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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....

Check Out These Awesome Fall Events at MNN!

Classes, Community Media, Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

The free gatherings we hold in our 59th Street and El Barrio Firehouse studios offer a chance for community producers to network, pick up technical tips and-- of course-- have fun. We've got an absolutely stellar lineup this fall. Check out the list (and RSVP links) below!

Thursday, October 9: Design Yourself: Personal Branding

From 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 9 at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, learn from Firehouse producer Nadia Y. Munoz how successful brands have launched and grown, and how to develop a personal brand across digital platforms. No RSVP required!

Friday, October 24: Promo Day

Back by popular demand! On Friday, October 24 from 1 pm to 10 pm at MNN's 59th Street studios, MNN will provide the studio, background, music and editing, while you provide the talent! Have a snappy 30-second video promo made just for you. They're great for sending out via social media, newsletters and more! Space is limited; RSVP by ...

MNN's "Inside New York" to Air Exclusive Highlights from Last Month's Memorial for Ruby Dee, Iconic Actress and Activist

Community Media, Events, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

MNN's "INSIDE NEW YORK" is set to air a two-part special on last month's star-studded Ruby Dee memorial service. The cablecasts begin tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd.

On Saturday, September 20th, a public memorial service for the "godmother of black theatre," as Dee is known, was held at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. Dee, a Harlem-raised legendary actor and activist, died last June. One of her final interviews took place on "Inside New York" with the show's host, Joan Allen.

Part one of "Ruby Dee Memorial Highlights" features famed performers/activists Alicia Keys, Sonia Sanchez, Phylicia Rashad, Harry Belafonte, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Wynton Marsalis and Alvin Ailey dancers. You don't want to miss it!

"INSIDE NEW YORK" is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 pm on MNN2 and Get program updates via Joan Allen on Facebook and Twitter (@ARTSINEWYORK), and watch "INSIDE NEW YORK: Ruby Dee Memorial Highlights" Friday, October 3rd at 6:30 pm, Saturday, October 4th at 8:30 pm, and Sunday, October 5th at 3:00 pm on MNN2 (TWC 56, RCN 83, FiOS 34) and