MNN Producer Rhina Valentin: Bringing the Color to El Barrio

From singing and dancing to acting and comedy, Rhina Valentin prides herself on being able to do it all. She’s performed at some of Manhattan’s most noteworthy venues, including the Apollo Theater and New World Stages, but her most rewarding achievement has been creating a television show at Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

A woman dedicated to her craft, Rhina has spent the past eight years working on the plans for her show, “COLORS OF RHINA.” However, between raising her daughter and running her own production company, “La Reina Del Barrio,” bringing the show to life always seemed like a pipe dream.

It wasn’t until Rhina discovered the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, that she felt like her show could actually make it to television. With her skills and crew and MNN’s three-camera studio and state of the art equipment, Rhina finally had everything she needed to get her show off the ground.

“I’m a product of El Barrio,” Rhina said. “I want to bring attention to my home and the fact that we have this studio here that is accessible to the community is amazing.”

When viewers watch “COLORS OF RHINA,” they will get a glimpse into Rhina’s creative mind and witness her sparkling personality as she performs comedy sketches, interviews local talent, and showcases the diversity and unity found in El Barrio.

“I’m putting everything I have into this and this show combines all of my abilities,” Rhina said. “I’m so grateful to MNN for allowing me to put it all together.”

With her talent, dedication and a little help from MNN, there’s no doubt Rhina will continue to bring the color to El Barrio for many years to come.

Watch the premiere of “COLORS OF RHINA,” on Thursday, January 26 at 9pm on MNN 1 (FiOS 33, RCN 82, TWC 34 & 1995), MNN HD (TWC 1993) or streaming live online at

Want to have your own television show like Rhina? Attend an MNN orientation session to learn how you can bring your ideas to the small screen.