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)

Rick Najera Becomes Regular Contributor on NPR; Collaborates with Michele Martin, Director Bill Duke, more

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Rick Najera has contributed on Michele Martin’s NPR radio show, “In the Know” as part of the ‘Barber Shop’ roundtable for the last year, commenting on current issues, political affairs, sports, culture and of course, diversity.

Rick’s keen sense of humor mixed in with his knowledge of pop culture and politics has been an asset to the show.

Recently Najera, Director of CBS’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Show, was asked to collaborate with along with one of the industry’s most prestigious directors, Bill Duke, on race relations in the US. Duke has directed many blockbuster films in Hollywood such as Sister Act 2, Not Easily Broken and has appeared in front of the screen as well.

Listen to the contributions of Michele Martin, Rick Najera, Bill Duke and more in the latest NPR radio show:

Racially-Charged Casting Call: ‘Surprising’ But Not Shocking To Insiders
Rick Najera, Director Bill Duke, Julian Najera
Rick Najera, Director Bill Duke, Julian Najera

 

Rick Najera’s Book, Almost White, Wins First Place Award for Most Inspirational

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On Saturday, June 28, 2014 in a special ceremony held in Las Vegas, Rick Najera’s book, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, won first place for “Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book” at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards in association with the American Library Association 2014 Conference.

Rick Najera (Virtually) Accepting Award for Most Inspirational Book for Almost White, Saturday, June 28, 2014; photo by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato
Rick Najera (Virtually) Accepting Award for Most Inspirational Book for Almost White, Saturday, June 28, 2014; photo by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

The Awards were held at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater. Over the last 16 years the Int’l Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year’s 231 honorees were well known authors like Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, Mary J. Andrade, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and celebrities like TV chef Pati Jinich, the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera, singer Linda Ronstadt, screenwriter Rick Najera, and TV personality Lilliana Vasquez. Winners were from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.

 

In addition to winning first place for ‘Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book’  Najera’s book also took home second place in the ‘Best Biography’, category whereas Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was awarded first place.

Almost White is Najera’s fourth book and has received consistent 5-star reviews on Amazon.com.

To see a full list of winners, visit https://app.box.com/s/n5jar49ckpbzltfv2umc.

For more information on the collection of works from Rick Najera, visit www.ricknajera.com.

Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from City of Los Angeles

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On Friday, June 20, 2014 Rick Najera was honored by the City of Los Angeles by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, as one of the most influential media pioneers in the industry.

Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014

 

Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014