Define American Announces First-Ever Annual Define American Awards

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(Los Angeles, CA) Dec. 5, 2016 — Define American today announced that it will hold its first-ever Define American Awards to honor those who have exposed Americans to more accurate and positive portrayals of the immigrant experience in their respective fields. The announcement was made by Jose Antonio Vargas, CEO, who founded the organization in 2011 to improve perceptions of immigrants through media and entertainment.

Winners will be determined by the public, who can vote at defineamerican.com/awards. Winners will be announced in early December.

“After a presidential campaign defined by anti-immigrant rhetoric, these awards represent the best in America and its welcoming spirit,” says Define American Founder & CEO Jose Antonio Vargas. “ We celebrate the nominees and honor their work, and the Define American family ask you to do the same.”

Through the Awards, Define American also seeks to provide a starting point for those who are looking to educate themselves more on the subject of immigration, by recognizing those who have exhibited exemplary understanding of the issue.

Spearheaded by Define American Entertainment Media Director, Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees, an internal committee selected the initial round of nominees. Among the nominees are Facebook Chairman & CEO Mark Zuckerberg, immigrant rights activist Sophie Cruz , actress & author Diane Guerrero, and Grammy nominated recording artist Aloe Blacc. With an inaugural class as diverse as it is accomplished, all the nominees have in common a dedication to change and human rights. The complete list of nominees for the Define American Awards are:

Journalist of the Year:

Jorge Ramos

Dara Lind

Joy Reid

Pilar Marrero

Esther Lee

Ally of the Year:

Mark Zuckerberg

Don Graham

Scott Budnick

Ai-Jen Poo

Activist of the Year:

Sophie Cruz

Astrid Silva

Bamby Salcedo

Ju Hong

Artist of the Year:

Aloe Blacc

La Santa Cecilia

Ramiro Gomez

Diane Guerrero

Most Welcoming Spirit Award:

Philadelphia, PA

Charlotte, NC

Fargo, ND

Atlanta, GA  

Anchorage, AK  

College Chapter:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Alabama School of Law

Texas Tech University

 

Media Contacts: Lara Drasin / [email protected]

Noelle Stewart / [email protected]

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