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HITN Co-Hosts Conversation with Oscar López Rivera

HITN Co-Hosts Conversation with Oscar López Rivera

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There was standing room only at The Blackbox Theater space at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 Monday evening, June 24, as Oscar López Rivera, former Puerto Rican political prisoner and Miguel Luciano, artist, conversed about a range of topics that included challenges and possibilities in post Maria Puerto Rico. The evening event followed the annual UN Decolonization Committee hearings, at which Oscar testified on the colonial status of Puerto Rico, as did other representatives of the independence movement.

HITN’s very own Gerson Borrero, interviewed Oscar outside the United Nations, and also later that afternoon, along with Miguel, at the artist’s latest public art installation, a series of large prints of Young Lords demonstrations by Hiram Maristany, at 111th and Lexington, the historic corner that was just re-named “Young Lords Way” in 2014, and the corner on which the “Peoples Church”, the church that was first taken over by the Young Lords in 1969 to provide free breakfast, clothing and other services to the community, is located.

The evening event was a wonderful back and forth dialogue with Luciano, who not only touched on topics relevant to Oscar’s 36-year incarceration, but also focused on questions the audience submitted via index cards before the event started. Questions such as: What made you happiest upon returning to Puerto Rico? What do you see as the biggest challenges in rebuilding Puerto Rico? What gives you hope?, completely engaged the audience, so much so, that there was an audible gasp when Miguel said, “and now for the last question…”. The evening ended with every audience member getting the opportunity to take a selfie with Oscar.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN CEO Grand Marshall of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Peoples Parade

HITN CEO Grand Marshall of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Peoples Parade

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HITN CEO Grand Marshall of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Peoples Parade

Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN, served as a Grand Marshall for the 41st Puerto Rican Peoples Parade last Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Parade route, along Division Street from Western to Sacramento, was bookended by two historic educational and cultural institutions based in Paseo Boricua, Roberto Clemente Community Academy and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, both of which were founded as a result of the community’s drive for self-realization and actualization.

In another first, Humboldt Park community organizations came together to sponsor and coordinate the Daniel Ramos Puerto Rican Festival 2019. The Festival, named after the businessman and founder of the first festival, brought together community musical talent, food vendors, voter registration, a book, health and job fairs and movies in the park in a powerful display of community “can-do.

The Humboldt Park community also celebrated it’s Cacica and Cacique Coronation with the theme “This is Me” on Wednesday, June 12.

Fittingly the next day, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School also celebrated its graduation, with it’s most famous founder, Oscar López Rivera, present. (Click here to see pictures of the graduation and access to the speach).

Among the other Grand Marshalls were Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, JB Pritzer, Governor of the State of Illinois, both of whom were recently elected by wide margins. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Senator Iris Martinez, Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, City Clerk Anna Valencia, Puerto Rican patriot Oscar López Rivera, Congressional candidate “Rush” Darwish and Pedro Adorno y Agua, Sol y Sereno. Along with seven aldermen from the City:

  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado
  • Ald. Rosana Rodríguez
  • Ald. Felix Cardona Jr.
  • Ald. Carlos Ramírez Rosa
  • Ald. Daniel La Spata
  • Ald. Ariel Reboyras
  • Ald. James Gardiner

In spite of the drizzle that followed the parade, participants and spectators alike, led by José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, shouted their support and enthusiastically called out “Yo Soy Boricua, pa’ que tu lo sepas!”. Click here to see pictures of the parade.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

The Puerto Rican Day Parade

HITN Celebrates Culture And Heritage At The Puerto Rican Day Parade

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HITN proudly joined tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans to celebrate the 62nd Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade this past Sunday, June 9th on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The parades’ theme, “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces,” or “One People Many Voices,” honored leaders, educators, artists, and celebrities who positively impacted our nation. The Parade, founded in 1958, is nationally recognized as the largest ethnic parade in the US, having surpassed the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade in the last decade.

This year the parade continued to promote economic development post-Hurricane Maria. Organizations such as Discover Puerto Rico encouraged business and leisure travel to Puerto Rico to reinforce ongoing recovery efforts. HITN staff and friends were on hand to pass out HITN premiums, such as fans, and tv guides. The event was one of the largest cultural pride and heritage celebrations for so many families and friends.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Maspeth High School HITN Studio Tour

Maspeth High School HITN Studio Tour

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Brooklyn, NY, May 30th, 2019 – A group of 15 students from Maspeth High School with the high school community liaison and college advisor visited HITN Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The students are members of the film club at Maspeth High School. The tour combined an educational experiential component for students to acquire a basic knowledge of television broadcasting from setting the stage to the actual shooting of a show. The students produced a set of spots that they will utilize at their school to provide their fellow students with information applicable for the student body. Mario Matos Jr., Community Liaison for the high school shared that “creating the spots was amazing.” We look forward to future tours with students from Maspeth and other high schools.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Sponsors Children’s Baseball League in Brooklyn for the third year

