Season 1, Episode 6 Almost a Woman

First Aired: September 15, 2002

“Almost a Woman.” The Peabody-winning coming-of-age chronicle of a Puerto Rican girl (Ana Maria Lagasca) in early-1960s New York, based on Esmeralda Santiago's 1999 memoirs. Santiago would grew up to become a noted author, but when she arrives in Brooklyn at age 13 with her mother (Wanda De Jesus) and two of her six brothers and sisters, she can barely speak English. Still, the principal of her school (Cliff DeYoung) sees potential in “Negi,” and pushes her to apply to the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. But getting in is only the first step. Tata: Miriam Colon.

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  • Premiered: October 25, 2000
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: A dramatic anthology featuring works by American writers such as Langston Hughes, Thornton Wilder and Willa Cather; and Puerto Rican migrant Esmeralda Santiago, whose memoirs `Almost a Woman' earned the series a Peabody Award in 2003. The occasionally airi… (more)

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