EL CANTANTE HITS THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
By Led Black
The bugles are blaring – the weekend of August 3rd, 2007 is D-Day. This weekend marks the arrival of the long-awaited Hector Lavoe biopic, El Cantante, in theaters nationwide. It is absolutely imperative that Latinos come out in droves to support this movie in its opening weekend. Every Latino and I mean every Latino should make it a point to see this flick. The young, the old, the healthy and the handicapped – shoo, even the blind should be in attendance (Jose Feliciano, El Cieguito de Nagua etc…). The illustrious, über entrepreneur Jay-Z put it best with this recent quip, “men lie, women lie – numbers don’t”. And that ladies and gentlemen is exactly the point, we need to show Hollywood in particular and this country in general that we exist, that we want to see our stories told and that we want a say in how we are portrayed. There is truly strength and dollars in numbers.
On the real, I know Jennifer Lopez has her fair share of detractors but in this film she is, in my opinion, worthy of an Oscar. Not to be undone, Marc Anthony channels the sprit and soul of Hector Lavoe. Manny Perez as well as the entire cast and director Leon Ichaso do a stand up job of bringing the man, the music and the era to life. Ultimately though, it is not really about Hector Lavoe or Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez for that matter but about Hispanic-Americans telling the world we matter and that we are a force to reckoned with and we will not be denied. So again – make sure you watch the flick this weekend and while you’re at it cop the soundtrack too. Palante, Siempre Palante!