Dascha Polanco – On What She Looks for in a Man & How to Approach a Woman


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Originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Ottoniel Campos

At this point in time I cannot confirm or deny if Dascha Polanco, the amazing actress in the blockbuster hit movie “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro, is single, married or in a relationship. But during our last interview, she informed me that she was single and ready to mingle… or something like that. As we approach this Valentine’s Day, it might behoove a few guys to take a bit of Ms. Polanco’s dating advice.

You’re single now and you’re a hopeless romantic with a lot of passion.

Yes, I am.

What type of guy do you like? Te gustan los gorditos, los flacos…?

I like everything. I have a thing for ginger. I go crazy with ginger (red hair) and freckles. Pero como te digo, yo no soy uumm, I’m not superficial. He could be shorter or taller. I don’t look at the physical but there has to be something that attracts me. Like they have to smell good, definitely. Hygiene is very important to me. Like if you talk to me and your ears have wax coming out… like c’mon! My best friend said, ‘You need somebody that will keep you on your toes.’ Because I need variation, I need entertainment. Let’s try new things. Let’s work together and let’s build an empire. Let’s be both established, both busy, but both make time to be together.

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So how can a guy woo you?

Details. Show me attention. Especially when somebody is busy and takes time to call me, or to plan something out, or surprise me. It takes effort to do that. And I think that’s like, whoa! And what [also] sweeps me off my feet is when somebody knows what they want and go for it. And I’m a giver too, honey! I like gifts. I’m putting it out there. I love gifts. I’m tired of giving gifts and not getting it back. For real, so can I get a giver too… jeez! ¿Tú sabes lo que pasa? That I’ve always said that I want somebody like my father. My father always gave me everything that I wanted. From love to the material, to support. I’m still his princess. He’s always told me to have my own things and to be independent, but to treat others the way you want to be treated.

It makes sense. You want to be spoiled so you spoil others. You grew up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. What do you think about guys approaching females on the street?

There’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to be creative, honey. Because usually if you’re [whistling and hissing] then you have nothing going on for yourself. Pero yo creo que you should approach a female and be really honest [and say] ‘Hey I think you’re really attractive. I want to take you out.’ It is what it is and [the guys] have to take that risk.

Should a guy grab a female’s hand to get her attention?

Ooh, that’s kind of intense. Let’s not touch. No touching.

Should a guy honk his horn from his car at a female walking in the street?

They should not honk like if they were a cab. Especially if you’re in the passenger seat and you’re honking. You should not be in the passenger side trying to holla at somebody.

What about a loud whistle or yelling to get the female’s attention?

You know what? Let’s do it like we’re writing a letter. Yeah, lets stick to a letter format. Dear Ms. Polanco. Can we just say ‘good morning, good evening, how are you?’ It doesn’t even have to be formal. It could be semi formal.

So no hollering, yelling or whistling. Got it. Guys from Brooklyn are usually cool with their pick-up lines. But not all guys are creative and funny. Was there a line that was too weird?

I was at a parade and this tigre me dice, ‘diablo mami you look so good with that girdle.’ I was wearing a dress and apparently he could see my girdle. Yeah, thanks. That’s so not appropriate to put a girl on blast about her girdle. But he was really feeling it too, like, ‘oh yeah that girdle.’ I’m like, yuck.

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What You Didn’t Know about Carlos Ponce

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Host, singer, actor Carlos Ponce is a man of many hats. Puerto Rican born and of Cuban descent, Carlos Ponce Freyre has been entertaining us since 1989. The character actor can embody any role.

Whether it’s playing a lovelorn romantic in “Meet Me in Miami,” or a yoga instructor that is too comfortable with everyone like in “C0uples Retreat,” Ponce knows how to completely get in tune with whatever character he is playing.

Although he is mostly known for his acting, Ponce started off as a host for the Univision show, “Hablando”. Shortly after that shows run ended he became a soap star in two of Televisa’s telenovelas on the network, “Guadalupe” and “Sentimientos Ajenos.”

For the next few years Ponce would go back and forth between hosting (Control, Entertainment Tonight, Idol Kids Puerto Rico and Miss Universe)and starring in soap operas (Dame Chocolate, Perro Amor).

After becoming wildly popular on soap operas and becoming a renowned host, Ponce signed a record deal in 1998 and released the album “Carlos Ponce.” Carlos Ponce went on to be a double-platinum selling album and has three hit songs, “Decir Adios,” “Escuchame” and “Rezo.” Between 1999 and 2012 he would go on to release another seven albums.

