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Oxnard College Taps Hollywood Writer, Director Rick Najera to Develop Latino Thought Makers Series

OXNARD, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — Oxnard College has tapped Hollywood award-winning writer-director Rick Najera as Artistic Development Director for the third consecutive season of the Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts. The season will kick off its 2015-2016 Latino Thought Makers Series on Wednesday, August 26 with actor/director Enrique Castillo (NCIS, Weeds, Deja Vu) and actress Lisa Vidal (Being Mary Jane, The Event, Shameless).

“We are thrilled that Rick Najera, one of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood, has joined us to develop and host another season of Latino Thought Makers,” said vice president of academic affairs and student learning, Ken Sherwood.

Rick Najera is a writer-director-producer-speaker and author working in all forms of entertainment. Currently, Najera is a staff writer on Hulu’s hugely popular show, East Los High and director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase for the 11th consecutive year which has developed more breakout television and film stars in the industry than any other network today under his tutelage. Najera also speaks nationwide on a variety of topical issues including themes from his memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.

The Latino Thought Makers Series is an important initiative designed to engage, educate and entertain students of Oxnard College, the city of Oxnard and greater Ventura County communities. All performances are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.

The successful series has showcased the careers of the most prominent Latinos in Hollywood including actors Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, the family of Cesar Chavez, the creator and cast of Hulu’s East Los High and more.

View Latino Thought Makers: https://vimeo.com/127667928

A sample of the 2015-2016 Latino Thought Makers Series includes actor Enrique Castillo, actress Lisa Vidal, Spanish-language host Marco Antonio Regil (100 Mexicanos Dijeron), actress Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids), nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr., Julio Varela (Latino Rebels), Scott Montoya (Showtime’s LOL Comedy Festival), Influential Latinas in Hollywood and more to be announced soon.

Oxnard College Performing Arts Center will kick off its 2015-2016 Latino Thought Makers Series on Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00pm at 4000 S. Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033. Entrance and parking are free.

For more information on Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/academic/departments/oxnard-college-arts or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OCPAC. Tweet Rick Najera @ricknajera.

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SOURCE Oxnard College

Rick Najera to be Featured Speaker at First Ever Binational TEDx Talk on Border

Award-winning screenwriter and director Rick Najera will be among select panelists for the first ever binational TEDx Talk taking place on the US/Mexico border. The event is scheduled to take place live from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.

Rick Najera

Rick Najera

Five participants in each country will take turns speaking from two stages, one in the United States, the other in Mexico. See the speakers’ profiles here: http://www.tedxmonumento258.org/speakers/

“It’s the most heavily trafficked land border in the world,” said Mark Lovett, the event’s chief architect, who is also chief architect of TEDx San Diego. “We thought we’d speak to the history of how we got here, what we’re doing today in this binational region, and where we think the future is going.”

– See full article by writer Sandra Dibble at: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/aug/14/cross-border-tedx-event-links-san-diego-tijuana/#sthash.GpSC5Y4e.dpuf

First Annual Rick Najera & Friends Celebrity Golf Classic Fundraiser Set for August 24 at Spanish Hills Country Club

First Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit El Concilio Family Services of Oxnard, CA

Camarillo, CA [August 5, 2015] El Concilio Family Services has announced the First Annual Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic set to take place on Monday, August 24 at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo, CA. The tournament will benefit El Concilio’s mission to support the agricultural workers and their families in the region.

“We are thrilled that Rick Najera, one of the most influential media pioneers in Hollywood’s entertainment industry, has joined us to celebrate the work of these individuals in our California fields,” said president of El Concilio, Ernie Villegas.


Rick Najera is an award-winning writer-actor-director-author-speaker and comedian with a portfolio of work in film, television, radio, Broadway and Internet. In addition to Rick Najera (CBS, Hulu, Showtime, Mad TV, In Living Color), actor Enrique Castillo (Dejavu, NCIS, Weeds), Jorge Gamboa (Director of Mexico Tourism Board Los Angeles) and Mike Brown (Celebrity Golf Pro) have already jumped on board as featured tournament guests. More special guests to be announced soon.

The tournament has already secured 24 of its 36 foursome teams. Sponsors to date include The Players Club, Wells Fargo Bank, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Plaza Development Partners, Dr. Ray Lopez and Ventura County Agricultural Association.

The First Annual Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic will take place on Monday, August 24 at Spanish Hills Country Club at its private 18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned architect Robert E. Cupp. Spanish Hills Country Club is located at 999 Crestview Avenue, Camarillo, CA, 93010. Registration starts at 9:30 am, with tee off 11:00 am.

The deadline for foursomes is August 17. As spaces are limited, interested foursomes, individual players or sponsors should call executive director Yvonne Gutierrez at (805) 486-9777 ext. 228 or email yvonne@elconciliofs.org or visit www.elconciliofs.org.

Participation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward El Concilio Family Services.

About El Concilio Family Services
El Concilio Family Services is a (501c3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide direct assistance and educational programs to the underserved Latino community, primarily agricultural workers and their families. For more information, visit www.elconciliofs.org.

