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The 10th Anniversary of Hispanicize Brings The Best Trendsetters In The Community To Inspire



NGL Collective today announced that the official schedule of events for 10th Anniversary Hispanicize is available on their official website. Event highlights include keynote speakers, musical performances, marketing panels, discussion on music, podcasts, film/tv and more. Hispanicize, the largest event of its kind, connects Latinx trendsetters, social media entrepreneurs, technology leaders, celebrities. The landmark 10th Anniversary Hispanicize Event will take place at the iconic 73-story InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, October 17-19, 2019


Already announced talent participating in The 10th Anniversary Hispanicize include: Dulce Candy, CNCO, Darkiel, John Leguizamo, Beto O’Rourke, Selenis, Leyva, MelyMel, Melissa Barrera, Stephanie Beatriz, Danay Garcia, Liz Hernandez, Kelvin Peña (Brother Nature), Los Rakas, Francia Raisa, Erik Rivera and more.


Rosie Perez will be honored with the Latinavator Award at a luncheon held on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The Latinavator Award is presented each year to a trailblazing Latina who rises to leadership, transforms power structures and policies, and positively impacts their community through passion, inspiration and consistent commitment to confronting obstacles.


Below, please find some highlights of the scheduled events for Hispanicize:


Friday, October 18:


9:00am:             Join John Leguizamo as he has an off the cuff conversation about his life and career and the quest for Latinx equality.


11:00am:          We’ve Been Here!

This panel discusses the importance of Afro Latinos being underrepresented in Entertainment, Fashion, and Beauty. The moderator on this panel is Carlos Carrasco and the speakers are Selenis Leyva, Denisse Benitez-Myrick and Juan Escobedo.


Join the panel Somos Más 2020 (sponsored by Voto Latino)


12:00pm:          Richard Montanez (inventor of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos) will receive the LatinXCLNCE Award for being a trailblazer and an inspiration in the Latinx community.


Latinos Out Loud will record their weekly show live at Hispanicize. Join the group of comedians as they entertain and connect with their audience.


1:00pm:             Meet the content creators who are sounding the alarm on important issues facing the Latinx community at Social Good. Speakers include Joanna Hausmann, Michael de la Rocha, and George Torres.


2:00pm:             Q&A with MelyMel followed by a live performance.


Join Facebook Watch and BuzzFeed’s Pero Like as they team up to bring to life young girls’ dreams with Mi Quinceañera Come True. Panelists for Facebook Watch: Celebrating Quinceañeras will be Gadiel del Orbe, Maya Murillo, Alexis Garcia, and Curly Velasquez.

4:00pm:             Q&A: Chat with CNCO – Meteoric Rise To Fame and Latin Pop Domination

Join Beto O’Rourke and Manny Oliver as they talk about and giving the kids of today the tools they need to be empowered to make changes to critical issues that affect our nation at Changing the Ref on Gun Safety.

5:00pm:             The Accidental Influencer will discuss being an influencer and creating authentic content. Join Kelvin Peña, Andrew Santiago, and Carlos Ayala as they discuss how they became influencers by simply doing what came natural.


5:45pm:             On the mainstage, a performance by Los Rakas will take place.


Saturday, October 19:


11:00am:          Come hear some of the best Latinx comedy content creators around like Edwin Licona, Jessica Vargas, LGND, Jenny Lorenzo, and Erik Rivera at The Art of Comedia HBO Comedy Panel.


Meet the people behind Nickelodeon’s Casagrandes and screen a new episode of the series at Nickelodeon Presents: Hispanic Representation in Animation.


12:00pm:          Rosie Perez will receive the Latinavator Award for being a trailblazer, activist, and icon.


Hispanic Kitchen with Ingrid Hoffman will take place on the main stage.


1:00pm:             Latinas in Hollywood is a panel to discuss the struggles and achievements of successful Latinas in the entertainment industry. Panelists include Melissa Barrera, Danay Garcia, and Stephanie Beatriz.


2:00pm:             Out of the Box is a panel with creators Julissa Calderon, Leli Hernandez, and Mimi Davila to discuss how to make the jump from creating content outside of social media.


On My Block! On My Block! is a panel with stars from the hit Netflix series  Jessica Marie Garcia, Paula Garces, Diego Tinoco, and Jason Genao discussing the phenomenon that their show has become, and their personal stories about being Latinx in Hollywood.


 Keynote speaker John Henry speaks at Yo Quiero, Yo Quiero Dinero about maximizing financial potential and taking hustle and business equity to the next level.

Q&A with Willie Gomez followed by a live performance.

3:00pm:             Social Mercado is a panel of Latinx entrepreneurs that are using social media to sell and promote their products. Speakers Amaurys Grullon, Fúchila Fresheners, and Millennial Loteria talk using social media to position their brand successfully.

Q&A chat with Darkiel

4:00pm:             Queer Latinx Dominating Mainstream Entertainment discusses the LGBTQ community entertaining the masses and being embraced by their audiences. Speakers include Mishel Prada, Laith Ashley, and Johnny Sibilly.


8:00pm:             The TECLA Awards begin for all 2 Day All Inclusive, VIP & TECLA Ticket Holders. The TECLA Awards honor excellence in U.S Latino online video, blogging, media, marketing, and the creators behind it all.


10th Anniversary Hispanicize sponsors include: Pepsi, HBO Latino, McDonald’s, Ad Council, Clorox, Maggi, CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka, Colgate® Optic White®, Cantu, Facebook Watch Nickelodeon, Pluto TV, LATV, Nike, Fox Deportes, Jim Beam, Sprint, Bumble, Warner Bros. ‘Birds Of Prey’, Tadin Herb & Tea, Unilever, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Voto Latino and Walmart.


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Finally, the Cinderella story of the Richmond Greyhounds has come to an end.



We are now in a new season for the team, and they have started off on the wrong
foot. The team is broken up and Ted has his work cut out for him. The team goes
through a slump, and Ted is now doubting his coaching ability. Ted’s personal life
has also gotten out of control, and he discovers his ex-wife Michelle has started a relationship with their therapist. The wonderkid, Nathan Shelley, the former manager of West Ham has had a change of heart and leaves his job to be with his one true love, the waitress from his favorite restaurant.

She convinces him to return to the Richmond team he started out in and it’s quite evident that
everyone wants him back and held no hard feelings. All of Lawrence’s series he has worked on with others have just that right balance of slice-of-life drama with a little bit of ridiculous comedy that reality dishes us, normal folks, every day.

This all comes to a head in the potential series finale where Ted announced to
Rebecca that he will be returning to the States to his family after his mother tells
him that his son misses him. This puts the Richmond owner into quite a state of denial; doing everything from offering Ted the position of being the highest-paid coach in the league to selling the team after he leaves. The team is also affected by this decision as they perform a number from the musical The Sound of Music that is a more than touching farewell to this family.

This bleeds into their playing as in the final title match the first half is met with
bumbling and possible injuries to their star player Jamie.
After an energizing pep talk and a circle back to the first motivator in the
beginning, a sign Ted made up that said “BELIEVE”, the team dominate the second
half and win with a rousing closing scene that is reminiscent of any 80’s party
movie. It’s a fitting end for this pandemic darling that emotionally carried us through. It is
a must-see series even if you don’t like soccer (football).

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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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