Latinos Celebrate Unity through the Power of Music en Premio Lo Nuestro 2017

Premio Lo Nuestro a la Musica Latina is one of the few Music Awards Show that honor artists of the Latino community for their work and influence in the community. Last Wednesday, February 23rd was the 29th Premio Lo Nuestro hosted in Miami, Florida. As some of us may know, minorities are currently going through oppression and discrimination as a result of Donald Trump’s presidency.

If we recall, last year during his presidential bid, President Donald Trump made many bold false accusations of the country and the immigrants of it. Also misleading viewers and supporters that the citizens of the accused country for an entire race.

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.

Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.- Donald Trump. 

While there are more insults and false accusations towards the Latino race, mentioning one enough.

Later in his campaign, he was exploited in an exposed recording on the set of the Days of Our Lives, while he toured the set with former hosts of Acess Hollywood, Billy Bush. In which reflected the president’s attitude, thoughts, and respect he has for the opposite sex as his. The female. The predicted power his gender had over the opposing one.

Six celebrities who took the stage to stand against the discrimination of both races and genders are Jorge Ramo, Carlos Vives, Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, Lili Estefan, and J Blavin. The stars also took the chance to empower the community to join together and fight forces against the attackers and allow one another to inspire each other. They as participants and employees of Univision also took the night to appreciate the value of work the artists of the community had accomplished in the previous months, whether it was advocating the rights of the Latino community or music.

Jorge Ramos

A news anchor of Univision and Fusion Jorge Ramos has been under attack numerous times by President Donald Trump. Last year in May, Ramos was kicked out of one of President Trump’s press conferences. Ramos had confronted President Trump about the allegations towards illegal, (no human is illegal, a crime may be illegal, but a human is not) undocumented immigrants, the proposed construction of the wall on the southern border of the United States, and the proposed mass deportation of 11 million immigrants. After Ramos had insisted his questions be answered to get clear from the doubts of many citizens of the United States had, President Trump refused to answer and kicked him out of the press event.

Days after the incident Ramos stated he was going to challenge the authority and power as a news anchor-journalist that he is. After his attack, Ramos has informed the Latino population of all news that has put the Latino community under threat along with other notable anchors and journalists, but in specific all news related to President Donald Trump. He has also become an advocate for the social rights of the Latino community (documented or undocumented). Ramos also directed his own documentary named Hate Rising, an exploitation of hate groups rising in the Trump era.

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At the 29th Premio Lo Nuestro Award Show, Jorge Ramos made a call-to-action message while making a special tribute honoring Laurie Hernandez, America Ferrera, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jillian Mercado and Lin-Manuel Miranda for their contributions to the community of the past year. The bold statement was for the Latino viewers to take the initiative to stand up and fight all attacks against them.  The following is an English translation of his bold statement in the picture above.

“Hi, I’m an immigrant like many of you.

I’m a proud immigrant here in the United States. My name is Jorge Ramos and I work at Univision and Fuision.
You know exactly what is going on in the United States.
There’s a lot of people who don’t want us here and who want to build a wall to divide us.
But you know what? This is also our country.
Let me repeat this. Our country, not just theirs. Ours. And we won’t let them. We’re around 60 million Latinos in the United States and thanks to us, the United States eats, grows and how we’ve seen today, sings and dances.
So when they attack us we know what we’re going to do: we won’t sit down, we won’t shut up and we’re not going anywhere.
That’s what we’re going to do. Especially not shutting up. Tonight is a night of music and a night where we’re celebrating our culture and here are five people who have done extraordinary things. They happen to be Latinos.”

One excerpt of the statement that stood out to me the most was the following: “We won’t sit down, we won’t shut up, and we’re not going anywhere.” The chills that ran through my body when I saw this part of the award show were many. You could have felt the courage and unity that was in the room of the award show. Seeing an incredible power, the unity of a race and nation can reflect just amazed me. His statement showed viewers that victims will persist until fairness and respect are given, and attacks and discriminations are no longer made.

Carlos Vives

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Colombian singer and composer, Carlos Vives took the chance to directly address President Trump while accepting his ‘Single of the Year’award for “La Bicileta” his work with Colombian singer, Shakira.

“Mr. President, you want a greater America. A greater America is a united America. You have a historic opportunity,” said Vives.

Romeo Santos

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American singer born to Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants, also known as the King of Bachata, Romeo Santos received the highest award of the 29th edition of Premios Lo Nuestro; The Univision Tribute to Excellence. While he dedicated his award to his fans, family, and his team he took the chance to express his experience as an influential artist.

“The last tour I did in the US I saw many Latinos of different nationalities, different faiths, and religions. I saw union, I saw how with my music they came together on stage, that expresses to me an emotion that I can not express, more peace, less envy, less war, we all deserve respect. The Equality, Latinos, it’s very important,” said Santos.

Prince Royce

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American singer Geoffrey Royce Rojas, artistically known as Prince Royce and born to Dominican immigrants accepted his ‘Artist of the Year’ Award in the tropical music category.  He dedicated his award “to all immigrants because we are all immigrants” said Royce.

Royce has become an advocate as well for the social rights of Latinos most of all immigration.

Lili Estefan

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Cuban show host of El Gordo y la Flaca on Univision, Lili Estefan achieved 30 years of her career success in the media industry. Estefan received the ‘Career Trajectory Award’ because of the success behind her strong work ethic and dedication to her career.

After female show hosts of Univision; Daniela DiGiacomo, Alejandra Espinoza, and Clarissa Molina honored the most influential woman that night as a symbol of Lo Nuestro. They highlighted that Estefan has accompanied the awards show as a host, for more than 30 years with a charismatic and coquette personality. After a moment of a standing ovation for the most influential woman, she thanked her viewers, family, mentors, and team for the inspiration they give her on a daily basis since she started in the Hispanic television media in the United States in 1986.

Estefan took the opportunity to shine the spotlight by giving an inspiring speech to all the women in the Latino community.

Translating an excerpt of her speech in English,

“I want to inspire all of the young Latinas who are sitting there in the audience, and that want to one day will get on a stage.” said Estefan with emotions running through her.

J Balvin

Colombian rapper and singer, José Álvaro Osorio Balvin artistically know as J Balvin attempted to exclude politics in his acceptance speech when he received one of the highest awards of the night ‘Male Artist of the Year’ Award.

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“I’ve already said what I think of Mr. Trump. I think that this is a moment for us to come closer together. I do not believe this is a wrong moment. I think that it is a good moment for us Latinos to join together and show our worth to the world, to demonstrate that we are cool, it is a beauteous generation,  we are very strong,” said J Balvin translated in English.

He addressed a different audience in his acceptance speech, the millennials. He encouraged them to strive for success and their dreams, but he could not resist talking about politics.

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