As he was beginning to make waves on the Latin charts on the radio, Ponce also started to make a name for himself with American audiences on hit shows like “7th Heaven” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”  Those appearances were followed by a contract with Disney to sing “Belle Notte” on the soundtrack for the sequel to “Lady and the Tramp” called “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure.”

It wasn’t too long before Ponce found himself on the silverscreen with such films as “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” “Just My Luck” and this year’s hit comedy, “Spy.” While his star continues to rise you can next catch him in the film “Single in South Beach.”

Fun Facts

  • After his family moved to Miami, he was honored as the best student actor in the southern region of the U.S.
  • He dropped out of the New World School of the Arts Conservatory  to host “Hablando”
  • He sang the theme song for “Sentimientos Ajenos”
  • His first album hit number one in all of the Americas
  • The song “Amelia” from his second album, “Todo lo que Soy” became the theme for the The World Athletic Games held in Seville, Spain

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Remembering When Marc Anthony Said ‘F*** Donald Trump at MSG Concert


Like most Latinos, Marc Anthony has had enough of Donald Trump ignorant and racist comments

Between his insulting Mexicans, bashing Latinos, degrading women and other cultures, we have all had enough of this ignorant arrogant man

Marc lashed out on Donald via Twitter by saying: “What does it matter how much money you have when everything that comes out of your mouth isn’t worth 2 cents, Donald Trump.


During his sold out concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Marc said: “I’m proud to be Latino in the United States of America,” …looking  at this the audience. “I see Peruvian flags, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico,  I see Panama, I see the Dominican Republic … We’re all proud of our culture.”


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Marc said that even though Latinos are not all alike — they all speak a little differently, have their own food and customs — they should stand united. “But here, no matter where you come from, we’re Latinos!” he said. “And we have to take care of each other. No matter where we come from.”

After taking a brief pause to hear the cheers from the crowd, Marc Anthony cursed Trump, bringing the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.

Tupac Biopic All Eyes on Me & The Notorious Suge Knight Played by Dominic Santana

“ALL EYEZ ON ME tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.

Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.

In the film, the infamous Suge Knigh founder and CEO of Death Row Records, currently in prison facing murder charges, is played by Puerto Rican actor Dominic Santana, born in Fayetteville, NC to an Army Officer Father and popular singer/writer Mother, Tracey Santana.


Upon moving to Wilmington, NC he began to seek out information on the local film scene and met Sam-Art Williams (Producer, “Martin”). Dominic began working as an extra on films such as “Black Knight” starring Martin Lawrence and hit shows like the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” where he landed his first speaking role on a major television show.

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Justin Bieber Assaulted by Fan in Sweden After Refusing to Sing Remix of Daddy Yankee & Luis Fonsi’s Despacito


Justin Bieber was almost hit in the head with a bottle over the weekend after he refused to play his version of ‘Despacito’ at a concert in Sweden.

The singer’s remix of the Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi song features him singing the recording in for the first time ever, but it has proved tricky for him to perform live.

Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”, featuring Daddy Yankee, has been taking the charts by storm, not just in the U.S., but worldwide! And with Canadian Justin Bieber, featured in the crazy popular remix, it will may go solar. People showered Justin with compliments about how good his accent sounded despite not being a native Spanish speaker. However, when the he performed it live, well, let’s just say it was muy diferente AND disrespectable. In videos that went viral immediately, you can clearly hear him singing “blah-blah blah-blah”…but wait, there’s more! He continued with gibberish and literally sang, “I don’t know the words so I say poquito, I don’t know the words so I say Dorito, I don’t know the words so I say mosquito. Dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba burrito. I ate the burrito. I just want un poquito.” No bueno Justin!! ( see Justin looking like a fool in video below)



“I can’t do that [song] specifically. I don’t know the words, I can’t do it”, he is heard to say only moments before narrowly avoiding the  bottle thrown by an upset fan (Justin, don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time)

Despite the close encounter, Bieber will continue to tour in the UK

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Benicio Del Toro set to play Kingpin of the Cuban-American Mafia in ‘The Corporation’!


Benicio Del Toro is set to play Jose Miguel Battle Sr., the Don of a Cuban-American Mafia, in a soon to be made film.

Del Toro will star in The Corporation which is a book of the same name written by author T.J. English and highlights the Cuban-American underworld.

