Adrienne Bailon, the first Latina to host an English-language daytime talk show, is working to galvanize and empower Latino voters ahead of the election.
"It is so important that we recognize our value and our worth in this election," Bailon told Feliciano Garcia on "Cafecito." "And the fact that there are 27.3 million eligible Latinos that can vote in this election, and I think getting those people together to recognize that, we can absolutely make a difference."
Bailon, a first-generation Latino with a Puerto Rican mother and Ecuadorian father, hosts the syndicated talk show "The Real" on FOX and BET. Bailon also the lead singer of 3LW from 1999-2007 and a part of The Cheetah Girls from 2003-2008.
"I cannot believe I am the first Latino to host a daytime talk show. I did not know that," Bailon said. "As exciting as it was, it made me sad. On English-language daytime talk, there were no Latinas."
"I am going to be who I am, and I think that is the best way to represent your people, not to be anything other than your authentically yourself," Bailon continued. "That does not mean every Latina is going to think like me, look like me, dress like me or that I am representing everyone's thought in the Latino community, but that at least they would say, 'She is genuine and true to ourselves.'"