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Creative leaders call on Hollywood to improve Latinx representation

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Some powerful Latinx voices in entertainment have put their support behind an open letter to Hollywood peers and gate keepers in hopes of addressing the shortcomings in the industry's efforts to improve diversity.

(CNN)Some powerful Latinx voices in entertainment have put their support behind an open letter to Hollywood peers and gate keepers in hopes of addressing the shortcomings in the industry's efforts to improve diversity.

"As Latinx Showrunners, Creators, TV and Feature Writers, we are incensed by the continued lack of Latinx representation in our industry, especially among the Black and Indigenous members of our community.

Our stories are important, and our erasure onscreen contributes to the persistent prejudice that prevents real change in this country," they wrote.

The letter goes on to make recommendations for systematic change, including ways to fix the Hollywood pipeline that often holds writers and creators of Latinx descent back, when compared to peers.

Other suggestions aim to fix the way stories about the Latinx population are told.

It is unacceptable, they said, for stories about Latinx people to not be crafted by or including a writer who understands that story first-hand.

"While we recognize that writers can tell stories about an array of voices and experiences, until the Latinx community is close to reaching parity, we need to be included in the telling of our own stories. "

Improvements also need to be made, they stated, in how the types of Latinx stories that are told.

Let's get on the right side of history so we can continue to create needed change and tell captivating stories together. "

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