Latino Americans of NY & NJ Sneak Preview

September 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

In an excerpt and extra from Latino Americans of NY & NJ, set to air on THIRTEEN immediately after a national program on September 17, we meet the Serrano sisters, boxers from Bushwick, and their coach.

Latino Americans of NY & NJ, a local tie-in program to PBS’s national documentary series “Latino Americans,” highlights the history, culture and influence that this large community has had in the metro region. This half-hour documentary will comprise of personal stories, as told by members of the region’s Latino American community as well as experts in Latino history and culture. In video interviews either submitted from home, online, or filmed by the production, these storytellers will reveal their family traditions, heritage and culture, describing what being Latino means to them.

As one of the oldest and broadest immigrant groups in the metro area, the Latino population includes people who originate from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and countries in Central and South America. Today, over four million Latino Americans call the New York and New Jersey region home and have carved themselves into the region’s history and culture. Latino Americans of NY & NJ shares the stories of a rich collection of people coming from many different Latin American countries and backgrounds.

As a crucible of Latino culture, the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region is home to many organizations that cultivate and promote the cultural, historical and artistic accomplishments of the Latino community. Latino Americans of NY & NJ will partner with institutions such as El Museo del Barrio and many other organizations located in New York City, to provide fundamental details about the Latino experience in the metropolitan area. By partnering with such institutions, Latino Americans of NY & NJ will portray the broad and diverse ways in which the Latino culture has been challenged, nurtured, preserved and celebrated in the region.

Premiering in fall of 2013 alongside the national PBS broadcast of the six-hour series “Latino Americans,” Latino Americans of NY & NJ will air on all three of WNET’s public television stations, Thirteen, WLIW and NJTV, and will focus on the achievements and contributions of the Latino community and culture throughout the entire metro area.  Latino Americans of NY & NJ will also feature a comprehensive web component including a dedicated webpage, interactive social media, and exclusive online content.

Latino Americans of NY & NJ airs:

Tuesdays, September 17, 24 & October 1 at 10pm
Thursdays, September 19 at 3am
Mondays, September 23 & 30 at 3am

Sundays, September 22, 29 and October 6 at 11pm
Fridays, September 27, October 4 & 11 at 3am

Sundays, October 6, 13 & 20 at 11pm


MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


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