In what is being billed as a television first, the Brazilian culture and its impact on the Americas society will be shown throughout the United States in the nationally syndicated show, AmericanÂ Latino TV, the weekend of November 17-18.
American Latino TV, which is seen weekly in over 100 cities across theÂ U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, is dedicating an entire episodeÂ to celebrating the widespread and growth of Brazil culture in the US.
TheÂ special episode was taped on location at the September annual New York BrazilianÂ Day Festival in New York City.Â This is the city's largest outdoorÂ festival, where over one million attendees in midtown Manhattan gather toÂ celebrate Brazilian culture, music and heritage.
Though Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, the culture isÂ often misunderstood and ignored because of the nation's PortugueseÂ heritage and language.
Mainstream and Spanish-language media outletsÂ often ignore Brazilians despite the fact that in the U.S., Brazilians haveÂ rapidly spread to all parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, Florida and West Coast.Â
The producers take an in-depthÂ look at Brazilian culture and ask Brazilians if they consider themselvesÂ Latino while highlighting the many entertaining aspects of the uniqueÂ culture.
The producers also travel to Phoenix, Arizona. to cover the BrazilianÂ martial art known as capoeira, which greatly influenced the uniquelyÂ American art form of break dancing.
No show on Brazilian culture would beÂ complete without the sexy dance of samba. The producers travel to SanÂ Francisco, California to highlight a well-known samba instructor.
OtherÂ elements covered include Brazilian Hip Hop artists Alfa Omega andÂ recommended websites where people can get their fix of Brazilian eventsÂ across the nation and a profile of a traveling graffiti art project in theÂ U.S. straight from the streets of Brazil.
"We've always prided ourselves in covering elements of LatinoÂ culture, either stereotyped or ignored by both the mainstream and SpanishÂ language media. This special episode on Brazilian culture fulfills ourÂ mission to show the true diversity of Latino culture," says Renzo Devia,Â supervising producer of the show and president of AIM TV's MaximasÂ Productions.
"This is not the first time we've highlighted Brazilians in ourÂ shows, but it is the first time we've dedicated an entire episode to theÂ culture. We know a lot of people are very interested in BrazilianÂ culture and for good reason.
"Brazilians have a natural lust for life thatÂ is magnetic. We want more people to experience this warm, fun, uniqueÂ and beautiful culture," says Robert G. Rose, CEO of AIM Tell-A-VisionÂ group and executive producer of the show.
American Latino TV:Â
Los Angeles – KABC Saturday nights @ 1 am / Sundays @ 4 pm (checkÂ listings)Â
New York – WWOR My 9 Sundays @ 4 pmÂ
Orlando – WRDQ Action 27 Saturday nights @ 12 amÂ
Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale – WFOR CBS 4 Saturday nights @ 1 amÂ
Hartford – WCTX MNT 59/ My TV 9 Sundays 12 pmÂ
Chicago – WPWR My 50 Saturdays @ 5:30 pmÂ
For a complete listing: www.americanlatino.tv/wheretowatch