A Who’s Who of top journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, brands and agencies converged Thursday at the Copacabana for the first ever Hispanicize HX event in New York City, the third national stop of HX tour that has already visited Miami and Los Angeles.
Sponsored by Chivas Regal and Hispanicize Wire, the evening began with a one-two punch of short, TEDx-style talks by Hollywood filmmaker, director, writer and comedian Rick Najera and Red Shoe Movement founder and author Mariela Dabbah. Najera’s talk became a stand-up comic synopsis of his new book “Almost White,” an autobiographical tale of his journey as a filmmaker. Dabbah took the podium to show her Latina empowerment movement helped spur a social media phenomena around women posting Instagram and Facebook photos of them wearing red shoes.
The night culminated with the unique, pulsing sounds of New York indie band sensation La Mecanica Popular.
HX New York City partners include Being Latino, Sofrito for Your Soul, Impacto Latin News and the Hispanic Public Relations Association. The next stop of the tour is Friday, Oct. 10 in Atlanta. HX will be the opening reception event of the Atlanta Latino Film Festival.