April Hernandez-Castillo -Actress, speaker, author to co-host 2016 Trendsetter Awards
The Fourteenth Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, a landmark celebration of excellence in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership, will be held at on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 6-10 P.M. at The Symphony Space Theater in New York City. The event is sponsored in part by New York Presbyterian Hospital, Inca Kola, CUNY . Media (sweepstakes) partners, La Mega 97.9 & Amor 93.1 and presented by LatinTRENDS. It will commence with a VIP red carpet reception, attended by awardees, influencers and media.The award presentation will be partially open to the public and special guest and will start at 8PM. It will feature a musical performances by Frankie Negron , a multi-cultural dance performance featuring tango, flamenco, salsa and bachata music. Emerging urban Tropical musician, Doñé, will perform live as well.
The Event will be co-hosted by Actress, speaker and author, April Hernandez Castillo ( see photo below) and Luxury Real Estate Broker and star of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, Luis D. Ortiz
Get to know April
In her new book, Your Voice, Your Choice, actress April Hernandez-Castillo recounts her personal experience growing up in crack-ridden inner-city America during the 80’s and 90’s in a Puerto Rican family (Bronx, NY – September 14, 2015) – In her new book, Your Voice, Your Choice, actress April Hernandez-Castillo recounts her personal experience growing up in crack-ridden inner-city America during the 80’s and 90’s in a Puerto Rican family, and being Latina. Although not privileged, her father’s strong messages to her about ethnic pride, heritage and his wish for his children to have better lives were instilled in her at a very young age.
However, her positive family upbringing and strong self-esteem were not enough to sway her from being sucked into an abusive relationship. April courageously describes in chilling detail suffering unmentionable violence at the hands of her abusive boyfriend. Ashamed and embarrassed, April hides the abuse for years, until…..
April’s true account of her struggles on the crack-ridden streets of the Bronx doesn’t compare to her first person account of teen dating violence and her struggle to break away. Your Voice, Your Choice is a lasting portrait of a young girl’s resilience and fight for her life.
There seems to be a misinterpretation about Teen Dating Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence in America when it comes to cultural and social understanding. There is no discrimination when it comes to Domestic Violence. April’s hope is that Your Voice, Your Choice will encourage and give hope to those in abusive relationships and to help heal from invisible wounds, but most importantly bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence. April is also a vocal activist and travels the United States and internationally speaking and empowering youth and women with her story.
About April Hernandez-Castillo:
Reaching critical heights in her portrayal of Eva Benitez in the award-winning movie, Freedom Writers, earned her recognition and critical acclaim confirming her status as one of the more talented up and coming actresses. Now displaying the talent and drive to parlay success into a career as a respected actress, April garnered roles in the FOX pilot Blue Blood and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, CBS‘s Person of Interest, ER, 30 Rock and received a SAG Award nomination for her role as Officer Cira Manson in Showtime’s award winning drama Dexter, a role in J Anderson Mitchell’s sci- fi comedy Future Folk , guest-starred as Danny Pino’s sister on NBC’s drama Law & Order: SUV, and on 2 episodes of FOX’s hit show The Following. You can also catch her recurring on the new show Feed the Beast on AMC starring David Shwimmer this spring.
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