By Michael Lopez
It looks like the Democrats are adding in a little Latino star power when they kick off their National Convention on September 6. According to reports, both Pitbull and Jessica Alba will participate in the event’s grand finale party.
Labeled “Super-O-Rama,” the finale fiesta will kick off immediately following President Obama’s Democratic acceptance speech. Alba's co-hosting the event with her hubby Cash Warren and several big names are scheduled to perform.
Pitbull will step up to the stage and kick off a few of his signature hits. The pop band Scissor Sisters have also been booked, though it’s unclear if they’ll be collaborating with Mr. 305.
Not surprisingly, Eva Longoria has confirmed her participation too. The former Desperate Housewives star has been an outspoken supporter of the Prez and recently joined Team Obama as one of the national campaign co-chairs.
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Just days after the president declared his support for same-sex marriage, pop-star <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/obama-fundraiser-ricky-martin-lgbt-wall-street_n_1516001.html" target="_hplink">Ricky Martin hosted a fundraiser for Obama in New York. </a> The Puerto Rican singer praised the president's endorsement on same sex marriage and gave his nod of approval to the 2012 president's campaign. Back in April the Puerto Rican singer told Univision's Spanish-language program Primer Impacto, "I am proud to support our president," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/ricky-martin-endorses-president-obama/story?id=16343760#.T99dTitYs3Q" target="_hplink">according to ABC News. </a>
In early May, the Honduran-born and former host of of BET's "106 & Park" appeared in a video from "Latinos for Obama" endorsing President Obama's 2012 campaign. "Latinos are the fastest growing voting bloc in the country. That means that our voice is more important and more powerful than ever before. That's why I'm getting involved in President Obama's campaign and you should too so that Latinos can be heard in 2012 and beyond," <a href="http://electad.com/video/barack-obama-ad-rocsi-diaz-join-latinos-for-obama/" target="_hplink">she said in her supporting ad. </a>
Spanish actor Antonio Bandera and wife Melanie Griffith have been strong supporters of Obama <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/antonio-banderas-melanie-griffith-barack-obama-eva-longoria-247627" target="_hplink">since his candidacy back in 2008. </a> The couple hosted the 2011 Latino fundraiser for President Obama in their private home in Los Angeles. Banderas said the event was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/04/banderas-obama-fundraiser_n_1076939.html" target="_hplink">"like a fairly tale." </a>
Actress Eva Longoria, who is one of the 35 national co-chairs appointed by the Obama reelection campaign, has been an avid supporter of President Obama. In a video released back in April by the Obama campaign <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/eva-longoria-on-why-she-supports-barack-obama_n_1456355.html" target="_hplink">the Mexican-American actress explained</a> why the President's record on healthcare, education and immigration should earn him the Latino vote in the next election. Despite the fact the president's administration set the record in 2011 for most deportations in one year, Longoria still highlighted the President's record on immigration.
Marc Anthony is the latest Latino celebrity to publicly support President Obama. The Puerto Rican musician announced he will deliver a "special musical performance" at an Obama fundraiser on June 26 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, where he will help the President raise money for his campaign, <a href="http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2012/06/singer_marc_anthony_to_help_ba.html" target="_hplink">according to an email invitation </a>
Back in 2010, Gloria Estefan turned heads when she held a fundraiser for President Obama in her Miami home. Two years later and despite the fact that <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/09/gloria_estefan_obama_immigration.html" target="_hplink">she's said an immigration reform is still in order</a>, the Cuban-born, American singer remains to be a loyal Obama supporter. "I think that he's going to be reelected," <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/09/gloria_estefan_obama_immigration.html" target="_hplink">Estefan told the Daily Intel</a> at the 2011 premier of Broadway's <em>Follies.</em> "I think that he's doing a good job."
Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo compared Barack Obama to John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln <a href="http://tweetwood.com/JohnLeguizamo/tweet/187580945275158528" target="_hplink">on Twitter</a> where he wrote that the president makes him proud to "b #American." In response to criticisms about Obama's presidency, Leguizamo has said "he's doing everything he can, man. The fact that he's running this country gives me so much hope and optimism, more than I ever felt in my life," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-archer/john-leguizamo-on-outsour_b_595484.html" target="_hplink">according to HuffPost blogger Greg Archer.</a>
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been a supporter of Obama's presidency, defending his record on the environment<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/215487-white-house-defends-obama-energy-policies-after-poll-shows-disapproval" target="_hplink"> including the president's energy plans.</a> Obama has received criticism from green allies over a 2008 campaign promise to "end the tyranny of oil," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ken-salazar-defends-president-obama-record-environment-energy/story?id=14674768#.T99f0CtYs3Q" target="_hplink">according to ABC News</a> but Sec. Salazar has remained a strong defender of the president.
Adam Rodriguez best known for his role as agent Eric Delko on CBS' drama, "CSI: Miami," is a long time supporter of President Obama. Rodriguez was part of Obama's 2008 <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY" target="_hplink">"Yes We Can"</a> video. Since then he's also appeared on public campaign events side fellow Obama supporter Eva Longoria.