CBS’s Rick Najera to Discuss Diversity in Hollywood on UCLA Panel Nov 5

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The Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program, The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and The Critical Race Studies Program Present a Discussion Forum on The CBS Network and Diversity in Hollywood

 

Knowledgeable and influential speakers will discuss the origins and practices of the CBS Network Diversity Program and the circumstances that gave rise to formalizing the effort to diversify network casting and employment, and how and why the Program has developed over its history. The complex, vertically-integrated manner in which the Program is supported from the top down within the CBS corporate structure will be examined.

 

Diversity in Hollywood will also be put into statistical focus by findings detailed in the groundbreaking 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report: Making Sense of the Disconnect, believed to be the largest and most comprehensive look to date at diversity in the entertainment industry, part of a series of analyses that will be done for the Bunche Center’s Hollywood Advancement Project.

 

The presenters include:

  • Fern Orenstein, Senior Vice-President, Casting at CBS Entertainment
  • Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Vice President of CBS Diversity and Communications
  • Rick Najera, Director, Writer, and Executive Producer
  • Darnell Hunt, Ph.D., Director, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA and Professor of Sociology
  • Moderated by Lev Ginsburg, Partner, Ginsburg Daniels LLP

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM Room 1347 at the UCLA School of Law

 

Both the UCLA academic community and the general public is invited. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. Unvalidated fee parking is available on-campus.

 

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Rick Najera Stars in New HBO Special: Habla Men

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Rick Najera is one of the featured talents in the new HBO special, Habla Men, showing now. Watch a clip of his performance below:

See more info on the cast and crew of Habla Men here.

Rick Najera to Perform New Show, Almost White, in Charlotte, NC and Washington DC

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Award-winning writer-performer-director and author Rick Najera is scheduled to performance his new show in Charlotte, N.C. and in Washington D.C., based on his fourth and latest book, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood”.

Oct 11, 2014 – Performance of “Almost White” by Rick Najera, Gala Theatre, 3333 14th Avenue, Washington, D.C.20010; Show at 8pm. $20; Purchase Tickets here or call 202-234-7174

Oct 10, 2014 – Performance “Almost White” and Meet & Greet booking signing with Rick Najera, Wells Fargo Auditorium at The Knight Theatre presented by The Harvey B. Gantt Center; Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm; $25.  Buy tickets here. 

Oct 9, 2014 - Benefit Performance of ‘Almost White’ and Meet & Greet book signing with Rick Najera, to benefit Camino Community Center; Venue: Dilworth Grille, 911 East Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28204; Doors open at 6:30, show at 8:00pm; Tickets 704-377-3808

For more info, visit www.ricknajera.com.

Rick Najera to perform in Charlotte, N.C. Oct 10, 2014
Rick Najera to perform in Charlotte, N.C. Oct 10, 2014
Rick Najera to perform in Washington D.C. Oct 11, 2014
Rick Najera to perform in Washington D.C. Oct 11, 2014

Rick Najera Featured Speaker at San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio Sept 19

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Native San Diegan Rick Najera will head back to his old stomping grounds to be the featured speaker at the popular Spirit of the Barrio lunch this Friday, September 19 in Logan Heights. Join the tamale lunch and purchase tickets here: http://www.fhcsd.org/news/eventdetail.cfm/eventid/111

Rick Najera featured speaker at Spirit of the Barrio Tamale Lunch, September 19, 2014
Rick Najera featured speaker at Spirit of the Barrio Tamale Lunch, September 19, 2014

 

Najera, Olmos, Huerta, Regil, Begley Jr. and Cesar Chavez Family Headline Colorado’s EcoFestival

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The 2014 Americas Latino Eco Festival will take place Sept 11-16, 2014 in Boulder County, Colorado. It is the largest Latino festival of its kind.

Americas Latino Eco-Festival 2014Rick Najera, Edward James Olmos, Ed Begley Jr, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez family and more will all be featured speakers/performers during the 4-day special event.

Rick Najera’s hit Broadway show Latinologues will perform one-show only live on Friday, September 12 at 7:30pm. See the star-studded performers! Visit the program for tickets and more details.

