The 2018 Oscars are upon us! Latino USA looks to film nominees that embrace and explore the lives of Latinos and Latin Americans. First, we hear from the lead actress and the director of Chilean film "Una Mujer Fantástica" ("A Fantastic Woman")—praised for its casting of a trans woman in a trans role, a rarity in film. Then, we return to an old favorite—an interview with the director and co-director of Pixar's smash hit, "Coco," nominated for Best Animated Feature.
Four years ago, Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido was only an intern and still in college when she did what a lot of people do when they're not sure what their life will look like after graduation: she cried in the bathroom. After wiping her eyes and returning to her desk, she tried to comfort herself by calculating how many other Latinos had cried at the same time she had. Which led her to ask herself: do Latinos cry more that other people, on average? Thus began her strange and lachrymose journey into the world of crying.
Season Two of Netflix's hit series One Day at a Time premiered recently in late January. Actor Justina Machado, known for her role in the HBO series Six Feet Under, is the star of the show and plays single mother Penelope Alvarez, a retired army veteran. Justina speaks with Maria Hinojosa about growing up in Chicago and what it's like to work on a sitcom that tackles politics and social issues head on.
The opioid epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives all over the country, and drugs have now become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. But long before the issue gained national attention, Latino communities in the Bronx had already been dealing with an alarming number of heroin-related deaths. On this episode, we visit a hotspot for drug users called The Hole, and meet a former addict trying to save lives: even it means breaking the law.
There's no doubt that "Despacito" dominated the summer of 2017, or better yet—all of 2017. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for three Grammys including Song of the Year, the first Spanish-language song to be recognized in the category. So we thought it was about time that Latino USA talks all things "Despacito." First, Panamanian singer-songwriter Erika Ender breaks down the process of how she and Luis Fonsi co-wrote the single. And, Maria Hinojosa also sits down with Isabelia Herrera, music editor at Remezcla, to discuss the song's cultural impact and what drove the song's success. Was it a win for Latinos in the U.S.? Or do we still have more work to do?
In April 2016, an arsonist torched a home that strawberry growers were building near Santa Maria, California. The fire followed weeks of protests from neighbors when they found out it would be filled with workers who were part of the H-2A agricultural work visa program. But many locals don't seem to want farmworker housing in their neighborhoods.