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Lopez lobbies for Latinos in TV

Jennifer Lopez says Latinos in the United States are starting to realize their power in politics and media, making the timing good for her latest undertaking: lobbying for greater diversity in TV programming.

The entertainer spoke Wednesday at the Cable Show, a communications convention, ahead of new programming set to launch July 18 on the NUVOtv network. Lopez serves as chief creative officer of the English-language Latino channel.

“It’s an extension of who I am as an artist,” she said about her new role in an interview with the Associated Press. “As I grow in this business – I’ve been in the business close to 20 years now that creative spark that you have doesn’t go away. It keeps growing almost.”

The actress-singer-dancer said these are exciting times across the board for Latinos.

“There’s a big revolution going on, it’s like a media and cultural revolution of Latinos here in the United States,” she said. “We’re realizing our power. We’re realizing that we matter here. You know, we’re not just, you know, the guys working behind the scenes in the kitchens and as a plumber.”

‘Duck Dynasty’ records holiday album

O come, all ye faithful “Duck Dynasty” fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year.

The men – and women – of the Robertson family that star in A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will be putting down their duck calls and putting on their most festive camouflage gear for their first Christmas album, “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.”

Universal Music Group of Nashville will release the album on Oct. 29.

“Faith, family and ducks – in that order – have always been our priorities,” said Willie Robertson, chief executive officer of the Duck Commander sporting empire. “Christmas is an important holiday for us not only because of our strong faith but also our holiday family traditions.”

Bush celebrates 89th birthday

Former President George H.W. Bush was showing off his love for colorful, outlandish footwear by donning Superman socks to celebrate his 89th birthday.

Bush spent Wednesday with his family at their summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. A birthday photo released by his office in Houston shows a smiling Bush on a golf cart, wearing red and blue socks with the DC Entertainment comic hero logo – complete with tiny capes on the back.

The birthday bunch

Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 74. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 70. Comedian Tim Allen is 60. Actress Ally Sheedy is 51. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 51. Actor Steve-O is 39. Actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are 27.


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