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21 Atkins Friendly Recipes That Will Fill Your Latino Soul

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The Atkins diet helps your body transition from burning carbs to burning fat, but who says you can’t enjoy a little flavor with every meal? High proteins and fats are staples for any Latinx enthusiast, so get ready for some recipes that are made with lots of love and zero carbs. Are you ready for the best meals of your life?

Let’s break out the Tapatio and get started.

1. Salsa Verde

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A truly Mexican dish is not complete without a low carb salsa verde. Of course, you can hit up your local grocery store and buy a jar, but making your own gives you an authentic taste that your abuela will be proud of. Plus, it’s super easy to make:

Ingredients

6 cups of tomatillos

1 cup assorted whole chili peppers

1 tbsp dried onion flakes

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

sprinkle salt and pepper

Instructions

Lay out tomatillos and peppers on a cooking tray. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes, roasting until charred. Turn over and roast for an additional 3 mins. When finished, place them in a blender, add onion flakes and cilantro,  then blend until smooth. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Chill then serve. Or Netflix and chill. Your call.

Adapted from ibreatheimhungry.com

2. Low-Carb Huevos Rancheros

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El Torito can’t compete with huevos rancheros like this. For a truly low-carb version, replace the beans with extra avocado or a meat substitute, like chorizo or ground beef.

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 chopped red bell pepper

1/2 chopped yellow onion

1 minced jalapeno

1 diced tomato

1 sliced avocado

sprinkle of cilantro

Instructions

Heat half of the coconut oil on medium. Then add garlic, bell pepper, onions, and jalapeno and saute until the peppers are soft and the onions are see through. Throw in the tomatoes and continue to stir for 5 minutes. Remove the contents to a separate plate and let cool. Next, use the same and add remaining oil into the pan. Fry the eggs sunny side up until the whites are cooked. Top the veggies with the cooked eggs and smother in cilantro and avocado slices.

Adapted from dietdoctor.com

3. Cheesy Enchiladas

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If you’re looking for a gut-busting meal after a tough workout, then look no further. These cheesy enchiladas will pack on the protien and keep you fueled for the next workout.

Ingredients

1 can of enchilada sauce

10 pack of flax tortillas

1 bag of shredded, cheddar cheese

1 pound of shredded chicken

1/2 bunch of green onions, diced

chopped cilantro

Instructions

Heat your enchilada sauce on a medium heat and add salt to taste. While the sauce cooks, shred your chicken and season with salt and pepper. Once the sauce tastes good, turn the heat off so it doesn’t become too thick. Next, preheat your oven to 350 F and coat a baking dish with a little bit of sauce.

For each tortilla, add 2 tbsp of shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of shredded chicken (on top of cheese). Roll the tortilla and place it seam side down inside the dish. Repeat until ingredients are gone. Add leftover chicken on top of the tortillas then smother everything with the sauce.  Sprinkle leftover cheese on top with green onions. Bake for 30 minutes, then garnish with cilantro, avocado, or sour cream.

Adapted from lowcarbmaven.com

4. Low-Carb Nachos

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The only one reason why nachos are typically so high in carbohydrates: the tortilla chips. As delicious as they are, they can disrupt your diet in a heartbeat. Thankfully, you can use low-carb tortillas to offset the problem and keep your favorite Mexican flavors alive!

Ingredients

1 bag of low-carb tortilla chips

1 pound shredded Mexican blend cheese

Optional ingredients: 1 pound of ground beef, chicken, or pork

Optional ingredients: 1 can black beans or pinto beans (strained)

2 diced tomatoes

1 sliced jalapeno

1 can of corn (strained)

1 sliced avocado

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Next, begin cooking your protein choice over the stove until cooked thoroughly; salt and pepper to taste. While that cooks, dice and slice your vegetables and prepare the canned goods. After the oven is ready, spread out the tortilla chips evenly on the cooking sheet and cover them with half of the shredded cheese.

Take your cooked protein and cover the chips evenly, then add your remaining toppings in whatever order you choose. Cover everything with the leftover cheese and back in the oven for 10 minutes (until cheese melts). Serve with slices avocado, sour cream, or salsa.

Adapted from lovefromtheoven.com

5. Carne Asada Street Tacos

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Simple to make and easy to scarf down! Whether you’re on the go or in need of a late-night power meal, these carne asada street tacos will not disappoint.

