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MÓNICA RAMÍREZ

Co-Founder
The Latinx House
Mónica Ramírez is an attorney, author and activist. She is the founder of Justice for Migrant Women and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, The Latinx House, and Poderistas.

Mónica has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award and the Smithsonian’s 2018 Ingenuity Award. She was named to Forbes Mexico’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s 2018 list and TIME Magazine included her in its 2021 TIME100 Next list. Mónica is also an inaugural member of the Ford Global Fellowship.

Mónica lives in Ohio with her husband and son.
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LA LA ANTHONY

Producer, Author, Entrepreneur and Actress
Power & BMF
La La Anthony is an actress, producer, NewYork Times best-selling author and entrepreneur. La La is best known for her role as Lakeisha Grant on the hit show, “Power,” which wrapped its sixth and final season on Starz in 2020. Anthony has since joined the cast of SHOWTIME’s The Chi and announced that she will be starring in indie drama Gypsy Moon with Lena Headey and Sam Worthington. Adding to her producing Credits, La La has teamed up with Issa Rae to executive produce the forthcoming horror comedy for Universal Pictures, Juju in addition to executive producing a project about the life of Cyntoia Brown alongside 50 Cent Starz. Additionally, she will also be appearing in the upcoming seasons of “Black Mafia Family” (Starz) “Wu Tang: An American Saga”(Hulu) animated comedy “The Freak Brothers,” and starring opposite Gabrielle Union in the recently announced Netflix feature film, The Perfect Find.

Her other acting credits include The New Edition Story (BET) and Unforgettable (A&E), Reef Break (ABC) and BH 90201 (FOX) as well as feature films including Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too, Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Chi-Raq, Double Play, Baggage Claim and Netflix’s Holiday Rush. La La Anthony is also the host of a new Facebook Watch series titled, “La La Anthony: Reclaim Your Life” and is the Producer of a Snap Original docuseries titled, “The Honeybeez of ASU.”

La La produced the BET documentary film, “Killer Curves” and made her Broadway producing debut in 2016 with “Eclipsed,” starring Lupita Nyong’o. “Eclipsed” received a Tony Award nomination and made history as the first all-female, all-black show on Broadway. She and 50 Cent are teaming up on a new drama for STARZ titled “Intercepted,” based on Alexa Martin’s bestselling novel and inspired by her life as an NFL wife.  

La La has also written two New York Times best-selling books, “The Love Playbook,” and “The Power Playbook.” She is currently adapting “The Love Playbook” into a TV series.  

She began her entertainment career in radio at the age of 16 at Atlanta’s Hot 97 station. Following a brief internship while still in high school, she was given her own show, the wildly popular “Future Flavas,” alongside rapper/actor Ludacris. At 19, she received an offer to co-host “The B-Syde” at 92.3 The Beatin Los Angeles. In 2001, she joined MTV and became the network’s premiere talent, co-hosting the original “TRL” and “Direct Effect.”
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EVA LONGORIA BASTON

Actress, Producer, Director & Activist
UnbeliEVAble Entertainment
Having worked consistently in Hollywood for over 20 years, Eva Longoria has cemented herself as an industry staple known for her work both in front of and behind the camera. Recently named by Variety as one of their most anticipated directors of2021, Longoria continues to hone her craft, seek new projects, and expand opportunities for others by paving the way for future women and minority producers, directors and industry leaders in Hollywood and beyond.  

Longoria captured audiences with her starring role in the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives for eight seasons opposite Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross. It is for her work on the series that earned her and her castmates SAG Awards for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” in 2005 and 2006.In 2006, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and named the ALMA Awards’ Person of the Year. Longoria was most recently seen on the big screen in the jazz era film Sylvie’s Love opposite Tessa Thompson. From writer-director Eugene Ashe and producer Nnamdi Asomugha, the film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Amazon Studios. The film has since been nominated for a Critics Choice and NAACP Image Award. Other past acting credits include Quibi’s Flipped, Grand Hotel, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, BoJack Horseman, Dog Days, Overboard, Jane the Virgin,Type A, Empire, Decline and Fall,Un Cuentode Circo & A Love Song, Maya & Marty, Devious Maids, Lowriders, Telenovela, Visions, Any Day, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Frontera, Mother Up!, The Simpsons, Welcome to the Family, Crazy Kind of Love, A Dark Truth, The Baytown Outlaws, Foodfight!, For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, Arthur Christmas, Without Men, Children’s Hospital, Lower Learning, Over Her Dead Body, The Heartbreak Kid, The Sentinel, George Lopez, Harsh Times, Dragnet, The Dead Will Tell, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital and Beverly Hills 90210.

