<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Music News, Concert Photos, Reviews, and Celebrity Music]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/music http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.com en-usWed, 16 Jan 2019 01:18:31 -0800Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:18:31 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Snoop Lion Would Love to Show Kids How to Smoke Pot]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 10:58:33 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/AP100819031830.jpg

Of all the conversations Snoop Lion is awaiting to have with his three kids one day, there's one that has puffed its way ahead of all the others.

Snoop said in a recent interview with GQ magazine that he wants to have a sit down with his children about marijuana.

The legendary rapper, who changed his name in July from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion after a "spiritual awakening" during a trip to Jamaica, said he's looking forward to having the cannabis conversation.

"It's not that I would ever push weed on our kids," the rapper said in the January issue of GQ, "but if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won't get nothing put in their s--- or overdose or trying some s--- that ain't clean."

His three children range in age from 12 to 18.

Last year, Lion, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested when a drug-sniffing K-9 found several joints and a prescription bottle with a half-ounce of marijuana in a trash can on his tour bus at a border inspection point in Texas.

Lion was arrested, issued a citation for misdemeanor drug possession and eventually released. 

<![CDATA[Autographed Michael Jackson Memorabilia May Be Phony]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:27:07 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Michael-Jackson-Pic.jpg "I would definitely stake my reputation on the fact that these autographs are not authentic," autograph authenticator Roger Epperson told NBC 4 Los Angeles after examining signatures from 50 of nearly 300 recently auctioned signed items.
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<![CDATA["The Voice" Crowns Cassadee Pope]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 04:42:13 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cassadee-pope.jpg

Cassadee Pope was named the Season 3 champion of "The Voice," after surviving more than three months of weekly scrutiny from packed houses, national television audiences and four certified music stars, as well as 63 other hopefuls.

"I feel amazing, thank you to everyone who voted for me, Blake… Seriously, it's been so fun," said Pope.

Pope beat out Terry McDermott and Nicholas David, who finished second and third, respectively, on the strength of Monday's soaring rendition of Fath Hill's "Cry."

Mentor Blake Shelton basked in the victory, while fellow judges Cee Lo Green, a tuxedoed Adam Levine and birthday girl Christina Aguilera could only applaud.

Along with the title of Season 3 champ, Pope will get $100,000 and a record contract with Universal Record Group. But no one walked away empty-handed, as all three were presented with the keys to a new KIA car earlier in the evening.

Judge Blake Shelton came into the night supporting two finalists, Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott, while Cee Lo Green was backing Nicholas David.

This marked Shelton's second win as a coach. Last year’s champ, Jermaine Paul, had also been a member of Team Blake, while Season 1 Champ Javier Colon had been mentored by Adam Levine.

Though all the finalists took the stage Tuesday night, the victor was determined by Monday's performances. Pope was the last finalist to sing, taking on Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen,” with an assist from Shelton, before going solo on "Cry."

Before the coronation, however, was a night of live music from some of music's biggest stars, all four judges and one R&B legend.

Rihanna began the evening's entertainment with a performance of her twelfth No.1 hit, “Diamonds,” giving an atypically reserved delivery.

All the other finalists came back to sing: Amanda Brown, Trevin Hunte and Dez Duron teamed up with Nicholas David to sing the Boyz II Men classic “End of the Road,” in what was the best of the "bring-back" performances.

But the highlight of the evening had to be Motown great Smokey Robinson and Nicholas David doing a duet on Robinson's timeless 1979 hit, "Cruisin'." The Killers took a respite form their tour to sing "Here With Me," with a little help from Pope; Kelly Clarkson did "Catch My Breath" with an assist from McDermott and Pope.

McDermott did a duet with Peter Frampton of Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way"; Bruno Mars distinguished himself among the current crop of pop stars wih a soulful take on his new single, "When I Was Your Man"; and Avril Lavigne sang "I'm With You" with Pope.

