Highly Relevant with Jack Rico
Summary: ‘Highly Relevant' is a Latinx pop culture podcast. Jack Rico - TV host, entertainment journalist and podcaster - talks with actors, musicians, journalists, and media executives about how Latinx culture is influencing the mainstream.
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 look "Latino" enough play a Latino. Much of these experiences marked him, to the point where he created a production company with the purpose of hiring Latinx actors with all types of accents, and, to develop Spanish language movies for Spanish language viewers like his mother and grandmother who don’t understand English. "Jacked In" Weekly News Recap (6:28) Music Playlist (26:57) Barro En Los Pies - Polock (feat. IZAL) FuckHim - Girl Ultra (feat. Ximena Sariñana) Mala Manera - Juanes
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 Hispanic Heritage Month in NY was such a fulfilling experience. *Colombian singer Santiago Munera is this week's featured artist.
Marcos Juarez, Pandora's Head of Latin Music, stops by to discuss a wide array of topics in the Latin music space, including why most Latinos listen to Pandora for Latin music.
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, about his new book ‘Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture’ as they discuss why America has embraced the new Latinx boom. Music Playlist Lo Mejor de Mi - Noel Schajris Bonito - Marco Mares, Greta El Vacile - Systema Solar
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.
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 since many have African blood. Film and culture critic Mike Sargent joins Jack to help discuss.
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 in the major award categories this year. Are they right? Also, after Spaniards Alejandro Sanz and Rosalía received the most amount of nominations, social media accused them of cultural appropriation. Are Spaniards considered Latinx in America? Mike and Jack discuss it. Music Playlist Te Quiero Ver - Manu Manzo (feat. Feid) Freak - Vicentico Algo Más - Valdes
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 marketing and content company which helps media companies get ready for a new diverse and inclusive age. As 2020 approaches with its presidential elections and a new Census study, all eyes will be focused on the power of American diversity. Led by Jackie Hernandez, former COO of Telemundo and former publisher of PESP, and Oswald Mendez, former EVP of Marketing for BBC America and CMO of MundoFox, they have joined forces with the mission to help businesses and brands rethink 'Multicultural' and get New Majority Ready.
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?
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 Playlist Tocamela - Los Amigos Invisibles Es Normal - Menor Menor, Dalex, Milly, Lary Over y Sharo Towers No Nos Sobran Los Domingos (Versión Bachata) - Debi Nova y Vicente Garcia
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 cinematic blitz with nothing but words, darkness and blood. He’s illustrated dozens of covers and comics for Marvel, DC and is also currently the artist for the hit comics DARK ARK and STRAYED. Many know him for drawing the still relevant Latinx Marvel 2007 comic, “Fantastic Four: Isla de la Muerte,” which took place in Puerto Rico. Jack's Music Playlist No Lo Ves - Sebastián Romero SOS - Surfistas Del Sistema Mami - Piso 21 (feat. The Black Eyed Peas)
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, and his dream to one day do a musical on Broadway.
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 for Latinx voices, plus he gives his recommendations at the must-see movies you need to see at the festival this year. Then, Mike Sargent and Jack give you their First Reaction of the live-action version of ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ from Paramount Pictures. Is it the next ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ for Hispanics?
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 thoughts on how he sees social media in his professional and personal life.
Film and culture Mike Sargent joins Jack to discuss the reasons that led to the new 'Men In Black' reboot to get "the boot" from general audiences.