Understanding A New Wave Of Aromatherapy: Caftari Candles

Understanding A New Wave Of Aromatherapy: Caftari Candles

Gone are the days of mom’s old aromatherapy practices. Oils and sprays were nice, but what if the trusty candle did the trick in a new way?

In the latest breakthrough, Neuroscents – scents created to elicit emotional responses that are neurologically backed – are carving a new lane with Caftari. Caftari uses science backed formulas to elevate one’s well being, with a mission to help individuals lead happier and healthier lives through the use of fragrance. Caftari’s science-backed formulas are carefully crafted to support joyfulness and rejuvenation through Neuroscents, not just making spaces smell good, but leaving you feeling good, too!

This past November, Caftari entered the home + fragrance market with the launch of two mindfully scented candles – Elixir and DolceCaftari is elevating fragrance through science & wellness – by creating daily moments of mindfulness with scents designed to modulate brain waves and in moments of bliss, relief, and deep relaxation through science-backed formulations. Caftari candles are curated in a luxury ceramic vessel, and etched with the pattern of the specific brainwave that the candle hones in on.

Caftari’s leading candles are broken down below:

Dolce Far Niente: For a Glimmer of Bliss – Experience the Italian adage at home.
With its romantic and warm floral profile, this blend incorporates rose oil to encourage the release of serotonin, which promotes happiness and is present when we are daydreaming or practicing mindfulness.

Elixir:For a Bright Awakening – Reawaken your mind and body any time of day.
With its citrusy profile & purposeful aroma to light and encourage a sense of revival, this blend features bergamot essential oil, which promotes the release of endorphins, a neurotransmitter also known as the feel-good chemical.

Caftari’s Founder, Shreya Aggarwal, was born in India and immigrated to the US as a child, with her earliest memories linked to fragrance notes like her mom’s rose-scented hair oil & dad’s perfumed talc powder. Aggarwal always thought she’d major in Neuroscience, but eventually pivoted to pursue her passion for fragrance as a buyer in the industry. Throughout her career, Shreya noticed a lack of results driven, neuroscience-backed fragrance products created to address overall mental health and wellbeing. After suffering from her own anxiety and trying numerous different methods to tackle it, Aggarwal paralleled her love of fragrance and passion for neuroscience to create solutions with Caftari for her own needs and the similar needs of others.

To help breakdown how neuroscents work and enforce Caftari’s message and goal, they partnered with PhD and MIT Professor, Dr. Tara Swart, who answered a few of our questions. If you’re looking for insight into how neurotransmitters work on our brains, and more, keep reading!

Q&A With Dr. Tara Swart

Hi Dr. Swart! Caftari is not just your typical candle company, but something deeper. Can you explain how scent can modulate brain waves and impact mental wellbeing?

Dr. Swart: Caftari candles contain essential oils of sufficient potency, and proven by science to have beneficial effects on our mental state. These are known as neuroscents because they travel via the olfactory nerve to the memory and emotion centres of the brain evoking moods that correlate with the release of certain neurotransmitters and the relevant brain wave states.

What specific scientific principles support the idea of fragrances like rose oil and bergamot essential oil influencing neurotransmitter release?

Dr. Swart: Rose essential oil heightens the release of serotonin—a neurotransmitter renowned for its happiness inducing effects. Serotonin, the architect of alpha brainwaves, is released during moments of daydreaming or mindfulness, creating an ambiance of tranquility and joy. The Dolce Far Niente candle contains rose oil as a major ingredient. The Elixir candle’s fragrance blend includes bergamot and helps uplift mood. Bergamot essential oil stimulates the release of endorphins—the brain’s feel-good chemicals. Endorphins correlate with gamma brainwaves, and accompany heightened states of awareness.

How do different neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and endorphins, interact with brain waves, and how might this interaction be influenced by fragrance?

Dr. Swart: The release of various neurotransmitters leads to the brain producing the associated brain wave patterns. Molecules of the scents interact with the olfactory nerve through the nose and lead to neurotransmitter release into synapses in the memory and emotion centres of the brain which are deep in the brain behind the bridge of the nose and where the olfactory nerve travels to.

Do individual differences, such as genetics or personal scent preferences affect the response to neuroscented products, or does nearly everyone have the same brain-chemistry response?

