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October 15th, 2013  /  Jessica

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Danny Pino returned to the city of Miami—where he was born and raised—to donate 40,000 Duracell Quantum batteries to first responders of the Miami-Dade Police Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue yesterday. With his brother Detective Jaime Pino by his side, Danny spoke to members of the media about the importance of first responders having the latest technology at their disposal in case of emergencies.

Why was it important for you to team up with Duracell for this campaign?

When I heard about it I thought that [this campaign] covers a lot of topics that are important to me—mainly first responders in the city of Miami. I have an intimate understanding of what they do having played a police officer on television for several years as well as having my awareness elevated even further seeing my brother who is a detective here in Miami-Dade County.

It’s a very personal thing to be able to play a part in the donation of 40,000 new Duracell Quantum batteries. They are the most high tech batteries available and that makes me all the more excited to be able to provide that type of technology to the people who are out there protecting us and saving lives.

As part of the campaign, there is an online docu-series called, “Quantum Heroes” that really brings to light the importance of first responders. Why is this element so important?

The videos are an extremely important part of what Duracell is trying to do. They are shedding light on the real-life heroism and bravery of first responders who go out every day and do this anonymously.  I have to admit; when I first saw it a few days ago I got a little emotional. Being a father and a brother of a first responder, it’s visceral to watch these videos. By showing this to people, I feel that they will be able to appreciate what these men and women do every day.

Even though you’re a big Hollywood star now, you’ve never forgotten about your roots. What are some of your favorite memories of Miami?

The first thing to pop into my head as you asked me about my memories from growing up here is the Orange Bowl. Even though it isn’t around anymore, I remember going there to watch the Miami Dolphins play and how crazy it was to find parking there! It was an experience to have to go behind buildings and houses through narrow alleys as your side mirrors scratch on the side. But as you walked out, you could smell the arroz con pollo and frijoles negros being cooked by the people who were taking the money for parking in their backyards. It was all part of that community feeling you find in Miami. This always has been and always will be home to me.

It’s a great time to be a Latino in Hollywood. Where do you see things moving beyond 2013?

I’m incredibly proud of my heritage. Being Cuban-American and being Latino to me is an important part of my identity. While working on Law & Order: SVU there are several scenes when I throw in some Spanish into my dialogue. The incredibly talented Raul Esparza, who is also a Cuban-American from Miami, and I have an episode coming up where we have an entire scene in Spanish. It’s not going to be just Spanish—but Cuban Spanish, which was exciting for us working on network television where such a thing is rare to see. I think it speaks to how multicultural television wants to become and needs to become. So I’m hoping [the scene] will bode well [with audiences].”

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August 24th, 2013  /  Jessica

By the looks of it, Danny will be in Madden NFL 25’s Pigskin Pro-Am flag football game, which airs tomorrow night at 7pm ET on your local NBC station.

Madden NFL 25 is due to launch on August 27th and just two days before it you will be able to watch legends of the game and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 5th annual Madden NFL Pigskin Pro-Am, which takes place on August 25th at 7pm ET on NBC. The annual flag football game will be played on the USS Midway and sees Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman’s Famers take on Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s Gamers.

Some of the legends and Hollywood stars that are taking part are set to make this a very interesting game to watch indeed. The NFL legends will include Marcus Allen, Jerry Rice and Derrick Brooks while some of the stars on show in the event are Tricia Helfer, Scott Porter and James Van Der Beek. Do you fancy winning a free copy of the game? You can do so by watching the event on Sunday and tweeting about it using the hashtag #MaddenProAm. Once the Pigskin Pro-Am is over fans can check out the world premiere of the Madden NFL 25 launch trailer.

Madden NFL 25 will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from August 27. It will also be available for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 when the consoles launch.

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August 14th, 2013  /  Jessica

When Elliot Stabler departed the Special Victims Unit, he left a ripply, bicep-sized hole in our hearts. No one can truly fill Christopher Meloni’s shoes, of course, but Danny Pino’s Detective Amaro does a darn good job. He’s got all of Stabler’s passion (and good looks), but none of the occasionally over-the-top aggression. We’re pretty sure he’s what’s been keeping the show going these last couple seasons.

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August 8th, 2013  /  Jessica

A mi abuela le daría mucha pena y tristeza saber que yo escribí estos pensamientos sobre su vida en inglés. Siempre pidiéndonos, rogando, “Por favor, hablen español.” A la misma vez, le daría orgullo que yo lo pudiera traducir al español. Al fin, una de las realidades y ventajas del exilio es la asimilación. Gracias y perdóname, Abuelita.

Her hands were powerful, large and utilitarian, yet had the dexterity, wisdom and sensitivity to feel the surface of a fabric, identifying the ideal entrance point for her needle and envisioning the precise target for its exit. Her expansive and dense nail beds were rarely glossy or painted. Despite the functional visage of her digits, they remained feminine, tender and healing.

