American TV Shows Rare Glimpse of Brazil Culture’s Influence in the US

Brazilian Day in New York 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, American  Latino TV, the weekend of November 17-18.

American Latino TV, which is seen weekly in over 100 cities across the  U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, is dedicating an entire episode  to celebrating the widespread and growth of Brazil culture in the US.

The  special episode was taped on location at the September annual New York Brazilian  Day Festival in New York City.  This is the city's largest outdoor  festival, where over one million attendees in midtown Manhattan gather to  celebrate Brazilian culture, music and heritage.

Though Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, the culture is  often misunderstood and ignored because of the nation's Portuguese  heritage and language.

Mainstream and Spanish-language media outlets  often ignore Brazilians despite the fact that in the U.S., Brazilians have  rapidly spread to all parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, Florida and West Coast. 

The producers take an in-depth  look at Brazilian culture and ask Brazilians if they consider themselves  Latino while highlighting the many entertaining aspects of the unique  culture.

The producers also travel to Phoenix, Arizona. to cover the Brazilian  martial art known as capoeira, which greatly influenced the uniquely  American art form of break dancing.

No show on Brazilian culture would be  complete without the sexy dance of samba. The producers travel to San  Francisco, California to highlight a well-known samba instructor.

Other  elements covered include Brazilian Hip Hop artists Alfa Omega and  recommended websites where people can get their fix of Brazilian events  across the nation and a profile of a traveling graffiti art project in the  U.S. straight from the streets of Brazil.

"We've always prided ourselves in covering elements of Latino  culture, either stereotyped or ignored by both the mainstream and Spanish  language media. This special episode on Brazilian culture fulfills our  mission to show the true diversity of Latino culture," says Renzo Devia,  supervising producer of the show and president of AIM TV's Maximas  Productions.

"This is not the first time we've highlighted Brazilians in our  shows, but it is the first time we've dedicated an entire episode to the  culture. We know a lot of people are very interested in Brazilian  culture and for good reason.

"Brazilians have a natural lust for life that  is magnetic. We want more people to experience this warm, fun, unique  and beautiful culture," says Robert G. Rose, CEO of AIM Tell-A-Vision  group and executive producer of the show.

American Latino TV: 

Los Angeles – KABC Saturday nights @ 1 am / Sundays @ 4 pm (check  listings) 

New York – WWOR My 9 Sundays @ 4 pm 

Orlando – WRDQ Action 27 Saturday nights @ 12 am 

Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale – WFOR CBS 4 Saturday nights @ 1 am 

Hartford – WCTX MNT 59/ My TV 9 Sundays 12 pm 

Chicago – WPWR My 50 Saturdays @ 5:30 pm 

For a complete listing: www.americanlatino.tv/wheretowatch

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