Dr. Swart: The actual chemical response is broadly the same (particularly with natural and floral scents), unless there are particular memories that trigger a stress response, but the emotional response or memory induced will vary from individual to individual.

Can neuroscented products like these candles be used as complementary therapies alongside traditional treatments for anxiety or mood disorders?

Dr. Swart: They can be used as an additional element to creating a pleasant and calming environment but this cannot be compared to the efficacy of psychological therapy for actual mental health disorders. However, olfactory enrichment (being exposed to a variety of smells throughout the day) can help with cognition as we age.

In what ways might the field of neuroscience further contribute to the development of fragrance products aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing?

Dr. Swart: Further research into neuroaesthetics (the health, mental health and longevity benefits of beholding and creating beauty), the benefits of nature on well-being, and olfactory enrichment on neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to grow and change throughout life) are key areas.

Valentine for free

Valentine for free

The great thing about living in Southern California is that we have detours in every which way—to the north: Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Ventura. To the south, we encounter Long Beach, San Diego, and Laguna Beach. And to the east: Lake Arrowhead and Crestline. Let’s not forget Idylwild and Palm Springs. All can be reached by car or train within hours. Ok, Big Sur might take half a day.

  1. Santa Barbara: The American Riviera (https://santabarbaraca.com/)

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara exudes a Mediterranean charm that makes it an ideal romantic escape. Take a leisurely stroll along the historic State Street, explore the picturesque wineries in the nearby Santa Ynez Valley, and enjoy a sunset cruise along the coast. The city’s beautiful Spanish architecture, combined with its vibrant culinary scene, creates a perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day.

  1. Big Sur: Coastal Romance (https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/)

For couples who appreciate the rugged beauty of the Pacific coastline, Big Sur is a dream destination. The breathtaking views of the cliffs meeting the ocean provide an awe-inspiring setting. Explore the hiking trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, unwind in hot springs, and share a candlelit dinner at one of the area’s renowned restaurants. Big Sur’s natural beauty and serenity make it an ideal spot for a romantic retreat.

  1. San Diego: Beachside Bliss (https://www.sandiego.gov/)

San Diego offers a diverse range of romantic experiences, from its pristine beaches to its vibrant urban atmosphere. Take a sunset stroll along La Jolla Cove, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, or enjoy a romantic gondola ride in Coronado. With its pleasant weather, San Diego provides the perfect backdrop for a Valentine’s Day filled with sun, sand, and love.

  1. Lake Arrowhead: Mountain Retreat (https://www.visitcalifornia.com/places-to-visit/lake-arrowhead/)

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to the serene mountain town of Lake Arrowhead. Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, this alpine retreat offers cozy cabins, charming bed and breakfasts, and scenic lakeside views. Enjoy a romantic boat ride on Lake Arrowhead, go hiking in the surrounding mountains, and cozy up by the fireplace in the evening.

  1. Laguna Beach: Artistic Romance (https://www.visitlagunabeach.com/)

Known for its artistic community and stunning coastal scenery, Laguna Beach is a romantic haven for couples seeking a blend of culture and relaxation. Explore the town’s art galleries, enjoy a beachfront picnic, and catch a breathtaking sunset at the iconic Crescent Bay Point Park. The intimate atmosphere and artistic vibes make Laguna Beach an ideal Valentine’s Day destination.

 

High Rise Art?

High Rise Art?

In 2011, MOCA presented a show called “Art in the Streets”, it was the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art. It was controversial and provoked an academic debate about the nature of graffiti. Today, one need only look up—downtown, South Park, for the moment, home to nearly 27 floors of typographical messages commonly known as graffiti. Derived from the Italian word graffio(“scratch”), graffiti (“incised inscriptions,” plural but often used as singular) has a long history. The graffiti seen here may be short lived as the the Los Angeles City Council.The buildings are part of the Oceanwide Plaza which was meant to be a $1 billion real estate project in downtown L.A., but it’s been empty since 2019. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Summer Lin and Robert Gauthier, the plan was to build three neighboring towers that would serve as luxury condominiums and apartments alongside hotel and retail space. However, construction stopped when the Beijing-based developer backing the project ran out of funds.The abandoned buildings have been an eyesore for locals, and currently the cause of great debate about just what graffiti is. The building looks like an electrical panel with dull cement gray exteriors that have sat for five years, and at some point provided an opportunity for local graffiti artists to decorate the building. Currently, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to invoke the owners to clean up the “mess” of they will and send a bill.

