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Fat Joe celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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Fat Joe spent Wednesday at Blue Martini in Mary Brickell Village in a Hennessy-sponsored celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. At the stroke of 2 a.m., Joe, surround by a Hennessy VS bottle parade, hit the stage and performed a string of his greatest hits. Later in the night, guests in attendance were treated to a special “world premiere” of his latest hit with Colombian Reggaeton superstar J Balvin.

Representing South Florida at PETA’s 35th anniversary gala and humanitarian awards in Los Angeles was Nanci Alexander, co-owner of Fort Lauderdale’s vegan restaurant Sublime. Alexander was there to present the Nanci Alexander Activist Award to journalist and former HLN star Jane Velez-Mitchell for her tireless animal activism. Afterward, hosts Anjelica Huston and Pamela Anderson, as well as guests such as James Cromwell, Tommy Lee, and Alicia Silverstone, were treated to an exclusive performance by Sir Paul McCartney and Beck.

After Kraftwerk’s shows Tuesday at The Olympia Theater, frontman Ralf Hutter headed to downtown hipster hangout Libertine after the show, watching DJ Sean Drake man the turntables and “chilling with fans” asking for selfies.

R&B sensation Mario had dinner with friends Tuesday at The Forge. He was also seen Sunday at The Fillmore for the Nick Jonas show and later at LIV.

Lenny Kravitz was spotted with friends Thursday night at Zuma.

Miami native Raquel Roqué Herring, best known as the first black female Mouseketeer to be cast as a series regular on the Mickey Mouse Club and Best Teen Vocalist and Best Teen Performer on Ed McMahon’s Star Search, is a newly minted contemporary Christian music artist who's also one of the voices of The Entertaining Oddballz, a children's educational cartoon focusing on disability created by musician Matthew Fuller.

“The disabled are all around us,” says Fuller, who as a young man was confined to a wheelchair with portions of his spinal cord fused together, “but to many we’re invisible because television says we are. If it’s not on television it’s not in the public consciousness.”

Fuller hopes The Oddballz will one day be a global phenomenon, “The Dora the Explorer” of disability, “an internationally distributed television series that reshapes public conceptions of disability from isolating personal tragedy to a compelling societal issue.”

South Florida disability advocate and former Justice Department attorney turned independent ADA consultant Marc Dubin is also involved and hopes to give The Oddballz a place in public and private schools, throughout South Florida, and, eventually, across the country. “When a child who uses a service dog is denied access, or a child who is blind visits a website that is inaccessible, experiencing these barriers can have a profound effect on the child’s self-esteem,” Dubin says.

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