Jennifer Lopez: 'We're realizing our power'

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By STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jennifer Lopez says Latinos in the United States are starting to realize their power in politics and media, and that makes the timing good for her latest undertaking: Lobbying for greater diversity in TV programming.

The actress and entertainer spoke Wednesday at the Cable Show, a communications convention, ahead of new programming set to launch July 18 on the NUVOtv network. Lopez serves as chief creative officer of the English-language Latino channel.

She said these are exciting times for Latinos. Lopez adds, "We're really growing as a community and we've come into a place where we deserve to be considered and served and catered to."

Lopez was meeting later Wednesday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Council of La Raza and Senators Harry Reid and Bob Menendez.

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