HITN Sponsors Children’s Baseball League in Brooklyn for the third year

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As fans cheer their major league teams for the new season. In the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY, the parents and children gear up to kick off the start of Quebradillas Baseball League games. A key component of Quebradillas Baseball League is its focus on working with children and teens to instill a love of the game and a commitment to hard work, and dedication. HITN is happy to join and be a sponsor for a third consecutive year to support the parents, their children and teens of Bushwick. Giving them the opportunity to enjoy a season of fun, play and teamwork through the sport of baseball.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Youth Leadership Summit

An amazing day at the 2019 Youth Leadership Summit With HITN

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2019 Youth Leadership Summit with HITN

HITN was delighted to present a workshop session at this year’s Youth Leadership Summit 2019, May 11th at John Jay College (#NYCYouthLead) sponsored by the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. Hundreds of youth from DYCD @NY Youth programs across the city came together to actively address and give voice to this year’s theme of social justice and civic engagement!

The Digital Storytelling Workshop presented at the Leadership Summit emphasized the importance of Youth Voice and how each young person’s voice and stories impact their community. The interactive, hands-on workshop introduced over 30 young people to the basics of creating short-form digital videos. The workshop emphasized: Be the change — Your Voice Matters.

Peer-led teams selected topics and used the DIYdoc smartphone app to create minute-long documentaries about issues and concerns that mattered to them along with actions to bring about positive change. The insightful and essential themes that students generated for the videos included global warming, the lack of elevators in schools that limit those with physical disabilities, issues about bullying, and shootings in their neighborhoods. The workshop concluded with a screening of each video that led to a spirited dialogue about the importance of youth voices in solving issues that affect them so deeply.

DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong stopped by the culminating video screening and was delighted to see that the HITN Digital Storytelling workshop is not just about the production of videos by young people, but the workshop also facilitates in-depth reviews, constructive critiques, helping develop mutual respect amongst participating youth, and enthusiastic support for their peers.

Facilitators of the Workshop included Steve Mudrick, Theater Arts Production Company (TAPCo) High School technology director, and math teacher. Along with students from the TAPCo Tech Squad; Danny Posada, Coordinator of HITN Learnings’ Children, Youth, and Digital Media Literacy Initiatives; Javier Gaston- Greenberg; Ed Greene, VP, Children, Youth, and Digital Media Literacy Initiatives; and Ed Pichardo, KCDA Bureau of Youth Initiatives and Diversion. HITN colleagues in attendance included Alejandro Molina, David Rust, and Julia Mair.

The HITN Digital Storytelling Initiative has been developed in partnership with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office: Bureau of Youth Diversion and Initiatives, with pro-social app developer DIYdoc. It is a cutting-edge digital storytelling/media literacy workshop series that uses smartphone technology with a specially designed digital storytelling app, and an engaging curriculum to amplify the voices of youth. http://www.hitndigitalstorytelling.info

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

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HITN Participates In Reading Initiative in Brooklyn and Puerto Rico

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HITN participated in an initiative designed to encourage 6 to 10 year old students to read. The reading initiative kicked off with a book drive organized by students and teachers at P.S./I.S. 045 Horace E. Greene in Brooklyn, NYC. Parents, local businesses, and HITN all donated books to the book drive. Afterwards, the students were asked to share half of all the donated books with a needy school identified by the students. The students from P.S./I.S. 045 Horace E. Greene collected over 250 books, and they choose to sent half to the students at Rafael Cordero Elementary School in Catano, Puerto Rico, due to the hardships their town endured after Hurricane Maria. Picture above is the staff from Rafael Cordero Elementary School with members from HITN’s office in Puerto Rico.

Photo from left to right: Karina Gonzalez, Amarilis Alvarado, from the Rafael Cordero in Cataño, and HITN’s Yanira Melendez, Sylvia Lopez Toledo and Jose Hernandez.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN Young Filmmakers Win In Competition In Puerto Rico

HITN, The Casa Cortés Foundation, And The Young Filmmakers Program Presented “Pintando Con el Corazón, in the 5th Annual Ponte Los Cortos Competition

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HITN, The Casa Cortés Foundation, and The Young Filmmakers Program presented “Pintando con el Corazón, in the 5th Annual Ponte los Cortos Competition 15 young people participated in this innovative digital cinematography program

San Juan, Puerto Rico – HITN, the leading Spanish channel that offers educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million homes throughout the United States, has joined the sociocultural and educational effort of the Casa Cortés Foundation and its artistic workshops summer program aimed at young people for the second time. In July 2018, the Jóvenes Cineastas (Young Filmmakers) Program, 15 young people between 12 and 18 years old participated; most of them public school students, with scarce resources and residents in the communities near Old San Juan.

