The Power of Positive Reprensentation – Issue 76

October 11-17, 2019
Edition 76

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The Power of Positive Representation

Latinx Heritage Month may be over (ended Oct. 15), but that’s no reason to stop celebrating. Last Saturday LatinxEd hosted its second annual 20 Under 20 banquet, an event honoring 20 Latinx students from across the nation who have established themselves as future change-makers. Meet their list of 20 under 20 ranging from scholars to leaders in their community. LatinxEd is the only educational initiative in North Carolina that offers multi-year support to Latinx students and immigrant families that are seeking higher education opportunities. Last year, the organization launched the 20 Under 20 initiative, which focuses on elevating some of the nations most exceptional Latinx students.
In taking positive representation to the next level, YouTube is pushing Latinx representation to the forefront of its platform. It’s no secret that Hispanics account for the largest minority group in the U.S., yet Hispanics and Latinos remain largely underrepresented in Hollywood. Though the entertainment industry fails to improve in the realm of representation, the rise of the digital era in the last decade has created some hope. The video-sharing platform encourages talent to innovate and speak their truth, reassuring creatives that they don’t have to rely on casting executives and showrunners to make or break their fate in the entertainment industry. The video website has launched a number of initiatives and campaigns to help support Latinx creators and bring YouTubers together for discussions and community building. ¡Fantástica!

MSP Film Society: Cine Latino

We’re proud to partner with the MSP Film Society to help present this year’s #CineLatinoMSP, the region’s only celebration of cutting-edge Latin American and Ibero cinema! Returning for its 7th edition on November 1-7 on the Film Society’s Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater. Grab your tickets and get more info here:

Culture Matters

Since its publication 35 years ago, The House on Mango Street has become one of the most influential works in modern literature. It has sold over six million copies and been translated into over 20 languages. And for many Latinx readers like us — including authors Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Cruz, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Lilliam Rivera, and Erika L. Sánchez — that influence is personal. Here’s how Sandra Cisneros’s ‘House On Mango Street’ influenced 5 Latinx authors.

Speaking of modern culture, an active advocate for expanding diversity and inclusion in the arts, Dr. Matt Travis, director of choral and orchestral programs at Midland Center for the Arts, has been honored for his work on the Advisory Board of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), which includes executives from the Minnesota Orchestra and others. With a mission to increase diversity in American orchestras by eliminating financial and logistical barriers for musicians, NAAS brings together key industry leaders to develop a comprehensive, national approach and strategies. The NAAS offers a holistic and personalized array of support to Latinx and underrepresented musicians to develop audition skills, increase participation in auditions and, ultimately, increase representation in orchestras, including in the Minnesota Orchestra. ¡Increíble!

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A Powerful Community


Saint Paul, Minn., October 11, 2019More than 600 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate Latino leadership and Hispanic Heritage Month at CLUES Gala Latina on Thursday, October 10, at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. The event was presented by CLUES and General Mills with the support of a variety of major sponsors including Cargill, Best Buy, Medtronic Foundation, Xcel Energy, 3M, Fairview, Metropolitan State University, US Bank, Fields Law Firm, Walmart, Wells Fargo and the Minnesota Vikings, among others.
“Hispanic Heritage Month and Gala Latina are more than just a great opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural heritage our Latino community brings to Minnesota,” said Ruby Lee, CLUES President and CEO. “They are also a time to come together and be inspired by the Latino leadership that drives our state and our communities forward. CLUES is proud to partner with and honor the trailblazers who are shaping present and future narratives for Latinos and all Minnesotans.”
Did someone say powerful voices? At Julián Castro’s campaign, Natalie Montelongo is the national political director, while in Joe Biden’s camp, Laura Jimenez oversees Latinx outreach and is one of five Latino senior staff members. With some 32 million Latinos eligible to vote in 2020, there’s an increased Latino presence in the campaign staffs of Democratic presidential hopefuls, not only in jobs focused on Latino media and voters but in some senior staffing positions. It’s a start, according to those who say past campaigns missed the mark on grasping the diversity and breadth of the Hispanic electorate and the experience and perspective that Latino staffers can offer. It’s a good start, say strategists, one of whom said that “usually, Latinos are hired in the last four months of the campaign.”

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