Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Soledad O'Brien to Host CNN's Latino in America Series

Following last year’s successful Black In America documentary series, CNN will turn its cameras on America’s Latino community with the two-part documentary series Latino In America premiering in October.

CNN hopes that the In America franchise can draw more attention to the struggles and triumphs of diverse communities.

“The In America brand strand gives us the opportunity to look at groups of people in America that have been misreported or in some cases neglected [by the media],” according to Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer for CNN Productions.

Latino In America will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien.

The programs will focus on the growing U.S. Hispanic population and the pertinent issues that face the community.

“We found out with Black In America that many people who watched were not only black but Hispanic as well,” Nelson said. “This is the fastest-growing minority group in America today, but we don’t understand how really diverse this group is. The show focuses on how Latinos are changing America and how America is changing Latinos.”

The first part of the series will explore the lives of people across the country who share the surname “Garcia,” the eighth most popular family name in America. The second part focuses on how four different communities are meeting the challenges of disparities, immigration and discrimination in terms of language, education, citizenship, and cultural identity.

Celebrities such as Edward James Olmos, Eva Longoria Parker, Jesse Garcia and Lupe Ontiveros will also be featured in the documentary.

Nelson said CNN will also create a Spanish-language version of Latino In America.

Black In America 2 premieres this July.
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