In HBO’s The Latin Explosion: A New America the likes of Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Romeo Santos discuss the influence of Latin music and the impact it had on mainstream America and pop culture. Amid several interviews, these megastars rehash their raw, coming-of-age stories, giving viewers an understanding of just how much Latinos were not embraced in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Hollywood actresses like Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria, comedians Cheech Marin and George Lopez talk at length about the Latino struggle for acceptance in U.S. mainstream television, as well as the role crossover music played throughout the years. The long-awaited special was curated by co-founder of Casablanca Records and Thalia’s hubby, Tommy Mottola. The music mogul helped launch the careers of Marc Anthony, Shakira, Ricky Martin and J. Lo, and is also credited for doing more for Latino visibility in mainstream than any Hollywood exec. around.
Catch the ground-breaking documentary this Nov. 16 and 9 p.m.