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December 9, 2012 | By Meg James
A small plane carrying Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera is missing and believed to have crashed in northern Mexico early Sunday. The Associated Press reported the plane, a Learjet, left Monterrey about 3:30 a.m. after a concert by Rivera. The pilot lost contact with air traffic contollers about 10 minutes after its departure. It was scheduled to arrive in Toluca, near Mexico City, about an hour later. An NBCUniversal spokeswoman confirmed that Rivera was aboard the plane.
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February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the  plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.  Rivera, a native of Long Beach, and six others, including two pilots, died Dec. 9, 2012, when the private jet carrying them went into a dive, plummeting nose-first 28,000 feet in 30 seconds before hitting the side of a mountain.
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December 18, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Mexican American singer-songwriter Jenni Rivera, who died along with six other people when their Lear jet 25 crashed near Iturbide, Mexico, on Dec. 9, will receive a public memorial  Wednesday at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. The memorial is being called a "Celestial Graduation," and will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. "We will celebrate the graduation, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister Jenni Rivera," her family said in a statement.
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November 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
On the cusp of the one year anniversary of Latin music star Jenni Rivera's death, mun2 - the bilingual cable network where Rivera's family has thrived with various reality shows and specials - will remember the late singer with programming blocks in November and December. "I Love Jenni," in which Rivera served as executive producer, premiered in March 2011 and gave viewers a glimpse into Rivera's chaotic lifestyle as a mother of five and a full-charge music star. It would become the highest-rated original reality series for the mun2.
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December 10, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
On her reality television show, Jenni Rivera proved endearing to millions just by being herself. But the 43-year-old Mexican American singer, who was believed to have died in a plane crash early Sunday, also had a desire to act. Last January, Rivera attended the Sundance Film Festival to promote what would be her first and last film, the independent drama "Filly Brown. " In the movie, Rivera plays the incarcerated mother of an aspiring rapper who is trying to maintain a relationship with her daughter from behind bars.
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February 19, 2013
Some final words from the late Mexican American singer and TV star Jenni Rivera will be out this summer. Atria Books announced Monday it's publishing a memoir by the multimillion-selling artist, who died in a plane crash in December at age 43. "Unbreakable," coming out simultaneously in English and Spanish, is scheduled for July and has been authorized by Rivera's family. Rivera had worked on "Unbreakable" for several years and completed it before her death, Atria spokesman Paul Olsewski said.
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April 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The life and career of Jenni Rivera, the bestselling banda and norteña singer and multi-platforming media personality who was killed last December in a plane crash, will be explored in the exhibition "Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora," opening May 12 at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. The exhibition will examine Rivera's legacy as the “Diva of Banda” who sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Rivera also starred in her own reality TV series, "I Love Jenni," on mun2, Telemundo's bilingual, bicultural cable network.
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December 19, 2012 | By Ruben Vives and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Jenni Rivera was remembered in death the same way she was celebrated in life: on an illuminated stage, with thousands of fans chanting her name. The singer, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, was honored Wednesday with what her family called a "celestial graduation," a musical memorial that packed the Gibson Amphitheatre with 6,100 people and drew hundreds more outside. The more than two-hour farewell could have been mistaken for a concert, if not for the crowd's tears and the ruby-red casket on stage.
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February 12, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Two months after the death of Latin music star Jenni Rivera, an April 14 premiere date was announced for the final season of her Mun2 reality show "I Love Jenni. " The third and final season, filmed just before Rivera's Dec. 9 plane crash in Mexico, will include final footage of Rivera and current footage of her family as they rebuild their lives.   Before the new season rolls out, the network -- part of NBC cable networks and a division of Telemundo -- will present an hourlong special, "We Love Jenni," which will air April 7 and feature interviews from Mexican singer Thalia, rapper Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg)
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December 9, 2012 | By Meg James
Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, a popular recording artist and reality television star, is feared dead after a small plane crashed early Sunday in northern Mexico.  Mexico's Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the Learjet carrying seven people, including Rivera, was found in mountainous terrain in Nuevo Leon, just south of Monterrey. There were no survivors, authorities said. The plane left Monterrey around 3:30 a.m., following a concert that she had given, according to the Associated Press.
