Friday, December 5, 2014

[VIDEO] Bamz On Using 'N' Word: "Latinos & Blacks Are The Same"

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Newly signed to Duck Down Records, East Harlem spitter Bodega Bamz stopped by DASH Radio to chat about being single, groupies, his love for his native borough and his views on Latinos using the word “n*gga.
“Spanish and Blacks, we the same,” he explained. “Where I come from, we’re the same. So to me, that word is not derogatory when a Latino says it.”
Of course, what Bamz meant when he said “Spanish” was “Latinos,” perhaps “Hispanic.” But not persons from Spain.
But what say you? People of all shades and ethnicities agree the ‘n’ word should be put to rest, Black people included. While some urge our generation to do away with the historically racist term, many remain it is an expression of endearment when distinguished from “n*gger.” 

Watch the video here.

Chris Rock Slams Hollywood, Says L.A. Is Mexican 'Slave State'

Chris Rock slammed Hollywood as a "white industry" and said when it comes to Mexicans, there is an acceptance "that there's a slave state in L.A."
In an essay written by Rock published in The Hollywood Reporter, the black comedian and actor blasted the entertainment industry for its lack of jobs for black and Latinos.
"But forget whether Hollywood is black enough. A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You're in L.A, you've got to try not to hire Mexicans," said Rock, saying while it's the most liberal town in the world, there's "...just an acceptance that there's a slave state in L.A. There's this acceptance that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn't exist anywhere else. I remember I was renting a house in Beverly Park while doing some movie, and you just see all of the Mexican people at 8 o'clock in the morning in a line driving into Beverly Park like it's General Motors. It's this weird town."
"You're telling me no Mexicans are qualified to do anything at a studio? Really? Nothing but mop up?" wrote Rock. "What are the odds that that's true? The odds are, because people are people, that there's probably a Mexican David Geffen mopping up for somebody's company right now. The odds are that there's probably a Mexican who's that smart who's never going to be given a shot."
The story has been generating a lot of buzz on social media.

Why ‘Jane The Virgin' Star Gina Rodriguez Says ‘Latinos Are Not Limited By Their Culture'

Source by Carolina Moreno 

Gina Rodriguez has won the hearts of critics and fans on CW’s “Jane The Virgin,” and the actress now wants to “give her blessings away.”

The Chicago-born star with Puerto Rican roots will be hosting a "NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers" on Thursday at 8 p.m. In an exclusive clip given to The Huffington Post, Rodriguez spoke about why she is honored to host the special, her views on playing a virgin on tv and more.

The NUVOtv 3-hour special will showcase the top Latino screenwriters, producers, and directors chosen from more than 200 submissions. On the topic of presenting Latino films to a nationwide audience, the star said it was especially important when the stories don’t concern Latino issues.

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Prince Royce English Songs and Album

Source by Claudia Balthazar 
Latino Pop star Prince Royce is working on his first English language album hoping to follow in the footsteps of Spanish-speaking stars Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias.

"After releasing three Spanish albums, I felt more prepared as a musician and a songwriter," Royce said in an interview with Idolator. "I can now connect to many different English-speaking countries that don't know who Prince Royce is."
Price Royce has dominated Billboard's Latin Songs chart in the past few years with hits like "Las Cosas Pequeñas" and "Darte Un Beso." The heartthrob, raised by Dominican parents in Bronx, New York, was nominated for four Latin Grammys last month.

The singer has promised his fans that he is by no means leaving his Latin roots. Even in his English songs, there's a hint of his Latin and tropical sound.

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[Video+Music] Top artists to watch at Vive Latino 2015

Source By Eduardo Stanley 

Vive Latino, the most important music festival in Latin America, will take place in Mexico City March 13, 14 and 15, 2015. With names such as Siddhartha, Jimmy Page and Aterciopelados, the lineup was already announced and tickets went on sale right after.
Thousand of people from Mexico, USA and Latin America attend this annual musical event in part due to the organizers’ ability to bring a stylistically eclectic lineup, mixing traditional rock with the newest musical trends, and both local and international artists as well as a good combination of different generations of artists sharing stages.
Click here for show lineups and tickets. 

[MUSIC] Alt.Latino's Favorite Latin Music Of 2014


As 2014 begins to wind to a close, Alt.Latino is spending this week looking back at our favorite artists of the year. It's an unusually varied list, and not just musically: Heavy-hitting veterans are included alongside new artists we expect to make a huge splash in 2015. As always, this list can't possibly be definitive, especially in a year with so many excellent releases. So help us out: What were your favorites this year?

List to the music here.

Ruben Blades, Sting Launch Quito’s 480th Birthday Bash

Ruben Blades and Sting mixed up a cocktail of salsa and rock to give a rousing start to the celebrations marking the 480th anniversary of the founding of this Andean city.

Before crowds gathered at the Bicentennial Park, the old airport north of Quito, Blades and Sting headlined Quitonia, a six-hour show that included Ecuadorian stars such as Tomback, rapper AU-D and singer-songwriter Juan Fernando Velasco
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