Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez not only have two lovely children together, they are the proud parents of a global child: ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen, on Fox TV, Saturdays at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. The show is part National Geographic, part telenovela, part documentary, part Survivor, part Ed Sullivan, part Greatest Show on Earth; the show is filmed partly in Spanish, partly in English and all of it is fleshed out against a backdrop of human drama, redemption and ascendancy.
Let's just say ¡Q'Viva! is a mix of emotions: never have I seen so many men and women crying from the suffering, resurrection, hope and joy they are simultaneously experiencing; never have I seen so much hugging and thanksgiving; never have I seen a Latin American showcase of extraordinary acrobats, singers, musicians and dancers, that also prominently includes Latinos of Color, including Afro-Latinos, indigenous and mestizo Latin Americans.
¡Q'Viva! is culturally "autcótono." The show is a valid expression of original content never quite before explored either on Spanish language TV or English language TV. Marc Anthony is the good Cortez, returning not to conquer, but to Facebook the community. The show is more than groundbreaking, the show is a bridge from the 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S. to the 500 million Latinos living next door, alongside us in the Americas.
¡Q'Viva! is doing what the U.S. Voice of America has failed to do: build a compelling media message that unites Latin America with the U.S., in a modern and contemporary way. The humanistic scenes of photogenic and honest tears of joy bring out humble smiles from viewers and unites us in the basic emotions that know no national boundaries, only cultural and language solidarity.
Marc Anthony's spiritualism is evident in the way he drives deep into the heart of the planet to find the most unique performers; Marc's fever is clearly shared by Jennifer, who herself is transformed from superstar to a humanitarian ambassador when making house calls in search of vibrant new talent. Both Marc and Jennifer are pounding the pavement and selva to build a legacy concept that hopefully will blossom and create an even stronger cultural bond between Latinos estadounidense and Latinos mundial.
¡Q'Viva! is clearly larger than the two visionaries; it's an exploration into the heart and soul of the Latino Diaspora. It feels like an extraordinary step, like a walk on the Moon. It's a turning point, like the directional shift led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. But most of all it's a historic media moment in time: the first seamlessly bilingual show that presents entertainment and information to a general audience, not simply to a target audience. It's an electronic portal into the lives of el Latino Global; it shatters stereotypical walls and updates Latin American artistry, culture and beauty; it is the Latino Cosby Show set in Realism TV. ¡Bien hecho!
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