Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony






September 16, 1968


New York, New York


Marc Anthony is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actor and producer. Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads.

What you didn’t know

Anthony was the first solo salsa act to ever sell out Madison Square Garden.

The Struggles of Young Lords Community Activism…a story continues


Originally published in LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Eddie Olmo

The mid ‘60s and early ‘70s was the height of the civil rights movement, and many people today remember the names of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party. But ask anybody today if they ever heard of the Young Lords Party. “The young who?” Is what most people will say except for Jennica Carmona, who is the writer/director of the movie “Millie and the Lords.” Jennica, along with her twin sister Jessica, have gone back into the archives to bring us a fictional story about a girl named “Millie,” performed by Jessica, who discovers herself while learning about the very real Young Lords.

Jennica uses original Young Lords members Felipe Luciano and José “Cha Cha” Jiménez and the fictitious character of “Mateo” to tell the plight of the Young Lords Party. Jessica’s character “Millie” joins community center “El Puente” where “Mateo,” portrayed by Mateo Gómez, is teaching a class about the Young Lords. This is where Jennica connects the modern day struggles to the struggles of the Young Lords. LatinTRENDS was able to sit with Jennica and Jessica to talk about this movie.

Millie and The Lords

Tell me about the movie “Millie and the Lords”

Jen – “Millie and the Lords” is a coming of-age story about a Latina woman living a mediocre life in Spanish Harlem, NYC. Her life begins to change for the better when she takes a daring step of enrolling in a Latino History Class, taught by a former Young Lords Party member named Mateo. The film blends the past with the present, by showing how a young person of today can grow when they from people from the past. It is a beautiful story of courage and self-empowerment.

Why the Young Lords?

The Young Lords was a very important activist group that fought for social change, and fought for the rights of Latinos. Many Puerto Rican and Latino people today don’t know about this important part of Latino History. We don’t learn about the Young Lords in school. It is a part of our history that is hidden from us. We want this film to pay tribute to this group of people that sacrificed their lives for a better world.

How did the Young Lords change your life?

The Young Lords changed my life by showing me how a group of people can come together to fight for a common goal and achieve it.

Do you think the Young Lords are still relevant in today’s society?

We are witnessing a new social justice movement, and the movement of today is struggling against some of the same issues that the Young Lords were fighting. Today, we are fighting police brutality and racism in Ferguson, MO, Wisconsin and here in NYC. We are also witnessing a fight for the rights of immigrants to have a future here in the US, without being separated from their families. We can learn from the way the Young Lords organized themselves, educated themselves, educated others and stood up for their rights.

What are your plans for this movie?

Our plans for this movie is to get it as widely distributed as possible. We especially want young Latinos of today to see the film, to inspire them to fight and work for a better world. We want teachers to show it in their classrooms, we want it screened at theatres across the country and across the world. I would love to see the film endorsed and promoted by well-known Latino artists such as Marc Anthony, JLo, Luis Guzmán, Jimmy Smits, Chayanne or Calle 13.

How did it feel to play Millie?

Playing the part of Millie was a challenge. She was very different from who I am in real life. The one thing I had in common with Millie was my love of reading and writing. And of course, as a Puerto Rican I dealt with strong Latino male family members who tended to be controlling. Millie’s character is tough, rude, mean with a bad attitude. Growing up, I was more like the shy nerdy one, but I did have a lot of anger about the world around me. I did question things a lot. I think I expressed it differently. When I was working with young Latinos in upstate NY and The Bronx, I did see these types of young women, though. And I was able to hear them and understand them. They were tough, really tough and hard to relate to. But over time, I began to understand them.

What did you learn from this experience?

I learned that indie film making is hard work! But I learned what a good feeling it is to work so hard on something and see the fruits of your labor.

How did it feel to win the Viva Latino Film Festival?

It was such a surprise and such an honor to win at Viva Latino Film Festival!! We were so excited when we got that news. It feels good. I see us as “the little engine that could” because we faced so many obstacles along the way. So it was a good feeling to get that news.


Philanthropic Latino Celebrities

Check out these Latino celebrities who contribute to worthwhile causes, and not just their own fame or well-being. BRAVO TO THEM!

Juanes has always been active in philanthropic causes in his birthplace of Colombia. Juanes is especially passionate about helping victims of land mines, which resulted during Colombia’s civil war. He also founded the Mi Sangre Foundation, an organization to help needy Colombian children through the Education For Peace Program.

