Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin started Movement Mondays on her Instagram to garner support for working Latino actors. She points out that studios feel more confident in hiring Latino actors for high-profile roles if the numbers back it up. TV shows and movies with Latino actors need to pull in higher ratings and more revenue.
This approach is the same for all minorities and extends beyond the acting community—into all aspects of creative professions. Inspired by Gina, I am starting the series Monday Meetings to highlight Asian movers, shakers, and makers. We should be seeing them and hearing from them more often—not just sporadically.
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Meet Elaine Quijano. On October 4, she became the first Asian-American to moderate a national debate—and the youngest since 1988. She covered politics at CNN for 10 years before joining CBS in 2010. That same year her team won an Alfred I. duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. As a second-generation immigrant, she lends a strong voice and presents a strong case for diversity in a monotonous media landscape.
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