I challenge Iñárritu and every established Latino filmmaker to produce more films with complex Latina or Latino leads and supporting roles. Let's be the change we want to see, especially if you are in a high position to do so.
By describing myself as a "first-time Latina filmmaker," was I buying into the notion of being good, but not that good? Was I conveying that somehow I fell short of the industry bar?
Films like Straight Out of Compton, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, Milk, Letters from Iwo Jima are important stories to tell and do fantastic jobs of highlighting minorities. Yet these films that focus on minorities have a tendency to ghettoize and stereotype diverse actors.
It's unfortunate in the past two years there've been none in the four acting races, but the omissions belie a number of factors and, if there is criticism to be directed, it should not be the Motion Picture Academy.
Somewhere along the line I left behind not feeling Latina enough and not feeling mainstream enough and in the process strengthened cultural muscles that I can humbly flex within a moments notice.
Have you ever been asked "What are you?" I knew if I said Puerto Rican, people would challenge me because I wasn't born on La Isla or didn't look brown enough to be Puerto Rican. If I said American, those who questioned me would insist that I must have "something else" in me.
You may not know the impact you've had on my life. I have endless memories of our childhood together and I could probably write about them forever. But there are specific moments looking back that I realize just in how many ways, I am who I am because of you.
Last week, a friend forwarded me an article about seven Latinas in Hollywood that didn't feel "Latina enough." The celebrities talked about feeling "r...
Villegas's fame will help her with many of these basic necessities, but she is sure to experience some of the judgment I experienced for her decision to become a young parent. I hope she knows how important it is that she push back on this stigma.
Diversity on stage will give people of different backgrounds a reason to explore forms of entertainment new to them. Audiences want to relate to characters that look and sound like them.
The largest and most comprehensive exhibit of Cuban art ever presented on the West Coast holds its gala opening this Saturday and Sunday at Arena 1 Gallery in at the Santa Monica Airport for the start a 5-week run.
Their sound is different from anything in the Latino indie scene, as it contains elements of funk, soul and electric music in it. Their lyrics are all in Spanish, paying homage to their roots, as both Raquel and Luis grew up in the island.
History will not remember "The Fast and The Furious" as a work of art, but it will be the pioneering franchise that allowed a multiracial cast, predominately Latinos, to take center stage as full-fledged characters and not as caricatures of themselves - pillaging the box office in the process.
The menu is long with tapas, dumplings (above), large plates, vegetables, paellas and charcuterie, so I just asked Ureña to send out whatever he'd like. We cried "no mas!" after two hours of amazing food.
Latinos have made many more contributions in literature, journalism, military, business and finance, arts and entertainment, as well as politics. Despite this it seems the narrative, especially for those in a position to command the attention of a wide audience, is to relegate Latinos to nothing more than criminals and toilet cleaners.
Yes, some of us are immigrants, but we are more than just immigrants because there's no such thing as just immigrants. We dream, we create, we accomplish. We are who we say we are. Not what anyone labels us as.