The "Latino Media Gap" report serves as a first solid step in offering the mainstream media industry real data to confirm Latino representation is at a crisis low and requires urgent acknowledgment by all.
I'm optimistic that Cole will become a role model for other youth who may be fearful and have never seen anyone like themselves on the big/little screen. I know I would have wanted to see someone like Cole when I was 13-year-old and coming to terms with my own identity.
I recently started watching The Fosters, on ABC Spark, and the revolutionary qualities that lie at the core of the show are beyond tremendous, because the show has the ability to make many subsets of minorities in our society, feel seen.
With the arrival of the Fosters, and hopefully more shows like it in our homes every week, we will begin to learn that what makes a family isn't biology, it's love -- nothing could be more unique or simple than that.