Rosario Dawson is co-founder of Voto Latino, an organization that seeks to empower Latino youth to achieve a positive change through the vote. It is a non-partisan organization with big civic engagement campaigns dedicated to bringing new voices into the political process.celebbShakira is an internationally recognized celebrity who has room in her heart for her boyfriend, her baby and her philanthropic efforts to help children in need in her native Colombia. She was honored in 2011 as Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy for her career accomplishments as well as her leadership of the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a non-profit helping children in need in Colombia. She also founded its sister foundation, the Barefoot Foundation, is a U.S. non-profit devoted to bringing quality education to children in need. Recently, Shakira proposed a solution to bring quality education to every child in the U.S. through philanthrocapitalism — described as the practice in where you apply business methods to philanthropy and call upon the private sector to pick up where government leaves off.

Marc Anthony co-founded The Maestro Cares Foundation to support organizations in Latin America that work with disadvantaged children.

Eva Longoria  spends much of her free time in philanthropic work to make a difference in the Latino community. She is engaged with many organizations and projects like: PADRES Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), a nonprofit organization that tries to improve the lives of Latino kids who are sick with cancer. She founded Eva’s Heroes, a charity focused on helping developmentally disabled children. In 2011, Longoria co-produced “The Harvest,” a documentary which shows the dire conditions of working migrant children. She also got the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’ Horizon Award, awarded to those who advance the presence of Latinos in TV or films, and the 2006 NHLI Mujer/Chair Award, for her significant contributions to the empowerment of the Hispanic community, along with some other awards thanking her for her commitment to the betterment of the Hispanic community.

There are, other Hispanic celebrities contributing to worthwhile causes, which we will cover in another post.

J. Lo. & Drake Making More Than Just Music

Instagram Photo

Instagram Photo

It’s official. J. Lo. has finally moved on from her backup dancing beau, Casper Smart, for the self-proclaimed “Champagne Papi” himself, Drake.

While she had us there for a moment by kissing Marc Anthony at the Latin Grammys, that seems to have just been a kiss between friends and co-parents, but of course, his soon-to-be ex-wife Shannon De Lima didn’t think so.

Hours after J.Lo. and Drake made their relationship Instagram official, Marc Anthony filed officially filed for divorce.

Anthony might not be the only one sad to see Drake and “Jenny from the Bronx” attached at the hip. After the news broke of the musical collaboration-turned-romance, international pop star, Rihanna quickly unfollowed Lopez on the social media platform.

Earlier in the year Drake presented Rihanna the VMA Vanguard Award and declared his love for her.

Rihanna was one of Lopez’s closest friends in the music industry. Eight months ago, RiRi even gifted Lopez with a pair of navy Manolo Blahnik, shoes that can cost anywhere from $500 to $900.

@badgalriri Thank you soooomuch for these incredibly sick ass boots!! #Rihanna #manolos #loveher #thebaddest

A photo posted by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on

Rumors about Drake and Jennifer Lopez dating initially started flying when he attended her Las Vegas Residency twice two weeks ago, but things have certainly steamed up between the two since then.

Look who rolled up to my show tonight to say hi!! @champagnepapi #lovehim #jlovegas #ALLIHAVE

A photo posted by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on

Do you think that after J.Lo. gives Drake “all her love” that their relationship will last?

Sound off in the comment section.



Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Newly Single and Ready to Mingle?

Jeniffer Lopez performing together with husband Marc Anthony in concert at the PR Coliseum

Jennifer Lopez performing together with husband Marc Anthony in concert at the PR Coliseum | Picture by: Photopress PR / Splash News

Could J.Lo’s and Marc Anthony’s love be rekindling?

At the request of the audience at this year’s Latin Grammy’s, the two exchanged a quick beso after performing her new single Olvídame y Pega la Vuelta, a duet off of her upcoming Spanish-language album. The two have started singing together again, which according to a source at Us Weekly, they do make beautiful music together (literal and possibly figurative). It’s also been said that Anthony is still in love with his former wife – this could be why he recently separated from his third wife, Venezuelan model Shannon de Lima, soon after hearing that J.Lo called it quits with her on-again-off-again boyfriend & back-up dancer Casper Smart a few months earlier.

