Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

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Sapphire

Award-winning poet, writer, and educator, Sapphire is the author of Push, the novel which inspired the film Precious. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, Sapphire talks about the making of Precious, what Push is really about, and her next novel.

María on her interview with Sapphire:

"I met Sapphire at the Miami Book Fair where she was presenting her novel Push and I was on my book tour for Raising Raul. I still remember the day she and I met...and I must say I never forgot Precious Jones, the illiterate 16 year-old young woman Sapphire portrays in her novel. Later I moved to Harlem, the place where Push takes place. When I jog around my neighborhood I pass Hotel Theresa and the image of Precious flashes into my mind. I was deeply touched when Push became the major motion picture Precious and was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. This season I had the privilege of interviewing Sapphire on One-on-One. In this intimate (and rare) interview, Sapphire opens her heart and life story to our viewers.” 

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ABOUT MARIA HINOJOSA: ONE-ON-ONE

About María Hinojosa

maria hinojosaMaría Hinojosa is a journalist and author as well as the managing editor and host of public radio's Latino USA

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has garnered many awards and honors. Since 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States three times.

In 1991, Hinojosa won an Associated Press award for her coverage of Nelson Mandela for WNYC Radio. That same year, she won a Unity Award and the Top Story of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her NPR story Crews, about New York gang members. The NPR story evolved into the book Crews: Gang Members Talk to María Hinojosa.

She received both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award and the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for her NPR report Kids and Guns. For Manhood Behind Bars, a story for NPR that documented how incarceration has become a right of passage for men of all races, Hinojosa received the Robert F. Kennedy Award. She was inducted into the "She Made It" Hall of Fame of Women in Media. She is the author of the book Raising Raúl.

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María Hinojosa: One-on-One is a production of La Plaza, the Latino production unit of WGBH Boston.

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Funding for María Hinojosa: One-on-One is generously provided, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

 

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