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

Posted on Updated on

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

Posted on

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

Rick Najera to Receive Proclamation from City of Los Angeles June 20

Posted on

On Friday, June 20, 2014 the city of Los Angles will honor Rick Najera with a proclamation of service in a special ceremony presented by councilmember Gil Cedillo. The event is open to the public and guests are warmly invited and welcomed to attend.

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Place: Los Angles City Hall Council Chambers
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please allow enough time to park and clear security.

Proclamation 2014 Rick Najera

Rick Najera to Serve as Master of Ceremonies at WiLDCOAST’s 3rd Annual Baja Bash, June 28

Posted on Updated on

Rick Najera to MC WiLCOAST'S 3rd Annual Baja Bash, June 28, Coronado, CA
Rick Najera to MC WiLCOAST’S 3rd Annual Baja Bash, June 28, Coronado, CA

Award-winning screenwriter-performer-director-author and motivational speaker Rick Najera will serve as  master of ceremonies at WiLDCOAST’s 3rd Annual Baja Bash on Saturday, June 28 at Coronado Cays Yacht Club in Coronado, CA.

Now in its third year, this annual culinary and wine fest attracts thousands of food and wine enthusiasts from both sides of the border as well as those who support the conservation efforts of WiLDCOAST.

The special event will kick off at 5pm with a Baja-inspired tasting menu designed by world-renowned Baja California and San Diego chefs, including regional wines, beer and tequila, and live music from Los Hollywood.

Baja Bash will bring together the best flavors of the region with chefs from both sides of the border, including Javier Plascencia of Mision 19  and Romesco’s Mexiterranean of Tijuana and many other restaurants, Flor Franco of Indulge Catering and Encuentro Guadalupe, Drew Deckman of Deckman’s en Mogur and Deckman’s Los Cabos. There will also be beer courtesy of Stone Brewing Company, an assortment of wines from Valle de Guadalupe and tequila by Nobleza Tequila.

3rd annual baja bashThis year, the Baja Bash will be honoring the late Don Pachico, known as the “grandfather of the whales” in Laguna San Ignacio, who past away in 2013. For his inspiring relationship with gray whales and his belief in the ability of wildlife and wild places to transform our lives and make the world a better place, Pachico will be remembered and his son will be in attendance to accept this honor.

Tickets are $75 per person, including food, drinks, and entertainment, and are available at wildcoast.net or by calling (619) 423-8665 x200. Reserved tables are also available for groups of 8. Proceeds from the event will benefit WiLDCOAST’s continued efforts to conserve the most threatened coastal habitats and wildlife in the Californias and southern Mexico.

Coronado Cays Yacht Club is located at  is located at 30 N Caribe Cay Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118.  For more information, visit wildcoast.net or visit the Facebook event page.

Rick Najera to Speak at Stanford University May 8

Posted on Updated on

Award-Winning Hollywood Television-Film Writer-Performer- Director and Author Rick Najera to Visit Stanford University May 8

Speech and Book Signing for Najera’s New Memoir Almost White:
Forced Confession of a Latino in Hollywood

Rick Najera to speak at Stanford University May 8, 2014
Rick Najera to speak at Stanford University May 8, 2014

Stanford, Calif. (April 16, 2014) Award-winning Hollywood writer-performer-director and author Rick Najera will visit Stanford University’s Levinthal Hall at Stanford Humanities Center on Thursday, May 8 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to discuss his newly released memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood. Published by SmileyBooks, Najera’s memoir has received national praise, celebrity acclaim and five-star reviews on Amazon for its honest depiction of life in the entertainment industry. This event is free and open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Rick Najera to Stanford,” said Vincent Barletta, associate professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford. “He deals head-on with issues of race, ethnicity, media, and culture, and with great a deal of humor and hard-earned wisdom. The entire Stanford community is in for a treat with this special event.”

Najera, one of Hollywood’s most prolific playwright-performers, chronicles the real-life experiences of his journey though Hollywood, from his days writing for television comedies “In Living Color” and “MAD TV” to his performances on Broadway with “Latinologues,” from directing CBS sketch comedy to his days in the ICU and back. Driven by satire, Najera exposes universal lessons and the need to take ownership of culture and the image of Latinos in America. From red carpets to code blues, his story is sprinkled with comedic and poignant references in which Forbes calls, “Accessible, real, and empowering.”

Recognized as “50 Creatives in Hollywood” by Variety and “100 Most Influential in America” by Hispanic Business Magazine, Najera has collaborated with top talent in the industry including Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Sofia Vergara, and many more. Najera has been featured on CNN, CBS and NPR and has spoken at Harvard, Wellesley College, The World Bank, and Google, among many others.

