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Exclusive: Clayton Davis of AwardsCircuit forms Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA)

Yes, you read that right. The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (or LEJA) has formed under President Clayton Davis, the founder and owner of the entertainment website AwardsCircuit. An historic moment.

Created as a way to give a greater voice to the Latino community in entertainment journalism, LEJA will cater for U.S. based writers (and its territories) in developing a greater awareness of this cultural group and their work. And these ethnic backgrounds will include: “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.”

Of course, LEJA president Clayton Davis feels passionate about the opportunities and frustrations that come with the turf. “The core values of LEJA are inclusive to everyone. This organization celebrates the culture I’ve known from my early days in the Bronx and unites all of us, finally, under one mission, to lift us up. For decades, as a person of mixed race, I struggled to find my place in any culture.  It wasn’t just non-Latinos that turned me away. Sometimes it was Latinos themselves because I didn’t meet their own identifying traits for what makes a real Hispanic. ”

Go find out more, and bookmark, here:

And here are the initial 24 members of LEJA. Look out, too for their own set of film nominations on 20th January 2019. For now, get following if you don’t already:

Carlos Aguilar (The Wrap, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla) – @Carlos_Film – Latino (more specifically Mexican)

Manuel Betancourt (Remezcla, Backstage, The Atlantic) – @bmanuel – White, Latinx

J. Don Birnam (Splash Report) – @jdonbirnam – Mexican American

Kerensa Cadenas (VanityFair) – @kerensacadenas – Mexican-American

Liz Calvario (Entertainment Tonight) – @lizcalvario – Mexican-American

Rosy Cordero (Deadline, Latina) – @SocialRosy – Peruvian/Cuban

Niki Cruz (amNewYork) – @cruzniki – Puerto Rican and Italian – LEJA Secretary

Clayton Davis (AwardsCircuit) – @AwardsCircuit – Puerto Rican and Black – LEJA President

Vanessa Erazo (Remezcla) – @infoCinelandia – Mexican and Salvadoran

Tim Estiloz (Boston Latino TV) – @TimEstiloz – Hispanic (mixed), Mexican, Native American, Spanish, Black

Dani Fernandez (Nerdist) – @msdanifernandez – Mexican-American

Toni Gonzales (Freelance) – @movietoni – Mexican and Native American – LEJA Vice President

Ed Gonzalez (Slant) – @certified_ed – Latino

Umberto Gonzalez (Heroic Hollywood, The Wrap) – @elmayimbe – Colombian and Dominican

Daniel Gutierrez (Directors Cut Radio) – @MovieGuyDan – Hispanic New Mexican

Marcela Isaza (Associated Press) – @misaza – Hispanic

Yolanda Machado (Marie Claire, Remezcla) – @SassyMamainLA – Peruvian-Mexican, First generation American

Kiko Martinez (San Antonio Current, CineSnob) – @cinesnobkiko – Mexican – LEJA Treasurer

Wilson Morales (BlackFilm) – @blackfilm – Honduran of African descent

Claudia Puig (KPCC 89.3) – @claudiapuig – Mexican and German

Naibe Reynoso (Freelance, The Trend Talk show, France 24) – @naibereynoso – Mexican-American

Jack Rico ( – @JackRicofficial – Colombian-American

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (Jezebel) – @jawnita – Chicana

Jose Solís (StageBuddy, The Film Stage) – @josesolismayen – Latinx

Essential information:

Facebook: @LEJALatino
Instagram: @LEJALatino
Twitter: @LEJALatino

Contact: or

A huge, well-earned, inspirational congratulations to you Clayton, this is some achievement, and one we at Filmotomy will follow and support.



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