For the final song of the evening, Shelton, Levine, Aguilera and Green set aside competitive differences long enough to do a version of Green Day's "Time of Your Life," with Levine playing acoustic guitar, as a montage of the four of them played out on screens at the back of the stage.

It was something of a goodbye, as this was the final show all four judges would do together, as Usher and Shakira will be replacing Aguilera and Green as judges for Season 4.

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<![CDATA[Jenni Rivera Memorial Date Set]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:45:08 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jenni+Rivera.jpg

The family of Jenni Rivera announced that a private memorial service will be held for the recently deceased singer on Wednesday at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

The memorial - called a "Celestial Graduation" by her family - will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and be led by Minister Pedro Rivera Jr.

"We will celebrate the graduation into heaven, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister Jenni Rivera," the statement read. "We appreciate the privacy and discretion given to the family on the day she is laid to rest. The burial services will be privately held."

Rivera died when the private plane she was traveling on crashed in a mountainous region of Mexico on Dec. 9.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., to Mexican immigrant parents, Rivera sold more than 15 million albums worldwide throughout her career and was a household name in Mexico and to Spanish speaking communities throughout the United States.

The 43-year-old mother of five was one of the biggest stars of banda, a brass-based, percussive form of Spanish-language pop music invented in northern Mexico but played heavily throughout the American Southwest. Banda traditionally was the domain of men, and Rivera's emergence and eventual dominance in the genre was groundbreaking.

Rivera's fame was expanding prior to the crash, thanks to a stint on television as the star of her own reality series "I Love Jenni" on Telemundo's mun2 cable channel, and the recent announcement that she had signed to take the lead role in a sitcom for ABC.

The company that owns the luxury jet on which she was traveling is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the agency seized two of its planes earlier this year as part of the ongoing probe.

The Rivera family requested that in lieu of flowers at the memorial, donations be made to the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation - the charity founded by the singer which offers support services to single mothers and victims of both domestic and sexual abuse.

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<![CDATA["The Voice" Soars]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:05:47 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-the-voice-coaches-ah.jpg

 The first sign that "The Voice" was poised for its strongest season yet came early on, during the blind auditions.

Unlike the usual "American Idol" initial mix of the brilliant, the bad and the borderline psychotic, the four "Voice" coaches faced – or chose not to face – singers all seemingly worth a turn of the chair.

Three months later, “The Voice” is headed for a dramatic Season 3 finale, powered by some outstanding performers with a talent quotient reminiscent of the glory days of “Idol” – but with sounds all their own.

"The Voice" isn't ending without an "Idol"-style controversy. We're among those furious that Trevin Hunte, whose stunning performance of "And I am Telling You I am Not Going" proved the season highlight, got booted Dec. 11.

Still, his unfortunate departure highlights a depth of talent that can be seen ­– and heard – in the three remaining contenders: Nicholas David, who looks and sings like a latter-day Doobie Brother; Scottish rocker Terry McDermott, who looks like a Bay City Roller and sings like Rod Stewart; and Cassadee Pope, who looks like she might very well take the top prize and exit singing a happy tune.

McDermott and Pope are on Blake Shelton’s team, while David is a protégé of Cee Lo Green, leaving fellow coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera out of the grand finale mix. But that’s just a subplot: While the coaches and their rivalries are a key part of the show, the primary emphasis of “The Voice” is where it belongs – on the contestants.
That’s probably the biggest difference between the NBC show and Fox’s “Idol,” which has suffered in recent years from panelist shufflings that too often overshadow the music. “The X Factor,” which is set for its own season finale on Fox this week, benefited from the additions of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato this season. But the bickering – particularly former “Idol” bad guy Simon Cowell vs. Lovato, and Cowell vs. L.A. Reid – detracts from strong performers like 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, perhaps the best bet to earn the top prize, a $5 million recording contract.
Sure, the banter among the coaches on “The Voice” can get heated. But Shelton, Levine, Green and Aguilera frequently encourage and praise rival acts – a stark contrast from, say, Reid’s bitter criticism of Cowell’s favorite group of the moment, Fifth Harmony.
The novelty of “The Voice,” of course, could fade, and the show could be risking overexposure by producing 30 one or two-hour installments over 14 weeks. Next season, Usher and Shakira are set to spell Green and Aguilera for a cycle, potentially altering the so-far winning chemistry.
Season 4 is expected to arrive in the spring, when “Idol,” still the big daddy of the genre, is a couple of months into its 12th outing. The new judges lineup boasts Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, whose battling already is making publicity friendly headlines, as well as Keith Urban and holdover Randy Jackson.

