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Heavenly Reyna Releases Acoustic Version of Upcoming Single “EXIT”

Pop prodigy Heavenly Reyna has released the stripped-down, piano-driven version of her anticipated upcoming single “EXIT.” Press here to listen to the acoustic track, a quirky, pop-infused ballad which compares the pain of heartbreak to the agony of LA traffic. The accompanying video finds Heavenly with nothing but a piano as she reflects on the anguish left behind in the wake of a breakup. Press here to watch the “EXIT” acoustic video.

“As a trilingual artist, I love global stories that we can all relate to,” says Heavenly. “I’ve grown really fast on Twitch and ‘EXIT’ has always been one of my most popular songs there because everyone can relate to heartbreak and agonizing traffic. I like the juxtaposition of comparing a breakup to traffic as it adds a twist to the song.”

Heavenly celebrated the release of the acoustic version of “EXIT” with a special Twitch livestreamed release party which Twitch promoted on their front page. In addition to performances during the livestream, Heavenly partnered with Røde Microphone to host a giveaway for viewers that tuned in. Press here to view their Twitch channel.

Readying to step into her own, and previously releasing music under the moniker Mozart, “EXIT” marks Heavenly’s first release under her birth name. A prolific singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Heavenly has brought together her love of music and her diverse experiences into her songs including her previous single “Push You Harder,” an inspiring, female empowerment anthem about succeeding in the face of adversity which received acclaim from LA Weekly, Celeb Secrets, and Pasadena WeeklyPress here to watch the music video for the track which was written shortly after Heavenly’s 17th birthday and draws inspiration from strong women throughout history.

Raised in 48 countries as her family travelled the globe and documented their adventures as travel bloggers, Heavenly shared her experiences of how these ventures played an influential role in her life in a 2016 TED Talk. Using her music as a cultural bridge to bring people together through relatable storytelling that transcends individual cultures, Heavenly is fluent and crafts songs in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. She has gone viral on TikTok for performing covers of popular songs in a multitude of different languages, recently catapulted to over two million channel views on Twitch after becoming a partner, and headlined shows on her European solo tour.

Since kicking off her musical career as a teenager, Heavenly featured next to Ariana Grande in her “God is a Woman” music video, appeared on MTV songwriting with Bebe Rexha, was a featured singer in both Halsey’s and Lindsey Stirling’s documentaries, starred in in the Brat series The Talent Show, and was crowned the winner of the International Songwriting and Unsigned Artist competitions. Taking her talents into the world of acting, Heavenly also won a Best Actress Award for her dramatic lead in the film Rose, and recently starred in two new thrillers, Fame at a Deadly Cost and Glass Darkly.

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Havana Film Festival New York 2021

HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK IS BACK! 

SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2021

Celebrating Latin American Cinema since 2000

HFFNY returns to NYC in its 21st edition with Movie Premieres and Masterclasses

Showcasing top Latin talent at Village East Cinema and Instituto Cervantes

September 17-23, 2021 the 21st Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is back in theaters, with an exceptional program of over 30 films from Cuba, Latin America, and the U.S. Featuring a diverse slate of films, HFFNY 2021 highlights the Cuban cultural legacy through its most inspiring creators in addition to new releases from across Latin America competing to win the Havana Star Prize in fiction and documentary. This year’s program also includes retrospectives, roundtables, and master classes guaranteed to open minds and start conversations.

The 21st HFFNY will showcase films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. The festival offers a cinematic window into the multiple perspectives that make up the Latin American diaspora, and will foster an environment for industry professionals, film lovers, and Latinos to enrich and expand their vision of Latino culture. Filmmakers will join us from around the world to introduce audiences to their stories, interpretations, and approaches to the art of making movies.

Special guests to be announced. A full schedule of films will be announced August 11th. Visit

HFFNY’s website for regular updates.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 

SCREENINGS AND FREE EVENTS

From a nostalgic tale of a childhood in Havana to an absurdist Argentinian drama in which a listless millennial sets out on a series of short encounters as the world flirts with possible apocalypse, HFFNY has a movie for everyone. Films will be screened during the afternoons and evenings with FREE panels at 11AM on Saturday and Sunday. Masterclasses, retrospectives, and other special events will be presented in partnership with local cultural organizations and educational institutions, free of charge and open to the public.

