November 3, 2023
Eugenio Derbez, Jharrel Jerome, Eva Longoria, Miguel, Julissa Prado, Aarón Sánchez, Jessica Sarowitz, Ángel Manuel Soto, And Gina Torres Honored At National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards Gala
Hosted By Francia Raisa & MJ Acosta-Ruiz
Still energetic from last Friday’s event, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) hosted its annual Impact Awards Gala at the Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by actor and activist Francia Raisa and entertainment and sports host and speaker MJ Acosta-Ruiz, the evening celebrated the outstanding individuals in the entertainment industry that are making strides towards a positive portrayal of the Latino community, both in front of and behind the camera.
To see photos from the event, please use the link here.
The 2023 NHMC Impact Awards Gala Honorees and presenters included:
The evening also included special appearances from Alessandra Rosaldo (Actor), Alycia Pascual-Peña (Actor), Federal Trade Commissioner Anna M. Gomez, Annie Gonzalez (Actor), Benito Martinez (Actor), Bobby Soto (Actor), Brenda Victoria Castillo (NHMC President & CEO), Chelsea Rendon (Actor), Curly Velasquez (Lifestyle Influencer), Dolores Huerta (Civil Rights Activist), Emilio Rivera (Actor), Emily Tosta (Actor), Fabian Alomar (Actor), Jessie Garcia (Actor), Isabella Gomez (Actor), Jesse Garcia (Actor), Linda Yvette Chávez (Writer), Maya Murillo (Internet Personality), Mayan Lopez (Actor), Mike Colter (Actor), Moisés Zamora (Writer/Filmmaker), Raiza Licea (NHMC Correspondent), Richard Montañez (Author), Sarunas J. Jackson (Actor), Tony Rodriguez (NHMC Correspondent), Wilmer Valderrama (Actor), Wilson Cruz (Actor), Yadi Rivera (Actor), Yvett Merino (Producer), and more.
The 2023 NHMC Impact Awards highlights included:
About the Impact Awards:
The Impact Awards Gala is just one part of the NHMC’s overall mission to spotlight the importance of accurate, fair, and positive representation in media, including advocating for an increased number of Latino writers on major networks and streaming services, the increased representation of diverse talent on major television and film sets, and educating media and industry executives on the variances of Latino culture.
2023 NHMC’s Impact Awards Gala Committee: Abel Lezcano, Co-Chair, Iva Colter, Co-Chair, Bonnie Abaunza, Brenda Victoria Castillo, Chanelle Hardy, Glenda Martinez, Jaime Davila, Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Joanna Diaz Soffer, Peter Lenkov, and TimMcNeal.
Past Impact Award honorees include George and Mayan Lopez, Colman Domingo, Francia Raisa, Yvett Merino, Salma Hayek Pinault, Rosie Perez, Matthew Lopez, Tessa Thompson, America Ferrera, Jay Hernandez, Ann Sarnoff, Dany Garcia, Isabella Gomez, Amy Lippman, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Ozzie Areu, James Cameron, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana, Danny Trejo, Diego Luna, Benjamin Bratt, Robert Rodriguez, and more.
About The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
NHMC is a woman-led non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward Latino communities.
NHMC educates and increases Latino visibility, from their policy work in Washington, D.C., to their media advocacy work in Hollywood, where they collaborate, create, and connect Latino talent with the entertainment industry. At NHMC, they focus on all forms of media because it is one of the most influential and powerful institutions that shape society’s attitudes, values, and beliefs.
NHMC has a number of initiatives dedicated to building bridges within our community, including the Series Scriptwriters Program, which has helped launch the careers of more than 200 Latinx writers. For over ten years, the Latinx Stream Showcase has also helped launch 300+ Latinx creators’ careers in front and behind the camera. The program showcases 4-5 short films written by, starred in, and directed by Latinos.
NHMC leads the work to eliminate online hate and disinformation across media platforms. NHMC advocates for the Affordable Connectivity Program, Lifeline Program, Net Neutrality protections, and closing the digital divide for Latino and other marginalized communities. NHMC works in partnership with other social justice organizations to safeguard democracy in the United States of America.
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