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After Three Years Off The Air, The ALMA Awards Are Back Honoring Latino Entertainers

Earlier this year we reported that the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards would be joining forces with UnidosUS and Fuse Media to bring audiences a new and improved program for our people. The Latino-focused award show was on a three-year break from 2015 to 2017 but it’s back and better than ever.

Here’s some of the excitement that went down during the 2018 ALMA Awards.

After three years with no presence, the ALMA Awards hosted their ceremony in Los Angeles honoring the biggest names in Latin entertainment.

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Former ALMA honoree Wilmer Valderama, who won in 2013 for Outstanding Social Activism, served as the host of 2018 ALMA Awards.

Amara La Negra attended and performed “Insecure.”

The Afro-Latina artist spoke about the importance of her ALMA Awards performance wrting on Instagram: “I am so Grateful for every opportunity God Puts in my Path. Lord Thank you for soo many blessings. I’m too focused and determined for distractions. Tunnel vision.”

Puerto Rican reggaeton star J.Álvarez was both an honoree and performer.

J.ALvarez posted his appreciation for being an honoree on Instagram. The singer spoke about the importance of the ALMA Awards giving Latino artists and activists a platform to spread their culture within the United States and beyond.

Miguel was also honored for his contribution to Latin arts.

The singer dedicated his award to his grandmother who recently passed away. The singer spoke about his grandmother leaving Michoacan, Mexico in the 1940s and giving up her dreams for her family’s future.

Young Latina activists were also awarded for bringing awareness to global warming.

At 16 years old, Jamie Margolin is just getting started. The teenager organized a march on Washington about the need to effectively and decisively tackle climate change.

Samantha Fuentes, a Parkland shooting survivor was also honored for her fight for gun reform.

Fuentes survived the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. Since then, she has teamed up with other young women fighting for gun reform.

The award show was held just days before the midterm elections, so several presenters and guests spoke about the importance of voting.

We can always count on Gina Rodriguez to make us passionate about being civically responsible.

Speaking of Rodriguez, her show “Jane the Virgin” was honored that evening.

This show has done so much for the inclusion of Latinos in Hollywood, and they prove how much representation matters.

Aside from the awards and performances, let’s discuss the fashion.

Actress Francia Raísa looked stunning in all white. The actress from “Grown-ish” became a household name when she donated her kidney to help best friend Selena in her fight against Lupus.

We can always count on Adrienne Bailon to bring the class to the red carpet.

The ALMA Awards is the award show to showcase your Latinidad and amazing style.

Singer Ally Brooke slayed on the red-carpet and stage because she exudes that former Fifth Harmony magic.

The former Fifth Harmony member performed her new single “Vámonos” and the crowd could not get enough of her performance.

Emily Tosta, star of the new “Party of Five” was spectacular in a Rhea Costa gown.

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Congrats to all of the winners, presenters, and performers. What was your favorite part of the new ALMA Awards?


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

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Miguel & Christina Aguilera Sang Coco’s ‘Remember Me’ For Disney’s Singalong Special

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Miguel & Christina Aguilera Sang Coco’s ‘Remember Me’ For Disney’s Singalong Special

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ABC went all out over the weekend with their second round of “The Disney Family Singalong” and man will it ease your worries.

If you didn’t already tune into the television special when it aired the first time around on April 16, the latest episode is definitely one to join in on. ABC started the new program in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and is meant to rally families, friends, and celebrities together for a night of entertainment, laughs and songs. The new series has already featured some of Disney’s most beloved musical numbers from its classic films which are sung by the top musicians currently in the game.

Last month, in April, stars like Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Beyoncé, and others gathered around their cameras to sing to families across the country for “The Disney Family Singalong.” The event, which was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, saw performers in their home environments using minimal equipment and “a whole lot of harmony” to get fans watching to join in on the fun. To make things seamless, the lyrics which featured Disney’s most popular songs were displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Anyway, for Mother’s Day, ABC kicked off a second episode of the special and it was pretty dang magical.

For “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II,” ABC really reached for the stars, wrangling in the likes of Katy Perry, Idina Menzel, and John Legend.

But the best part of the night came when Miguel and Christina Aguilera joined forces to sing a bilingual rendition of “Remember Me” from Coco.

During their portion of the singalong special, Miguel and Aguilera belted out the lyrics to the Disney-Pixar classic singing both in English and Spanish. Making the performance even more special, an all-female Mariachi band joined in to bring life to the song’s melody.

‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.

While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.

We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.

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No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.

Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.

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The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.

ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.

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Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.

But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.

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They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.

We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.

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Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.

While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.

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Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?

Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.

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How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.

Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.

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You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.

However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.

Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending