Saturday, March 3, 2012

OUR YOUTH DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE URGENT PLEASE READ


By Tony Franco
What if the rest of your life were determined by a decision you made when you were 16 years old? That scenario is a reality for nearly 300 people in California who have been sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in jail without any opportunity for parole for crimes committed when they were children.
Your California Assembly member will vote - as early as Monday - on the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act (SB 9).  Take action today to allow those individuals the opportunity to go before a judge to demonstrate their growth, maturity and rehabilitation and possibly keep them from dying in prison for crimes they committed as children.
Serious crimes committed by children are often brought about by extreme circumstances, such as abusive or neglectful environments that contributed to their crime. Research has shown that a teenager's brain is still developing into their early twenties and that rehabilitation is effective, if given the opportunity.
Activists across the state and country have worked for many years to undo LWOP sentences for juveniles. Let's take one more step together nowUrge your Assembly member to support Fair Sentencing for Youth and prove that Californians believe in second chances.
I want to Thank Clarissa Hermosillo for this information
Clarissa Woo Hermosillo


Clarissa Woo Hermosillo
Director of Policy Advocacy
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists Announced!


Billboard Latin Music Awards

MANÁ nominado a ARTISTA DEL AÑO, foto de su presentación hace unos días en  Quito, Ecuador.
2012 FINALISTS 

Artist of the Year
- Mana (Warner Latina)
- Prince Royce (TopStop)
- Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)
- Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
Artist of the Year, New
- Calibre 50 (Disa)
- Il Volo (Opera Blues/Gatica/Rentor/Geffen/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
- Violento (Entourage/Disa/ASL)

Song of the Year
- Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Don Omar “Taboo” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
- Prince Royce “Corazon Sin Cara” (TopStop)




Song of the Year, Vocal Event
- Jennifer Lopez Featuring Pitbull “Ven A Bailar” (Island/IDJMG)
- Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
- Romeo Santos Featuring Usher “Promise” (Sony Music Latin)
Songs Artist of the Year, Male
- Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
- Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
- Prince Royce (Top Stop)
Songs Artist of the Year, Female
- Alejandra Guzman (Capitol Latin)
- Jennifer Lopez (Island/IDJMG)
- Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa)
- Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda (Fonovisa)
- La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
- Mana (Warner Latina)
- Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latina)
Airplay Song of the Year
- La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas “Te Amo y Te Amo” (Sony Music Latin)
- Don Omar “Taboo” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
- Prince Royce “Corazon Sin Cara” (TopStop)



Digital Song of the Year
- Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull “Bon Bon” (Mr. 305/Famous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
- Shakira Feat. El Cata “Rabiosa” (Sony Music Latin)
- Shakira Featuring Freshleyground “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” (Epic/Sony Music Latin)
Hot Latin Songs Airplay Label of the Year
- Disa
- Fonovisa
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latino
Hot Latin Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year
- Disa
- Fonovisa
- Machete
- Sony Music Latin
Crossover Artist of the Year
- LMFAO (Party Rock/will.i.am/Cherrytree/Interscope)
- Katy Perry (Capitol)
- Rihanna (SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG)
- Alexandra Stan (Ultra)
Album of the Year
- Cristian Castro “Viva El Principe” (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- Mana “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina)
- Prince Royce “Prince Royce” (Top Stop/Atlantic/AG)
- Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1” (Sony Music Latin)
Albums Artist of the Year, Male
- Cristian Castro (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- Gerardo Ortiz (Del/Sony Music Latin)
- Prince Royce (Top Stop/Atlantic/AG)
- Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)



Albums Artist of the Year, Female
- Natalia Jimenez (Sony Music Latin)
- Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
- Gloria Trevi (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Camila (Sony Music Latin)
- Los Bukis (Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Mana(Warner Latina)
- Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
Digital Album of the Year
- Mana “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina)
- Prince Royce “Prince Royce” (Top Stop/Atlantic/AG)
- Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1” (Sony Music Latin)
- Shakira “Sale El Sol” (Epic/Sony Music Latin)
Top Latin Albums Label of the Year
- Dasmi
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latin Entertainment
- Warner Latina
Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year
- Disa
- Fonovisa
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latino



Latin Pop Song of the Year
- Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull “Ven A Bailar” (Island/IDJMG)
- Mana “Lluvia Al Corazon” (Warner Latina)
- Don Omar “Taboo” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo
- Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
- Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
- Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Camila (Sony Music Latin)
- Mana (Warner Latina)
- Reik (Sony Music Latin)
- Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year
- Interscope
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latino
- Warner Latina
Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year
- Machete
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latino
- Warner Latina



Latin Pop Album of the Year
- Mana “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina)
- Enrique Iglesias “Euphoria” (Universal Music Latino)
- Ricky Martin “Musica + Alma + Sexo” (Sony Music Latin)
- Cristian Castro “Viva El Principe” (Universal Music Latino)
Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo
- Cristian Castro (Universal Music Latino)
- Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
- Ricky Martin (Sony Music Latin)
- Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Camila (Sony Music Latin)
- Il Volo (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- Mana (Warner Latino)
- Reik (Sony Music Latin)
Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year
- Bullseye
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latin Entertainment
- Warner Latina
Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year
- Epic
- Universal Music Latino
- Sony Music Latin
- Warner Latina
Tropical Song of the Year
- Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Universal Music Latina)
- Prince Royce “Corazon Sin Cara” (Top Stop)
- Romeo Santos featuring Usher “Promise” (Sony Music Latin)
- Romeo Santos “You” (Sony Music Latin)
Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo
- Don Omar (Orfanato/Universal Music Latina)
- Prince Royce (Top Stop)
- Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)
- Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Aventura (Premium Latin)
- Chino & Nacho (Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Mana (Warner Latina)
- Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year
- Sony Music Latin
- Top Stop
- Universal Music Latino
- Venemusic
Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year
- Machete
- Siente
- Sony Music Latin
- Top Stop
Tropical Album of the Year
- Aventura “14 + 14” (Premium Latin/Sony Music Latin)
- Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1” (Sony Music Latin)
- Hector Acosta “Obligame” (D.A.M./Venemusic/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- Prince Royce “Prince Royce”(Top Stop/Atlantic)
Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo
- Hector Acosta (D.A.M./Venemusic/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- Prince Royce (Top Stop/Atlantic)
- Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)
- Charlie Zaa (The Entity)
Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Aventura (Premium Latin/Sony Music Latin)
- El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (Popular)
- N’Klabe (NuLife/Sony Music Latin)
- Nuevo Voces (Sonoma)
Tropical Albums Label of the Year
- The Entity
- Popular
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Latin Entertainment
Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year
- Premium Latin
- Popular
- Sony Music Latin
- Top Stop
Regional Mexican Song of the Year
- Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda “Olvidame” (Fonovisa)
- La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas “Te Amo y Te Amo” (Sony Music Latin)
- La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga “Di Que Regresaras” (Fonovisa)
- Fidel Rueda “Me Encantaria” (Disa)
Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo
- Larry Hernandez (Mendieta/Fonovisa)
- Gerardo Ortiz(DEL/Sony Music Latin)
- Espinoza Paz (Disa/ASL)
- Fidel Rueda (Disa)
Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda (Fonovisa)
- La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
- La Arrolladora Banda El Limon (Disa)
- La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga (Fonovisa)
Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year
- ASL
- Disa
- Fonovisa
- Sony Music Latin
Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year
- Disa
- Fonovisa
- Mendieta
- Sony Music Latin
Regional Mexican Album of the Year
- Los Bukis “35 ANIVERSARIO” (Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Gerardo Ortiz “Entre Dios y el Diablo” (DEL/Sony Music Latin)
- Los Tigres Del Norte “TR3S Presents: MTV Unplugged Los Tigres Del Norte” (Tr3s/MTV/Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Various Artists “Las Bandas Romanticas” (Disa/UMLE)
Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo
- Larry Hernandez (Mendieta/Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Gerardo Ortiz (DEL/Sony Music Latin)
- Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Joan Sebastian (Fonovisa/UMLE)
Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- El Trono De Mexico (Skalona) or (Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Intocable (Warner Latina)
- Los Bukis (Fonovisa/UMLE)
- Los Tigres Del Norte Tr3s/MTV/Fonovisa/UMLE)
Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year
- Dasmi
- Platino
- Sony Music Latin
- Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year
- Del
- Disa
- Fonovisa
- Good I
Latin Rhythm Song of the Year
- Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Don Omar “Taboo” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull “Bon Bon” (Mr. 305/Fomous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
- Wisin & Yandel “Estoy Enamorado” (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo
- Daddy Yankee (El Cartel)
- Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
- Tito “El Bambino” (Siente)
Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Alexis & Fido (Sony Music Latin)
- Chino & Nacho (Machete/Universal Music Latino)
- RKM & Ken-Y (Pina)
- Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year
- El Cartel
- Sony Music Latin
- Siente
- Universal Music Latino
Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year
- El Cartel
- Machete
- Orfanato
- Siente
Latin Rhythm Album of the Year
- Don Omar ”Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans: THE KING IS BACK (Orfanato/Machete/UMLE)
- Pitbull “Armando” (Mr. 305/Famous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
- Tito “El Bambino” “Invencible” (Siente/UMLE)
- Wisin & Yandel “Los Vaqueros: El Regreso” (WY/Machete/UMLE)
Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo
- Daddy Yankee (El Cartel/Sony Music Latin)
- Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/UMLE)
- Pitbull (Mr. 305/Famous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
- Tito “El Bambino” (Siente/UMLE)
Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group
- Alexis & Fido (Sony Music Latin)
- Chino & Nacho (Machete/UMLE)
- RKM & Ken-Y (Pina/Sony Music Latin)
- Wisin & Yandel(WY/Machete/UMLE)
Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year
- Platino
- Sony Music Latin
- Ultra
- Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year
- Machete
- Pina
- Siente
- WY
Touring Artist of the Year
- Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
- Mana (Warner Latina)
- Ricky Martin (Sony Music Latin)
- Luis Miguel (Warner Latina)
 Finalists and eventual winners of the Billboard Latin Music Awards were determined by radio and sales chart performance and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine, billboard.com and billboard.biz during the eligibility period of February 5, 2011 through January 28, 2012.
Billboard's charts are the world's most authoritative music rankings with award categories based on album and digital track sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan, monitored radio airplay and streaming data measured by Nielsen BDS, and social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound.
Also presented on the show are Billboard's prestigious discretionary awards including Spirit of Hope for humanitarian contributions, the Lifetime Achievement awards and Hall of Fame. The Billboard Latin Music Awards are produced and televised LIVE on Telemundo on April 26, 2012.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