Ingredients

2 pounds of flank steak or beef flap

Low-carb tortilla shells

2 jalepenos

1 yellow onion

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 cup water

Avocado oil

Salt and pepper to taste

cilantro for garnish

Instructions

Thinly slice the steak and place it in a mixing bowl with garlic, cumin, and a tbsp of avocado oil. Place marinade in the fridge. Next, slice the jalapenos and half of the onion. Dice the other onion half and save for garnish.  Then place a skillet on high heat, along with a tbsp of avocado oil. After a minute or two, add the steak from the fridge with the onion and jalapenos and cook until browned. Add more oil if necessary.

When finished, serve in low-carb tortillas and top with cilantro/onion garnish. You can also add guacamole, salsa, sour cream, or lime.

Adapted from ketomidwest.com 

6. Avocado Toast

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Finding a breakfast with enough kick is certainly challenge, but avocado toast packs in tons of healthy fat and protein without sacrificing a lot of time.

Ingredients

1 slice of flax sprouted grain bread

1 haas avocado

1 large egg

cooking spray

Hot sauce (your choice)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pop your bread in the toaster and coat your frying pan with the cooking spray. Turn the stove on medium heat and crack in your egg. Cover the pan and let the egg cook until your preference. Next, scoop out your avocado and mash it in a bowl. When the toast is done, spread the avocado over it and cover with your fried egg. Add salt and pepper, douse in hot sauce, the world is your oyster.

Adapted from skinnytaste.com

7. Guacamole Salad

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Guacamole by itself is still incredible, but making it into a full-blown salad is like guacamole on steroids. High fats, full stomachs, can’t lose.

Ingredients

4 avocados, sliced

2 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1 jalapeno, diced

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/4 cup avocado oil

1 lime, juiced

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Toss the avocados, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and jalapeno into a salad bowl. Sprinkle with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Mix the lime juice and olive oil in a small bowl then pour over salad. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

8. Low-Carb Fish Tacos

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All you need is a little lime and cilantro, and your cod or mahi mahi fish tacos will be out of this world. Plus, going low-carb is super simple with low-carb tortillas. Check it out:

Ingredients

1 pound fresh cod

1 pack low-carb tortillas

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp minced onion

2 limes, juiced

Cole slaw

2 cups cabbage

3 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cub cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper

Instructions

Mix your spices, 1/2 lime juice, onion, and 1/2 olive oil in a small bowl. Spread it over the fish filets and let sit for 20 minutes. Then, mix the cabbage, cole slaw, cilantro, 1/2 olive oil, salt, pepper, and lime juice together in another bowl. Grease a frying pan with more olive oil (whatever you have) and cook the fish on high heat for 5 minutes each side. When finished, let it cool and break it apart with a fork. Heat tortillas, add fish, douse with slaw mixture and start munching.

Adapted from thefoodieaffair.com

9. Low-Carb Churros

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Remember those days when you could grab a glass or horchata and a fresh churro from the local carneceria? Well, now you can relive those moments with a low-carb churro recipe that tastes even better.

Ingredients

2 cups safflower oil

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup almond flower

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Instructions

Grab a sauce pan and heat water, butter, and salt to a boil. Next, mix in the almond flour and stir over low heat until a ball forms. Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs until everything is smooth. Then, in a separate skillet, heat the oil on high. Fill a decorator’s tube with the batter and squeeze 4-inch strips into the hot skillet. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Afterwards, drain the oil, mix sugar and cinnamon together and shake the churros in it until coated.

Adapted from lowcarbsmeal.com

10. Mexican Style Grilled Fish

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A delicacy from the Yucatan, this grilled dish can be made with black bass or red snapper. With a few minor adjustments, you can basically toss it on the grill and start eating.

Ingredients

4 pound whole fish with head and scales (black bass or red snapper)

5 lemons (2 cups of juice)

1 Serrano chili

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp coarse ground pepper

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Filet the fish at the belly down to the backbone, but do not cut all the way through. The fish should open like a book when finished. Place the fish on baking sheet or tray, open the fish until flat, and push the bone layer down to one side. Next, mix lemon juice and Serrano chili in a blender then pour over the fish. Press the juice into the body and layer with Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt. Let the fish marinate for 30 minutes before grilling. Secure fish to a grilling rack over hot coals with the skin side down. Glaze with additional juice and grill for 45 minutes.

