Loss for diversity: ‘East Los High’ cancelled on Hulu

Today Hulu announced that the Emmy-nominated series East Los High will end with an hour-long finale this fall. The show was one of the few scripted digital realm series created by Latinos with an all-Latino cast and majority Latino writing staff. The National Hispanic Media Coalition says the cancellation of East Los High is a loss for diversity in entertainment. The series became one of the Hulu’s top 10 shows, helping draw one million unique visitors monthly to its Hulu Latino page. Additionally, East Los High won the award for Outstanding Online Series at last year’s Latino Impact Awards, hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition said:

“The ending of East Los High on Hulu is a tremendous loss of a show that celebrated diversity through the story it portrayed and the way it broke barriers in the entertainment industry as one of the only series to be created, produced, written by and starring Latinos. Viewers are already looking for the next series that will boldly represent them behind and in front of the camera and NHMC will continue to work with Hulu in their future efforts to support diverse and culturally relevant programming over the long-term.”

The show was the first original series on Hulu to be granted a fourth season – the big break that Latino creatives needed. The series has staffed Latino writers, including alumni of NHMC’s TV writers program, on every season and they need more opportunities to tap into the immense talent in their communities and put their stories on the screen.

Mauricio Mota, executive producer of East Los High, accepted NHMC’s Latino Impact Award for the series saying, “We are still going through what I call a “Rosita Parks” situation with Latino content both with studios and media: You can be here, but please stay in the back of the bus. We want your eyeballs but not your stories. East Los High was created knowing audiences were starving for content that was diverse, edgy, and creative. It’s a show about English-speaking Latinos, but it relates to audiences everywhere.”

Watch Mota’s acceptance speech here:

Nine graduates of NHMC’s Latino TV Writers Program were staffed on East Los High. The writers program, accepting applications, is a five-week, total immersion workshop that simulates an actual writer’s room and participants develop an original pilot, practice pitching their writing and learn how to market themselves and get an agent.

The NHMC Television Writers Program, sponsored by NBCUniversal and Disney/ABC Television Group, was created to expand the number of Latinos working behind the camera, as a way to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos on television. During the 2013-14 television season, Latinos composed only 2.8 percent of writers staffed on TV shows, despite that Latinos make up 17% of the U.S. population.

About the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications.

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New Music | It Ain’t Me by Kaiak | Swedish Music

It Ain't Me is a song by the Swedish Duo Kaiak, who release fresh music from the Swedish countryside every Friday. Hear new music first on Fromgirltogirl.com.
Now playing new music ‘It Ain’t Me’ from Kaiak, a Swedish duo.

Love listening to Swedish music and looking for fresh songs or music to add to your Spotify or Apple playlist? Adding ‘It Ain’t Me’ by music artist Kaiak may be just want you are looking for. This Swedish duo releases locally grown, organic music from the Swedish countryside every Friday – 52 weeks a year. That is one new song every week and definitely worth the listen. This song is an Acoustic, Indie cover. You can hear ‘It Ain’t Me’ by Kaiak on Spotify now. You may also be interested in checking out the music video below:

Swedish Music: It Ain’t Me (Cover) by Kaiak

To learn more about Kaiak, contact info@marcosubeda.com.

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Now Playing: Belle VEX ‘Make It Good For Her’

BelleVex Make It Good for Her lyrics

Spring is in the air; summer is around the corner. That means news music is ready for your consumption, including indie pop artist Belle Vex with his new music video ‘Make It Good for Her.’ After the release and excellent reception of his EP, ’15 Minutes of Fame,’ this track will please fans and pop fanatics as it enraptured listeners with an appealing vocal hook and flawlessly matches the percussive, and heavy bass-oriented arrangement (compliments of Ryan Kienle from Matchbook Romance), to seamlessly evolve into an all-out dance anthem set to infiltrate radio waves and dance floors worldwide.

What we like about Belle Vex is his boy next door all grown up appeal combined with his beguiling electronic rock-pop – a perfect anecdote to his palpable cynicism. He sings with his heart-on-his-sleeve, making music fans feel content and feet moving to the beat.

