The history of Puerto Ricans living in the United States spans over 100 years. Our long-established communities, together with the more recent ones, have made us increasingly visible. Today, Puerto Ricans in the US outnumber Puerto Ricans living on the island, and this trend is unlikely to slow down any time soon. The urge to share the stories of those that have settled in various states of the US is stronger than ever.
At Centro Voices, we have been showcasing those stories with much gusto for the past year. This is precisely why we are proud to announce the introduction of a new outlet through which we will be sharing the stories that matter to you: a new TV show that will bridge our community across history, culture, and geography. Puerto Rican Voices, a new joint venture between the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY, and WIPR-TV in Puerto Rico, will highlight the contributions of Puerto Ricans across the United States, including some of our most vibrant neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford, Orlando, and Miami among many others.
The TV show will span over two seasons and will comprise twenty episodes featuring cultural, historical, and current topics. The show will be totally bilingual (English and Spanish) to reach a wide audience. The first episode will premiere this coming Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 5:30 and 10:30 PM. It will feature Brooklyn’s iconic community human rights and youth development institution, El Puente. The show takes us to one of El Puente’s initiatives, El Puente Academy, an institution created to help the Puerto Rican Community in New York.
The episode will also share the stories of Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Famer and Con Salsa Host, José Massó. José Massó has been on air for over 40 years and uses his music to transform gender stereotypes; and the once New York but now National Coquito Masters. If you have yet to get a taste of one of their regional competitions, this segment will prepare you for the venture next Holiday season. Indeed, with this first episode, viewers will get a taste of the breadth and long-standing impact of Puerto Rican voices in the United States.
For those of you on the island, you can catch the first episode on WIPR 6.1 and WIPM 3.1 at 5:30 and 10:30 PM. Our friends in the United States and elsewhere will be able to stream the program starting Sunday at 5:30 PM right here on this article. Itching to see what these US Puerto Ricans have to tell us? For now, check out the first episode and Season 1’s trailers below. Make sure to join the conversation on social media via #boricuasonline. We’ll be watching and commenting along.
© Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Published in Centro Voices on 11 September 2015.