This episode is all about the power and influence of the Latin explosion! Find out how the fastest growing minority in the United States is making the American dream a reality.
It’s not every day that we have a Supreme Court Justice in the studio! Since her appointment, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s inspirational story has captivated our country. Now, her new book, My Beloved World, is number one on the New York Times best seller list for the second straight week. The book chronicles her remarkable journey from a housing project in the Bronx to the highest court in the land. If that doesn’t say the American Dream is alive and well, then what does?
“Despite of all of that, the challenges in my life, the insecurities, the failures, I still succeeded.” -Sonia Sotomayor
— Kristie Gonzales (@GonzalesKristie) February 8, 2013
Justice Sotomayor grew up in a poor housing project in the South Bronx. Her father was an alcoholic who died when she was just nine, leaving her mother to raise her alone. What was Justice Sotomayor’s life like as a child and how was she able to overcome the challenges in her early life?
“I loved people but I didn’t have confidence enough to trust them.” -Sonia Sotomayor
— Linda A. Flournoy (@lindaatherbest) February 8, 2013
The housing project where Justice Sotomayor grew up has since been renamed in her honor. We traveled to the Sonia Sotomayor Housing Project and met an 18-year-old young woman named Demi Torres and a teacher named Celinas Sevilla.
“Education was our way out.” -Sonia Sotomayor
@katieshow awesome show today. Goes to show if you really believe in yourself you can reach great heights.
— Patricia Bilkey (@PatBilkey) February 8, 2013
Justice Sonia Sotomayor is at the top of a long list of Latino superstars, and all indications are that the list will continue to grow. By 2050, Hispanics will make up 30% of the U.S. population, and that influence is being felt in all aspects of American life. Maria Elena Salinas is the anchor of the most watched Spanish-language newscast on Univision.
“When you were born without, without the privileges, you work harder for them.” -Maria Elena Salinas
— carmen romero (@carmenromero73) February 8, 2013
Critically acclaimed Golden Globe-winning actress America Ferrera and comedian Carlos Mencia are two more celebrity Latinos making waves. They talk about what the changing demographics mean for this country, and what it means for them as influential Latino voices.
“We have a huge obligation as a community to really learn to hone our voices.” –America Ferrera
@katieshow Gracias for such an inspiring show! Proud to be a Latina! Born and raised in New Orleans. I’m bilingual and bicultural!
— Brenda Melara (@NolaNena) February 8, 2013
Carlos Mencia is the 17th of 18 children born to his family. What was childhood like for Carlos, and what do Carlos, America and Maria Elena think about the growing opportunities for Latinos in entertainment.
“Especially as an immigrant…we came to this country to give, not to take.” –Carlos Mencia
— Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) February 8, 2013
And now it’s time for Follow Up Friday! You Tweeted, you posted and Katie listened. Here’s what you had to say about some of our most recent shows.
— Linda Thomas (@lindathomasAVL) February 8, 2013