Justina Machado

MSNBC’s groundbreaking series The Culture Is returns for a second special hosted by actress Justina Machado, best known for her roles in One Day At A Time, Jane The Virgin, Six Feet Under and starring in Amazon’s upcoming series The Horror of Dolores Roach. The one-hour special, premiering Sunday, August 7 at 10 p.m. ET will feature Machado’s exclusive interview with Oscar and Emmy-nominated Actress and Activist Rosie Perez, along with an open roundtable dialogue. The special will also stream on the MSNBC hub on Peacock immediately after.

This vital conversation touches on the differences in Latina culture, the role of identity, the impacts of the Latina vote and more. This honest conversation features guests and Machado discussing their experiences as Latinas in America and how those experiences shaped them personally and professionally. 

The primetime special will feature a roundtable discussion with:

  • Julissa Arce, Author of You Sound Like A White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation
  • Gloria Estefan, Grammy-Award Winning Singer, Actress and Philanthropist 
  • Maria Hinojosa,Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalistand Anchor of Latino USA 
  • Gloria Calderón Kellett, Executive Producer and Showrunner 
  • Bricia Lopez, James Beard Award-Winning Restaurateur and Author
  • Janel Martinez, Writer and Founder of Ain’t I Latina? 
  • Mónica Ramírez, Co-founder and President of The Latinx House
  • Gina Torres, Actress and Producer
Actress and producer, Gina Torres. (Photo source:  Latin Heat)

“I feel like I was living in three worlds. There was my world that I grew up in, Spanish speaking home, Cuban parents. And then you go out into the world and I’m speaking English and I’m in the Bronx. And then, going into this industry as an actress then nobody recognizes you as either one. There was no place for me as a Latina. And then as a Black woman I just didn’t identify as a Black woman because for me it was cultural, because of course, I present Black, I am a Black woman, I am also Cuban,” says actress and producer, Gina Torres in an exclusive clip by Latin Heat.

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Katie Phang, host of MSNBC’s The Katie Phang Show, will host The Culture Is: AAPI Women and Alyssa London, producer and host of The Culture Stories series, former Miss Alaska USA and Miss USA Finalist and NBC News and MSNBC contributor, will host The Culture Is: Indigenous Women, both premiering at a later date.

The Culture Is: Latina will feature a roundtable discussion with high-profile Latinas. (Photo source:  Latin Heat)

MSNBC’s The Culture Is is a special four-part series highlighting Black, Latina, Asian American Pacific Islander, and Indigenous women, elevating diverse voices across MSNBC platforms. 

“The Culture Is amplifies our efforts to elevate diverse voices across MSNBC’s cable and streaming platforms,” said MSNBC president Rashida Jones in a press release. “It puts women at the forefront to tell their own stories and share their experiences directly with audiences.”

The launch of The Culture Is reflects an important component of the 50% Challenge Initiative, which NBCU News Group Chairman Cesar Conde unveiled in July 2020. The bold initiative aspires for NBCU News Group newsrooms to be 50% women and 50% people of color.

Tune in Sunday, August 7 at 10 p.m. ET and for more, follow @MSNBC, @JustinaMachado on Twitter. 

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Author

  • Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.

By Victoria Arena

Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.

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