I am thrilled to have been chosen as the 2014 NCLR ALMA AWARDS RED CARPET FASHION CORRESPONDENT. Not only has the National Council of La Raza been promoting the advancement of Latino families in this country for the past 46 years, but on this particular night, it honors and celebrates Latino artistic achievements in television, film, and music who have paved the way for newer generations, like myself, in the entertainment industry.
According to a study by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the range of roles available to Latinos is narrower now than those available in previous decades: nearly 50 percent of contemporary Latino roles on top 10 television shows are either criminals or law enforcers. Between 2010 and 2013, Latino men did not play any leading roles in the top ten films and Latinas saw a small increase in roles as supporting and lead actresses.
It is no secret that the world of entertainment is a difficult industry to break into, however, it is beautiful to see our culture unite and strive for a better tomorrow. The NCLR ALMA Awards is not only a night to celebrate the honorees, but to emphasize the need to continue to change current media perceptions and representations of Hispanic Americans. It is a night to say thank you to artists from the past and present like Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Benjamin Bratt, Lupe Ontiveros, and countless other influential Latinos in America who have broken barriers for generations to come.
Being a first generation Latina in the United States, and seeing the struggles my parents have faced, I feel privileged to have been chosen as the NCLR ALMA Awards Red Carpet Fashion Correspondent. It makes me proud to be part of a movement for Latinos that are living the American Dream; the dream of opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work. Every time I have the mic in my hand, I live that American Dream; the dream my parents were seeking for their children in this country.
I am an entertainment junkie and a lover of fashion, mix those with hosting, and I know the night will be enchanting. Get live updates on the night of the show by following the official Twitter and Instagram ALMA Awards accounts (@almaawards) and me on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @starringsue
See you on the red carpet!
Sue Evelyn Gil