Latino USA teamed up with the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y to put on an event honoring the 25th anniversary of Esmeralda Santiago's coming of age classic "When I Was Puerto Rican." In conversation with producer Antonia Cereijido, Santiago talks about what it's like to live through a hurricane, the #metoo movement, and learning to not care about what other people think of you.
The Breakdown: The Legacy Of 'Dora The Explorer'
In 1998, three television writers tasked with creating the next hit children's show came up with the idea of a young girl who would go on adventures, and ask questions directly to the audience. With the help of consultants, they created a seven year-old Latina girl named Dora Márquez and the show, "Dora the Explorer." Almost 20 years later, Dora is reimagined as a teenager in a new live-action film called "Dora and the Lost City of Gold." While some of the elements in Dora's world are still fictional, the live-action film grounds Dora in reality. In this segment, Latino USA dives into the legacy of "Dora the Explorer" then and now.
El Paso Strong
On August 3rd, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas. 22 people were killed—eight were Mexican citizens and the majority were Latino. The suspect, in a white extremist manifesto posted online, cited what he called "an invasion" of Latinos in the U.S. The Walmart where the gunman opened fire is frequently visited by Latinos and Mexicans from both El Paso and Juarez—the neighboring city in Mexico. In this episode, Latino USA travels to El Paso, a town that has long been considered a commuter hub, to talk to residents impacted by the tragic shooting.
Portrait Of: Gina Torres
Gina Torres knew from a young age that she wanted to be in the arts. The Cuban-American actress grew up in the Bronx, New York and graduated from LaGuardia High School, the school for the performing arts featured in the movie Fame. She's made a name for herself in the sci-fi universe with roles on critically acclaimed series such as Firefly and Angel —and she even had a role in the Matrix sequels. Recently, you may have seen her playing something different—a lawyer, on the USA network series, Suits . Latino USA sits down with Torres to talk about her childhood, and how being an actress in science fiction, gave her the freedom to be anything.
Why Ricky Resigned
On July 7th, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo "Ricky" Rosselló, was on vacation in France when messages —containing his homophobic and sexist comments— from a private group chat were leaked. Weeks later, Rosselló announced his resignation. Latino USA brings context to the leaked messages that sparked massive protests in Puerto Rico and, in turn, led to the resignation of Governor Rosselló. We examine how the post-Hurricane María death count, the island's debt crisis, and its colonial legacy all contributed to pent-up resentment against the government and the crisis reaching a boiling point.