( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) The Bronx Honors its Own: Sunny Hostin, Juliet Papa, Coko and LeLee of SWV, God-Is Rivera, and Principal Luis Torres
The Bronx, a borough known for its rich cultural heritage and contributions to various fields, continues to produce remarkable individuals who leave an indelible mark on society. The prestigious Bronx Hall of Fame recognizes these outstanding achievers, paying homage to their exceptional talent, accomplishments, and dedication to their craft. On May 20th The Bronx Hall of Fame inducted its honorees, where the joy of recognition of hard work overpowered the rain that came down.
Being born and raised in the Bronx it was an honor to be in the presence of those recognized for their great work. As we celebrate the 2023 Bronx Hall of Fame honorees, we take a closer look at the lives and legacies of these extraordinary individuals who have brought pride and distinction to our beloved borough. They include TV Host Sunny Hostin, Award-winning journalist Juliet Papa, Coko & LeLee of 3-time platinum recording group SWV, God-Is Rivera Marketing executive, and Principal Luis Torres of Community School 55. Hearing LeLee of SWV talk about how she used to take the bus on the Grand Concourse to now having her name on a street on the same Grand Concourse was so uplifting to hear.
- Sunny Hostin, Three-time Emmy Award-winning legal journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and co-host of ABC’s “The View”
- Juliet Papa, Award-winning reporter for 1010 WINS, author, media consultant, and event host
- God-Is Rivera, Vice-President of Inclusive Marketing at Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
- SWV, Three-time Platinum R&B recording artist.
- Luis Torres, also known as the Bronx’s Principal, and winner of the “People’s Choice Award in Education”
“The Bronx is more than just a place to me. It’s a part of my identity. This vibrant and diverse community has taught me the value of resilience, strength, and determination, and has instilled in me an unwavering sense of pride for where I come from,” said Bronx Walk of Fame inductee Sunny Hostin. “The Bronx has given me the tools to overcome any obstacle and achieve greatness, and for that, I am eternally grateful.”
“It is an honor to be part of this Bronx celebration. Growing up here taught me lessons of the street and the heart, and they’re lessons that have helped me through work, and life,” said Bronx Walk of Fame inductee Juliet Papa.
“What I love about the Bronx is that it is in every way the breeding ground of some of the most influential cultural phenomenons on the planet and the birthplace and foundation of some of the most innovative, creative, impactful, and powerful people in the world,” said Bronx Walk of Fame inductee God-Is Rivera.
“The Bronx is where legends are made. It’s the borough of dreamers and where hip-hop originated. It’s a unique experience. We carry the X in our hearts everywhere we go with pride,” said Bronx Walk of Fame inductees SWV.
“I have dedicated my life to improving the lives of the people of the Bronx. I was born in the Bronx and I will die here, ensuring our children have an equitable education,” said Bronx Walk of Fame inductee Principal Luis Torres.
Despite the rain, the joy of recognition permeated the atmosphere as the honorees were celebrated for their exceptional contributions. Each honoree’s journey is a testament to the Bronx’s profound impact on shaping their identities and fueling their success. From Emmy-winning journalists to platinum-selling musicians and dedicated educators, these individuals have not only achieved greatness but have also become beacons of inspiration for future generations. As we reflect on their lives and legacies, we are reminded of the Bronx’s indomitable spirit, its ability to nurture talent, and its unwavering pride in its residents’ achievements.
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