Op-Ed: Here’s Why I’m Watching Becky G’s ‘Face to Face’ Talkshow and Why You Should Too
When it comes to social issues, close family ties and topics that impact diverse communities in the U.S., Becky G, just gets it.
She is known by many as someone who understands complex topics and is open to discussions concerning race relations, womanhood, business, Latinx culture, within other things. And with her new talk show on Facebook, Face to Face with Becky G, she is laying it all out on the table and inviting viewers into a living room space to talk and listen, as she chats with some of her close industry friends, family and artists she admires.
Executive producer Jesse Collins Entertainment and Becky G’s B Yourself Productions joins Facebook Watch’s commitment to talk show focused content that generates conversation and amplifies diverse voices on Facebook.
The show, which will have 10 episodes total, debuting weekly on Facebook begins with Becky G welcoming viewers to sit down and get comfortable. “We really needed a powerful show like this,” I thought to myself at least every 15 minutes, while watching. It feels almost as if you are literally sitting with them. The production’s efforts to give the audience that feeling of inclusiveness by including tags and insight into certain definitions or fun facts about Becky or the guest, is a stellar touch.
It’s almost as if you’re in the living room with friends or family, and someone is telling a story, and you’re not 100 percent aware of the situation, so someone leans over to you and whispers an unexpected sentiment like: by the way, my cousin is into extraterrestrials.
With Demi Lovato as the first guest, and a very heartfelt appearance by Becky’s cousin, Papaya, the first episode sits at over one million views. The reason: its broad range of interesting and insightful topics merged with sentiment, rawness, transparency and humor.
Together, Lovato and Becky sit down and have an open conversation where Lovato spills a little more about their story of coming out as non-binary and their experience in self-discovery. The conversation takes various educational and engaging turns into topics such as anxiety, the benefits of in-depth meditation, sound bowls and even extraterrestrials — where Demi admitted she would date one — “I’m tired of humans. Bring me an ET!” she said. The episode ends with Becky welcoming her cousin, Papaya, who is a big fan of Lovato’s, into the living room for more conversations on coming out and being one’s authentic self.
I was glued to the screen from beginning to end, so much so that I watched Tinashe’s right after, and Chiquis Rivera’s interview followed. I wanted more.
In Tinashe’s episode, another valuable set of topics were discussed: women in business, knowing your purpose, being misunderstood at a young age. I thought it was spectacular that they chose Tinashe, being a black woman, as she could first-hand speak on the trials and tribulations of maneuvering through the music industry as a young female artist as well as a woman of color.
Episode three welcomed Chiquis to the living room. The bond between the two was magnetic. I love that they showed the love for each other, and the respect. It was almost as if I was the third wheeler friend listening to them having an in-depth conversation about everything that’s important to them: a strong family bond, a successful career, keeping a balance while being a strong woman, dealing with online bullies and the loss of the great Jenny Rivera — I’ll admit there were tears, as you could see how close Chiquis really was to her mom, simply by the way she speaks of her.
In my humble opinion, Becky G is ideal for this role because everyone can relate to her somehow. As an American, she understands the U.S., its culture and subcultures and the many issues we face as a country, but she is also Latina, raised in a Mexican-American home so she has a lot of that soul, family values and that in-depth understanding of who we are, and that really comes through so beautifully and is felt throughout the show. She gets it, and like her now famous catch phrase says, “Don’t just talk about it, be about it, mi gente.”
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