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Gloria Estefan's restaurant sued by injured diner

October 27th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan's Miami, Florida restaurant has been named in a lawsuit by a diner who slipped and fell there.

Gerri Ann Yanks claims a night out at Bongos Cuban Cafe ended badly, leaving her "disfigured" and in an awful lot of pain.

And to make matters worse for Estefan and the managers, she reveals she warned staff about the slippery floors before she fell.

She is suing the restaurant and Estefan Enterprises, Inc. for more than $15,000 (£10,000), according to TMZ.com.
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White House music event scrapped after Washington shootings

September 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Barack Obama
A White House event featuring Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin has been cancelled in the wake of the fatal shootings of 12 people in Washington, D.C. on Monday (16Sep13).

President Barack Obama postponed the Musica Latina event following the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yards, which also left another 12 people injured. Suspect Aaron Alexis, a former petty officer in the U.S. Navy, was killed during a gunfight with police.

A statement from the White House reads: "In light of today’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the victims and their families, Musi...
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Celebrities Feel Numb, In Disbelief After Connecticut School Shooting, Call For Stronger Gun Laws

December 15th, 2012 9:44am EST
Khloe Kardashian
Following Friday's horrific elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT, tons of celebrities have taken to social media to express their disbelief and outrage over the death of 28 people, among them 20 kindergarten students.

Popstar Justin Bieber tweeted, "heard about what happened in CT, my prayers go out to all those suffering in this tragedy. it's just wrong. Everyone please pray for them".

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian Odom tweeted from Miami, Florida, where she was celebrating her nephew Mason's third birthday: "To harm children who are defenseless is truly disgusting. I'm in disbel...
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Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony And Gloria Estefan Join Tony Bennett On 'Viva Duets,' Out Oct. 23

October 16th, 2012 10:08am EDT
Tony Bennett Viva Duets
Iconic crooner Tony Bennett is about to release his newest album "Viva Duets" -- which features collaborations with the biggest stars in the Latin music industry such as Marc Anthony, com, Thalia!, Chayanne and more.

Check out the video trailer for Tony Bennett's forthcoming album release, "Viva Duets". The trailer will offer a sneak peak at the legendary singer's latest project -- including footage of Tony and Chayanne performing his classic hit "The Best Is Yet To Come" as well as an audio clip of his duet with Dani Martin.

"Viva Duets" is the singer's third duets-themed project, follow...
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Celebrities React To Death Of Donna Summer

May 17th, 2012 3:37pm EDT
Donna Summer died on Thursday at the age of 63 — and her fans are sharing their feelings on Twitter.

Here are some reactions to Donna’s passing away:

Sandra Bernhard: a moment please for the wonderful #donnasummer a beautiful person a great disco diva and revolutionary performer. it’s just not right.

Gloria Estefan: Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!

Mary J. Blige: RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!!

Billy Ray Cyrus: R I P #Donna Summer LEGEND !!! Your music will live forever.

Timbaland: t...
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Kelly Clarkson To Star In New TV Singing Show 'Duets'

March 8th, 2012 3:39pm EST
Kelly Clarkson
Former American Idol champion Kelly Clarkson is set to front a new reality TV singing show with Lionel Richie.

The singer, who won the first season of Simon Cowell's talent show in 2002, is becoming a TV judge herself on a new series called Duets, in which a number of stars will head out across America to find a collaborative partner.

Richie will also be joining the show along with Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles.

During the series, the four stars will go looking for singers to be their duet partner, and each week will feature a performance in front of a studio audience...
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Queen Latifah Launching TV Talent Show

March 6th, 2012 10:19am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is following in the footsteps of Simon Cowell by launching a new reality TV show with stars including Gloria Estefan and John Rich scouting for talent across the U.S.

The rapper/actress is executive producer of a competition called The Star Next Door, in which celebrity mentors will travel to cities across the country to seek out local performers with potential.

The show will differ from rivals such as American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice by sending the judges out to find potential competitors instead of holding open auditions.

A statement from the CW network reads,...
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Red Hot Fashion: Rose McGowan, Minka Kelly & More At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

February 9th, 2012 8:54am EST
Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection
Leading up to Valentine's Day, several actresses, singers and other stars wore red for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection on Wednesday.

