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The Kansas City Royals made it two for two at home Wednesday Night at Kauffmann Stadium as they defeated the New York Mets 7-1 to take a 2-0 lead in this best of seven series.

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The 2015 World Series spotlight was focused on one man this time. Johnny Cueto, of the Dominican Republic, the pitcher who the Royals added via trade as the hired gun that would put them over the top in this, their second straight appearance in the Fall Classic.

The 29 year old fireballer from San Pedro de Macoris, started his career in 2008 with the Cincinnati Reds. By 2011, he had steadily moved up the depth chart, finishing 2010 at 12-7. He pitched in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies and went five innings, giving up a lone earned run in a loss to Cole Hamels.

He was rewarded with a four year contract at $27 million dollars. However injuries kept him from claiming titles as his pitching style, similiar to Luis Tiant of the 70’s and early 80’s, continued to befuddle batters.

In 2012, Cueto went 19-9 with a 2.78 E.R.A. and pitched the opener against the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS, but eight pitches in, he strained his back. He missed his next start.

2013 was a repeat as injuries limited him to 11 starts. His performances continued to be top notch, provided he could take the mound. He was entrusted with the start against the Pirates in the Wild Card Game in Pittsburgh. He was rocked and lasted only 3.1 innings.

Cueto came into his own with his first 20 win season last year becoming the first Red pitcher to do so since Danny Jackson in 1988. He was second in the Cy Young voting.

Entering 2015, Cueto gained his 1,000th career strikeout. But in July, Johnny was traded to Kansas City and threw a shutout in his debut. However, Cueto struggled the rest of the way and it spread to the postseason where he was average in Game 2 vs the Houston Astros. But in the deciding fifth game, he rebounded, striking out eight and retiring the final 19 batters.

He continued to struggle in the ALCS as the Toronto Blue Jays roughed him up for eight runs in a third game loss. But as the 2015 World Series began, the Royals won a 14 inning thriller in the opener and needed a strong starting performance the following night. Cueto responded. He was the first AL pitcher to win a complete game in the World Series since Jack Morris in 1991.


The man who went 11-13 in 2015 and even would see his brother confused for him in the postgame, won’t be misidentified soon as he outdueled the Mets phenom Jason deGrom and held the New York outfit to one run, only two hits, with four strikeouts in a complete game gem. This win allows the Royals to take a commanding lead into CitiField tonight and allows Kansas City the luxury of only needing to win one out of three to return home with command of the series, provided they don’t clinch in New York. If so Cueto should be ready to pick up the spare and for Kansas City, their first championship since 1985.

Roselyn Sánchez set to co-host 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards!


Roselyn Sánchez will be co-hosting the upcoming 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.

The Puerto Rican actress known for her leading role on ABC’s Devious Maids was just announced to be co-hosting the Latin Grammy Awards—scheduled to air on November 19th—with fellow Latin actress and model Jacqueline Bracamontes, who hosted 2014’s ceremony with Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez.

I simply cannot wait for November 19th to have the honor to host the 16 Annual Latin Grammy Awards. To be able to celebrate the best of Latin music with our incredible artists is going to be one of the most memorable nights of my life,” said Sánchez, gushing about her new hosting gig in an interview, “I appreciate the opportunity and I’m very much looking forward to having a fantastic time with my colleagues, friends and fans.”

Sánchez is no newbie when it comes to hosting. The former dancer as well as co-host on the Spanish-language show Qué Vacilón has hosted other events one being the Miss USA Pageant. However, Sánchez dropped out of the 2015 show as a show of support for the Mexican and Latino community due to the pageant’s organizer Donald Trump’s infamous comments he made in-regards to Mexican immigrants living in the country.

She has been an amazing supporter of the Latin GRAMMY Awards for many years and is passionate about her culture and understands the role music plays in the Latino community. We’re excited to see her take the stage on Nov. 19th in Las Vegas,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., the President and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, in a statement released after the announcement of Sánchez becoming co-host.

The Latin Grammy Awards will include artists from various parts of the world who are nominated for their prestigious success in Latino music. The award ceremony will include performances by J Balvin, Juan Luis Guerra, Matisse, Raquel Sofia and Bomba Estéreo featuring Will Smith.

