Sunday, January 25, 2009

MTV's True Life Explores The Lives Of Three Young Nuyoricans

First, what is a Nuyorican? Here's the definition from Wikipedia:

"Nuyorican is a blending of the terms "New York" and "Puerto Rican" and refers to the members or culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora located in or around New York State especially the New York City metropolitan area with a major hub of over 500,000 Puerto Ricans living in Northern New Jersey, or of their descendants (especially those raised or still living in the New York area). The term is also used by Boricuas (Puerto Ricans from Puerto Rico) to differentiate those of Puerto Rican descent from the Puerto Rico-born. The term Nuyorican is also sometimes used to refer to the Spanish spoken by New York Puerto Ricans."

Now that we're all on the same page regarding what it means, here's the story from today's MTV True Life episode that just aired at 1PM today from


In this episode of "True Life", you'll meet three young Nuyoricans-Naizsha, Jose, and Rose-who are trying to balance the demands of their old school heritage with the outside influences they experience in a very diverse city.

Naizsha lives in a small apartment with a large family that's driving her mad. She thinks joining the Air Force will provide the changes she needs, but Naizsha can't enlist unless she loses five pounds. Will she find a way to resist the Spanish food she loves-or will Naizsha discover that leaving home isn't so easy?

Jose is an up-and-coming boxer who lives in a neighborhood where the sport is idolized. He just landed a fight that may be his ticket out of the projects, but is finding it difficult to resist the temptations of the New York streets. Can Jose stay focused in the ring or will he succumb to the violence that plagues his community?

Rose isn't your typical Nuyorican-she's focused on becoming a professional belly dancer. But with no support from her family, Rose is having a difficult time jump starting her career. Will she shimmy into this alien world-or will the weight of her family's expectations curtail Rose's dream?"

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4 Responses to "MTV's True Life Explores The Lives Of Three Young Nuyoricans"
  1. stive said...
    January 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    what is a nuyorican? Watch the short film "nuyorican"
    watch here
    I recommend!

  2. Kayla Salter said...
    January 25, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    what is jose's last name that boy is fine as hell!!

  3. Anonymous said...
    January 30, 2009 at 6:34 AM

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  4. Anonymous said...
    February 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    damn yall hoes buggin . all on hys jock .

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