This week in Culturegeist: Is Mexico “rotten”? Plus: a rare side of J.Lo you’ve never seen before
The sexy Adam Rodriguez stars in Magic Mike - we just wish his character’s name wasn’t Tito.
By ANGIE ROMERO
Storytellers like Nora Ephron don’t come around too often. But thank goodness she did, because she taught us so much, like how to not play it safe.
“I hope you find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there,” she once said.
Well, that’s one area I know I won’t disappoint.
To taking risks,
— Angie Romero, Senior Editor, Entertainment & Culture (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The best songs to strip to, according to comedian Gabriel Iglesias, a.k.a Fluffy
Iglesias, who said he tried out for the stripper role in Magic Mike (out Friday) but the roles had been filled, plays the strip club’s resident DJ.
On eve of elections, Mexican Institute of Sound calls his country ‘rotten’
Camilo Lara, the former record label exec-turned-recording artist who goes by the moniker Mexican Institute of Sound, has something to say about the state of Mexico. And it ain’t pretty.
Spoken word artist Advocate of Wordz has a thing for food and sex
It’s not that he had a lack of material to work with. For years, the Bronx-bred writer/performer known as Advocate of Wordz has been putting his feelings down on paper. But his plans to weave a book from the individual threads kept getting pushed back. That is, until now.
Streetcar named deseo: Daphne Rubin-Vega reinvents Tennessee Williams on Broadway
With Blair Underwood as Stanley, Soul Food’s Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, and Wood Harris as Mitch, Rubin-Vega makes the multicultural reality of New Orleans come alive in a way that never seems like a radical departure from the original 1947 play.
The top 10 Chespirito phrases of all time
We assembled the ultimate guide to Chapulín Colorado and Chavo Del Ocho catchphrases, applicable in every possible scenario in life.
A “Hero Award” for a dog that saved her owner’s life
Heroes don’t only exist in comic books – and they don’t only come in human form. In Tatiana’s case, we are talking about a real flesh-and-bones canine hero.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Justin Bieber wouldn’t be safe in Arizona (video)
The Biebs made a cameo on the House floor this past week — sort of.
5 things Nora Ephron taught me
The world lost one of the greatest writers of our time. As we mourn the loss of Ephron and her comedic, honest and beautiful writing, here are five things that we’ve learned from her, that we’ll carry with us.
Hanging with the legendary Gustavo Santaolalla at his LA studio (video)
Pili Montilla gets an invite to legendary musician/producer and Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla’s recording studio, where all the magic happens.
Ricky Martin’s booming Broadway voice and awesome hand gestures (video)
Is there such thing as too much Ricky Martin-associated awesomeness? Nah.
Viral Video of the Week: Obama sings Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”
Our Conz Preti is a huge fan of Obama’s mash up videos. This time, she brings you our favorite of them all.
Alejandro Sanz sounds exactly the same on new single (and that’s a good thing!)
He’s had great albums and not-so-great ones, but Alejandro Sanz’ lyricism has remained constant. And there’s something to be said for consistency.
Remembering Michael Jackson three years after his death
There are two kinds of people in this world: ones who were able to experience Michael Jackson while he was alive, and everyone else.
Piñata ban in Houston parks. What’s next: prohibition of “Las Mañanitas”?
When you mess with tradition and culture, you’re going to get a lot of people angry.
Fashion from human ashes: Is this the future of sustainability?
A student at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design has an innovative idea for us to ponder: What if we could take the chemicals from human ashes and use that to create frocks?
Gay and proud: Latinos share their coming-out stories at NYC’s Pride March
Working its way down from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue to the heart of the West Village, the always-vibrant annual NYC Pride March was filled with expressions of gay pride and love. We spoke to a few Latinos who shared their stories.
SAY WHAT? A round-up of our favorite soundbites from all over:
“He couldn’t recognize a B-Flat if it hit him. P. Diddy has a doctorate in marketing. He’s got clothes companies and Ciroc Vodka.” – Quincy Jones about P. Diddy at a recent Spotify app launch. The famed producer later brushed the diss off in his Facebook page, writing: “No controversy, no diss. I have nothing but love and respect for Diddy and all that he has achieved as an artist and an executive. Always have and always will.”
“Yesterday @MittRomney said he keeps his promises. So don’t forget: he promised to veto the DREAM Act.” – Eva Longoria on Twitter, in reference to the Republican presidential candidate. If you haven’t already figured out, the Mexican-American actress is an Obama supporter.
“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try.” – A choked-up Ann Curry on her last day at the Todayshow. After 15 years, the 55-year-old journalist is leaving the NBC show for a national and international correspondent/anchor position within the network.
“The best thing about being a performer – and being a great performer – is always being in control. If you let your adrenaline and your emotions get the best of you, that’s amateur hour… be strong when you have to be strong, be swag when you have to be swag, be emotional when you have to be emotional, but always be in control.” –Jennifer Lopez during a pep talk to her back-up dancers in a rare behind-the-scenes video. The superstar is currently on her world tour.
THE A-LIST: We asked, 3Ball MTY answered.
Having just opened for the Biebs in Mexico City to a crowd of over 200,000, the boys of 3Ball (Erick Rincon, Sheeqo Beat, and DJ Otto) have begun work on their sophomore album.
Q. What can you tease from your new album?
A. Right now, we’re working in our studio in Monterrey. Now that we’re touring in the States, we’re also always working in our hotel rooms and airplanes. We are currently picking out themes and new collaborations. We don’t have a relase date yet. – Sheeqo Beat