During the workweek, those same hands skillfully and rapidly took shorthand, typed and multi-tasked, carrying out her various secretarial duties. Adorned only with a thin gold wedding band, the clone of which was worn by her husband, her hands steadily and diligently worked weekends and into the night measuring, cutting, sewing, hemming and embroidering fabric mostly for the adornment and enjoyment of her family. The intricate designs, choice of color and the amount of time she dedicated to her craft reflected her artistry; every stitch communicating her pride and love for her family.

Many recent deaths have been symbolic of the passing of the generation who made the pivotal, gut-wrenching decision to leave a Cuba politically, economically and socially embattled by a violent, totalitarian, revolutionary regime; uprooting their families, separating loved ones, having businesses shuttered or nationalized, and abandoning homes and motherland — the Cuban exile generation. These emblematic deaths have mostly been public figures, entertainers, athletes, writers, politicians, celebrated or reviled by the media and the Cuban diaspora.

In mid-June, the passing of a generation became more tangible, more personal, with the quiet death of a figure who never appeared in the public eye. Her meaningful work carried out away from probing cameras, glowering pundits and cheering crowds, and yet she is a personage as representative and significant as any who has died in exile, the Cuban abuela; more specifically, my Cuban abuela, María Consuelo “Cuca” de León Vd. de de Armas.

Other than being an inspired seamstress, Abuela Cuca was a devout Catholic. Everything was, “Si Dios quiere“, “Con el favor de Dios“, “Que Dios te guarde“, “Gloria a Dios“, “Que sueñes con los angelitos.” Every trio of sneezes was accompanied by the mandatory, “Jesús, María, José.” Nary an ambulance blared by or a steeple or cemetery driven past without a perfectly executed sign of the cross. She seemed to pray a rosary every day, sometimes several times a day. Her interests, equal parts elegant fashion, Mother Teresa, Princess Grace and Princess Diana. She either had a sewing machine, a prayer book or a three-month-old copy of “Vanidades” or “Hola” under her nose.

Before she was silenced by time, she would sing at full voice from her pew at church, competing with the choir — one versus 20. Her high soprano and arcing vibrato were reminiscent of voices resonating from a Victrola in her small rural hometown of Unión de Reyes, Matanzas. She was not without her contradictions. Arriving home from mass with holy water still on her forehead, she would watch the melodramatic, sexual escapades of her favorite Spanish-language novelas, always disregarding them as “basura“, but rarely missing one.

No matter what drama or difficulty was happening in the world, my four brothers and I knew Abuela to be the symbol, the beacon, the keeper of unconditional love. We were convinced we could burn the house down and be totally forgiven by morning. She would just start over. Like she did in 1937, when her father died unexpectedly. She was 17 years old and, along with her older brother, immediately began working to support her mother and younger sisters. She started over.

When her older brother died of cancer two years later, she started over, shouldering the entire burden of supporting her family. In early 1961, those same stout hands began sewing her 11-year-old daughter’s name into her clothing, in fearful anticipation of sending her out of the country on the largest exodus of unaccompanied minors recorded in the Western Hemisphere, Operación Pedro Pan. When instead, she, her husband, Pedro Gonzalo de Armas, and my then-11-year-old mother were exiled together from revolutionary Cuba, in September of 1961, with not much more than a dime in their pocket, a ubiquitous story in Miami, she gratefully, but resentfully, started over.

Instead of resuming their professional careers, my abuelos, like many, took survival jobs; Abuela Cuca working in a sweatshop making cookie-cutter dresses, while my Abuelo Gonzalo, once a sugar chemist and vice-mayor of Unión de Reyes, worked washing dishes, doing odd jobs and ultimately as a security guard at the Miami Seaquarium. When my Abuelo Gonzalo, being 14 years her senior, passed away in 1983, she started over. When she broke her hip and was relegated to a walker, then a wheelchair, then a bed, she endured.

Her unconditional love was built on a foundation of strength, patience and sacrifice learned through faith. The strength of having the solid evidence that everything you own can be taken, but as long as you have love, faith, family, education and freedom, you can nurture hope and survive, even thrive. The patience to refrain from spewing hurtful words said in anger, instead waiting to gather herself, using thoughtful, clear dialogue once things had settled. The sacrificing of her comforts, ambitions and desires for that of her daughter and grandsons. The faith to know, no matter what empirical proof or scientific theory, there was nothing that can override her belief in God and the power of prayer. Strong faith. Faith tested by age, adversity and loss.Though her daughter and grandsons traversed the world in situations foreign to her, her belief that prayer could help protect and guide them, kept a rosary in her hand and a prayer book within reach.

She, infamously, did not like to cook. She traded her culinary responsibilities with her younger sisters in exchange for sewing and mending their dresses, hence, her acumen with a needle and thread. Nevertheless, she was burdened with the cross of being one of the best Cuban cooks known to mankind. God is not without a sense of humor. Her legendary frijoles negros were passed down from her mother and are being prepared now by her grandsons and their wives and devoured by her great-grandchildren. She would spend half a day ripping meat apart to make a ton of her triumphant vaca frita, which is precisely the amount of fried cow it takes to feed five growing grandsons.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s accomplished something Castro’s Revolution denied her, travel back to the Cuba of her youth, surrounding herself with family and friends long passed or left on the island. She would ask from her beige, automated, medically prescribed recliner upon my return to Miami, “¿Cuando llegaste a Unión?” On several occasions I would spy her manipulating the fabric of her nightgown. Her once-taut skin on her robust hands, now slackened and revealing the bone structure beneath, quivering and shaking, attempting to sew the air, showing the same deliberate intentions, only with a cruel loss of function and orientation.

