Throwback: Luis Guzman on March Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine
MARCH ISSUE…REVOLUTIONARY PEOPLE!
From New York’s Lower East Side to all four corners of Hollywood, Luis Guzman, our March cover personality has come a long way. Born in Cayey Puerto Rico, a graduate on City College, he began his acting career in a high school production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Bitten by the bug, he went on to appear in street theater and local productions while working as a social worker at the Henry Street Settlement House in downtown Manhattan. Also at that time, he became active in local political causes and used street theater as a means of spreading the word on issues that affected the community.
He often speaks to high school students and mentions that joining the Coast Guard, becoming a teacher, or even becoming an actor are all ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and get in a position where they can also help others. Luis continues to be an inspiring example of how to pursue your dreams and also give back to your community. Luis has appeared in too many films and TV shows to mention in this column. If you watch films or TV shows, you know who he is. See Guzman in his latest comedy “Keanu,” starring Key and Peele, featuring Method Man, Nia Long and Will Forte in theaters April 29. Read about this dedicated, hard working actor with a cause on Page 30.
Hollywood began to notice Eugenio Derbez after the resounding success of “Instructions Not Included,” the most popular Spanish language film in US history, which broke box office records and earned $99 million worldwide. Eugenio thinks that the success of his recent productions is because people love to be portrayed in an empowering and successful way. He reflects, “In the past, we were always portrayed as drug dealers or thieves instead of decent and successful people regardless of whether we have an accent or speak English. In general, “I want my films to be inspirational and improve the image our people.” In March, he is set to unveil his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame amid great Hollywood luminaries. MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN opens in theaters nationwide on March 18th, with dozens of other projects continuing throughout 2016. Read full exclusive interview feature on page 24.
Fantine is an emerging artist born in Moscow to a Dominican mother and a Russian father. Her music is a cross-road fusion, which she calls soul music with a Latin twist. She has recently signed with music mogul Emilio Estefan. She studied Law and accounting, then discovered music as her true passion and is now pursuing it…this is what one can call from Russia with love. Flip to page 15 for more.
Karlee Perez, was born to an entrepreneur family in Tampa, Florida. Her ethnic backgrounds include Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Hawaiian, Irish, and Chinese. Karlee studied criminology and later worked at the state attorney’s office. She first gained fame as a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment as WWE’s Diva “Maxine”. During this period, Karlee’s passion for acting and entertainment grew. There was no turning back; her journey has taken her to star as a lead on the new Emmy nominated television series “Lucha Underground”, Produced by Robert Rodriguez and Mark Burnett, in Univision’s EL REY NETWORK. She plays the dominating conniving seductress Known as “Catrina”. See interview with Perez on page 20.
“From Puerto Rico with laughs”, Alex Diaz has become an internet sensation and local celebrity in the Island of Enchantment with his off-the-wall comedy videos on YouTube. He started as part of the on-air talent for KQ- 105 radio in San Juan and when the internet started to grow, he began his journey into the digital world and is now makes a living form it, by making people laugh. Alex is also in a new journey into TV, collaborating with WAPA TV and doing standup comedy here in the states, he has performed in Florida, Texas and New York, a testament of his growing followers, which are not only in Puerto Rico…goes to show the power and reach of being relevant and online. Go to page 14 to read about this talented young family man.
If you go back and take a second look at this column, you will find that these stories are connected by people following their dreams, and working hard at them, it is why they are having success. These are not stories of people just thinking, wishing they can. They are stories of people doing! At some point, they were inspired to make things happen and not just watch things happen, and that is REVOLUTIONARY…I love the word revolution because; “a revolution is not about breaking things. It’s about moving things forward.” What’s your revolution?
Additionally in this month’s issue, LatinTRENDS shines a light on young, new talent: kizomba singer Alx Veliz; Premio Lo Nuestro Best Tropical Artist and Olympic fencer Natalie Vie.
“The art of persuasion” would you like to attract and motivate people to your idea or movement? Act like Cleopatra, the legendary queen of ancient Egypt. Cleopatra is one of the most famous female rulers in history. Altough her life ended tragically, she lived abundantly by using her intelligence, charm and wit, flip to page 39 for more.
Also see in-depth reporting on important topics in “The Rise of International Students in the U.S.,”
“Prescription Drug Ads Ban,” and “The Call of Islam Among Latinos.”
The March issue also includes entertainment guides like “Top 15 Latinos on Instagram,”
“Ten Unforgettable Latin American Honeymoon Destinations,” and “5 Restaurants Cooking Up Latin Cuisine Nationwide.”
This month’s issue also features “Digital Detox” and “Healthy Habits” guides, helping readers maintain a healthy body and mind.