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Happy Thanksgiving! Our guest today is actress and producer Aubrey Plaza who has a new psychological thriller called BLACK BEAR out December 4th. We did a deep dive on her Puerto-Rican heritage, if she identifies as a Latina, does she speak Spanish and if she wants to make latinx films. Also she explains why breaking Latina stereotypes is a priorit…
 
With the 2020 election right around the corner, political reporter Rafael Bernal from TheHill.com, helps me breakdown if the Latino vote is a myth or if it will elect the next President of the United States. We also tackle the question that has been on minds of many as of late… should Alexandra-Ocasio Cortés run for President in 2024? This week's L…
 
This week we welcome actor Maximiliano Hernández (The Avengers) where we covered a lot of interesting topics ranging from why there is no Latinx superheroes at Marvel or DC to racism and image representation. Plus, why he considers Peacock's 'Mr. Mercedes' the most fun he's had on a TV show and the question he asked Benicio del Toro on set about th…
 
The 21st Latin Grammy Nominations were announced this week and music journalist, Isabela Raygoza, joins the show to help me deconstruct what the plethora of Reggaeton nominations means to music fans and the music industry. Will white and Black artists continue to collaborate with Spanish-language artists? Plus, Isabela weighs in on who will win and…
 
Mexican-American comedian Felipe Esparza did something special this year. He is the first comedian to record two separate performances – one in English and one in Spanish - of his new comedy specials 'Bad Decisions' and 'Malas Decisiones' for Netflix, marking this moment a first for Latinx comedians and Netflix as well. Esparza joins Jack on this e…
 
This week actress Genesis Rodriguez drops by the podcast to discuss her new survival thriller Centigrade out on demand right now. Genesis and Jack have a raw conversation on the unhealthy experience she had filming the movie, she describes how she put her body through extreme torture using a diet where she lost 14lbs. in 20 days that left her physi…
 
Honduran-American television host Rocsi Díaz joins Jack Rico on the return of the "Highly Relevant Podcast" to discuss her brand new co-hosting show "Cannonball" from the USA Network. She also shares with Jack what she believes are the components she has used to become a national television host on BET, Entertainment Tonight, E! and now the USA Net…
 
Dominican-American director Jessy Terrero discusses with Jack his Netflix project - "Nicky Jam: El Ganador". He also gives his views about creativity under quarantine, the aesthetic of low tech vs. high-tech productions, his thoughts on virtual directing, why Hollywood still hasn't embraced the reggaeton phenomenon like Latinx youth has and the sti…
 
Jaime Camil joins the podcast to discuss his new bilingual movie “Pildoras De Mi Novio” out in theaters now. We got a chance to discuss the growing trend of bilingual and bicultural movies, his thoughts on why Jane The Virgin was successful with white audiences, and if we reached a turning point in Hollywood viewing Hispanic actors as legitimate st…
 
On this first episode of 2020, we talk to Jencarlos Canela, arguably one of the most beloved singer/actors in the Hispanic market on his new Netflix Latinx sitcom “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”. We get into a deep conversation on why he feels comfortable with white showrunners telling him how to play a Hispanic, how he’s handled being to…
 
This is the last podcast of 2019. We will be back in 2020 with more episodes and also will be launching a new podcast as well. We will be announcing details very soon on all of Jack's social media platforms. On this episode, we discuss the Camila Cabello (1:58) racial debacle with culture critic Mike Sargent over some insensitive comments she said …
 
Actor William Levy has a new film out called 'En Abrazos de un Asesino' (8:02) which he co-wrote, produced and stars in. It’s like James Bond meets John Wick, but in Mexico. In our interview, Levy got raw and direct about how the Latino market and Hollywood once told him he was never going to succeed because of his Cuban accent and how he didn't lo…
 
This week actress, singer and producer Ana Villafane joins me to talk about what it feels like to be a part of not one, but two shows on NBC (Sunnyside, New Amsterdam), the reasons why she hasn’t returned to Broadway yet, why she’s been so transparent on speaking about mental health publicly, and why producing her recent Latinx Cabaret event for Hi…
 
Jack talks ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ with Colombian protagonist Natalia Reyes who shares how she thought she was auditioning for a maid role in James Cameron’s new Terminator sequel. Little did she know she was going to become the lead star of an iconic franchise! Then he talks to Columbia University professor, author, and Latinx authority Ed Morales…
 
Actor Danny Pino joins the show to talk about his role as Miguel Galindo in the Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans M.C., a hit show that happens to be Latinx. Then, Mike Sargent and Jack give their FIRST REACTION of Terminator: Dark Fate, one of the best action films of 2019. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis…
 
Gina Rodriguez, from ‘Jane The Virgin’ fame, uploaded an Instagram video where she is seen saying the ’N’ word as she was singing along to The Fugees “Ready or Not”. This has caused a social media backlash from the African-community and has also sparked a cultural debate on who is allowed to say the ’N’ word and who isn’t. Shouldn't Latinx say it s…
 
