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The ALMA Awards Show Is Returning To Television After A Three-Year Hiatus

After a three-year hiatus, The American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) show is coming back. The award show, which was the only nationally broadcast English-language show celebrating Latinos in arts, media and music, is partnering with Fuse media to return the annual program. This is thanks to a multi-year agreement with the media company.

The ALMA awards have a long history of uplifting Latino talent and trailblazers during the past 23 years.

Originally called The Bravo Awards, the ALMA Awards were created from a research study conducted by the NCLR and the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The two organizations pointed out the lack of quantity and quality of representation that Latinos received in the media. Back in 1995, Jennifer Lopez was the first host of the award show. Since then stars like Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez have hosted the ALMAs and have been a big part of production of the show.

Fuse Media is hoping to “lift the voices of Latinos and other underserved communities” with this year’s ceremony.

Organizers say they will present a re-envisioned show celebrating Latino heritage and leading entertainment and media personalities through an engaging, inclusive format. Fuse Media will tap live-event producing team Done + Dusted, which has worked with Stand Up To Cancer, iHeartRadio Music Awards and Co-Producers of the 2018 Emmys, to produce this years ALMA Awards.

“Fuse Media (and its predecessor SiTV), since day one, has been committed to building a unique entertainment platform to lift the voices of Latinos and other underserved communities and in so doing, celebrate our diverse, multicultural nation,” Fuse Media CEO Michael Schwimmer said in a statement. “I cannot think of a better way, especially today, to embrace this mission than by partnering with UnidosUS to reimagine the ALMA Awards.”

The ALMAs was the first award show recognizing strides in Latino advancement.

CREDIT: ALMA Awards / Facebook

The award show has given some of the rising Latino stars in entertainment a platform and audience to spread their new projects. The awards show has honored everything from music to television to movies.

Selena Gomez acknowledged the importance of the awards to her family and community in 2008, the year before she hosted.

The ALMAs have always tried to highlight Latino representation whether it’s the big screen or on television, that includes “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The show was one of the first Disney shows to star a Latina character as its lead role. Gomez was nominated for her role in the show in 2008.

This is the start of a new era for the ALMA Awards that will build on its old successes with hopes to create new narratives for Latinos.

The history and production of the ALMAs has been inconsistent going back to its start when no show was produced back in 1996 and also from 2002-06. Janet Murguia, UnidosUS President and CEO, hopes this is the start of a yearly tradition that Latinos can look forwards to.

“We are proud to have the ALMA Awards back as part of our organization’s 50th anniversary, and to host the first ALMAs under our new name,” Murguia said in a press release. “Now more than ever, Latinos must reclaim the narrative of our place in U.S. society, and as always, ALMAs is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate everything our community contributes to American culture.”

More details and a specific award show date to be announced.


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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”

Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Inconceivable?

Just when we thought the ‘80s classic The Princess Bride was untouchable in terms of facing a remake, Quibi decided to take it on amid the current pandemic. According to The New York Post, the American short-form mobile video platform is going DIY with the beloved film. The celeb-studded film will see the stars use their phones to film and edit the series. The homemade fan film will premiere exclusively on the platform and will debut two chapters at a time.

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner and her husband Joe Jonas are set to play the lead romantic couple… with a twist.

Turner will take on the role of lovestruck Westley while Jonas will take on Princess Buttercup. Joining the couple is an all-star cast that includes Beanie Feldstein, Zazie Beetz, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish. Actor Fred Savage, who played the role of The Grandson in the original film, will also return, this time as… The Grandson. So it will most certainly be funny.

“The actors will trade-off roles throughout scenes, each paying homage to The Princess Bride in their own unique way,” the New York Post reported about the fan-made film. The outlet also revealed that in order to keep up with scenes that require crowds, they’ll use Legos and stuffed animals.

Turns out COVID-19 inspires creativity?

Fortunately, this reboot has a pretty great purpose other than staving off boredom.

Quibi has pledged to donate $1 million in honor of the homemade fan-made film to give to World Central Kitchen, an organization striving to provide meals to those in need during the pandemic.

The first chapter of this quirky project is set to debut on June 29.