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Vista LA: Close look at polo star Nacho Figueras, Justice Sotomayor, LGBT Latinos

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Polo star Nacho Figueras speaks with Vista L.A. co-host Jovana Lara in an episode of Vista L.A. that aired Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Members of Bienestar Human Services appear in an episode of Vista L.A. that aired Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Former Broadway talent agent Dan Guerrero appears in an episode of Vista L.A. that aired Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros America Tropical appears in an episode of Vista L.A. that aired Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

Vista L.A. caught up with polo star Nacho Figueras, first Latina Justice Sonia Sotomayor and delved into gay rights in the Latino community.

Nacho Figueras

Vista L.A.'s Jovana Lara got a private polo lesson from world-renowned professional polo player Nacho Figueras when he was in Los Angeles for a charity event at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

In addition to playing polo throughout the world and modeling for the Ralph Lauren brand, Nacho has a personal mission: to bring the "Sport of Kings" to the masses, especially children.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The U.S. Supreme Court's first Latina Justice Sonia Sotomayor has a new memoir, "My Beloved World." It's a personal account of her extraordinary journey from growing up in the Bronx projects to achieving a spot on the nation's highest bench. She can now add New York Times best selling author to that list. Vista L.A. salutes Sotomayor for being an inspiration to Latinos and women everywhere [Watch video].

LGBT Latinos

While gay rights legislation is building momentum, with the U.S. Supreme Court recently deciding to move forward on reviewing gay marriage bans, those in the gay and lesbian community still face huge hurdles every day. For many gay Latinos, these issues can be compounded by their own culture and even their own families. Vista L.A. spoke to individuals and organizations from the Latino LGBT community about some of these challenges and the progress that has been made. Among those featured are California Senator and co-founder of Honor PAC Ricardo Lara, artist Joey Terrill, founder of Bienestar Human Services Oscar De La O and Bienestar client Cynthia Abundiz [Watch video].

Gaytino

When it comes to sharing the experience of being gay and Latino, few do it with as much color as Dan Guerrero. As a former Broadway talent agent and son of legendary musician Lalo Guerrero, it all makes for an entertaining story he takes to the stage.

"Barrios to Burbs"

Sociologist Jody Vallejo, an associate professor at the University of Southern California, is the author of the new book "Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class." After interviewing hundreds of local Latino families, her research highlights key factors helping Latinos achieve socio-economic upward mobility [Watch video].

Siqueiros Unveiled

It's been 80 years since Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros came to Los Angeles and painted a controversial mural above Olvera Street, a mural that was white-washed soon after it was completed. Now, the once forgotten mural is back, and the artist community in Los Angeles is rejoicing. Vista L.A. takes you to the unveiling of the "America Tropical" mural, complete with a new interpretive center which is free to the public [Watch video].

  • America Tropical Interpretive Center
    125 Paseo de La Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 485-6855
    www.americatropical.org

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