Sometimes in life, unexpected events cause us to change course. This week on Latino USA we take a trip to Waukegan, Illinois where a local election puts the future of a coal plant in limbo. We meet Lizzie Velásquez, who became an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker after finding a video online that called her the "World's Ugliest Woman." And we speak to The Kid Mero about how he went from semi-employed and making jokes on Twitter to the star of Viceland's late-night comedy & news commentary show.
In 2014, the wealth of white households was ten times that of Latino households. Why does the racial wealth gap continue to hold Latinos back economically? From going to college to making a will, we look at how lack of knowledge and systemic inequalities are obstacles for building wealth. MacArthur-winner José Quiñonez talks about how to build credit in immigrant communities, and we dive into contracts for deed—often misleading property deals that trick black and Latino homebuyers into thinking they've bought a house, when instead they've signed up for years of expensive repairs.
What happens when immigration laws and policies—intended for immigrants—affect U.S. citizens? For this episode of Latino USA we meet the De La Rosa family, four U.S.-born siblings who are defying the odds and making it work despite being separated from their mother, from 15-year-old Naomi taking on the mom role at home, to Jim, the oldest, joining the military in hopes of getting his mom legal status in the U.S. We also talk to Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles about how immigration policies can put local governments between a rock and a hard place.
This week on Latino USA — it's all about fighters. Standing up for what you believe in, and finding the strength to get back up when you fall. We catch up on news from Puerto Rico, where there is a crippling debt crisis, a university strike, and an upcoming referendum that could determine the island's future. Plus, conversations with Mexican soap star Kate Del Castillo, and WWE star "AJ" Mendez Brooks.
For many, college is the first place where serious thought is given to one's identity. All of a sudden you're forced to think about what it is you want from life and where you think you belong. Latino USA is diving into the world of college, starting with an in-depth look into Latino Greek life. We are going to rush at the University of Texas at Austin and learn the surprising history of Latino fraternities. Plus, a conversation about whether safe spaces protect or coddle students.
Comedian Eugenio Derbez is so famous in Mexico he can barely walk down the street without being swarmed by paparazzi. So what did it feel like to try to make it in Hollywood as an unknown? On this episode, we hear from people who find themselves in situations they never thought they would be in. An insurance rep goes from denying people health coverage to fighting for his mom to get it. And, Jews and Nazi-sympathizers from Latin America end up in the same U.S. internment camps together during World War II.