In the end, success – at least for the contestants – should come down to whose voice soars highest. The two-night “Voice” finale on Monday and Tuesday seems worth a spin of the chair to face the music. In the meantime, check out a promo below:



Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Owner of Jenni Rivera's Plane Denies Drug Connections]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:06:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jenni+Rivera.jpg

The man who runs the business that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera says he has never been involved in drug trafficking and that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has dogged him for more than two decades without ever proving a single narcotics connection.

DEA spokeswoman Lisa Webb Johnson has said two planes owned by Las Vegas-based Starwood Management were seized by the agency in Texas and Arizona this year, but she declined to discuss details of their ongoing investigation. The agency also has subpoenaed all the company's records, including any correspondence it has had with a former Tijuana mayor long suspected by U.S. law enforcement as having ties to organized crime.

Christian Esquino, 50, who runs the business and has a long and checkered legal past, told The Associated Press on Friday that the DEA has been investigating him since the 1980s around the time he sold a plane in Florida to a major trafficker who later used it as part of a massive smuggling operation.

The federal government has also claimed Esquino is involved with Tijuana's notorious Arellano Felix cartel, he said, a charge he vehemently denies.

"The DEA has been investigating me my whole life," Equino told the AP in a telephone interview from Mexico City. "They can investigate me all they want and they can investigate Starwood all they want, but they're not going to find anything."

"I would have to be the smartest drug trafficker in the world to be able to stay away from a drug conviction with the DEA looking at me under a microscope for 20 years," he added.

The 43-year-old California-born Rivera died when the plane she was traveling in nose-dived into the ground last week. Rivera was an internationally known star who sold more than 15 million records in her career.

Esquino said the singer was considering buying the aircraft from Starwood for $250,000 and the flight was offered as a test ride. The 78-year-old pilot and five other people were also killed. Esquino said the pilot was an experienced airman with more than 24,000 hours flight time, and that Rivera had been considering buying a plane from Starwood for some time.

"She was a very nice lady and I'm very sad that this happened," he said. "It's a terrible accident."

He did not have any information on the cause of the crash.

"We're a legal business that has now had a terrible tragedy and we're basically licking our wounds right now," he said.

Esquino's legal woes date back to the late 1980s, and he says it's all part of an aimless witch hunt by the U.S. He said the government wrongly assumes he must be involved in drugs just because he is a successful Mexican businessman in the high-end aviation industry.

He was indicted in the early 1990s along with 12 other defendants in a major federal drug investigation that claimed the suspects planned to sell more than 480 kilograms of cocaine. He eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring to conceal money from the IRS and was sentenced to five years in prison, with all but about six months suspended.

Cynthia Hawkins, a former assistant U.S. attorney who handled the case, said it began with the arrest of Robert Castoro, who was at the time considered one of the most prolific smugglers of marijuana and cocaine into Florida from direct ties to Colombian drug cartels. Castoro was convicted in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison, but he began cooperating with authorities and had his sentence reduced to 10 years, Hawkins said.

Esquino said he only pleaded to the money charge to avoid a much lengthier sentence in the narcotics case. He said he came under scrutiny because he sold a plane to Castoro for about $220,000 that he later learned was used to smuggle drugs.

As the years dragged on, the DEA kept dogging Esquino. He said a DEA agent called him on his mobile phone in Mexico in September offering a deal.

