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The ALMA Awards Show Is Returning To Television After A Three-Year Hiatus

After a three-year hiatus, The American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) show is coming back. The award show, which was the only nationally broadcast English-language show celebrating Latinos in arts, media and music, is partnering with Fuse media to return the annual program. This is thanks to a multi-year agreement with the media company.

The ALMA awards have a long history of uplifting Latino talent and trailblazers during the past 23 years.

Originally called The Bravo Awards, the ALMA Awards were created from a research study conducted by the NCLR and the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The two organizations pointed out the lack of quantity and quality of representation that Latinos received in the media. Back in 1995, Jennifer Lopez was the first host of the award show. Since then stars like Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez have hosted the ALMAs and have been a big part of production of the show.

Fuse Media is hoping to “lift the voices of Latinos and other underserved communities” with this year’s ceremony.

Organizers say they will present a re-envisioned show celebrating Latino heritage and leading entertainment and media personalities through an engaging, inclusive format. Fuse Media will tap live-event producing team Done + Dusted, which has worked with Stand Up To Cancer, iHeartRadio Music Awards and Co-Producers of the 2018 Emmys, to produce this years ALMA Awards.

“Fuse Media (and its predecessor SiTV), since day one, has been committed to building a unique entertainment platform to lift the voices of Latinos and other underserved communities and in so doing, celebrate our diverse, multicultural nation,” Fuse Media CEO Michael Schwimmer said in a statement. “I cannot think of a better way, especially today, to embrace this mission than by partnering with UnidosUS to reimagine the ALMA Awards.”

The ALMAs was the first award show recognizing strides in Latino advancement.

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The award show has given some of the rising Latino stars in entertainment a platform and audience to spread their new projects. The awards show has honored everything from music to television to movies.

Selena Gomez acknowledged the importance of the awards to her family and community in 2008, the year before she hosted.

The ALMAs have always tried to highlight Latino representation whether it’s the big screen or on television, that includes “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The show was one of the first Disney shows to star a Latina character as its lead role. Gomez was nominated for her role in the show in 2008.

This is the start of a new era for the ALMA Awards that will build on its old successes with hopes to create new narratives for Latinos.

The history and production of the ALMAs has been inconsistent going back to its start when no show was produced back in 1996 and also from 2002-06. Janet Murguia, UnidosUS President and CEO, hopes this is the start of a yearly tradition that Latinos can look forwards to.

“We are proud to have the ALMA Awards back as part of our organization’s 50th anniversary, and to host the first ALMAs under our new name,” Murguia said in a press release. “Now more than ever, Latinos must reclaim the narrative of our place in U.S. society, and as always, ALMAs is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate everything our community contributes to American culture.”

More details and a specific award show date to be announced.


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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

Dwayne Johnson, agreeably one of the most “masculine” presenting people in the world, recently revealed that people weren’t always so quick to assume he was so. In an interview on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” that took place earlier this week the American actor and former professional wrestler revealed that when he was a child, people often assumed he was a girl. 

Speaking about his experience with presumed gender identity, The Rock revealed that people often thought he was girl because of his “soft features.”

“I would say between the ages of 7 and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair,” he explained in his interview with Willie Geist.

The actor even went so far as to share a time in his life as a fifth-grader who was riding on a school bus.

“I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, ‘Can I ask you something?'” The Rock recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?'”

Drawing on this time in his life, Johnson revealed that likely this also chalks up to his frequent moves as a child.

During his childhood, Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler who often moved his family around. According to John, he attended thirteen different schools by the time he was in high school.

“I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up,” Johnson explained in his interview. “Wrestling in the ’80s and in the ’70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck.”

The former wrestler reflection on earlier days coincides with the recent premiere of the hit NBC sitcom “Young Rock” a new series based on his life.

Fans of Johnson will be glad to know that he also stars in the series.

He is also portrayed by three different actors Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,” he explained during NBC’s TCA press tour in an interview about the series.

He went onto share that his father “was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me… And in that complication came an extraordinary life that was full of travel. I lived in 13 different states by the time I was 13 years old, also lived in New Zealand.”

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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