2016 marks both the 48th anniversary of the first Hispanic Heritage Week and the 28th anniversary of its official expansion to National Hispanic Heritage Month. But you might be asking yourself: Hey, what gives? Why kick off a month-long celebration when September is already halfway over? 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the 30-day period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 14 because Sept. 15 marks the the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. 

These are monumental events worth remembering and celebrating, but here at Fuse, we're using these 30 days to look forward. Each day, we'll spotlight the future of Hispanic history by showcasing the most talented, creative and influential people on the rise within the culture. Some are young and at the start of their journey; others are already commanding the world's attention. What brings them together is the promise of inspiring change through artistry for years to come.

Join us for the next 30 days by looking into the future, now. Specifically, tune into Fuse on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11:00AM-8:30PM/C for music videos, movies and original content that celebrate the accomplishments of history makers and current culture shakers. Meanwhile, be sure to come back every day to Fuse.tv, from now through Oct. 14, for spotlights, videos, galleries and much more on the individuals around the world who are creating Future Hispanic History at this very moment. Join the conversation with #FutureHispanicHistory.

-Jeff Benjamin
Features Editor of Fuse.tv