The 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards show will air on Univision on November 19th where the ceremony is set to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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The 2015 World Series started last night at Kauffmann Field and ended this morning with a victory for the Home team, the American League Champion, Kansas City Royals. They defeated the National League Champion, New York Mets, 5-4 in 14 innings.

It was a night of quirky twists and turns, tragedy and technological failures. We also got historical as the two teams tied the record for longest World Series game by inning with the second game of the 1916 series (Boston Red Sox vs Brooklyn Robins) and game 3 in 2005 (Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros).

The Latino effect in baseball will always pop up and postseason in particular. Edinson Volquez of the Dominican Republic, the Royals Game 1 starter, father died of heart disease before the game unknown to him as family chose to wait until after the game. He went six innings allowing only three runs on six hits.

“I could tell he was devastated,”

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie shared,

“I had never seen him like that before.”

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The game started off in shocking fashion as the Royals Alcides Escobar, from Venezuela, hit a liner off the Mets Matt Harvey, off the wall that ricocheted on a wicked angle, allowing him to score the first inside-the-park home run since Mule Haas did in it in the 1929 World Series.


In the fourth, ESPN, went dark when a broadcast truck lost power leading to an outage that returned MLB back to its rich past by going back to audio play by play.

The Mets rallied in the eighth with Juan Lagares on base with a single and stolen base followed by Wilmer Flores of Venezuela, who reached on a error by Eric Hosmer and giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.

However, Mets closer, Jeurys Familia, of the Dominican Republic, who led the team with 49 saves, was burned by Alex Gordon, who hit one over the fence in dead centerfield evening matters at four in the ninth.

“We liked where we were at,”

Mets manager Terry Collins retorted.

“And why not?”

Why not at all. Familia had not blown a save since July 30th, and had solidified the closer position.

It would be a marathon from that point. Bartolo Colon, of the Dominican Republic, at 42, often criticized for his age and shape, held it down for two innings escaping a bases loaded jam in the 12th.


Escobar, however, struck again with a hot single that David Wright knocked down at third but couldn’t make the play. Ben Zobrist singled to run to put runners on the corners. After intentionally passing Lorenzo Cain to load them up again, Hosmer was up and he smashed it to right and Curtis Granderson throw could not beat Escobar, who touched the plate as the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the series.

“Everyone else on the team has been stepping up,”

Hosmer explained,

“Its time to do your part.”

Now Johnny Cueto, of the Dominican Republic, and the Royals will match up against Jason deGrom of the Mets in Game 2 tomorrow in Kauffman Stadium.

Mario and JLO – Two of Hollywood’s Fittest Celebrities



Originally published in December 2014, Issue 114 of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Clara Galvano Rivera

Jennifer Lopez exudes sex appeal and looks younger every year! How does she do it and when does she find the time? The singer, actress, dancer, entrepreneur who just turned 45, is always on the go. Tracy Anderson, trainer to the stars, helped her get rid of the post-baby fat and continues to help her stay fit. She changes her workout every 10 sessions to trick the muscles and challenge them constantly.

With the grueling schedule Lopez keeps, energy and vitality are a must. Something that seems to be giving her a lot of energy lately is the fact that she has become vegan! Last year she tried the 22 Days Nutrition Vegan challenge and loved how it made her feel. She felt like she had more energy and woke up feeling great. Lopez has been on a salt and sugar-free diet for some time. She doesn’t smoke and avoids alcoholic beverages. Her new regime is working and it shows. Her skin glows with good health and her body is lean. Wepa!

Mario Lopez is about as hot as anyone can get. One of the hosts of “Extra,” the award-winning entertainment news program, he practically sizzles on screen and looks better today than he did in his 20’s. He is the envy of many men who wish they could have abs like him. And how does he do it? He works at it, that’s how. Constantly! Lopez has been seriously training for over 20 years. He has a schedule and he sticks to it as much as he can, given that he has a torn rotator cuff –a boxing injury. On Mondays, for instance, he does a total body circuit & cardio routine. Tuesdays is boxing circuit day. He alternates these two types of workouts on the remaining weekdays. Exercising can be boring as all heck, so he likes to mix it up and shock his system so any day of the week you may find him swimming laps in the pool or in the squat rack working the legs. Lopez has co-authored several books with celebrity exercise physiologist Jimmy Pena. His “Extra Lean Family: Get Lean and Achieve Your Family’s Best Health Ever,” features healthy recipes for the entire family. He’s also the fitness ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, helping kids understand that adopting a healthy lifestyle now will benefit them for life. Eating the right foods and moving the body has worked for this sexy man who just turned 40. Will it work for you?

