Puerto Rican Voices is back, its new season set to premiere October 3rd on CUNY TV. The award-winning series; which began as a joint venture between the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY, and WIPR in Puerto Rico; highlights 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. The bilingual program (Spanish and English) aims to create a bridge for the Puerto Rican community, one that covers history, culture, geography, and more.
The first episode will air on Tuesday, October 3rd at 10pm EST. There will also be additional broadcasts throughout the week, the schedule of which is as follows:
*Tuesdays at 10pm (new episode)
*Wednesdays at 3pm & 10pm
*Saturdays at 6:30pm
*Sundays at 8:30pm
“The television show is a good opportunity to remind the Puerto Rican diaspora of the numerous and diverse contributions Puerto Ricans have made in this country,” says Centro Director Dr. Edwin Meléndez. “It is also important for our fellow Americans to be able to learn about Puerto Ricans here in the United States, especially since the diaspora has been crucial in wake of the relief effort underway on the island,” he added.
The season premiere includes three segments which originally broadcast during the 60th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade this past June. In addition to a historical overview of the parade and its importance to the Puerto Rican diaspora, viewers will learn about one of its founders, labor activist and community organizer Gilberto Gerena Valentin. Gerena Valentin, whose memoirs are housed at the Centro Library & Archives, as well as published by the Centro Press, was an honoree at this year’s parade. A third segment is devoted to the town of Lorain, Ohio, named ‘honored stateside community’ by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.