Graffiti can be found throughout the city, from the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the neighborhoods of East LA. Here are some key points about graffiti in Los Angeles:

  1. Historical Roots: Graffiti has a long history in Los Angeles, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s when it emerged as a form of expression among marginalized communities. The city played a significant role in the development of graffiti as an art form.
  2. Legal and Illegal Graffiti: While some graffiti is illegal and considered vandalism, there are designated areas and public spaces where street art is legal and even encouraged. The city has a complex relationship with graffiti, acknowledging its artistic value in certain contexts while also enforcing laws against illegal tagging.
  3. Venice Beach Walls: Venice Beach is known for its legal graffiti walls, where artists can freely express themselves without fear of legal repercussions. These walls attract both local and international graffiti artists, contributing to the vibrant street art culture of the city.
  4. Murals and Street Art Festivals: Los Angeles hosts various street art festivals and mural projects that bring together artists to create large-scale public artworks. The city has numerous murals that showcase a wide range of styles and themes, often reflecting the cultural diversity of the area.
  5. Melrose Avenue: Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood is famous for its street art scene. The walls of buildings along this iconic street often feature colorful murals and graffiti pieces, creating an outdoor gallery that reflects the trendy and artistic atmosphere of the neighborhood.
  6. Downtown Arts District: The Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is another hotspot for street art and graffiti. Former industrial buildings and warehouses in this area have been transformed into galleries and studios, attracting artists who contribute to the urban art landscape.
  7. Political and Social Commentary: Graffiti in Los Angeles often serves as a platform for political and social commentary. Artists use their work to address issues such as gentrification, inequality, and cultural identity, providing a visual voice for marginalized communities.

It’s important to note that opinions on graffiti vary, and while some view it as a form of artistic expression, others see it as a form of vandalism. The city’s approach to graffiti continues to evolve, with efforts to balance artistic freedom with the need to maintain public spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

POP MART Opens Largest Store in Century City

POP MART Opens Largest Store in Century City

POP MART, the renowned designer toy and entertainment brand, has announced the openings of two new permanent stores in Los Angeles county. The new stores are located in two of LA’s largest and most esteemed shopping centers, including the largest flagship to date in Westfield Century City Mall and Glendale Galleria.

Along with the grand opening of the Westfield Century City location, which at 2,131 sq ft is POP MART’s largest flagship store to date, the new location will also debut a new collection, Peach Riot, from the brand’s first US artist, LA-native Libby Frame. With their edgy, street-smart style and cute but tough demeanors, Peach Riot is an all-girl band certain to rock the worlds of grunge-lovers of all genders and ages. The Westfield Century City grand opening event on February 10 will also include the attendance of Libby Frame!

The grand opening, which starts at 10 am PT, will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Executive Vice President of Real Estate Luis Barrientos, followed by a meet-and-greet with Libby Frame with a designated autograph signing, round-table discussion, and audience Q&A. The festivities will also include music, refreshments, and gifts. Exclusive pieces on display include the DIMOO Rejuvenating Version figure, one of the latest creations by POP MART artist AyanLuis Barrientos shares, “As a California native, I am thrilled about the new POP MART store openings, and the opportunity to connect with our fans at the Century City grand opening.” As a result of the recent highly successful opening in Westfield Valley Fair and increasing popularity across the west coast, POP MART is continuing to expand its presence in the United States with these new locations.

POP MART now stands at 7 stores across both coasts, having received overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans and growing immensely popular with the Gen Z community. The brand also had a strong presence at key cultural conventions in the US in 2023, such as DesignerCon, ComplexCon, San Diego Comic Con, and AnimeExpo.

Known for their iconic designer toy characters like MOLLY, Hirono, The Monsters, SKULLPANDA and many others, POP MART has gained a devoted following worldwide. The brand currently operates more than 450 stores in over 30 countries, with 2,300 Robo Shops (blind box vending machines) and constant new collaborations with brands such as Uniqlo, Crocs, and more. With the opening of these new permanent stores in Los Angeles, even more fans and collectors on the west coast will now have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an unparalleled retail experience, featuring an extensive range of exclusive releases, limited editions, and unexpected collaborations.

