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Huge Welcome to MNN's New Media Education Instructors!

Classes, Community Media, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

It's been a big week at MNN-- particularly in our Training and Facilitation Department.

We've just welcomed seven new instructors to our leading media education team. That means more media expertise in the house and, ultimately, more TV production classes, room for more Manhattan residents to get trained, more authentic NYC-based programming...more FUN!

Pictured left to right: Lee Manansala, Adam Golub, Elizabeth Downer, Dennis Hall, Michael Lantz, and Eric Shahinian (not pictured: Ramon Velez). These talented folks will now be on hand to offer training, guidance and support to current and future MNN community producers. We couldn't be more excited to add them to the team.

Curious about the groundbreaking media training that takes place in MNN's state-of-the-art facilities? Come to our free, open Orientation on Thursday, November 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm or from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Learn more!

YC Spotlight: "#TotalEquityNow #RockThoseReads"

MNN Youth Channel, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Time for another edition of YC Spotlight - and we are loving the important issues MNN's Youth Channel producers have been covering!

Today's video: "#TotalEquityNow #RockThoseReads," a piece about a recent literacy awareness event in Harlem.

Last month, Total Equity Now, a local organization that works to advance educational excellence and equity through policy research, community organizing and youth leadership development, held its 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March to promote reading and collaboration in the community. Particpants from Central Harlem and Spanish Harlem started at their respective parts of the community and met at Marcus Garvey Park. The Youth Channel followed the Spanish Harlem marchers, who started at La Casa Azul Bookstore, a community-oriented retail shop, advocacy hub and event space in the heart of El Barrio.

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Up Next at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Film Club: "Mi Puerto Rico" on Friday, November 7th

Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse By Lee Walker Helland

On Friday, November 7th, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center Film Club presents Mi Puerto Rico, a moving documentary that explores the island's varied, rich cultural traditions and the role of United States colonialism on the Puerto Rican diaspora experience.

Produced by Raquel Ortiz and Sharon Simon, Mi Puerto Rico follows Ortiz as she moves back and forth between her childhood in the Bronx and Puerto Rico, where she interviews poets, abolitionists, revolutionaries, and politicians in an examination of the people and events that have shaped the island.

By illuminating the past and examining the present, the film reveals a struggle for Puerto Rico's national identity, which has in part been shaped by the island's ambiguous relationship with the United States.

Come see this beautiful film that includes music, literature, art, photos and archival film footage to offer an authentic picture of Puerto Rico's rich heritage....