Time will tell where this “beautiful music” will take them…

Donald Trump Cards Take The Presidential Pot From Hilary Clinton


It’s early morning and the announcement that the Republican candidate Donald Trump became the 45th President last night, will be sitting in the White House chair is symbolic. A whitewash of the walls of America took place on Election Night 2016 and very few saw it coming, especially Democratic hopeful Hilary Clinton. What hand did the Donald have that made this possible?

What we can take from this evening is an education that goes beyond simply casting a vote in a privacy box. The media portrayed Trump and Clinton as the two-most unpopular candidates for U.S President in recent memory. Trump played the heel but Hilary was not convincing as the alternative. Her campaign against Bernie Sanders showed cracks of credibility. The voters established that they were not comfortable with the tried and true. Trump was different. Maybe not better, but refreshing.

Rural America can never be discounted in elections. They are easily led but once they support you, it’s usually in bulk. President-Elect Trump captured more than half the white vote and won states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wisconsin, which traditionally vote Democratic. A look at the map showed the United States Midwest and deep South as solidly Trump. And why not. A businessman who actually told truths between his racist rhetoric only served to impress a still powerful majority. The United States, who has seen business go overseas, their own jobs shrivel, and every product made that we consume produced by countries we are egged on to believe are our enemies rang loud and Trump was the sounding horn. His “Make America Great Again” appeals to many Americans still.

The Hispanic and women voters were supposed to stop Trump in his tracks. We know former Miss Universe Alicia Machado did, but where was the rest of the supposedly emerging Latino political presence. According to breakdowns one-third did not vote Hilary. It was not present to help Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio beat Trump in the Republican primaries. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony tried in the final hours to push Hilary over. President Obama came in to direct attacks against Trump. Latinos came out voting in droves in the State of Florida but Trump won the state anyway. He also took Texas. What did that imply that polls could never measure?

Donald Trump, as much as he was hated for what he said or his views made this election something it has not been in years, entertaining. Maybe it’s why he flew under the radar until everyone realized too late. But in honesty it confirms that this is a large country and that no single view of a demographic can swing an entire election or assume other areas are in compliance. We cannot always get it the way we want. And polls do not, repeat, do not predict but only gauge. Note that the BBC had Clinton winning by 4 percent before the voting. These things should reinforce the notion that we as Latinos, are still political babies as not only did Trump win the election but the first check and measure was swept as well.

The Republicans rule the House. They snuck in and took the Senate as well. The third and final check is judicial. There are two justice appointments up in the air. Trump has extra cards he has not yet shown and he now has the hammer. For Hilary, the dream is dead and the realization that America is not ready for a Madame President will remain, at least for the foreseeable future, a movie fantasy.

For those who fear deportation and walls as borders do not have to run just yet. As the election got closer to the endgame, Trump already retracted some of his statements and showed flexibility in areas he seemed so sure not to budge on previously. No law will go through through Congress without tradeoffs. It will not simply be a matter of his statements followed by immediate enforcement. Besides, one has to be more afraid of the remaining executive orders being written in plethora by the outgoing Obama. He already spoke of unity with a humility that may have exposed the truer man under that hard campaign veneer.

“I pledge to be president for all Americans,” Trump said, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”


Will foreign powers respect the United States more with Trump in office? Russian President Vladimir Putin has already sent his congratulations. Is terrorism a lesser threat with the intent of this new Commander-In-Chief on record? Can Trump actually reverse the drain of the U.S economy with his acute business acumen and ideas? Those remain to be seen. International interests rule the Fed and that is the only gauge of true Presidential independence.

Regardless of whether he will or just be another puppet of money interests will play out the next four years, or most likely within the first four months of his administration. But the citizens of the United States have spoken and they are willing to take a look at a longshot.

J. Lo and Marc Anthony back at it again

Photo by San Diego Info News

Photo by San Diego Info News

The divorced parents of the adorable twins Max and Emme, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, couldn’t quite get enough of each other and have made the decision to move forward and put aside their differences to make sweet, sweet music together of course.

The multitalented Lopez has plans on making a new Spanish album, and who better to executive produce it than Anthony, the King of tropical salsa who has five Latin Grammys to his name.

This will be her second Spanish album and her ninth overall. Her last album, A.K.A. was in 2014.

Currently, she is filming the second season of the drama Shades of Blue, which she stars and executive produce. Shades second season will most likely debut in early 2017.