A highly sought after director, Longoria will soon make her feature directorial debut with three projects on the horizon, making her the first Latina to direct three major studio films in such rapid succession. She is scheduled to direct the highly anticipated Searchlight biopic Flamin’ Hot about the story of Richard Montañez and the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snack for which she beat out multiple high profile film directors vying for the job, workplace comedy 24/7 for Universal Pictures, and the female action-comedy Spa Day for Sony Pictures. In addition to directing 24/7, Longoria will star opposite Kerry Washington and serve as an executive producer. She will also produce and co-star in Spa Day. Other past directing credits include the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Versus as well as episodes of Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love, Grand Hotel,Black-ish, The Mick, LA to Vegas, Jane the Virgin, Telenovela, Devious Maids, Latinos Living the Dream, and the short films Out of the Blue and A Proper Send-Off. Additionally, Longoria was nominated for a 2021 Daytime Emmy for her directing work on Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love.

Through her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria has become one the most significant trailblazers and recently renewed her overall deal with Twentieth Television for another three years. Founded in 2005, the company actively chooses purposeful projects that accurately represent the stories of the Latinx and other underrepresented communities. The ABC series Grand Hotel, was the first major network drama to feature a predominately Latinx cast and female directors. It was recently announced that UnbeliEVAble Entertainment will partner with Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions to produce Chicano, a multi-generational drama centering on a Mexican-American family that immigrates to Los Angeles in pursuit of the American Dream, for ABC. Longoria and her team also recently produced the special Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event to celebrate Latinx culture, shed a light on those in the community who have been impacted by COVID-19, and highlight our essential workers for CBS. Other upcoming projects include the HBO film A Class Apart, which tells the incredible true story of a group of Mexican Americans fighting for their civil rights during a landmark case that leads all the way to the Supreme Court, and Sarah Rothschild’s Before I Forget for Amazon with Marc Webb directing. The company’s past credits include the Emmy Award nominated Netflix documentary Reversing Roe, Lionsgate’s John Wick, NBC’s comedy Telenovela, and the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards. Longoria’s other past producing credits include Devious Maids, Mother Up! and Ready for Love.

Recently named by People Magazine as one of the Women Changing the World, Longoria is a dedicated philanthropist and activist who has consistently lent her voice to the issues she is passionate about, ranging from immigration to reproductive rights. In 2006, she co-founded the nonprofit Eva’s Heroes, which operates out of San Antonio, Texas and is dedicated to enriching the lives of those with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on the tenets of: interact, grow, learn and love. Committed to empowering Latinas everywhere, Longoria established the Eva Longoria Foundation (ELF) in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through educational programs, scholarships, mentorship and entrepreneurship.  In addition to her own foundations, Longoria is a founding member of Time’s Up with Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and other leading Hollywood women; launched The MACRO Episodic Lab Powered by The Black List with Charles D. King, Lena Waithe and Franklin Leonard to discover, support and empower storytellers of color who typically do not have access to the traditional Hollywood system; and the co-founder of the Latino Victory Fund, which is a movement that builds power in the Latinx community to ensure their voices and values are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward. In response to President Trump’s immigration policies, Longoria used the birth announcement of her son to bring awareness to families who have been separated at the border. Following the El Paso, Texas shootings and Mississippi ICE raids, Longoria joined forces with America Ferrera, Diane Guerrero and Mónica Ramírez to organize #QueridaFamiliaLatina, a letter of solidarity signed by over 200 Latinx artists and community leaders that was published in The New York Times, La Opinión, El Nuevo Herald and El Diario.  With Henry Muñoz she launched Momento Latino, which is a growing coalition of Latinx activists, leaders, artists and allies lifting their voices and pushing for change for the community with so many inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with America Ferrera, Alex Martínez Kondracke, Carmen Perez, Christy Haubegger, Elsa Collins, Jess Morales Rocketto, Mónica Ramírez, Olga Segura, and Stephanie Valencia, Longoria recently launched Poderistas, which is a new digital lifestyle community and media platform to inspire, affirm, and informLatinas to leverage their power in a way that transforms their lives, familiesand community. Also in 2020 she served as host of the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, actively campaigned on behalf of Biden/Harris, working to get out the Latino vote, and participated in the official Inauguration celebrations as co-host of the primetime special Celebrating America, alongside Tom Hanks and Kerry Washington.

Longoria has served as a Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris for over 15 years. A frequent director of the brand’s commercials, she recently upped the ante by self-directing the first ever hair color TV commercial created at home on a smartphone during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also currently has a shoe line with Eobuwie and Modivo sold in Eastern Europe, and is a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbook Eva’s Kitchen.

While working full time on Desperate Housewives, Longoria earned her master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2013. She wrote her thesis on “Success STEMS from Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers.” She received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

A native of Texas, Longoria currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.
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AMAURY NOLASCO

Actor
Hightown
A native of Puerto Rico, Amaury Nolasco had plans to enroll in medical school where he attended the University of Puerto Rico to study biology. His plans were cut short when he was approached by a director who encouraged him to pursue a career in acting. Soon after, Nolasco was cast in his first television commercial, jump starting his acting career.