This week, culture and film critic Mike Sargent joins the show to help us discuss the controversial film JOKER… is it worth the time and money to watch? How violent is it? Is it for everyone? And then we deconstruct this year’s Latin Grammy debacle. Reggaetoneros are up in arms calling classism at the Latin Recording Academy for not nominating them…
 
One of the things we like to do from time to time on the podcast is to highlight a Hispanic business on the rise. Hopefully by hearing their stories, it can galvanize you to start your own business or inspire you to take a bold new step in a different direction. The Hispanic company we’ll be focusing on today is New Majority Ready (NMR), a global m…
 
Shalim Ortiz talks 'Grand Hotel', Mateo, Season 2 renewal and every question you want answered. Also, film and culture critic Mike Sargent stops by to help me discuss Jennifer Lopez’s new movie 'Hustlers' out this week. She is getting a lot of Oscar talk for her performance, but… what about the movie? Was it any good? Learn more about your ad-choic…
 
On this week’s episode, Bianca de la Garza, the first Latina late-night host comes on the show to discuss her new beauty brand, ‘In Glow We Trust,’ and film critic Mike Sargent reviews Argentinian director Andres Muschetti’s latest horror sequel “IT: Chapter 2”. The film is almost 3hrs long. Did it hurt the film or help it? Listen in. Music Playlis…
 
Juan Doe is one of the hottest comic book creators in the industry right now. He is debuting his first graphic novel as a writer called Bad Reception with Aftershock Comics, a thought-provoking look at celebrity, fame and the dark side of social media set against a slasher-horror story. The opening of the story is groundbreaking. It’s a 10-page cin…
 
Iconic Latin songwriter and producer, Rudy Perez, has a new memoir out now called “The Latin Hitmaker: My Journey from Cuban Refugee to World-Renowned Record Producer and Songwriter” and in it he reveals how he got Christina Aguilera to sing in Spanish, the pressure he felt to write Luis Miguel’s next big song, how José Feliciano changed his life, …
 
We begin the show with Jack discussing the new 90210 reboot with Jason Priestley et.al, he also talks to the founder of the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), Calixto Chinchilla, about what the festival has in-store for moviegoers this year. They discuss whether the festival should change its name to the NY"Latinx"FF since it is such a champion…
 
Mexican actor Erik Hayser who has a new series on Telemundo called "Preso #1," a political thriller about the President of Mexico who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Jack asks why political themes have not been prevalent on Spanish-language primetime, if English-language Latinos will watch it, typecasting, if he still auditions, and his tho…
 
On this week’s show, film and culture critic Mike Sargent gives us our First Reaction from inside the theater of the first NY press screening of the new X-Men film, Dark Phoenix. (3:06) Then we talk to Puerto Rican actor Marquis Rodriguez, one of the five young actors in Netflix’s new controversial mini-series “When They See Us” from director Ava D…
 
Tanya Saracho, the talented creator of the TV show 'VIDA,' and a leading voice in the Latinx community, comes on the show to discuss how VIDA happened, the pains of writing the pilot while she was mending from a spinal infection, her bouts with anxiety and doubt and the tricks she does to get through them. She also reveals how in a particular Holly…
 
STARZ’s new Latinx show VIDA begins season 2 on Sunday, May 26, and one of the coolest things about the show is the soundtrack. So joining us this week is one of the show’s featured singers, Maria del Pilar, who discusses the blend of musical genres she uses to make up her sound, she also explains the business of being a musician in 2019, and why i…
 
This week on the show, we discuss the Univision and Telemundo 2019 Upfronts with media reporter Michael Malone from Broadcast & Cable Magazine, plus we review the third installment of the John Wick series with film and culture critic Mike Sargent. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
In an industry of barely any Latino representation, Broadway’s Sergio Trujillo is one of its most shining examples. Trujillo, of Colombian roots, was recently given the second Tony nomination of his career for Best Choreography for “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations”. If you haven’t seen it yet, this Motown jukebox musical feat…
 
We are dedicating the entirety of this episode to "Avengers:Endgame". Film and culture critic Mike Sargent joins me to go through the most pressing questions you might have AFTER you saw the film. We do have to make a disclaimer… if you have not seen the movie yet, don’t listen to this podcast, because the very purpose of this episode is NOT to pre…
 
Javi Morgado is the Executive Producer of CNN’s morning-news program NEW DAY and happens to be the only Latino executive producer in the highly-competitive morning news landscape. We spoke to him about why he believes there aren’t more Latinos in positions of power in the media industry like himself, what he learned from his journey from local news…
 
TV Queen Kate del Castillo joins the show to talk Season 2 of Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur 2, easily Spanish-language TV’s most iconic telenovela. Jack asks her being on 'The Tonight Show' for the first time was like, where she found the strength to overcome the darkness and fear during the Chapo moments, and how it’s like to work with Will Smith a…
 
How can you can get a table "week of" at the best restaurants in Manhattan? Jack cold-called a white glove concierge and a reservationist at a 3-Michelin restaurant and point blank asked them to come clean on how the game is played. (2:41) Then, looks like the show you’ll be binging this weekend is going to be Brazilian. My wife shares her latest T…
 
