It’s no secret to anyone that, despite notable progress, Hollywood still lacks adequate Latino inclusion in its programming and employment.
Imagine being an aspiring Latina/o filmmaker, actor or writer growing up in Inglewood, Washington Heights, Hialeah, or Omaha. The chances of “making it” are slim for anyone, but not everyone has a fair and equal shot at making it. The problem is not just casting directors at television networks or film studios, but also that managers and agents are not tapping into the places where Latino actors and writers thrive; and as a result of limited access, many Latinos and other people of color are excluded.
Studies from the last few years have shown that Latinos lead the way in terms of support for LGBT issues in this country. But all communities have a long way before we can really say that our LGBT family members are fully accepted, respected and included; as evidenced by the fact that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and of those, 26% are Latino. In other words, homeless youth are disproportionately LGBT, and homeless LGBT youth are disproportionately Latino.
According to a 2011 Forbes article, 70% of employees hate their jobs. “[P]eople want to be inspired,” the article stated. “They want to work toward a higher purpose and feel good about themselves and their leader.” By this shocking statistic, it’s evident that it’s not easy to find a job with a higher purpose in an organization led by an inspirational leader. Happily, at NHMC we have both. This is why on my last day at NHMC after nine years, I feel compelled to put pen to paper, as they say, and share with you a bit of NHMC history.
In an open letter addressed to Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales denounced a recent segment that called the children of immigrants “children of the corn,” emphasizing that this is only the latest instance in Fox News’ long history of anti-immigrant and anti-Latino hate speech.
Open Letter to Roger Ailes, CEO and Chairman of Fox News Channel
Dear Mr. Ailes:
The Fall 2013 TV season has started, and we’re excited to see the many Latino actors and actresses on-screen in new and returning shows.
Every year, we get more Latinos both in front and back of camera, and though there remains a lot of work to be done, this is something worth recognizing. The following are shows we like from this season (as well as some you may have missed that premiered this summer).
List of NHMC’s Favorites for the Fall 2013 Television Season:
Pedro A. Avila is from East Los Angeles, California. His parents are both Mexican immigrants. His mother is from Merida, Yucatan, and his father from Mexicali. Pedro’s parents migrated to the U.S. for greater opportunity, and to provide their children with a better life. Pedro has always been committed to aiding his community.