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Rick Najera is an award-winning actor-writer-director-producer with credits in film, television, theatre and Broadway. He is undeniably one of the most sought after comedic talents in the industry. Honored twice by Hispanic Business Magazine as ‘100 Most Influential Latinos in America’, Najera is also one of the most powerful voices in the Latino world today.

“Poet and producer, actor and comedian, award-winning TV writer, denizen of the Latin quarter, Hollywood Hills and Great White Way, Rick Najera is the embodiment of diversity.” – Writers Guild of America

Najera penned the holiday feature film Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing, Alfred Molina and John Leguizamo, which won him a prestigious ALMA Award. He was also honored with two WGA nominations for his writing on MAD TV.

His writing/acting credits also include the critically acclaimed award-winning stage works, LATINOLOGUES™ (Broadway)
Najera has also written for groundbreaking television comedies such as MAD TV, In Living Color and Culture Clash. He currently working on a pilot for CBS as well as a animated project based on one of his characters from LATINOLOGUES for Lions Gate and Evolution studio. The pilot will star George Lopez.

As one of the only three Latinos in history to write and star in his own show on Broadway, Najera made his Broadway debut in 2005 with his self-written and created, award-winning sketch comedy show, LATINOLOGUES™.

For the ninth consecutive year, Najera directs the CBS’ Diversity Comedy Showcase, where he works with and directs comedic talent and presents arguably the most important showcase in the industry. Over 4,000 actors apply to the program. So far 16 of his graduates can be seen in series regular roles on television this and three of his students have go on to SNL Rick has just completed his new book ALMOST WHITE to be published by media giant Hay House .
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Why This Latino Is Trayvon Martin Too

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:00 PM

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Recently my son asked about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, the so-called "White Hispanic" as some in the media have labeled him. My son is, as I jokingly call him, a 'Mixican' because he too is a mixed Latino. His mother is Irish and...

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I AM 38: Because Education is a Civil Right

(57) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 4:59 PM

I'm at my children's school fundraiser. I'm eating pizza and holding coupons in my hand, wondering how many of these I have to attend to fund my children's education. In front of me I see a person inside a hot thermal mouse costume dancing around my kids. This person is...

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