TRIBUTES TO THOSE WE LOST

In recognition of two Cuban filmmakers that we lost this year, Juan Carlos Tabío (1943-2021) and Enrique Pineda Barnet (1933-2021) the Havana Film Festival New York is celebrating their contributions to the field of filmmaking with screenings of the newly restored versions of some of their earlier films.

  • Se Permuta / House for Swap

Juan Carlos Tabío | Cuba | Fiction | 1983 | 103min

A charming farce about Cuba’s housing shortage, and the first sitcom produced by Cuba’s film

institute, it was widely received as a hilarious guide to the heart of Cuban society.

  • Giselle

Enrique Pineda Barnet | Cuba | Docu-Fiction | 1965 | 90min

A thrilling performance film that follows Cuba’s immortal ballerina, Alicia Alonso, in her

acclaimed portrayal of Giselle in the eponymous ballet that made her an international star

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF CLASSIC CINEMA

  • The Newsreels – Santiago Álvarez (ICAIC)

Produced weekly by Cuba’s foremost montage filmmaker from 1960 to 1990, these newsreels

captured Cuban revolutionary history and world events from a distinctly Latin American populist

perspective.

BOX OFFICE AND DISCOUNTS

HFFNY offers ticket discounts to students and senior citizens, and through its selection of Festival passes. It also advertises time-limited reduced price sales for screenings and events on its social media pages. For more information, follow us on social media at @hffny and visit the website.

HFFNY FESTIVAL VENUES

Village East Cinema: 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Instituto Cervantes: 211 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

HFFNY Virtual Cinema. Follow HFFNY via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Lío Ibiza × The Mayfair Supper Club

The dates are now official for the year’s most anticipated dining-entertainment experience. Marking its debut in the United States, Lío Ibiza by Pacha Group will bring its legendary cabaret from its Spanish island hideaway to Bellagio October 18-31 for a special takeover of The Mayfair Supper Club.

Beginning today, guests can submit reservation requests via Mayfair Lio website  to experience an evening like no other in Las Vegas. After submitting requests, guests will be contacted by a Mayfair Lío representative to confirm availability and reservation details. With intimate seating and high demand for the two-week takeover, guests are encouraged to reserve a spot early as the experience is anticipated to sell out quickly.

At Lío Las Vegas, guests become part of an all-night soiree, dancing and dining, immersed in a show stopping over-the-top production that evolves throughout the night with the iconic Bellagio fountains serving as a stunning backdrop.

Expect the unexpected. Sanity with a bit of madness, provocation, elegance, and beauty.

For more information, please visit the Mayfair Lio website.

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Elvis Costello × Sebastian Krys – Spanish Model

ELVIS COSTELLO & SEBASTIAN KRYS REMODEL THE ALBUM, THIS YEAR‘S MODEL, INTO SPANISH MODEL, A DARING, FIRST OF ITS KIND RECORD

THE ALBUM FEATURES ONLY THE ATTRACTIONS’ ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES WITH NEWLY RECORDED VOCALS BY LATIN POP AND ROCK ARTISTS SINGING COSTELLO’S LYRICS TRANSLATED AND ADAPTED INTO SPANISH

16 SONGS PRODUCED BY MULTIPLE GRAMMY AND LATIN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER SEBASTIAN KRYS, FROM AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY ELVIS COSTELLO