Ariana Grande set to release new Album & Single


Ariana Grande’s highly anticipated album will soon be released, but before then her latest single from the album Focus is set to be released this Friday, October 30th.

On Sunday, the Break Free singer debuted a 16-second sampler of the new single on her Twitter account. The latest reveal follows the one made on Instagram account early this month in-which the Scream Queen star showed off her new silvery locks of hair.

Focus will be the first single from Grande‘s newest album Moonlight–which is the title of another song on the album as well as a possibly reason as to why the singer is now donning silver-like-the-moon hair.

Along with the Twitter debut, the singer also gave fans a brief snippet of the track during the commercial of her new fragrance Ari in-which we see the singer channeling a 60s vibe while attempting to hail a New York City Taxi.

Not much detail has been revealed on the upcoming album, but Grande has given some insight to fans stating the inspiration for the new album came from her own grandmother.

Until the release of the album, fans can catch Grande as her post-mortem character Chanel No.2 as she returns to FOX’s Scream Queens in an upcoming episode. The singer makes her return thanks to her Kappa Kappa Tau sisters performing a séance to try and contact her spirit.

You can expect Grande’s Focus to be released on October 30th, 2015.

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The World Famous Rockettes – Reflection of NYC’s Ethnic Diversity…Or Stuck In A Bigoted Past?


Originally published in the Dec. 2014 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By David Puente Casal

The stars of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall are of course the legendary Rockettes, hands down the most famous chorus line in America. While most of us would be hard pressed to name a single Rockette, the group in unison is undoubtedly a household name. That plays into the idea behind the troupe’s inception. Since day one, the Rockettes have been renowned for uniformity and precision moves, identical wardrobes and even specific height restrictions. Until 1988 that type of standardization was used to explain why not a single Latina, or African American woman had ever been part of the group. The Rockettes were strictly lily-white.

So this season LatinTRENDS was eager to report how things have changed at the grand American institution. We hoped to share that at Radio City Music Hall, the phrase “White Christmas” strictly defined snow on the holiday, or the classic song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. Unfortunately, we found the Radio City Christmas Spectacular team extremely distant and unresponsive.

Back in the day, the founder of the Rockettes, Russell Markert, acknowledged that he even banned suntans for a white dancer because “it would make her look like a colored girl.” And many of those who worked for Markert over the decades agreed with the bigoted tradition.

Even in the early 1980s, the Rockettes Director at the time, Violet Holmes, defended the all-white chorus line on the basis of aesthetic principles. She said the dancers needed to be “mirror images,” and told the New York Times that “one or two black girls in the line would definitely distract. You would lose the whole look of precision, which is the hallmark of the Rockettes.’’

The Rockettes, 1930

The Rockettes, 1930

The original Rockettes dance troupe was founded in St. Louis in 1925, and made its way to New York City in 1932. That same year they performed as part of opening night at Radio City Music Hall and in the first Christmas Spectacular. Back then it was safe for management to simply say “only whites need apply to dance with the Rockettes”.

Decades later, in the post-civil rights era, they had to get more creative. The lack of job openings was attributed by management as the reason for having no women of color in the Rockettes.

Today audiences worldwide embrace ethnic performers, and the idea of excluding a Latina or a Black dancer because of the color of her skin, especially in such an American institution, is hard to even imagine. Plus the Rockettes’ mission to employ ‘modern-day women’ experienced a new push in the late 2000s. There was a “new” brand of Rockettes in the works. In 2014, however, we find it hard to tell how much ethnic diversity exists in the season’s chorus line at Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular.

We tried to verify the number of Rockettes who are Latina or African American, by calls and emails to Madison Square Garden Productions, the company that runs the Radio City Music Hall brand. We called their offices at least three times and sent at least seven emails to their press and investor relations departments. Unfortunately, we never received a response.

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Given its racially charged history, one might think that this New York dance company would embrace ethnic media and jump at the chance to further connect with our diverse readers. But that just hasn’t been the case. Our email, first sent in late October, went completely unacknowledged. Here it is reproduced for you to see:


…I am a writer for LatinTrends, a media platform that connects with the bilingual/bicultural Hispanic community by producing original content with proprietary events, social media, weekly newsletter, website and a magazine, all under the LatinTrends brand, We would like to feature The Rockettes and The Christmas Show in our next issue. Can we discuss potential angles please? Due to editorial deadlines we would need to speak at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Melissa Ormond, former president of MSG Entertainment, was quoted in the New York Times several years ago describing the Rockettes as “incredibly talented dancers. They’re a sisterhood, they’re a team, they’re glamorous, they’re capable, they’re empowered, they’re confident.” Regrettably, she made no reference to how diverse they are. And today in 2014, we still don’t know if they are diverse at all.

After the first Black Rockette was named in 1988, Enoch H. Williams, then chairman of the City Council’s Black and Hispanic Caucus, said: “The Rockettes have been white ever since I was a kid. It’s a shame that a great institution like Radio City wasn’t out in front, instead of dragging the dog’s tail. It shows how archaic their thinking is.’’ Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to confirm how their thinking has changed, if much at all.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz, accused of being anti-Dominican by Dominican Republic’s NY consul

junotPulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz was accused Thursday of being “antidominicano” (anti-Dominican) by the Dominican Republic’s consul in New York, Eduardo Selman. Díaz who was born in the Dominican Republic has also been stripped of the Order of Merit awarded to him by the Dominican Republic in 2009.

The accusation came after Díaz, along with Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat, went to Washington, D.C., to urge congressional leaders to take action on what they describe as a human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The authors appeared together in June in Miami to discuss recent moves by Dominican officials to declare generations of Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic fair game for deportation: “Haitians and Dominicans with Haitian blood that came and worked after 1929, would be denied citizenship,” the Miami Herald reported

Díaz, who had visited the Dominican Republic earlier that month, said, “There’s a state of terror” in its capitol city, Santo Domingo.

“The last time something like this happened was Nazi Germany, and yet people are like, shrugging about it,” Díaz told Fusion. “Think about how much fear you would have to feel for you to suddenly pick … up and flee.”

Selman denies the claims of unfair treatment of Haitians and those of Haitian descent. In a Thursday’s statement he said, “We declare emphatically that the Dominican Republic has been clear to the world in implementing the immigration measures and there has been no case of violation of human rights or of statelessness with Haitian or any other foreigner, contrary to what sustains the writer Junot Diaz, who has proved antidominicano.”

Diaz has not publicly responded to Selman’s statement, his reps did not return our calls.



The greatest soccer player in history, Pele, turned 75 years old and with it a reminder of the legacy he left United States soccer. After winning numerous championships for Santos of Brazil, his club team, and three World Cups for the Brazilian National team he came out of retirement to play for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.

Pele celebrates third World Cup title in Mexico 1970

Pele celebrates third World Cup title in Mexico 1970


His decision to come here ignited a fever for futbol that survived the death of the NASL in 1984 and the birth of MLS in 1996 and in between fostered a soccer culture here that has made the U.S a very relevant soccer nation. His former teammate Shep Messing in wishing Pele a Happy Birthday today expressed his and his teammates love for him.

“We all won this championship ring for you many years ago.”

Messing shared,

“We used to have shootouts together after practice and maybe at this age, now, I can finally beat you. But I doubt it.”

Shep smiled.

Pele is the ambassador of soccer today. He scored 1,283 goals but it was his way with people that lasted. The man who once stopped a civil war in Nigeria for 48 hours so he could play in a friendly there was a mark of his worldwide appeal.

The New York Cosmos return in 2013 to the now second division NASL was a return to glory as they captured the championship once more. They named him Honorary President. They have been able to lure stars like Marcos Senna and Raul to play here. But when the Cosmos are announced. Its Pele everyone remembers. Maybe the one word he repeated in his last professional game said it best.

“Say it three times with me, Love. Love. Love.”

Wilmer Valderrama on the October Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine

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Wilmer Valderrama heats up LatinTRENDS’ cover. In the interview, Valderrama gets fired up about his acting career, immigration, his will to rise above challenges and uniting Latinos in the U.S. “It’s important that all [Latinos] unite and understand that there is a different movement happening. We are part of the engine in this country just like everybody else, and that, to me, is number one.

“It’s important that all [Latinos] unite and understand that there is a different movement happening”.