“Discussion and Book Signing with Rick Najera”

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Place: Stanford University, Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA
Sponsor: Casa Zapata, El Centro Chicano, and CCSRE
Audience: General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
Contact: vbarletta@stanford.edu
Facebook invite for updates

Rick Najera to Deliver Keynote Speech at Wellesley College

Posted on Updated on

Award-winning screenwriter, performer, director, producer, comedian, author and speaker Rick Najera will deliver his keynote speech today at Wellesley College, 106 Central Street – Wellesley, MA 02481

April 8: 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Rick Najera
“Cultural Pride: The Latinos You Don’t See”
Pendleton West 212

With a Name Indicating Inclusion of All in the Community Regardless of Gender, Latin@ Month Brings a Wide Range of Events to Campus

swirling skirts at Wellesley Latina dance performance

This month, Wellesley comes together to celebrate Latin@ Month 2014 (with the symbol @ used to indicate a celebration of all those in the community, regardless of gender). With a host of events including dinners, workshops, and special speakers, there’s something for everyone on campus to learn and enjoy.

“At Wellesley we celebrate Latin@ Month in April,” explained Mared Alicea-Westort, advisor to Latina students. “The main goals of the month are to celebrate the cultural diversity that Latin@ students, faculty, and staff bring to the Wellesley community as well as raise awareness about issues affecting the Latina community here at Wellesley and beyond. In short, it is a time to celebrate being Latin@!”

The month’s schedule is organized by the Latin@ Month Planning Committee, which coordinates with on- and off-campus groups and is responsible for communication, in collaboration with the office of the Latina Advisor.

The keynote speaker for the month is Rick Najera, an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, author, entertainer, and entrepreneur. He has been honored by Hispanic Business magazine as one of “100 Most Influential Latinos in America” and has worked in film, television, theatre, and on Broadway. With stories and lessons from his personal and professional journey, Najera will speak on the topic of “Cultural Pride: The Latinos You Don’t See” on April 8 at 5:3 0.pm.

“Latin@ Month provides an opportunity for Wellesley’s diverse community to work together toward goals of cultural celebration and overall community awareness,” said Alicea-Westort. “Our theme this year is Latin@ Month Is for Everyone…. Through the many events we have planned we hope to help people gain a better understanding of Latin@ culture, heritage, and history. This represents a great opportunity for everyone to share and explore with others the many contributions of Latin@ culture.”

The month’s events are co-sponsored by: Latina Advisor’s Office, Asian Advisor’s Office, Cielito Lindo, Familia, the Office of Intercultural Education, Mezcla, Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion, WGST, Spanish Dept., Hillel, Alianza, LGBTQ Programs & Services, the Funds of Eleanor Edwards, Rebecca Bacarach, Treves, and Wilson.

Schedule

March 3: 6 p.m.
Latino Employee Appreciation Dinner
Recognizing and celebrating our hard-working unionized Latino employees
Slater International

April 2: 5 p.m.
Distinguished Latin@ Writers
Conversation and book reading by Prof. Marjorie Agosin & Francisco X. Stork

April 3: 4:30 p.m.
White Elephant Film Screening
Pendleton East 239

April 3: 8 p.m.
Exploring Latinidad
Mezcla General Meeting (everyone welcome)
Slater International

April 5: 7 p.m.
Latina Cultural Show
Celebrating Latin@ culture through dance, song & poetry
Jewett Auditorium

April 8: 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Rick Najera
“Cultural Pride: The Latinos You Don’t See”
Pendleton West 212

April 10: 6 p.m.
Latina Alumnae Panel
Diverse alumnae offer career advice to students
Slater International

April 12: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Seven Sisters Conference
Pendleton Atrium
Showcase at Punch’s Alley 7 p.m.

April 15: 6 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Rafael Campo
Poet, physician, associate professor at Harvard Medical School
Pendleton West 212

April 24: 6 p.m.
Cherrie L. Moraga Lecture
Playwright, poet and essayist
Location: TBD

April 27: 7 p.m.
Latina Cafe
Offers prospective students insight into student life at Wellesley for Latina students
Location: TBD

April 29: 7 p.m.
Teatro Luna (Pan-Latina) Theatre Co.
Socially, culturally & politically relevant skits, poems and monologues
Tishman Commons

May 1: 8 p.m.
Poster Campaign Talkback
Students come together to raise awareness about the Latina community

- See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2014/4/node/43103

Award-winning Screenwriter, Author Rick Najera to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Harvard and Wellesley College on Ivy League Book Tour

Posted on Updated on

Award-winning screenwriter, author Rick Najera to speak at Harvard Law School, April 5, 2014
Award-winning screenwriter, author Rick Najera to speak at Harvard Law School, April 5, 2014

Award-winning screenwriter, author, director, producer Rick Najera will serve as keynote speaker at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, April 5 and keynote speaker at Wellesley College on Tuesday, April 8.  He will discuss his new book Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood and the dynamics of working in the entertainment industry.

Najera has spoken at dozens of special events including Google.  He will also serve as keynote speaker on May 8th at Stanford.

Sat, Apr 5, 2014 - Rick Najera is keynote speaker at Harvard Law School 17th Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA; Visit http://www.latinoconferenceatharvard.com/speaker-bios.html for more info.

Tues, Apr 8, 2014 – Wellesley College, 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Rick Najera “Cultural Pride: The Latinos You Don’t See” at Pendleton West 212 – See more at:http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2014/4/node/43103#sthash.N7fi3mC9.dpuf

For more speaking appearances, visit http://ricknajera.com/schedule/