Leading Hispanic entertainers like Eva Longoria and Chita Rivera will headline a presidential inaugural event celebrating Latino arts and culture, ABC News reports.
The “Desperate Housewives” actress has been an avid supporter of President Barack Obama and will host the evening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, the day before the president officially begins his second term.
The lineup of dozens of artists includes José Feliciano, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra
"Latinos played a critical role in this year's elections and helped tip the scales in President Obama's victory. But we are not waiting another four years to make an impact on our country's future, and Latino Inaugural 2013 will set a path for Latino civic engagement in the near term," Longoria said in a statement to ABC. "What better way to establish our presence at these inaugural celebrations than by showcasing the beauty and diversity of our culture at the nation's premier performing arts center."
According to a news release, the three-day event will consist of lectures and performances to bring Latinos from different backgrounds together to "develop an agenda that betters the community and strengthens the country as a whole.”
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"As we inaugurate President Barack Obama, it is important to recall what President John F. Kennedy knew: that beyond the battles of politics 'we will be remembered for our contributions to the human spirit.' Latinos are now deservedly taking their place at center stage of U.S. culture," said Henry R. Muñoz III, an activist and designer. "We invite every American to join us on the evening of January 20, either in person or by live stream."
That’s not the only thing Longoria is up to, she will reportedly be playing another housewife in a new cartoon series that is aimed for adults, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Longoria will be voicing the lead character in “Mother Up!,” a show about a record executive who left her job to become a stay-at-home mom.
"She's a crazy, irresponsible mother, that all mothers fear they are. She barely keeps her kids alive with bizarre, improvised solutions to the endless challenges of parenting,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
"I always find you have so much more freedom as an actor with your voice when you're hiding behind an animated character, as opposed to live action."