Eventually Nolasco made the move to New York where he studied at the American British Dramatic Arts School. He went on to guest star on several popular television shows including “CSI,” “ER,” and “George Lopez,” before landing his first major supporting role on the big screen hit “2 Fast 2 Furious” as Orange Julius. In 2003 USA today named Nolasco as one of the 27 people to watch in the industry. In 2005 Nolasco solidified his Hollywood acting career with his series regular role as Fernando Sucre on the critically acclaimed show “Prison Break.”

His film credits include co-starring in Michael Bay’s “Transformers,” and in David Ayer’s “Street Kings” opposite Keanu Reeves and Forrest Whitaker. Additionally, Nolasco has appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg in “Max Payne”, in “Armored” alongside Lawrence Fishburne, Matt Dillon and Jean Reno, “The Rum Diary” where he stars opposite Johnny Depp. We can also see Amaury in the upcoming horror movie “Anmal” produced by Drew Barrymore, in John Stockwell’s action/thriller “In the Blood” and in Joel Surnow’s, creator of 24, directorial debut, “Small Time” playing the role of Barlow.

Nolasco had a supporting role in Ariel Vromen’s 2016 drama CRIMINAL, starring Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot as well as NBC's series, TELENOVELA, opposite Eva Longoria. He most recently starred on ABC's series, DECEPTION and currently stars in STARZ's upcoming series HIGHTOWN.  

Nolasco currently resides in Los Angeles.
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OLGA SEGURA

Filmmaker and Co-Founder
The Latinx House
Olga Segura is a Mexican producer and activist currently residing in the United States. Her last film, Waiting for the Barbarians was based on the novel written by Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, and directed by Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra. Her most recent project is a documentary based on 3-time Latin Grammy winning artist Carla Morrison. Additionally, she is a co-founder of The Latinx House, a platform for people who appreciate, support and celebrate the excellence of the Latinx community. Segura is also a co-founder of Poderistas, a movement and platform designed to empower the next generation of Latinas.
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jaia thomas

Founder
Diverse Representation
Jaia Thomas is a Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment attorney with over ten years of experience on both coasts. Her day-to-day consists of structuring, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating an array of agreements related to the production, distribution, and licensing of television and film content. Jaia is also an adjunct instructor at UCLA, where she teaches a course titled "Copyright Law and the Entertainment Industry."  

In 2018, Jaia launched Diverse Representation, a company aimed at increasing the hiring and exposure of Black attorneys, agents, managers, and publicists in the sports and entertainment industries. In addition to creating the first ever comprehensive database of Black attorneys, agents, managers, and publicists in the sports and entertainment industries, Diverse Representation also curates various events, programs, and diversity initiatives. Over the past three years Diverse Representation has partnered with an array of entertainment companies ranging from Netflix to WarnerMedia in an effort to expose and educate Black professionals about various career opportunities in the entertainment industry. 

In 2021, Diverse Representation partnered with Color of Change to launch the Black Entertainment Executives Pipeline Program, the first-of-its-kind program aimed at increasing the number of Black executives in the television and film industries. Six professionals were selected to participate in the inaugural cohort, where they received mentors, executive coaching, and had the opportunity to shadow various production companies. Lionsgate was a key sponsor of the program. For more information, visit www.diverserepresentation.com 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jaia is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and The George Washington University Law School (JD). She also holds a Certificate in Television, Film and New Media Production from UCLA. 
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STARZ #TakeTheLead Transparency Talks:
Addressing the (mis)Representation of the Latinx Community through TV and Film

September 14, 2021

Full Talk Available Here

The Latinx House Co-founders Mónica Ramírez and Olga Segura lead a timely and important conversation about Latinx representation on and off screen, from the writing room to the board room. Latino TV and film writers and creators have expressed growing frustration with the underrepresentation of Latinos in Hollywood, and statistics over the last year confirm a significant underrepresentation which individuals in the industry have been raising their voices about for years. The panel will discuss gains that have been made by Latinx, what challenges and roadblocks they still face and what changes the industry must make to be truly inclusive and more reflective of the US populace.

In Partnership With:

La La Anthony

Producer, Author,
Entrepreneur and Actress

Power & BMF

Eva Longoria Baston

Actress, Producer,
Director & Activist

UnbeliEVAble Entertainment

Daveed Diggs

Executive Producer
Blindspotting

Amaury Nolasco

Actor
Hightown

Diana Galbadon

Author
Outlander

Olga Segura

Filmmaker and
Co-Founder

The Latinx House

Alanna Brown

Writer
Blindspotting

Daveed Diggs

Executive Producer
Blindspotting

Diana Galbadon

Author
Outlander

Elizabeth Méndez Berry

Writer, Editor
Random House

Rafael Casal

Executive Producer
Blindspotting

Tery Lopez

TBD
Writers Guild of America

Rep. Joaquin Castro

Member of Congress
D-TX-20

Jamila Daniel

Chief Diversity Officer and SVP, Human Resources
Starz

Madeline Di Nonno

President and CEO
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Michelle Sugihara

Executive Director
CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)

Jaia Thomas

Founder
Diverse Representation

Mónica Ramírez

Co-Founder
The Latinx House

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