Meet LA Vanguardia, the Latino vanguard shaping L.A. culture

“Hollywood has been failing Latinos for more than 100 years.”

Thus began the LA Times’ 2021 package on Hollywood’s Latino cultural divide, in which Times journalists traced the horrific history of Latino representation in entertainment and examined how that past is manifesting itself in our present—what we do or don’t see in the world see screen, on stage and on the side today.

What’s changed since the Latino Culture Gap project came out? Little! Not in a year. It’s way too early for us to release a progress report when frankly there isn’t much progress to report.

As the staff here discussed a follow-up package, the conversation eventually focused on how we could build on, rather than repeat, the Latino Culture Gap articles. Last year we wrote all these stories about lack of representation, so this year we decided to do the opposite: share stories about representation. This is LA Vanguardia. LA’s avant-garde. The people who are part of the solution to a persistent, pernicious, multi-tentacle problem.

To be clear, this is not a Latino power list. This is not a hot Latino list. This is not a comprehensive study. This is not a ranking. Instead, this is a survey of the emerging writers, actors, directors, architects, thinkers, musicians, and other artists who are shaping the culture you live in now and certainly the culture you will live in tomorrow. It’s our attempt to shine a spotlight on some of the talented individuals who have beaten all odds to grab a seat at the table. And it’s our invitation to you: Pull up a chair and join the conversation.

Would you like to suggest someone for LA Vanguardia? Share your idea with us. We will consider reader nominations when planning our coverage, including future iterations of LA Vanguardia. And keep checking back here for more LA Vanguardia stories throughout the week. Meet LA Vanguardia, the Latino vanguard shaping L.A. culture

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