Growing up Puerto Rican in the South Bronx of the 1950s and 60s was tough. Poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence, and being the "invisible minority" were daily occurrences. Yet Sonia Manzano found her refuge in the performing arts, and the young dancer was poised to accept the job of a lifetime when the Children's Television Workshop cast her as Maria on the now-acclaimed Sesame Street children's program. After four decades of performing on PBS, author Manzano reflects on the importance of children of color seeing themselves represented in the media--both on the stage and behind the camera.
FeelLikeYouBelong.com archives all our TV programming along with acculturation tips, language exercises, and resources—all geared to connecting newcomers and making them feel welcome, all the while giving U.S. natives fascinating insights into their own culture and language.
Please use the form on our Contact page to submit interview requests or make suggestions for future shows.
Click on the icons located in the sidebar to the right to follow Feel Like You Belong on social media or to sign up for our eNewsletter.
Alan Headbloom is an interculturalist and applied linguist building international bridges across a variety of industries. He gives workshops and presentations on global communication as well as domestic HR issues such as unconscious bias and microaggressions in the workplace.
Follow Alan on Twitter: @headbloom
Share your story of adaptation and belonging by using the form provided on the Contact page.
From Childhood Poverty, Central American Immigrant Knows Hard Work, Success, and Giving Back
When you are born into poverty, two things sustain you: the drive to work hard and the love of family. Marco Bulnes tells his amazing story of passion, purpose, and resiliency. From Honduras to Grand Rapids and back: a personal story to tug at your heart-strings and inspire your own best self!