02/28/2013 10:36 am ET

Miriam Colon, Star of 'Bless Me, Ultima,' Guest DJs Alt Latino

As our influence in the U.S. increases, controversy has swirled around portrayals of Latinos in the media, as critics often note a disconnect between reality and how it's portrayed in movies and on television.

Against significant odds, Hispanics have made enormous strides in every aspect of American culture and industry. But turn on the television or drop into your local movie theater, and if there's a Hispanic on screen at all, some type of illicit activity is usually involved; if the character is a woman, she'll likely be oversexed and obnoxiously loud. The joke is on these media themselves; the myopic view they serve has failed to attract a growing Hispanic audience.

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