"You tell me what cartels you work with and I'll stop seizing your airplanes," Esquino said the agent told him. "I said, 'You're wasting your time.'"

Esquino, a Mexican citizen, was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to committing fraud involving aircraft he purchased in Mexico, then falsified the planes' log books and re-sold them in the United States. He now denies that charge as well, and has since been deported.

This year, the government seized two Starwood planes in Tucson and Texas: a Gulfstream jet and a Hawker 700 worth a combined $2.5 million.

The DEA also has subpoenaed all of Starwood's records dating back to 2007, including its relationship former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank-Rhon, a gambling mogul and member of one of Mexico's most powerful families. Law enforcement officials have long suspected Hank-Rhon is tied to organized crime but no allegations have been proven. He has consistently denied any criminal involvement.

Esquino said Hank-Rhon's involvement with his company was only through renting planes.

"The DEA has destroyed my business, they have destroyed my reputation. That's how they win," Esquino said. "They can't get me on a drug conviction because they have nothing on me, but they destroy my life in the meantime."

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<![CDATA[Music, Comedy Heavyweights Rock Sandy Benefit Concert]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:45:38 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sandy+Concert_03.jpg Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart and Adam Sandler were among the stars who took the stage to raise money for victims of the superstorm.

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<![CDATA[Gift Guide: 15 Luxe Holiday Beauty Buys]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:14:16 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/holidaybeauty12_thumbnail.jpg Nothing creates a warm holiday glow quite like a tree brimming with new luxe beauty products.

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<![CDATA[Ravi Shankar's Pop Power]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:42:12 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ravi31.jpg

Ravi Shankar became the most unlikely of Western pop stars: a middle-aged master of the sitar largely unknown outside South Asia who suddenly found himself hanging out with the biggest rock acts of the 1960s and playing at the likes of the Monterrey Pop and Woodstock music festivals.

But the Indian musician, who died Tuesday at age 92, was far more than a fleeting 1960s hippy-dippy fad or just George Harrison's pal or Norah Jones' estranged dad. Ravi Shankar, in his own gentle way, shook and melded the worlds of Eastern and Western music, forging a legacy whose influence resounds long after his final note.
His death, which came on the eve of the 12/12/12 show to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, served as a reminder of perhaps his greatest achievement: organizing, with Harrison, the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. The spectacle, four decades ago at Madison Square Garden, gave popular music a sense of power, responsibility and, most significantly, an expanded worldview.
Perhaps the biggest name among the superstars playing Wednesday's Garden gig is Paul McCartney, who, with John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Harrison unleashed the wave of the pop music experimentation that gave us early tastes of what some called raga rock.
Harrison, who first picked up a sitar while filming a scene in an Indian restaurant during the movie "Help!," started by putting a distinctive sitar line in the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)" in 1965. The Rolling Stones followed by memorably incorporating the instrument into the pounding "Paint it, Black."
But Harrison delved deeper, seeking out Shankar, already a top musician in his homeland, as a teacher. That led to "Love to You" on the "Revolver" album, as well as "The Inner Light," an ethereal, underrated Harrison composition that graced the B-side of "Lady Madonna." Shankar's touch, though, can be felt most deeply on the winding and weaving "Within You Without You," from the Beatles' landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band" album.
While the Beatles were inspired by a long line of musicians growing up – Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, to name a few – Shankar and Bob Dylan were among their few contemporary influences.
The Beatles' penchant for innovation sparked more pop musicians to expand their musical palettes – the results range from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" to Paul Simon's "Graceland" to the hip-hop ethos of genre-bending sampling. Shankar, whom Harrison dubbed the "godfather of world music," lived long enough to see musical boundaries dissipate, thanks to adventurous artists around the globe and an online, iTunes-driven era in which songs from all over can be summoned with a click.
Shankar tributes, at least on this side of the globe, are destined to stress his Beatle ties and assess him in Western terms. We're guilty on that account. But suspect that he'd be okay with accolades from all viewpoints. Ravi Shankar, perhaps better than any performer of the mass media age, recognized the power and value of popular music of all kinds, and died secure as a world legend.

Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Cher On Meeting David Geffen]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:56:15 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cher2.jpg Cher chats at the premiere of "Inventing David Geffen" about the first time she met David. What was her first impression of him? Plus, how has their friendship blossomed over the years?

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<![CDATA[Charity Rocks]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:18:06 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/Eric+Clapton+003.jpg

The lineup for Wednesday's 12/12/12 show at Madison Square Garden brims with superstars: Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, the Rolling Stones and The Who, among many others. But in one sense, the most significant performer on the packed bill is Eric Clapton.

The guitar great formerly know as "God" offers a direct link to The Concert for Bangladesh – the 1971 landmark show that forever tied rock and causes, giving an early taste of the power of musicians to raise money and awareness in times of major crisis.

Four decades later, the 12/12/12 fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy is poised to become the most-watched benefit yet, with a record 2 billion viewers worldwide able to join the 20,000 fans packing the Garden, via television and the Internet.

When George Harrison asked Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and other pals to join him at the Garden for two shows on Aug. 1, 1971, he couldn't have known what would come. Getting the lineup together proved the easy part – some funds were tied up for years.

Still, the concert served as both inspiration – and cautionary tale – for all that followed, most notably the epic Bob Geldof-organized Live Aid in 1985, a cross-Atlantic affair that included Clapton. Since then, we've come to expect benefit shows in times of trouble, from The Concert for New York after 9/11 to the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, which followed the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.

There’s a danger with the proliferation of star-studded benefits that the events will start to run into one another in the collective memory – or even worse, overshadow the cause. It’s likely that Live Aid is better known by many for the Led Zeppelin reunion and the classic performance by Queen (not to mention Clapton’s rendition of “Layla”), than for the reason Geldof sprung into action: famine in Ethiopia.

Whatever the cause, music-driven charity efforts are maturing and growing with time and technology. Farm Aid is still going 27 year later. Bono, whose U2 was among the headliners of the 2005 Live 8 concerts, formalized the bonds between aid, commerce and celebrity with the (PRODUCT) RED program to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. The “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon became among the first to effectively exploit the clout of the Internet, spreading the show – and cause – to a wide audience.
That event was available to a then-record 640 million homes around the world. The reach of the Internet has only increased in the nearly three years since, setting the stage for an even larger audience for Wednesday’s fundraiser.
Music brings people together. And while it can’t instantly heal, perhaps it can at least help start the process. Sure, there will be major performers on the Garden stage for the show, which benefits the Robin Hood Foundation. But the most important stars will be the worldwide audience sharing a communal experience, which, hopefully, will spur folks to take action any way they can.

Contributing is a personal decision, but there's no excuse not to tune in. God – er, Clapton – will be watching.


Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Jenni Rivera: On the Way to Becoming the "Latina Oprah"]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:23:18 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fair-Gal-07.jpg

Jenni Rivera was on the cusp of finally attaining her professional dream to become a well known name in the American entertainment industry. With a hugely successful recording career and reality television program behind her, the 43-year-old mother of five had just signed to star in her own comedy sitcom for ABC.

That dream ended Sunday when the plane Rivera was traveling in crashed in a mountainous region of Mexico. All on board were killed according to reports.

"She said to me: 'People don't really know me [in America], and that's going to change,'" said Lee Hernandez, deputy editor of Latina magazine, who interviewed Rivera earlier in 2012.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., to Mexican immigrant parents, Rivera sold more than 15 million albums worldwide throughout her career and was a household name in Mexico and to Spanish speaking communities throughout the United States.

Rivera was one of the biggest stars of banda, a brass-based, percussive form of Spanish-language pop music invented in northern Mexico but played heavily throughout the American Southwest. Banda traditionally was the domain of men, and Rivera's emergence and eventual dominance in the genre was groundbreaking.