FIRST SINGLE UNVEILED TODAY IS JUANES PERFORMING PUMP IT UP

SPANISH MODEL DUE SEPTEMBER 10 VIA UMe

Elvis Costello and longtime collaborator, 18-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY award-winning producer, Sebastian Krys, have brought together a stunning international cast of some of the biggest Latin rock and pop artists from around the globe to interpret Elvis Costello and The Attractions’ album, This Year’s Model, entirely in Spanish. The inspired Spanish-language adaptations are set to the band’s classic studio performances, culled from the original master recordings, which have been newly mixed by Krys, revealing a new power and intensity to The Attractions’ 1978 instrumental performances. The mixes, sometimes running on, allow us to now hear “What Happened Next:” Costello and Mick Jones of The Clash lock dueling rhythm guitars in a thrilling coda to “Pump It Up” or Pete Thomas almost demolishing his drum kit at the end of “No Action.” There is even the occasional vocal cameo appearance by the bandleader, but the album can now be enjoyed in an entirely new way. Spanish Model is set for release September 10 via UMe.

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As Costello and Krys began to think of artists that would be a good fit, they discovered that This Year’s Model was an important record to many artists in the pan-Latin world, but its true nature had never been fully appreciated because of the language barrier. They enlisted many Costello fans, a few who Krys and Costello felt would be a great fit for the song, and all of whom have stellar careers and were excited to participate and bring their own styles to the immediacy and poignancy of the original songs, helping to create an entirely new listening experience.

Spanish Model features such artists as: Cami, Draco Rosa, Fito Páez, Francisca Valenzuela & Luis Humberto Navejas (lead singer of Enjambre), Gian Marco & Nicole Zignago, Jesse & Joy, Jorge Drexler, Juanes, La Marisoul, Luis Fonsi, Morat, Nina Diaz, Pablo López, Raquel Sofía & Fuego, Sebastián Yatra, and Vega. They sing these timeless and universal songs, which have been expertly translated and adapted into Spanish to retain their meaning, energy, attitude, and wit. The concept represents what may be a first: an artist replacing their vocals with newly recorded performances by other artists singing in another language, backed by the original music. The full track listing is below.

  1. No Action – Nina Diaz
  2. (Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea ((I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea) – Raquel Sofía y Fuego
  3. Yo Te Vi (The Beat) – Draco Rosa
  4. Pump It Up – Juanes
  5. Detonantes (Little Triggers) – La Marisoul
  6. Tu Eres Para Mi (You Belong To Me) – Luis Fonsi
  7. Hand In Hand – Francisca Valenzuela y Luis Humberto Navejas
  8. La Chica de Hoy (This Year’s Girl) – Cami
  9. Mentira (Lip Service) – Pablo López
  10. Viviendo en el Paraiso (Living In Paradise) – Jesse & Joy
  11. Lipstick Vogue – Morat
  12. La Turba (Night Rally) – Jorge Drexler
  13. Llorar (Big Tears) – Sebastián Yatra
  14. Radio Radio – Fito Páez
  15. Crawling To The U.S.A. – Gian Marco y Nicole Zignago
  16. Se Esta Perdiendo La Inocencia (Running Out Of Angels) – Vega

The album includes 16 tracks drawing from the original U.S. version of This Year’s Model (Pump It Up, Radio Radio, This Year’s Girl, The Beat) plus several other songs from those sessions. The album will be available on CD, digital and 180-gram vinyl.

This Year’s Model, which has been newly remastered, will also be released concurrently on CD and 180-gram black vinyl with the addition of Big Tears and Radio Radio. A limited edition version, that pairs both Spanish Model and the new pressing of This Year’s Model together as a 180-gram double LP, will be released exclusively via Elvis’ website, uDiscover and Sound Of Vinyl webstores.

Today’s launch is heralded with the release of an exciting video from Colombian superstar Juanes, whose own recently released Origen album was also produced by Sebastian Krys and featured Pete Thomas on drums. His exhilarating performance of Pump It Up, (with its spitfire lyrics now in Spanish) manages to match the same intensity and feel as the original, while Costello’s original backing vocals provide the trademark chorus and an instant familiarity. The video plays on this by transforming Costello’s signature video by rotoscoping the original and inserting Juanes’ head in place of Costello’s to create a playfully updated version that’s a perfect blend of the old and new, that this daring album embodies. ‘Pump It Up’ is such an iconic and signature song from Elvis’ amazing repertoire, that it was a real honor to have the chance to sing with the original 1978 recording and be a part of that propulsive energy, Juanes said.

