Who We Are

We started as a group of like-minded individuals who knew that social media is real and here to stay. We believe in authentic, unfiltered and independent voices. As a result, we have been developing content through main site, our Facebook page, our Twitter account, as well as our Instagram and YouTube pages. We are proud to have a developed a very engaged community that is bilingual, bicultural, mobile and savvy, and doesn’t want to be sold. We are also a nonprofit organization, meaning that we do not derive income from this site and rely on the kindness of volunteers and donors.

Feel free to contact us at the email any time: rebeldes@latinorebels.com

Our Production Team

  • Julio Ricardo Varela

  • Julio Ricardo Varela

    Founder/Publisher, Latino Rebels

    Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela is the Founder and Publisher of Latino Rebels. He created this community in 2011, propelling it to a must-visit source in the digital space. In 2018, Latino Rebels was acquired by Maria Hinojosa’s Futuro Media, an award-winning independent nonprofit media company based in Harlem.

    As Digital Media Director for Futuro Media, Julio works with the Latino USA team to promote the show’s episodes and expand its digital reach. He is a frequent contributor to the show and the editor of the show’s official site, LatinoUSA.org. He also co-hosts In The Thick with Maria Hinojosa. Recently, he was named by Futuro to focus on the company’s new business opportunities.

    Previously, he was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including NBC Think, the Washington Post, the Guardian, ESPN, the New York Times, Quartz, Le Monde, WGBH, WNYC, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision and Telemundo. He has made numerous national TV appearances for Latino Rebels, Latino USA and Futuro Media.

    In 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Julio with its inaugural DALE (pronounced like Pitbull would say it) Award, given to “given to an individual or company that steps up and goes above and beyond to ensure Latinos are fairly and accurately represented.” A native of Puerto Rico, Julio spent his childhood between San Juan and the Bronx. He was also a contributing reporter at The Boston Globe. Julio graduated cum laude from Harvard College.

  • Amanda Alcántara

  • Amanda Alcántara

    Digital Media Editor

    Amanda Alcántara is a writer and journalist. She is the Digital Media Editor at Futuro Media Group. Her work centers on various themes including Caribbean culture, womanhood, borders and blackness. She has been published on Latino USA, Remezcla, Latino Voices and Black Voices on The Huffington Post, The Washington Post’s The Lily, BESE, and The San Francisco Chronicle. In May of 2017, Amanda obtained a Master of Arts from NYU in Latin American and Caribbean Studies where her thesis focused on the experience of women residing on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Amanda is also a Co-Founder and previous editor of La Galería Magazine. She has also been published in the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, published by Red Sugarcane Press. She has a BA from Rutgers University. A map of the world turned upside down hangs on her wall.

  • Luis Luna

  • Luis Luna

    Associate Producer

    Luis Luna joins Futuro Media Group after working in the Theatrical Department at GKIDS. He has also worked on the programming teams at various film festivals, including Hamptons International Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, and others. He received a dual B.A. in Film Studies and English from Hunter College. Born and raised in Jackson Heights, his favorite things include queer cinema, world travel, dancing to Rihanna, and a good cemita.

Our Administrative Team

  • Erika Dilday

  • Erika Dilday

    Executive Director

    Tasked to shaping and guiding Futuro Media’s strategic vision and long-term sustainability, Erika Dilday brings over 20 years of experience in not-for-profit organizations specializing in local and national media companies.

    Prior to Futuro Media, Dilday was the Executive Director of Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem where she oversaw community cinema and education programs and produced the award-winning documentary, In Transit. She also held strategic planning and financial management roles at The New York Times, National Geographic Television and CBS. Dilday received a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Harvard University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and is a long-time Harlem resident. She is currently a fellow in the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program and a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia Journalism School.

  • Jared G. Lilly

  • Jared G. Lilly

    Deputy Director, Development

    A graduate of Wake Forest University and New York University’s M.A. program in Performing Arts Administration, Jared G. Lilly is an accomplished fundraiser with a wide range of experience in the nonprofit administration. He has worked with the Metropolitan Opera’s Patron and Individual Giving department, and served as the Director of Development for two seasons with the Berkshire Opera Festival, a summer opera festival located in Great Barrington, MA. Prior to joining Futuro, Lilly led the management consulting arm of IJ Group International, a boutique consulting and producing firm focused on nonprofit board development and governance, strategic planning, and special events.

    Currently, Lilly sits on the Wake Forest University College Board of Visitors and is the President of the WAKENewYork Community, and is a classically-trained vocalist and pianist with a degree in music performance.