February is Heart Month, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is reaffirming its commitment to increasing awareness about heart disease among women.

At the fashion show Rose McGowan showed off a little leg in a gown with an assymetrical neckline. Minka Kelly wore head to toe sequins, while Rebecca Romijn's strapless dress included ruffles on the bodice.

Check out photos of these ladies as well as Chaka Khan, G...
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Helen Mirren's 'Inner Voice' To Appear On 'Glee'

December 22nd, 2011 8:23am EST
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has signed up to lend her voice to an upcoming episode of "Glee," according to a report.

The star is slated to provide the "inner voice" of one of the characters, reports TVLine.com.

A source tells the website, "Helen came in and secretly recorded several long and hilarious monologues two weeks ago. Then she visited the kids on set, and they had no idea she was coming; they were stunned. Helen's a big fan of the show and the message it sends out about arts education."

The episode featuring Mirren is said to air next month.

The New Year will be a star-studded one for "Glee" ...
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Pitbull To Guest Star On 'Glee'?

December 9th, 2011 11:24am EST
Pitbull
Pitbull is set to make his TV debut - the rapper is in talks to star in Glee.

The Give Me Everything hit-maker has been approached to play the big brother of lesbian cheerleader Santana, who is played by Naya Rivera.

According to EW.com, Pitbull will make his debut in the same episode as Cuban superstar Gloria Estefan, who will play his mother.

Pitbull and Estefan aren't the only Latin stars who have recently been cast in the hit TV musical - Ricky Martin has signed up to play a high school Spanish teacher.
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Gloria Estefan & Ricky Martin Bringing Latin Love To 'Glee'

December 5th, 2011 10:33pm EST
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin are set to join the cast of GLEE for a Latino-themed episode in the New Year.

Estefan will play mom to Naya Rivera's lesbian character Santana, while Martin will play a Spanish teacher.

The Livin' La Vida Loca singer is expected to appear in more than one upcoming episode.

Confirming the news, executive producer Adam Anders tells Billboard.com, "We just announced Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan for a Spanglish episode. We're just starting the planning."
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Gloria Estefan In Talks To Play 'Mama Santana' On 'Glee'

December 1st, 2011 1:04pm EST
Gloria Estefan
Glee producers are in discussions to bring singer Gloria Estefan to the musical-comedy as the mother of Cheerios cheerleader Santana. Estefan may drop by McKinley High for a January episode that will feature a few of her hit singles and another Latin superstar, Ricky Martin.

Another high-profile guest star may be heading for the halls of McKinley High in the new year. We hear that '80s hitmaker Gloria Estefan is in talks to appear as Santana's mother in an episode of Glee airing next month.

The Miami Sound Machine superstar behind chart-toppers like "Bad Boy" and "1,2,3" is working out a...
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Shakira Named Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

November 10th, 2011 10:01am EST
Shakira
Shakira broke down in tears as her father serenaded her at a star-studded Las Vegas dinner celebrating her career on Wednesday.

Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo and Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman also turned up to toast the Colombian singer as she was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year at the special tribute.

Venezuelan star Franco De Vita and salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa were among the acts who performed Shakira's hits, but the night's most poignant moment came as her dad William Mebarak stepped onstage to serenade her.

Shakira wiped away tears as Mebarak sang the c...
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HBO Documentary Films Presents: 'The Latino List'

September 29th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Key Art
This week, HBO Documentary Film debuts The Latino List, a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America through a series of highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Funny, poignant and irreverent, The Latino List illuminates the Latino experience today, at a time when the Latino population in the U.S. is booming, when it debuts on THURSDAY, SEPT. 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on the main HBO channel in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Some notable subjects featured on The Latino List include: Glo...
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Shakira Lands Latin Grammys Person Of The Year Honor

September 27th, 2011 8:05am EDT
Shakira
Pop superstar Shakira has landed a special Latin Grammy award for her contribution to music and tireless charity work.

The Hips Don't Lie hit-maker has been named the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year, and she will collect the prize during a special gala on November 9th, a day before the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.

The trophy has previously been awarded to Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias and Ricky Martin.

Shakira says, "It is truly an honor to be in the company of some of the greatest artists and legends of Latin Music."

