National Hispanic Heritage Month is a big deal. Recognition of the achievements and accomplishments of prominent Latinos, as well as those contributing to a better America under the radar as the Average Joe, has become something of a phenomenon recently.
However, what Hispanic Americans have contributed to the makeup of America is not anything new. The recent political flame-throwing arrows in regards to immigration and possible deportation of those with Mexican heritage, serves as a disservice to those contributions.
It plays on the hateful and ignorant rhetoric that tries to dismiss what Hispanic Americans and Latinos have done. The Los Angeles Times and Hoy have tried to change all of that every year when they put what Latinos have done in business, entertainment and in the community at the forefront of an awards show to highlight the good and the great.
The Los Angeles Times and Hoy’s 2016 Latinos de Hoy Awards is a platform to highlight that. With “Rosewood” star Jaina Lee Ortiz hosting the Los Angeles Times and Hoy’s 2016 Latinos de Hoy Awards earlier this month, the prestigious event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was held as the culmination of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15).
Among those honored were Edward James Olmos (Legend Award), Thomas Saenz (Dolores Huerta Civic Leadership Award), Dan Guerrero (LGBT Award), and Jose Moreno Hernandez (Inspirational Award). The Latinos de Hoy Awards is the only one of its kind as it acknowledges service in the community and leadership.
Among the honorees, presenters and performers the partnership of the Los Angeles Times and Hoy have brought to the table of the Los Angeles Times and Hoy’s Latinos de Hoy Awards include Gina Rodriguez, Liz Hernandez, Oscar De La Hoya, Kinky, Rafael de la Fuente, Eugenio Derbez, Angelica Maria.