FEC kicks off Cuban Culture Week
In the same way sugar is added to a classic Cuban coffee, the Federación de Estudiantes Cubanos (FEC) is adding its own sweetness to campus with Cuban Culture Week, which begins at noon on Monday, March 28, at the Lakeside Patio. The Cuban Culture Week celebration was officially established in 1980 and includes a variety of exhibits, speakers and activities for students to learn about the Cuban community. We want to show that there’s more to being Cuban than what meets the eye.”Over the past two years, Cuban Culture week has been hosted virtually but now FEC’s festivities are back in-person and in full-swing. When organizing the week’s activities, the FEC plans its own events but looks for ways to connect with other organizations and campus events where Cuban culture can be highlighted, said junior Zoe Fundora, FEC president-elect. Cuban Culture Week Activities:What: Cuban Culture Week sponsored by the Federación de Estudiantes Cubanos When: March 28-April 1 Where: Events take place at various campus venuesEvent Schedule:Monday:Official opening ceremony, 12 – 3 p.m. at the Lakeside Patio.themiamihurricane.com
Tickets for What Matters to U event with Pitbull sells out within minutes, students frustrated by lack of accessibility
Within minutes of becoming available, all tickets for the highly anticipated “What Matters to U” event with singer Pitbull were sold out, leaving University of Miami students frustrated and disappointed. “I even set my alarm to make sure I got them.”Unlike hundreds of disgruntled UM students, Parks said she was fortunate to have secured a ticket. “I quite literally was on at noon and the site just simply wasn’t loading,” read one comment on the WMTU instagram page. Many students suggested opening the event up to the Watsco Center to house more student events, however the cost to hold an event at the Watsco Center is beyond the WMTU budget. “The event is being held in the largest venue on campus, aside from the Watsco Center,” the WMTU team announced over an Instagram story Tuesday afternoon.themiamihurricane.com
Still divisive, Dr. Luke resurges at Grammys — as Tyson Trax
Dr. Luke appeared as Tyson Trax on the Grammy ballot for Doja Cat's Say So," which he produced and co-wrote. But not all of the academy members may have been aware they were voting for Dr. Luke when they completed their ballots this year. Ad“I didn’t know that Tyson Trax was Dr. Luke. AdTogether, Martin and Dr. Luke crafted hits for Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Pink and Kesha, who he signed in 2005. Eventually Dr. Luke stepped into the forefront, helming successes for Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, logging 17 No.
Class is in session: ‘The Dave Grutman Experience’ returns to FIU
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – If you follow Dave Grutman on Instagram (or have taken note of any of the billboards along the streets of the Design District), you’ll know that Grutman, known as “Groot” or just “Grutman,” has replaced Pitbull himself with being “Mr. After its inaugural course in 2019, the class is back in session after having to skip an academic year due to COVID. AdOn Tuesday, March 2, Grutman gave his students an overview and glimpse into his work ethic, background, and lifestyle at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. “These are the things you’re going to need to know when opening the place.”And in true Grutman fashion, the class didn’t lack any special appearances. Grutman is known for his knack for creating relationships with celebrities and having the celebrity seal of approval on his endeavors.
Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)NEW YORK – A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by male acts — on Thursday night with “Un Canto Por México, Vol. Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and featured a number of performances, most of them pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off the Latin Grammys with a strong message about Latin music. Speaking in Spanish and English, he said Latin music “unites all of us and makes us human.”“This is our night,” he added.
J Balvin, Bad Bunny set for big night at Latin Grammys
This combination photo shows Natalia Lafourcade, left, and Rosalia. A year after Rosalia made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show, taking home the album of the year honor on Nov. 19, 2020, for "Un Canto Por Mxico, Vol.
Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big
(AP Photo)NEW YORK – A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by male acts — on Thursday night with “Un Canto Por México, Vol. Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and featured a number of performances, most of them pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off the Latin Grammys with a strong message about Latin music. Speaking in Spanish and English, he said Latin music “unites all of us and makes us human.”“This is our night,” he added.
Increase in cases of COVID-19 causing several major South Florida events to be postponed or cancelled
MIAMI – The coronavirus pandemic is forcing some popular events that bring tons of visitors and money into South Florida to be cancelled. With the positive cases of COVID-19 on the rise in South Florida, some events have even been postponed to next year due to them potentially becoming super spreader events. Art Basel has been canceled in Miami Beach, a big loss to the economy and tourism industry. In Fort Lauderdale, the Winterfest Boat Parade set to take place next month is a no-go. The big New Year’s Eve downtown countdown in Fort Lauderdale has yet to be decided upon.
Pitbull’s graduating class gets a red carpet send off
MIAMI, Fla. – There wasn’t a stage to walk across, there was a red carpet. It wasn’t a traditional graduation ceremony, but it is something that the class of 2020 from Miami’s SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management) Charter High School will remember for the rest of their lives. This year’s graduating class is uniquely special to the school – when it was first built, they were the first sixth graders to attend. Instead of filing into an auditorium for their graduation, seniors from SLAM were part of a drive-thru ceremony where they decked out their cars and walked a red carpet. “This made us feel special,” senior Jorge Blanco said.