About POP MART

POP MART is a market-leading character-based entertainment company and a global champion of designer toy culture. Some of our best-known characters include MOLLY, The Monsters, IMOO, Hirono, SKULLPANDA and others – each created by one of our artist friends and regular collaborators.

POP MART Locations & Hours:

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hours: 10AM-9PM

Glendale Galleria
100 W Broadway Suite 100, Glendale CA, CA 91210
Hours of Operation: 11AM-8PM

Grammy Winners

Grammy Winners

Let’s review: The Grammys took place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Despite heavy rainfall, the event started on time and proceeded at an accelerated pace. Hosted by Trevor Noah (more of him, please), there were highlights. Luke Combs duet with Tracy Chapman, singing “Fast Car,” was an homage to the power of music and the longevity of song. There was a glee in this audience as they spent much of the evening in standing ovations. And it was well deserved. There were moments of historic poignancy as legendary artist Joni Mitchell took to the Grammy stage for the first time in her career and delivered an emotional “Both Sides Now” in a cane-tapping low voice that boarded on a narrative. Later, an appearance from Celine Dion added to an evening of surprises. On the WTF side, an acceptance speech from Jay-Z seems to conjure a lyric from Joni Mitchell, “sour grapes,” as he scolded the Academy for not handing his wife, Beyonce, the album of the year. The Memorium was a hot mess with segments from Fantasia Barrino, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, and Jon Batiste; it was fragmented and oddly lacked continuity. But overall, it was a fun night of music, seeing different generations mix and mingle in the tower of songs.

Album of the Year

  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift

Record of the Year

  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus

Song of the Year

  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

  • Victoria Monét

Best R&B Song

  • “Snooze,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Blair Ferguson, Khris

Riddick-Tynes, Solána Rowe and Leon Thomas, songwriters (SZA)

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Jack Antonoff

Best Folk Album

  • “Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live),” Joni Mitchell

Best Audiobook, Narration and Storytelling Recording

  • “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” Michelle Obama

Best Rock Song

  • “Not Strong Enough,” Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, songwriters (boygenius)

Best Rock Performance

  • “Not Strong Enough,” boygenius

Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Theron Thomas

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Ghost in the Machine,” SZA featuring Phoebe Bridgers

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

  • “Rumble,” Skrillex, Fred again.. and Flowdan

Best Pop Dance Recording

  • “Padam Padam,” Kylie Minogue

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

  • “Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022),” Fred again..

Best Metal Performance

  • “72 Seasons,” Metallica

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Good Morning,” PJ Morton featuring Susan Carol

Best R&B Performance

  • “ICU,” Coco Jones

Best R&B Album

  • “Jaguar II,” Victoria Monét

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • “SOS,” SZA

Best Rap Performance

  • “Scientists & Engineers,” Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “All My Life,” Lil Durk featuring J. Cole

Best Rap Song

  • “Scientists & Engineers,” André Benjamin, Paul Beauregard, James Blake, Michael Render, Tim Moore and Dion Wilson, songwriters (Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane)

Best Rap Album

  • “Michael,” Killer Mike

Best Jazz Performance

  • “Tight,” Samara Joy

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“How Love Begins,” Nicole Zuraitis

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Winds of Change,” Billy Childs

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Winds of Change,” Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Basie Swings the Blues,” The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart

Best Latin Jazz Album

“El Arte Del Bolero Vol. 2,” Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo

Best Alternative Jazz Album

  • “The Omnichord Real Book,” Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album

  • “The Light Inside,” J. Ivy

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • “Bewitched,” Laufey

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • “As We Speak,” Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

Best Musical Theater Album

  • “Some Like It Hot,” Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks and NaTasha Yvette Williams, principal vocalists; Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Bryan Carter, Scott M. Riesett, Charlie Rosen and Marc Shaiman, producers; Scott Wittman, lyricist; Marc Shaiman, composer and lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “I Remember Everything,” Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Song

  • “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton and Dan Wilson, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album

  • “Bell Bottom Country,” Lainey Wilson

Best American Roots Performance

  • “Eve Was Black,” Allison Russell

Best Americana Performance

  • “Dear Insecurity,” Brandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song

  • “Cast Iron Skillet,” Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album

  • “Weathervanes,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • “All My Love for You,” Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • “Blood Harmony,” Larkin Poe

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • “All Things,” Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “Your Power,” Lecrae and Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Best Gospel Album

  • “All Things New: Live in Orlando,” Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • “Church Clothes 4,” Lecrae

