Ramirez Among Several Latinos Taking Part in PBS-Sponsored Conversations at This Year’s TED Talks

Sara Ramirez is ready for a revolution

The 39-year-old half-Mexican actress and Grey’s Anatomy star will cohost a PBS-sponsored conversation about the future of teaching at this year’s TED Talks.

Sara Ramirez

TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and PBS recently announced a series of live talks, to be filmed at Town Hall this November.

Ramirez’s talks, scheduled for November 1 and 2, will include the participation of former White House chef Sam Kass, educator Sal Khan, How to Raise an Adult author Julie LythcottHaims, The Future Project CEO Andrew Mangino, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black & Latino Boys author Victor Rios, and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence educator Dena Simmons.

Meanwhile, clinical psychologist Hector Garcia will take part in another PBS-sponsored Ted Talk entitled “War & Peace” on November 3 and 4.

Garcia’s talk will center on soldiers who’ve returned to the United States in the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He’ll be hoined by Girls star and Marine Corps veteran Adam Driver, Oscar nominee Sebastian Junger and ethnographer Simon Sinek.

In another talk, Mexican-American academic, businessman and speaker Juan Enriquez, author of  and Radiolab research director Latif Nasser will discuss the changing world and the future of our planet in a talk entitled “Science & Wonder” on November 5 and 6.

On hand to perform at the events will be Grammy nominees Rufus Wainwright and Angela McCluskey, as well as musicians Paul Cantelon and John “Scarpper” Sneider, and the Brazilian percussion ensemble Harlem Samba.

Each of the programs will be filmed and broadcast as three one-hour specials to premiere on PBS in 2016.

Gonzaga to Star in “Still Punching The Clown”

Ginger Gonzaga is ready to clown around…

The Latina actress will star in Still Punching The Clown, the sequel to Punching The Clown, which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Ginger Gonzaga

Henry Phillips returns to star in the sequel, which he again co-wrote with director Gregori Viens.

Still Punching The Clown follows Phillips’ misadventures as a stand-up comic attempting to make a name for himself amid myriad trials and tribulations as he tries to balance success with artistic integrity.

In addition to Gonzaga, who last starred in the television series Mixology, Still Punching The Clown also stars J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Derek Waters, Ellen Ratner and stand-up comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser and Doug Stanhope.

Gonzaga’s other credits include television appearances on Anger Management, Growing Up Fisher and The Millers. She also starred in the film Ted.

Pineda Cast in Fox’s “Dads” Comedy Series

Erin Pineda is preparing to experience a little in-law trouble…

The Latina actress has signed on to star as a cast regular on Fox’s six-episode comedy series.

Erin Pineda

The project – which comed from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane – centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli (portrayed by Seth Green) and Warner (Tommy Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmarish dads (Peter Riegert, Martin Mull) unexpectedly move in with them.

Pineda will play Camilla, Warner’s wife and the mother of his two children.

She most recently appeared in a guest starring role on ABC’s Happy Endings.

Pineda joins Go On star Tonita Castro as the latest Latina to join the Dads cast.

Castro Lands Role on Fox’s Comedy Series “Dads”

Tonita Castro is about to clean house at Fox 

The Latina actress, who has gained acclaim for her recurring role as Fausta on NBC’s Matthew Perry-starrer Go On, has landed a role on Fox’s Dads.

Tonita Castro

The six-episode comedy series from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli and Warner (Tommy Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads (Martin Mull, Peter Riegert) unexpectedly move in with them.

Castro will portray Eli’s maid, Edna, a harddrinking, outspoken woman who manages to make her caustic opinions understood despite a limited mastery of the English language.

Castro’s film credits include role in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Mosquita y Mari and Funny People. On television, the actress has appeared on Awkward, Southland, Raising Hope, Two and a Half Men and Glee.