Meet Nuvotv’s Chief Creative Officer: Jennifer Lopez

It was announced last week that the international music star would have a solidified role within the English-language Latin network, as it plans to relaunch in July.

Her connections with the network have lasted two years, after they first reached out to her to represent the network as its face. As she expressed her opinions of the programming on the network, it grew into something bigger.

Lopez will be directly involved with the channel’s advertising and marketing branding.

A 90-minute biographical specialon Lopez will also air on the network, but Lopez also wants the network to put the spotlight on other latin artists as well, not just use the channel as a vehicle for herself.


NBC, Blake Shelton Organize Oklahoma Tornado Benefit Concert

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice,” Judge Blake Shelton, an Oklahoma native, announced that he, along with NBC’s help, was organizing a benefit concert for victims of the deadly tornado that hit the state earlier this week.

He didn’t give many details, but said the concert would be televised and his connections within the industry would give it a great lineup.

The show opened with silence after NBC aired a one-hour special about the tornado and its impact upon Moore, Oklahoma. Shelton and Miranda Lambert performed an acoustic version of Lambert’s hit song, “Over You” as donation information scrolled on the bottom of the screen.

The Glass Menagerie Returns to Broadway This Fall

Originally premiering The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts this particular iteration of Tennessee Williams’ four-character play is now set to premiere on Broadway’s Booth Theatre beginning September 26th.

The show is under a 17-week contract, ensuring that it will remain on stage until January 5th.

The reproduction of Williams’ play will be directed by John Tiffany and feature actors Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, Zachary Quinto as Tom, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as Jim.

This is not the first time The Glass Menagerie has been on Broadway. The original debut was in 1945 and has been subsequently revived five times after (the last having been in 2005).

The Glass Menagerie is set in St Louis in the 1930s and follows the story of the Wingfield family and the troubled relationship between an aging, overbearing mother Amanda andher frail daughter Laura. It is told in recalled memories by Tom Wingfield, who is torn between his obligation to his mother and sister and his desire to break away from them.


The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book

The traditional way of publishing books is good for some, but not for others. Many new authors are self-publishing their books because it’s more quicker, and you get to keep your rights. This article from PBS’s Mediashift states that: ” Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, then formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it.” “The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book” gives you the layout out of what service you will need in order to publish your book and how much that service will cost.


Condoms for HPV Prevention

Non-monogamous men who always used condoms with their non-steady partners had a 30% higher probability of clearing an oncogenic HPV infection compared with  those who did not use condoms.

Non-monogamous men who always used condoms with their non-steady partners had a 30% higher probability of clearing an oncogenic HPV infection compared with those who did not use condoms.

Journal of Infectious Diseases indicated that when sexually active men frequently use condoms, their risk for HPV was reduced.  Unlike many STIs that are transmitted through bodily fluids, HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.  According to researchers, consistent condom use offers limited protection against genital HPV infections and can help men clear existing HPV infections. The protective effects were strongest among men engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors like casual sex, and among those involved in non-monogamous relationships. Public Health officials encourage condom use and HPV vaccination for maximum protection. Since condom use is difficult to measure, in the future studies plan on including both qualitative and quantitative methods to more accurately assess consistency and correct use of condoms.

The report is here.

63 Gang Members Indicted in Massive East Harlem Overhaul

East Harlem: The New Iraq.

At least that’s what one East Harlem gang member said, according to a Facebook post the NYPD and District Attorney’s office dug up during a three-and-a-half year investigation into the neighborhood’s deadly gang violence.

“I’m 2 Glocks strapped, rolling down 112th Madison, 116th this is the new Iraq,” read a status update on Hasim Thioubo’s Facebook page.  Thioubo was part of the DA’s East Harlem house cleaning where 63 members from three rival gangs were indicted in April. Continue reading

DA Vetoes Criminal Sex Charges Against Vito Lopez

Vito Lopez. Photo via YouTube

Disgraced New York State Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who has been accused by several female staffers of sexual assault will not face criminal charges, a special investigator said on Wednesday, in a Reuters report.

This new decision comes after a thorough investigation, led by Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, into the allegations lodged against Lopez. This new determination is in spite of  the findings of The New York State Assembly’s ethics commission that Lopez had violated The Assembly’s Sexual Harassment/ Retaliation policy, according to a 70-page report which they released on Wednesday.

“Certainly, what we found is alarming,” said Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, in a seven-page statement. “However, based on our investigation, there is no basis upon which to conclude that a chargeable crime was committed within the confines of Kings County (Brooklyn).”

Lopez, 71, a Democrat from Brooklyn, was chair of the Committee on Housing before it was revealed that he settled two lawsuits with women who accused him of sexual harassment. Even more astounding was the revelation that Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver authorized a secret payout of $103,080 (which was mostly from taxpayer funds,) on June 13, 2012 to settle the lawsuits.

In fact, the recent ethics commission report revealed that Silver participated in covering up Lopez’s lewd behavior by rewarding anyone who suppressed information about the shady politician’s perverted activities with gifts, raises and plum assignments.

According to a Wall Street Journal story, Lopez’s lechery was so extreme that some women on his staff provided audio recordings of him instructing them to wear low-cut blouses, high heels and  to stay overnight with him at hotels. One female employee even contracted pink eye after Mr. Lopez asked her to put drops in his own infected eyes, according to the report.

Donovan also said that it appears that the New York Assembly was trying to cover Lopez’s tracks and made the settlement deals of Lopez’s civil suits confidential. During a meeting, Mr. Silver accepted the recommendations of Assembly staffers to enter into a confidential mediation, the report said.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver implicated himself and admitted that the confidentiality clause was an erroneous decision, Donovan said.

Even Albany tried to tranquilize Lopez by forbidding him from hiring interns or employees under the age of 21 and stripping the 14-term assembly member of his seniority. He was also hastily removed from his position as chair but Lopez refused to resign from the assembly.

Mr. Lopez’s office called the report “fallacious,” saying its findings “are simply not true.”

Lopez is one of a long list of New York politicians — including Shirley Huntley, Hiram Monseratte, Carl Kruger and others—  who in recent history have had their careers tainted by scandal.