Paramount Pictures & The Appian Way production company—owned by Actor Leonardo DiCaprio—were the victors in acquiring the rights to the book-to-film adaptation after a bidding war between Hollywood studios & production companies broke out last week. The film has been cited as becoming the “Cuban Version” of the The Godfather & American Gangster.”

The film’s screenplay will be written by David Matthews who has penned scripts for HBO series Boardwalk Empire & Vinyl and will surely capture the book’s “epic story” of the Cuban-American crime syndicate, The Corporation.

Del Toro will portray Jose Miguel Battle Sr. who was the head of the Cuban-American mafia. Prior to becoming the Godfather of the Cuban mafia, Battle Sr. was a former police officer during President Fulgencio Batista’s presidency prior to the Cuban Revolution; in the early 60s, he also assisted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in training Cuban exiles, and volunteered as a soldier in the Cuban liberation effort of the Bay of Pigs Invasion in April 1961 in-which he was captured. After being released, Battle Sr. moved to Union City, New Jersey were he began The Corporation empire.

This is the first time Del Toro has portrayed an influential figure of the underworld. In Escobar: Paradise Lost, Del Toro played Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar so he is surely able to get into the mindset of what it takes to be the leader of such an organization.

There’s no word yet when the film goes into production, but so far it has Hollywood buzzing.

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The Narco Saga Queen of the South Returns for Season Two

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH — “Piloto” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza, Jon Ecker as Guero — (Photo by: Benedicte Desrus/USA Network)

The narco saga Queen of the South, (based on a true story) premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m. on USA network. Starring Alice Braga (I Am Legend), the series tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a Mexican woman forced to seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing husband is taken out. In the process, she teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.

The crime drama is based on a hit Mexican telenovela, and its first season garnered respectable ratings and reviews—it may not quite reach the high standards set by much of the current glut of “prestige TV,” but its juicy novela soapiness can actually be pretty refreshing. The 13-episode first season is now on Netflix, if you’re looking to catch up.


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Selena Gomez interested in Older Men!


Selena Gomez has expressed interest in dating older men, however she feels that older men may not feel the same due to her very young appearance.

In a recent interview, Gomez revealed that while she would be interested in dating men who are older she feels that the feeling may not be mutual because she still looks like a teenager.

I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys,” the 23-year-old singer/actress revealed.

When it comes to her youthful appearance, the former Disney Channel star has made critical remarks about her teenage appearance. Back in October, while appearing on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Gomez made a similar comment to host Andy Cohen when asked if she was dating a fellow celebrity.

Now I know I look 16, but I’m 24,” Gomez told Cohen after he asked if she were romantic tied with David & Victoria Beckham’s 16-year-old son Brooklyn Beckham.

Age in years or appearance aside, in the interview Gomez also revealed that dating and meeting new guys in-general is particularly hard for her because her life has been a source of entertainment gossip which makes dating quite hard.

It’s hard, and I’m weirded out by the idea that a guy has Googled me before we meet, and that has happened,” Gomez describes, “I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.”

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A-Rod Lands TV Deal with ABC News

Former Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez has sealed a deal with ABC News, that will see him appearing in segments across the news division including for “Good Morning America” and  “World News Tonight.”

A-Rod, 41, had been in talks with ABC News brass about appearing as an on-air contributor for sports, family and even financial segments for shows across the network.

ABC is talking to Alex about taking a role in the news division and expanding his appearances across a number of its shows. Viewers are not going to see Alex weekly, more like once a month, it could be more if ratings do well. He will be an ABC News contributor and he’ll also be involved for ‘Nightline’ and ‘World News Tonight With ­David Muir.’ ”

Another source close to the star — who is already a full-time MLB analyst for Fox Sports — said, “Alex is interested in doing lifestyle, family-oriented programming, such as a piece on how much your kids should be working out, or business and personal-finance reports, like how to overhaul your bills.” (not too sure if this will resonate with  the average person that does not have a 300 plus Million dollar contract like A-ROD does)

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His MLB commentary would remain exclusive to Fox Sports, meaning he likely couldn’t appear on ESPN, but the insider said, “If there’s a big World Series story to discuss, you could see ­A-Rod on ABC talking about the game.”

He has been announced as a guest host on “Shark Tank” and has already co-hosted “The View.” After having discussions about ­expanding his role, he will appear on a variety of ABC properties, including “GMA” and has ideas about what topics he’d like to cover.

