Important Heroes: A Momento Latino Occasion involves CBS on Monday, October 26th at 9:00 PM ET/PT, celebrating the tradition and contributions of Latinx Individuals. Created by Henry Munoz, Important Heroes will probably be hosted by Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan with particular performances by PItbull, Luis Fonsi, Kelsea Ballerini and extra.
CBS‘ Matt Weiss spoke to Munoz forward of Monday’s particular to debate how the concept for the present happened, working with the present’s three iconic hosts and the message he hopes to get throughout to a nationwide viewers.
MW: Hey Henry, good to fulfill you in the present day to debate Important Heroes: A Momento Latino Event arising on Monday, October 26th. First of all because the creator and government producer I’m curious to know what was the seed of this concept? What made you wish to put this all collectively and convey it to life?
HM: The darkest days of COVID-19 and a visit to the epicenter of the epicenter which on the time was in New York. A recognition that it might be more durable for the Latino neighborhood to have entry to testing and to healthcare. So, we put in place information and analysis that exhibits that for our neighborhood and for the nation; it’s not simply the virus it’s the lack of your healthcare, it’s your job, it’s the impression on your small business, it’s the dearth of Wi-Fi for everyone on this nation and the issue of sending your child to high school both in particular person or nearly. The points within the Latino neighborhood throughout COVID-19 are American points.
We determined that it might be nice if we may construct an infrastructure of help for the Latino neighborhood. We picked up the telephone and we put collectively a coalition of over 130, now 140 I believe, advocacy teams throughout the nation with everyone from the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Unidos US. When we constructed that and began speaking and determined that we wanted to create content material then it was a pure development to say why don’t we raise our voices with one unifying second. That’s what turned Important Heroes: A Momento Latino Event.
MW: That identify too, essential, has turn out to be actually synonymous with this yr. I’m certain that was performed on function the place you needed to spotlight that phrase…
HM: I believe it’s vital that we remind ourselves within the Latino neighborhood and I believe it’s vital that the whole nation have a second of unity and cultural understanding. But particularly for us to acknowledge that we’re important; we at all times have been, that we’re the individuals who hold meals on the desk, we’re the individuals who drive the buses and the trains to maintain folks going to their jobs, we’re the nurses, we’re the medical doctors, we’re the small businesspeople. Quite actually we’re the film stars and the musicians that entertain you.
Important Heroes: A Momento Latino Event actually brings all of that collectively. It brings these nice comedians along with folks like Pitbull, Juanes and Luis Fonsi into an surroundings to inform tales. We’re telling tales about on a regular basis heroes, the folks that you just’ll by no means examine on the entrance web page of the newspaper, however who hold communities transferring. I believe that’s the sweetness.
MW: You talked about, you will have a star-studded group of people who find themselves going to be on the present. As for the hosts we have Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, and Ricky Martin. What was it like working with every of these three?
HM: I really like all three of them as a result of I’ve labored with them for a few years. Whenever this neighborhood wants one thing you possibly can decide up the telephone and name Eva Longoria. She’s so sensible and dedicated and a philanthropist serving to folks, serving to kids with particular wants and younger Latinas who want entry to science, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic.
Look at Ricky Martin and every little thing that he’s performed not only for the Latino neighborhood or for Puerto Rico however for humanity and for youngsters. Think about Gloria Estefan, not simply one of the crucial honored singers within the historical past of our nation, a Grammy Award winner, the recipient of the Kennedy Center honor, Presidential Medal of Freedom, however an individual who actually is among the nice examples of the immigrant tradition of the US.
All three of them collectively have moved this nation ahead many occasions over time. When we ask them to be a a part of Essential Heroes and the truth is a number of Essential Heroes, they stated sure instantly. You ought to see what they do. It’s actually an unbelievable hour of tv.
MW: For the performers we have Pitbull after which we even have Okayelsea Ballerini. I believe that’s actually cool you will have such a various group of Latin performers. How did you go about selecting the individuals who would carry out?
HM: That could also be one among my favorites, the duet between Louise Fonsi and Okayelsea Ballerini, that sort of union between Latin music and Country Western music, which actually has occurred. I’m from Texas and that sort of concept of the mixing of musical tradition that you just see for instance in a spot like Texas they name it Conjunto, is one among my favourite moments on this tv particular as a result of it says that our music belongs to everyone.
I’m very proud that Louise Fonsi and Kelsey are doing this duet. I’m very proud that their debuting an vital tune from his latest album on the particular. It’s incredible. People are going to find it irresistible. I believe it additionally says that this particular isn’t just for Latinos, this is a crucial American tv second.
As finest as I can inform there’s by no means been something like this on broadcast tv. For certain within the final 10 years there hasn’t been a present fairly like this that spotlights the contributions and the artistry of Latinos residing in the US. I might simply say tune in, you’re going to be happy. I’ve watched little bits and items of it to this point and it’s a one hour of tv wherein you will dance, you’ll snigger and I believe you’ll be moved by the tales that you just’ll see.
MW: Improbable. Last query earlier than I allow you to go right here, when the hour is up and the present is over, what would you like viewers to remove from seeing this?
HM: I would like them to look at Momento initially. I would like them to look at Important Heroes: A Momento Latino Event after which I would like them to be pleased with their American heritage. I would like them to acknowledge that we’re patriots and if we’re united via this second, our nation will probably be higher into the longer term. We’ll be capable to transfer our nation collectively and that’s actually vital.
MW: Properly thanks a lot Henry, been nice to talk with you and all the most effective with the particular.
HM: Thanks a lot Matt, I admire it.
Important Heroes: A Momento Latino Occasion airs on CBS on Monday, October 26th at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Examine your native listings for extra info.