By Mariela Rosario | 09/23/2010 - 17:15
Oprah Winfrey hosted famous Colombian hostage and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt on her talk show this week and the interview was riveting. Betancourt speaks about how we she was able to survive for so long in the jungle and what happened when she tried to escape not one, not twice, but four times from the FARC's captivity.
By Grace Bastidas | 09/07/2010 - 14:15
Colombian rockeros Aterciopelados have never shied away from commenting on political and social issues through their music. The band’s latest video tackles the immigration debate with lyrics and images. The clip is for the song "Bandera," which was recorded for the 2008 album Rio but might as well have been written with Arizona's controversial SB1070 legislation in mind.
"Who are you?/ Where were you born?/ Therefore you can’t enter this country," sings vocalist Andrea Echeverri.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/05/2010 - 17:00
Sofia Vergara visited The Tonight Show yesterday and in place of her usual gift of Colombian coffee for host Jay Leno, she brought some homestyle dulce de leche.
Unfortunately, Gordon Ramsay was the other guest that night and after Vergara graciously offered the notoriously cranky chef a taste of the Latin specialty, he spit it out! To which Sofia rightfully responded, "¡Ven, pero este tipo no respeta!"
Watch the interaction below and tell us what you think.
By Alice Taranto | 08/03/2010 - 13:00
Diseñador colombiano Esteban Cortazar is back on the fashion scene! Previously the lauded creative director of Emanuel Ungaro (he left when the house brought Lindsay Lohan in as "artistic director") Cortazar just showed a fall 2010 collection at the recent Colombia-based Colombiamoda fair. The designer's past work for Emanuel Ungaro was young and fresh, but with a decided sophisticate twist.
By Grace Bastidas | 07/30/2010 - 10:00
Colombian Electro-cumbia band Bomba Estereo have been on “fuego” ever since they made their U.S. debut in 2009 with the album Blow Up (Nacional Records)—and they’re not slowing down. Vocalist Li Saumet and producer Simón Mejía are fast at work on their next album as they continue to tour the country, shaking things up along the way. Latina.com had a chance to chat with Mejía before the band hit the stage in Chicago, and here’s what he had to say:
By Alice Taranto | 07/23/2010 - 10:00
Any Colombianas out there? Colombia celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of their independence with a flurry of activities on July 20th. But the highlight of the day was a concert attended by around 10,000 people in Quibdo, the northwestern capital of Colombia's Choco department.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/15/2010 - 14:00
Ingrid Betancourt announced recently that she presented a request for conciliation to the government of Colombia. Betancourt, who was kidnapped while campaigning for the presidency of Colombia in 2002, was freed with 14 other hostages by the Colombian military during its "Operation Checkmate" in July, 2008. The request is the first step in seeking compensation for the six years she spent in FARC captivity.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/21/2010 - 12:15
Angelina Jolie is visiting Ecuador to bring attention to Colombian refugees in honor of World Refugee Day. The violence and fighting that has been going on for decades between the FARC and the Colombian government has caused over a hundred thousand innocent people to flee the country. In addition to the refugees, many people do not know that Colombia is second only to the Darfur region of the Sudan with an estimated one million internally displaced people.
By Grace Bastidas | 05/19/2010 - 16:00
Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes took time off during his busy recording schedule this past Saturday to receive an award for his humanitarian work at the annual Fedex/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami. The event was a benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research center.
By Grace Bastidas | 03/25/2010 - 13:51
ChocQuibTown has been burning up stages with their hip-hop fusion ever since breaking out in 2006 with Somos Pacificos, a record that garnered the Colombian act a Best New Artist nomination at last year’s Grammys. They recently released their sophomore effort, Oro out on Nacional Records (10.99, amazon.com), and are still in high demand.