Around the Net: In Rearview, Marketers Preparing For Brazil

London In Rearview, Marketers Preparing For Brazil 
Direct Marketing News
Global Olympic partners like Visa, GE, and Coca-Cola are planning their campaigns for the next games early. And marketers from host countries are also getting up to speed. Tourism boards such as Embratur in Brazil are already launching their campaigns, many of which will continue even after the international events end. Visa and GE both said they’re planning marketing campaigns for the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio games; both declined to provide further details. Coca-Cola is currently performing an “after-action review” on its 2012 London campaign to decide how to approach future Olympic marketing efforts, says Claudia Navarro, the company’s global director of Olympic Games marketing. – Read the whole story…Observers Fear Soda Ban Expansion 
QSR Magazine
Observers in the foodservice industry are looking at the sugary-beverage ban scheduled to take effect in March in New York. They are hoping what happens in New York stays in New York. Unfortunately, “what happens in New York tends to spread to other municipalities very quickly,” says Andrew Moesel, spokesman for the New York State Restaurant Association. “We are clearly a place where other cities look to determine their policy, and that’s why this proposal could be problematic, not just for New York City, but for a nation as a whole.” –Read the whole story…Lincoln Hopes To Rebound, Shows New MKZ 
Detroit News
The new Lincoln MKZ is a looker, and a reflection of how badly Ford’s Lincoln brand wants back into the luxury consideration list. The MKZ is one of four new Lincoln models in coming years. But an older customer base and a competitive luxury market mean Lincoln has a lot of work ahead. “Ford needs to make a statement about what the brand is – because that’s not been clear – and where the brand is headed,” said Michelle Krebs, an auto analyst at about the importance of the MKZ to Lincoln. – Read the whole story…UK Ad Spend Up
UK advertising spend increased 3.8% year-on-year in the second quarter, exceeding earlier forecasts by 0.9 percentage points, with growth driven by the Jubilee and Euro 2012, as well as advertisers moving budgets forward for the Olympics, according to the latest Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report. Ads on cinema led with a 23.9% increase, ahead of online (14.8%), radio (9.4%), TV (4.4%) and out-of-home, which got a pre-Olympics boost of 9.9%. – Read the whole story…

Armstrong Out At Livestrong 
Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong cancer support charity he founded. Nike dropped him over the doping scandal that will likely cost him his seven Tour de France titles. Yet, Livestrong donations have actually increased despite the scandal. Anheuser-Busch is also ending its relationship with Armstrong, as is Trek. Oakley Inc, the sunglasses brand said it was reviewing the reports into the cyclist’s conduct and awaiting a final decision from the sport’s international authorities. A Radio Shack spokesman said the electronics retailer remains a sponsor of Armstrong and Livestrong. – Read the whole story…

Good Time For Ruger In Gun Country 
Now’s a good time to invest in gun maker Ruger, which is doing really well right now. Gun ownership is at a near 20-year high, generating $4 billion in commercial gun and ammunition sales. Because of the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wis., and elsewhere, and fears about President Obama’s position on gun control, “the country is arming itself,” says CL King analyst Jim Barrett. With an estimated 300 million guns, America is, by far, the most heavily armed nation in the world. – Read the whole story…


Figueroa named VP News at WTVJ | Media Moves


Migdalia Figueroa has been named Vice President of News at WTVJ, The NBC O&O in Miami. She is the first hire of new station President and General Manager Manuel Martinez, who was appointed to the position in February.
Migdalia will start the new job on March 26. She joins WTVJ from Telemundo where she was Senior Vice President of Local Content for the Telemundo Station Group, overseeing all news and local content produced by network’s 14 owned stations.
Migdalia has been with Telemundo for 7 years. Prior to her current role in 2010, she was Vice President of News at WSCV-51, the Telemundo O&O in Miami. She previously spent 15 years at Univision, working in several news roles in New York and Miami. She was also General Producer of “El Show de Christina.”

Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte Presents Celia Cruz


Photographic Exhibition Celebrates the Woman, the Diva, a Mentor and Friend

©2011 Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte

Miami, Fl 10/20/2011-(The Cuban Art Project)  For a woman to succeed in the world of Latin music she had to break through cultural taboos and wrongly conceived commercial perceptions. No one cracked that gender barrier like Celia Cruz – the undisputed Queen of Salsa.

Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, longtime friend and personal photographer celebrates this iconic salsa mega-star in a photographic exhibition staged to open on October 20th at 7:00PM at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, located at 928 Simpson Street in the Bronx, New York. The exhibition will run from October 20 to November 21, 2011 and will include ephemera and a dress worn by Celia. “Celia was an inspiration for me, she was the light. Watching Celia perform live was a gift,” says Rodriguez-Duarte.

Born on October 21,  Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso lived a life larger than most. Her career spanned over fifty years and she recorded more than 70 albums—including a bounty of gold and platinum records—five Grammys, four Latin Grammys and countless hit songs. She joyfully introduced the soulful sounds of Latin music to audiences around the world.

“I had the honor and pleasure of
photographing Celia for fifteen
years. I’ll never forget her smile
and her amazing energy. The
biggest thing about Celia is that
she never knew how great she
truly was. She always made me
feel so proud to be Cuban.” added Rodriguez-Duarte.

Through the lens of this accomplished photographer, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with Fashion Stylist Tico Torres, share many images and recount intimate stories of their unique fifteen-year friendship. From quiet backstage moments to explosive live performances, fans will enjoy this contemporary portrait of Celia Cruz, who despite her fame was always warm, full of life, full of music, and full of  ¡AZÚCAR!

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© Antonio Guerrero

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

LosAngeles County Museum of Art
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Art Institute of Chicago
National Gallery of Art Washington DC
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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Allentown Art Museum
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Des Moines Art Center
Detroit Institute of Art
El Paso Art Museum
Fine Art Museum of San Francisco
Georgia Museum of Art
Georgia O’Keefe Museum
High Museum of Atlanta
Honolulu Academy of Arts
The Huntington Library, Art Collections – LA
Indianopolis Museum of Art
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Jewish Museum, New York
Kalamazoo Institure of Arts
Kimbell Art Museum
Long Beach Museum of Art, LA
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
National Museum of Mexican Art
Miami Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Museum of African Art, New York
Neuberger Museum of Art, New York
New Orleans Museum of Art
North Carolina Museum of Art
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
Orlando Museum of Art
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Pennsylvania Academy of Arts
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Phoenix Art Museum
Portland Museum of Art ( Maine )
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
Tacoma Art Museum
Tampa Museum of Art
The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu
Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Whitney Museum of American Art

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Hammer Museum, UCLA
Princeton Art Museum
University of Iowa Museum of Art
Yale University Art Gallery
University of Minnesota, Weisman Art Museum

2010 Minority Business Award Winners to be Honored During Minority Chamber of Commerce 10th Anniversary

Miami, Florida (November 10, 2010)– The Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is pleased to announce the 2010 10th Anniversary Annual Gala Awardees. The Minority Chamber of Commerce aspires to recognize and reward the most dynamic, visionary, and innovative leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, public servants, journalists, educators, and international leaders will be honored for a decade of service and leadership to the Minority Communities over the past ten years. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala on November 18, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Doral Resort & Spa located at 4400 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33178.

Minority-owned and professional firms continue to play a critical role in the recovery of our economy,” said MCC National Director Doug Mayorga. “The businesses we recognize through these awards have created jobs, expanded the local tax base, given back to their communities, and most importantly, are models for sharing best practices with the rest of the minority business community.”

The National Minority Awards are designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs and professionals based on the challenges their business has overcome, its total revenues, total jobs created, and the economic impact the business has had on its community. MCC also recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community.

WHAT:  Gala to honor National Leaders Award winners

WHERE: Doral Resort & Spa located at 4400 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33178.

WHEN: Thursday November 18, 2010 6:00- 10 p.m

MEDIA COVERAGE: MCC  and this awards gala are open to the press.  Interviews with award winners can be scheduled by contacting Maria Loaisiga at 786-260-1965 or by Email to: