s go to the winners charity.” – Legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya on Twitter, in reference to the young artists’ rumored bar brawl this week.
“Great news for Dreamers!!!!” – Univision news anchorman Jorge Ramos on Twitter today, expressing his sentiments about President Obama’s administration announcing that it will stop deporting certain young people who are undocumented.
THE A-LIST: We asked, Pitbull answered.
Who better to ask about that special (and sometimes complicated) father-son relationship than Pitbull (born Armando Christian Perez).
Q. You’ve said before that your dad taught you that it’s not what you have in this life, it’s what you leave behind. Tell me a little about what you want your legacy to be.
A. The reason I say it is because my father was someone that always had a good time. A lot of people I know, people that have infinite amounts of money, they’re miserable, they can’t buy happiness. So, when I say ‘it’s what you leave behind,’ when I looked at him in his casket, what he left behind was a room where people were having a good time, enjoying, and knew that, you know, that’s what it was all about. And life is to live it, not to let it live you. That’s the way I look at it and that’s what I learned from him.
(Photo: Amaris Castillo)