View Comments On Your Feet! Related Shows As you can see from our exclusive video below, Ektor Rivera is ready to “Conga!” The acclaimed Puerto Rican performer will replace Josh Segarra as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! from July 12. The CW-bound Segarra is scheduled to play his final performance in the bio-musical on July 10 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. Ana Villafañe will continue as Gloria Estefan.A musical theater star in Puerto Rico, Rivera’s credits include Rent, Hairspray, Godspell, Piaf, High School Musical, The Outsiders and The Mousetrap. Stateside, he has appeared in Broadway and Beyond and Q’Viva! The Chosen, in which he was cast from the reality television show of the same name, produced by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Simon Fuller. Rivera’s film and additional TV resume includes Incógnita, Nene Lindo and Jimmy Kimmel Live; he is also an established visual artist. This will be his Broadway debut.Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, On Your Feet! features a book by Alexander Dinelaris and follows the Estefans’ journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping, smash hits, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Mi Tierra,” Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” and “Reach,” in addition to an original song written by Gloria and her daughter Emily Estefan.The cast also includes Andréa Burns as Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo; Alma Cuervo as Gloria’s grandmother, Consuelo; Alexandria Suarez and Fabi Aguirre as Little Gloria; and Eduardo Hernandez & Kevin Tellez as Nayib/Young Emilio. Ektor Rivera photographed on the PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017
By Dialogo March 31, 2009 Speakers at a forum here organized by the the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism sounded the alarm against the growing criminalization of Indians’ social protests in Latin America, especially in Mexico. The U.N. special envoy for Mexico’s indigenous peoples, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, said at the IMADR event in Berlin that while some governments were promoting freedom for minorities, in practice these new policies are not being applied. “Indigenous peoples have a long history of suffering discrimination throughout Latin American countries and many of them are still the victims of racism, injustice, corruption and violent repression,” he told Efe. Stavenhagen criticized the fact that attacks on Indians have become “generalized” in countries like Colombia and Mexico – where a month ago two Indian human-rights activists were found murdered – while in others like Guatemala and Ecuador “the situation is not very good either.” “The laws that have been passed may be more or less wonderful, but there are big lapses in implementing these statutes,” he said. Stavenhagen said, however, that concrete measures are being taken in response to minority complaints, such as the decision this month by Brazil’s supreme court to create the reservation known as Raposo Serra do Sol. The new reservation, which occupies some 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres), is inhabited by about 18,000 people of the Macuxi, Taurepang, Wapixana, Ingariko and Patamona ethnicities. “We have good and bad situations, although apparently the bad ones are more permanent than the good,” he said. Stavenhagen signaled loss of land as one of the chief survival problems of these minorities, whose territories in coastal and wooded areas have been taken over for “exploitation by giant corporations” searching for water and raw materials. The IMADR forum, organized in conjunction with the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, a Gypsy rights group, was held under the title “Maintaining the rights of minorities: lessons and challenges from Europe, Africa, Asia and America.” IMADR was founded in Tokyo in 1988 and is a consulting body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
LifeNews 1 April 2014The Mississippi legislature has approved a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and now the bill heads to the governor for his signature. The measure is similar to legislation pending in Congress and in other states that points to the pain babies feel in abortions as a reason to ban them.The bill, which bans abortions after five months of pregnancy passed in both the state House and Senate, by a 41-10 margin, today and now goes to pro-life Governor Phil Bryant.“Late term abortions are deadly for both mother and child,” noted Dr. Yoest. “A woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (five months) is 35 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. At 21 weeks or more, she is 91 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. Such horrendous statistics show the wisdom of the Mississippi legislators who moved today to enact common-sense limits on a dangerous procedure,” said Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest. “I want to commend State House Representative Andy Gipson and State Senator Joey Fillingane, who led the way in pulling together pro-life majorities in support of a measure that will protect women from such horrific deaths witnessed in clinics across the country,” said Dr. Yoest.Diane Derzis, who owns Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, promised someone would file a legal challenge to the bill if it becomes law.http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/01/mississippi-legislature-passes-ban-on-abortions-after-20-weeks/