By Elia Esparza
Want to know what it means to be a Latino creative living and surviving in Hollywood? Then the go-to must-read book is Rick Najera’s “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” We promise you will be enlightened!
If you’re Latino and working in the film, TV or theatrical arenas, then you know who Rick Najera is. But just in case you’ve had your head buried deep into all of Stephen King’s novels, let me introduce you. As the author of Latinologues on Broadway, Rick has also scripted “Pain of the Macho” and “Latins Anonymous.” He is an award-winning writer/performer (Diary of a Dad Man/Showtime, Latinologues, MadTV, In Living Color, and many more credits).
Latinos, Hollywood, culture and politics. Rick Najera is a creative force. He makes me laugh and he makes me think! – Edward James Olmos
In his new thought-provoking and comedic memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood” ($16.95, ISBN: 978-1-4019-4312-7), Najera takes an unapologetic and honest look at the depiction of Latino culture and what it means to be Latino within the ever-changing backdrop of life as a Hollywood creative. California-born with Mexican-American roots, Najera presents an insider’s view into his life through an ironic yet comedic lens, from in front of the camera to behind, from the page to the stage and beyond. Najera has been honored twice as “100 Most Influential Latinos in America.”
“Almost White” is set to be released nationwide on September 16th, during Hispanic Heritage month and on Mexican Independence Day.
In the end, perhaps it will be the power of the people and art, not politicians and politics, that will redefine the Latino American dream.” — Rick Najera