Belle Vex also recently voiced a video game character for an upcoming release. With over 9,000 combined followers on Twitter and Instagram, Belle Vex has the hooks and the looks to break through within Indie Nation. Imagine a combination of the bouncy 90′s style of pop vocals with a touch of a punk rock attitude and combine them with contemporary EDM grooves. That’s the sort of ambiance listeners get when listening to Belle Vex’s much anticipated hit, “Make It Good For Her.” He also showed off his acting abilities as a TV Host on a show called, “How the World Works,” this video teaches viewers how to get the woman you want and how to mutually benefit from each other’s presence.

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Dripping with irony and a bit of reticent cynicism, this video imparts wisdom on the ironies and double standards in society, portraying a man changing his appearance and attitude that magically gets him the girl. This artfully crafted, fully realized, high quality video will have viewers tapping their feet, charmed by this sinister beat and Belle Vex’s starlit performance. Learn more BelleVex.com.

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New music: ‘Wanna Be Cool’ by Carolyn Marie | Jersey Girl

Spring officially starts this week and with a start of a new season, plenty of new music is out. A new music video and single is out from New Jersey pop artist Carolyn Marie entitled “Wanna Be Cool.” You can watch here:

From the fashion to killer dance moves, Fromgirltogirl loves this new music video. It has a bit of a 90’s feel that makes us nostalgic and definitely a tune to add to your workout routine or dance class. It is also nice to watch a music video with plenty of diversity.

This smooth, spellbinding video highlights the classic human struggle of fitting in and brilliantly showcases Carolyn Marie and her supporting dancers’ mesmerizing dance talent. The video is shot in a warehouse with a call-to-action to not trust thoughts at 3am.

About Carolyn Marie

But what about Carolyn Marie? What is her story? She is a compelling musician and really showcase her extraordinary dance skills in “Wanna Be Cool,” a funky alternative rock song that encourages viewers to dance right along with the Jersey Girl. Carolyn’s self-titled debut album is coming out this year, which was recorded with Cooper Anderson, who has worked with artists such as John Legend, FUN and Justin Bieber. The album was also mixed by Ken Lewis, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Lana Del Rey. Learn about Carolyn Marie on her Facebook Page.

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NHMC recognizes outstanding contributions to positive media portrayals of Latinos

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – On the eve of Oscars Weekend, Friday, the 24th, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media for the 20th year at its Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The NMHC has this annual awards gala because the Oscars fail to recognize the tremendous Latino talent in entertainment. It is important to give these creatives the accolades they deserve and excite a new generation of young people according to Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition:

“Latinos represent 18 percent of the population and the biggest group of moviegoers in the country. Our community deserves more from film studios, a fair shot to increase the positive portrayals of Latinos across America like all of our honorees are striving to do.”

On stage to accept his Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for his role as Rogelio De La Vega in Jane the VirginJaime Camil said “It is a great honor to receive the award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series at this year’s National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards Gala and a pleasure to be recognized for my work on Jane the Virgin.  I admire how the NHMC has opened doors for Latinos in the media and I look forward to seeing their efforts in the continuation to help in the advancement of Latinos.” See photos from the 2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala

How to Get Away with Murder star Karla Souza received the Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for her depiction of Laurel Castillo in the ABC series. Souza stated “Being a Latina doesn’t define Laurel’s character or pigeon-hole her into a stereotype. It’s one of the many characteristics that make her who she is. I’m eternally grateful to Pete Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes, and casting director Linda Lowry for creating a show where diversity and inclusion are the norm and the platform used to tell amazing stories. Giving Latinos an opportunity on-screen has the power to make a whole community of people feel like they exist and are also worthy of being loved and accepted.”

Roberto Orci, presented with the Visionary Impact Award by NHMC, said “This award is a tremendous honor for me as I share the same goal as NHMC which is to promote diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.”

One Day at a Time received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and executive producers Mike RoyceGloria Calderón Kellet, and actress Justina Machado accepted the honor. “”Mike [Royce] and I are so honored to get the opportunity to not only work on a Norman Lear show but to be able to tell authentic Latino stories,” said producer Gloria Calderón Kellet. “Representation matters. And our show deals with every day Latinos. It’s a very ‘American’ show, really. Our main character is an Army Veteran and a nurse raising two kids in Los Angeles. We talk about ‘issues” as they relate to this family.  And to be able to show the complexity of human experiences and not just a stereotype is such an honor. Thank you for recognizing our show.”

