It seems that some have finally understood that Hispanic Heritage Month is a feeling and a celebration that lasts more than a month. NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, Peacock, for example, announced in late September a unique initiative in the celebration of Hispanic achievement in the U.S.
The platform added the original documentary series, “True Colors,” to its library during Hispanic Heritage Month. The production tells the stories of Hispanic pioneers and leaders in various fields, including Alex Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mario Lopez, Ellen Ochoa, Laurie Hernandez, Lele Pons, and Angela Aguilar.
According to the platform in a press release, the new documentary series will be presented in English and developed in collaboration with Telemundo, allowing all audiences the opportunity “to experience the reality and celebrate the richness and beauty of Hispanic culture.”
Released on September 29, the series will have weekly episodes, in co-production with Telemundo for Peacock.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Peacock on this exciting and innovative new series during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Peter Blacker, Executive Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Innovation, Telemundo. “These intimate stories highlight Hispanic leaders with fresh and motivating perspectives for our bilingual and multicultural audiences.”
The initiative sheds light on stories that have often been overlooked in the national and international media, such as the powerful story of 20-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who made history as the first Latina gymnast to represent the United States in the Olympics since 2004.
“There was so much representation, from Black women to white women, a Hispanic girl, so I think that was a really important thing for just the globe to see,” Hernandez told NBC about the documentary series.
Hernandez said her fans will learn more about how she trains during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as “how I was raised and who my parents are.”
“You’ll be able to get a really good feel as to why I am the way I am and why my siblings are the way we are,” Hernandez, who’s currently training for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, said. “It’s been, definitely, a crazy ride. I’m only 20, and I feel like I’ve lived three lives already.”
To see more stories like Laurie’s, you can sign up for Peacock for free at peacocktv.com.