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Edward James Olmos to Receive Lupe Ontiveros Award

February 14, 2014

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Edward James Olmos

Actor Edward James Olmos will receive the Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award at the 17th annual National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Impact Awards Gala.

The Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award, inaugurated in 2013, honors media and entertainment leaders for their outspoken and relentless commitment to advocacy and increasing the visibility of the Hispanic community's achievements and contributions in the U.S., according to a news release.

The award also honors the life of Lupe Ontiveros, who is a pioneer and longtime advocate for the Latino community. She was outspoken on many issues, including typecasting in the entertainment industry, women and LGBT rights, and labor issues.

The gala will be held Feb. 28 at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Actors Gina Rodriguez and Yancey Arias will co-host the event.

"Throughout his distinguished acting and filmmaking career, Edward James Olmos has courageously used his platform to stand up for what is right, even when it might have hurt him with some audiences," NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales said in a statement. "As he continues to lift up and defend the Latino community, Olmos' leadership sets the example for all Latino media and entertainment professionals to use their voice to make this country a better place for all Americans -- especially people of color -- and embodies the values of NHMC's Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award."

Other NHMC honorees include labor organizer Cesar Chavez, director Diego Luna, Academy Award-nominated Demián Bichir, and Comcast Corp. for its outstanding diversity practices.

To get in on the conversation, or for the latest updates about the NHMC Impact Awards Gala, follow NHMC on Twitter @nhmc and hashtag #ImpactAwards.

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