Latino Heritage Month Is Every Month
Yes, that is a phrase that old school Sofrito For Your Soul readers will remember well… it was one of our first successful tag lines and really embodies the spirit behind the work I do here. That being said… as we close out the official celebration of our beautiful heritage, let’s put something clearly in perspective… Our heritage began in the United States almost a hundred years before the British arrived and now it is time that we begin educating our kids. This video lecture by Professor Miguel Perez really helps put things in perspective, and maybe exactly what you need your kids to watch so that they can feel pride beyond wearing flags on a shirt at your countries cultural parade or celebration. This will help them see that they should be proud because as Latinos, we built this country and although they have tried to bury our history with bigger books of lies… we will not stop telling our story.
I was made aware of this video thanks to Rhina Valentin and Albert TainoImage Areizaga, long time supporters of cultural preservation in NYC. (thank you both)
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About Miguel Pérez
— Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre, Lehman College of the City University of New York.
— Columnist, Creators Syndicate.
— Political analyst, Telemundo 47, New York.
Journalist Miguel Pérez, an award-winning reporter, columnist and popular radio and television talk-show host, has spent his 35-year career covering the issues and concerns of America’s burgeoning Latino population, and chronicling the evolution of our Hispanic heritage.
As a columnist for the Creators Syndicate since January of 2004, he brings a Latino perspective – with insight, sensitivity, and passion – to a national audience.
As a Telemundo 47 political analyst, Pérez examines the key issues affecting the Hispanic community, as he has in recent years on CNN, Univision, the FOX Business Channel, and several Latin America TV and radio networks.
As professor and chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre, at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx, Pérez has found the vehicle for passing his passion, knowledge and experience to
a very diverse generation of future American journalists. He is also the executive producer of the student-driven Bronx Journal TV show, which airs on Bronxnet TV, a public access cable station.
In his nationally syndicated columns (www.creators.com/opinion/miguel-perez/archive.html), he looks at Latino contributions to American society, the fight to protect democratic rights in Latin America, immigration trends across the United States, and many other issues of concern to America’s Hispanic population.
Pérez writes about those who are misunderstood, ignored and often discriminated against, serving as a bridge to non-Latino Americans who receive his columns as educational and conciliatory.
“He teaches the Anglos important lessons about our community,” stated Latin New York Magazine in a profile of Pérez, “and tries to instill a sense of pride in Latinos.”
Born in Havana 62 years ago, Pérez came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 11 in 1962. He didn’t speak a word of English. But he went on to become sports editor of his high school newspaper, editor of two college papers, a reporter for The Tampa Times and The Miami Herald, and a staff columnist for the New York Daily News and The Record of Hackensack, N.J.
He has been the host of three radio shows and four television programs in both English and Spanish.
Pérez has been covering the New York metropolitan area’s Latino community since 1978, when he received his Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before that, he was a reporter for The Miami Herald, covering Miami’s Latino community. Upon graduation from Columbia, he went to work for The New York Daily News, becoming, at that time, one of the few English-language Latino columnists in the nation. After 13 years at the Daily News, Pérez became a columnist and reporter at The Record, where he won two consecutive Deadline Club Awards – Minority Focus category – from the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2005 and 2006. For his Daily News columns on the city’s Latinos, in 1982 Pérez won the Mike Berger Award, considered the top print journalism prize in New York City.
On television, Pérez has worked in two languages. From 1993 to 2001, he was the host of Images/Imagenes, a weekly English-language, Hispanic public affairs talk show on the (PBS) New Jersey Network. For his work on that program, he received two regional Emmy nominations, in 1995 and 1997. In 1989, he hosted Primera Plana (Front Page), a Spanish-language talk show on New York’s WNJU-TV Channel 47, an affiliate of the Telemundo network. In 1983, he was co-host of Tiempo, a weekly English-language Hispanic program on WABC-TV Channel 7 in New York.
On Spanish-language radio, Pérez was the host of award-winning “Sin Censura” (Uncensored), a daily two-hour talk-radio program – one of New York’s most spirited and popular – on WADO Radio in 2001-2002, on WSKQ Radio in 1991-1992, and on WJIT Radio in 1989-1990. In 2002, Pérez won the two most coveted prizes for Spanish-language radio broadcasters in New York: The Achievement In Radio (A.I.R.) Award as the “Best Hispanic On-Air Personality” in the news/talk format, for his coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. “Sin Censura” also won the ACE Award as the “best radio talk show in the city” from the Association of Entertainment Critics. Pérez has also served as a guest commentator, in English, on National Public Radio’s “Latino USA” program.
On the Internet, Pérez was the editor of NYNJLatinos.com, an online daily newspaper for New York and New Jersey Latinos, owned by The Record, from 1999 to 2001. Currently, he hosts his own website – www.miguelperez.com – featuring links to his articles and columns.
Pérez is a street reporter who gets involved. In 1979, he was instrumental in helping police persuade three Spanish-speaking gunmen to release two-dozen people who were being held hostage in a Brooklyn supermarket.
In 1980, he spent three months disguised as an illegal immigrant and wrote a four-part Daily News series on “Sweatshops: The New Slavery,” for which he won the Public Service Award of the Public Relations Society of America, New York Chapter.
For The Record, again pretending to be an illegal immigrant, Pérez crossed the Rio Grande and a New Mexico desert for a 1995 series of articles on “Border Wars.” In 1994, he flew with the “Brothers to the Rescue” pilots in a small aircraft searching for Cuban rafters lost and adrift in the Florida Straits and traveled to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to expose the conditions at Cuban and Haitian refugee detention camps.
In 2000, he went back to the roots of his youth in Miami, to explain to his readers why Cuban-Americans felt so emotional about Elian Gonzalez. In 1999, he accompanied a group of doctors to earthquake-devastated Armenia, Colombia, for a series of columns that served to reconnect broken umbilical cords between Colombian-Americans and their motherland.
In 1997, he won a fellowship from the Newspaper Association of America to study Interactive Media at the prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fl.
Pérez has pursued a journalism career since high school. He served as sports editor of the Miami High Times.He was editor-in-chief of The Falcon Times of Miami-Dade Community College, which received the Pacemaker Award, given to the top six college papers in the nation.
He was also the founder and first editor of The Good Times of Florida International University, from where he graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
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