Published - June 21, 2013
With the addition of Sesame Street’s latest Latino character, at least one local organization sees the classic PBS show embracing its roots by highlighting diversity. “It’s phenomenal that Sesame Street chose a character that represents the Latino community, and it’s even better that he plays a writer in the show,” said Rita Paniagua, executive director for The Spanish Action League. “Armando will be a role model, especially for the Latino population to encourage reading and writing.” “Armando”, who joins five Latino Sesame Street characters, is a human cast member played by Ismael Cruz Córdova, a 26-year-old, Puerto-Rican native who makes his debut on Sesame Street’s 44th season, which premieres Sept. 16. Sesame Street airs weekdays at 10 a.m.