by the El Reportero’s news services
US actress Zoe Saldana has questioned the reasons behind the awards granted by the Academy of Hollywood, which she claims are today influenced by external interests.
Adding that the Oscars no longer interest her, she stated that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States system is marked by relationships, personal judgments and other kinds of interests.
“Only a few people have the power to determine who is worthy of the awards,” she said.
“I respect what the Academy should represent, but is not balanced nor clean. I do not need to be accepted by them,” she told the press.
According to the actress,38, her films make people happy, “if nobody watched my films, then I would have to change something,” said the acclaimed star of Avatar, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Star Trek.
Recently, the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, announced changes that will hopefully lead to a transformation. Invitations were sent to 683 film personalities from around the world asking them to join the US group composed of just over 6,200 specialists.
However, this year those who voted for the Oscar nominations had an average age of 62 years, 94 percent were white and 77 percent men.
In this edition, the race for the golden statuette was tempered by racial controversy; for the second consecutive year, no black actor was among the nominees. After protests, the academy promised to take action.
Mexican playright to stage work on Perez Prado
Mexican group Conjuro Teatro will premiere a work based on the Mambo, que rico es, e, e, which compilation is based on the and musical work of Damaso Pérez Prado, was reported here today.
The selection, published by Ediciones Matanzas, is the result of the work of the playwright Ulises Rodríguez Febles and poetess Yanira Marimon, about who is known as the king of that genre and born in this city, at 100 kilometers east of Havana.
Febles Rodriguez told Prensa Latina that the playwrights of the Central American nation are scheduled to begin performances in March 2017 through Matanzas, to continue later by the rest of the island and later in Mexico.
Specialists maintain, even in these times, one porfía about the creator of the rhythm and while another part point out to Orestes López, others point to Arsenio Rodríguez, and a third group gives recognition to Perez Prado.
The truth is that the latter placed the Mambo at its highest point in the 1950s, which gained followers and caused a passion for its choreography, and offers rained down to Cara de Foca, as nicknamed to Pérez Prado another great Cuban musician, Benny Moré.
The volume, which is already circulating in Cuba, collecting items, theoretical texts and reviews of important personalities of culture such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alejo Carpentier, Leonardo Acosta and Radames Giro, among others, commented Rodriguez Febles.
Cuban salsa band touring South America
After the successful completion of its European tour, Cuban band Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor is currently organizing a tour of South America to promote his latest album “Que no me quiten la fe”.
For the first time, the band will perform in Chile, on Aug. 12 at Orixas salsa club. Later, the orchestra will play for second time in Argentina, on August 13, at La Trastienda Club in Buenos Aires and in Rumbavana dance club in Rosario, on Aug. 14.