Norka Luque: Determination leads to Success  

Norka Martinez Luque is a Venezuelan musician who discovered her love and passion for music at a tender age, and her goal has always been clear: to bring a positive message through her music. As a child, Norka received complete support from her parents when she started her musical training with piano classes, voice practice, flamenco, and ballet. She did all these while still pursuing her academic education.

After high school, Norka traveled to France where she was to pursue higher education in International Business. She received degrees in Marketing, culinary arts, and fashion but also continued doing what she liked- music! She, therefore, joined a band known as Bab Moon Rising, with which she appeared on various platforms. Upon coming back to the United States, Norka took singing lessons. Later, renowned music producer Emilio Estefan Jr became interested in Norka’s work and opened doors to her lifetime dream of professional singing.

The birth of the song, Milagro

With an excellent team of producers, led by Emilio Estefan Jr, Norka produced the song, MILAGRO, which she is currently promoting alongside El Cata. Milagro is a mixture of reggae, Caribbean sounds, and Mediterranean traces, combined with a beautiful message that makes it a recipe for success.

This song has become a major hit in Venezuela, the United States, and Puerto Rico and it is making its entrance into the great Latin Music Billboards as one of the favorites. The singer has risen from ninth to the second position on the Top Salsa Billboard Record Report, which measures the problems most widespread in Venezuela.

In the United States, Milagro is also trending, in the Dance Club version, entitled Miracle and sung in English. In just a week, she went from position 42 on the billboards to 29. Earlier this year, Norka was nominated for the Lo Nuestro Award for the Female Pop Artist of the Year.

As a young artist, Norka Luque showed what determination means. She has excelled not only by being at the top of the charts but also by instilling positive massages full of hope to her fans. As a person who also went through a personal crisis, Norka uses her music as a medium to transmit love to those overwhelmed by life’s issues and who only hope for a miracle like she did. She insists that even though new genres and rhythms are born, the essence of your message as an artist should never change.

Norka’s performance at MTV: http://www.mtv.com/artists/norka-luque/discography/

Magic Mike XXL- Surprisingly Empowering For Women

It’s easy to think of a film such as Magic Mike XXL as being a cute piece of fluff, but the reality is that underneath its surface, it is a film that will not only empower women, it might actually make the men in their lives think.

Magic Mike XXL is pure fantasy, but oh what a fantasy it is. This is a film that features a cast of buff, Hardbodied straight men who are not mysoginistic or homophobic. Not only that, they genuinely enjoy the company of other guys, to the point of being tender, kind, and generous with one another. In fact, most women would not hesitate to walk around the streets at night by themselves if most men were this well behaved. Of course, this makes the viewer wonder; are these guys really dudes at all?

In real life, no. In fantasy, oh yes, these hot guys are totally real. On film they enjoy an intimate bond with one another that is extremely attractive. They treat women like Goddesses, and they not only think they are beautiful to behold, they also respect the gray matter in between their ears. How refreshing!

The women these hot studs work with are easy on the eye, and they all exude strength and intelligence. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Andie McDowell, and Crystal Hunt all have roles in the film, and all of these ladies brought a nuanced interpretation of their character, in particular Crystal Hunt.

Crystal plays the role of Lauren in what is her first part in a feature film. Daytime soap opera fans might remember her from her roles on the Guiding Light and One Life to Live. Ms. Hunt credits her work on the daytime soaps for helping her flesh out the character of Lauren and making her believable to audiences.

Crystal Hunt has some acting chops if her Facebook highlight reel can show us anything; she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role on One Life to Live. Being surrounded by such strong female actresses must have also helped her turn in such a good performance in her debut film appearance.

Magic Mike XXL is a film that all women and the men that love them should enjoy. The story and the strong performances elevate what could have been a dull film about strippers and turns it into a story that is worth watching.