Adapted from bigoven.com

11. Breakfast Burrito

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All the other kids had Lunchables and sandwiches at school, but your parents packed you burritos. How cool is it that you can keep the nostalgia going with your very own Atkins friendly version? Pretty darn amazing.

Ingredients

2 low-carb tortillas

4 large eggs

1/4 tsp red pepper

1 tbsp canola oil

3 tbsp bell pepper

2 tbsp scallions

1 jalapeno

Tabasco sauce

Salt to taste

Salsa

Instructions

Mix together eggs, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Place a skillet over medium heat and warm up the tortillas. When finished, keep them covered. Next, dice the veggies and jalapeno. Throw them in the skillet with oil and cook for 3 minutes. Then you’ll add the eggs and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, divide the contents into your tortillas and roll them up. Add hot sauce or salsa to taste.

Adapted from atkins.com

12. Pepper Jack Quesadillas

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Even though the Mexican cheese from Chihuahua is best, these pepper jack quesadillas will hit the spot after a long day. Just use a low-carb tortilla and you’re good to go.

Ingredients

6 low-carb tortillas

2 tbsp canola oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup pepper jack cheese

2 medium onions

Instructions

Break out your skillet and grease it with the oil over medium heat. Dice the onions and cook them with the salt until translucent (10 minutes). Put them in a small bowl and set aside. Arrange your tortillas on a flat surface, fill with cheese and onions, then fold them over into a half circle. Cook each one on medium heat in the skillet until browned on each side. Remove onto a cutting board and cut into wedges.

Adapted from atkins.com

13. Cauliflower Pork Tamales

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The only way to truly eat tamales is if you make them yourself. Your abuela knows what I’m taking about. Ask her for some advice if you get lost with this one.

Ingredients

Cauliflower rice and coconut flour for dough

1 pounds cubed pork (boneless)

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup salsa verde

2 eggs

1/3 cup cheddar cheese

Salt to taste

Instructions

Sear the pork in a skillet on medium heat with the butter and add the cilantro. Dump in the salsa verde and slow cook for 45 minuets. Once tender, shred with a fork inside the pan. Preheat oven to 450 F. Combine your dough ingredients (eggs, cauliflower rice, coconut flour, cheese) in a mixing bowl until pasty. Then, grease some foil squares and spread a small amount of dough into a rectangle. Place a small amount of pork in the center, then cover with another layer of dough. Seal the edges with your fingers. Wrap the tamales in the foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Next, remove from oven and open the top of each wrapper. Bake again for another 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with your favorite topping and enjoy.

Adapted from beautyandthefoodie.com

14. Low-Carb Fajitas

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I wonder why more people aren’t making fajitas these days? They are literally the easiest thing to make and taste delicious. Throw some pico de gallo or guacamole on there and fall into a food coma. Let’s get started.

Ingredients

2 tsp olive oil

4 low-carb tortillas

2 bell peppers, chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 oz canned diced pimento pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 pound sliced chicken breast

2 tsp fajita seasoning

Instructions

Grease a skillet and toss in the veggies. Cook until tender and then remove and set aside. Add another tsp of oil and put skillet on medium heat. Toss in the chicken and cook thoroughly. Arrange your tortillas on a flat surface, add finished chicken as a base, then cover with veggies. Add cheese or other toppings and start munching!

Adapted from easyhealthllc.com

15. Mexican Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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Your Latinx soul will be revived with every sip of this cultural nectar. Creamy red pepper, your choice of meat, lots of herbs and spices. How can you go wrong? Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 cup onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, chopped

1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

Various spices, cumin, oregano, chili powder (your choice)

4 cups vegetable stock

Your choice of other veggies (bell peppers, cilantro, basil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Grab a soup pot and heat with olive oil on medium. Throw in your onions, garlic, and jalapeno and cook for 3 minutes. Next, add the peppers and other spices. Cook for 2 minutes. Then you’ll add the veggie stock and bring everything to a boil. Leave the pot partially covered and remove from heat for 5 minutes. Transfer the soup to a blender or stir with a whisk to make it creamy. Put the soup back in the pot and toss in other veggies. Cook for 3 more minutes, add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy.

Adapted from myfooddiary.com

16. Mexican Zucchini Skillet

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Sometimes it’s easier to just throw everything in a pan and let it cook. When you’re getting home late after a long day, this Mexican zucchini skillet will curb your appetite.

