Beto O'Rourke became an overnight sensation in Texas in 2018, when he ran against one of the most well-known Republican incumbents in the U.S. Senate: Ted Cruz. Beto's campaign was known for its focus on social media and grassroots organizing, but ultimately he lost the election. However, he set a record for most votes ever cast for a Democrat in Texas history. On March 14th of 2019, he announced his candidacy for the presidency, but his campaign hasn't made the same waves as his run for the U.S. Senate. Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa sits down with Beto for a conversation about what's happening in El Paso in the wake of the recent tragic shooting, and why he is running for the presidency.
Portrait Of: Author Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez is a renowned Dominican-American author whose work finds its power in intersections: like that between the personal and political, or those present in the Dominican-American diaspora. Alvarez's first major novel "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" is based on her family's immigration experience. Her next book was a work of historical fiction based on the Mirabal sisters, real-life Dominican activists who tried to overthrow the dictator Rafael Trujillo titled "In the Time of the Butterflies." "In the Time of the Butterflies" turns 25 years-old this year and in honor of its anniversary, Alvarez sat down with Maria Hinojosa to talk about the legacy of her work.
Selenis Leyva, Success With A Purpose
Actor Selenis Leyva makes the most out of small moments. She plays the character Gloria Mendoza on the Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black." Gloria is a strong Latina, trying to survive in prison. And in real life, Leyva is just as passionate. It took her twenty years of struggling as an actress before her big break on "Orange Is The New Black"—which recently ended in the summer of 2019 after seven seasons. For Leyva, those early years have informed her role on the show and her view of what it means to be a celebrity. In this conversation, she opens up to Maria Hinojosa about her long winding road to fame.
Priscilla Villarreal, who calls herself "Lagordiloca," has become a highly controversial social media sensation in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Each night, Lagordiloca drives through the streets of Laredo chasing and live-streaming violent crime scenes, traffic accidents and immigration raids. She never finished high school, she has never had any training as a reporter, but when it comes to social media, she has more followers then Laredo's largest daily newspaper. But her unfiltered reporting style has landed her in trouble with the local police.
How I Made It: 'El Gato' Of The Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters have been a team since the 1920s. Originally started by Saul Saperstein, a white Jewish man, the team's purpose was to get African-American players on the court at a time when they were banned from participating in the NBA. The Globetrotters are accomplished athletes, but they're most known for their theoretical and comedic basketball routines on the court. This week we sit down with Orlando "El Gato" Melendez, the first Puerto Rican to ever play on the team, to talk about his childhood in Puerto Rico and what the Harlem Globetrotters mean to him.