Jóvenes Cineastas is a learning program with real experiences whose aim is to improve the digital literacy skills of the participants while they produce an original film creation project. “This past summer every young person worked directly in all aspects of Pre, Post and Production of a short film. In just 3 weeks these young people created a short film entitled Pintando con el Corazón, a work of excellence with a message that touches the heart,” said Yanira Meléndez, Manager of Funded Initiatives in HITN Puerto Rico and in charge of the program. She also expressed, “We were nominated in three categories: Best Cinematography, Best Executive Production and Best Lead Actor. We received the Joyas (Jewels) Prize at the 2019 Fest. We are proud of the work done by these young people and their teacher.

The Casa Cortés Foundation has offered creative workshops by prominent Puerto Rican artists since July 2015. Young people participate thanks to scholarships granted by different companies, organizations and citizens, and a unique gesture by this prestigious Foundation. “It honors us immensely that, HITN, a prestigious institution, supported this effort. Your support allowed us to expand our workshops for young people, which seeks to enrich and strengthen their cognitive abilities, as well as the stimulation of their creative thinking, curiosity and discipline through the learning of various art techniques“, said the Executive Director Adelisa González-Lugo.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Los Barrenderos del Pueblo

HITN Participates in Tribute to Puerto Rican Veterans “Los Barrenderos Del Pueblo”

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On Friday, April 12, a tribute to “Los Barrenderos del Pueblo,”(Street Sweepers) took place in Guayama, Puerto Rico’s Town Plaza, organized by Sergeant Major José García, founder of “Project Give Back“. The event honored a group of US Armed Forces veterans who helped in the removal of debris after Hurricane Maria and continue to provide assistance in the cleaning of several municipalities throughout the island, long after the atmospheric event.

The activity began with a extravagant domino and music tournament and concluded with a recognition to “Los Barrenderos del Pueblo”, the participation of an Honor Guard, and the singing of the national anthems of Puerto Rico and the United States by the Fountain Christian School and Mr. Wilfredo Vinas, member of the Puerto Rico’s Soccer Hall of Fame.

The event also served to inform veterans how to register for assistance, because after the Hurricane, many of them could not access medical treatment clinics, as they were not correctly registered with the Veterans Affairs office.

Eduardo Cintrón, the Hon. Mayor of the Municipality of Guayama, and Michael Nieves, HITN’s CEO were present for the event. As well, Attorney José Hernández, Director of Operations, Yanira Meléndez, Director of Funded Initiatives, and Sylvia Toledo, Manager, Sales and Marketing attended as HITN-PR. HITN filmed the event and will produce an episode of “Voces” to be aired soon.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

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WIPR Announces New Programming From HITN

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On Wednesday, March 27, WIPR held a press conference to announce its’ block of HITN-branded programming which aired on April 1, 2019, and will run until August of this year. At this press conference, WIPR President Eric G. Delgado Santiago spoke about the programming, joined by José Hernández Vélez, HITN-Puerto Rico’s Operations Manager. This programming adds educational, informative and entertaining content on a weekly basis. HITN founded almost 40 years ago by Puerto Ricans, has deep roots in Puerto Rico, and has had an office in San Juan for over 25 years.

Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN, indicated his enthusiasm for the collaboration between both stations, stating that “the two channels, WIPR and HITN, share the same mission: to promote informative, educational and cultural content with the Spanish-speaking audience in and out of Puerto Rico. I am convinced the HITN block of programming will resonate with the viewers of WIPR.

Eric G. Delgado of WIPR, stated: “WIPR constantly seeks to broaden its offering quality content to our audience, becoming in this manner, an alternative. This agreement with our fraternal station HITN, permits an increase in programming hours which we can be sure will appeal to our audience.

Through this collaboration, HITN provides documentary series and award-winning shows such as Tu Planeta, En Foco con Neida Sandoval, Vida y Salud with Dr. Aliza, and CNET World. This allows WIPR, at no cost, to introduce some of the HITN’s innovative broadcasting to its viewing audience.

It is worth mentioning that both stations have partnered in the past on various projects. In 2017, HITN agreed to permit WIPR access to our studio in Washington DC, for transmission and to conduct interviews. More recently, HITN produced and transmitted 13 episodes of ‘Puerto Rico Contigo’, which informed viewers about the efforts by private industries, the government, civil institutions, and non-profit organizations, as well as advance Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria and it’s economic well being.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

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