CBS will celebrate the culture and contributions of Latinx Americans with a one-hour special Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event on Monday, Oct. 26, at 9:00 pm ET/PT.
The one-hour special will celebrate America’s diversity with a focus on Latinx culture, bringing joy, awareness, and aid to the Latinx community that has been deeply impacted by and played an essential role in fighting COVID-19.
Essential Heroes will be hosted by Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan with special performances by Pitbull, Luis Fonsi, Kelsea Ballerini and more.
“When COVID-19 hit the United States, people were quick to applaud our essential workers, many of whom are Latinos, for helping to keep food on our tables, delivering our packages and working in our healthcare system,” said Longoria. “The Latinx community has been the backbone of this country for hundreds of years, not just the last seven months, and it’s time that we not only know our own worth, but are also recognized, appreciated and celebrated accordingly for our contributions, pandemic or not.”
Through musical performances, comedy pieces, docu-shorts and star-studded appearances, the special will explore the Latinx experience as told by Latinx voices. Performers and participants will be announced closer to air.
“We created Momento Latino because we understand the challenges that Latinos in America face every day, and we knew we had to bring together a national infrastructure of opportunity to move the community forward into the future,” said Henry R. Muñoz III, founder of Momento Latino. “We’ve brought together more than 130 organizations, nonprofits, artists, activists, and community leaders so far, and through this special, we can share with the nation the inspiring stories of how Latinos served as the backbone of this country’s essential workforce throughout the pandemic despite being among the hardest hit by the disease and the economic fallout.”
Essential Heroes is produced by Funny Or Die, Momento Latino, Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and Global Philanthropy, and can be viewed on CBS and CBS All Access.
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