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • “Echoes of the South,” Blind Boys of Alabama

Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano)

  • “Génesis,” Peso Pluma

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • “Siembra: 45° Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico, 14 de Mayo 2022),” Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado and Orquesta

Best Global Music Performance

  • “Pashto,” Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

Best African Music Performance

  • “Water,” Tyla

Best Global Music Album

  • “This Moment,” Shakti

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • “Barbie: The Album” (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television)

  • “Oppenheimer,” Ludwig Göransson, composer

Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media

  • “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab, composers

Best Song Written for Visual Media

  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie: The Album,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best Music Video

  • “I’m Only Sleeping” (The Beatles), Em Cooper, video director; Jonathan Clyde, Sophie Hilton, Sue Loughlin and Laura Thomas, video producers

Best Music Film

  • “Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie), Brett Morgen, video director; Brett Morgen, video producer

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • “Jaguar II,” John Kercy, Kyle Mann, Victoria Monét, Patrizio “Teezio” Pigliapoco, Neal H Pogue and Todd Robinson, engineers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer (Victoria Monét)

Best Remixed Recording

  • “Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix),” Wet Leg, remixers (Depeche Mode)

Best Immersive Audio Album

  • “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” George Massenburg and Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Alicia Keys and Ann Mincieli, immersive producers (Alicia Keys)
Adriana Barraza Nominated for LEJA Award: Best Supporting Actress

Adriana Barraza Nominated for LEJA Award: Best Supporting Actress

Los Angeles, CA – Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress Adriana Barraza has received a 2024 Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance as Nana in the successful feature film “Blue Beetle.” The film, which stars Xolo Maridueña in the lead role and directed by Angel Manuel Soto, made history as the first stand alone Latino led superhero movie in the DC franchise. “Blue Beetle” was produced by DC Studios, the Safran Company and distributed by Warner Bros. 

Credit: Enrique Tubio

The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA), known for its commitment to celebrating Latino and diversity excellence in the entertainment industry, has recognized Barraza’s hysterically funny and moving portrayal of Nana, Jaime Reyes’ (Blue Beetle) feisty and loving Mexican grandmother. Barraza’s scene stealing performances garnered the affection of audiences worldwide. This important LEJA nomination reflects not only her tremendous talent, but also her significant impact on the cultural landscape as a Latina actress in Hollywood, continuing to open doors for the Latino community.

Adriana Barraza stands shoulder to shoulder alongside nominated actresses Emily Blunt for “Oppenheimer,” Penélope Cruz for “Ferrari,” America Ferrera for “Barbie,” Rachel McAdams for “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” and Da’Vine Joy Randolph for “The Holdovers.” This year the LEJA Award winners will be announced virtually online on Monday, February 12.

“I’m truly honored and thankful that the LEJA Awards have recognized me with this distinguished nomination. Being nominated is already a win for any actor but to receive the nomination for this character of Nana which I loved playing means even more.  My most important goal was to represent this beautiful part of the Latino community in the U.S., the brave women who immigrate to our beautiful country but work tirelessly to honor their roots.” – states Barraza about her nomination 

Adriana Barraza’s incomparable career continues to be marked with compelling performances, earning her recognition and admiration from both audiences and critics alike. She has received numerous awards and recognitions around the world, including nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for “Babel” directed by Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Credit: Hopper Stone SMPSP/Warner Bros. Pictures

Last year was no different for Barraza, aside from her performance in “Blue Beetle,” she starred in an endearing supporting role opposite Trace Lysette and Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson in the film “Monica” which premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival and received an 11 minute standing ovation. She also moved audiences in the lead role of Maestra Georgina in the Netflix original Mexican feature film  “El Ultimo Vagón” directed by Ernesto Contreras. The film was the #1 Spanish language movie on Netflix worldwide for a consecutive 6 weeks and one of the most successful Netflix films of 2023. The dedication to her craft and ability to bring unforgettable characters to life has established her as a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

About the LEJA Awards:

Founded in 2018, the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) is dedicated to the upliftment and celebration of Latino voices in the entertainment industry. As an inclusive association, LEJA serves as a powerful platform to amplify the voices of artists who identify as Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, Spanish, or anyone that champions and accelerates the voices of the culture from around the world. Through its initiatives and recognition events, LEJA plays a pivotal role in fostering representation and diversity within the entertainment landscape.