Spanish Model exudes the same kind of energy and spirit as the original but with a Latin twist. With 19 featured artists representing 10 countries and territories across the Spanish-speaking world including:  Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, plus several from the United States. The album is truly a global, collaborative affair. Costello’s spiky guitars collide with band mates Steve Nieve’s carnival-esque keys and the urgent, propulsive rhythms of bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas, as The Attractions virtually back a host of Latin music legends, contemporary stars and burgeoning artists for a set of thrilling Spanish-language performances imbued with each artist’s singular identity and style.

The idea for Spanish Model dates back to 2018 when it was sparked by a request by showrunner, David Simon (The Wire, Treme), to turn This Year’s Girl into a duet with a singer, Natalie Bergman for the opening credits of the second season of his show, The Deuce. Shortly after that came to fruition, allowing Costello to hear his song in a new way, he had a dream where he heard This Year’s Model, but in Spanish. With his curiosity and interest piqued he called his frequent collaborator, Argentinian-born, Latin GRAMMY Producer of the Year, Sebastian Krys, about the idea of having artists sing the entire album over the original backing tracks. It wasn’t long before the two were figuring out how to make the dream a reality.

Since releasing, My Aim Is True, in 1977, the ever musically curious Costello has allowed himself to follow his artistic desires wherever it takes him, often into unpredictable yet exciting territory. Across more than four decades, the iconoclast has reveled in exploring the human condition through a wildly diverse catalog that includes collaborations with Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, Paul McCartney, T Bone Burnett, Brodsky Quartet, Spinal Tap, Anne Sofie von Otter, The Roots and his wife, Diana Krall along with many others spanning a dizzying array of genres, from country and jazz to orchestral, pop, rock, experimental and beyond, all the while keeping his audiences on their toes. After winning a Grammy for Look Now, his 2018 album with The Imposters, Costello recently released a French language EP, featuring French adaptations by Iggy Pop, Isabelle Adjani, Tshegue, Etta Somatis & AJUQ of songs from his acclaimed 2020 album, Hey Clockface.

Part of the fun of this project is its unexpected nature, Costello said. Although, I think people in my audience that have been paying attention are pretty much used to surprises by now.

When Elvis told me the idea, Krys said, it took me about 15 seconds to answer. I have been in so many situations where I was trying to turn Latin artists onto Elvis Costello’s music. The feedback I heard most often was ‘I love it. I wish I knew what he was saying.’ Spanish Model is an opportunity to turn an entire side of the world onto this great record and through these voices, get these ideas out. Lyrically, This Year’s Model is still relevant today, what the songs have to say and how they say it.

Costello and Krys worked closely with all the artists and in some cases with several songwriters, including Elsten Torres, Ximena Muñoz, Luis Mitre, Andie Sandoval, and Vega, to adapt the lyrics so the Spanish versions would seamlessly capture each song. With the lyrics in place, each artist set out to record.

The translation was key as Luis Fonsi explained: The lyrics felt really natural. Nothing stuck out, and you can’t just read it. You must sing the lyrics to really know if the song will work or not. From the first time I started singing ‘You Belong To Me,’ it just felt natural. It’s true to the original lyric. It has that same energy.

It’s tricky, Fonsi said, because you want to respect the original version. I tip-toed my way around it. Do you veer off a little bit? What’s the perfect combination?

I had a blast singing ‘Triggers,’ La Marisoul said. The translation was beautiful. I just love ballads where I can get down and sing.

Costello first hinted about the release last year when he created an October surprise playlist, 50 Songs for 50 Days, which included a, briefly available, preview of Spanish Model with Gian Marco and Nicole Zignago’s politically charged version of Crawling To The U.S.A. Costello and Krys recently discussed the origins of Spanish Model at the 2021 Latin Alternative Music Conference last month.

