The acclaimed 2011 HBO documentary “The Latino List” that I did not view now has an all-new sequel that debuted on HBO and HBO LATINO this month, THE LATINO LIST: VOLUME TWO. HBO Latino offers a unique glimpse into the vibrant and flourishing culture of Hispanic America in this 45 minute documentary film that features video portraits of a cross-section of 14 Latino notables who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Many of the stories are eye-opening and must-view.
Aside from the HBO Latino play dates, there are more opportunities to view this informative film multiple times in October on HBO and HBO2,as well HBO GO. Visit this link for more dates: http://www.hbolatino.com/apps/schedule/ScheduleServlet?ACTION_SEARCH=GO&KEY=TITLE&VALUE=list
From renowned photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, (“About Face: Supermodels Then and Now,” “The Latino List” and “The Black List”), THE LATINO LIST: VOLUME TWO features intimate interviews conducted by NPR correspondent Maria Hinojosa, with additional interviews by Sandra Guzman.
The film spotlights a diverse range of notables from journalism, entertainment, modeling, politics, sports, activism and business. These Hispanic Americans discuss such subjects as the childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, how they achieved success, the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations to embrace and the challenges posed by discrimination.
Many of those interviewed share stories of growing up Latino in America, discussing how their backgrounds shaped their philosophies and their feelings on a society where new opportunities abound, but obstacles still exist. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, including from Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and more, each interviewee has a unique perspective on the American success story.
The celebrities and leaders who are featured in THE LATINO LIST: VOLUME TWO include:
Christy Turlington Burns, a model, entrepreneur and activist, is working to support women’s health projects and relief work across the globe. Her mother is from El Salvador. Her interview proved to be the most informative for me, as I was not as familiar with her history and background.
Henry Cisneros, a politician and businessman, is currently executive chairman of CityView. He previously served as mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration. Very eloquent as always, his segment leaves the viewer hearing more about education. It is much briefer than I had anticipated.
Cesar Conde is president of Univision Networks, the nation’s largest Spanish-language television network. He is chairman and co-founder of the Futuro Program, a nonprofit organization that provides role models and educational workshops to Hispanic high school students. I found his segment interesting and informative.
Victor Cruz, a wide receiver for the New York Giants, began his football career at the University of Massachusetts and was later signed by the Giants. It is interesting to hear his segment about how people begin to recognize him for abilities other than his football achievement and he tries to redirect them back to his football activities. I loved that he mentioned and gave credit to his mother.
Ralph de La Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, serves as the chairman of Hispanic initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America, and was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame. This is also a very interesting segment about his family history.
Giselle Fernandez is a five-time Emmy®-winning journalist, producer, entrepreneur and filmmaker. She has been a reporter and guest anchor for CBS’ “Early Show,” “CBS Evening News,” NBC’s “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” She is also president of the first Latina-owned Hispanic-focused media and management company in Los Angeles.
Nely Galán, former president of entertainment at the Telemundo network, was creator and executive producer of the FOX reality series “The Swan.” Since 1994, she has been an independent producer and media entrepreneur specializing in the Latino market. Great to hear how she moved along in her career.
Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW), with Cesar Chavez. She has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Eugene Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award. I never tire of hearing her speak.
George Lopez, Comedian/Actor- I saw a side of this personality I totally was not expecting and it is one I absolutely think people should hear. I am glad he opened up about his upbringing and life.
Janet Murguía is president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. From 1994 to 2000, she served as deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton, acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress. She relates some great stories from her family background, education and her parents.
Soledad O’Brien is a broadcast journalist and anchor of the CNN news morning program “Starting Point” and has also contributed to CNN’s “In America” series. She began her career as an associate producer, news writer and field producer for NBC’s “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” She did discuss a bit about her formative years, but this is certainly way too short for the viewer. I wanted to know more, so not sure if it was edited too much, or she did not provide more details.
Judy Reyes, actress – I found her story very informative and hope to see her in more productions.
Jon Seda currently stars in the HBO series “Treme.” His other credits include “Homicide: Life on the Street,” Selena and the HBO miniseries “The Pacific.” The handsome actor relates how his life experience led him to acting. We need to see him in more films.
Raul Yzaguirre, a Latino rights activist, currently serves as the United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic. He served as the founding president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. This informative segment lets the viewer know how NCLR evolved along the years.