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.

Choosing The Dating App That’s Right For You

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If you’re looking to meet new people but don’t want your friends to be your wingmen, then dating apps are the way to go. Not only are you in control of who you spend time chatting with, but it’s your choice whether you eventually meet this person or not. After the first date, if the chemistry is nonexistent, then there’s no pressure to meet again. After all, it wasn’t one of your friends who set you up. Of course, the real dilemma then becomes, with so many dating apps to choose, which one do you select?

Because we understand the struggle, we’ve broken down some of the most popular options, explaining what sets each apart:

Coffee Meets Bagel limits you to one bagel (person to get to know) per day. Most users find that this takes the “buffet” feel away from dating apps and gives it a less superficial feel.

Grouper puts a twist on the dating shtick. It’s a social club that sets up drinks and games between 3 guys and 3 girls. There’s a small fee of $20 per person. The first round of drinks is on the app, the rest of the night is up to the team.

How About We lets users propose dates others can opt into. So if, for example, you’ve had this idea of going on a karaoke date, you can write it out and wait to see who chooses to join you in your singing adventure.

Match remains one of the most popular options amidst dating apps. The app matches local users based on algorithms.

OkCupid is promoted as a social network and dating app. It lets you get in touch with people in your area based on interests.

Tinder lets you swipe “yes” or “no” on other members. When you “yes” someone who has also said “yes” to you, the application allows you to message each other within its interface.


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 10 Richest Druglords Ever!

The 10 Richest Druglords Video. Take a look at who they were, what they did and how they died or went to jail, which goes with this line of work…

  1. Rick Ross:  did 20 years is now a free man and has a twitter account
  2. Griselda Blanco: (The Cocaine godmother) , she was shot dead
  3. Carlos Lehder Rivas: life, then reduced to 25 years.
  4. Gilberto and Miguel Orejulas: ( extradited to US , sentenced to 30 years each
  5. Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha: aka El Mexicano ,although he was Colombian, wounded by gunfire, he killed himself with a grenade to the face
  6. Khun Sa: was a Chinese drug lord and militant aka “the opium king” dies ,one of the very few drug lords to die of natural causes
  7. The Ochoa brothers: 3 founding members of the Medellin cartel. all 3 served 5 years each.
  8. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar: Drug, counterfeit and gun kingpin in India. he is still in business and in hiding.
  9. Amado Carrillo Fuentes: leader of the Juares cartel  aka “el senor de los cielos” died during a plastic surgery, so that police would not recognize him and the doctors were  tortured and killed
  10. Pablo Escobar: aka the king of cocaine, at one point he controlled 80% of cocaine distribution, killed by police / military

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Is the Crow of Elysium in ‘House of Cards’ Scene a Real Secret Society?

In the 5th, season, episode eight of “House of Cards” The Crow of Elysium is fictional, but it’s based on a real thing that’s just as bizarre as what we see on screen. The club a reference to the Bohemian Club, an actual all-man club consisting of many people of power, including some former U.S. presidents. They meet in a campground in Monte Rio, California for two weeks every July, they have a $25,000 membership fee.

While Frank Underwood’s club uses a crow as their mascot, the mascot of the Bohemian Club is an owl. Members gather before a 30-foot tall own statue made out of concrete, and for a while, the voice of club member Walter Cronkite was used to make it sound like the owl was talking. This same effect occurs in the House of Cards episode, as members gather before a large crow.

Every year, members of the Bohemian club perform what they refer to as the “Cremation of Care” ceremony, a theater production by club members, for club members.

The Club’s patron saint is John of Nepomuk, who was killed rather than revealing secrets of the queen. This is meant to represent the club’s desire to keep what goes on at their ceremonies a secret, although we know as much as we do because a number of people have infiltrated the club over the years.

As in the House of Cards episode, it is a fact that a lot of powerful people meet at the Bohemian Club, and they often discuss highly important issues. For instance, a planning meeting for the Manhattan Project took place at the Bohemian Club one year, according to The Washington Post. This is referenced in House of Cards, with it being said that members of the Crow of Elysium planned the Manhattan Project.

In general, though, club members are encouraged not to talk business, with their motto being “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.” In other words, networking is discouraged. That seems to also be the case with the Crow of Elysium, as when Frank Underwood tries to talk politics, Mark Usher stops him, saying, “Ah, buzzing beez, buzzing bees,” apparently referencing the club’s variation on the “weaving spiders” phrase.

Some famous Bohemian Club members include George H. W. Bush, Clint Eastwood, Newt Gingrich, William Randolph Hearst, Herbert Hoover, Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Roosevelt.

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Mom Losses Over 100 Lbs. After Painful Divorce & Cheating Husband

Betsy Ayala had struggled with her weight her whole life, weighing over 200 lbs. throughout her 20s.

