Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Diego Luna is Directing Calle 13's New Music Video!
Diego Luna is Directing Calle 13's New Music Video!

Diego Luna’s second feature, Abel—about a nine-year-old boy who becomes the man of the house—is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. So what does a thespian of his caliber do in between screenings? He directs a Calle 13 video, of course.


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Ricky Martin Isn’t the Only Musician with a Biography

Ricky Martin’s memoir, Me, doesn’t hit shelves till November 2, so if you’re anxious to know more about the former Menudo’s life as a dad or his decision to reveal his sexuality, you’ll just have to wait. In the meantime, there are a few tell-all books that should satiate your curiosity about life away from the recording studio for some of our favorite music makers. Get reading!


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Selena Gomez Nabs Emmy!
Selena Gomez Nabs Emmy!

And the Emmy goes to…Selena Gomez! Well, sort of. The Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, starring Gomez, was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program this past Saturday at the Creative Arts ceremony. (That’s the event before the actual Primetime Emmys on August 29.)


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Christina Aguilera, Supporter of the Arts
Why Christina Aguilera Wants to Charge You $5000 per Ticket

Can you spare $5,000? That’s the starting ticket price for a gala fundraiser that Christina Aguilera is headlining on September 25. The money benefits special exhibitions and programming at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).


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Enrique Iglesias Couldn’t Get a Date When He Was a Teenager

When you think of Enrique Iglesias, do the words “shy” and “insecure” come to mind? Probably not. But as it turns out, the smooth crooner we all know and love wasn’t always so, um, smooth, as he revealed on Saturday’s episode of MTV’s When I was 17.

“I wasn’t good with the ladies till I had a hit record,” said the now 35-year-old singer. “I was afraid of being rejected. I just didn’t have the guts to go up to girls and ask them out."


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Celebrate Latino Heritage through Music and Advocacy
Celebrate Latino Heritage through Music and Advocacy

Listen up! The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has joined forces with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the Mexican Heritage Corporation (MHC) to organize a series of concerts in California that not only honor Latino culture but also spread awareness about the need for immigration reform. That’s something we can get behind.

So mark your calendars:


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15 Musicians You Never Knew Were Latino

Most of them may not sing—or rap—in Spanish, but all of these musicians can certainly lay claim to some degree of Latin-ness. And whether they’re 1/18th Mexican, as in Fergie’s case, or half Puerto Rican like Maxwell, we’re proud to sing their praises.
 


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Selena Gomez Rocks the Teen Choice Awards

Selena Gomez has come a long way since her Barney & Friends days. An actress, singer and fashionista, she cemented her reputation as a triple threat at last night’s Teen Choice Awards at Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles.


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On Tour with Bomba Estereo

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:


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Who’s that Girl? Meet Sophia del Carmen

Half-Guatemalan, half–Costan Rican singer Sophia del Carmen has already worked with Pitbull and Akon and opened for duo Wisin y Yandel on tour.


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