"She was the number one woman in an industry controlled by men," Peter Castro, deputy managing editor of People magazine told "Access Hollywood Live," Monday. Castro went as far as to liken Rivera to British superstar singer Adele for her performances of songs that often explored the tragic aspects of her own life.

By the time Rivera was 16 she was married and had given birth to her first daughter. A victim herself of physical abuse during that marriage, her daughter was sexually abused by her first husband who was eventually sentenced to life in prison for the crime in 2007. Rivera went on to marry two more times, had four more children and was most recently wed to the former major-league pitcher Esteban Loaiza. The couple filed for divorce in the fall.

In 2010 she was named spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and founded the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which offered support services to single mothers and victims of both domestic and sexual abuse.

There appeared to be nothing fake or phony about Jenni Rivera, who spoke openly about her life and recalled to CNN in 2010 that she once sold cans for scrap metal and helped at her family's flea market stand during her adolescence in Los Angeles.

"Staying defeated, crying and suffering was not an option," she said to CNN of her life's tragedies. "I had to get off my feet, dust myself off and press on. That's what I want to teach my daughters."

"I Love Jenni," a televised reality show on Telemundo's mun2 cable channel began airing in 2011 and followed Rivera as she took her life on the road and juggled the demands of stardom and everyday family life. She also was a judge on the TV show, "La Voz... Mexico" ("The Voice, Mexico"), to which she was en route to continue filming when the plane crash occurred.

"She told me she wanted to be the Latina Oprah," said Hernandez. "She wanted to have her own talk show. Becoming known to American audiences was the next big thing for her."

With the announcement of the sitcom in development at ABC, that dream was finally within reach. The family-based comedy was to star Rivera as a strong, single Latina woman struggling to deal with what life throws at her.

Hernandez says her loss cannot be underestimated, particularly to Latinas: "She was one of the biggest stars in the Latina community, our readers are so saddened by the news of her death. They are devastated. And the reason they are so sad is because she was a survivor already. Every single drama you could ever imagine she survived. So for her to go down in the plane crash after surviving everything she went through, and for empowering Latinas to look at their obstacles as something they can overcome is a big tragedy for her audience."

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<![CDATA[Wild Celebrity Teens: Miley Cyrus]]> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:58:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cyrus_wild_P1.jpg It seems like only yesterday we were seeing the doe-eyed, fresh-faced stars of the teeny-bopper world being just adorable. But somewhere along the way, the teen stars acted out. These are the results.

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<![CDATA[Despite Controversy, PSY Set to Perform in D.C.]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 05:24:07 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/psy-nokiatheater.jpg

South Korean rapper PSY is still scheduled to perform at Sunday's "Christmas in Washington" concert at the National Building Museum after he apologized Friday for performing songs with anti-American lyrics at a concert protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the Iraq war in 2004.

The 34-year-old PSY, born Park Jae-Sang, said he was "deeply sorry" for performing the song  "Dear American," a song written by the South Korean metal band N.E.X.T. In reference to American soldiers, the song includes the lyrics "Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully." At another concert, PSY smashed a model of a U.S. tank on stage.

"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted," PSY's statement read, in part. "I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words."

As a young man, PSY attended college in America, studying first at both Boston University and then Berklee College of Music, but he later returned to South Korea without earning a degree.

PSY recently shot to unexpected stardom after the music video for his song "Gangnam Style" went viral and became YouTube's most-accessed video ever. The song itself, which is performed almost entirely in Korean, has also earned heavy radio play in the United States.

The "Christmas in Washington" concert, which the First Family is expected to attend, will be filmed Sunday for broadcast December 21 by TNT. Representatives for the network, which has final say over the selection of performers, told NBC News that PSY would perform as scheduled. 

The program is hosted by Conan O'Brien. Other scheduled performers are Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Scott McCreery, and Chris Mann.

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