El Concilio Family Services Announces First Annual Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic

El Concilio Family Services Announces First Annual Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic

Hollywood Comedian Rick Najera and Mariachi-Turned Real Estate Entrepreneur Jerry Ascencio Headline NAHREP’s 2015 Nuevo Latino Tour

Los Angeles Performance of 53 Million & One® Kicks Off California Leg of Tour;
Set for June 30 at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood

2015 Nuevo Latino Tours starring Rick Najera and Jerry Ascencio

2015 Nuevo Latino Tours starring Rick Najera and Jerry Ascencio


LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2015) – Hollywood comedian and award-winning scribe Rick Najera and Mariachi-turned real estate entrepreneur Jerry Ascencio will star in The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals’ (NAHREP) Nuevo Latino Tour featuring the original live stage production of 53 Million & One. California tour dates were announced today with the first performance set to take place Tuesday, June 30 at the renowned El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood with a VIP red carpet and invited Latino celebrities.

“This show is a fun evening of comedy and inspirational storytelling,” says Najera. “Nuevo Latino Tours was created to showcase success stories of Latinos in America and the journey of sustainable homeownership. 53 Million & One taps into inspirational elements of entrepreneurship, family and achieving the American dream.”

Najera (from Hulu’s East Los High, Latinologues, MadTV, In Living Color) opens the show with comedy relief and excerpts from his latest award-winning book, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood. Mariachi and real estate entrepreneur, Jerry Ascencio, illustrates the Hispanic-American experience through his personal journey from immigrant to successful real estate broker and devout family man. Ascencio narrates and embodies different characters in the performance and uses his skills as a Mariachi performer in a mélange of traditional Mexican music and American pop to tell his true-life story about making it against all odds. The show highlights the common challenges, experiences, and aspirations that bind the 53 million Latinos that call America home. Completing the show, Najera leads a lively discussion with the audience. 

 NAHREP’s Nuevo Latino Tours featuring 53 Million & One is sponsored by Century 21. California dates include:

Tues, June 30 – El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA
Tues, July 14 – Tower Theatre in Fresno, CA
Weds, July 15 – Kaiser Center Auditorium in Oakland, CA

The second wave of California shows will continue in November in San Diego, Sacramento, La Mirada and Costa Mesa and more to be announced soon.

For more information, schedule and to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.nuevolatinotours.com and Facebook www.facebook.com/nuevolatinotours. 

About NAHREP

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a nonprofit 501(c) 6 trade association, is dedicated to advancing sustainable homeownership among Latinos by educating and empowering the real estate professionals who serve them. NAHREP is the premier trade organization for Hispanics and has more than 20,000 members in 48 states and 35 affiliate chapters. For more information about NAHREP, visit www.nahrep.org.

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Rick Najera to Tour with NAHREP’s 2015 National Nuevo Latino Tour

NAHREP Announces Nuevo Latino Tour Featuring its “53 Million & One ®” Original Stage Production

25-City Tour to Feature Jerry Ascencio and Award-Winning Writer-Director-Actor Rick Najera

Rick Najera

Rick Najera

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals ® (NAHREP) announced a 25-city national tour featuring 53 Million & One, a NAHREP original theatrical performance that tells the story of an immigrant from rural Mexico who comes to the U.S. and succeeds as a real estate entrepreneur to live the American dream. The 25-city national tour, sponsored by Century 21 Real Estate, LLC, kicks off in Houston, Texas on May 14 at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The Nuevo Latino Tour was created and developed by NAHREP, one of the largest Hispanic trade associations in America in association with Rick Najera, one of Hollywood’s most influential entertainment and media professionals, in order to showcase success stories of Latinos in America and the journey of sustainable homeownership through its original stage production of 53 Million & One.

Following the format of Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” Gerardo “Jerry” Ascencio narrates, assumes multiple characters and leverages his skills as a Mariachi performer to guide audiences through the most impactful events of his extraordinary life. The show highlights the common challenges, experiences and aspirations that bind the 53 million Latinos who call America home.

The tour features the talents of award-winning Broadway and Hollywood veteran Rick Najera, who will share his own insights and experiences as a Nuevo Latino in the media and entertainment industry. Najera will present and define the Latino experience in Hollywood using pieces of his own comic memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.”

“We are excited to share 53 Million & One with audiences from around the country,” said Teresa Palacios-Smith, 2015 NAHREP president. “It is an American story that will move and inspire everyone who sees it.”

The national tour featuring 53 Million & One kicks off on May 14, 2015 and features the following line-up:

May 14 – Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts – Houston, TX
May 18 – Stage West Theatre – Fort Worth, TX
May 19 – Stateside Theatre at the Paramount – Austin, TX
May 20 – City Performance Hall – Dallas, TX
May 21 – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – San Antonio, TX

The Nuevo Latino Tour will travel to California in June and throughout the U.S. for the remainder of 2015. Tour dates to be announced soon. For current show dates, tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information, visit www.nuevolatinotours.com.

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About NAHREP
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a nonprofit 501(c) 6 trade association, is dedicated to advancing sustainable homeownership among Latinos by educating and empowering the real estate professionals who serve them. NAHREP is the premier trade organization for Hispanics and has more than 20,000 members in 48 states and 35 affiliate chapters.
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