Pitbull releases ‘world anthem’ about coronavirus pandemic
MIAMI – Pitbull released “I Believe That We Will Win,” and said on Monday the “world anthem” is meant to encourage his fans to remain resilient during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. 305 said the proceeds of the song, released in collaboration with Saban Music Group, will be donated to several charities including Feeding America and the Tony Robbins Foundation. Pitbull also said that it was important to also keep track of the number of patients who have survived COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. “We should be talking about these numbers to give people hope," Pitbull said on Good Morning America. Paramount Miami Worldcenter, in downtown Miami, is playing Pitbull’s song at 10 p.m. to the image of the U.S. flag.
Guitar hotel at Seminole Hard Rock shines in new Pitbull music video
"Mr. 305″ teamed with country crooner Blake Shelton for his new “Get Ready” music video, which was released Monday. Prominently featured in the video is the new guitar-shaped hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The video shows Pitbull dancing poolside with a bevy of lovely ladies and the guitar hotel serving as the backdrop. It ends with Pitbull and Shelton partying on the balcony of a room inside the guitar hotel. Pitbull even drops “Hard Rock” in his lyrics.
The best and worst of Super Bowl ads
During advertising’s biggest night, Super Bowl Sunday, marketers battled it out to bolster their brands. PLANTERSPlanters teased its Super Bowl ad nearly two weeks before the game, releasing a teaser that showed its Mr. Peanut mascot seemingly being killed. The actual Super Bowl ad was relatively inoffensive, with a baby Mr. Peanut appearing at the funeral. There's a more involved marketing campaign with Ryder, but the Super Bowl ad didn't communicate much. HARD ROCK INTERNATIONALHard Rock International went all in on its first Super Bowl ad, maybe too much so.
Super Bowl ads dialed up fun as an antidote to politics
This undated image provided by Hyundai Motor America shows from left John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and Chris Evans in a scene from the company's 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot. But during commercial breaks in the Super Bowl, advertisers did their best to serve up an antidote heavily spiked with fun. “We’re going to be so deluged with political ads over the next nine months.”For the most part, Super Bowl advertisers tried to oblige. “This year it’s all about a return to Super Bowl basics,” said Kelly O’Keefe, managing partner of consultancy Brand Federation. “You cannot co-opt his message and blackball him at the same time.”Microsoft showcased Katie Sowers, the first female coach in a Super Bowl game.
DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Gaga to perform during Super Bowl week
The hitmaker will perform at multiple pre-Super Bowl events this week, which will be jam-packed with other A-list celebrities, including Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Post Malone, Kevin Hart, Vin Diesel, Cardi B, Chris Brown, Guns N’ Roses and Maroon 5. I remember Super Bowl came here 10 years ago and it was a special time. Khaled will perform at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest’s EA Sports Bowl, the VEWTOPIA Music Festival and Rolling Stone’s party. Others, too, will perform several times throughout the week, including Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, the Chainsmokers, DaBaby, Marshmello, Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill and Tiesto. Gaga, who headlined the halftime show in 2017, will perform at the same venue for AT&T TV Super Saturday Night, held a day before Super Bowl 54.
Honorebel Returns to Dancehall/Reggae Roots on Latest Album, "Above The Noise"
In November, the deejay released Above The Noise, his fifth album. Released by his Phantom Music Group, it hears him returning to his dancehall/reggae roots with help from some well-heeled friends. Making genre-bending music is par for the course for Honorebel, a stalwart of the South Florida scene. There are also duets with Shaggy on Own The Night, Charly Black on Your Love and rapper Rick Ross, another South Florida mainstay, on All Over. His first album, Fire + Ice, was released in 2000; his previous effort, Honor Roll, came out in 2014.sflcn.com
Night Owl and Dos Croquetas Just Made a Croqueta Cookie
Andrew Gonzalez of Night Owl Cookies and Alec Fernandez and chef Vicky Carballo of Dos Croquetas have collaborated on the Magic City's most Miami treat ever created: the 3 "Dough" 5 croqueta cookie. The cookie starts with a Dos Croquetas OG ham croqueta dipped in chocolate. It's then lovingly stuffed into Night Owl chocolate chip cookie dough and baked to a golden brown before being topped with more chocolate chips and a dash of sea salt. Gonzalez says he loved Dos Croquetas' croquetas so much he needed to figure out a collaboration with the people behind his go-to snack. Night Owl Cookies.miaminewtimes.com
Rap star Pitbull on family, success and giving back
Rap star Pitbull on family, success and giving back Armando Christian Perez, more famously known as Pitbull, founded a charter school in Miami called Slam Academy. The son of Cuban immigrants shares with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King about those who influenced his life and why he wanted to be an ambassador to students.cbsnews.com