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Carmelo Anthony speaks about his Puerto Rican roots

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony speaks about his Latin (Puerto Rican) roots and what it means to him. He has warm memories of his Dad, who was born in Puerto Rico, but died when Carmelo was just a toddler.


Carmelo Anthony appeared On October 2012 Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine (see below). Click on link to Purchase that issue & see others:  http://bit.ly/1USSKmy





What You Didn’t Know about Calle 13

Calle 13 is a Puerto Rican alternative urban band consisting of stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar (lead singer, songwriter), Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, beat producer) and their half-sister Ileana Cabra Joglar (backing vocals). Their stage names are Residente, Visitante and PG-13.

Calle 13 likes to blend different musical styles like reggaeton, rap and rock. While other Latino groups tend to stick to the format, Calle 13 likes to buck tradition. The group is known for using a wide range of instruments from all over the world and using provocative, tongue-in-cheek as well as socially conscientious lyrics.

Everything sounds the same on the radio…but what we are making is sincere, and I think that’s worth something.”

The band also takes on social issues facing Puerto Ricans, Latinos and people all over the world. As the frontman of the band, Residente has no problem vocalizing the group’s stance on certain topics concerning music, politics and discrimination.

The siblings are big supporters for and independent Puerto Rico, Pérez is an ally of the LGBTQ community, and the brothers go out of their way not to make music about violence, misogyny and materialism.

I want Puerto Rico to be free and independent and have just one flag. The people here don’t work the way they should, and it’s because of the comfort they are feeling from you guys, from the States. We have a very low self-esteem. We feel that we can’t do it on our own. We as a country need to feel proud about our nation.”

I want  the world to know the name Oscar López Rivera.

Fun Facts

  • The group got their name from the street they use to live on when their parents were married
  • Residente is afraid of airplanes
  • If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be with his grandmother, his great-grandmother, Roberto Clemente, and John Lennon. –Rene aka Residente
  • Visitante use to lead a ska-reggae band called Bayanga
  • Their tour band consists of 20-25 members
  • Residente would one day love to be a film director or writer
  • During sex he listens to… “No music for sex,” he said, laughing. “Naturahttps://www.latintrends.com/e-newsletter/l sounds.” -Rene aka Residente

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What You Didn’t Know about Andy Garcia

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Born into affluence in Havana, Andrés Arturo García Menéndez, better known as Andy Garcia, became an exile at 5½-years-old when his family was forced to flee Cuba without any possessions because of the communist regime of Fidel Castro.

“We left everything—everything was taken away from us. Whatever you had was gone. A million exiles left Cuba in the first two years after 1961,” said Garcia.

Once in Miami his mother and father, a former English teacher and lawyer respectively, along with him and his siblings had to take on menial jobs to survive. Later, on a street corner, the family had a fragrance start-up, which is now called Artistic Brands, a successful company that is still run by his brother Rene Garcia in partnership with Jay-Z.

In high school, Garcia played basketball but later had a bout with mononucleosis that hampered his athletic performance. This led him to explore acting and him further studying it at Florida International University. After graduating from college he was off on his own to Hollywood, where he waited tables in the day and performed with an improvisational group at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. It was at the Comedy Store that Garcia caught the attention of a casting agent and was cast in the pilot for “Hill Street Blues.”

But, before his career took off, Garcia still had to face challenges that affect many Latinos in the acting community even until this day. Agents tried to persuade him to drop his last name and some casting directors tried to place him in stereotypical roles because of it.  Despite the pressure he felt to change his name as a young actor, Garcia decided to stay true to himself, keep his name and choose roles that showcased his talent to prove that he is more than just his background.

“Just look at that person as an actor, don’t look at him as an actor of Mexican descent or an Asian or whatever, just look at him for what he can bring to the story and how he can enhance your film by his participation and his talents as an actor or actress,” said Garcia.

Currently, Garcia has three films in post-production for 2015 and 2016 (Geostorm, Max Steel, Headlock), one that was recently announced (Hemingway and Fuentes) and one film that will be released next year (What About Love).

Fun Facts

  • Was born as a conjoined twin
  • He has said that Mickey Rourke was his high school baseball coach
  • He has worked with three actors that played Batman (Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney)
  • Although his father, Renu Garcia, was well off as a lawyer, he kept the family tradition of running an avocado farm alive before his family had to flee Cuba
  • He is a hat collector

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