Marc Anthony will be on his Vivir Mi Vida world tour from Nov. 7-Dec. 4 for his 13th album 3.0, which came out in 2013.






Originally published in the June 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By  Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

 When I was a young girl I spent every Sunday at my grandfather’s house in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. While dinner brought us together, it was not the principal reason everyone gathered in the railroad-style apartment. The time spent together was critical to nurturing our family bond.

Being part of a large Puerto Rican family instilled in me a strong love for familia, cultura, and orgullo. To me, pride is love for the culture, food, and music. It’s the reason my eyes tear up every time I hear Preciosa or Qué Bonita Bandera.


Cultura is rooted in family traditions like the sleepless nights spent in my abuelo’s house watching the adults make pasteles for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It was watching my aunts become transfixed to the television whenever “Walter Mercado” came on and revealed to them their fate through their horoscopes.

Orgullo was me proudly wearing the brown leather chancletas with Puerto Rico inscribed on them in bright golden letters. It was being able to brag to my friends that I’d spent my summer vacation on the island even though I could barely communicate with my Spanish-speaking tia. And familia didn’t necessarily always mean someone in your bloodline, but instead could be found in that one friend who you proudly claimed as your cousin even though there was no ancestral relation.

While the island is now suffering the greatest financial crisis in its history we must remember Puerto Ricans come from a long line of hardworking individuals, many who have made indelible contributions to the world, be it on the island or here in the States. There’s a long list of Boricuas who have contributed to politics, science, medicine, music, and the arts. Our contributions are everywhere. It is our responsibility to honor and preserve our history while also adding to it, so that we leave our children a legacy they can be proud of.

My family showed me by their example to be orgullosa of my Puerto Rican heritage while simultaneously teaching me to love everything this great country of ours has to offer. I’ve learned that pride is instilled. It is what you carry with you every day of your life.

Puerto Ricans Who Make Us Proud!

  • Poet
    • Julia de Burgos
  • Astronaut
    • Joseph Michael Acaba
  • Scientist
    • Olga D. González-Sanabria
  • Inventor
    • Ángel Rivero Méndez (He invented Kola Champagne soda.)
  • Athlete
  • Actress
  • Musicians
  • Supreme Court
    • Justice Sonia Sotomayor
  • The hammock and the cooking grill were first invented and used in Puerto Rico by the Taino Indians.



They were young actors who do what all young actors do. They go to auditions and hope for work. Sometimes, one gets a role that either defines them to millions or becomes part of something lasting. Renoly Santiago would agree as he was cast as “Phreak” in the now cult-classic film, “Hackers.”

The movie, which follows a group of misfit computer experts, who once were on the fringe of society, rally together to stop a world disaster planned by an evil “Hacker.”

“As an actor, you just want to do a thing that makes some kind of statement,”

Renoly recalled,

“That innocence and wanting to do something fun.”


The movie was the launching pad for an impressive list of actors who went on to Hollywood stardom such as Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary), Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo), and Lorraine Bracco (Sopranos), and a young singer called Marc Anthony, who Renoly befriended.

“He was like a kid in a toy store. Very playful and funny, the energy felt right.”

Surrounded by such an array of talent, Renoly, who was surprised to have been cast, took it all in and shared observations about some members and how their specific styles of working contributed to the film’s success.

“We were very enthusiastic actors that really bit into the material,”

Renoly shared,

“Angelina was about learning everything she could about computers. Really intelligent, high IQ girl.

Jonny was very charming, polite, and Jesse Bradford, 16 years old then, was full of charisma and talent.”

Renoly, upon the arrival of the 20th anniversary of the film, was introduced to a fanbase that grew up with the film while pointing out his role as memorable to many. Renoly, still that humble kid from Lajas, Puerto Rico, tries not to get into the historical aspect of it, at least at present.

“I like to carry myself humbly and act like it’s not anything to get overly excited about,”

Santiago explained, “Maybe when I get older in my 50’s and 60’s, I will enjoy the attention more.”

To Renoly, now 41, the irony of the film is the accuracy of it when you compare it to today’s technological umbrella. It came as a surprise to him looking back.

“I knew it was a possibility, but it was an exaggeration, what one computer virus can do,”

Renoly admitted,

“But now we are in a day and age where multi-faceted systems are out there, it’s a surprise, that we do save the world in the end. The message is: Let’s do the right thing with technology.”

