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OBG®'s Multicultural Monday

Monday, March 05, 2012

I was lying in bed in my Austin hotel room this past Saturday night, fresh from finishing up The Austin Passport Party and numb with joy when I turned on the television and absent-mindedly starting changing channels.  As a lover of ALL THINGS related to the celebration of culture, I stopped (and sat straight up in bed) when I happened upon ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen, a Fox television show (it’s more than that really) that "goes straight to the core and touches the heart of the people of Latin America, as it discovers its most authentic, genuine and most talented entertainers, and unites them in one amazing show."
“Leading the journey to find The Chosen Ones are Creator and Executive Producer Simon Fuller, along with the iconic performers, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and superstar director/choreographer, Jamie King. Between them, they will travel to 21 different Latin American countries and embark on a journey of a lifetime in search of ‘The Chosen’.”

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the beauty of what I saw (I won't spoil it for you) and the bonus was the English sub-titles.  Alone in my hotel room, I smiled, I laughed, I wiggled, I cried and I applauded.  I even came home and watched more ¡Q’Viva! on YouTube without the English sub-titles, followed the show on Facebook, subscribed to the show's YouTube Channel, and followed the show on Twitter (and they followed me back!).  And if Spanish or Portugese (they go to Brazil as well) aren't your first languages, no worries.  You can trust me when I say that you will be moved by this cultural celebration no matter what languages you do or don't speak.  There are no language barriers when it comes to ¡Q’Viva!
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So instead of posting just one interesting cultural fact about salsa or merengue or Latin American indigenous dance and song, I’d like to dedicate this entire Multicultural Monday post to ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen and encourage you to watch along!  I am so moved by this never-done-before mega-production (not your every-day reality show) that travels around the world in search of Latin America's greatest talent.  Just so moved.  And I bet you will be too.  =)

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representing Merengue of the Dominican Republic!
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representing Mambo originating in Cuba!
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Cha Cha Cha of Cuba!

Today, OBG®'s Multicultural Monday -  a celebration of culture and diversity worldwide - is dedicated to all of the Latin American dancers, singers and artists worldwide ...


Melanie - Ella Media & on: March 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM said...

How had I not heard about this?! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely look out for it.

Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM said...

I absolutely love ¡Q’Viva!. When I saw them travelling around the world and the talent they found, I felt so moved. They're really making a difference. Talent that might go overlooked, styles of dance, singing, culture that are often ignored are being applauded and showcased. Love this post!!! Thanks for letting the world know.


Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM said...

Awesome! I haven't watched it yet because I don't have cable, but never thought of watching on Youtube. I'll definitely check it out. ;)

I remember when they were planning this, it just seemed like it was never coming. Glad it's here and that some many are taking notice! :)

Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM said...

@Melanie No problem! Can't wait to hear what you think! In the meantime, check out their YouTube Channel. #funstuff
@LaLicenciada Thanks! Isn't it the best?!?!? Love, love, love. =)

Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM said...

@Chantilly Thank goodness for YouTube!!!! =)

Brenda Cisneros on: March 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM said...

Q'Viva! Me encanta!

Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM said...

Me too, Brenda! Me toooooooooo...

Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM said...

I haven't watched it yet but would love to. Do you know if I can watch online?

Ana L. Flores on: March 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM said...

I knew about it, yet hadn´t had the time to watch it. Now I´m programming my dvr for sure!!

Unknown on: March 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM said...

@BellaVidaLetty There is a YouTube Channel link in the post that will take you right to QVIVA!
@Ana Yep, I knew about it too, but didn't tune in to when it would be on. I guess I was meant to see it. =D


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