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News ♦ November 03, 2022

As part of a battle for young Latino voters in Texas, activists have turned to sponsoring quinceañeras, both in Austin and across the state.

Driving the news: Actress and activist America Ferrera recently hosted a quinceañera-themed event in San Antonio with hundreds of people showing up for a parade to a voting center to encourage civic engagement ahead of the Nov. 8 elections.

Why it matters: Pew Research Center estimates 6.2 million Hispanic people in Texas are eligible to vote, making the state home to the second-largest Hispanic voter population, behind California.

Context: Quinceañeras, or 15th birthday celebrations, are a monumental rite of passage for young women in Latino culture.

What happened: Harness, a nonprofit co-founded by Ferrera, and Austin-based Jolt Action, which describes itself as the “the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas,” organized the symbolic “Ride to the Polls” activation.

  • The event featured about a dozen debutantes, lowriders and a mini festival with voting information.
  • Young women in sparkling debutante gowns encircled “La Veladora of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” a ceramic mosaic by Jesse Treviño, to kick things off.
  • Eulogia Rodriguez, 14, participated in the event and said civic engagement isn’t “popular” in her community but she wants to be part of the change by sharing voting information.
  • At her upcoming birthday, Rodriguez will give a speech centered on civic engagement. Jolt, which provides a free photo booth, will also register guests to vote at her celebration.

What they’re saying: Pacita Rudder, programs manager at Harness, told Axios the civic engagement group hopes the cultural relevance of the activation reaches Latinos throughout the U.S. and combats apathy tied to the electoral process.

  • “We know that a lot of times the young folks in families are actually the ones that are pushing their older family members and relatives to make change, so having them speak up about voting is a really powerful moment,” Rudder said.
  • Ferrera noted the teens involved in the event aren’t old enough to vote, but believes the “power and strength” of their early engagement motivates their family and friends to participate.
  • “Our voices are worthy of being in the rooms where decisions are being made,” Ferrera said.

By the numbers: Jolt has held 17 Poder Quince events around the state, including one in Austin — with another scheduled for later this year.

  • Jolt registered more than 13,600 voters this year.
  • As part of its get-out-the-vote efforts, the organization has sent out more than 55,000 mailers and more than 19,500 texts.

NextGen, an organization that targets young, likely progressive voters, told Axios a year ago that it aimed to register 150,000 individuals this election cycle — but a spokesperson declined this week to release to Axios its registration figures until after the election.

Meanwhile: Gov. Greg Abbott has been running ads emphasizing his Hispanic connections — one ad features his wife, who is Hispanic; another features a niece, who calls him Tío Greg.

  • This week, Abbott, who has vowed to win the Latino vote, was in Laredo, appearing at the Republican National Committee’s Hispanic Community Center.
  • Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke has been conducting rallies in Spanish, campaigning in South Texas and appearing with luminaries like Dolores Huerta and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

What’s next: Friday is the final day of early voting in Texas. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Source: Axios

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Films, News ♦ October 21, 2022

America Ferrera is set to join the A-list ensemble of Sony and Black Bear Pictures’ upcoming dramedy Dumb Money. She joins Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, Anthony Ramos, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dane DeHaan and Pete Davidson, with Craig Gillespie directing.

The pic based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Antisocial Network tells the story of fortunes won and lost overnight in the David-vs.-Goliath GameStop short squeeze that may have ended up changing Wall Street forever. It offers a gripping portrayal of how a loosely affiliated group of private investors and internet trolls on a subreddit called WallStreetBets took down one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, firing the first shot in a revolution that threatened to upend the establishment.

The script adapted by Rebecca Angelo & Lauren Schuker Blum. Ryder Picture Company’s Aaron Ryder, Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Gillespie will produce. Principal photography is underway.

Sony recently swooped in to land distribution rights after the film was announced at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Sony also holds Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, South Africa, India and select Asian rights.

Executive producers include Michael Heimler, John Friedberg, Andrew Swett, Angelo, Schuker Blum, Mezrich, Johnny Holland, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Kevin Ulrich. Black Bear Pictures is fully financing, with Black Bear International handling foreign distribution rights after launching sales at Toronto.

Ferrera can be seen next year in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie alongside Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Simu Liu and Kate McKinnon. She recently starred on the Apple TV+ series WeCrashed opposite Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway. She is making her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Erika Sánchez’s New York Times bestselling novel  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter for Netflix.

She is repped by CAA and Peikoff Mahan.

Source: Deadline

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News ♦ October 06, 2022

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Poderistas is hosted “Poderistas @ the White House” to bring together Latina leaders to meet with senior White House and Biden Administration officials.

Founded by Eva Longoria and America Ferrera during the 2020 election cycle, Poderistas is a digital community built to celebrate Latina culture and harness Latina power in all aspects of life, including at the ballot box.

The October 5 event was a monumental moment for the Latina community, with over 40 Latinas convening at the White House, including leaders from the entertainment industry, community activists, hometown heroes from across the country, philanthropists, and more.

Attendees included authors, activists, and actresses such as Poderistas Co-Founder America Ferrera, Chloe Bridges, Robin Arzón, Justina Machado, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, and many more.

Over the day, they discussed various critical topics, including the economy, community leadership, health care, education, climate change, sustainable communities, and Latina glass ceiling breakers.

Source: Hola

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Appearances, News ♦ September 18, 2022

America Ferrera will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 Texas Women’s Foundation Gala on September 29th.

Themed “Texas for All,” the Texas Women’s Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year will take place virtually and feature a celebrity keynote speaker: actress America Ferrera. The event will take place 11:30 am-1 pm September 29, and in honor of the 35th anniversary, tickets are just $35 each.

The Texas Women’s Foundation works to advance women’s economic security, leadership, education, health, and safety in Texas through research, advocacy, programs, and grantmaking. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit txwfluncheon.org.

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Films, News ♦ September 09, 2022

America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty,” “Superstore,”) will star in “Elio,” an upcoming Pixar animated film set to release in Spring 2024. The movie was announced during the D23 expo presentation on Friday.

“Elio” tells the story of the titular 11-year old boy, who is struggling to fit in until he suddenly gets beamed up by aliens and is chosen to be the galactic ambassador of earth. Ferrera voices Olga, Elio’s mother, who is working on a top secret project to decode alien messages. Yonas Kibreab voices the titular character.

Ferrera is best known for her Emmy winning role as Betty Suarez in “Ugly Betty.” In addition, she starred from 2015 to 2021 in the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom “Superstore,” and also directed several episodes and co-produced. Other notable roles include the 2005 film “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and this year’s Apple TV+ miniseries “We Crashed.” Next year will see her star opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated “Barbie” live-action movie. As a voice actor, Ferrera previously voiced the character Astrid in the three “How to Train Your Dragon” films for Dreamworks Animation.

“Elio” was one of several projects teased by the company during the Friday animation panel.

Source: Variety

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News ♦ August 17, 2022

America Ferrera and Gentefied season 2 are nominated at the 2022 Imagen Awards! America is nominated for the “Best director – television” award and the series is nominated in a total of 5 categories.

This year’s award ceremony will occur on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles.

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Films, News ♦ April 26, 2022

The newest movie that America Ferrera will appear in, Barbie, now has an official release date! The film will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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