Renoly went on to fame by appearing in blockbuster films like “Dangerous Minds” and “Con Air.” He is also working on a long term music album to be called “The Ides Of March” in 2016. So Renoly, whether acting or singing, continues to Hack your Planet. Be aware.

Marc Anthony launches Sports Management Company!


Marc Anthony has conquered the Latino music scene and is now branching out into the sports business industry.

Recently, the Puerto Rican singer, actor, and record producer has launched his very own sports management company called MAGNUS Sports.

Originally, earlier this year Anthony founded a talent management company that mostly catered to musicians and actors as they entered the entertainment industry but the singer decided to branch into sports management and so far things are looking up with his recent signing.

So happy to start the week with amazing news,” Anthony wrote on his Instagram account on Monday, announcing his sports management debut and recent signing of an All-Star Major league baseball player. “Today we celebrate the creation of MAGNUS Sports, the signing of 4-time All-Star Major League Baseball Pitcher Aroldis Chapman and the association with Praver Shapiro Sports.”

In the new deal, Anthony’s company will represent Aroldis Chapman when it comes to his marketing and sponsorship exploits while the firm of Praver Shapiro will be Chapman’s legal representation when the Cincinnati Reds closer becomes a free-agent at the start of next year.

Baseball, like music, is an ingrained, cultural passion for many Latinos throughout the world, and there’s no shortage of amazing stars of Hispanic origin,” said Anthony, in an official statement released after the signing. “Despite that, until now, there hasn’t been an enterprise designed to meet their needs.”

Anthony’s recent foray into sports management is similar to fellow New York native, Jay Z who also broke into sports management with his company Roc Nation Sports. Under Jay Z’s management he has signed a list of impressive athletes including Kevin Durant.

With Anthony’s deep-rooted Latino connection his company could find similar success to Jay Z since MAGNUS could find athletes in Major League Baseball and boxing where both sports have a large Latino population. Currently, in Major League baseball there are more than 30% of Latino players in the game.

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Romeo Santos, Jennifer Lopez & more Latinos star in HBO’s “The Latin Explosion: A New America!”


Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez are just a few of the Latino superstars who will appear in a new HBO documentary aimed specifically at spotlighting just how Latinos impact the United States of America.

In a recently released trailer, “The Latin Explosion: A New America,” is a documentary that brings together some of the hottest and well-known Latino celebrities in music, television, and film within the country and asks them: what it means to be a Latino in the U.S.? And the obstacles they have had to overcome.

Within the trailer, singer Gloria Estefan describes how at the start of her career she was advised that she should change her name because it would be too complicated to pronounce.

In candid interviews, stars like Cheech Marin, Rita Moreno, Shakira, Romeo Santos, and many more with the stars above take part in this project and also share or discuss their own personal experience within the entertainment industry in the U.S.

The documentary also will depict major historical events within the industry that had a large effect on impacting the Latino community today.

The U.S. is the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking country in the world,” said Ricky Martin, in the trailer for the movie, before adding, “Boom!” to demonstrate how impressive that idea is considering that there are numerous other Spanish-speaking countries in this world.

Tommy Mottola, a well-known Music Producer who has a hand in launching some of the music industry’s most popular stars like Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, as well as Lopez, Martin, and Shakira served as the documentary’s producer.

In an interview about the documentary, Mottola said that a documentary has “assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States.”

The documentary couldn’t be coming out at a more important time. With certain political candidates shining a negative light on the Latino community, the film can be a powerful tool in showing other groups outside of Latinos just how important and impactful the community is.

Latinos spend $1.3 trillion a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today,” Mottola added, noting that Latinos are known as one of the biggest consumer demographics within the United States.

In the trailer it is noted within a caption that “In 1950 1 in 50 Americans were Latino,” but “By 2050, it will be 1in 3,” which is a statistical prediction that has yet to be discredited, but continues to gain backing.

And being a community believed to growing, it is quite possible when Mottola explained that Latinos will also have a huge impact on the upcoming 2016 presidential election once again. Latinos presented a strong presence in the 2012 election, and not every Latino voted then.

Latinos may not just only impact the 2016 elections, but could be more of a presence down the road in politics.

There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president,” Mottola said, and he may just be right.

The Latin Explosion: A New America, narrated by John Leguizamo will air Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Latino.

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