Eva Longoria attends Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center at The Kennedy Center in D.C.
For those of you who missed it, Eva Longoria earned her spot up on stage alongside President Obama during the Inauguration Ceremony with all the other VIPs including Supreme Court justices, former presidents, and of course, Jay-Z & Beyonce. Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal did a really long profile on the actress-turned-Hispanic activist! With Hispanics representing around 10% of the total vote, Obama scored roughly 75% of the vote with the help Eva Longoria. We’ll see exactly how much progress she makes on the political front b/c let’s face it, these aren’t great times for the Hispanic community.
Here’s an excerpt from the WSJ article:
Actress Eva Longoria, the 37-year-old star of the hit television show and twice Maxim magazine’s Hottest Woman of the Year, is taking on a challenging new role as a Hispanic activist and power player in Washington, D.C. One of her primary aims is to make the case that “Latinos aren’t a drain on the economy or criminals crossing the border,” she says. “Most are hardworking people who are America’s emerging market.”
Ms. Longoria is the most prominent among Latino leaders who are gaining political sway from the 2012 election, in which the Hispanic vote was a critical force in delivering victory to Mr. Obama. A co-chair of his campaign, she stumped for him at rallies across the country and was one of the largest “bundlers,” or fundraisers, while hosting star-studded events raising millions of dollars.
Her role reaches beyond fundraising and speechmaking, however, and into policy and strategy. She helped urge Mr. Obama to make a key change in immigration policy last year, and she is teaming with business to explore investments in housing and retail developments in Hispanic communities. [READ MORE]
Here’s a video of an interview w/ Eva Longoria (forward to :55 seconds):