This Year’s Model is about desire and how that relates to love, fashion and to the male gaze towards women and control, especially in political control over us all, Costello said. I don’t think there’s anything that somebody in another language would not have encountered. Some of the lyrics might be a little obscure because I use peculiar English idioms, but I constantly fall in love with records in other languages in which I don’t even know one or two courtesy words. What you respond to is the humanity, the pride, the sorrow, the celebration.

Ultimately, Spanish Model echoes the personal journey of celebrating influences and inspirations that Costello has embarked upon in countless creative ways over the years, whether taking him outside his comfort zone, expanding his musical repertoire or, as with this project, discovering something new altogether.

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Natan × Shander unveil new single Ojos café

Natan and Shander, the original performers of “Poblado” (74 million views on YouTube) and “Poblado remix” (43 million views on YouTube), present their new single “Ojos café”, an urban song with romantic and catchy lyrics, available as of today on all digital platforms.

Natan & Shander belong to the record label Black Koi Entertainment with the management of La Industria INC. They are currently emerging as the new famous duo within the urban genre, thanks to the international success of their song “Poblado: and “Poblado Remix.”

The duo is originally from Cartagena, Colombia, and living in the city of Medellín, a place that has produced great Latin music stars such as J Balvin and Karol G. Natan and Shander begin to savor unstoppable success, and their sensual- urban-funk style, with tones of the original reggae, has made them make a big difference within the urban genre industry.

“Ojos café” authors are the same interpreters together with Crissin, the latter was also responsible for the production of the song with Alexander Rojas Pineda “The Big Pieces” and Luis Alberto Ambrosio “Daymebeats”.

“Ojos café” premieres with its official video clip. An audiovisual piece with a very organic aesthetic, which revolves around the life of a beautiful girl with perfect brown eyes. The filmmaker was Felipe Zapata with the production of ADB Films, and it is available to all fans through YouTube.

Enjoy “Ojos café” today on your favorite digital platform.

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Nio Garcia × Bad Bunny × J Balvin – AM Remix

AM REMIX BY NIO GARCiA WITH BAD BUNNY AND J BALVIN TAKES OVER BILLBOARD’S CHARTS, THE SONG IS ONE OF THE MOST LISTENED SONGS GLOBALLY

# 1 Latin Digital Songs Sales, # 7 Global chart, # 10 Global 200,

# 4 on Hot Latin Songs, # 2 Latin Streaming Songs

Just a week after its release, AM remix by Nio Garcia with J Balvin and Bad Bunny has become the most powerful song of the summer and has entered on Billboard’s most important lists. The track made its official debut and, thisweek, is at #1 on Latin Digital Songs Sales, #2 on Latin Streaming Songs, #7 on the Global chart, # 10 on the Global 200, #41 on the Hot 100 and # 4 on Hot Latin Songs.

AM remix, released under Flow La Movie and distributed by GLAD Empire, is a refreshing song that tries to highlight the desire and passion between a man and a woman who enjoy life to the fullest without any commitment. In this version Bad Bunny and J Balvin give it their personal touch by raising the subject to a new level. Without a doubt, the song was written by the artists themselves and produced by Yama, Xound, Botlok and Flow La Movie.

I am extremely happy and very grateful to the fans, to Balvin and Bad Bunny and my work team who have given me their support from the beginning. It really gives me immense joy to know that the song is one of the favorites worldwide. says Nio Garcia.

So far, AM remix has more than 66 million views on YouTube and is still in the Top 10 of the platform’s trending videos.

On the other hand, the original version of AM is one of the most listened to songs globally on Spotify and in addition to being among the 15 most popular songs on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart (which unites all genres from the Latin market such as Tropical, Regional Mexican and, of course, reggaeton), this week it received a gold record certification by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

ABOUT NIO GARCIA

Nio Garcia is a Puerto Rican urban music singer who in 2012 joined the renowned company in the industry, Flow Music; a company founded and managed by legendary producer DJ Nelson. In 2013 his career transcended in Latin America when he starred in the film Reggaeton The Movie, which is based on the reggaeton genre in the nineties. In mid-2015 he was signed by the Flow La Movie company and together with Flow Music he presented his first single, Infinitamente. His career transcended with the hit Te Bote (2018) with Darell, Casper Mágico, Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Bad Bunny, which won No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. His music video has surpassed 2 billion views on YouTube.