Latin Recording Academy President Gab...
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The E Family Celebrate New Album Release - Starpulse Exclusive

September 14th, 2011 3:40pm EDT
The E Family Now & Forever
After years of playing on each other’s projects, The E Family came together to produce this ultimate, long overdue and highly anticipated labor of love, Now & Forever. Available in stores on September 20, 2011 on Sheila E’s Stiletto Flats Music through Waterfront Entertainment (Fontana / Universal), Now & Forever pays homage to their collective diversity of styles, influences and experiences.

Check out an exclusive to Starpulse.com the video of the making of Now & Forever!

The Musical Family Dynasty Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo Wil...
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Celebrities Sizzle At American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards

September 12th, 2011 11:00am EDT
2011 Alma Awards
Demi Lovato and Jessica Alba were among the big winners at Saturday's American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards.

Lovato bounced back from her recent personal troubles by claiming the favorite comedy actress on TV title for her role in "Sonny With A Chance," coming ahead of her pal Selena Gomez and Naya Rivera to win the prize.

In a post on Twitter, she writes, "YAYYYY!!!! I can't believe it!!! Thank you guys so much!!!!!"

Other winners at the event, which salutes Latino artists in films, music and TV, included Alba, who took home the favorite drama/adventure actress trophy for her "Machet...
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Gloria Estefan Once Caught A Nun With An Illegal Salami

September 7th, 2011 10:35pm EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan once worked as a customs interpreter when she was at college.

The "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" singer spent three years helping translate French and Spanish into English for border control police and she admits she saw some weird things.

Estefan tells talk show host , "There was 250 grand in cash, which was the first time I had ever seen that much money. I was 17.

"I saw an old lady that looked like she was 90, with lots of kilos of cocaine hidden in a hairdryer, but the topper (highlight) was a nun that was trying to smuggle salami on a rope between her legs under her habit....
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Fergie 'Very Excited' To Be A Dolphins Owner

September 1st, 2011 8:11am EDT
Fergie
Black Eyed Peas star Fergie insists she's the most knowledgeable Miami Dolphins celebrity minority owner - because she grew up supporting the team.

The singer admits she jumped at the chance to own a stake in the Florida football team and she's determined to help the Dolphins return to greatness.

She says, "My grandfather was a quarterback and my dad was a quarterback and ended up becoming a high school coach... Football Sunday was always a huge day of the week in my home growing up. That would be my dad and I's way to get together... It became our pastime."

"The loudest one in the sp...
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Simon Cowell Hints At Fergie For 'X Factor' Judge Spot

April 8th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Fergie
Could Fergie be a judge on X Factor? She will be if Simon Cowell has his way. The X Factor creator and former American Idol judge said that he wants Fergie to be a part of the show if she has the time to dedicate to the project. Judges will be needed to mentor contestants at the show six days a week.

"All I can tell you is that her name was put forward. But... we have to check out everyone's availability... You're working five to six days a week," Simon said.

Along with Simon, Antonio 'L.A.' Reid has been confirmed as a judge. Rumors have swirled over who will take the remaining spots, ...
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Gloria Estefan Makes Daring Window Escape During Miami Dolphins Game (Video)

September 29th, 2010 8:29am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan had to make a mad dash to introduce pal Enrique Iglesias during the half-time show at her beloved Miami Dolphins' Sunday night football clash with the New York Jets after she found herself locked in an executive box.

The singer, who is a part-owner of the team, had to climb out of a window after a locksmith and firefighters failed to fix the problem minutes before Iglesias' performance at Sun Life Stadium.

Estefan kicked off her designer high heels, climbed through a window into the suite next door and ran to the stage barefooted to breathlessly welcome the "I Like It" sing...
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Gloria Estefan Was 'Honored' To Host Obama Fundraiser

April 16th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan has defended her decision to invite President Barack Obama to her Florida home for a political fundraiser in aid of the Democratic Party.

The Cuban singer and her husband Emilio invited Obama to host the Democratic National Committee event at her Miami Beach home on Thursday, sparking fury along Cuban-American locals who support the rival Republican Party. Estefan insists she is "not affiliated" with any political party and used the evening to speak with Obama about issues important to the Cuban community.

