Read the press release down below:
For Immediate Release:
(New York, NY – June 20, 2020) – The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association announced today that new membership applications for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.
LEJA launched with its inaugural membership of 24 Latino/a/x film writers and journalists from all across the United States of America in December 2018. In July 2019, LEJA opened its membership once again, including the launch of the television division, which welcomed 10 new members.
Under the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the United States, and the world, the organization continues its mission to enrich, empower, and recognize outstanding Latino/a/x journalists who cover entertainment. With the opening for new membership, LEJA hopes this will bring a sense of excitement and galvanize additional Latino/a/x voices in the community, amid the challenging times.
LEJA will be accepting 10 new members over both film and television divisions. New membership applications will close on Friday, July 31 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. The 10 new members will be announced in mid-August.
In addition to the new membership announcement, LEJA is also committed to uplifting the existing members who may be in economic and/or mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. LEJA Founder and President Clayton Davis pledged to pay each of the current 35-member annual dues for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. When the 10 new members are welcomed in August, Davis will also pay their annual dues as well. The pledged funds by Davis will then be donated to any LEJA member who requests financial assistance that has been incurred during the crisis due to job loss, furloughs, or possible evictions.
“We are a family and when a family member needs you, you show up,” Davis shared. “In this time where we are fighting for equality, rights, and justice for our brothers and sisters in the Black community, we are also a part of that community and have to help where we can, even if it’s just a little bit here and there.”
Davis and the LEJA Board of Directors are also calling upon all film studios, television networks, production companies, PR representatives and leaders, and all major outlets to make similar donations and/or pledges to any LEJA members that are in need of assistance.
A GoFundMe has been set up with 100% of the proceeds going to those in need. Community members can also make donations in the same manner directly.
Official Site: http://www.latinojournalists.com
About Latino Entertainment Journalists Association:
The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) is committed to developing and celebrating Latino voices among all areas and backgrounds of the entertainment industry. Founded in 2018, LEJA provides a much-needed opportunity for writers from the United States to have their works amplified and heard in the areas of film, television, music, theatre, and the arts. Accepting of all backgrounds and identities, LEJA embraces anyone who identifies as Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, Latin@, Spanish, or any inclusive and progressive description that champions and accelerates the voices of our culture from around the world. LEJA is also part of the Critics Group for Equality in Media (CGEM).
About Clayton Davis:
Clayton Davis is a prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. For over a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5NY, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and The Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched “Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived headfirst into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and the awards season. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of AwardsCircuit.com, moderates Q&A’s, and hosts award screenings out of New York City. He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and the International Press Academy.
About Critics Group for Equality in Media (CGEM)
Critics Groups for Equality in Media (CGEM) is a professional coalition seeking to improve awareness of the value of women, people of color, LGBTQ and disabled journalists who cover the worlds of film and television. CGEM is comprised of six national critics organizations that champion underrepresented yet influential voices in entertainment journalism.