Norman Lear, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined American television including, One Day at a TimeAll In The Family,Good TimesSanford And SonThe JeffersonsMaude, served as a special presenter. NHMC surprised Lear, who produced the One Day at a Time remake with the inaugural Media Icon Impact Award at the event. Lear said “I like being part of anything that honors our common humanity.  Thank you, NHMC, for recognizing our series.”

Elena of Avalor received the award for Outstanding Animated Series, accepted by creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and co-producer and story editorSilvia Olivas. Gerber said, “It is a privilege to bring Elena’s adventures to life on-screen, and we are honored to be recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for this princess who proudly represents her heritage by embodying strong values and a responsibility to both her family and her kingdom.” Olivas adds, “As a Latina woman and mother, I am so proud to work on a show that brings our diverse cultures to the forefront of children’s television. Growing up, there were not many characters on TV that I could directly identify with, so it’s a dream come true to provide today’s children with a representation of themselves through Princess Elena and the world of Avalor.”

Hate Rising producer Catherine Tambini accepted the Outstanding Documentary award on behalf of the film’s team, including Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. Tambini shared “One of the main reasons that I make documentaries are to hopefully have an impact on society so to receive this honor for doing what I love to do, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Catherine Tambini. “Martin Luther King Jr. said that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice. Right now it feels to me that it’s warping in the other direction. That’s why it’s important for us, the filmmakers, the journalists, the media, to keep looking for the truth and demanding that it be told. We must tell the stories that may be hard to hear, hold a mirror up to the country. We must be strong, we must be vigilant, we must speak truth to power unafraid of the consequences.”

Emcees included Christina Vidal, an actress known for Training DayFreakyFriday and Welcome to the Dollhouse and Lisa Vidal, actress and producer known for Being Mary JaneStar Trek and The Division.

The NHMC Impact Awards Gala raises important funds to support the organization’s efforts to increase positive media portrayals of Latinos, expand Latino employment in media and telecommunications, push for federal media and telecommunications policies that advance Latinos and other people of color. NHMC’s 2017 title and diamond event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Univision Communications Inc., and Comcast NBCUniversal.

About the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.

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How to use Periscope for live video streaming business marketing

There’s no shortage of ways that you can rely on social media to build a better buzz—and a stronger brand—for your business. You can share drool-worthy images, post content that helps people improve their lives, or even just send out short messages that are fun. But now, with the new Periscope tool, you can do something more: quickly and easily connect with your community using videos.

Owned by Twitter, Periscope is a live video streaming service that’s already got nearly 2 million daily users, sharing hundreds of thousands of hours of video each and every day. Those users—companies and individuals—are sharing news, gathering new fans, building community.

And one of the best things about Periscope is that it’s easy to use; if you have a Twitter account you’re part of the way there. Want to learn the ins, the outs, and the best way to approach Periscope? This graphic can help:

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Latino celebrities to be honored at oscar-weekend impact awards gala by the national hispanic media coalition

BEVERLY HILLS—Kicking off Oscars weekend, on Friday, February 24, the National Hispanic Media Coalition will host their star-studded 20th annual Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Latinos making outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in film and TV will be honored. This is a black tie affair to honor outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media, hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

WHO:
Karla Souza
, Outstanding Performance in a Television Series, (How To Get Away With Murder)

Jaime Camil, Outstanding Performance in a Television Series (Jane the Virgin)

Roberto Orci, Visionary Impact Award, (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spiderman 2)

One Day at a Time, Outstanding Comedy Series, executive producers Mike Royce, Gloria Calderon-Kellet, and actress Justina Machado to accept the award

Elena of Avalor, Outstanding Animated Series, creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and co-producer and story editor Silvia Olivas to accept the award

Hate Rising, Outstanding Documentary, producer Catherine Tambini to accept the award on behalf of the team, including Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos

Special Presenter:
Norman Lear, a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms including, One Day at a Time, All In The Family, Good Times, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many others that defined and revolutionized American television.

