File Photo** * Jenni Rivera'S SON ARRESTED JENNI RIVERA's son was arrested in Miami, Florida on Thursday (21Feb13) on the same day the late Mexican singer was feted posthumously at a Latin awards show in the city. Michael Marin Rivera was detained by cops and charged with criminal mischief, reportedly linked to minor acts of vandalism. The damage was estimated to be between 00 (Â£125) and ,000 (Â£625) and bail for the 22 year old was set at ,000. The star's family were in Miami for Thursday's Premio Lo Nuestro awards, where Rivera posthumously won all five honours she was nominated for, including Artist Of The Year. Rivera, 43, was travelling on a private jet to Los Angeles when it crashed soon after take-off on 9 December (12). There were no survivors onboard and Mexican authorities are still investigating the incident. (CL/WNWCZM/LR)** Jenni Rivera The Cable Show 2010 To Feature An Evening With NBC Universal held at Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Where: City, United States When: 13 May 2010
Jenni Rivera's Posthumous Memoir Will Be Released In July, Seven Months After The Singer's Death
Jenni Rivera's fans will get an unexpected gift this summer, when the late singer's memoir is published in both English and Spanish by Simon & Schuster, according to the Associated Press. Rivera completed the book shortly before her tragic death at the age of just 43, in a plane crash last December.
The Mexican-American singer's sister Rosie Rivera said the memoir captures the true essence of her sister's indomitable spirit. "I miss my sister every moment, but on days that I want to feel her close, I open her book written in her own words, and feel her right next to me," she said in a statement from Atria. She added that the book - entitled Unbreakable - will allow fans to "enjoy her as we have." The publisher behind the book describes it as "an intimate look into the heart and soul of this self-made woman, who ascended to the top of the charts against all odds, becoming a legend in a completely male dominated music category."
Born in Los Angeles, the Latin star started her career selling cassette tapes at flea markets before going on to sell over 15 million albums worldwide. She was noted for her work in the largely male dominated grupera genre - a type of Mexican folk music.
Filly Brown had its début at the Sundance Film Festival midway through 2012, garnering a strong opening with some great reviews. However, no one could foretell the tragedy that would befall one of its stars: Jenni Rivera. The iconic Latino singer died in a plane crash in December 2012, and Filly Brown was her first, and sadly last film role. The official trailer has now been released and the movie has finally been given a release date of April 13th 2013, after much debate over whether it should be released at all.
Filly Brown is the story of the eponymous latter-day generation Latino street poet who tries desperately to fix her broken family, which fell apart as a result of drug abuse and crime, through the use of rap. In her rise to stardom she comes up against many challenges and plenty of people trying to knock her down - her father, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, is one of her biggest obstacles.
Not only is this movie a big deal because of Rivera's co-starring role, but also because of the demographic it centres around. The Huffington Post quotes Edward James Olmos on the importance of seeing Latino culture in mainstream movies. "We represent 16% of the population of the country, but we have less than 2% of the images on film and television." He says, praising the movie, "Filly Brown is made for a universal audience, but it could become the first major Latino breakthrough film to be embraced by the entire Latino community in full. It's a story that digs deeply into the family and into music...two elements that Latinos love."
Majo Tonorio is a resilient and independent rapper from LA who, although she's still a young girl, can rhyme her way into people's hearts with her talent. She calls herself Filly Brown on stage and it doesn't take her long, with the help of her close, hip hop loving friends, to score her first demo with a local DJ and a new manager. She is soon looking at much bigger things than she could've predicted when a huge record label offers her a major contract. With her mother in prison and owing money and her father more concerned with the welfare of his daughters than what money could bring, Filly is tied and the amazing opportunity that has been laid out for her becomes the most difficult decision she will ever make especially with friendships on the line and her increasing family's financial struggles.
Youssef Delara ('Bedrooms', 'English as a Second Language') and Michael D. Olmos ('Bedrooms', 'Splinter') direct this amazingly heartfelt story of the benefits and the pain that talent and success brings. It serves as the first and last film appearance of the late Mexican singer Jenni Rivera who tragically passed away in December 2012. Though discussions were made about the release date of 'Filly Brown' following this tragedy, it is now to be released in April 2013.
Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos
Thousands of mourners have paid tribute to the late Banda singer Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash on December 9, 2012. According to BBC News, Rivera’s children were amongst the 6,000 people in attendance at the service which took place at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
Jenni’s son Michael, aged 21, told those gathered to pay their respects, “We're not here to mourn the death. We're here to celebrate the life and graduation of a singer, an entertainer, a diva, a fighter, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and more than anything, a mother - the best mother.” Her manager, Pete Saldago, also paid tribute to Rivera “Jenni made it OK for women to be who they are… Jenni also made it OK to be from nothing, with the hopes of being something.” Rivera’s youngest child, Johnny, whose father is also deceased, said “Mam, I’ve been crying so much these last few days. I miss you so much. I hope you’re taking care of my dad and I hope he’s taking care of you, too.”
The several thousand of Rivera’s fans reportedly lined up to lay white roses on her bright red coffin, at the end of the service. “I just came to say goodbye to a Latina woman, La Gran Senora,” said one of her fans, Veronika Flores, who has driven for eight hours from California to attend the service.
Fans and family members of the late singer Jenni Rivera are gathering today for a memorial service billed as a "celestial graduation." Pedro Rivera Jr, one of Jenni's five brothers, will lead the service at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
The Banda singer, who sold more than 15 million albums, died with six others in a plane crash in northern Mexico. She was 43 years-old and had five children and two grandchildren. Her soulful singing style and honesty about her personal life won her fans in both South America and the U.S. Tickets for Wednesday's memorial sold out in minutes, though some critics suggested that the decision to require a credit card and photo ID is excluding illegal immigrants from attending, reports the Los Angeles Times. The tickets were completely free, though LiveNation required those seeking seats to use plastic to pay a $1 refundable fee. Ticketholders are required to bring their credit cards and a matching photo ID to gain entry. Josh Kun, associate professor at USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, tweeted, "I have a ticket to the Jenni memorial only because I have a credit card and web access #LiveNation #CulturalFail. It's the privatization and politicization of mourning."
Rivera was killed on December 9, 2012, when a Learjet 25 crashed near Iturbide, Mexico.