Comedy stage play production by acclaimed writer Rick Najera (In Living Color, MADtv) brings his humorous memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, to the stage. Revisiting his childhood, career and new family life, Najera’s story is about the 5 Ls: Latinos, life, love, laughter and la familia. Saturday, September 13. http://americaslatinoecofestival.org/program

The mission of the Americas Latino Festival is to promote environmental awareness and create a platform for dialogue and mobilization for a just society to ensure that everyone has access to a healthy environment.

The Americas Latino Festival promotes environmental awareness and unites diverse communities for a sustainable future through dialogue on the environment, health, education, culture, and small business entrepreneurship. To be held September 12-15, 2014, this will be the second environmental justice Latino themed festival in the United States once again with programming components bridging the gap between academia, K-12 education, arts, policy, business and Latino and non-Latino communities.

Events Include: Film Forum, Conscious Conversations, Arts Exhibits, Family Day, Performances
and ECO K-12 ExhibitionFor four days and throughout Boulder County, the festival will illuminate a variety of events, performances, and activities for all ages, races, economic backgrounds, and interests. 
Latinologues Eco-Festival 2014
Latinologues Eco-Festival 2014

NBC News Features Key Hollywood Influencer Rick Najera

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NBCIn a report published this week by NBC News, writer Raul A. Reyes talks to key Hollywood influencer Rick Najera on the response of a recent study released on Latinos in the entertainment industry.

Lights, camera, struggle? A recent study from the University of Southern California made headlines after concluding Latinos continue to be the most underrepresented group in Hollywood films. The report only confirms what Latino actors, producers, and advocates already know: It is tough to make it in Hollywood, but it is even tougher for Hispanics.

“If you are not seeing Latinos on camera, that means there are probably few Latinos behind the camera, or writing scripts,” says Najera.

Read full article here. 

Rick Najera Announces Acting and Writing Empowerment Workshop in San Antonio

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Award-winning Writer/Actor Rick Najera
Award-winning Writer/Actor Rick Najera

On Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24, 2014, Rick Najera will present a special engagement Acting and Writing Empowerment workshop in San Antonio, Texas.

Schedule:

Saturday, August 23; 10am – 4pm; Be the Script, Own the Room!

  • Audition lab: breaking down the script; put your stamp on it
  • Callback lab: what do casting directors expect; nailing it
  • Working on something? Get Rick’s expert coaching on one prepared comedic monologue or scene.

Sunday, August 24; 10am – 4pm; Write your Way to Success!

  • Be your memorable self; help producers find and hire you.
  • Identify your most marketable self
  • Choices that get you hired
  • Finding your voice in monologues, scenes, sketches, scenarios for the web or sparking conversations

Already writing? Get Rick’s feedback on up to five (5) pages of original material as performed by you.

BONUS EVENT: “Writers Roundtable with Rick Najera” Saturday, August 23, 2014 6pm – 9pm Become inspired by a master storyteller Bring your writing ideas to a casual dinner with Rick Najera

PURCHASE HERE, THEN REGISTER BELOW:
Option 1: 2-day Acting & Writing Workshop with Rick Najera ($350)* see reduced rates below
Option 
2: Writers Roundtable with Rick Najera ($50)
Option 3: Combo – 2-day Acting & Writing Workshop PLUS Writers Roundtable ($370)

NEW!! REDUCED RATES:

DAY 1: only $99 (was $175) Acting and Writing Workshop with Rick Najera
DAY 2: only $99 (was $175) Acting and Writing Workshop with Rick Najera

For information on Scholarships and Discounts call 210-368-6241 or email idiaporto2012@gmail.com.

ONCE YOU PAY, PLEASE FILL OUT the RN San Antonio Registration form.

“After years of working with Rick Najera at CBS, I can say he is by far, one of the best acting and writing coaches in the industry. He’ll teach you what you really need to know!” – Fern Orenstein, VP of Casting Movies & Miniseries for CBS.

Venue and location of workshop: Edgewood Fine Arts Academy 607 SW 34th St. San Antonio, TX 78237
Questions? Call 210-368-6241 or email Lidia Porto at lidiaporto2012@gmail.com.

Rick Najera entertains the audience in the Bay Area, 2014 (LAM's keynote speaker)
Rick Najera entertains the audience in the Bay Area, 2014 (LAM’s keynote speaker)