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Latino Greeks are prevalent in our communities. If you haven’t heard about them or what they do then listen up. Latino Greeks are social and educational organizations that are modeled after the historic African American Greek letter organizations, better known as the Divine Nine. I had the great pleasure of becoming a member of Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Incorporated. Our sorority is younger than most since it was founded in 1994 but some organizations like Phi Iota Alpha have been around since 1931. Other like the ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha have been around since 1975.
I have many friends who are Lambda Theta Nu, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Lambda Sigma Upsilon and Sigma Lambda Beta. These organizations boast a 99% graduation rate among their members and serve as exemplary leaders in the community. Although our organizations are often misunderstood or labeled as “glorified gangs”, they serve a purpose at our educational institutions and in our communities. In times of need, Latino Greeks come together to support a cause and to create movements. During the 2006 May Day Immigrant marches, hundreds of Latino Greeks marched along side our community and served as their security detail. We march, we protest, we support our community because that is what we do. Education, community service and brother/sisterhood are our founding cornerstones.
There’s also a wild side to the organizations and we are competitive. Why not? We’re social organizations too. We have our special chants, calls, strolls and step teams that show others who we are and that the party has officially arrived! Part of the college experience was showing up to a part in your letter jacket and strolling through the crowd to let them know that the “awesomeness” has walked in. We have merengue strolls, salsa strolls, drop it like it hot stroll and many more!
Check out the brothers from Sigma Lambda Beta at a recent strolling competition and you can see what it’s all about.
So here is our challenge to you! We want to feature the best of the best Latino Greek organization on our show and we want you to show us what you’ve got! The Latino Greek organization that raises the most money will win a spot in one of our episodes. You can chant, stroll, step and show your colors and pride on an international and historical show. With your help we will be the first ever Latino Sit-Com that was supported completely by their community. Don’t you want to be a part of that? Your organizations have until June 1st to show us who the top organization is.
Like us on Facebook and have your brothers and sisters tag us on their posts to let us know that you have accepted the challenge and are down for East WillyB. Get creative, make a video and we’ll feature it on our site!
We’ll provide a daily poll on our Facebook page that will update the leader board! For more information you can email email@example.com. Let the games begin!
I’m writing this blog post at 4:45am. I have never woken up at this time voluntarily. I’ve also never raised 50K.- Julia Grob
I’m dying to share with you my recent experiences at the 2012 National Association of Latino Independent Producer’s (NALIP) Conference in LA, where I was invited to speak on a panel entitled “How to Create, Produce, and Star in your own Webisodes” as part of NALIP’s Actor’s Summit. First of all, I love speaking to actors about the journey of creating “East WillyB” because it’s so empowering. It shows actors that, despite the odds against your success, you can take matters into your own hands a create an incredibly empowering career for yourself.
I shared the stage with two of my favorite colleagues Mark Gantt (“The Bannen Way” on Sony Crackle), who frequently references being told “You’re not George Clooney,” and Ruth Livier (“Ylse”), who created an awesome series featuring herself as a Latina “Bridget Jones.” We’re all kind of obsessed with each other and are secretly working on a series (think “Big Love” meets “Rob!” HA!). What I love about speaking with these two fabulous actors is, while our experiences creating our shows have all been different, we each share a passion for taking the reins of our careers and molding them to fit our visions. We have created our own entry into an industry that constantly forces actors to be responsive, not proactive. We’ve changed the conversation and entered the room as creators, executives, producers, writers, AND actors, and our careers are stronger for it.
Needless to say, the panel was a huge success! (Read about it in more detail here) Actors came up to me all weekend telling me how inspiring and empowering it was to hear us speak. With the panel complete, I was most excited to hear one of my heroes and thought leaders, Robert Rodriguez, speak the following day at lunch. Here is a man who defied the rules of the entertainment industry, took matters into his own hands, and flipped the script. I was determined to meet him.
“I hope you all fail,” were the opening words Robert spoke, “because from the ashes of your failure, come your success.” (Did I mention this dude shot his first feature for $7000 he made selling his body for medical trials? Yes, he’s that badass.) These words could not have come at a better time.
While “East WillyB” can hardly be viewed as a failure, I’ve sat through meetings upon meetings with industry execs telling me “East WillyB” is not enough. “You need more views, more Mexicans, more friendly White people, more stars!” Robert Rodriguez’s success tells an opposite story. Just do it, keep doing it, and the industry will follow.
I did not get to meet Robert. I met his sweet assistant, who conveniently forgot her cards. But, with the recent major announcement that he is launching his own Comcast channel “El Rey,” and “East WillyB” going into production this summer on a bigger & better season, it’s only a matter of time before “East WillyB’s” failure turns into a smashing success. Robert: our line is open.