Ford Latino Americans Series on PBS
This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Ford, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and what better way to celebrate than by watching the PBS series, Latino Americanos, with your friends and familia! The series documents the history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500 years. Narrated by Benjamin Bratt (love him!), Latino Americans is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration and of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects millions of people today.
So why are Las Gringas involved? Well, its because the Ford Motor Company, who provided corporate funding for the series, has asked us to help spread the word! Ford wants to invite you to view the three-part, six-hour series which airs on Tuesdays, September 17th, September 24th, and October 1st from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (EST) on PBS and will feature interviews with Puerto Rican star of West Side Story, Rita Moreno; Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chavez, who also became the highest ranking woman in the Reagan White House; and Cuban singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan.
Para los que prefieren español, el programa saldrá cada viernes a las 10PM EST empezando el 20 de septiembre por VME TV. beginning September 20 through October 25. For local listings, please visit www.vmetv.com.
The two remaining episodes will look like this:
Tuesday, September 24th 3. “War and Peace” (1942-1954) Latino Americans start to serve their new country but still face discrimination and fight for civil rights during the World War II years and the years to follow. 4. “The New Latinos” (1946-1965) a large scaled immigration happens from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Dominican Republic, seeking economic opportunities.
Tuesday, October 1st 5. “Pride and Prejudice” (1965-1980) tells the story of “Chicano Movement” in the late 1960’s. These activists pushed for better education opportunities for Latinos, and empowerment in the political process. 6. “Peril and Promise” (1980-2000) takes viewers through the past 30 years. Enlightening the many Cubans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars in their own countries arriving in a new land, transforming the United States along the way. The debate of undocumented immigrants and branding them as felons, English only laws will be some of the topics brought up in this series. At the same time we have many Latinos influencing music, sports, media, politics and entertainment business.
Las Gringas are really excited for this series and will be watching and tweeting the noche-away using #LatinosPBS and #LatinosFord and we want you to join in with us! This series is definitely going to mean different things to different people, so it should be a great experience to share our different perspectives while we are watching the show! I’m most excited to see the “New Latinos” segment as I’ve recently been exploring the rich Cuban culture that surrounds me in the 305. Every time I walk down Calle 8, check out the shops, and enjoy a cafecito…I’m reminded of really how much the Cuban immigration has shaped this city!
So are you able to join in with us? Which segment are you most looking forward to seeing? Tweet us your answers using #LatinosPBS and #LatinosFord to join in on the convo!