Imagen Awards

The Imagen Awards are administered by the Imagen Foundation, an organization dedicated to "encouraging and recognizing the positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry."[1] To be considered for an Imagen Award, a media piece or person must go through an entry process.[2] Helen Hernandez is president of the Imagen Foundation.[3]


In 1983, founder, Helen Hernandez met with prolific television writer and producer Norman Lear.[4] "Lear was acutely aware of the near absence of positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry and understood the importance of positive images. The two met with leaders of the National Conference for Community and Justice, a respected non-sectarian human relations organization committed to fighting prejudice and racial tensions".[5]

The result was the Imagen Foundation Awards competition (or Imagen Awards), established in 1985.[6]

Past honorees include such entertainment industry professionals as Andy García, Antonio Banderas, Phil Roman, Edward James Olmos, Bill Meléndez, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Lopez, and Héctor Elizondo.


Motion Picture Awards

Television Awards

Web Awards


  1. "Latino Actors Honored at 22nd Annual Imagen Awards". Latin Beat Magazine. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2016 via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)).
  2. Hueso, Noela (12 August 2011). "Imagen Awards: Helen Hernandez Discusses Hollywood Latinos' Progress (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. Bryant, Jacob (6 October 2015). "Variety's Michelle Sobrino Among Honorees for Imagen's Latinos in Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  4. de la Fuente, Anna Marie (26 August 2004). "Fete for Latino Feats". Daily Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2016 via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)).
  5. Imagen Foundation ~ About
  6. Mark, Stephanie R. (17 August 2015). "Imagen Awards Celebrates 30 Years Honoring Latinos in Media". Broadcasting & Cable. 145 (28): 18. Retrieved 21 January 2016 via EBSCO. (subscription required (help)).

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