Speaking on Larry King Live on Thursday, Estefan explained, "We're...
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Gloria Estefan To Lead March In Cuba

March 24th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan has organized a march in her native Cuba to support a women's campaign group in the country.

The singer has thrown her support behind the Ladies in White - Las Damas de Blanco - a group of women whose husbands and sons are among journalists, political dissidents, writers and poets who were rounded up and jailed in 2003 for opposing the regime of former president Fidel Castro.

The group marches every year to mark the anniversary of the arrests, known as the Black Spring, but one of their recent protests in Havana on March 17th was marred by violence, with police forcibly ...
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Gloria Estefan Plans Latin 'We Are The World'

February 14th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan is planning to bring together a host of Latin stars including Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to re-record We Are The World in Spanish to further boost Haiti charity efforts.

Lionel Richie originally collaborated with artists including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner to record the 1985 single to help good causes in Africa.

The singer brought a new selection of stars together - including Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Pink - for a new version of the track to raise funds to help the earthquake-rava...
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The Best And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows (Videos)

January 29th, 2010 2:49pm EST
The Who
The Who will do the honors of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this year. The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips.

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after the game. Then, FOX swooped in and scooped million of viewers away from the halftime show the next year (mo...
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Fergie Buying A Stake In The Miami Dolphins

October 15th, 2009 3:45pm EDT
Fergie Buying A Stake In The Miami Dolphins
Black Eyed Peas star Fergie is showing her love for Miami, Florida by buying a stake in the city's football team.

The Boom Boom Pow singer is in final negotiations with Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, to join Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Serena and Venus Williams and Gloria Estefan as shareholders in the NFL team.

According to SportingNews.com, Fergie has won the approval of the board of directors and simply needs to sign off on the contract to seal the deal when she returns from Australia, where she is currently on tour with the Black Eyed Peas.

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Gloria Estefan's Bullet Jewelry Confiscated At Airport

October 8th, 2009 9:28am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan has become the latest celebrity to spark an airport security alert because of her love for peace.

The Miami, Florida-based pop star was asked to remove her Bullets 4 Peace pendant before boarding a flight from London to Milan in Italy earlier this week because the charity line of jewelry contain real bullets.

The item was confiscated by security staff but the pilot was a fan and he agreed to hold the necklace in the cockpit for the duration of the flight - and gave it back to Estefan upon landing in Italy.

It's the second time in as many weeks that a star has had the...
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Will.i.am Eyes A Football Career?

September 3rd, 2009 11:41am EDT
Will.i.am Eyes A Football Career
Will.i.am is looking for a change of career - the Black Eyed Peas star is begging the boss of a football team to sign him up.

The frontman has long harbored an ambition to play the sport, and dreamed of turning out for his favorite team, the Miami Dolphins. The beat-maker has made a public appeal to the team's owner, Stephen Ross, to let him try out - because he's convinced he is faster than New Orleans Saints player Reggie Bush.

will.i.am writes on his blog, "I always loved the game of football. I'm sad that I never followed my football dreams. Lately I've been thinking, is it too ...
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Hanging With Mario Lopez Of 'Extra'

April 22nd, 2009 11:56am EDT
MARIO LOPEZ
Mario Lopez, most commonly known as A.C. Slater from "Saved by the Bell," is anything but a one-trick pony. In fact, Lopez barely has time for himself these days now that he's the solo host of "Extra," the popular television entertainment news show.

But that's not all. Lopez was a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars" (where he was the runner-up), he has hosted MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" for three seasons, and he appears on the F/X drama "Nip/Tuck." If that wasn't enough, Lopez has written a bestselling fitness book, "Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness," and is working on a childre...
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Gloria Estefan To Quit Music?

March 3rd, 2009 8:47am EST
Gloria Estefan
Veteran pop singer Gloria Estefan has vowed her upcoming Latin America tour will be her last - insisting she won't perform any more concerts after April this year.

The Cuban-American announced last year that she would be cutting back the amount of time she spends on tour in order to focus on spending time with her 14-year-old daughter, Emily Marie. And now Estefan has decided to quit life on the road for good - because she wants to put her family before her music career.

She says, "It is an end to something that began many years ago, in 1975, and it is a dream to be able to do i...
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