NHMC Honors Edward James Olmos with the Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirt Award

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Actors Gina Rodriguez and Yancey Arias to Co-Host 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala

Pasadena, CA  – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) will honor Edward James Olmos at the 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala to be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Inaugurated in 2013, the Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award is presented to media and entertainment leaders for their outspoken and relentless commitment to advocacy and increasing the visibility of the Latino community’s achievements and contributions to this country. The Award is named in memory of iconic Latina actress and NHMC friend Lupe Ontiveros, a pioneer and longtime advocate for the Latino community, for LGBT, women, HIV/AIDS and labor issues, as well as an outspoken advocate against typecasting in the entertainment industry.

“Throughout his distinguished acting and filmmaking career, Edward James Olmos has courageously used his platform to stand up for what is right, even when it might have hurt him with some audiences,” said NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales. “As he continues to lift up and defend the Latino community, Olmos’ leadership sets the example for all Latino media and entertainment professionals to use their voice to make this country a better place for all Americans–especially people of color–and embodies the values of NHMC’s Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award.”

 Filly Brown star Gina Rodriguez and Yancey Arias, who is co-starring in the upcoming film Cesar Chavez, are both emceeing the event.

NHMC previously announced honorees Cesar Chavez director Diego Luna for Outstanding Direction in a Motion Picture; Academy Award-nominated Demián Bichirand Emily Rios for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series on The Bridge; executive producer George Parra for Excellence in Motion Picture Producing on the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated American Hustle and Nebraska; and Comcast Corporation will be recognized for its Outstanding Diversity Practices.

For tickets and additional information about the honorees and the 17th Annual NHMCImpact Awards Gala, visit:  www.nhmc.org/ImpactAwards. Extended talent biographies and headshots can be provided upon request.