Watch the official video for AM Remix here.

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Surfside Collapse Updates

As rescue efforts continue and further investigation is made into the Surfside building collapse, the death toll rises to 32 and 113 remain unaccounted for. 

The remaining structure for the Champlain Towers South building was demolished on Sunday night. Living residents were not permitted to enter the premises to retrieve their property in advance, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis remarked, “Obviously it wasn’t worth the risk, we cannot lose any more people.” The sister building, Champlain Towers North, was also evacuated out of an abundance of caution, as well as other nearby complexes with safety concerns like Crestview Towers.

Hurricane Elsa threatened further damage and destruction, which was ameliorated by the demolition. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said, “The looming threat of that building – the dangerous situation where debris could fall down – is now eliminated.” Rescue efforts can now continue in full force, while search and rescue teams strive to retrieve all survivors and remains from the site. However, now 11 days after the initial collapse, anguished families are losing hope that they will ever be reunited with their loved ones.

Victims range from ages 4 to 92. Amongst the victims are at least four children, including the 7-year old daughter of a Miami firefighter, Stella Cattarossi. 113 residents still remain unaccounted for, with at least 70 of those missing confirmed to be in the building at the time of the collapse.

Investigation into the cause of the collapse reveals a complicated history of building safety failures and major structural damage, which also reflects onto the larger, flawed system of building safety recertification. 

Regulation dictates that nearly every building in the Miami Dade County area must be examined and recertified after 40 years and every 10 years thereafter the first recertification. The Champlain Towers board had begun this process in 2018 when they brought in engineer Frank Morabito to review the tower. Morabito reported that failed waterproofing caused major structural damage, adding that “failure to replace the waterproofing in the near future will cause the extent of the concrete deterioration to expand exponentially.”

Morabito detailed the major design flaws in original construction, specifically focusing on the waterproofing below the pool deck and around the garage – two of the primary locations of damage in the initial collapse. “Abundant cracking and spalling of varying degrees was observed in the concrete columns, beams, and walls,” he wrote, attaching images of “new cracks radiating from the originally repaired cracks,” as a result of failed attempts to patch the concrete quickly.  He warned the board that repairs would be extremely expensive and cause “a major disturbance to residents.” 

Morabito’s report also identified additional problem areas and complaints from residents. The New York Times reported that “residents were complaining of water coming through their windows and balcony doors, and the concrete on many balconies also was deteriorating.”

The board forwarded this report to city officials, but Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said officials there knew nothing of this report, thus confirming suspicions that building regulation enforcement is too lax or enforced unevenly across the board. In response, Mayor Cava announced a 30-day audit of all buildings over 40 years old.

Resident Jay Miller recalled that almost everyone in the building knew of the 2018 report, but the concern wasn’t so much the structural damage as the cost of repairs. The exorbitant price of the repairs, estimated around $9 million in 2019, caused infighting and tension amongst the Champlain Towers board members, and ultimately led the majority of the board to resign by fall of 2019. 

Efforts to comply with recertification and address building damage continued in 2020 when residents were informed about upcoming repairs. They were told about design flaws in water drainage and structural damage, but not given an accurate understanding of the extensiveness of the damage or warned that collapse was a potential risk. Different language has been used over the years by a variety of people to describe the damage, possibly contributing to different understandings of the severity of deterioration or urgency of repairs. 

Morabito’s services were employed again when Morabito Consultants was brought on board in June 2020 to plan and prepare for extensive repairs, but the coronavirus pandemic slowed progress in rectifying building damage. Water issues in the roof were also found at this time, though it is unknown how or if the roof’s condition contributed to the collapse.

A report by researchers at Florida International University detailing where land in Miami was sinking only served to complicate matters more as it indicated that the land on which the Champlain Towers were built is a hot spot for sinkage. Researcher Shimon Wdowinski estimates the building has sunk into the ground at least 2 inches and has been sinking for over two decades. 

