Our America: (IN)VISIBLE | Watch the whole episode

In celebration of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, ABC Owned Television Stations presents the hour-long news special, Our America: (IN)VISIBLE. Through a series of conversations, the news special examines Hispanic and Latino visibility in three areas of society: politics, business and entertainment, and how this affects the overall well-being and quality of life of the community.

Segment one looks at society’s most visible sector: Hollywood. It examines the underrepresentation of Latinos in film and television. ABC Owned Television Stations speaks to industry experts including Ana-Christina Ramon, co-author of UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report; Brenda Castillo, CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition; Encanto producer Yvett Merino; Actors Wilmer Valderrama, Xolo Maridueña, Francia Raisa and Michelle Ortiz. The segment also includes an intimate chat with reality TV pioneer and Banijay Americans chairman Cris Abrego.

Segment two features a compelling conversation about Latino culture and media visibility between ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega and ABC News Correspondent Gio Benitez while dining at Cafe Havana in New York City.

Segment three is a conversation about the lack of Hispanic representation at all levels of government, with the nation’s only Hispanic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico.

Segment four delves deeper into politics, offering a conversation about bipartisanship, visibility, and the Latino electorate between two Latina lawyers, politicians and former judges from Texas, US Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat, and former Supreme Court Justice Texas Court of Justice, Eva Guzman, a Republican. The segment also features New York State Senator Jessica Ramos, who takes viewers through her district, the most diverse in the country, and shares her thoughts on the importance of representation in government.

Segment five explores business visibility with Xavier Gutierrez, the first Latino CEO of a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise – the Arizona Coyotes. He shares his thoughts on inclusion and the Latino market.

Segment six examines the invisibility of the Afro-Latino community in society. dr Krista L. Cortes, director of La Casa Latina at the University of Pennsylvania, shares her thoughts on the diversity of cultures that exist within the Latino and Hispanic communities.

Section seven takes us to Riverside, California, where legendary actor and comedian Cheech Marin houses his landmark collection of Chicano art at the new Cheech Museum. Marin talks about his love of art and the need to make Latinos visible in the art world.

Watch Our America: (IN)VISIBLE), an ABC Owned Television Stations special celebrating Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, on your local ABC station (click here to check local listings) or wherever you stream: Fire TV, Android TV, AppleTV, and Roku.

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