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, sliced and quartered

1 1/2 pound of chicken breast, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

Your choice of herbs and spices (chili powder, cumin, onion powder, red pepper flakes)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook your chicken breast in a skillet on medium heat with the garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until chicken is done. Next, toss in your tomatoes and spices and cook for another 10 minutes on low heat. Finally, add your zucchini and cover the skillet for 10 more minutes until zucchini is tender.

Adapted from lowcarbyum.com

17. Spanish Cauliflower Rice

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Your Mexican meal isn’t complete unless you have a side of Spanish rice to go alone with it. Thankfully, you can still have the flavors you want with this low-carb alternative.

Ingredients

1 large head of cauliflower

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced,

1 tsp cumin

2 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

Remove the stem from cauliflower and cut into chunks. Next, pulse the chunks in a food processor. Then you’ll heat up a large skillet with the oil on medium. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the cauliflower and cumin, mixing it well to coat with the oil. Finally, add the tomato paste and chicken broth and crank the heat onto high. Cook until the paste dissolves.

Adapted from wholesomelicious.com

18. Mexican Cauliflower Pizza

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That’s right. Mexican flavors meet Italian flair with this low-carb, tasty dish. Buy some pre-made cauliflower crust from your local grocery store and load it up with your favorite toppings. It’s that simple.

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground beef (or other favorite protein)

1 pack of taco seasoning

1 pack of shredded Mexican cheese

1 jar salsa verde

1 pre-made cauliflower pizza crust

Your choice of toppings (veggies, spices, salsa, guacamole, etc.)

Instructions

Cook your protein in a skillet on medium heat with olive oil and taco seasoning. Mix thoroughly and cook until browned. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F and lay out your cauliflower crust. Spoon out a moderate amount of salsa verde onto the crust and distribute evenly until coated. Then layer over it with the protein choice. Next, sprinkle cheese and other desired toppings. When finished, bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is browned. Remove and let cool before serving.

Adapted from wickedstuff.com

19. Cheesy Mexican Casserole

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Just a word of caution, you may not be able to get off the couch when you’re finished with this meal. Make room for that food baby and rock yourself to sleep afterwards. Buenas noches!

Ingredients

2 pounds of ground beef (or any protein you like)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can condensed mushroom soup

1 can condensed chicken soup

8 low-carb tortillas (6-inch)

1 can green chilies, chopped

16 oz bag of cheddar cheese, shredded

3 cups lettuce, shredded

1 tomato, chopped

Instructions

Heat a large skillet on medium then crumble the beef into it and start cooking. Cook until browned and drain the excess juice. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Next, both soups and a half can of water. Meanwhile, line a baking dish with 4 low-carb tortillas, ripped in pieces. Create a base layer of 1/2 meat mixutre, 1/2 cheese, and 1/2 chilies. Cover with remaining tortillas in the same way and layer again. Bake in oven at 325 F for 45 minutes. Top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes.

Adapted from sargento.com

20. Chicken Taco Soup

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There’s no better cure on earth than a hot bowl of chicken soup. Unfortunately, Campbell’s can only do so much, so here’s a Mexican twist that will perk you right up. The best part: it’super easy to make!

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 celery stalks, chopped

4 roma tomatoes, diced

2 jalapenos, diced

Various seasonings (cumin, oregano, paprika)

8 cups chicken broth

1 lime, juiced

Cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste

Instructions 

Saute the onions and celery in the olive oil until tender. Next, chop up the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Then you’ll dump everything in the pot and simmer for an hour on medium heat. When it’s finished, sprinkle cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste. Add a scoop of sour cream or avocado to really make it pop.

Adapted from livingchirpy.com

21. Avocado Chickpea Salad

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Avocados and chickpeas are some of the most protein-packed foods you can eat, so naturally, a Mexican-style salad is must! When that mid-day lull comes around, this vegan meal will keep you energized.

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas

1 avocado, scooped out

2 tbsp lemon juice

Various herbs and spices (onion powder, garlic powder, dried basil, etc.)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Throw the chickpeas and avocado into a food processor or mash them with a fork. Next, add the lemon juice and your desired spices. You can then eat the salad by itself or make it into a wrap! You can also leave everything whole and slice the avocado, rather than blending it. Add salt and pepper to taste at the end.

Adapted from karissasvegankitchen.com

Mexican Food is the Best!

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Who knew Mexican food could be so versatile? For more Atkins friendly recipes, click this link!