A letter by board president Jean Wodnicki from April 9, 2021 revealed that the board did not have enough money to pay the now $15.5 million tab of repairs. However, they are likely now facing even more costs in lawsuits to come.

Morabito Consultants has since released a statement clarifying their involvement with the history of building damages at Champlain Towers: “Our firm exclusively provides engineering consulting services. We do not provide construction-related services, such as building repair and restoration contracting. We are deeply troubled by this building collapse and are working closely with the investigating authorities to understand why the structure failed. As we do so, we also continue to pray for all those impacted by this tragic event.”

Search and rescue efforts will continue as we learn more about the circumstances behind the collapse. City of Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll says, “We continue to remain focused on our primary mission, and that is to leave no stone unturned and to find as many people as we can and to help bring either some answers to family and loved ones or to bring some closure to them.”

Written by Sydney Mayer

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OMEGA X – VAMOS

OMEGA X THRILLS WITH DEBUT MINI ALBUM VAMOS AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK

“The 11 of us are thrilled about the release of Vamos, our new start, and meeting the fans. We poured our hearts into this album, and now we’re ready to share that energy with our fans. Thanks for your attention and support for our first album.” – Omega X’s Jaehan

Omega X have made their official debut with their five-track Mini Album Vamos, along with a music video for their title track.

Omega X’s first mini album Vamos means ‘let’s go’ in Spanish. The album starts with the instrumental ‘OX Win Ha!’ which introduces our worldview. Then there’s the title track ‘Vamos,’ full of strong beats and hip-hop elements, followed by the charming and kitschy ‘Ice Tag’ and EDM track ‘Omega X.’ The last track ‘Younger’ is dedicated to our fans.” – Omega X’s Hangyeom

Introduced by Spire Entertainment as the “Avenger-class” boy group, the 11 members are excited for the second chance in their careers, as all of them have been a part of groups that are now inactive or disbanded. Their music video for Vamos features powerful beats and high-energy choreography. This Mini Album expresses the members’ excitement for a new beginning and their love, gratitude, and wishes for the fans to follow them on this new adventure.

ABOUT OMEGA X

Omega X is an 11 member K-Pop group signed with Spire Entertainment. Omega (Ω), the last letter of the Greek alphabet, symbolizes the end, while the letter X denotes the unknown with infinite possibilities. Combined, Omega X symbolizes constant change and growth.

All the members of Omega X have previously appeared on reality TV audition programs or debuted with other K-Pop acts. Now they are getting a fresh start and have re-introduced themselves to their fans through Spire Entertainment’s reality show, Loading – One More ChanX, ahead of their official debut in June 2021

The members and their agency believe that liking someone and becoming a fan is not simply a process of sharing the artist’s musical inspiration with their fans. Human empathy plays a big part in this. All the Omega X members have their own special stories, and through those stories, they hope that fans can relate and resonate with each member’s personality and music.

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El Alfa Nominated For 2021 Premios Juventud

El Alfa El Jefe, stands as a nominee for Premios Juventud 2021.

The idol of dembow El Alfa, stands, for the second consecutive year, as a nominee for the Premios Juventud gala, which will be held on July 22nd in Miami, Florida.

El Alfa adds another great achievement to his artistic career, by appearing as a nominee for the Premios Juventud 2021 Gala, in a category that suits him like a glove: Tropical Mix (Song with the best tropical collaboration), due to the success of the song Beben in which he shares verses with Colombian star Camilo.

The song Bebe had its premiere in November 2020, and it is a song with such a contagious rhythm that to this day it adds an impressive number of more than 211 million views on YouTube and counting, making it an instant viral success.

The Alfa has enjoyed a successful year, also preceded by the song Pikete, a collaboration by Dembowsero with the pioneer of the urban genre Nicky Jam (9.7 million views).

The Premios Juventud Gala will be held on July 22, through the Univision screens, and El Alfa fans will be able to vote for their favorite through the website.

