Habla Y Vota: The HBO Documentary On the Power Of Voting in the Latino Community

*This article originally appeared on Sofrito For Your Soul

This past weekend People En Español hosted its fifth annual Festival People at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This year’s festival is particularly special because People En Español is also celebrating its 20 year anniversary. It’s interactive panel discussions, intimate meet-and-greets with today’s top Hispanic celebrities, and family-fun activities makes this one of the premier celebrations of Hispanic culture in the country. Among the many events taking place during the two day festival was the screening of the HBO Latino documentary Habla y Vota hosted by actress and TV personality Adrienne Bailon.

I arrived early and ready to connect with some of the most influential Latinx bloggers and content creators in the game. Upon arriving I met Lynn Ponder of Web City Girls. I also bumped into my favorite fashion blogger Martha Luna from M Doll NYC as well as relationship expert and Sirius XM Radio Personality Sujeiry Gonzalez aka Love Sujeiry. The event which was equal parts screening and Q&A was divided in such a way that after each segment/narrative the audience was presented with a question by host and moderator Adrienne Bailon.

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The documentary which includes personal narratives from Latino celebrities and personalities including, Prince Royce, Jorge Ramos, Adrienne Bailon, María Celeste Arraras, Jeimy Osorio, Cristela Alonzo, George Lopez and others, encourages Hispanics to hit the polls this November. Considering the Republican nominee’s views on women, Muslims, and building that wall he says he’s going to make Mexico pay for, it is critical that Latinos make their voices heard through the power of their vote this election year. That was exactly what the documentary as well as the Q&A portion moderated by Ms. Bailon was designed to do.