Here’s some good news: the new season of Puerto Rican Voices premieres this week on CUNY TV. The series had begun airing its first season on CUNY TV in October of last year, culminating in a holiday special that included four short documentaries produced by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.
The award-winning program returns for its second season and will run from February thru June, for a total of twenty-one episodes. Moreover, beginning on February 6th, new episodes will air on Tuesdays at 10pm, followed by additional showings throughout the week. For a full schedule of time slots, click here.
This season we are also introducing a slightly different format. There will still be three segments per episode; however, each episode will now focus on a specific theme. The first episode, for example, features segments on three Afro-Puerto Rican women icons in honor of Black History Month. They are: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute; Sonia Manzano, author and longtime cast member of Sesame Street; and Maria Dominguez, muralist and arts educator.
Subsequent episodes will highlight Puerto Rican individuals and organizations across a wide range of fields, including sports, entertainment, the arts, community leaders, chefs, and more. There will also be a special episode in April, at the start of National Poetry Month, dedicated exclusively to the legacy of beloved Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera, who passed away in 2013.
CUNY TV is available for online streaming at cuny.tv
Cable subscribers can access the channel via Ch. 75 (Spectrum and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon). A digital broadcast is also available by tuning into Channel 25.3.
Puerto Rican Voices began as a joint venture between the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY, and WIPR-TV in Puerto Rico; and bridges the shared history and culture between the island and its diaspora. As a result, the bilingual program aims to highlight the contributions of Puerto Ricans across the United States, including some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford, Orlando, and Miami, among many others.