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The Murder of Fort Hood Soldier, Vanessa Guillen

By Emmet McGeown


“How can this happen on a military base? How can this happen while she was on duty? How can this just happen and then let it go under the rug like it was nothing?” These were the words of Mayra Guillen, sister of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, who has been missing for months and is now confirmed dead.  

On April 22nd, Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Hispanic Small Arms and Artillery Repairer, went missing. She was last seen alive at a parking lot at squadron headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. For months, Pfc. Guillen’s family held out hope that their beloved was still alive, yet the discovery of remains near the Leon River, north of Austin, has vanquished that hope. While the FBI is still awaiting a positive DNA analysis, the family believes that the remains belong to Vanessa.  

Yet, this story does not begin with her disappearance nor does it end with her death. Prior to her vanishing, Pfc. Guillen, according to her sisters, was having difficulties with sexual harassment while stationed at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Texas. The attorney representing the family in the case revealed that Guillen had confided to her sisters and several other soldiers that a superior had walked in on her while taking a shower and that he proceeded to sit down and watch her. Other relatives and Pfc. Guillen’s boyfriend have noted on social media that something is “not right” and that Vanessa felt unsafe at the military base.  

However, during a press conference on Thursday, July 2nd, senior special agent for the Fort Hood Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Damon Phelps, reported that there was no evidence backing the claim that she had been sexually harassed. He affirmed that “there has been no information — and we have interviewed hundreds of people… There is no credible information about that.” Despite this rebut by CID, family attorney, Natalie Khawam said, in an interview with PEOPLE, that she believes Pfc. Guillens was sexually harassed by Spc. Aaron David Robinson.

Spc. Robinson was the leading suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance, and as authorities caught up with him on Tuesday evening, he shot himself. It has since been revealed that Robinson was, in fact, responsible for the murder of Pfc. Guillen’s. Guillen’s was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory where she worked, according to the family’s attorney. They made this discovery through an extensive investigation, in which witnesses divulged that they saw Robinson transporting a large box labelled “very heavy in weight.”

Then, after consenting to an examination of his cellphone records, court documents reveal, it was discovered that Robinson made several phone-calls to his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar on the night of Apri 22nd and into the early hours of the April 23rd. After being interviewed multiple times, Aguilar finally told investigators that her boyfriend had murdered Guillen. She also revealed how she and her boyfriend had met up and dismembered Guillen’s body together with a “hatchet or machete type knife” and, after attempting to set her corpse on fire, buried Guillen’s body parts in three different holes. Texas Rangers have since arrested Aguilar and she now faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  

The issue of sexual harassment within the Army remains a problem in this case, given that Guillen’s family, according to their attorney, claimed that Vanessa was planning on reporting Robinson the day after she was murdered, and had delayed over fear of reprisal and inaction. Yet the Army says there exists no credible evidence that she was sexually harassed before her disappearance, and in a statement from the Fort Hood Press Center, officials said that the criminal investigation “has not found any connection between sexual harassment and Vanessa’s disappearance.” They plan to continue their investigation in light of new revelations. 

Lupe Guillen, another sister of Vanessa’s, told NPR that her sister wanted to be in the military since she was a little girl, “she wanted to be a fighter. She wanted to be a hero. She wanted to be someone in life. … The military failed her.

The family is now pushing for legislation to create an independent agency for soldiers who are victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

After a year Vanessa’s fiancé speaks out claiming “They failed us,” see the full ABC interview here.

For more updated information and to read other statements from family and friends click here.

It has been a year since Vanessa’s body was found and her family members, friends, and fellow military members still have many unanswered questions. While it is assumed that Vanessa’s killer was one of another soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Aaron Robinson, the army is still investigating. Her fiancé spoke to ABC last week, discussing his anger and frustration at the lack of answers and closure he, her family and friends have. Many are upset with how the Army handled the situation and investigation. Interrogating her friends instead of going after Robinson, who many suspected from the beginning.

Her family now hopes that the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” bill, which will make sexual harassment a crime in military law will be approved and help prevent other soldiers from being harassed while defending their country, and other families from feeling the loss they do.

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