TODAY SUNDAY THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT OF THE YEAR TAKES PLACE IN HOLLYWOOD


By Tony Franco

The most awaited ceremony will take place in Hollywood today. The Red Carpet is ready for the celebrities to arrive and shine.  the most recognized Hollywood actors and actresses will come to the Hollywood and Highland Center for the OSCAR´S 84Th  EDITION.  

The Walk of Fame will witness this celebration considered as the most important even of the year. Many streets around the center where the Oscar Ceremony will take place, have been closed this weekend in preparation for this magnificent event.

The platform,  where approximately 800 people will see and enjoy their favorite stars has been placed. We are ready: LIGHTS....CAMERAS......ACTION!





Demián Bichir compite este domingo por el Oscar al mejor actor en "Una Vida Mejor" (A Better Life).
Demian Bichir will try for his first Oscar for his role in "A Better Life". 


 Demián Bichir and Berenice Bejo, will be two of the hispanic celebrities disputing the statuettes for best actor and supporting actress for "A BETTER LIFE” and "THE ARTIST", while musicians  Carlinhos Brown and the legendary Sergio Mendes,  will compete in the category, best song for "Real in Rio".

Pulsa aquí para ver este artículo en español (click here for spanish version).

BEST PICTURE - MEJOR PELÍCULA
THE ARTIST
Thomas Langmann, Producer
THE DESCENDANTS
Jim Burke, Alexander Payne y Jim Taylor, Producers

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLE CLOSE
Scott Rudin, Producer

THE HELP
Brunson Green, Chris Columbus y Michael Barnathan, Producers

HUGO
Graham King y Martin Scorsese, Producers

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Letty Aronson y Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers

MONEYBALL
Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz y Brad Pitt, Producer

THE TREE OF LIFE
Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner y Grant Hill, Producers

WAR HORSE
Steven Spielberg y Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

BEST ACTOR - MEJOR ACTOR
Demián Bichir
George Clooney compite por un Oscar como mejor actor en "The Descendants".
A Better Life
George Clooney
The Descendants
Jean Dujardin
The Artist
Gary Oldman
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt
Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS  - MEJOR ACTRIZ 
Glenn Close
Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep could get the Oscar for her role in "The Iron Lady".
Meryl Streep podría conseguir un Oscar por su actuación en "The Iron Lady"       (La Dama de Hierro).  
Viola Davis
The Help
Rooney Mara
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep
The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams
My Week With Marilyn



BEST DIRECTOR- MEJOR DIRECTOR
WOODY ALLEN Midnight in Paris
For more inf. pictures and photos click here to go to the Oscar´s official site.
PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN, FOTOS Y VÍDEOS PULSA EN ESTA FOTO.
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS  The Artist
ALEXANDER PAYNE The Descendants
MARTIN SCORSESE Hugo
TERRENCE MALICK The Tree of Life

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - MEJOR ACTOR SECUNDARIO
KENNETH BRANAGH  My Week with Marilyn
NICK NOLTE  Warrior
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER  Beginners
MAX VON SYDOW  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - MEJOR ACTRIZ SECUNDARIA
BERENICE BEJO The Artist
JESSICA CHASTAIN The Help
MELISSA McCARTHY Bridesmaids
JANET McTEER Albert Nobbs
OCTAVIA SPENCER The Help