March 27, 2001

The 7th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards honoring diversity in cable programming will be held on Friday, April 27, 2001, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, California at 7:30 pm. "Resurrection Boulevard" star Tony Plana, ESPN/ABC Sports Anchor Alvaro Martin, and other celebrities will be presenters at the event sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of NAMIC (formerly the National Association of Minorities in Communications).

Other presenters include Lalaine, who plays Lizzy McGuire on The Disney Channel; Julissa Marquez of BET Live, Big Boys Neighborhood, and DJ-Power 106 FM in Los Angeles; Ada Maris star of Brothers Garcia on Nickelodeon; actress Vanessa Bell Calloway; and actress Ytossi Patterson of "For Your Love."

The Vision Awards recognize and honor cable programmers that produce quality, original programming about people and communities of color. The award categories include Children's, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Music/Variety, News/Informational, Best Comedic Performance and Best Dramatic Performance.

"We are pleased to have such a diverse group of celebrity presenters for our Vision Awards. We have received over 200 entries for this year's Awards, a true testament to the industry's efforts to create and produce diverse programming, said Lucinda Martinez, co-chair and immediate past president of NAMIC-Southern California, Inc.

Latin band Azteca is one of the featured performers for the awards program. Azteca Band has emerged as one of the hottest Latin-Jazz-Rock Bands of the 90's. Azteca fuses Latin, jazz, R&B and rock with messages of inspiration, and has performed along side music greats such as Miles Davis, Tito Puente and Red Bone.

NAMIC was founded in 1980 as the National Association of Minorities in Cable to educate, advocate and empower for the cause of diversity in the telecommunications industry. With its unique focus in the urban marketplace, NAMIC educates the broadband industry on marketing approaches, programming interests and operations strategies for our nation's ever changing cities.

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