MIAMI, FL-Puerto Rican-American actress, singer, writer, political, social, environmental activist and Voto Latino co-founder Rosario Dawson will be honored with the Latinovator Award at this year’s seventh annual Hispanicize event on Wednesday, April 6th in Miami.
Dawson’s film and TV credits are plentiful and include Men in Black II (2002), 25th Hour (2002), The Rundown (2003), Alexander (2004), Sin City (2005), Clerks II (2006), Death Proof (2007), Eagle Eye (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Unstoppable (2010), César Chávez (2013), Trance (2013), and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), among many others.
As an activist, Dawson is involved with several philanthropic organizations like the Voto Latino, Lower East Side Girls, Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, and StayClose.org. Born in New York City, Dawson is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent.
“Rosario has used her versatile talents and celebrity to make a difference in a number of communities, attaching her name and influence to causes close to her heart is something we admire immensely. Her work with Voto Latino speaks to the core of what Hispanicize is all about,” said Manny Ruiz, Founder and Creative Director of Hispanicize.
Established in 2012, the Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other high achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievements are remarkable or inspirational.
This year, Rosario joins a prestigious roster of Latinovator Award recipients that includes Lele Pons, Ozzie Areu and Lizzie Velasquez. Each of the innovators will be presented individually with their awards at a special general session and discuss their inspirations, challenges, business habits and road to success.
Previous Latinovator recipients include acting legend Rita Moreno, television icon Don Francisco, veteran actor Luis Guzman, journalist Soledad O’Brien, iconic producer Emilio Estefan, news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, famed musician Sheila E., Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sanchez, actor Carlos Ponce and others.
Hispanicize 2016 Week features a record-breaking 220+ speakers in 100+ sessions, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2016 also features the first annual DiMe Summit, the 3rd annual Positive Impact Awards gala, the 2nd annual Tecla Awards and the 1st annual Diversity Tech Showcase.