Sesame Street has a new resident — and it’s not a new muppet. Joining the neighborhood is Suki Lopez, better known on the street as Nina.
Cuban-American Lopez will play the role of the character described as “a young bilingual Hispanic woman who uses her wit, compassion, and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas.”
And she’s super excited. “As they are bringing out the puppets, I see the faces behind the characters I have known forever!” says Lopez.
She also hopes to be on the show just as long as another Latina resident, Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the show for 44 years. “This show has a tremendous history and I hope to be part of it for a long time,” Lopez said.
Lopez will be debuting her character while Sesame Street debuts in its new home, HBO. But all the episodes will also air on PBS.
This season you’ll also see Gina Rodriguez, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and Nick Jones guest star.
Read more about Nina, the new resident in Sesame Street here.
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Everybody’s favorite big birds, Big Bird and Abelardo, came together in a really sweet way this past weekend, melting the hearts of fans on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
Abelardo, the beloved giant parrot from Plaza Sésamo, visited his primo BIg Bird in Los Angeles and the two shared their time together all over social media and people, present company included, are freaking out. Seriously, it was so cute and we are so happy they got to spend time together. Family is everything.
I mean it all makes sense now. Looking back I don’t know how I didn’t connect the dots…
This cuteness overload all started when Abelardo announced that he’d be traveling to LA to visit his cousin Big Bird.
Abelardo took to his new Twitter account to announce his trip and seek some advice on what he should bring his cousin back in LA. Too freakin cute!
Albergado documented his trip as part of a publicity campaign in partnership with Mexican airline Aeromexico.
The cuteness factor leveled up times 10 once the primos were reunited in LA.
For real though. These cousins know how to have a good time together and we’re so happy for them. Once Abelardo and Big Bird hit the road, the real fun began.
Big Bird showed Abelardo all the top LA spots: they took photos in front of the Hollywood Sign, visited Big Bird’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, went on a search for the best birdseed milkshakes in all of LA, and even braved traffic to hit the beach.
Like it literally started with a happy dance!
I mean who knows how long it had been since the primos were together so we can totally understand just how happy the two must of been to see each other.
It was beautiful to see this positive message about family and unity in the times we’re living in.
These primos were full of excitement and love for another and we can’t think of a better message to share with kids, especially Latino ones, at a time when hatred towards Latinos is a threat to our lives.
Sure they’re just fictional characters but don’t underestimate the power of representation on TV. I mean just remember back to when you watched these programs as a kid and try and tell me they didn’t have an impact on you.
For many of us who grew up watching both Sesame Street and Plaza Sésamo, it was awesome to see the two come together.
Sesame Street aired on PBS while Univision was home to Plaza Sésamo in the US – which means many of us grew up watching both versions of the show. That, for many, made this reunion so much more special.
Though it turns out that this family road trip wasn’t the first time the two had met.
Back in 1997, Abelardo traveled from Mexico City to visit Big Bird for Cinco de Mayo. The two have to find each other after Oscar the Grouch, of course, picks Abelardo up from the airport without telling anyone. OMG…drama.
For many fans of the shows, the realization that the two were cousins made all the sense in the world.
And also…when can I go on an amazing trip like this with my primos?!
And for Abelardo, it was the best viaje of his life!
Big Bird shared a tender message: “See who came to visit me, my cousin Abelardo! We are going to look for milkshakes with birdseed milk”, “We live in different places, but families will always be together in our hearts, I had a lot of fun this weekend with my cousin. “
Rita Moreno is one of those legendary forces in the Latinx community that we all hold a special place in our hearts for. She’s the first Latina to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award and she has given life to some of the most memorable characters on film, stage and TV screen.
Now, the talented Boricua will be honored with a documentary all about her fascinating life.
The new PBS documentary will focus on some of Moreno’s most notable life experiences and will also cover some darker and more private aspects of her 87 years.
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Called “Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” the documentary will feature the actress’ career highlights but will also focus on some rarely discussed moments of her life. For example, in the documentary, Moreno opens up about her attempted suicide that occurred just a year before she won an Oscar for her role as Anita in “West Side Story.”
The Latina shared via a statement just how moved she is to be the focus of this documentary.
“How I wish my Puerto Rican mother were alive to see this: her child’s story being celebrated. It is not something she or I could ever have imagined. I’m astonished. I’m humbled.”
Moreno’s career has really come full circle. While she will continue her role as Lydia in “One Day At a Time,” she is also playing Valentina in the 2019 remake of “West Side Story.”
The documentary is being produced by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda, the acclaimed television producer Norman Lear and documentary filmmaker Michael Kantor.
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Needless to say, fellow Puerto Rican, Miranda, is thrilled to be part of a project that immortalizes Moreno.
“Rita is La Reina. Punto. Full stop,” executive producer Miranda expressed in a statement upon the documentary’s announcement. “Her life, talent, and career is a masterclass in the American dream. It is about time that she takes her rightful place amongst her peers on American Masters.”
The Moreno documentary will air in 2020 as part of the PBS American Masters series. According to PBS, it will feature animation, archival recordings, and reenactments from Moreno’s life. Some of the actresses closest friends and co-workers will also provide interviews for the film.
The documentary is being directed by fellow Latina, Mariem Pérez Riera.
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In order to be true to Moreno’s story, it had to be driven by people who understand what the actress has gone through as a woman and as a member of the Latinidad. To do so, director Mariem Pérez Riera was hired to bring her vision to life. Riera has previous experience with heading up documentaries. In 2016, she directed “De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo” and “Croatto, la Huella de un Emigrante.” Both films focus on the Latinidad — a subject close to her heart.
“As a filmmaker, woman and Puerto Rican, I am proud to have the opportunity to tell Rita’s story,” Riera shared when the documentary was announced. “Her many victories in the face of prejudice are an inspiration to me. Hopefully, this film will give strength to the women all over the world, who today, face a similar fight towards equality.”
Of course, Latinx Twitter was quick to celebrate this new documentary and it’s a very deserving subject.
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That dancing baby in this tweet’s GIF? That’s totally us. We are so excited to learn more about one of our favorite Latina actresses. Seeing her get the respect she deserves makes us want to celebrate.
This tweet reminded us just how long Moreno’s career spans.
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Some of us grew up with her as Anita. Some of us know her from the “Electric Company.” Still, others will always know her as the voice of the original Carmen Sandiego. No matter where you know her from, it’s easy to see that her career has been long and lucrative.
Some Twitter users pointed out the importance of illuminating other peoples stories, just as Manuel and other producers are doing with Moreno’s story in this documentary
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The only way we will continue to see our stories being told is if we help others in the Latinidad tell theirs. We’re glad to see that Manuel and Riera — fellow Puerto Ricans — have such important roles in making this documentary a reality.
Other Twitter users shared their joy over the celebration of Moreno’s life and legacy.
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Moreno is La Reina and we are so ecstatic that she’s getting the love she so obviously has earned. A career as impressive as hers deserves major props and we can’t wait to watch this documentary honoring her remarkable life.