The Latino List: Vol. 2

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Second volume profiles more strong Latino mentors.

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Positive Messages

Major themes include integrity and perseverance. The series underscores the role Latinos play in American life, as well as the challenges they face thanks to stereotypes and bigotry. The racial and ethnic distinctions between different Latino communities are also discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The men and women featured here are positive role models for the Latino community and to the community-at-large thanks to their work and accomplishments. Some also view themselves as being Latino and African-American; others are members of the LGBT community.

Violence

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is briefly discussed.

Sex

Contains a brief reference to feeling sexy.

Language

Words like "Goddamn," "ass," and  "f--k" are occasional audible.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that second volume of The Latino List offers lots of empowering messages about Latinos in the United States, being true to one's self, and overcoming obstacles in positive ways. It contains occasional salty vocab ("Goddamn," "ass," "f--k") and a reference to being sexy. It's not violent, but the assassination of Robert Kennedy is discussed, as are sensitive political issues (like Arizona immigration laws).

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What's the story?

THE LATINO LIST: VOL. 2 is the second installment of the HBO documentary series that features excerpts from the self-narrated life histories of some of the United States' most notable Latino citizens. It features activists like Dolores Huerta, journalists like Soledad O'Brian, and athletes like NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. Notable celebs like model and humanitarian Christy Turlington, and actors George Lopez and Judy Reyes are also featured. Adding to the mix are media network giants like former Telemundo president of entertainment Nely Galan, current Univision network president Cesar Conde, and political figures like Raul Yzaguirre, the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. From sharing stories from their childhoods to talking about life-changing moments in their professional and personal lives, each of these individuals share what it means to be Latino in America.

Is it any good?

The interview excerpts featured here highlight some of the personal and professional challenges faced by some of the country's most successful Latinos while growing up and building their careers. The notable public figures discuss their unique ethnic heritage, and existing stereotypes about it on The Latino List: Vol. 2. Some also share how these struggles sometimes led them to negotiate their distinct cultural traits to "fit in" to the mainstream, and the point at which they opted to accept and celebrate who they are.

A few might be surprised by some of the folks on this list, thanks to their looks and/or the media's failure to classify them as members of the Latino community. But regardless of how they are viewed publicly, each of the people featured candidly reveal the important role their ethnicity plays in their lives. Overall, they send positive and empowering messages about being true to who you are, and working hard to achieve your goals regardless of how others may see you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of Latinos in this country and how that's discussed in The Latino List: Vol. 2. What does the term "Latino" mean? How is this different from "Hispanic"? What role do Latinos have in the continued political, economic, and social evolution of the United States?

  • Where do stereotypes about Latinos and other communities come from? Do you think the media perpetuates them? Do documentaries like this one help diffuse some of these generalizations?

  • How does The Latino List: Vol. 2 promote integrity and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?

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