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Latinos Still Fight The Same Barriers For Authentic Representation

Stereotypes of Latinos created a century ago still paint how entertainment media depicts Latinos today. While smaller publishing houses are avenues for Latino creatives, major film and book publishers still hold up walls.


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The Latino population makes about 18 percent of the United States with over 60 million Latino residents throughout the country.

However, our screens and books paint a different picture.

UCLA’s 2021 Hollywood Diversity Report found that Latinos actors, directors, and scriptwriters make up just under 6% in Hollywood.

And print media is not seeing much a higher rate in representation either. University of Wisconsin-Madison's survey into children's literature found that Latino characters published were at 6% as well.

Today, experts in the arts discuss Latino representation in the media, their impact on stereotypes, and our perception of their roles in the U.S.

What has the oldest, and largest, non-profit publisher of Hispanic literature in the United States seen throughout its run? And how are Latinos breaking barriers on and off the page?

Some recommendations by our guests include:



Dr. Nicolás Kanellos

  • Founder and director of Arte Público Press
  • Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston

Charles Ramírez Berg

Dr. Raquel Ortiz

Terry Blas

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