*The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) will present the panel series, La Conversación, centering the Afro-Latinx experience. La Conversación will highlight the exclusion of the Afro-Latinx experience in film/TV, particularly its origins and its impact now.
Other hot-button issues include the barriers Afro-Latinx creatives face in Hollywood, diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as the value Afro-Latinx voices add to both Black American and Latinx productions, among others.
The first of two discussions for National Hispanic Heritage Month, also known as Latino Heritage Month and Latinx Heritage Month, will take place September 16. Participants include Suits and Pearson star Gina Torres, Orange Is the New Black’s Selenis Leyva, Arrow’s Rick Gonzalez, comedian Aida Rodriguez, Negrita filmmaker Magdalena Albizu and Emmy-nominated Becoming director/cinematographer Nadia Hallgren. Tiffany Vazquez, who made history as TCM’s first Latina host, moderates.
“NALIP is thrilled to announce this partnership with AAFCA. Together, our organizations will program a series of Afro-Latinx panels, beginning with this one, to highlight voices from within the community. NALIP strives to provide a platform for Latinx creators to have their stories told and this opportunity in partnership with AAFCA will do just that. The panels allow our community to learn and listen to amazing Afro-Latinx voices in the industry,” said NALIP Executive Director Ben Lopez.
“The African American Film Critics Association is delighted to partner with NALIP on this most important discussion on how race impacts Afro-Latinx creatives and performers. The vestiges of colonialism continue to keep the Afro-Latinx community largely marginalized and ignored within Latin American society, particularly the media. Our goal with this panel is to identify solutions on how these attitudes and perceptions can change,” said AAFA CEO/President Gil Robertson.
Established in 2003, AAFCA is the premiere body of Black film critics in the world, actively reviewing film and television, with a particular emphasis on entertainment that includes the Black experience and storytellers from the African Diaspora. The organization’s primary mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African descended talent to cinematic and television culture – from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined breakthroughs of future generations. AAFCA members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they reach a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million. AAFCA is committed to numerous educational and philanthropic efforts, particularly those that foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion. For more information on AAFCA and its programs visit http://AAFCA.com.
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is an established nonprofit organization that addresses the professional needs of Latinx content creators and industry professionals. NALIP’s mission is to discover, promote and inspire Latino content creators and diverse voices across all media platforms. As an organization that advocate for change through media, NALIP aims to serve Latinx and BIPOC content creators including, producers, performers, writers, directors, and industry professionals through events and programs such as the NALIP Media Summit, Latino Media Market, Latino Media Fest, Diverse Women in Media Forum, and Latino Lens Incubators. The organization has been featured in Variety, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, TheWrap, among other print and online publications for their commitment to building the pipeline of Latino talent and cultivating the current and future generations of storytellers. To learn more, please visit nalip.org or follow on Twitter (@nalip_org), Instagram (@nalip_org), and Facebook (Nalip Org).