Highly Relevant with Jack Rico

Highly Relevant with Jack Rico

‘Highly Relevant' is a Latinx pop culture podcast. Jack Rico - TV host, journalist, film critic and podcaster - talks with actors, musicians, journalists, and media executives about how Latinx pop culture is influencing mainstream entertainment.... Show More

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September 21, 2020 29 min
Mexican-American comedian Felipe Esparza did something special this year. He is the first comedian to record two separate performances – one in English and one in Spanish - of his new comedy specials 'Bad Decisions' and 'Malas Decisiones' for Netflix, marking this moment a first for Latinx comedians and Netflix as well. Esparza joins Jack on this episode to discuss why no other Latino comedians have done bilingual s...
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This week actress Genesis Rodriguez drops by the podcast to discuss her new survival thriller Centigrade out on demand right now. Genesis and Jack have a raw conversation on the unhealthy experience she had filming the movie, she describes how she put her body through extreme torture using a diet where she lost 14lbs. in 20 days that left her physically exhausted and different. She also talks how the pandemic has had a toll on her ...
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Honduran-American television host Rocsi Díaz joins Jack Rico on the return of the "Highly Relevant Podcast" to discuss her brand new co-hosting show "Cannonball" from the USA Network. She also shares with Jack what she believes are the components she has used to become a national television host on BET, Entertainment Tonight, E! and now the USA Network. Plus, what does she think of the Latinx term, and her thoughts ...
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Dominican-American director Jessy Terrero discusses with Jack his Netflix project - "Nicky Jam: El Ganador". He also gives his views about creativity under quarantine, the aesthetic of low tech vs. high-tech productions, his thoughts on virtual directing, why Hollywood still hasn't embraced the reggaeton phenomenon like Latinx youth has and the stigma of urban. Latinx Playlist Ahorita - IVANSITO Coachella - REYNA  In To...
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Jaime Camil joins the podcast to discuss his new bilingual movie “Pildoras De Mi Novio” out in theaters now. We got a chance to discuss the growing trend of bilingual and bicultural movies, his thoughts on why Jane The Virgin was successful with white audiences, and if we reached a turning point in Hollywood viewing Hispanic actors as legitimate stars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-ad...
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On this first episode of 2020, we talk to Jencarlos Canela, arguably one of the most beloved singer/actors in the Hispanic market on his new Netflix Latinx sitcom “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”. We get into a deep conversation on why he feels comfortable with white showrunners telling him how to play a Hispanic, how he’s handled being told he’s not Hispanic enough, and why he feels people will never grasp the full impact...
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This is the last podcast of 2019. We will be back in 2020 with more episodes and also will be launching a new podcast as well. We will be announcing details very soon on all of Jack's social media platforms. On this episode, we discuss the Camila Cabello (1:58) racial debacle with culture critic Mike Sargent over some insensitive comments she said seven years ago. We’ll tell you what she said, what the general reaction has been...
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December 4, 2019 29 min
Actor William Levy has a new film out called 'En Abrazos de un Asesino' (8:02) which he co-wrote, produced and stars in. It’s like James Bond meets John Wick, but in Mexico. In our interview, Levy got raw and direct about how the Latino market and Hollywood once told him he was never going to succeed because of his Cuban accent and how he didn't look "Latino" enough play a Latino. Much of these experiences marke...
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This week actress, singer and producer Ana Villafane joins me to talk about what it feels like to be a part of not one, but two shows on NBC (Sunnyside, New Amsterdam), the reasons why she hasn’t returned to Broadway yet, why she’s been so transparent on speaking about mental health publicly, and why producing her recent Latinx Cabaret event for Hispanic Heritage Month in NY was such a fulfilling experience.  *Colombian singer Sant...
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Marcos Juarez, Pandora's Head of Latin Music, stops by to discuss a wide array of topics in the Latin music space, including why most Latinos listen to Pandora for Latin music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Jack talks ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ with Colombian protagonist Natalia Reyes who shares how she thought she was auditioning for a maid role in James Cameron’s new Terminator sequel. Little did she know she was going to become the lead star of an iconic franchise! Then he talks to Columbia University professor, author, and Latinx authority Ed Morales, about his new book ‘Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture’ as they...
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Actor Danny Pino joins the show to talk about his role as Miguel Galindo in the Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans M.C., a hit show that happens to be Latinx. Then, Mike Sargent and Jack give their FIRST REACTION of Terminator: Dark Fate, one of the best action films of 2019. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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October 18, 2019 22 min
Gina Rodriguez, from ‘Jane The Virgin’ fame, uploaded an Instagram video where she is seen saying the ’N’ word as she was singing along to The Fugees “Ready or Not”. This has caused a social media backlash from the African-community and has also sparked a cultural debate on who is allowed to say the ’N’ word and who isn’t. Shouldn't Latinx say it since many have African blood. Film and culture critic Mike Sargent joins Jack to ...
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This week, culture and film critic Mike Sargent joins the show to help us discuss the controversial film JOKER… is it worth the time and money to watch? How violent is it? Is it for everyone? And then we deconstruct this year’s Latin Grammy debacle. Reggaetoneros are up in arms calling classism at the Latin Recording Academy for not nominating them in the major award categories this year. Are they right? Also, after Spaniards Aleja...
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One of the things we like to do from time to time on the podcast is to highlight a Hispanic business on the rise. Hopefully by hearing their stories, it can galvanize you to start your own business or inspire you to take a bold new step in a different direction. The Hispanic company we’ll be focusing on today is New Majority Ready (NMR), a global marketing and content company which helps media companies get ready for a new diverse ...
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Shalim Ortiz talks 'Grand Hotel', Mateo, Season 2 renewal and every question you want answered. Also, film and culture critic Mike Sargent stops by to help me discuss Jennifer Lopez’s new movie 'Hustlers' out this week. She is getting a lot of Oscar talk for her performance, but… what about the movie? Was it any good? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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On this week’s episode, Bianca de la Garza, the first Latina late-night host comes on the show to discuss her new beauty brand, ‘In Glow We Trust,’ and film critic Mike Sargent reviews Argentinian director Andres Muschetti’s latest horror sequel “IT: Chapter 2”. The film is almost 3hrs long. Did it hurt the film or help it? Listen in. Music Playlist Tocamela - Los Amigos Invisibles Es Normal - Menor Menor, Dalex, Milly, Lary Over y...
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Juan Doe is one of the hottest comic book creators in the industry right now. He is debuting his first graphic novel as a writer called Bad Reception with Aftershock Comics, a thought-provoking look at celebrity, fame and the dark side of social media set against a slasher-horror story. The opening of the story is groundbreaking. It’s a 10-page cinematic blitz with nothing but words, darkness and blood. He’s illustrated dozens of c...
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Iconic Latin songwriter and producer, Rudy Perez, has a new memoir out now called “The Latin Hitmaker: My Journey from Cuban Refugee to World-Renowned Record Producer and Songwriter” and in it he reveals how he got Christina Aguilera to sing in Spanish, the pressure he felt to write Luis Miguel’s next big song, how José Feliciano changed his life, and his dream to one day do a musical on Broadway.  Learn more about your ad...
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We begin the show with Jack discussing the new 90210 reboot with Jason Priestley et.al, he also talks to the founder of the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), Calixto Chinchilla, about what the festival has in-store for moviegoers this year. They discuss whether the festival should change its name to the NY"Latinx"FF since it is such a champion for Latinx voices, plus he gives his recommendations at the must-see movies...
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