As representation debate rages, Latinx creators tell Hollywood: ‘Just open the door’

Christel Deskins

TV writers Diana Mendez, left, and Judalina Neira formed the Latina TV Writers Brunch Group and La Lista to represent the Latina community in Hollywood. <span class="copyright">(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)</span>
TV writers Diana Mendez, left, and Judalina Neira formed the Latina TV Writers Brunch Group and La Lista to represent the Latina community in Hollywood. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The outrage was instant and loud. And warranted.

No Latinx creatives appeared in any of the major categories when nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced earlier this week. How is that even possible, people raged, especially given “One Day at a Time’s” tongue-in-cheek laughs, “Vida’s” queer joy and “Los Espookys'” oddball humor?

The erasure of Latinos is not exactly news, though. Over the last five years, 82% of nominees in 19 Primetime Emmy categories were white. A mere 1% were Latino.

As the subsequent backlash to this year’s nominations reignites debate about Hollywood’s failure to represent Latinx characters on-screen, a movement toward inclusion behind the camera is taking place behind the scenes.

One morning in 2015, about

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Internet star Gabbie Hanna says YouTube has fostered a toxic environment where drama channels are encouraged to take down top creators

Christel Deskins

Gabbie Hanna's career as a Viner turned YouTuber took a dark turn over the past year.
Gabbie Hanna’s career as a Viner turned YouTuber took a dark turn over the past year.

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  • Internet personality Gabbie Hanna recently stoked controversy by fighting with friends, drama channels, and YouTube itself before deactivating her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • Hanna, who has over 6 million YouTube subscribers, also became a TikTok meme when users turned one of her rants into a sound bite.

  • In an interview with Insider, Hanna discussed her recent controversies, her mental health, and her relationship with YouTube.

  • Hanna said the platform had fostered a toxic environment where drama, commentary, and “tea” channels are incentivized to repeatedly tear down top creators.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Before her abrupt disappearance from the internet, Gabbie Hanna seemed as if she were living the influencer dream.

After beginning her online career in 2014 on the TikTok predecessor Vine, Hanna transitioned her audience to YouTube, where she

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Sellfy is turn-key Ecommerce for creators who want online sales fast and hassle-free

Christel Deskins

TLDR: Sellify offers an ecommerce website that’s available in 5 minutes and all the infrastructure to start selling and shipping all of your digital and physical products with ease.

Creators create. It’s right there in the word. It’s what they do. Whether they’re creating an ebook, music, a video or even a physical product, the time and attention of a creator often wants to be focused on that creative muse. It’s that same drive that likely kickstarted the whole project in the first place.

What they don’t want is to get bogged down with the minutia and tech issues often involved with ultimately selling their product online. That’s the business stuff — and it often holds significantly less appeal. Beyond getting paid, of course.

For nearly a decade, Sellfy has flown the flag for the digital creator, offering turn-key online sales solutions for artists and entrepreneurs who don’t want to

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