We discuss the rise of Spanish singer Rosalía. The NY Times just included her song 'Con Altura' (feat. J Balvin) in their top song picks of the week, and Isabela Raygoza, music journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine will give me a primer on what you and I need to know. (2:30) Jack suggests 3 new movie releases (19:35) Then film critic Mike Sargent a…
 
Jordan Peele’s new highly anticipated horror film, US, is out in theaters and critics are raging about it… except Jack. Film critic Mike Sargent offers his perspective on the good and bad of the film. 'JackedIN' Pop News Recap: (:50) #HighlyRelevantMusicPlaylist Calma - Los Wálters Caballero - Mr.Pig, Fancy Folks, y Bruses Below - Noah Pino Palo Wo…
 
Maria Elena Fernandez, TV reporter for New York Magazine and Vulture.com joins us to discuss how One Day at a Time's cancellation might detour any progress made for US Latino TV shows. (1:49) Then, Concepción de León of the New York Times pitched and created their first-ever Latinx column EL ESPACE. How did it come to be? Did she encounter any resi…
 
Chilean Oscar-winning director Sebastian Lelio on the art of remaking his own film 'Gloria Bell' starring Julianne Moore. Why did he do it when all his confidants told him no? What did he gain from it? What did he discover through the experience? (4:04) Then film critic Mike Sargent and Jack give their First Reaction to Marvel's first female-superh…
 
Robert Rodriguez, the director of the new film Alita: Battle Angel discusses how it was a happy coincidence that his lead actress Rosa Salazar was Peruvian, how one of the main goals of his TV network EL REY was to find and hire more Latino filmmakers, and if it is the responsibility of a Hispanic director to create Latino stars. (2:22) Rosa Salaza…
 
Javier Bardem discusses his new movie 'Everybody Knows' starring Penélope Cruz, the moments on set where his acting just sucked and what he did to overcome it. He talked about working with wife Penélope, he also offers incredible insight on what actors need to do to give the best performance of their life, and what Alfonso Cuarón said to him when I…
 
Cristina Gallegos is the co-director of the new Colombian narco film Birds of Passage (Pajaros de Verano). We get into why she’s reclaiming the way Colombian drug movies are seen in Hollywood, the shame Latin Americans carry with their ethnicity, why she chooses to make high-brow films, and how Latina female directors are making a difference on fil…
 
Mexican-American TV producer Jaime Davila Jr. and 26-year-old Dominican entrepreneur John Henry join the show. Davila talks how the new Hispanic content today is being created for general audiences (1:30) and Henry discusses his new entrepreneur show 'Hustle' on Viceland, plus, he gives some advice on what you need to start a small business. (39:43…
 
Film and culture critic Mike Sargent joins me to discuss the Gina Rodriguez anti-black debacle, the Tom Brokaw anti-Latino statements on Meet The Press, and why M. Night Shamalan’s new film 'Glass' is reviled by critics but adored by fans. (1:28) We also talk to Hugo Balta, President of the NAHJ to help me tackle the bloodbath that took place this …
 
Awards season expert Clayton Davis from AwardsCircuit.com joins us to discuss the 2019 Oscar nominations (10:25) and the newly minted Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (1:55), which he founded. I’ll talk to him about what would happen if Roma sweeps the Oscars… will it quiet Latino critics who claim prejudice by the Academy? Also will ac…
 
This is episode 100, and to celebrate, we brought in the biggest director in Hollywood at the moment - Alfonso Cuarón (3:19). He'll discuss ROMA, why critics love it so much and Jack reveals to him his favorite scene. Also, Nicole Acevedo joins the show to discuss her article from NBCNews.com about how Latin music sales have surpassed Country album…
 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for taking the time out to listen this week. This week we had a lot fun talking to Michael Longoria, Latino singer/actor/dancer who has performed on Broadway’s Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli and many Broadway shows, plus, is a current member of musical group The Midtown Men. He’s now out with a new Christmas album …
 
Film and culture critic Mike Sargent discusses Steve McQueen’s female heist film 'Widows' and Mark Wahlberg’s family film 'Instant Family' just in time for Thanksgiving. (0:48) Then we chat with Elisabeth Rosario, founder of the LatinX newsletter The LatinX Collective to discuss why you should subscribe to a newsletter, LatinX culture and why there…
 
Basil Tsiokas, the program director of DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, joins us to speak about this year’s LatinX documentaries and why so many LatinX stories are starting to be made (1:06). And if you’re going to the movies, film and culture critic Mike Sargent talks to me about two new releases - Hugh Jackman’s political drama Th…
 
Music journalist Isabela Raygoza joins the show to discuss about the new trend of English-language mainstream artists singing in Spanish. Why are they doing this and will Hispanic audiences embrace it? Then we speak to Chilean writer Jose Ignacio Valenzuela, mostly known for writing telenovelas such as "La Casa de al Lado on Telemundo," he has a ne…
 
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