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May 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"LL Cool J is hard as hell," the rapper-turned-"NCIS" star proclaimed Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- news that might come as a surprise to anyone who's made the slog through his lumpy new album , "Authentic. " Yet if "Authentic" presents LL Cool J with all the intensity of the hashtag-obsessed Grammy host he's become, the veteran MC's live-wire "Fallon" performance actually delivered on his promise: Backed up by DJ Z-Trip, he ripped through his 1985 classic "Rock the Bells" (the source of the hard-as-hell boast)
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May 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The high-heeled ostrich-skin boots belonged to an ambitious and gifted young singer, one of many similar pairs she owned in the days before she could afford designer labels. The silky couture evening gown was a totem of that same woman's meteoric rise to success as a multi-platforming artist. She wore it during a sold-out performance at Staples Center in 2011. And the Spanish-language Bible was a Christmas gift from her parents, Pedro and Ramona, who inscribed it with these words: "Make sure you carry this Bible with you everywhere you go. The Lord will bless you .... " PHOTOS: Jenni Rivera - Reactions to the tragic crash Jenni Rivera normally took it with her always, said Athena Jaharis, assistant registrar at the Grammy Museum, which on Sunday will open "Jenni Rivera: La Gran Señora," a new exhibition dedicated to the Mexican American singer-songwriter, actor and entertainment entrepreneur.
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April 24, 2013 | By August Brown
Fans of radio-station round-tables, norteño titans and pop stars on the make will have to find a new venue to see their favorites. The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will close in September as part of a massive overhaul of Universal Studios. “We, like music lovers across Los Angeles, will miss Gibson Amphitheatre,” said Bret Gallagher, president of North American Concerts, Southern California/Las Vegas for Live Nation, in a statement today.  “It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike.  The list of musicians that have played here is simply staggering...
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April 18, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Rapper Filly Brown (Gina Rodriguez) is tomboyish and politicized, spitting lines like "Do you even see the Latinos serving you Chinese?" over a flamenco-inspired beat. She's the sound of Los Angeles - and so too is her eponymous movie "Filly Brown," which even gives a key role to local Power 106 DJ Khool-Aid and her weekly syndicated Latin hip-hop show, "Pocos Pero Locos. " Fifteen months after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, this heartfelt drama from director-producers Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos is finally reaching theaters.
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April 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When it came to mass recognition in the United States, the late Latin music star Jenni Rivera used to say she wasn't Coca-Cola, and maybe she wasn't Pepsi either. But she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she wasn't at least akin to Fanta. The sentiment - more colorfully expressed in Rivera's words according to friend and manager Pete Salgado during a recent interview in Studio City - may partly explain why the Mexican regional superstar floated under the radar of most non-Spanish-language outlets before her death last year.
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April 12, 2013
Rick Ross' controversial lyrics that seemed to promote date rape have resulted in the superstar rapper-mogul being dropped as a spokesman for Reebok. After intense pressure from a number of organizations, including anti-sexism collective UltraViolet, the athletic company announced Thursday that it had parted ways with Ross. "Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so," Reebok said.
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January 10, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
There's no performer who can replace Jenni Rivera en los corazones de sus fanaticos . But the show must go on. So Mexican regional music star Espinoza Paz, who was planning a major U.S. tour with Rivera this year, has announced that his fellow up-and-coming regional star Gerardo Ortiz will take the stage in the absence of La Gran Señora, according to reports. The tour was scheduled to include stops in 40 cities; Ortiz's official website has a number of upcoming dates listed.
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February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the  plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.  Rivera, a native of Long Beach, and six others, including two pilots, died Dec. 9, 2012, when the private jet carrying them went into a dive, plummeting nose-first 28,000 feet in 30 seconds before hitting the side of a mountain.
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April 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The life and career of Jenni Rivera, the bestselling banda and norteña singer and multi-platforming media personality who was killed last December in a plane crash, will be explored in the exhibition "Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora," opening May 12 at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. The exhibition will examine Rivera's legacy as the “Diva of Banda” who sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Rivera also starred in her own reality TV series, "I Love Jenni," on mun2, Telemundo's bilingual, bicultural cable network.
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April 3, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Guadalajara and Los Angeles are two cities with a strong cultural connection: Many of the Mexican immigrants who've settled in Southern California have roots in Guadalajara and the surrounding state of Jalisco. The literary ties between the two cities have grown stronger too. The Guadalajara Book Fair (la Feria Internacional del Libro, or FIL in Spanish) and the University of Guadalajara organize LéaLA , the L.A.-based gathering that's the largest Spanish-language book fair in the United States.
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