In this episode, Puerto Rican Voices brings you three examples of what it means to build community, whether it be through ethical business practices, creative entrepreneurship, representation in TV, film, and media, or a regional diaspora summit. The first segment features trailblazing designer Auralís Herrero, whose eco-friendly fashions have made waves both in New York City and Puerto Rico. Next, we spend some time with actor, writer, and director Victor Cruz, who released his first feature length film in 2015. And lastly, check out a short recap of our New England Diaspora Summit conference, which was held in Holyoke, MA this past September.
Born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Auralís Herrero Lugo was the first Latina designer to be featured at The Green Shows during Fashion Week. She has been making a name for herself on and off the island with her eco-friendly fashions at Auralís Studio. But she's not just carving a space in New York City's fashion scene, she's also committed to investing in the island and honoring local artisans. She does this through her new project, Retazo. Watch this segment on Auralís by clicking on the video below.
Victor Cruz is a proud Puerto Rican actor, writer, and director. He’s also an educator, providing workshops and guidance to aspiring performers and hobbyists alike. Last year, he released his first feature film, The Stockroom, which features several Puerto Rican actors in the main cast. Cruz has spent his career trying to open doors for Puerto Ricans and Latinos to work in the film industry. His goal is tell stories of his community, the ones typically ignored by the mainstream. To learn more about Cruz’s work, watch the video below.
Last September, Centro held a regional diaspora summit in the town of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Members of the Puerto Rican community from around the New England area came to learn about and discuss the ongoing crisis on the island. In this video recap, hear what attendees had to say about the experience and what these kinds of events mean for those supporting the community. To watch, click the video link below.
That’s it for this episode. Stay tuned for episode six with actress Sonia Manzano and Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator of La Borinqueña. Until next time!