She’s the newest Bond Girl and she plays Valeria Velez, Pablo Escobar’s mistress in the latest Netflix hit series “Narcos.” LatinTRENDS speaks with Mexican-American stunner, Stephanie Sigman. Also starring in “Narcos,” playing Colonel Carrillo, actor Maurice Compte weighs in on the plague of Latin American drug cartels. The special feature explores the rise of cartels and lists its most powerful capos.

The CIA is on the hunt for Latinos. In this month’s issue, the CIA’s fourth ranking official, Carmen Middleton, who happens to be a Latina, explains why the CIA is committed to hiring more Latinos. “As the Hispanic population grows in the United States and the Hispanic representation in federal service, as well as in the Agency, is not keeping pace, the disparity is becoming quite stark.

There is a new chapter in the history of the Boy Scouts of America. “In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled that the organization had the right to exclude homosexuals. The Boy Scouts of America, which has over 3 million scouts and 1.2 million adult volunteers, erupted in turf wars.Antonio Camacho, Scoutmaster Troop 729 based in Washington Heights describes how his troop shifted their efforts toward gender neutrality and weathered the storm until the organization lifted the ban.

Meet opera singer turned bachatero Johnny Sky, and multi-talented instrumentalist Ava Gold—two of the hottest artists emerging today. LatinTRENDS explores their unique styles and musical inspirations. “I thought it’d be really cool to write a song about my parents—all the struggles and sacrifices they had to make in pursuit of ‘The American Dream,’ but all the while never forgetting where they came from,” says Ava Gold.

This month’s health and wellness advice offers “5 Reasons to Start Daily Meditation Practice,” “Food for Glowing and Beautiful Skin,” and “5 Latin American Ingredients You Need In Your Kitchen This Season,” plus an interview and a tempura avocado recipe from celebrity chef, Cheo.

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Our vision is to be the leading platform for the bicultural in all cities throughout America.  Armed with a constant and never-ending quest to bridge cultures and expose a new generation of talent before anyone else.

The DREAM Project & Baseball All-Star Robinson Cano

The DREAM Project to Honor Major League Baseball All-Star

Robinson Cano


Henry Santos & Leslie Grace to Host 4th Annual Benefit, Sueños 2015


The event will take place on November 12th at the exclusive 40/40 Club in New York City


As we approach the gift-giving season, we are counting the days to celebrate and give back to those who need it most. The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) is pleased to announce its 4th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2015 to continue offering high quality education to more than 6,000 underserved Dominican youth and break the cycle of poverty in more than 15 communities throughout the Dominican Republic.

Sueños 2015 will be presented by Latin GRAMMY Award winning singer Henry Santos and Latin GRAMMY nominated singer and Bachata sensation Leslie Grace, who have become Ambassadors of DREAM’s impactful programs. The bash is set to take place at the exclusive 40/40 Club in Manhattan on November 12, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This year, The Dream Project will honor Major League Baseball All-Star Robinson Cano, for his exceptional work supporting Dominican youth through his RC22 Foundation.

Sueños 2015will bring together New York’s most prominent philanthropists, celebrities and invited guests, including the critically acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz; NBA All Star Al Horford, Miss Dominican Republic 2002 and Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega, TV and radio personality Carlos Lamarche, UFC’s Alex Garcia, Ariel Pichardo and Kassandra Fernández, Mr. and Miss Dominican Republic US, as well as several cast members from the hit series Orange is the New Black, among many others.

Tickets are available at:

Options include:

  • General Admission:$250 per person Early Birth Special until October 1st$250 per person after October 1st.
  • VIP Lounge Tables–Call (607)-216-4697 or email:

All proceeds from the event will go towards DREAM’s early childhood development, at-risk youth and workforce development programs. As official sponsors of this year’s event, JetBlue, UBS,Playa Grande Club & Reserve,The 40/40 Club, Mundo Max’s En Directo and LatinTRENDS  are placing a premium on this critical need.


We look forward to celebrating with you at this year’s DREAM Project Annual Benefit.

Follow us @thedreamproject #DominicanSuenos  #DREAMNYC2015

 suenos 2015

About The DREAM Project:

The Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on early childhood education, high quality primary education, holistic youth development, and arts, culture and community enrichment. Their groundwork was laid in 1995 when a group of Dartmouth students came down for a semester to volunteer public schools in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Today, DREAM helps more than 6,000 children receive a better education through its 14 programs in 15 different communities, affecting the lives of over 7,000 community members. For more information visit