Solving Hollywood’s Diversity Problem One Story At A Time

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Solving Hollywood’s Diversity Problem One Story At A Time

Despite the fact that the year is 2019, women and people of color are still underrepresented in the television and film industry. The fight for diversity and equality in the entertainment industry is one that is definitely growing, but a recent study from UCLA found that women and POC are still the least represented. Here’s the crazy part: the study also found that audiences prefer to watch TV shows and movies where the cast is diverse. 

People of color – who make up almost 40% of the population in the United States – only made up 19.8% of movie leading roles, 21.5% of broadcast scripted series leads, 21.3% of cable scripted leads, and 21.3% of digital scripted leads, according to the study. Women – who make up more than half of the U.S. population – made up 32.9% of movie leads, 39.7% of broadcast scripted leads, 43.1% of cable scripted leads and 42.8% of digital scripted leads. 

But times are changing.

A huge reason for this change is thanks to leaders rising up within Hollywood and using their platforms to create the change that is necessary. That’s why it’s so exciting that AT&T has created the Hello Lab Mentorship Program to shine a light on Hollywood voices from women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. AT&T believes these stories deserve to be heard, and they’re using their resources to create a safe space for underrepresented filmmakers to rise up.

What is the Hello Lab Mentorship Program and why is it important?

Most of us are familiar with AT&T as a mobile phone and internet carrier, but they’re much more than that. Not only does the company own DIRECTV, but the brand also launched its own streaming service, DIRECTV NOW in 2016. In 2018, AT&T merged with Time Warner, solidifying itself as a full media company. Thanks to the merger, AT&T will own several television networks, including HBO, along with Warner Brothers Studio. Because of this, AT&T is now in the unique position to create a vital, game-changing footprint in Hollywood.

Enter: The AT&T Hello Lab. 

The Hello Lab Mentorship Program exists to give an opportunity to underrepresented voices in the film industry. The program launched back in 2017 and serves to lift up filmmakers who are women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. The program provides filmmakers with a platform to tell their diverse and important stories.

Here’s another, very exciting part of the program: director, writer, actress, and producer Lena Waithe is serving as the lead mentor for the 2019 program! 

Along with her producing partner Rishi Rajani and Fullscreen, Waithe will oversee all of the film production phases in the AT&T Mentorship program. This includes talent selection, script editing, general counsel, set visits, and workshops. Basically, she’s running the show. It doesn’t get doper than that. Waithe got involved in the program because mentorship and finding new talent are top priorities for her – a program like this presents an incredible opportunity to find and have a hand in developing some great new writers and directors, while also helping to diversify the industry – it’s a win-win!

“What I consider activism, and what I consider my craft, are one and the same. Telling black stories, telling queer stories, working with up-and-coming talent – that’s my way of dismantling the homogony of Hollywood,” Waithe said in a statement regarding her partnership with the program.

Waithe continued, “And mentorship is essential for underrepresented creatives. Their stories are necessary for our culture and our collective growth. I’m proud to have a hand in ushering in a new generation of storytellers through this project. AT&T is walking the walk, and that in itself is special for a global brand with a massive audience.”

How It Works

This awesome mentorship program selects five up-and-coming talented screenwriters – AT&T will then produce and finance their projects. The screenwriters are paired up (by Waithe herself) with up-and-coming talented directors, to work together to bring their projects to life. The program is very hands on. The mentees are given access to the entire process – they’ll have opportunities to meet everyone from casting directors to major executives. This year, the esteemed Emmy-nominated casting director Kim Coleman (Black KKKlansman, Dear White People) has joined the program. Shelby Stone, the president of production at Common’s production company Freedom Road as well as an Emmy-winning film and television producer, will serve as an advisor for a third year in a row.

Running from June to November, the program will cover every stage of the process of making the films. Development began in June with various workshops and table reads. Next up was “Pitch Day”, complete with the director’s look books that lay out the style and tone of each piece, thoroughly describing how the directors plan to execute the screenplays. Production will take place between August 5 – 25, and then it’s onto the editing phase. After roughly six months, the program will wrap up in November with an exciting premier where the mentees will get to show their hard work to the world.

Another amazing aspect of the program is that it supports the filmmakers during the film festival season. The program supports the directors and writers as they go through the submission process, extending beyond 2019.

