Soldanela Rivera, herself a Latina artist, producer, and publicist, speaks in a Huffington Post article (one of several of hers published there) to the difficulties artists of color have in getting their work made and seen. Which is just what we at Wide Lantern have been saying — and one of the reasons behind the site’s launch — so we thought we’d highlight Rivera’s thoughts. She promises more to come….
Here’s an excerpt:
As some of you may or may not know, Real Women Have Curves, the play, was self-produced because no one else would produce it for her [Josefina Lopez]. After two decades and nearly 20 national and international productions, Casa 0101, this year, celebrates it 10th season with the opening of its new venue, which coincides with the 20th Anniversary production of Real Woman Have Curves. Poetic indeed. For Ms. López, the play is as relevant today as it was two decades ago, and she’s right.
Josefina stepped aside from her role of Artistic Director of Casa 0101 to focus on mentoring up-coming screenwriters through the Writers Institute for Diversity.
Surely Ms. López could be a go-to person for Alternative Latino content for our media platforms. But she remains independent and an untapped treasure while still creating work and presenting it in the periphery of Hollywood studios and our own TV networks.
“We [Latinos and Latinas] have to tell our stories. Hollywood is not going to tell our stories. We are not out there. We are invisible in film and TV…we live in two worlds, in a gap where no one sees us,” she says. “I want people to know that we count. I want to provide a third track to help affirm our humanity. ”
For the most part their work is occurring and largely happening unnoticed or unacknowledged not only by mainstream American media and or audiences but, more to my point and concern, our own mainstream media platforms and audiences.
The full piece is here.