Emcees:
Christina Vidal, actress known for Training Day, Freaky Friday and Welcome to the Dollhouse
Lisa Vidal, actress and producer known for Being Mary Jane, Star Trek and The Division

WHEN:
Friday, February 24, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m.  Red Carpet Arrivals, Reception
7:00-10:00 p.m.  Dinner and Awards Ceremony

WHERE:
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Grand Ballroom
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

NHMC’s 2017 title and diamond event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Univision Communications Inc., and Comcast NBCUniversal.

About  The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NMHC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications.

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Now Playing: Camille Peruto ‘From the Sea to the Sky’

Camille Peruto new album From the Sea to the Sky

South Jersey songstress Camille Peruto has a brand new album out entitled “From the Sea to the Sky”. If you are not familiar  with Peruto, she appeared on Season 14 of American Idol and has opened for Tim Reynolds of the Dave Matthews Band. Have a listen to her lead single “Crooked Roads.” You can stream the album “From the Sea to the Sky” now and let Fromgirltogirl know what you think. Peruto’s style is similar to Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Taylor Swift and Birdy. Here are just some of her accolades:

  • Was on American Idol (Season 14)
  • Opened for Anna Nalick ((Breathe (2AM))
  • Opened for Tim Reynolds of the Dave Matthews Band
  • Opened for various other artists – Lily & Madeleine, Tommy Conwell are a few
  • Sold out of all the physical copies of her debut album “Sparrow” (2013).

Tracklisting

Crooked Roads
Biscuit Moon
Can’t Get Away
Silent Melody
Let Go
Sword
The High Road
Crazy Crazy Mad
Set Up a Sail
Row Ghost
Lagoon

Members/Instruments
Eric Novod – Drums
Joe Parella – Guitar/Machine
Roshane Karunaratne – Piano/Keys
Erik Kase Romero – Bass
Camille Peruto – Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

About Camille Peruto

Philadelphia based recording artist and singer/songwriter Camille Peruto creates her music with a melodious blend of pop, rock and folk sounds. With a range of influences, her music exudes catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. Her debut album, Sparrow, has sold out everywhere except for iTunes, where it is still available. She has headlined shows in Philadelphia and played famous venues in and along the East Coast, LA and Nashville. Along with her original music, Camille has a repertoire of over 300 cover songs, each performed with her own unique twists and embellishments that captivate and charm her audiences. Learn more about Camille Peruto and follow her on Facebook.

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Now Playing: ‘Judas’ by the Matriarchs

For the heavy metal hard rock fans, here is another hot single from the Matriarchs – Judas. It is  off their debut EP “Scandalous Jointz” out now. You can order the single at Matriarchs.bandcamp.com . Let us know what you think of the EP and follow Matriarchs on Facebook. You can learn more about heavy metal band by reading Best of Heavy Metal: ‘Scandalous Jointz’ EP.

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Best of Heavy Metal: ‘Scandalous Jointz’ EP by Matriarchs


Are you a heavy metal hard rock fan? If yes, there are many heavy metal bands to keep on your radar. One in particular is the Matriarchs, that hit the local hardcore scenes of Los Angeles, New York, France, and Northern California with a bang. Founding guitarists Ben Levi and vocalist Richard Barthel formed the heavy metal band Matriarchs to fuse together visual aesthetic and presentation in thought provoking heavy metal music acts like Tool or Converge with the sonic feorcity and energy of hardcore. Have a listen to their debut EP “Scandalous Jointz” and you will hear thought provoking lyrics as well as precision and technicality often found in metal and the energy and ferocity of their predecessors breakdown.

The album “Scandalous Jointz“features ex-members of well-known bands like Hoods, Ruckus, and The Faceless. Have a listen to Matriarchs‘ Deadman lyric video to hear how they bring a unique brand of punk influenced metal.

Like what you hear? Support local music and buy EP so they can make more great music for your enjoyment by visiting matriarchs.bandcamp.com. You can also follow them on Facebook.

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