Latinas gather at the White House for Hispanic Heritage Month
Renowned celebrities offered testimonies from the artistic world to "change everything through the representation that Latinos have in the country."
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Actresses such as Judy Reyes, Justina Machado, Chloe Bridges and Xochitl Gomez gathered at the White House to speak on the issue that Latino stories are not relevant in film or television due to the lack of support "behind the scenes makes it more difficult to move forward with projects that show the Hispanic experience," Reyes said.
"The stories that are told are the same, over and over again, as if we were not people with human experiences like those of others," Machado also mentioned in an interview with EFE.
For her part, Robin Arzón, a Latina writer also invited to the meeting, posted photos of the event on Instagram and ended with a positive note.
"Yes we can! 🙌🏽 Dream so big it makes small minds uncomfortable. Currently at the White House with an incredible group of Latinas. This experience and this day - unforgettable! So grateful."
Currently, Latinos accounted for only 3.1% of lead actors in TV series, 2.1% of supporting co-stars, 1.5% of directors in programs and 1.3% of directors overall, according to a report by the Latino Donor Collaborative.
However, the Latino community represents 19% of the U.S. population and are the second-largest group of media consumers in the country, according to the study.
Ana Valdez, director and CEO of Latino Donor Collaborative, told Axios after the launch of the research that "the production houses have not done enough." The group she chairs is made up mostly of prominent U.S. Latino business leaders and funds economic research on the U.S. Latino community.