When Cuca could no longer read, sew or communicate, I like to think she lived freely within herself, reaching the far walls of her imagination, indulging in her creativity by creating lavish gowns, revisiting long-forgotten memories, praying for each of her loved ones, breaking the rules of physics, flying effortlessly, traversing time, the Gulf Stream and any other barrier.

She died on Father’s Day, June 16, at approximately 1 p.m., in a home for the elderly, along a stagnant canal off of 87th Avenue and Southwest 8th Street in Miami. She passed in my mother’s arms while having her favorite baby food lunch. We suspect, in her weakened state, she suffered a heart attack and slowly, painlessly, stopped breathing. She was 93.

It brings me solace to think of her departure as the ultimate Father’s Day gift for my Abuelo Gonzalo. After years of watching my Abuela suffer in a stale bed, he had the orchestra strike up “Almendra” and Gonzalo, el danzonero de Unión, led her around the dance floor, celebrating her arrival, showing off his beautiful wife and congratulating her on a job well done, a life well led, children well raised and faith well tended.

It seems counterintuitive that a person who lived so stoically, without highlighting her challenges or trumpeting her triumphs and with virtually no self-pity, should receive, once deceased, any remembrance or acknowledgement. She would have, in fact, cringed at such a thing. However, as her generation waxed poetic and nostalgic about the Cuba they left behind, “The sky was bluer, the air cleaner, the fruit sweeter, the water wetter…” we, their beneficiaries, focus our reverence and nostalgia toward them.

I, along with many Cuban-American grandchildren, am grateful for my inheritance: learning the importance of family, having pride in our culture and artistry, knowing the significance of hard work, the value of a dollar, education, sacrifice and striving for faith. However, there is no more treasured inheritance than the hope that comes with freedom. A freedom afforded us through sacrifice and being rooted in the fertile soil that is the United States of America.

It was a peaceful passing by all accounts, but when compared to how monumental a figure she was in the lives of her daughter and her grandsons, bells from every church should have resoundingly announced her ascension, business as usual halted, people taken to the streets, flags lowered at half mast, rifles fired, canons roared, bagpipes whaled and a national day of mourning announced — not for the singular death of María Consuelo “Cuca” de León Vd. de de Armas, but for the passing of this stalwart generation of Cuban grandmothers.

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June 21st, 2013  /  Jessica

“Castle,” “Chicago Fire,” “Dallas,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Switched at Birth” have earned nominations for top primetime program for the 28th annual Imagen Awards.

The kudos, honoring portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film, will be held Aug. 16 at the Beverly Hilton. PBS SoCal will air an hourlong special at a later date.

Benjamin Bratt (“Private Practice”), Guillermo Diaz (“Scandal,” pictured), Jon Huertas (“Castle”) and Danny Pino (“Law & Order: SVU”) were nominated for top television actor, along with Sonia Braga (“Meddling Mom”), Selena Gomez (“The Wizards of Waverly Place: The Wizards Return”), Lana Parrilla (“Once Upon a Time”) and Monica Raymund (“Chicago Fire”) for smallscreen actress.

Nominations in the supporting categories included Kevin Alejandro (“Golden Boy”), Nestor Carbonell (“Bates Motel”), Carlos Gomez (“The Glades”), Joe Minoso (“Chicago Fire”), Oscar Nunez (“The Office”) and Jon Seda (“Treme”), along with Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo (“Dallas”), Wanda De Jesus (“Sons of Anarchy”), Constance Marie (“Switched at Birth”), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) and Gina Torres (“Suits”).

Feature film nominations went to “Bless Me, Ultima,” “Border Run,” “Dreamer,” “Tio Papi” and “Trouble in the Heights.” Eva Mendes (“The Place Beyond the Pines”) was among those to earn an acting nod.

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May 30th, 2013  /  Jessica

Charity Buzz is auctioning off a chance for a night out in NYC with Danny and the SVU cast. All proceeds go to the Joyful Heart Foundation.

Get to know the cast of Law & Order: SVU as you and three guests join Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, Dann Florek, Ice-T and Kelli Giddish for an exclusive, private dinner at a New York City restaurant.

Find out what continues to inspire the cast of one of TV’s longest running dramas, recently renewed for a 15th season, and how they keep it fresh and compelling. Is Mariska as serious as Det. Olivia Benson? Is Dann as hard-nosed as Capt. Cragen? And is Ice-T as cool as Fin (answer: yes). Hear stories from behind the scenes, take photos and enjoy a night out you’ll never forget.

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