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Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Sonia Manzano: From the Bronx to Sesame Street

This year, Sonia Manzano retired from her role as Maria on Sesame Street after decades playing this iconic role. Her book, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, tells the story of her traumatic and challenging childhood. But what many viewers didn’t realize was how her life on Sesame Street mirrored her real life. Sonia talks about these parallel lives and her mission to comfort kids through TV just as she found solace in TV. She also discusses the lack of true Latino characters on TV—and the revelation of finding a show that really looked like home. Plus, she reveals her favorite character on Sesame Street.

Featured image via Sesame Workshop

Sabiduría: Sonia Manzano’s Parenting Advice

Sonia Manzano might be one of the most recognizable mothers on TV. For years, while her character Maria on Sesame Street was starting a family, she was raising her own daughter. For this week’s sabiduría, or words of wisdom, Sonia shared her advice on parenting, kids, and growing up, as both a TV mom and real-life mom.

Featured image via Sesame Workshop

Your Thoughts on PBS’ “Latino Americans”

Latino USA social media producer Brenda Salinas steps away from Twitter and into the recording booth to talk to host Maria Hinojosa. They discuss how social media has reacted to the PBS series “Latino Americans.”


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Brenda Salinas is a regio-montana by birth, tejana by choice. Before coming on board as an associate producer with Latino USA, she was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR. She is currently Latino USA’s resident social media diva.


Has Spanish-language Media Arrived?

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos talks about the situation of American Spanish-language media today. He discusses how President Obama skipped over Univision for a primetime interview on all major newscasts, the stories covered by Univision that are missed by English-language television news, and the future of bilingual news on the new Fusion network.

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Jorge Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision since 1986. In addition Ramos also hosts “Al Punto”, Univision’s weekly public affairs program offering in- depth analysis of the week’s top-stories and exclusive interviews with newsmakers.

Among his many recognitions, he received the Maria Moors Cabot award from the University of Columbia and has won 8 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism (including the first one ever presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to honor leaders of Spanish Language Television). He was honored in 2002 with the “Ruben Salazar” award by the National Council of La Raza for his positive portrayal of Latinos.

His most recent book is “A Country for All; An Immigrant Manifesto”.


“Latino Americans”

PBS debuts part one of a six-hour documentary American Latino history on Wednesday, September 17th. Host Maria Hinojosa talks to Vicki Ruiz, a UC Irvine historian featured in the series, and Jose Fulgencio, a young Latino blogger, about the series. The conversation focuses on the birth of anti-Latino immigrant rhetoric during the Great Depression and why this history is not taught in schools.

Photo courtesy PBS.

Vicki Ruiz is a professor of history at U.C. Irvine specializing in Chicano/Latino studies. Her research encompasses 20th century U.S. History, Chicano/Latino history through oral narratives, gender studies, labor and immigration.



Jose FulgencioJose Fulgencio is a blogger and public speaker. A young Latino first generation college graduate, he has a B.A. In Political Science form Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Political Science form Oklahoma State University. His work has appeared in Urban Times, The Washington Times Communities and Policy Mic.


George Lopez (2003)

Maria Hinojosa talks with comedian George Lopez, who in 2003 had just launched his sitcom The George Lopez Show. It was the first show to feature a Latino family, and in its own way, fought stereotypes and showcased Latino diversity.

Image courtesy of HBO

Judy Reyes, the Devious Maid

The new Lifetime show Devious Maids, executive produced by Eva Longoria, is the first prime time program in TV history to feature an all-Latina leading cast. But even before its June 23 premiere, the show has already generated criticism around the portrayal of Latinas as maids. Actress Judy Reyes, who stars as devious maid Zoila Diaz, talks about her new role, the criticism surrounding the program, and what it means to play complex Latina characters.

Image courtesy of Jim Fiscus.

Click below for the extended interview with Judy Reyes:



Judy Reyes is a first generation Dominican-American actress born in the Bronx, NY. She came into popular view playing nurse Carla Espinosa on the NBC sitcom Scrubs. Judy has now taken on the role of Zoila Diaz on the Lifetime Television show, Devious Maids.

Image courtesy of Richard McLaren.


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