Meet the 2019 Mentees

The 2019 class of AT&T’s Hello Lab Mentorship Program is popping off with talent! From all across the country and from all types of backgrounds, the mentees have been specially selected for basically glowing with promise. Their backgrounds include everything from founding their own non-profits, to interning for Saturday Night Live, to create award-winning content for YouTube. These rising stars are ready to show the film industry what they’re really capable of… get ready!

This year, the directors in the program include Cierra Glaudé (Spilt Milk), Alison Eve-Hammersley (Fragile.com), Jessica Mendez Siqueiros (The Fat Friend), Vishnu Vallabhaneni (1/30), and Malakai (Postmarked). The writers include Mechi Parada Lakatos (Spilt Milk), Brittany Menjivar (Fragile.com), Jasmine Johnson (The Fat Friend), Malik Aziz (1/30), and Angela Wong Carbone (Postmarked).

The Workshops

These immensely talented mentees attended workshops over the course of four days in June. The workshops included panels and discussions on diversity and inclusion, development, production, post-production, mock-budgeting, marketing and social media training, and capturing content. The workshops had a multitude of special guests and speakers from all areas of the industry. There was also an exciting “speed-dating” event with producers, where each writer and director had five minutes to talk about themselves in order to find the best professional connection for them.

Though the workshop was only four days, the mentorship provided is daily. Mentors are in constant contact with their mentees, providing support that extends well beyond the program. 

The AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program is exciting and important. After all, who wants a bunch of straight white dudes creating everything? Audiences certainly don’t, and the film industry is beginning to catch on. According to a recent study from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, U.S. movies that featured a woman in a leading role increased 20 percent in the last 10 years. The report also found that out of the 100 highest-grossing films in the last year, 40 of those were led by women and 28 were led by minorities. It’s time to see those numbers increase even more.

It’s 2019, and although we’re a lot further than we were years ago, we have a long way to go. It’s inspiring and exciting that the landscape of the entertainment industry is changing.

Stay Tuned!

As we follow the journey of this year’s AT&T’s Hello Lab Mentorship Program class, we’ll dive deeper into who they are, their projects, and their visions. 

Here’s to diverse voices and talent being held up, showcased, and given the opportunity to share their stories with the world!

J Balvin Gets In The Business Of Japanese Hip Hop As He Announces New Project For Anime Film

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J Balvin Gets In The Business Of Japanese Hip Hop As He Announces New Project For Anime Film

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J Balvin is totally on a roll right now. He’s just released a surprise album, Oasis, with Bad Bunny which has rocketed to the top of the charts and now the Colombian singer has announced a new project that will take him in an entirely different direction.

J Balvin is working with a Japanese hip hop group in an upcoming anime film.

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Reggaetonero and Latin music superstar J Balvin has teamed up with Japan-based hip-hop trio m-flo on the theme song for a new animated movie, called HUMAN LOST, to be released in theaters worldwide this fall.

The popularity of Japan’s anime culture is increasing around the world, so it makes perfect sense for the “Mi Gente” singer to do such an incredible collaboration.

The anime film he’s working on is based on a sci-fi novel from 1948.

The original novel, called No Longer Human, is rated as the second best selling novel in all of Japan. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to assume, that with the backing of J Balvin and m-flo, the new adaptation will do even better.

No Longer Human is told in the form of notebooks left by one Ōba Yōzō, a troubled man incapable of revealing his true self to others, and who is instead forced to uphold a facade of hollow humor.

The film, along with the new track, will hit theatres in the US this fall.

While the animated movie is set to hit the theaters in the U.S. in fall this year, it had its world premiere last Friday at the Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles.

M-Flo made a surprise appearance at the event to announce their involvement in the movie’s main theme, which features Balvin.

Turns out, M-Flo and Balvin also performed together at last year’s Summer Sonic Festival in Japan – Balvin’s first time performing in the country.

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The “Safari” singer performed in Japan for the first time last summer at the annual Summer Sonic music festival, where m-flo’s VERBAL suggested they work on the theme song together.

A known fan of Japanese popular culture, Balvin readily accepted the offer and the collaboration took off from there.

Quite a few J Balvin fans were surprised by the annoucement but most were super excited for the project.

It’s definitely a big departure for the reggaeton singer but with the global popularity of Latino singers right now, it’s seems like a perfect match to us.

Some people on Twitter admitted they were just here for the new J Balvin track…not the anime.

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Even if that’s true for some people, anime has exploded into a giant industry worth more than $18 billion globally, so I’d say Balvin is making the right decision.

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