by Tracie Morales
INSPIRATIONAL MEN: Choosing the ideal man is tough. That’s why the magazine Siempre mujer chose the seven most inspirational Latinos embodying good looks, talent and charisma in its June/July issue. Singer Chayanne was chosen along with music powerhouse Emilio Estefan and comedian Julio Sabala. Communication skills are a plus, making the Primer Impacto host Fernando del Rincón an easy choice. Singer Ricky Martin’s career is impressive, but his outreach work stands out most, garnering this Puerto Rican kudos. News warrior Pedro Sevcec and singer Ricardo Montaner capped the list.
For more information visit www.siempremujer.com.
UPLIFTING LATINOS: A partnership between the Mexican band :leik and Alltel Wireless will usher a renovated wing for an El Paso-based child protection center during a June 26 event. The Child Crisis Center of El Paso, a non-profit organization aimed at ending child abuse, will have a remodeled wing renovated by Alltel employees and will receive a $10,000 check. The award-winning rockers will perform during the event.
For more information visit www.childcrisiselp.org.
FELICIDADES: Singer Enrique Iglesias released his latest album Insomniac on June 12…Actress and singer Thalía officially confirmed that she and her music mogul husband Tommy Mottola are expecting a baby girl in the fall…The marriage bells are ringing louder for Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and basketball player fiancée Tony Parker as their July 7 wedding draws near.
LATINO LAUGH FEST: Make room for the Latino kings of comedy as they hit the Los Angeles night scene during a three-day event starting June 22. The 2007 SiTV Latino Laugh Festival sponsored by Time Warner, will feature more than 25 emerging comedians in various Los Angeles hotspots. Heavyweights such as Carlos Mencia and Gabriel Iglesias have performed at the Laugh Festival in the past. Established comedians such as Cheech Marín, Debi Gutiérrez, Joey Medina and Rick Nájera are scheduled to appear this year. Event proceeds will benefit First Star, a non-profit organization targeting greater protection of children under the U.S. child welfare system. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
For more information visit www.latinolaughfestival.com. Hispanic Link.