Latino Journalists Launch Entertainment Association
Latinx journalists have come together to form the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) in an effort to create a diverse voice in the industry for the Latino community. The organization says its goal is to provide a much-needed opportunity for writers based in the U.S. and its territories, to have their works amplified and heard in the areas of film, television, music, theatre, and the arts. LEJA’s founding President is AwardsCircuit Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis, a writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent who has, over the course of a decade, criticized both film and television extensively. The St. Peter’s College graduate’s work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, and The Hollywood Reporter among others. Other founding board members Toni Gonzales, and Emmy-nominated TV Executive Producer and movie critic; Niki Cruz, an entertainment journalist with amNew York and Marketing Coordinator at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s TeeRico; and Kiko Martínez, a film critic for the San Antonio Current and Remezcla.com. “With a toxic climate that paints Latinos as anything but hard-working, intelligent, and richly valued people, it’s time we take the mic ourselves and say what we need to say,” said Davis. “We have future plans to expand this organization through professional networking and proceed to expand into varying facets of entertainment including television, music, theatre, and more. If a Latino can write about it, we want to include it.” The Association is kicking off with 24 inaugural members and plans to release their first set of film nominations on January 20, 2019. More here.