After giving birth to her daughter in June 2013, Ayala, now 34, had reached 260 lbs. Even though her weight had reached a new high, Ayala wasn’t too concerned about her physical appearance at the time, as she began struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety.

“My brother suggested that I try to eat better to feel better,” the Houston, Texas-based mom siad. “I had a newborn baby and I didn’t have the desire to cook, so I learned about Herbalife shakes and I gave it a shot. Slowly I started to feel better and I started losing weight even though that wasn’t my intention — my intention was to feel better overall through better nutrition.”


Ayala had lost about 30 lbs, when she discovered that her husband whom she had been dating since she was a teenager was cheating on her.

“At that point, my whole world fell apart,” she says. “we were trying to figure out if we could make our relationship work, but it ended up not working out. At that moment, I thought, ‘This is not going to define who I am. “ That drove me to make a permanent change in my life.”


Ayala wanted to move on with her life in a healthy way to not only feel better about herself, but to be a good example for her daughter.

“I wanted her to be proud of me and have an example of a strong mom that perseveres despite whatever happens, and have a happy life,” she says. “That moment was when I decided that I wasn’t going to be the same person I was before.”

In 2014, Ayala began making positive changes. She started working out despite never being active before and cleaned up her diet.


Today she is down 104gh lbs., and is committed to her healthy lifestyle, which includes a clean diet free of soda, junk food and processed food — with the exception of a cheat meal once a week — and six days of exercise every week.

“At the beginning it was hard, but it’s honestly not as hard as you think it is,” says Ayala of making major lifestyle changes while balancing being a mother. “Once you feel good and you make that change and you see how amazing it feels to feel good, it just becomes part of your life. For me, it’s second nature. I don’t question going to the gym — it’s part of what I do. And even eating right, it’s not, ‘Oh I have to eat healthy today.’ It’s part of my life now. I enjoy it.”

“I gave up certain things in my life that weren’t positive for myself, and replaced them with things like going to the gym,” she continues.

Ayala, who now works as an Herbalife wellness coach, says the best part of losing weight has been obtaining a more positive outlook on life.

“When you feel good and you’re good with yourself both mentally and physically, it changes your perspective on life,” she says. “When I go to the gym, I push myself to do things I couldn’t do before. It shifts your mindset — you become fearless because this one thing you thought you never could accomplish, now you’re able to do.”

Another rewarding aspect is being able to help others through her job as a wellness coach.

“Through my results, I’m able to help other people do the same thing,” says Ayala. “People approach me and say I’m inspiring, and I can’t even describe how rewarding that is for me.”

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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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Romeo & his Manager Johnny Marines partner with JAY-Z in Roc Nation Latino

One year ago, music impresario Johnny Marines & his super star artist Romeo Santos became the President and CEO of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Latino respectively.


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The king of bachata Romeo Santos’ is now a CEO, in addition to being an artist. As the CEO the newly created Roc Nation Latino within Jay Z’s Roc Nation. It will be a full service division within Roc Nation that will be dedicated to Latin talent. Santos will also be managed by Roc Nation in conjunction with his longtime manager Johnny marines, a former NYPD sergeant and long time manager of Romeo and Aventura.

A few months go Roc Nation Latino singed its first artist Mozart La Para

The company inked a deal with former Aventura lead singer Romeo Santos to become the CEO of the newly launched Roc Nation Latino.

The deal also makes Romeo Santos, the top selling artist in Latin music of the last five years, a management client of Roc Nation. The singer will now be co-managed by Roc Nation and the aforementioned Johnny Marines, a 2016 Latino Trendsetter Award recipient.  Santos’ current recording contract with Sony is unaffected by his new venture. Bringing Romeo Santos into the fold opens up Roc Nation to a whole new market. The company made their first move into the Latin music earlier this year by signing reggaeton artist Yandel. The launch of Roc Nation Latino represents Roc Nation’s further moves to expand into the global market. Jay Z released a statement today that expressed his excitement for what Santos will do for Roc Nation.



 “I’m not taking for granted being managed by Roc Nation,” Santos says in a conversation with Billboard. “They have a lot of relations. They have a certain reach that I clearly could benefit from. And dealing with Jay Z, who is an artist himself, that’s great. I’ve always idolized Jay. We both come from the ‘hood, and he gets it. So that was definitely also fundamental. But I’m really excited about giving back. This is my way of giving back.” –  Said Romeo

 “Romeo has had tremendous success as a composer and producer and can spot true talent,” Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter said in a statement. “This is a tremendous step for Roc Nation. We recognize there is a huge Latin market that is part of global culture. We’re proud and ready to enter into true partnership with an individual that intimately lives and knows that culture.” – Said JAY-Z

Romeo Santos and Johnny Marines believe this deal is not only beneficial to them, but also something that will help Latin music industry as whole. Marines said that Roc Nation is serious about facilitating the growth of Latin music.

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