When you think music and Miami, Gloria Estefan’s name is the first one to come to mind; and for good reason. With a career spanning more than three decades, Ms. Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan of the Miami Sound Machine have long been South Florida’s show business power couple. Having sold millions of albums and won numerous Grammys, it is safe to save to say that Gloria is a legend.
Ms. Estefan is currently working on a Broadway show about her life and the music she has made. The show is set to begin November 2015. We caught up with Gloria and Emilio at the 20th edition of The Blacks’ Annual Gala. The Cuban born singer introduced Aretha Franklin, prior to the Queen of Soul’s performance at the Fontainebleau Hotel.
We at CYInterview would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of actress Misty Upham. Recently, it was reported that the 32 year old Spirit Award nominee had died.
Ms. Upham joined us earlier this year, sharing her life story. It was an amazing tale of a talented actress on the rise, who grew up on in the Blackfeet Nation and ended up in Hollywood. The Washington Post mentioned our CYInterview with Misty in an article about her passing [see here].
The last year has been an exciting one for Samantha Hoopes. The 23 year old, Pennsylvanian model on the rise made her first appearance earlier this year in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The blonde beauty also worked for Guess.
Last month, Ms. Hoopes walked for the first time in Miami Swim Week. Fellow Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Nina Adgal and Hannah Davis were in the front row cheering Samantha on, as she debuted in that big week of swimsuit fashion shows.
In 2001 actress Roselyn Sanchez made her presence known in the movie Rush Hour 2. Playing an FBI agent, alongside actors Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, she portrayed a woman both alluring and tough.
Ms. Sanchez has gone on to successful roles in TV series Without a Trace, Kojak and, is currently on the hit show Devious Maids. The 41 year old actress, singer-songwriter, producer and writer recently appeared at the new South Beach hotspot Cavalli Miami, for a Venue Magazine party, where she was honored for being on the cover of the magazine.
Cavalli Miami is a restaurant and nightlife venue which opened earlier this year and is, as the name would suggest, a collaboration with famed designer Robert Cavalli. Ms. Sanchez is the Venue Magazine’s July/August cover girl.
The stars came out for the annual Catwalk for Charity event this past weekend. The yearly get-together of the Haitian community Miami’s luminaries and other celebrities benefits the Breakfast with Santa Organization. The event raises money to support underprivileged children in Miami’s Little Haiti, neighboring communities in South Florida and Haiti as well.
One of the stars in attendance this year was actress, singer and past CYInterview guest Tatyana Ali [see here]. Many will recall Ms. Ali for her role as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, among many other things. Ms. Ali, a Harvard graduate, has continued her trajectory in show business with various acting and music projects.
Misty Upham’s story strips away the perceived glitz and glamour of Hollywood. She was working as a dog walker and cleaning a home – scrubbing a floor to be exact – when she was offered a chance to audition for one of 2013’s biggest films, August: Osage County. The Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts film, which garnered various Oscar nominations, has led the Native American actress to ongoing acting work. Hers is a story of being a housecleaner one minute to appearing onscreen with one of acting’s greatest living performers, Meryl Streep, the next.
It was back in 2008 that Misty starred alongside Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo in Frozen River. That movie netted her a Spirit Award nomination. The film, which yielded Melissa Leo an Oscar Nomination, could also have brought Misty a Supporting Actress nomination.
As a teenager, Abimbola "Bim" Fernandez says she came to New York to start working on her music dreams. Now 24, the Nigerian heiress is making what she calls “a small dent” in the music industry. Though she did not receive encouragement from her mega-wealthy father in the beginning, he came around because she persevered to achieve some of her singing and performing goals on her own.
This past weekend, Venue Magazine hosted a cover party for its March/April issue at Adore Nightclub on South Beach. The publication is run by editor Alexia Echevarria of The Real Housewives of Miami fame. See Ms. Echevarria’s past appearances on CYInterview [here] and [here].
The cover girl for the March/April edition of the magazine is actress, singer, songwriter and television personality Adrienne Bailon. Many will recall her as a Cheetah Girl in the Disney movie trilogy which kicked off with the film The Cheetah Girls in 2003. The movie was about a female music group. She was also the lead singer of the music group 3LW. At the end of 2013, audiences saw her with rapper Ja Rule in the movie I’m in Love with a Church Girl. This fall viewers will see Ms. Bailon when she co-hosts the syndicated daytime talk show The Real.